PC member visits Mizoram

AIZAWL, Dec 13 – Planning Commission (North East in- charge) BK Chaturvedi has urged the Government of Mizoram to encourage private-public partnership (PPP) in the State while taking up projects. The Planning Commission member also urged the State Government to be open to investments by the business houses in the State while taking up projects.

Chaturvedi is touring the State and met high ranking officials of the State Government here yesterday. The meeting was chaired by State chief secretary Van Hela Pachuau and was attended by PL Thanga, member-secretary of the State Planning Board, secretaries, commissioners and directors of various departments including representatives from the three Autonomous District Councils.

Addressing the gathering of officers he emphasised that New Land Use Policy (NLUP) should aim at developing economic regeneration of the people and not at consumption regeneration. He outlined that important sectors such as agriculture, irrigation, roads, power and electricty, health and education can be the thrust areas for development of Mizoram and have the potential to take the growth rate of the State to nine or 10 per cent in the near future.

Chaturvedi urged the officers to explore private-public partnerships (PPP) in areas such as power, health and education and asked them to think of convergence in development projects wherever possible and be open to private investments in the State as they can accelerate the rate of economic development

Cracks appear,houses dismantled in Mizoram town

Aizawl, Aug 8 (PTI) At least 70 families were affected and three houses dismantled as cracks appeared on the ground in the endangered Bazar Veng locality of Mamit town in Mizoram-Tripura border, official sources from.

Around ten families had abandoned their houses and the rest of the families were scared of staying in their houses at night, the sources said.

Geologists who inspected the cracks said the soil was sinking due to heavy soil erosion and a check dam had to be constructed in the lower side of the town to save the houses.

Meanwhile, an official statement today said that Deputy Speaker John Rotluangliana, who visited the town yesterday disbursed Rs 20,000 each to the three families whose houses were dismantled and Rs 2,000 each to other affected families.PTI HCV MM

Tombs swept away by landslide

Aizawl, Aug 8 (PTI) A number of tombs were swept away in a massive landslide at the cemetery oft Dawrpui Vengthar locality here yesterday.

A total of 22 wooden tombs and five tombstones were recovered by local Young Mizo Association (YMA) volunteers as heavy monsoon continue to lash the state.

"The ground at the burial place was still moving and measures are being taken to prevent seepage of water in the soil," President of Dawrpui Vengthar YMA branch Lallianzuala said.Besides the tombs a number of skeletal remains were also recovered, he said.

Bru head count in Mizoram to be completed by this month

Aizawl: Head counting of Brus lodged in six relief camps of Tripura would be completed before the end of this month, Elvis Chorkhy, president of the Mizoram Bru displaced people's forum (MBDF) said today.

The MBDF has been conducting the head count for the repatriation of the Brus following instructions from the state home department.

Chorkhy told PTI over phone from Naisingpara relief camp that besides Naisingpara and Asapara, the largest and second largest camps, the inmates of all the other camps have submitted lists from their respective camps.

"We could not complete the process sooner because many people in the camps can hardly read and write and they have made a number of mistakes," he said adding that the process would be completed by next week.

The Bru refugees were categorised into three groups -those who migrated to Tripura in 1997, who migrated in 2009 and former militants who had surrendered to the Mizoram authorities.

Thousands of Brus left Mizoram for Tripura following communal flare-up triggered by the murder of a forest guard by Bru militants in October 1997. Another exodus was triggered by the killing of 17 year old Mizo boy by Bru militants on November 13, 2009, three days before the repatriation was scheduled to begin.

Sachin Pilot holds BSNL review meeting in Aizawl

Sachin Pilot holds BSNL review meeting in AizawlAizawl: Minister of State, Communication & Information Technology Sachin Pilot held a meeting yesterday at the I & PR Conference Hall with senior BSNL officials(Chief General Managers and General Managers) of the North-East to review Telecom Infrastructure in the North-East. He was accompanied by senior officers from the BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi. The meeting reviewed the existing telecom infrastructure in the North East and discussed measures to augment existing infrastructure and ways to better the different services provided by BSNL.
Shri Sachin Pilot said that the meeting was held to understand in detail the problems faced by BSNL in the North East and suggest ways to improve services, especially mobile and internet services in the region. Saying that the topography of the region brings forth operational and logistical challenges in providing services, but it was not impossible to improve the services he added.  He urged the BSNL officials to be creative in providing solutions and also stressed the need to think out of the box.
The Minister said that he would take up the matter of leasing lines from PGDCIL to augment cellular services in the region with the Ministry of Power and also the matter of providing roaming facility to prepaid customers of BSNL  with the Home Ministry.  Further he added that BSNL Corporate Office was always ready to provide any kind of support to better services in the region. He asked BSNL oficials of Aizawl to finish work on 5 remaining USOF Towers in Mizoram as soon as possible.
BSNL has three Circles – Assam Circle, North East I Circle (Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura) and North East II Circle (Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland) in the region. The North East region as whole has 1119 Telephone Exchanges; wired line capacity of 12,31,260, of which 6,43,587 are working connections; WLL capacity  of 4,00,750, of which 2,48,337 are working lines ; Mobile capacity of 22,52,293  of which 21,46,170 are working connections ; Broadband capacity of 1,70,476 of which   84,643 are working connections. There are 2,36,268 Internet connections and 14,424 km of  Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) network  in the region. 
Mizoram has 67 Telephone Exchange; wired line capacity of 74,400 out of which 55,136 are working lines; WLL capacityof  24,000 out of which  15,351 are working connections; Mobile capacity  of 95,427 out of which 92,876  are working connections; Broadband capacity of 7234 out of which   4211 are working Broadband connections.In addition there are 32,586 Internet connections and 578 km of Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) network in the state.

Mizoram published electoral roll, 2010

Mizoram published electoral roll, 2010
Aizawl: Directorate of Election, Mizoram on the 20th July, 2010 had notified the publication of the Lists of Ammendments to the Final Electoral Roll, 2010 for each of the 40( Forty) Assembly Contituencies in Mizoram.

The  Lists of Amendments in the Electoral Rolls, 2010 so notified vide No.H.11011/24/2010-CEO : Dt 20.07.2010 have been published and will be available for inspection at the offices of  District Election Officer, Electoral Registration Officer and  Assistant Electoral Registration Officer.

The said final Electoral Rolls, 2010 may also be accessed on the Official website of the CEO, Mizoram at www.ceomizoram.nic.in.

Queen's Baton relay in Mizoram

Queen's Baton relay in MizoramAizawl: Director Sports and Youth Services, Mr. Zoliana Royte today disclosed detailed programme of Queen’s baton relay in Aizawl at a press conference held this afternoon. He stated that according to the programme scheduled, Queen’s Baton for the XIXth Commonwealth Games will land at Lengpui Airport at 1 pm on 29th July by flight number IC 213.

The baton will be received by himself and be handed over to Chief Secretary Pu Vanhela Pachuau who is the Chairman of QBR Reception Committee. The baton will be taken to Bawngkawn junction from where relay will be conducted upto Vanapa Hall where a reception function will be held with the Chief Minister as the Chief Guest. Prominent sports personalities, present and past, will participate in the relay. The baton will hault for a night and proceed for Kolkatta the next day.

In commemorating the 71 Commonwealth Games Federation, a tree planting ceremony will be held on 20th July at the premises of Rajiv Gandhi Sports Stadium at Mualpui in which 71 saplings will be planted by Council of Ministers, MLAs and top ranking officials of the state government.