Mizoram announces reward for capture of militants

Agartala, Dec 3 : The Mizoram government on Wednesday announced a Rs.1 lakh reward for information leading to the capture of five terrorists who killed three policemen in the otherwise peaceful state.

All the five belong to the Manipur-based Hmar People's Convention (Democrats) or HPC-D. They are Thanglawmvel, Rinsang and Lalrohuol, from neighbouring Manipur, and Lalchawimawia and Jacob from Mizoram.

Home Minister R. Lalzirliana said that no peace talks can be initiated with HPC-D unless the outfit eschews violence.

Mizoram is the first and only state in India which got Rs.182.45 crore from the central government in 2000-01 as "Peace Bonus" for keeping peace after decades of insurgency.

That record was shattered on March 28 when the HPC-D ambushed a police party in Mizoram and killed three policemen and seriously wounded six others.

The National Liberation Front of Tripura has also occasionally kidnapped engineers, officials and businessmen from Mizoram to get ransom.

Mizoram shares an unfenced international border of 404 km with Myanmar and 318 km with Bangladesh where terrorists occasionally take shelter after committing crime in Mizoram.
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Probe demanded into teacher recruitment scam

IMPHAL, Oct 19 - Manipur BJP President Th Chaoba has demanded a probe into the scandal pertaining to recruitment of some 1,423 primary school teachers which was recently cancelled by High Court of Manipur.

Speaking to mediapersons at the State BJP office here on Friday, Chaoba slammed the Congress Government headed by O Ibobi Singh for maintaining silence on the teacher recruitment scandal.

He demanded the Government initiate a probe into the scandal. The primary teachers were recruited in 2011. Chaoba alleged that the teacher recruitment scandal has exposed the corrupt practices of the State Government.

The government should first spell out the circumstances leading to the cancellation of the teacher recruitment order and order a probe into it, Chaoba demanded.

On October 6, the High Court of Manipur quashed the order issued by the State Government for recruitment of the primary teachers.
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KIM congratulates Tinlianthang Vaiphei

Kangpokpi, Oct 19 : Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) on Friday congratulated Tinlianthang Vaiphei on his appointment to the post of Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court with effect from October 21 .

In a statement, KIM general secretary Khaimang Chongloi also appreciated the President of India for choosing a person from the tribal community for the top job who by virtue of his hard work and dedication has deserved the post while adding that the President of India has done great justice to the tribal people in this regard.

Tinlianthang Vaiphei is son of late Thianlam Vaiphei (Retired Joint Director Education S) and Sonbuaii Vapiphei of Tiddim road, New Bazar in Churachandpur district.

He was born on March 1, 1956 and passed BA in 1976 from Nowrosjee Wadia College, University of Poona.

He obtained LLB Degree from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi in 1979 .

Tinlianthang Vaiphei enrolled in the Bar Council of Assam on August 22, 1980.He started law practice in the Courts of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Munsiff and Deputy Commissioner/District Magistrate in the Churachandpur district of Manipur in the year 1980 .

He started appearance in the Court of District & Sessions Judge, Manipur in Criminal and Civil cases both in the Original and Civil sides in the year 1983 and also before Revenue Tribunal and Motor Accident Claim Tribunal, Manipur.

He is specialized in Constitutional Law, Public Law and Service Matter.

Tinlianthang started practicing in the Imphal Bench of the Gauhati High Court in 1990.He also acted as Conciliator in the State as well as District level Lok Adalats in Manipur in 1989, 1992 and 1994.He shifted his place of practice to Mizoram in 1997.He was empanelled as Defence Pleader in Mizoram on October 16, 1998 .

He was also appointed as Assistance Advocate General of Mizoram on February 12, 1999 and as Public prosecutor for High Court on March 8, 1999.Further, he was also appointed as Public Prosecutor for Aizawl District and Essential Commodities Act on April 8, 1999 and June 14, 1999 respectively.

He was later appointed as additional Advocate General, Mizoram on September 15, 2000.Tinlianthang Vaiphei was designated as Senior Advocate on February 22, 2001 and appointed Legal Adviser of the Mizoram Co-operative Apex Bank on February 9, 2001.Elevated to the Bench as Additional Judge, Gauhati High Court on July 17, 2003, Vaiphei was made Permanent Judge on February 28, 2005 .

Khaimang Chongloi further said that T Vaiphei is the first among the Chin-Kuki-Mizo ethnic community to occupy the prestigious post while adding that KIM fervently prays to Almighty God for his future endeavours and services to the satisfactory of all concerned.

Meanwhile, the Kuki Inpi Manipur also expressed its heartiest gratitude and appreciation to the Administration and group members of Kuki aLerts facebook/whatsapp Groups for donating huge amount of money to the Kuki Inpi Manipur as financial support in a show of solidarity with the Inpi.
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'2,700 Mizoram children did not enrol in schools'

Around 2,700 children in Mizoram did not enrol themselves in state-run schools, education minister H. Rohluna told the state assembly on Thursday.

A state education department official told IANS on condition of anonymity that the parents of these 2,665 students belonged to certain religious sects which refuse to enrol their children in schools as they traditionally do not believe in formal education.

"Frequent efforts and appeals to them (parents) did not yield any results because of their strong religious belief," the official said.

Rohluna said: "Despite repeated efforts to convince the parents, they refused to admit their kids to schools to undertake formal education."

He said the school education department, under the aegis of the centrally-sponsored Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, was trying to establish residential and non-residential special teaching centres to ensure imparting of non-formal education to such children in Lawngtlai, Lunglei, Aizawl and other districts.

In a separate incident in eastern Mizoram, eighteen people from four families fled to China earlier this year to escape their enrolment for the Aadhaar or unique identification card.

