Mizoram

Rahul Gandhi cancels trip to Mizoram

Rahul-GandhiAizawl/Agartala, March 19 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is on a visit to the northeastern states, has cancelled his visit to Mizoram on Wednesday in view of the ongoing assembly session, a party spokesperson said in Aizawl.

"Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to address an election rally at Mualpui (near Aizawl city), Wednesday. He cancelled his trip to the state in view of the ongoing assembly session," state Congress spokesman Thanglawra Ngurte told reporters.

Gandhi, who addressed an election rally in Arunachal Pradesh Tuesday, would also speak at several election rallies in Meghalaya and Manipur Wednesday.

Over 600 pigs die of swine fever in Mizoram

pigsAizawl, May 1 : Over 600 pigs have died from swine fever and about 12,200 have been infected in the past two months in Mizoram, officials said here Wednesday.

"The endemic swine fever caused the death of as many as 470 pigs in Aizawl district alone while remaining 130 died in other districts. Over 12,200 pigs have been infected with the disease," a Mizoram animal husbandry and veterinary department official told reporters.

The northeastern state shares border with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Trinamool all set to expand base in northeast

Mamata-BanerjeeAizawl, April 19 : The Trinamool Congress (TMC), led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is expanding its base in the northeastern region. The party set up a unit Friday in the Congress-ruled Mizoram.

The TMC has already set up its state units in Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, and fought various elections in these states.

"Names of the leaders of a full fledged Mizoram state committee would be announced soon by our party supremo Mamata Banerjee," TMC's Manipur unit president Kim Gangte told reporters here Friday.

Arunachal, Tripura, Mizoram score in food output

/files/Krishi-KarmanAgartala/Aizawl, Jan 8 : Three northeastern states - Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Mizoram - have been chosen for national awards for record food grain production, official said Tuesday.

"The 'Krishi Karman' award for 2011-12 will be given away by President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi Jan 15.

These awards are given to best performing states in the production of rice, wheat, coarse cereals, pulses and total food grains, officials told reporters separately in Agartala and Aizawl.

The officials said that Punjab, Gujarat and Rajasthan would also receive the awards in big category states.

Mizoram to begin fresh initiative to take back refugees

Mizoram to begin fresh initiative to take back refugeesAgartala, Jan 8 : The Mizoram government will begin a fresh initiative to take back the 35,000 Reang tribal refugees from Tripura, refugee leaders said Friday after meeting the Mizoram chief minister in Tripura.

Reang tribal refugees have been sheltered in six north Tripura camps since 1997 after they fled Mizoram following ethnic clashes with the majority Mizos.

Fake currency racket busted in Mizoram, three arrested

Fake currency racket busted in Mizoram, three arrestedAizawl, Jan 5 - Security forces in Mizoram have busted a fake currency racket and arrested three people, including a woman, police said here Tuesday.

Mizoram police and troopers of the Border Security Force in a joint operation uncovered the racket at Vairengte near the Assam-Mizoram border on Saturday, said Aizawl district police chief Lalbiakthanga Khiangte.

Mizo Gorkhas support Gorkhaland

Mizo Gorkhas support Gorkhaland  Aizawl, Dec 21 : Members of the Gorkha community in Mizoram Monday staged a day-long sit-in here in support of a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of West Bengal.

"The demonstration was organised to express our solidarity with the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) who want a Gorkhaland state in Darjeeling," said a statement from the Mizoram Gorkha Front (MGF).

The demonstration was held on a day when tripartite talks were held in Darjeeling Monday between the central and West Bengal governments and the GJM.

Fate of Mizoram tribal refugees uncertain

Fate of Mizoram tribal refugees uncertainAgartala/Aizawl, Dec 16 : The much-awaited process of repatriation of 35,000 Reang tribal refugees from Tripura to Mizoram hangs in the balance despite pressure from the Centre, the Tripura government and rights bodies on the Mizoram government to resolve the 12-year-old ethnic crisis.

A fact finding team (FFT) from the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in New Delhi visited Mizoram and Tripura Dec 8-15 to facilitate a resolution to the ethnic conflict between Reang tribals and the majority of Mizos in Mizoram.

Mizo tribes demand for government intervention to stop attacks

Mizo tribes demand for government intervention to stop attacksAizwal Dec 10  : The decade old conflict between the Mizos and the Bru (Reang) tribes took violent turn in November with the burning of 500 houses belonging to Reangs.

This incident was followed by the gunning down of a Mizo youth.

Now displaced Mizo tribals are demanding that the centre to intervenes end the ethnic crisis.

Concerned about resolving the deadlock over the repatriation of 35,000 Reang refugees to Mizoram, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram met Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in New Delhi recently.

Mizoram government employees to get pay hike

LalthanhawlaAizawl, Dec 4 : Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthanhawla announced that the government will implement the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission (SPC) for its 50,000 employees with retrospective effect from January 2006.

"In line with the Congress' December 2008 pre-poll commitments, the state government has decided to implement the SPC with some modifications of the commission's recommendations," Lalthanhawla told reporters here late Thursday.

Lalthanhawla, who also holds the finance portfolio, said the state government was keen to implement the pay commission recommendations earlier but adequate fund was not available earlier.

