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  • Media as an unbiased purveyor of information
    As per CEO not a single reported case of ‘paid news’ in Nagaland  Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | October 22 Along with the power and influence that media holds, also comes great responsibility— a responsibility to uphold fairness.  Maintaining ethical standards of journalism is the expected norm, and the question of ‘paid news’ often rears its head, smearing the concept of a ‘free and fair’ news media.  With B
  • Amid COVID-19, menace of single use plastic resurfaces
    Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | October 20 With so much said and done on environmental and health issues related to single use plastics, the government of Nagaland called for a state-wide total ban on single use plastics which came into force on September 18, 2019. The ban gained momentum as usage of single use plastic both by the vendors and public lessened to an extent. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, the efforts of the government and its a
  • Kents Vlog: The rise of a food vlogger
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | October 20  Shot with no fancy gadgets but fueled with so much passion and energy, Apollos Kent’s vlog titled “Catch snail, cook with maize and eat in Naga style” which he posted three months ago on his YouTube Channel- Kents Vlog has fetched over 2.3 million views and still counting. It is his very own recipe, inspired by his wife who suggested “why don’t you try something different?” “In the village
  • Church in Pfütsero initiates project to create part-time jobs for youth
    Morung Express News Kohima | October 19 To instill work culture among its youth, the Youth Department of Pfütsero Town Baptist Church has initiated a project called the Net-Work project. Introduced a month ago, Net-Work project presently has 50+ registered youth offering varied services such as domestic labour (babysitting, housekeeping, gardening), day labour (deliveries, shop keeping), manual labour, field labour etc. Designed to help generate revenue for the individual,
  • Conquering the fashion world, one outfit at a time
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | October 13  Not many people find their life’s calling for a very long period of time. But Vilhousa Movi discovered his passion for fashion and designing at an early age despite having absolutely no exposure to the world of fashion as a small village boy. “Since childhood I have been very interested in colours and creating something new,” the 31-year-old designer, who has come a long way creating designs, says. Been drawn to
  • Overcoming Breast Cancer with courage and positivity
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | October 11 Strength, courage, faith and positivity— these are the virtues that seem to define 65-year old Chubala, who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in February 2019. The road ahead was not going to be easy but she embraced her ever-changing life status with an air of positivity and that seemed to change everything. “There was no pain but I felt the lump growing,” she recalls. When her test result confirmed that it was cancer,
  • World Mental Health Day: Greater investment, greater access needed
    Morung Express News Kohima | October 9 As the world observes World Mental Health Day on October 10 with the theme ‘Mental Health for all: Greater investment, Greater access,’ mental health professionals in Nagaland shared key issues challenging the citizens in the State.  “World Mental Health day is observed every year but I believe it is even more significant this year because of the profound impact the pandemic has had in our lives and has warranted the
  • ‘A Ra Kezivi’- The beauty of my land
    Birth of a new business amid the pandemic Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | October 8 While many people have lost their jobs during the pandemic, it has also induced a surge in creative business ventures on the other hand. As Kevizonuo Kuolie mulled over the idea of starting a new business, she encountered comments such as ‘are you crazy? Businesses are closing down’. “The threat is always there but the lockdown was such an opportunity,” she says even as
  • Young electorates and their vision for a better Nagaland
    Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | October 6 Come election, there is no dearth of ‘aspiring political leaders’ in the state of Nagaland, and with the by-election to the 14 Southern Angami-I and 60 Pungro Kiphire assembly constituencies round the corner, the onus is on the people is to elect the most ‘dynamic and competent’ leader to represent them. In a State where the process of electing a representative is seldom based on the visions and policies of
  • CCSU monitors government schools through video calls
    Moses Hongang Chang Tuensang | October 5 A recent report brought out by the Confederation of Chang Students’ Union (CCSU), on the performance and attendance of teachers in government schools in Tuensang district has revealed that only about 30% of teachers are at their respective posting places while the remaining 70% have neither reported to their respective schools nor gave any notes so far. CCSU, the apex body of the Chang students have been spearheading two missions&
