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Aizawl, 14 May : A 25-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday for allegedly killing her 32-year-old husband with a machete, which police said she used to inflict multiple wounds on his body including slitting his throat.

Kority alias Biaki and her husband Ram Mohan lived in Mualthuam village near Kawrthah town in Mizoram’s Mamit District.

The couple left their home to their farm on Wednesday without having had a meal and got into a quarrel in their hut, police said, adding it remained unclear what exactly caused Kority to attack her husband.

The couple has had a stormy relationship for some time.

She claimed during interrogation that her husband had tried to strangle her and that she retaliated with the machete.

Police at Kawrthah arrested Kority on Thursday morning after getting reports of the homicide.

Her husband’s body has been sent for post-mortem and the accused is scheduled to be presented before a court on Friday.

AIZAWL, May 14 – Mizoram Minister for Horticulture PC Lalthanliana today flagged off the first consignment of 16,000 litres of concentrated grape juice from Champhai town to be blended in Guwahati.

The Guwahati-based Radiant Manufacturing Pvt Ltd which would make a wine branded as Vihno Porto from the concentrated grape juice and Radiant inked an MoU with the Champhai Grape Growers Society (CGGS) for supply of concentrated grape juice.

The agreement was welcomed by the grape growers as the dry law in force in Mizoram was lifted by the State Government from January this year leaving the wineries in Champhai and neighbouring Hnahlan dry. – PTI

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Aizawl, 13th May ( Mizoram stands roughly midway among Indian states in terms of Infant Mortality Rate, with a ratio of 36 infant deaths per 1000 live births. Saiha district, in the south, has an unusually high IMR of 98. Other districts range between IMRs of 26 to 46.

According to the World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision published by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013) report that India has been working well to reduce the infant mortality rate with 166/1000 in 1950-1955 to 51 in 2005/2010 and under five mortality rates from 289 in 1950-1955 to 64 in 2005-2010.

They also projected that between 2014 and 2050 nine countries are expected to account for more than half of the world’s projected increase: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the United Republic of Tanzania, the United States of America and Uganda. Several of these countries are among the most populous today. Given its anticipated growth, India is projected to overtake China and become the world’s most populous country by 2028.

While one of the most remotest part in India, Mizoram state is far more reaching and the death of infants before attaining one year has increased at an alarming rate in Mizoram, a survey by Economics and Statistics department of Mizoram has revealed that the rate of infant mortality has increased alarmingly in the state, according to the survey, 38 infants out of every 1000 infants died in 2008, compared to 16 out of every 1000 infants during the year 2003.

According to National Family Health Survey III (2005-06), infant mortality in India was 57 per 1000 in which Uttar Pradesh had the highest rate with 73, but Mizoram was the sixth state in terms of low infant mortality rate at 34 deaths out of 1000 infants.

Looking into the data of the survey the rate of infant mortality in Mizoram in 2003 was 16, which increased to 19 in 2004 further jumped to 26 in 2005, it further increased from 26 in 2005 to 29.73 in 2007 and 38.34 in 2008.

Among the eight districts, infant mortality rate is highest in Saiha district with 113.64 and lowest in Lawngtlai district with 19.08. The rate in Saiha district is much higher than national average which is 57, as per 2005-06 NHFS III survey. Out of the nearly nine lakhs people in Mizoram according to the 2001 census, 35.51 per cent was children below 14 years of age.

Government of India sets a target to reduce Infant Mortality Rate to 25 in every 1000 births by 2017 while the Infant Mortality Rate in Mizoram was still 30 in every 1,000 births.

The latest report published by NRHM-HMIS monthly reports, Government of Mizoram in 27th March 2015 that the Maternal Mortality rate is still 76/1000 and IMR is 35/1000 while NGOs and other CSo claims that the this was the data gathered by government departments only the actual cases must be higher than this.

Aizawl, 13 May (PTI): Two young boys drowned in the river Kawlchaw in south Mizoram’s Saiha district, a police report said said here today. When Lalchamliana (22) was drowning Beiriapha (19) dived into the river to save him and in the process both met their watery grave on Monday, a delayed report reaching here said. Both had gone to the river for fishing. Their bodies were recovered at around midnight on Monday.

