• Don’t panic, urges State Govt as Nagaland officially reports 3 COVID-19 cases 
      Necessary protocol in place, assure CM, H&FW Minister, CS    Morung Express News Kohima | May 25  As Nagaland officially enter the list states infected with COVID-19 cases on May 25, the State Government urged the public not to panic and assured that the health department has started all requisite protocols and measures to tackle the situation. The state officially reported its first three confirmed cases of COVID-19 - two male
  • Patients with coronavirus infections may experience mental problems: Study
    File Photo London, May 19 (IANS) People taken ill by coronavirus infections may experience psychiatric problems while hospitalised and potentially after they recover, warn researchers. The systematic review, published in the journal 'The Lancet Psychiatry', compiled results from short- and long-term studies of people hospitalised by recent coronaviruses, namely SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) in 2002-2004, MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) in 2012, as well as
  • Mokokchung welcomes returnees with gift hampers and prayers
    The gift hamper prepared by Research & Communication Committee under Mokokchung District Task Force COVID-19 for stranded students and persons from Mokokchung. (Morung Photo)    Morung Express News Mokokchung | May 18  In a very thoughtful initiative, the Research & Communication Committee under Mokokchung District Task Force COVID-19 prepared a gift hamper for stranded students and persons from Mokokchung currently stranded outside the state as well as
  • WHO says 8 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in clinical trial
    May 17 (ANI): A total of eight vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are in the clinical trial while another 110 are in various stages of development across the globe, according to World Health Organisation data.   As governments around the world scramble to curb the contagion, pharmaceutical companies and health institutes in countries like United States, China, and Germany are leading the development to combat the virus, South China Morning Post reported.   As things
  • Khonoma’s organic potato farms invaded by worms
    Farmers in Khonoma have been left worried after an infestation of worms damaged their potato farms. (Inset) An image of the worms which damaged the crops.   Morung Express News Kohima | May 16 About 20 hectares of potato cultivation in Khonoma village, the ‘organic village’ under Kohima district have been infected with worms for the past two weeks. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this infestation has left farmers whose livelihood depends on farming and agriculture, wor
  • Antibody found to block COVID-19 virus 100% in experiments
    San Francisco, May 16 (IANS) US-based Sorrento Therapeutics has announced that an antibody has demonstrated its ability to completely block SARS-CoV-2 infection of healthy cells in preclinical laboratory experiments.   SARS-CoV-2 is the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.   The results on Friday showed that Sorrento's anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody, STI-1499, completely neutralised the virus infectivity at a very low antibody dose, making it a prime candida
  • ‘Nagaland Govt must immediately rescue MSMEs’
    Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) including the agri and allied sectors are areas which need boosts to revive the State's economy.  (Morung File Photo)   Response to COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the State's economy     Chizokho Vero  Kohima | May 14 The global economy has been adversely affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Nagaland too, numerous organizations have called on the Government to prioritise the informal sector and Micr
  • Stranded Naga finds shelter and kindness from Thais
    Stranded in Thailand, Longchar is currently volunteering for 'ForOldy' and engaged in meeting and interacting with elderly Thai people.   Morung Express News Kohima | May 13 27 year old Tongpang Longchar had just completed a program in Bangkok and was set to return home to Nagaland when he heard of the nationwide lockdown in India on March 25. His flight which was scheduled on April 9 was cancelled. A volunteer and Initiator for Initiatives of change (IofC), Longc
  • Celebrating Mother's Day under lockdown
    Khovelu Naroh with her mother and siblings.   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | May 9 Every year, on Mother’s Day, Elizabeth Sandham would bring flowers for her bedridden mother, who spent 11 years in the hospital in a state of coma. She was diagnosed with brain tumor (meningioma) in the year 2009. This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a sense of happiness as her mother was brought home from Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) on March 30, as it was converted t
  • Rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard dies at age 87
    Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "architect of rock 'n' roll" who built his ground-breaking sound with a boiling blend of boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues and gospel, died on Saturday at the age of 87.   Richard, whose electrifying 1950s hits such as "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" and flamboyant stage presence influenced legions of performers, succumbed to cancer, according to Rolling Stone who spoke with his son Danny Penniman.   Dick Alen, his former age
  • Triple antiviral drug combo shows promise for treating COVID-19
    Hong Kong, May 9 (IANS) A two-week course of antiviral therapy that combines the power of three drugs has shown promise in treating hospitalised patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 in a carefully undertaken phase 2 clinical trial.   The results of the trial, published in the journal The Lancet, involved 127 adults from six public hospitals in Hong Kong.   The drug combination tested in the trial included -- interferon beta-1b which was developed to treat multi
  • Without earnings, stranded Nagas want to return
    A photo shared by one of the stranded from Nagaland, shows people crammed into a 2BHK apartment in Bangalore to tide over the lockdown.   ‘For how long can we survive on hand-outs?’   Imkong Walling  Dimapur | May 8  As the nationwide lockdown ensues and India’s COVID-19 count increases, anxiety is also mounting in equal measure, especially the people stranded in other states. The Nagaland state government starting the process to return
  • Aarogya Setu: Will it work in Nagaland?