An official from Champhai district in Mizoram said they were afraid of the Aadhaar number as they interpreted it as having something to do with the emergence of anti-Christ, prophesied in Christian theology.

The official said these people were brought back home recently with the help of the state government,

With a population of around 1.1 million, Mizoram is a Christian-dominated state.

According to the 2011 census, the literacy level in Mizoram was 91.58 percent.
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AirAsia India associates with Northeast United Football Club

CHANDIGARH : AirAsia India is happy to announce its association with Northeast United Football Club, one of the most exciting teams in Indian Super League. As an enthusiastic supporter of sports, AirAsia India is one of the sponsors for Northeast United Football Club in the upcoming ISL matches in 2015.
AirAsia has a tradition of promoting sports and this association signifies the brand’s testament towards appreciating sporting talent. The Northeast region of India has traditionally been the hotbed for football in the country. Supported by well acclaimed celebrity John Abraham, the Northeast United Football Club is known for its inclusiveness, emerging young talent & passion. The association also accentuates AirAsia’s effort to recognize the strengths and potential of sportsmen and provide encouragement to the players.
Commenting on the association, Mittu Chandilya, CEO & MD, AirAsia India said, “We are extremely interested in the development of North East. The initial signs that we have received in the market have been very encouraging. Our association with football connects us back to AirAsia’s association with Queens Park Rangers and our love for the sport. John Abraham has been a great personal friend and we are very happy to come together with him this way and support his energetic team. We believe that anything that goes to the grass root level in enabling local development in a region like North East is something we should stand for. Sports is an important thing that AirAsia has constantly been supporting. I am extremely happy about associating with NEUFC as we believe that coming together with a true partner who understands our business gives us a platform to do wonders. Let’s football!”
"Sport and travel both have a unique power to reach people and bring them together,” said John Abraham, Indian actor/producer, and owner of North East United Football Club. "We are delighted that AirAsia will be supporting us this season and I look forward to further strengthening our relationship in the coming years. My good friend Mittu and I will be watching the games together in Guwahati. We think very similarly about the development of football and passion we have for the North East sector. I am thrilled about working with his dynamic team and a brand like AirAsia to do some great things with NEUFC."
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Mizoram govt to abolish MAMCO

Mizoram government has proposed to abolish the Mizoram Agriculture Marketing Corporation (MAMCO) following the recommendations of the Deloitte and Touche India Pvt Limited, state trade and commerce minister H Rohluna today said.

Replying to a question from Lalruatkima of the Mizo National Front (MNF), Rohluna said that the employees of the MAMCO would be given a golden handshake in accordance with the Mizoram State Public Sector Enterprises Early Retirement Rules, 2015.

He said that the state government would make alternative arrangements for those employees who refused to avail the ERR and some of them would be absorbed in the state government departments.

Intervening in the discussion, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said that all the PSUs under the state government were sick units and almost all the yearly reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India had recommended abolition of the PSUs.

Lal Thanhawla said that the state cabinet has made decision to abolish three PSUs - the MAMCO, the Zoram Electronics Development Corporation (ZENICS) and the Zoram Handloom and Handicraft Corporation (ZOHANCO) while the Mizoram Food and Allied Industries Corporation (MIFCO) would be privatised and the Zoram Industrial Development Corporation (ZIDCO) would be restructured by axing several employees.
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Mizoram to pay compensation to kin of slain policemen

Aizawl, Oct 12 : The Mizoram government has approved the ex-gratia payment amounting to Rs 10 lakh each to kin of the policemen killed in an ambush by the Hmar People's Convention (Democrats) militants on March 28, State Home Minister R Lalzirliana informed the Assembly today.

Replying to a query from Lalruatkima and Dr. K Beichhua of the Mizo National Front (MNF), Lalzirliana said that the sanction order for payment of the ex-gratia was being pursued by the Director of the Disaster Management and Rehabilitation.

Three policemen were killed when the team of state assembly's committee on government assurances headed by its chairman R L Pianmawia and two other members (legislators) were ambushed by the Hmar militants near Mizoram-Manipur border Zokhawthiang hamlet.

Two relatives of the slain policemen were given jobs on compassionate ground while a relative of Constable Hmangaihmawia was yet to be appointed, the home minister said.

He added that there were security lapses and that departmental enquiry was initiated against two policemen who went ahead as scouts and did not come to the aid of the ambushed policemen even after hearing gunshots.
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Paite Community Banishes Manipur Health Minister, Parly Secy

The Young Paite Association has ex-communicated one senior Minister and one MLA from the Paite community on Thursday as it sought to implement the public boycott already announced by JAC and ATSUM on all tribal MLAs over the three anti-tribal Bills passed by the Manipur State Assembly on August 31.

Manipur Health Minister Phungzathang Tonsing who is elected from Churachandpur AC and Parliamentary Secretary Vungzagin Valte who is from Thanlon AC, have been excommunicated for favouring the ‘anti-tribal Bills’ and for renouncing their people, according to the YPA, of which both are members.

The proclamation which is said to be operational until further notice, entails that the YPA will not co-operate nor offer any of its resources and manpower to the duo in the event of their bereavement or merriment. The YPA has in addition denounced all the tribal MLAs for feigning ignorance despite knowing fully well that the three Bills are anti-tribal and affirms that the agitation against these Bills which is ongoing until today will be continued as well.

They also condemned the killing of Thangliansiam, whose body was found hanging but bore severe injury marks, and demanded that the authorities concerned investigate the case and befitting punishments be awarded to those responsible. They also declared that no individual or organisation can be pinpointed for all activities during the people’s movement and affirmed to deal with it sternly if anyone attempts to do so.
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