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PRINT MEDIA: The
advent of satellite and cable T.Vs, together with introduction
of more sophisticated printing technology and computers have, in
a way transformed Media in Mizoram. Their impact is clearly
visible in newspapers in terms of contents as well as in terms
of appearance. With competition on the rise, the principle of
'survival of the fittest' trend has seemed to set in
particularly in the capital city. From the previous 40 or so
number of government approved newspapers, regular circulation of
the newspapers have come down to 26 in Aizawl, 9 in Lunglei and
7 in Chhimtuipui districts only. The principal dailies in Aizawl
are :- Mizo Aw, Romei, Mizo Arsi, Dingdi, Newslink,Thupuan, Rahbi,
Vanglaini, Aizawl Post, Hnehtu,
Highlander. Of these, Highlander and Newslink are published in English.
The state government has given press accreditation to 77
journalists including press-photographers and T.V. Cameramen. An
interesting development, however, is the increase of news
magazines lately. News Magazines of sports, music etc. have come
up large numbers of about 35 or more in Aizawl.
ELECTRONIC MEDIA: There
have been rapid progress in the development of Electronic media
(Radio, T.V/Cable TVs) during the past 10 years. This is largely
due to growing media awareness among the general public.
RADIO: Radio continues to be most extensive covering networks
covering the entire state. AIR Aizawl station started
functioning as an auxiliary station in May 1966 with frequency
of 150 Watt Medium wave. In 1970 the frequency was improved to 1
Kilowatt and then to 10 Kilowatts in 1975 and to the present
frequency of 20 Kilowatts since 1979. Transmission from short
wave with a frequency of was started in 1992. Steps are being
taken to install FM Stereo Transmitter.A 6 KW FM Radio Station
was started in Lunglei in 1995. Soon, a captive earth station to
uplink news from Aizawl will be opened here. Two community Radio
stations are to be opened at Saiha and Champhai to cover
TELEVISION: Doordarshan relayed the Asian Games 1982 from its
first VLP Transmitter installed in Aizawl Tuikhuahtlang. HPT
telecast commenced in 1995 and LTP telecast on 12.6.1995.
Another HPT Relay Centre was opened at Lunglei in 1995 and two
VLPT centers were opened at Saiha and Champhai. Of these, only
Aizawl center telecast their local programme has recently
increased from one hour to two hours. Besides Doorsdarshan's
local programmes, people turn to Cable TV for entertainment and
news. About 29 Cable Operators are doing business in the urban
and semi-urban areas. The 'Sky Link' was the first to give Star
TV programmes to limited subscribers since 1991. The LPS and
ZOZAM started their own production centers in 1992 and 1994
respectively. These local programmes have been instrumental in
giving information in local local language apart from being
ready entertainment. LPS programmes have viewers in most of the
district headquarters. These local programmes have proved very
useful and effective for publicity and they a great potential
for educational purpose as well.
PUBLIC RELATION: The directorate of Information and Public
Relation is headed by a Director, assisted that Directorate
level by one Joint Director, three Deputy Directors, one Public
Relations Officer at Headquarters one Editor, one Press
Information Officer and at District level by one Public
Relations Officers and Assistant Public Relations Officers.
At the directorate level, the department has six branches (a)
Press Relation Wing (b) Photo Division (c) Maintenance of
Technical Equipment (d) Publicity Wing Library Research Section
and (e) Field of Publicity Wing.
Press Relations Section: The press relation section headed by a
Deputy Director is reinforced by Public Relations officers and
Assistant Information Officers whose main job is to feed the
local newspapers and AIR with the latest developmental programmes and various Government activities. This section is
also responsible for the feedback of the trend of opinion. It
also conducts for journalists both for locals and national
papers within and outside Mizoram to cover the events concerning
Photo division: The Photo Divisions responsible for Photo of
important events and incidents taking place in Mizoram. It is
also responsible for documentation of the progress made under
five Year Plan and the overall developmental efforts of the
Government of Mizoram. Till now the Division is equipped to
handled photography only most of the documentaries required are
taken of by the Film Division of the Central Government.
Publication Wing: The departmental is having three regular
publications from districts in the local language. Besides these
regular publications, the Department bring out publications from
time to time on the development programmes, achievement and
family welfare programmes of Government. It also publishes
fortnightly magazines in the local language highlighting
Field Publicity: The Field Publicity units located at different
district and Sub-Divisional Headquarters manned by Assistant
Public Relation Officers in the villages. The District Officers
designated as Public Relation Officers in their respective areas
responsible for the field publicity activities. The units are
organizing regular films shows, Public meeting, debated and
seminars on different aspects and the over-all development
efforts of the Government of Mizoram and also the development
subject such as family programmes and improved agriculture
Library, Research and Reference Section: The main work of this
section is to keep the compile the chronology of the activities
of the Government as well as major event taking place in the
state, for use in the future.
Information center: There are three District Officers namely,
Aizawl, Lunglei and Chhimtuipui headed by Information and Public
Relations Officer and assisted by Assitant Public Relations
officers, similarly, there are six Sub-Divisional Offices viz.
Champhai, Kolasib, Mamit, Tlabung, Lawngtlai and Chawngte headed
by Assistant Public Relations Officers. There are also 14 Rural
Information Centres headed by Cinema Operator.
The Department launched Multi-Media Publicity Campaign at
various Sub-Divisional Headquarters on the programmes and
achievements of the Government. It also conducted Aizawl Darshan
Tours for elderly people of 10 constituencies who have not seen
Aizawl for long period. A video news cassette highlighting the
Government of Mizoram achievements is produced and shown to the
public through TV networks.