    Clearing the air around the app with MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh   Morung Express News Dimapur | May 8 It has been 37 days since the Government of India launched Aarogya Setu app- a comprehensive COVID-19 tracking app on April 2. While the Nagaland Government made the use of the app mandatory for all employees in the state on May 4, there has been a mixed response from users. Besides security concerns and battery draining issues, there is an air of uncertainty around
  • No substitute for print: Readers welcome return of newspapers
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | May 6 “The feel of a newspaper in your hands is magical. We even love the smell of the newspaper in the morning.” These are words of a couple who live around Tinpati in Kohima and were pleasantly surprised to receive the print edition of the newspapers at their doorstep on Wednesday morning. “We were not aware that it is back in print and it came as a nice surprise,” they elatedly express. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, most newspapers
  • Italian researchers claim world's first Covid-19 vaccine: Report
    Rome, May 6 (IANS) Italian researchers have claimed that they have successfully developed a vaccine to contain coronavirus (Covid-19) which is likely to work on humans, a report said. Luigi Aurisicchio, CEO of Takis, the firm developing the medication, said that a coronavirus candidate vaccine has neutralised the virus in human cells for the first time, the Arab News reported. "This is the most advanced stage of testing of a candidate vaccine created in Italy. Human tests ar
  • Zydus Cadila seeks approval to use hepatitis drug for Covid-19 clinical trials
    The antiviral medicine Interferon Alfa 2B’s other version ‘Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2b’ has been proposed by Zydus Cadila to the Drug Controller General of India (REUTERS)   Zydus Cadila has also reached the central government’s Department of Biotechnology to investigate the role of Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2b for Covid-19.   New Delhi, May 5 (ANI): The country’s top drug regulator, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), has received an application
  • Israel isolates coronavirus antibody in 'significant breakthrough' - minister
    JERUSALEM, May 5 (Reuters) - Israel has isolated a key coronavirus antibody at its main biological research laboratory, the Israeli defence minister said on Monday, calling the step a “significant breakthrough” toward a possible treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic.   The “monoclonal neutralising antibody” developed at the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) “can neutralise it (the disease-causing coronavirus) inside carriers’ bodies,” Defence Minist
  • The Good Samaritan Project helping the needy in Mokokchung
    Good Samaritan project in Mokokchung has been helping daily wage earners, stranded students, the sick and the needy during this lockdown project.    Limasenla Jamir  Mokokchung | May 4  The lockdown of the nation has in many ways affected the lives of the people in the entire nation. With no or limited sources to earn for their livelihood, the daily wage earners have been hit the hardest in Mokokchung district.  The Christ Church Mokokchung along
  • EA opens ‘lockdown’ links for local farmers, street vendors
    Framers bring local produce from various villages to be transported to Kohima.    Due to supply chain disruption amidst COVID-19 lockdown, both farmers and vendors are facing untold hardship     Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | May 4 As the battle against the deadly coronavirus wages on, local farmers and women street vendors who have been dependent on marketing their products for sustenance have been profoundly hit by the lockdown, which has been exte
  • 'Keep the candle of humanity burning'
    Three women carried out a donation drive for those at the quarantine centres in Dimapur which received a pouring in of help from numerous people.     Three women lead donation drive to help people at Dimapur quarantine centres    Morung Express News Kohima | May 3 Amidst these challenging times of a pandemic and a nationwide lockdown with many stranded and seeking relief, three women and a Church in Dimapur stepped up to provide essentials for the ho