Patna:  Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has been transferred and appointed the Governor of Mizoram. He will be serving till his term ends in 2018. He is the seventh Governor the state saw in a year.

The frequent changes in Mizoram governorship began in July 2014, when V Purushothaman resigned after being transferred to neighbouring Nagaland, saying he was not consulted.

The next in office was Kamla Beniwal, who was earlier the Governor of Gujarat. Her tenure was marked by several clashes with Narendra Modi, who had been the Chief Minister of the state.

With just four months left in her term, the government transferred 87-year-old Ms Beniwal from Gujarat to Mizoram.

But days after she took charge in August 2014, Ms Beniwal was sacked on the allegations of gross impropriety, including misuse of state machinery.

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan was appointed in her place, but he resigned, refusing take up the assignment.

Over the next few months, former bureaucrat V K Duggal and former Delhi Police Commissioner KK Paul held additional charge of Mizoram.

In December 2014, Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi was transferred to Mizoram, but in March 2015, he too, was sacked. Mr Qureshi has dragged the NDA government to court over the issue.

Till now, West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi was holding the additional charge of Mizoram.

During a visit a few days ago by BJP president Amit Shah to state capital Aizawl, many had greeted him with posters and banners saying the constant juggling of Governors in the state was not good in a democratic system of governance.

Aizawl, 12 May: As the Mizoram Police continues to slap up to a dozen additional charges against three arrested HPCD militants — including it’s “Army Chief” Lalropuia Famhoite and “Finance Secretary” Norbar Sanate — it has emerged that two men who admitted to planting and exploding at least five bombs that rocked state capital Aizawl on the militant group’s behest last year have been acquitted on a technicality and the state government has not yet appealed against their acquittal.

H D Lalhmangaiha and Lalringthanga were arrested in the first week of August 2014 for their roles in setting off five blasts in various parts of Aizawl that caused damages worth several lakhs but which led to no human casualties. Their arrests prompted Home Minister R Lalzirliana to announce the police action at a hurriedly-called press conference at his residence on a Sunday afternoon.

The duo were, however, acquitted by an Additional District and Sessions Court Judge on March 24 because the prosecution did not include the District Magistrate’s prosecution sanction along with the charge-sheet, which is required for two of the charges they faced; section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act (causing explosion endangering life or property) and IPC 120 B (criminal conspiracy).

District Magistrate Dr Franklin Laltinkhuma meanwhile said he never rejects requests for a sanction to prosecute and he had granted one in this particular case as well, while Public Prosecutor R C Thanga said he has prepared and submitted a note to the state’s IGP and the Aizawl SP furnishing the grounds for an appeal against the acquittals in the High Court, citing two Supreme Court rulings that say prosecution sanctions can be filed later.

He said the state government has not yet filed an appeal, however. Lalringthanga, who designed and planted the bombs, had told a court soon after his arrest that he acted on behalf of the HPCD, and that he procured 80 sticks of gelatin to engineer the bomb blasts — one exploded near the state Assembly building, another outside Parliamentary Secretary for Home Lt.Col (retd) ZS Zuala and two others near Sinlung Hills Development Council chairman Hmingchungnunga’s residence. A fifth exploded in Aizawl’s main market area late in the night.

This is not the first time HPCD cadres or those alleged to be working for the group have been let off or given bail on technicalities; the group’s top leadership including “chairman” Zosangbera, “army chief” Lalropuia, “deputy army chief” Lalbiaknunga and “finance secretary” Norbar Sanate have at various times in the past been allowed bail on different grounds, chief of which has been the police not wielding CrPC section 41A, which requires that a police officer serve a notice of arrest to the accused.

Interestingly, the HPCD’s top leadership were by and large represented by lawyer J Lalremruata Hmar, who heads the legal cell of the main opposition Mizo National Front, a party that has taken aim at the Congress government for allegedly having links with the Lalhmingthanga faction of the HPCD, a rival of the the HPCD faction led by Zosangbera and Lalropuia.

~Express News