The whole media operation is
coordinated by the Directorate of I&PR, Government of Mizoram,
Aizawl. (more info)
Information Bureau (PIB), Aizawl: (http://pibaizawl.nic.in)
The third Media Centre for the North East was inaugurated by
Shri F.Malsawma, Minister of Information on 28.2.2000 at Press
Information Bureau, Aizawl. The meeting was presided by Shri
C.Lalrosanga, Chairman, Inter Media Publicity Coordination
Committee (IMPCC), Mizoram. Besides the Chief Guest, other
speakers included Shri Len. L.Doungel IPS, Chairman, Central
Government Employee's Welfare Coordination Committee (CGEWCC),
Shri D.R.Zirliana, President, Mizoram Journalist Asociation (MJA),
Dr C.Silvera former Union Minister etc.The inaugural function
was attended by members of the local media and central
government offices. Shri B.Narzary DPIO, PIB, Regional office,
Guwahati delivered welcome speech and Shri Mangjangam Touthang,
AIO, PIB, Aizawl gave vote of thanks.
PIB is the nodal agency of the Central Government to disseminate
information to the print and the electronic media on its various
policies, programmes, initiatives and achievements. Functioning
as an interface between the Government and the Media, PIB
provides feedback to Government with People's reaction as
reflected in the media.
At present, PIB has a total of 41 offices all over the country.
It disseminates information through different formats such as
Press Releases, Features articles, Interviews, Press
Conferences, Press Tours and bulletin board services, etc. The
Bureau has a home page on internet and can be accessed on
www.nic.in/India-image/PIB. Newspapers can now directly download
materials from the Bureau's bulletin board including and use
them in the daily issues of their newspapers.
The Media Centre at Aizawl is the third Media Centre in the North East after Guwahati and Shillong which has been provided by
the Government for the benefit of the local media here. Form now
on, local media friends can come and avail the facilities
provided by PIB for use in their professional work in the Media
Centre. They can also get copies of latest news downloaded from
the internet free of cost. They can also get other facilities
like Reference books, Type machines, Press conference Hall,
Press Lounge in the Media Centre. Other Central department
located in the state of Mizoram can also use this Seminars and
Symposia. They can also use Slide Projector and overhead
Projector free of cost during their seminars and workshops
organised in the Media center. In fact, this Media Centre will
be like National Press Conference Hall set up in PIB, New Delhi
with facilities like Press Conference Hall, Press Lounge,
reference Library, Type Machine, local telephone, etc. which can
be used by media and other Central Government.
PIB, Government of India, Aizawl set up in June 7, 1984. Some
highlighted of PIB Aizawl 1996 - 2000 are :-
PIB, Aizawl also arranged Video Conferencing for three times
with the local Media representatives providing and interaction
opportunity with other parts of with other parts of India during
the last Parliamentary election.
- Conducted Press Tour to visit important social welfare
development programmes especially Aganwadi Centres and different
development projects implemented under Rural Development
Deparment, Government of Mizoram. The places visited are under
Ngopa, Khawbung, Khawzawl, Champhai and Aizawl areas. The Press
Tour was conducted during March 5 - 13, 1997. Ten Journalist
including AIO, PIB, Aizawl visited the said places.
- Conducted Press tour to Mumbai and Pune during November 30 -
10th December, 1997. Seven Journalists were in the Press Team.
- Mizoram Journalists and Economics Writers regularly attended
Economics Editors Conference at New Delhi under sponsorship of PIB. Dr Lianzela and Shri Lalrinthanga attended this conference.
In 1997, during 10-12 September, the following Journalists
attended Shri Robert Lalchhuana (Romei) and Shri D.R.Zirliana (Mizo
Aw) and Shri K.Sapdanga (Vanglaini). A Press Tour to Udaipur,
Rajasthan was arranged for these Journalists during September 13
-16, 1997. In 1999, November 17 -20, Dr Vanlalchhawna, Shri
Lalsawta and Shri C.Lalrambuatsaiha attended the said Econmic
Editors Conference. In 2000, two Editors namely, H.Tawna Langel,
Editor, "Zokhua Daily' and A.Zotinkhuma Editor 'Thubenglut'
monthly are attending The Economic Editors Conference from
October 16 - 18, 2000 at National Press Centre, PIB, New Delhi.
Shri Zonunsanga Khiangte, Editor 'Lenlaini' daily and Manjangam
Touthang, AIO, PIB Aizawl attended the 2nd Editors Conference in
Social Sectors issues - 2000 during 6-8, April 2000 at Kanisha
Hotel, New Delhi. This is the first time representatives from
Mizoram were attending this Conference.
PIB, Aizawl regularly contributes development feature stories,
etc. The feature story based on the Interview with Shri
Darthuama Renthlei, the lone surviving freedom fighter from
Mizoram by AIO, PIB. Aizawl has been included in the book
entitled 'Freedom Fighter of India' published by the Publication
Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of
India. New Delhi.
PIB, Aizawl regularly provides publicity materials to local
press, govt. media and also departments. This office is now
equipped with internet facility, press conference hall,
library-cum-information center, a press lounge etc.
PIB, Aizawl received the Second Prize for being the cleanest
office in Aizawl, Mizoram.
For further Information please contact
T/129, Tuikhuahtlang, Mahatma Gandhi Road
Tel : 91-389-2322323/2312119/2317359