Mizoram Current Affairs

Former Union MoS Dr C Silvera passes away

Former Union Minister of state (MoS) Dr C Silvera passed away due stroke in Aizawl District, Mizoram. He was 80.

He had served as Union MoS for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from 17 February 1994  to 15 September 1999.

He was the first and so far the only person from Mizoram to be in the Indian Union Council of Ministers as Minister.

About Dr C Silvera

  • Dr C. Silvera was born 6 May 1935 in Lunglei District, Mizoram. He was a medical doctor by profession and a Indian National Congress politician in Mizoram.
  • He was also the longest serving member of Parliament of India from the Mizoram Lok Sabha constituency. In 1995, he became Minister of State for Industry.
  • He was elected in the 9th Lok Sabha, 10th Lok Sabha and the 11th Lok Sabha. He was elected member of Rajya Sabha for the term 1984-1990 from Mizoram.

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Mizoram Government, JICA ink MoU for promoting Sustainable Agriculture

Mizoram government and Japanese International Cooperative Agency (JICA) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ‘Capacity Enhancement for Sustainable Agriculture and Irrigation Development’.

It was signed by the State government officials of Agriculture, Minor Irrigation, Horticulture and Soil and Water Conservation departments.

The MoU will pave way for experts of the Japanese company to undertake technical cooperation project on the companys expense in four rural development blocks in Aizawl, Serchhip, Kolasib and Champhai districts.

The project will be undertaken based on the development study conducted by JICAduring 2013 and 201. Based on this study, it had formulated a master plan covering 20 years and the technical cooperation project would commence from October 2016 till September 2021.

Under it training programmes would be conducted in Japan both for farmers and officials from Mizoram for three times and the expenses would be borne by the Japanese government.

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Traditional Chapchar Kut festival celebrated across Mizoram

The traditional festival of Chapchar Kut of the Mizos was celebrated across the north-eastern state of Mizoram and also in the Mizo-inhabited areas in the neighbouring states.

It is a spring festival celebrated every year in month of March with great fervour and gaiety by Mizos after completion of their Jhum operation (shifting agriculture by clearing jungle by burning and cultivating in remnants of burning).

Mizos celebrate this festival by dressing in their traditional attire and dancers danced to the tune of typical music and songs. Popular Mizo dances including Cheraw, Chheihlam, Sarlamkai and Khuallam are performed by various cultural groups. Chapchar Kut Festival is estimated to have started in 1450-1700 A.D. in a village called Suaipui.

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