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Presbyterian Church commemorates arrival of Welsh Missionary

Aizawl: Presbyterian Church of India Mizoram Synod, the largest church in the state onSunday observed ‘Ramthar Ni’ or the day of enlightenment to commemorate the arrival of Welsh Christian Missionary Rev. David Evan Jones. Special prayer and worship services were held to commemorate the day in all the local churches with pastors and church elders delivering sermons on the need to spread the Gospel throughout the globe. Jones, who was sent by the Welsh Presbyterian Church to establish the Presbyterian Church in Mizoram, then known to the Bristish colonial rulers as the Lushai country. He arrived in the Lushai country on August 31, 1897, seven years after the first Christian missionary Rev William Williams set foot in this inaccessible area. The Presbyterian Church observed the arrival of Jones as ‘Ramthar Ni’ since 1973.  (PTI)

Mother of three raped, murdered

Itanagar: A middle aged woman was allegedly raped and subsequently murdered in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The mother of three, about 35 years of age, resident of Garo village under Gensi circle, went missing on Friday last. Her body was found on the following day from an agricultural field nearby her house with injury and scratch marks on her body, according to SP, West Siang who informed UNI over phone, late Saturday evening. The accused identified as Babuna Das (22) was arrested on Saturday from Lakhimpur in Assam rape and murder charges, the SP said, adding, the accused, helper of a truck, later confessed to his involvement in the crime, later, he was taken in police remand. According to the SP, the victim went missing since morning and when she did not return to her home in the evening, her husband lodged a missing report at the Gensi police station on Friday night. After receiving the missing report, police launched search operations and finally found her body from a agricultural field, he added. This was second rape incident reported within this month in the state. Earlier, two minor girls, both were friends, raped by a person in Longding district on August 6, however, the case was reported in the local police station on August 10. (UNI)

BJP sore over disqualification of MLAs

Kohima:  The Nagaland unit of BJP Sunday expressed strong resentment over the disqualification of three MLAs from the Nagaland Legislative Assembly by the Speaker on August 25. The disqualified MLAs, Dr T M Lotha, Imtilemba Sangtam and Mmhonlumo Kikon, belonged to NCP, but subsequently joined BJP. “No political party constitution is above the Indian Constitution which is supreme and BJP will seek justice,” state BJP general secretary and spokesperson K James Vizo said in a statement here today. BJP argued that as per the Tenth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, two-third majority is more than sufficient for any political party to join another party and there is no further discussion regarding that Act. The party said it welcomed the MLAs after going through the matters carefully and following the approval from the national President. Despite the action from the Speaker, the BJP hoped that the three members will get appropriate justice from the court of law. The three MLAs had declared merger with the BJP on June 16 and had claimed to have fulfilled all criteria under the anti-defection law. The NCP Nagaland unit had written to the Speaker urging him not to accept the merger but to disqualify them on grounds that no resolution has been passed by the NCP to merge with BJP in Nagaland. (PTI)

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