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  • Negotiating livelihoods: Daily struggles continue for Naga women vendors in Dimapur
    Veroli Zhimo Dimapur | September 23 After a five-month long struggle to make ends meet, Khriethono has returned to her usual spot at the Supermarket area in Dimapur. Every day, she sits in a shaded spot on the pavement selling mekhalas and shawls that she weaves on a loin loom. As living expenses increased, Khriethono realized her husband’s salary was not enough to maintain household expenses and support their children’s school fees. It motivated her to set up shop as a
  • Abdon Mech: Embracing Authenticity
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 23 Over a month ago when everything was still very much revolving around the pandemic and its collisions, a fresh and subtle song from Nagaland emerged in YouTube reflecting “the new reality.”  The song titled ‘Again’ sang by Abdon Mech premiered on August 16, 2020. It soon got the attention of many music lovers from all over, bringing the artist on the forefront with their confession for the love of the song.&
  • Nagaland becoming a leading cardamom producer in India
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | September 22 Nagaland is among the 8 states in India with sizable area cardamom cultivation and production, informed data presented at the ongoing monsoon session of the parliament.  In addition, the cardamom productivity in the state is depicted to be highest in India when calculated on the basis of total area of under cultivation and the corresponding output.  The state was third in terms of production in 2018-19 and 2019-20 (ad
  • Immunisation coverage lowest in Nagaland till August
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 22 The State of Nagaland, a consistent low performer in full immunisation coverage, is considerably lagging behind others this year too, data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in the parliament informed. With just 7627 children with full coverage, Nagaland was lowest among the states with 40.2% coverage, stated a written reply by Minister of State, MoHFW Ashwini Kumar Choubey to an unstarred question in the Rajy
  • SpeakGuru Foundation brightens lives of children with cancer
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | September 21 The sight of bald children during a visit to the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) over a decade ago deeply moved Kenei Kuotsu’s heart to do something for children with cancer. These kids who were from remote villages of Nagaland were being treated for leukemia, and being unable to afford all the cycles of chemotherapy, most of them go back to their villages after one cycle and do not return for the next. “It struck me
  • Revisiting traditional values during pandemic
    Morung Express News Kohima | September 20 The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown in the State caused several setbacks, yet a few positive outcomes have emerged out of the new normal. In the quaint setting of Khonoma village, young men are gradually being connected to the Thehou/Thehouba again. Traditional values and skills are being revived at the Thehou- a place of gathering for men in the ancestral Angami heritage where values, histories, folklores and various life s
  • Don’t be complacent, Nagaland H&FW reiterates as positivity rate rises
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 19 Despite the drop in daily case detection during the week, the Department of Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) has called for caution. According to the Department, “Complacency appears to have set in after the Unlock-4 with non-adherence to standard safety measures.” The call for watchfulness was backed by data contained in the latest weekly COVID-19 analysis published by the state Integrated Disease Surveillance Program
  • Coronavirus wilts flower industry but growers find hope and healing
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | September 19 The Coronavirus pandemic may have wilted the flower industry as it did many other businesses but venturing into floriculture has been the best decision Mary Kulnu and Marina Kulnu, has ever made. The  two sisters confess that “growing plants constantly give you joy, hope and healing even during hard times.” People around the world have turned to gardening as a comforting new hobby during these unprecedented times.
