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Aizawl: Security forces have arrested a Myanmarese man in Mizoram along the international border and seized arms and ammunition from his possession, police said here on Sunday. 

Chingsianpianga, 36, was arrested during a joint operation by Mizoram Police and Assam Rifles troopers at Hnahlan village in Champhai district on Friday night when he was smuggling the arms into India from Myanmar across the IB.

Two M-3 rifles, three loaded magazines and a huge cache of bullets have been seized from him, a police officer said.

The officer said Chingsianpianga was a resident of Darkhai village in Myanmar.

The arrested man told police that the arms were smuggled from Myanmar.

“The seized arms and ammunition were suspected to have been meant for Chakma rebels operating in Bangladesh,” the officer said.

The Chakma rebels have been demanding sovereign status in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Mizoram shares a 510-km mountainous border with Myanmar. Assam Rifles troopers were posted along the 1,643-km India-Myanmar border along Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Manipur (398 km), Nagaland (215 km) and Mizoram (510 km).

Mizoram also shares an unfenced 318-km international border with Bangladesh.

(IANS)

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Mizoram to Have its First Medical College

Mizoram's first medical college to open in August

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Mizoram’s first medical college is slated to open its doors in August.

The Mizoram Institute of Medical College of Research is located at Falkawn and has all the necessary infrastructures as required by the Medical Council of India (MCI), L. Fimate, the Director of the college, told IANS on Saturday.

“The MCI has recommended the Letter of Permission for setting up the college,” he said.

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla initiated the institution’s establishment keeping in mind the rising number of medical aspirants in the state.

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Fimate said:, “Mizoram has been getting just 10 seats every year in the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, (RIMS), Imphal. It is a central college. The medical aspirants of Mizoram find it almost impossible to get a seat in other medical colleges in India.”

The college will initially capacitate 100 students, 85 seats reserved for Mizo students.

Fimate has previously served as the Director in RIMS for nearly six years. He has also served as the head of the Forensic sciences in RIMS and J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal. (IANS)

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