Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mizo people highest tobacco consumers in country

AIZAWL, Dec 14 - Mizoram has the highest rate of tobacco consumption in the country with a record of 67.2 per cent of its population using different kinds of tobacco products, Dr Jane R Ralte, Nodal Officer of Mizoram State Tobacco Control Society said, while quoting the report of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS).

She added that about 8 lakh people of the world died every year due to second-hand smoke.

Addressing a one day 'Media Workshop on Tobacco Control in Mizoram' here recently, Dr Ralte said that as many as 5,41,000 people in Mizoram used different kinds of tobacco products and the total annual expenditure on tobacco products is estimated at Rs 21,934. While there are 2,01,252 cigarette smokers in Mizoram 33,001 are Zozial (locally made or indigenous cigar) smokers.

National Family Health Survey-3, reports that during 2005-06 the total percentage of male smokers in Mizoram was 73.6 which was much higher than the country average percentage of male smokers (32.1%).

The percentage of female smokers was 16.1 per cent. While the percentage of male using any tobacco was 83.4, female using any tobacco products was estimated at 60.8 percent during 2005-6, reposts National Family Health Survey-3.

According to Dr Ralte about 100 million people have been killed worldwide in the 20th Century due to consumption of tobacco and if this trend continues, tobacco could kill 1 billion people during the 21st Century.

It has been estimated that by 2030, tobacco will kill 8 million people each year unless urgent action is taken, she said.

She also said that about 8 lakh people have been killed every year due to second-hand smoke and 62 percent of non-smokers in Mizoram are exposed to second hand smoke at work places.

Dr Ralte said that Mizoram registered the highest rate of cancer patients in India with a record of 5,888 people suffering from the deadly disease while about 3137 people had died of cancer in 5 years.
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mizoram collects Rs 19.44 cr from liquor

 AIZAWL, Nov 30 - Government of Mizoram has collected a total of Rs 19.44 crore from sale of liquor in eight months after Mizoram Liquor Prohibition & Control (MLPC) Act, 2014 came to force in the State from January 16 last, official sources said.

Over 56,631 people were issued liquor permit under the MLPC Act and there were 22 retail wine shops across five districts of the State.

As many as 18 retail wine shops were opened in five districts across the state, including six in Aizawl. According to the sources, the government also received a total revenue of Rs 24.82 crore with subsequent issue of sale permit since March, 2015.

As many as 1,495 people had been disciplined or booked for violation of MLPC Act, while over 507 persons have misused their permit.

The sources also said that the sale or consumption of spurious liquor has decreased considerably after the implementation of MLPC Act.
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

62 Percent Turnout in Mizoram By-Election

An estimated 61.98 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the by-election to Aizawl North – III Assembly seat on Saturday, Mizoram State Election department officials said.

Aizawl district SP Lalhuliana Fanai said the polling in all the 19 polling stations was completely peaceful. An estimated 61.98 per cent voters of the total electorate of 17,582 voted, SEC said.

The voters decided the political fortunes of Lal Thanzara of ruling Congress, K Vanlalvena of Mizo National Front and Lalduhawma of National Democratic Alliance, pre-poll alliance of Zoram Nationalist Party and BJP. Counting of votes would be conducted on Tuesday next.

By-poll in the constituency was necessitated by the resignation of former Health Minister and Congress nominee Lal Thanzara on August 18 last due to allegations of conflict of interests.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

FIRs mark end to campaigning for Aizawl assembly seat

Campaigning for the November 21 by-election to Aizawl North III Assembly seat in Mizoram ended today amidst acrimony with a candidate and a Congress leader filing FIRs against each other.

Mizo National Front candidate R Vanlalvena filed the FIR against Aizawl District Congress Committee (ADCC) leader K Lalthantluanga, who had accused him of taking Rs 2 lakh from Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla just before 2013 state Assembly elections.

Lalthantluanga in a press conference yesterday had said Vanlalvena had received the money from the chief minister through him following promises to campaign for Lal Thanhawla in Hrangturzo Assembly seat.

Vanlalvena in his FIR said he had never received money from Lal Thanhawla or Lalthantluanga and the latter's claim was an attempt to tarnish his name and that of MNF during the hustings.

Lalthantluanga filed a counter FIR in the same police station claiming that his statement was true and the MNF candidate was trying to defame him.

Polling for the by-poll to the Aizawl North - III seat would be held on Saturday.

By-poll in the constituency was necessitated by the resignation of former health minister Lal Thanzara on August 18 last due to allegations of 'conflict of interests' in news reports and by the opposition parties.

Lal Thanzara, the younger brother of Lal Thanhawla allegedly held more than 21 per cent shares in a construction company which bagged road construction work of the state government worth crores of rupees.

His HP Food Products company was also alleged to have supplied nutrition items worth crores of rupees to the state social welfare department when he was a parliamentary secretary and later a minister of state.

He is, however, the Congress candidate for the same seat he vacated.
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Monday, November 2, 2015

MNF to contest all seats in AMC polls

Opposition Mizo National front (MNF) would contest all the seats for the coming election to the 19-ward Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) to be held on November 26.

President Zoramthanga today announced that the MNF would contest all the seats, including six reserved for women.

The ruling Congress, which forged alliance with the Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) was yet to announce its candidates for the civic polls though the seat-sharing formula of 14:5 was already agreed upon by the two partners.

The BJP and the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) combine under the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) banner was also yet to announce its candidates for the AMC polls.

Meanwhile, no one has file nomination papers for the by-election to the Aizawl North - III assembly seat till today even Wednesday is the last date of filing nominations.

The by-poll, necessitated by the resignation of former health minister Lal Thanzara on August 18 over alleged 'conflict of interests' case, would be held on November 21.

The ruling Congress announced that Lal Thanzara would be its candidate for the coming by-polls while the MNF nominated president of its youth front K. Vanlalvena to contest against the former.

No nomination papers were received till date for both the elections to the AMC and the Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC) to be held simultaneously on October 26 for which last date of filing nominations was fixed on Friday next.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mizoram to pay ex-gratia to kin of slain cop

AIZAWL, Oct 29 - Mizoram Government has approved ex-gratia payment amounting to Rs 10 lakh each to kin of policemen killed in an ambush by Hmar People’s Convention (Democrats) militants on March 28, Home Minister R Lalzirliana informed the Assembly recently.

The Minister was replying to a query from Lalruatkima and Dr K Beichhua of Mizo National Front (MNF).

Three policemen were killed when the team of State Assembly’s Committee on Government Assurances were ambushed by 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.
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Mizoram Govt sending 16 youths to Japan

AIZAWL, Oct 27 - Mizoram Government is sending youths from the State to Japan to learn Japanese language there and later work at an ‘Aged Care Home’. In this connection, a Japanese team comprising leaders from Kokoro College Nagasaki, Japan led by its chairman Joji Iwanaga met Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla at his residence here recently.

They came to give visa to the selected Mizo youths. Japan is in need of foreign students to work at its ‘Aged Care Home, Iwanaga told the CM during their interaction. At present, 16 Mizo youths have been selected who would be the first from India for the Japan Government’s programme. Iwanaga also asked the Chief Minister to send more Mizo youths to help meet the high demand for foreign students by Japan Government to work at its ‘Aged Care Home’.
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