  • A tale of passionate hoopers in Chetheba
    Nagaland’s very own local customised basketball board Morung Express News Kohima | September 17 Chetheba, a small town under Phek district made history in the local basketball scene on September 15 when it inaugurated the first customised iron board for its basketball court. To mark the occasion, a tournament was held for the Chetheba citizens where a total of 11 teams participated including three women team. Basketball holds significance for the small town of about
  • Nagaland: Brighter Khuzama project completed
    KSCU aims for optimum utilization of green energy Morung Express News Kohima | September 16 The National Highway-2 which runs through the heart of Khuzama village in Nagaland is now all lighted up, thanks to the 'Brighter Khuzama', initiative undertaken by the Khuzama Students' Care Union (KSCU). Painted in traditional Angami shawl motifs, the street lamps, 23 in total, are brightening the streets of the village after almost two months of hard physical labour
  • IAS officer join hands with students’ union to open public library in Pungro
    Morung Express News Pungro | September 15 When IAS officer Abhinav Shivam joined his posting at Pungro as the Additional Deputy Commissioner in November 2019, he noticed the absence of bookstores. “I wanted to build a library the moment I came here,” says Shivam. His search for a space to develop a library eventually led him to the half-constructed building of the Pungro Area College Students' Union (PACSU). Setting up a library had been a long felt dream for the
  • The Common Room, turning a new page amid the pandemic
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | September 14 While the pandemic has claimed bookstores around the world, it has not crushed the spirit of booklovers in Kohima even as they wake to the opening of a new independent bookstore called “The Common Room” (Bookshop & Café), placed right in the heart of the town. Like any keen English literature student, Atou Keretsü had always dreamt of running her own bookstore but little did she think that when it finally happ
  • Giant health risks for Nagaland’s ‘tallest’ girl
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 13  At 7 feet, 20-year old Thsarubla from Salangtem Ward in Mokokchung could possibly be one of the tallest women in the State. While she attracts a lot of attention because of her towering height, there is more to her story than what meets the eye. Born on October 5, 1999, Thsarubla reportedly suffers from a condition called Acromegaly or gigantism. Persons with Acromegaly witness the production of excessive growth hormones in th
  • Mopungchuket village community tourism takes hit
    Limasenla Jamir Mokokchung | September 12 Mopungchuket is perhaps the most visible rural tourism destination in Mokokchung district located 16 kilometers off the district headquarter. Recognized as one of the cleanest villages in Nagaland, Mopungchuket is also famous for the legendary love story of Jina and Etiben, regarded as the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ of the Ao Nagas. The village has been in the news for its effort in beating plastic pollution and declaring it as a pla
  • ‘Nagaland can become hotspot for organic mushrooms’
    Young Naga scientist shares expertise to turn the State into ‘the market’ for exotic mushrooms Akangjungla Dimapur | September 12 As a young Naga scientist to first cultivate and produce exotic Shiitake in Nagaland in October 2019, Dr Sosang Longkumer has two specific aims - to increase the number of mushroomprenurs in the future and make Nagaland the market for exotic and organic mushrooms. Dr Sosang, who also actively engaged in training farmers and entrepreneur
  • Young Naga scientist takes mushroom cultivation a notch above
    Akangjungla Dimapur | September 11 Mushrooms are culinary treasures. Low in calories but loaded with nutrients, mushrooms are also called the ‘Powerhouse of Nutrition.’  Of late, commercial mushroom cultivation in Nagaland has picked up, popularizing mushroom cultivation units - both home and industry based. Understanding the scope and opportunities, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Nagaland Centre and Department of Horticulture, Govern
  • 12.2% convicts in Nagaland are habitual offenders, says NCRB Report
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | September 9 A total of 12.2 percent of Nagaland’s prison population in 2019 were habitual offenders, according the latest ‘Prison Statistics India 2019,’ released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) last week. Denoted as ‘Incidence of Recidivism,’ the report said that out of 156 incarcerated across the state in 2019, 19 inmates (12.2 percent) were habitual offenders. The figure put Nagaland in third place
  • No NLTP & Excise Act offenders in Nagaland prisons: NCRB report
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | September 8 In 2019, Nagaland reported ‘zero’ convictions under the Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act as well as the Nagaland Excise Act, as per the ‘Prison Statistics India 2019’ report released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). In addition, as of December 31, 2019, the state also had no undertrial prisoners (UTPs) being tried for offences under the two Acts categorised as Special and Local Laws (
  • Li-mheghi: A Girl's Treasure
    Morung Express News Kohima | September 8 For decades, craft making such as embroidery was considered as just another hobby for women. Today, there is a growing appreciation for craft making where successful careers are being crafted out of this hobby. Li-mheghi, an online store on Instagram, which specialises in embroidery crafts, is one such example. “Initially, it started as a hobby where I made a few custom orders for my family and friends. The custom orders I made were
  • 70.4% of prisoners in Nagaland awaiting trial: NCRB report
    Murder, offences against women account for majority of convictions  Morung Express News Dimapur | September 6 Majority of prisoners in Nagaland are people who have not yet been pronounced guilty by a court of law or ‘Undertrails,’ according to ‘Prison Statistics in India 2019 released recently by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). According to the report, as of December 31, 2019, 70.4 percent of the total prisoners in Nagaland state were undertri