Mizoram rejects autonomous council demand for Reang tribal

Mizoram rejects autonomous council demand for Reang tribalsAizawl/Agartala, Nov 23 - Mizoram has rejected the demand to set up an Autonomous District Council (ADC) for Reang tribals but said the government was ready to talk with them to solve any of their other problems. It also refused to seek a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the ethnic violence in the state.

Shoot-at-sight orders in Mizoram to control ethnic violence

Shoot-at-sight orders in Mizoram to control ethnic violence  Aizawl/Agartala, Nov 17 : The Mizoram government has issued shoot-at-sight orders to control violent mobs in the southern part of the state after over 355 houses of Reang tribals were set ablaze following the gunning down of a Mizo youth last Friday, an official said Tuesday.

An uneasy calm prevailed in the trouble-torn southern region of the mountainous northeastern state Tuesday.

Mizoram ethnic violence: paramilitary forces deployed

Mizoram ethnic violence: paramilitary forces deployedAizawl/Agartala, Nov 16 Paramilitary forces were deployed as tension prevailed in southern Mizoram and northern Tripura Monday after over 300 houses of Reang tribals were set ablaze following the gunning down of a Mizo youth last week, officials here said.

"Central paramilitary Assam Rifles troopers, and Tripura and Mizoram armed police have been deployed in the trouble-torn southern Mizoram and northern Tripura to prevent any fresh hostility between Mizos and Reang tribals," an official said.

Mobs set homes on fire, thousands displaced in north-eastern India

Tripura tribal woman''s effort to revive traditional weaving artNew Delhi - Mobs, angered by the gunning down of a youth, set fire to over 200 huts in India's eastern state of Mizoram, displacing several thousand people, news reports said Sunday.

"The mobs have set ablaze more than 225 houses of Reang tribals in seven villages under Mamit and Kolashib districts since Saturday, displacing over 5,000 people," IANS news agency quoted a Mizoram Home Department official as saying.

The displaced tribals have taken shelter in adjacent states of Assam and Tripura, it reported.

Ethnic violence in Mizoram: Thousands displaced, houses burnt

MizoramAizawl/Agartala, Nov 15 : Mobs have set fire to over 225 huts of Reang tribals in Mizoram, displacing several thousand people as tension escalated following the gunning down of a Mizo youth, officials said here Sunday.

"The mobs have set ablaze more than 225 houses of Reang tribals in seven villages under Mamit and Kolashib districts in southern Mizoram since Saturday, displacing over 5,000 people," a Mizoram home department official said.

The displaced tribals have taken shelter in adjacent south Highlakhandhi areas of southern Assam and Jampui in northern Tripura.

Eight killed in Mizoram bus accident

Eight killed in Mizoram bus accidentAizawl, Nov 14 : At least eight people were killed and 34 injured when the bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge in Mizoram, police said Saturday.

The passenger bus was plying between Mizoram capital Aizawl and Farkawn village, bordering Myanmar. While approaching Champhai town late Friday, it rolled down into the 100-feet deep gorge in Buang village in eastern Mizoram, a police official said.

Meeting fails to decide on Reang refugees' repatriation

Aizawl, Nov 5 - The tripartite meeting between representatives of the central and Mizoram governments and tribal refugees failed to resolve the 12-year deadlock to repatriate 35,000 Reang migrants from Tripura to Mizoram, officials said Thursday.

The meeting Wednesday saw representatives try and hammer out a solution to the repatriation issue that has been hanging fire for 12 years following differences between the migrants and the state government over the rehabilitation package.

The Reang (locally called Bru) tribal refugees have been living in six north Tripura camps since 1997 after they fled Mizoram following ethnic clashes with the majority Mizos.

Tripartite meeting to resolve Reang repatriation to Mizoram

Tripartite meeting to resolve Reang repatriation to MizoramAizawl, Nov 3 : Officials of the Mizoram government and union home ministry will meet tribal leaders here Wednesday to resolve the longstanding deadlock on the repatriation of 35,000 Reang refugees from Tripura to Mizoram.

The tripartite meeting will see representatives try and hammer out a solution to the repatriation issue that has been hanging fire for 12 years following differences between the migrants and the state government over the rehabilitation package.

Mizoram to deport non-domicile citizens without valid permits

Mizoram to deport non-domicile citizens without valid permitsAizawl, Oct 28 - Police in Mizoram have been asked to deport non-domicile Indian citizens staying in the state without valid inner line permits, state Home Minister R. Lalzirliana said here Wednesday.

"Indian citizens, who are not domicile to Mizoram, cannot live in the mountainous border state without valid Inner Line Permit (ILP)," Lalzirliana told the state assembly while replying to a query from B. Lalthlengliana of the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF).

Mizoram to set up new power project, implement 6th Pay Commission

Aizawl, Oct 24 - With a rise in demand for electricity, the Mizoram government has signed an agreement with the state-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to set up a 460 MW power project at Lawngtlai in southern Mizoram.

"Since the demand has risen from 65 MW to 100 MW during peak hours, power source needs to be increased and the government has signed an agreement with NTPC to set up a 460 MW power project at Lawngtlai in southern Mizoram," Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said.

The power project, to be installed at a cost of Rs. 30 billion, would be commissioned by 2013.



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