• Many roads to green gold

    Mizoram is an oasis of peace in the Northeast, surrounded by trouble-torn Assam and Manipur, and the smaller Tripura, where, too, a lingering insurgency ensures that things are only comparatively better. And the Mizos are capitalising fully on the peace dividend, even sending out the message that "peace pays' to the other states in the region.

  • India, Myanmar sign Rs 536-cr project

    AFTER numerous delays, India and Myanmar have finally inked the agreement for the ambitious Rs 535.91-crore Kaladan project that is expected to benefit India economically and increase trade connectivi

  • India, Myanmar ink Kaladan multi-modal transport pact

    India and Myanmar on Wednesday signed an agreement on Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project that is expected to enhance the connectivity between the two countries, especially with the northeas

  • Central team in Mizoram

    An inter-ministerial team, led by central agriculture joint secretary Pankaj Kumar, is currently touring Mizoram's countryside to study the ground reality of the bamboo flowering-caused famine.

  • NABARD gives Rs 7.21 cr to Mizoram

    National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 7.21 crore under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF)-XIII to Mizoram minor irrigation department for impleme

  • Blame Centre, State for NREGS shortfalls'

    Mizoram Rural Development Minister H Vanlalauva has held both the Central and State governments responsible for failing to fully implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in the

  • NABARD loan for road projects in Mizoram

    National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned a total amount of Rs 22.33 cr loan for development of roads and drinking water facilities in Mizoram, an official statement

  • Mizoram SSA brings smiles to children's faces

    The national flagship programme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has contributed a lot towards making Mizoram one of the topmost States in the country in the education scenario, State Government officials said here today. "The SSA Mission has really brought about a paradigm shift in the field of primary education. It has helped us achieve the top slot. We have almost achieved total enrollment in primary education,' State Education Minister Dr R Lalthangliana said. Officials have attributed the success of the SSA in Mizoram to the participatory mode with which the programme has been implemented. "Village councils and local-based NGOs participate in the programme which in return has given them the feeling of ownership.' "We can proudly say that the government schools have now gone back to the public,' SSA Mizoram officer on special duty Robert Romawia Royte told UNI here today. However, even though every village in the state now had a primary school and village education committee to watch over it, the Mizoram SSA has reached a deadlock in its mission to universalize elementary education in the entire State. "About 2,000 children are believed to be still out of schools. They are from the residual or the hardcore groups. They belong to the nomadic families of Chakmas along the Indo-Bangla border, migrants and religious sects who do not allow their children to study,' the Royte said. However, the SSA will leave no stone unturned to give education to even this group of children, he asserted. One of the strategies were mobile schools meant for children of the nomadic Chakma families, are living in remote jungles. "Sometimes we mobilized the NREGS, the 100 days' employment, to lure the parents to send their children to the mobile schools,' SSA coordinator Irene Lalruatkimi said. Education volunteers and remedial teachers were being engaged to carry out the task. Besides formal education, the SSA Mission has instilled the spirit of sports in the minds of children. Under the "innovative programme', it has set up as many as 153 sports academies for various sports disciplines across the State. "The achievement of our sports academies are quite encouraging. Our academies' students have brought home a good number of national and regional level medals in judo, taekwondo, boxing and football,' Hmingsanga, an instructor at the SSA sports academy said. Recently, the Mizoram SSA signed a memorandum with US-based International Alliance for Youth Sports (IAYS) to introduce "Game On ! Youth Sports' to become the first Indian State to join the global sports promotion programme.

  • Over one lakh families hit by famine in Mizoram

    Over one lakh families in Mizoram have been affected by the ongoing shortage of food due to the gregarious bamboo flowering which has triggered a famine like situation in the State. According to official records submitted by Deputy Commissioners of all the eight districts, rural people depending on cultivation have been facing immense hardship due to Mautam while those in urban areas were not spared either, though their sufferings are nominal. Armies of rodents ravaged annual crops like paddy, maize, chili worth Rs 41,138.57 lakh, the report said, adding perennial crops

  • Rodents destroy crops in Mizoram

    Rodents destroy crops in Mizoram

    Mizoram has recently sought central aid to check the fallout of an increasing rodent population in the state. The state disaster management and rehabilitation department (dmrd) recently submitted a

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