Owner(s)K. Sapdanga
HeadquartersAizawl, India

Vanglaini is a daily newspaper in Mizoram, northeast India, published in the Mizo language.[1] It is registered with the Registrar of Newspapers for India (no. RNI 34227/79. : MZR/67/2012-2014). It is owned, edited, and published by K. Sapdanga. It remains the newspaper in Mizoram with the largest circulation.[2][3][4]

Mizo Award

Vanglaini has instituted the "Mizo Award" to any living Mizo or group of Mizos who have made exemplary achievements. The first award was given in 2011, and was scheduled to be given every three years. The award carried INR 100,000 with a trophy. From 2017, the award money was doubled to INR 200,000.[5][6]



At the 17th Lok Sabha election, Vanglaini published a list of candidates for Mizoram constituency on 11 April 2019,[13] the day of voting.[14] The electoral symbol of Mizo National Front party candidate C. Lalrosanga was given as Ni (Sun) in place of arsi (a star). MNF, the legislature party of Mizoram, was infuriated, as its president and Chief Minister Zoramthanga reacted, saying, "This is done either deliberately or purposefully to undermine the MNF party and our candidate because the editor of the paper is the leader of our opponent and the joint editor himself is ZPM-Congress joint candidate."[15] They also asserted that the newspaper had misprinted their symbol in the past election.[16]

The main rival of MNF was Tetea Hmar,[17][18] who contested as an independent candidate but officially supported by the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (representative of the Indian National Congress) and Zoram People's Movement parties.[14][19] Vanglaini had a close link with ZPM; Hmar being its joint editor, and K. Sapdanga, the editor, was the leader of ZPM.[18] Hmar was popular as a favourite candidate as "Mipui Candidate"[20] or the "People Candidate."[21]

Although Sapdanga publicised an apology through WhatsApp on the same day,[13] stating it was an inadvertent mistake.[16] He officially submitted an explanation to the election officials, as well as to Rosanga, who accepted the apology.[22] However, the MNF demanded apology for their own which they did not receive,[13] claiming that it was not only a "deliberate act" to mislead voters,[23][24] but also a breach of the election code of conduct.[13] The Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra directed the Returning Officer Vanlalngaihsaka to file the first information report to the police. The police issued order to show cause to Hmar and Sapdanga.[25][26] Hmar and Sapdanga were registered for crimimal offences under sections 171-F and 171-G of the Indian Penal Code "for allegedly deliberately publishing a misleading report."[24]

ZPM and Congress parties were in turn angered by such actions, claiming that Hmar had no role in that particular issue or authority over the newspaper, such that it was only to undermine their candidate.[17] Following a voting incident in which at several polls, Hmar's serial number was wrongly displayed (5 instead of 4), the two parties filed complaints to the CEO accusing the RO of incompetence and well as leaking the order to show cause of Hmar on social media before it was approved.[15][23]

See also


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  2. ^ "CLAIMED CIRCULATION OF BIG PERIODICALS: Appendix I" (PDF). RNI. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Vanglaini - most popular Mizo newspaper in Mizoram". 16 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Mizoram Mizo Language". India Mapped. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  5. ^ mystic (14 April 2011). "Vanglaini Mizo Award". mi(sual).com (in Mizo). Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b Press Trust of India (29 November 2014). "Mizo social worker gets award from largest circulated daily". Business Standard. Business Standard Ltd. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Vanglaini Mizo Award Pu Thena hnenah!" [Vanglaini Mizo Award given to Pu Thena]. mi(sual).com (in Mizo). 20 April 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  8. ^ "GOVERNOR IN MIZO AWARD HLAN" [Governor presented the Mizo Award]. Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Mizoram. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Sangthankima'n Mizo Award dawng" [Sangthankima received the Mizo Award]. Zalen (in Mizo). 6 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Mizo social worker gets award from largest circulated daily". The Shillong Times. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Mizo Award 2014 Sangthankima hlan a ni" [Mizo Award 2014 conferred to Sangthankima]. Vanglaini (in Mizo). 1 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Joy L Pachuau awarded Mizo Award". The Assam Tribune Online. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  13. ^ a b c d Zate, H (11 April 2019). "Vanglaini-in Arsi aiah Ni; hei aia inthlan dan bawhchhiatna serious a awm chuang em ni - CM Zorama". Explore Mizoram. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  14. ^ a b "Lok Sabha election 2019: Mizoram to vote on April 11; MNF, Congress and BJP fight for the lone seat". Business Today. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  15. ^ a b Khojol, Henry L. (11 April 2019). "Mizoram CEO serves show-cause notice to editors over media report". EastMojo. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  16. ^ a b Khojol, Henry L. (13 April 2019). "Mizoram: ZPM, Cong slam MNF over show-cause notice to candidate". EastMojo. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  17. ^ a b "Zoramthanga slams Mizo daily Vanglaini for confusing voters". Assam Tribune. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  18. ^ a b TNN (15 March 2019). "Two-cornered contest in Mizoram". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  19. ^ "Sports journalist takes the field in Mizoram". The Hindu. PTI. 23 March 2019. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 June 2022.((cite news)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  20. ^ ToMZ (15 March 2019). "Mipui Candidate Lalnghinglova Hmar (Tetea Hmar)". Times of Mizoram. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  21. ^ Khojol, Henry L. (15 March 2019). "ZPM-Cong combine announces names of candidates for Mizoram polls". EastMojo. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  22. ^ ToMZ (11 April 2019). "Vanglaini Editor K Sapdanga'n Ngaihdam A Dil" [Vanglaini Editor K. Sapdanga issued an apology (the original public apology)]. Times of Mizoram (in Mizo). Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  23. ^ a b Khojol, Henry L. (19 April 2019). "Mizoram: ZPM-Cong combine files fresh complaint against RO". EastMojo. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  24. ^ a b Khojol, Henry L. (17 April 2019). "Mizoram: Court withdraws anticipatory bail to 'Vanglaini' editors". EastMojo. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  25. ^ KV (11 April 2019). "CEO directs police to file case against newspaper for publication of wrong symbol of candidate". Kashmir Vision. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  26. ^ "CEO directs police to file case against newspaper for". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 11 April 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2022.