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First medical college for Mizoram soon

Silchar, July 5: Mizoram will get its first medical college in August next year. The board of management, headed by chief minister Lal Thanhawla, decided to name it Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER), at a meeting in Aizawl yesterday.

The stateís principal director of health and family welfare K. Ropari said to begin with, the institute would have an intake of 50 seats for admission into its first year semester course. The state government has a plan to subsequently increase the annual intake of medical students to 100.

Sources quoted Lal Thanhawla as saying the process of selection of candidates for faculty posts would be on an all-India basis, according to the norms of recruitment of such personnel in colleges laid down by the Medical Council of India.

Other board members of the medical college, who attended the meeting yesterday, include the chief ministerís younger brother Lalthanzara, minister of health and family welfare, minister of state for health B.D. Chakma, parliamentary secretary of health K.S. Thanga, chief secretary L. Tochhong, vice-chancellor of Mizoram Central University Lalthantluanga and principal secretary (health) R.L. Rinawma.

The Union government has so far given the assurance of Rs 100 crore towards the setting up of this medical college as its first instalment of funds, the sources added.

Trafficking foiled

Assam Rifles and Mizoram police have foiled illegal arms trafficking to Myanmar on the basis of a tip-off. They seized a huge cache of arms being moved in a truck to the Myanmar border on Thursday.

The seizure comprised 11 sophisticated arms, including six assault rifles of the AK series, three G-3 rifles, one light machine gun and a lone MA 4 rifle equipped with a grenade launcher and also a huge quantum of assorted ammunition. Three suspected smugglers were taken into custody.

This is the third incident of arms smuggling and seizure from Mizoram in the last six months by Assam Rifles.

Sources in the Assam Rifles, which has been vested with the responsibility of vigilance along the 403km border of Mizoram with Myanmar, disclosed today from Aizawl that such arms were meant for transfer to the militant outfits in the border states of the neighbouring country.