AIZAWL/AGARTALA - A central government team, sponsored by the union panchayati raj ministry, is touring the northeastern states to gather public opinion on devolution of governance to the grass roots level, an official said Friday.

AIZAWL - Many NGOs from the northeastern states have strongly opposed the central government's decision to do away with the Protected Area Permit (PAP), a mandatory official authorisation for foreigners to visit the region.

AIZAWL - The Mizoram government has launched an ambitious Rs.2,873 crore new land use policy to solve food scarcity by moving away from shifting cultivation to permanent farming.

AIZAWL - The state-owned North Eastern Electric Power Corp (NEEPCO) would soon restart work at Mizoram's Tuirial hydroelectric project that was suspended June 2004 due to law and order problems, an official said here Monday.

AGARTALA/AIZAWL - Tripura and Mizoram are facing a food crisis as the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has not supplied the allocated quota of food grain to the two states, officials said Thursday.
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