Forest officials in Mizoram have tentatively concluded that the reason behind the mysterious deaths of more than two dozen Himalayan Serows across Mizoram in the past five months may be sarcoptic mange, a skin disease caused by a particular kind of mites.
Mizoram's forest department has been put on alert after the semi-decayed carcasses of at least 10 Serows, the state animal, were found with what appear to be exacerbated skin disease over the past five months in various regions of the state.
Top sources said "Colonel" Apum, commander of the NSCN(IM) in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts region, made contact with operatives on Tuesday to intimate them of a possible return to India through Mizoram.
The Aizawl District and Sessions Court on Wednesday began hearing the case of a primary school teacher who was arrested last November for molesting 32 schoolgirls at Saichal village, about 150 km from the state capital.
At around 6.30 pm, just as APJ Abdul Kalam had clicked past the first two slides, he collapsed — 75 minutes later, it was official. “All efforts were made but Dr A P J Abdul Kalam could not be revived,” the Bethany Hospital said in a statement.
On June 11, a joint operation by police and Assam Rifles seized six bags, with reportedly 216 kg pangolin scales, from a bus at Farkawn, a village close to the border with Myanmar, at six in the evening.
Hilly Mizoram's capital city will be on India's railway map in the next three years as line construction between Bairabi, a village on the Assam-Mizoram border and Sairang, a village 27 kms by road west of Aizawl, is set to be completed by then, a senior railway official said Tuesday.