  • Coffee farming in Nagaland-III: Farmers speak
    Kanili Kiho Pughoboto | October 3 Coffee farming in Nagaland began in the early 1980s under the Nagaland Plantation Crops Development Corporation (NPCDC) in collaboration with Coffee Board of India (CBI). However, in 1991, the agency ‘abandoned’ the plantations, handing them over to beneficiaries for further maintenance, Renben Jami, Director, Land Resources Department (LRD) said. As a result, many farmers abandoned coffee cultivation due to marketing issues.  H
  • Coffee farming in Nagaland-II: Advocating a coffee drinking culture
    Kanili Kiho Pughoboto | October 2 The Nagaland Land Resources Department is making efforts to advocate coffee-drinking culture in the State.  With resurgence of coffee farming in Nagaland, Director of the Land Resource Department, Renben Jami said that people in the State should harvest the benefits of coffee.  "It is not only for plantation and export,” he stated. Coffee culture may still be in the nascent stage, but it is picking up pace along with the hug
  • Coffee farming in Nagaland-I: Origin, prospect and challenges
    Kanili Kiho Pughoboto | October 1 International Coffee Day on October 1 is an occasion for the global coffee community to share their passionate love for anything related to coffee. It was on October 1, 2015 when coffee lovers from around the world officially celebrated coffee as a beverage in Milan. This decision was taken by the International Coffee Organization (ICO) a year before, in 2014. Since then, the day is also used to promote fair trade of coffee and support millions
  • Surviving Breast Cancer: A journey of hope and courage
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | October 1 “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2015. I had been noticing that lump for quite some time. I knew there was something wrong; there was no pain but my instinct told me and I thought I’ll die just like that without telling anyone because I also knew the consequences, the stigma, the indifference and I also didn’t want to be a burden.” These were some of the first thoughts that came to Ahimsa Zhimo&rsqu
  • KL Pamei: Charting new musical paths
    Akangjungla Dimapur | October 1 When it comes to music and singing, Nagaland has never been in lack of talent and ability. Over the years, there have been shifts leading to progression in the field of music. Each era has led to a better and more promising period for people called to be musicians, artists, singers, songwriters and likewise for the many other prospect music has to offers.  In the current times, music is taking greater steps forward. With the advancement of te
  • Exploring super foods: Moringa plants offer a variety of health benefits
    Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | September 29 The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably raised health consciousness among the populace with more and more people switching to healthier locally available foods that boost the immune system.  With no medicine and cure till date, humans across the globe are compelled to change their attitudes and their ways to adapt to the new normal. As such, an increasing number of people are turning to vitamins and supplements made from
  • The Book Home: Writing a new chapter amid the pandemic
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | September 27  “We need to raise children who are so much more aware of the world and the differences we have, like special needs. Children need to be questioning poverty, talking about adoption, racism, etc. We should be giving them literature that makes them question.” These were the thoughts that inspired Yirmiyan Arthur Yhome to start a library called ‘The Book Home’—a happy, safe and fun space for children
  • Hair salon in Tuensang village helping youth maneuver through pandemic
     Moses Hongang Chang Tuensang | September 26 With the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown putting a stop to many activities, a group of youths in Tuensang village have found a way to maneuver their way through the pandemic. Donen Edou,a self help group comprising of a group of young, like-minded people came together to create something that was unique to their village ‘in spite of its existence elsewhere’. It was initiated by Chingmak Chang, Associate P
  • Musicians Incubation Prog: 100 Artists, 100 Songs
    Morung Express News Kohima | September 25 As a hub for musical talent, Nagaland has a lot of musicians but many of them are also ‘struggling musicians’ even as they are often pushed to do the job of a marketing agency and creating great music at the same time. With no institutionalization of system, artist management houses or streamlining in this regard, which Advisor to Task Force for Music & Arts (TaFMA), Theja Meru points out “is not an artist’s j
  • Nagaland: Contraception knowledge higher in urban areas
    September 26 is World Contraception Day  Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | September 25 27% of married women in Nagaland have knowledge of contraception methods (urban-31.3% and rural 24.2%). Meanwhile, the average fertility rate (children per women) stands at 2.7% (1.8% in urban areas and 3.4% in rural areas). This data, provided by the Nagaland Department of Health & Family Welfare, was produced by the National Family Health Survey fourth series 2015-1