Mizoram Current Affairs - 2020

Mizoram provides industrial status to Sports

The Mizoram State Government has recently provided industrial status to Sports. This has been done by the government to attract investment in the Sports industry.

Highlights

The Mizoram Government is framing new industrial policy under which the sports have been included as sports category. The State of Mizoram is known for its great interests towards sports. Of all the footballers in the north east states, Mizoram has pool of football players that play in leading clubs of India. The state has also done extremely well in hockey and weightlifting as well.

Apart from these games, Mizoram is also known for its great interests and achievements in wrestling and other indigenous games such as relay eaces using bamboo (Kalchhet kal), Insuknawra (rod pushing), Inarpathai (cock fighting), etc.

Indian Super League

Indian Super League is considered as one of the top football leagues in India. At least 150 players in the league are from Mizoram. The league was launched in 2013 with the aim of growing the sport of football in India.

The league was first launched by the all India football Federation, Star Sports and Reliance.

GoI directs to include Chakma and Hajong in COVID-19 relief programme

On May 1, 2020, the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region directed Arunachal Pradesh Government to include Hajong and Chakma communities in the COVID-19 relief programme

Highlights

The Chakma and Hajong communities, the migrants from the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) are still living in relief camps. They came to India in 1964. There are more than 1 lakh Chakma and Hajong refugees in the country. Apart from these people, there are around 15,000 Chakmas and 2,000 Hajongs in the relief camp set up in Arunachal Pradesh. Even after 50 years, many continue to live here.

What is the issue?

The Chakmas were predominantly Buddhists and the Hajongs were Hindus. They inhabited the Chittagong hills in the regions of East Pakistan. They migrated to India due to the construction of Kaptai dam across the Karnaphuli river in 1960s. They also faced persecution in East Pakistan as they were non-Muslims.

Currently, the tribes do not have citizenship or land rights. However, they are provided the basic amenities.

Karnaphuli river

Karnaphuli is the largest river the in the Chittagong hills. The river originates in Mizoram and flows into Bangladesh and then joins the Bay of Bengal. The tributaries of the Karnaphuli river include Kawrpui river, Phairuang river and Tuichawng river.