Mizoram

K.N. Tripathi sworn in as Governor of Mizoram

West Bengal and Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi took additional charge of Mizoram . He was sworn in as 16th Governor of Mizoram on 4 April 2015.

Justice Michael Zothankhuma of the Gauhati High Court administered oath of office to him at Raj Bhavan in Aizawal.

Tripathi was given additional charge of Mizoram after Union Government had sacked then Governor Aziz Qureshi.

About Keshari Nath Tripathi

  • Tripathi was member of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly for six times and had represented BJP.
  • He also had served as the Speaker of the UP Legislative Assembly three consecutive times in 1991, 1997 and 2002.
  • He also had held position of Cabinet Minister from 1977-1979 in UP Government.
  • Tripathi had practised as a lawyer in the Allahabad High Court from 1956. From 1987 to 1989, he was the President of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association.

Article 153 of Constitution- It says that there shall be Governor for each state. 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.

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9 agricultural products from north-east India accorded GI registration tag

Nine organic and exotic agricultural products from Northeast India were accorded geographical indication (GI) registration tag.

GI tag will help to protect these exclusive special local crops and pave way for better branding and marketing of these products both in domestic and international Market.

Geographical Indication (GI) accorded products are

  • Assam Karbi Anglong Ginger.
  • Assam Tezpur Litchi.
  • Meghalaya Khasi Mandarin.
  • Sikkim Large Cardamom.
  • Mizoram Bird Eye Chilly.
  • Manipur Kachai Lemon.
  • Tripura Queen Pineapple.
  • Arunachal Orange.
  • Nagaland Tree Tomato.

Union Government owned North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC) had played important role in getting GI registry. North Eastern Council (NEC) provided the financial support to this initiative.   

About Geographical Indication (GI)

  • Geographical Indication is an insignia on products having a unique geographical origin and evolution over centuries.
  • It is a mark of authenticity and ensures that registered authorised users (or at least those residing inside the geographic territory) are allowed to use the popular product name.
  • In India GI registration is governed by the Geographical Indications of goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
  • Darjeeling tea was the first product in India accorded with GI tag.

For more information refer- What is Geographical Indications Registry?

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Former CM of Mizoram Brigadier (Retd) Thenphunga Sailo passes away

Former Chief Minister (CM) of Mizoram Brigadier (Retd) Thenphunga Sailo passed away on 27 March 2015 in Aizawl, Mizoram.

Apart from being CM, he was also one of the prominent voices against the human rights violation by the armed forces’ in 1970s in the insurgency-hit Mizo hills.

About Thenphunga Sailo

  • Sailo was born on 1 January 1922.
  • Army career- He had joined the British Indian army in 1942 as a junior officer and had rose to the rank of Brigadier in 1966.
  • He had fought the Second World War for the British and was first Indian Army officer from the Mizo community.
  • Political career- In 1975 he had started the People’s Conference Party (now Mizoram People’s Conference).
  • In 1977, he became the second Chief Minister of Mizoram while state was Union Territory and had served CM for two terms.
  • For first times he was CM for six months in 1978 and later for full five year term from 1979 to 1984.
  • He had retired from politics in July 2014.
  • Awards- He was awarded the prestigious military award AVSM during his service in the army. In 1999, he was awarded the Padmashree for his contributions to Mizo society.

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