North-East Briefcase

Two militants arrested  in Manipur
Imphal: Two militants were arrested by police from two different places in Manipur, a police officer said on Tuesday. Two active cadres of proscribed militant outfit People Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive) group were arrested by police yesterday, a press release issued by the PRO of Manipur Police said. One of the militants was arrested from Kwakeithel Heinoukhongnembi Thokchom Leikai area in Imphal West district and other from Arapti Thongkhong area in Imphal East district, the release added. (PTI)

Bomb planted near Assam Rifles camp defused
Imphal: A powerful bomb planted near an Assam Rifles camp at Manipur’s border town Moreh was defused on Tuesday morning. A police officer said the bomb stuffed inside a black bag was found in front of a shop at 7 p.m. on Monday. Police and Assam Rifles personnel cordoned off the area. S. Ibomcha, the Superintendent of Police of Tengnoupal district, said the bomb was packed with RDX and weighed 1.1 kg. It was taken away to near the Hollenphai village where there was a controlled explosion. The spot where the bomb was planted was 100 metres from a police station and about 200 metres from the camp of 11 Assam Rifles. There have been bomb and gun attacks at Moreh town in recent years. Police say that soon after exploding bombs, the attackers cross over into Myanmar. (IANS)

Assam cat bags 2nd runner-up title in PETA contest
Guwahati: Assam cat Nanu has bagged the Second Runner-Up title in animal rights organisation PETA India’s ‘cutest rescued cat alive’ contest. After careful deliberation by judges from PETA India and hundreds of votes from members of the public to help them decide, Nanu has been named the second runner-up in the contest, a PETA release said here today. Nanu’s guardian is Tiniali resident Shruti Mishra. The winner is Tickles, whose guardian is Arushi Gorsi of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh and the first runner-up is Mimi, whose guardian is Sushmita Patil of Bijapur, Karnataka. The feline winner and runners-up were selected by PETA India based on several factors, including vote count, yesterday. Nanu had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable rescued cats to become one of the 10 finalists, the release said. “Nanu proves that adopting a cat from the streets or an animal shelter can fill your life with joy and love that words can’t express,” says PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Although only one cat could win PETA India’s contest, all rescued cats are winners because they have found loving homes”, Valliyate was quoted in the release. Shruti will receive a certificate, a cute cat toy for Nanu, and a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk and Jane Ratcliffe’s book ‘One Can Make a Difference’. The top three cats will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members. Shruti said she found Nanu in a flooded street while it was raining heavily. (PTI)

Malaria cases are decreasing in state: Tripura health minister
Agartala: Tripura minister Sudip Roy Barman today said malaria cases are decreasing in Tripura and asked officials to ensure early detection of communicable diseases to prevent outbreaks. While addressing an event on prevention of communicable diseases at Pragna Bhawan here this afternoon, the state health minister laid stress on disease control and said Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) under the National Health Mission should be used to prevent outbreaks. Malaria, dengue and other vector-borne diseases are endemic in several parts of Tripura, the minister said, adding, over 5,000 malaria cases were detected in different hospitals in Tripura last year. In addition, 80 cases of dengue and 44 cases of chikungunya were detected, Barman said. A total of 98 people were found to have been infected with Japanese encephalitis in 2017, he said. The minister also said two people died of malaria this year and one person died of Japanese encephalitis. No deaths were reported due to dengue, chikungunya, influenza, swine flu or other diseases this year, he said. “We were able to check malaria cases when compared to massive outbreak in 2009 and 2014,” he said, adding, proper diagnostic system should be put in place. He also sought suggestion to combat diseases such as malaria, chikungunya, dengue and Japanese encephalitis. (PTI)


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