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  • COVID 19 Nagaland: Challenges facing the first line of defense
    Mahila Battalion, Nagaland Armed Police Force (IR) having food while manning streets at night during the ongoing lockdown in Dimapur. (Photo Courtersy: @drnaieem/Twitter)   Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | April 8   “Yes, I am a man in Khaki always covered in dust, soaked in rain, sweat and dirt. You see me by the road side always with my rusted rifle or in a traffic island. No summer is too harsh or winter too chill for me, but remember I am also just
  • Nagaland COVID-19 update: 61 suspected samples test negative, 4 results awaited
    DIMAPUR, APRIL 8 (MExN): Sixty-one suspected samples of COVID-19 have come back negative as of 5:00pm of April 8.   This was informed by Principal Secretary, Home, Nagaland, Abhijit Sinha during the State Government’s daily briefing on Wednesday evening.    In total, 65 samples have been sent from the State of Nagaland, of which results for 61 samples have been received and they are all negative. The results of 4 samples are awaited.   
  • Life during lockdown- Part 4
    Police personnel manning Razhu point in Kohima on April 7. (Morung Photo)   Chizokho Vero Kohima | April 7 The Morung Express approached the cross-section of people to gather their views and how they are spending their time during the nationwide lockdown period.   Helping one another Kupelhi Losou said that spending time with his family is his priority now. His message: “Respect the government orders. Stay home. Maintain social distancing when you go out f
  • Nagaland: COVID-19 Testing lab: To have or not to have
    While the need for a COVID-19 lab in Nagaland is being heard loud and clear, medical experts say that any testing facility should follow all quality and safety guidelines. (Reuters File Photo)   Varying opinions but need for virology centre glaringly felt    Morung Express News Dimapur | April 6 Two schools of thought have emerged pivoting around a non-existent laboratory in Nagaland with the capability to test/detect COVID-19 of the corona family of vi
  • ‘Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit’: Nagaland observes unique Palm Sunday
    Home Evangelist Amenla invokes God’s blessing at the beginning of the DABA’s Palm Sunday Service on April 5. Rev L Lima Jamir, Associate Pastor, DABA is also seen in the background. (YouTube Screenshot/Morung Photo)   Virtual, family and personal fellowships replace regular services    Morung Express News Dimapur | April 5   For many it was surreal, while for others, it was the test of their faith, as Nagaland celebrated Palm Sunday today in a u
  • Nagaland: Schools fear impact on learning process
    Representative Image: Children are seen going to school somewhere in Peren district. With the sudden announcement of lockdown without much preparation, educators in Nagaland are expressing apprehension that the closure of schools will impact the essence of learning for many children. (Morung File Photo)    Morung Express News Kohima | April 5 With the sudden announcement of the state and national lockdown, schools in Nagaland were closed down without much preparat
  • Life during Lockdown- Part 3
    People maintaining social distance in one of the ATM booths in Kohima. (Morung Photo)   Chizokho Vero Kohima | April 5 The Morung Express approached a cross-section of people to gather their views on how they are spending their time during the nationwide lockdown period. Popular singer Senti Semy shared that he plays the guitar and practices new songs during this lockdown period. Semy also likes to sit with family members, engrossed in conversations about life.
  • Forced solidarity? Denizens against power outage
    Citizens of Kohima observes the April 5 9 pm, 9 minutes call with songs and prayers.    Morung Express News Dimapur | April 5 In what seemed to be an enforcement of the appeal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to turn off all lights and light candles/ diyas at 9pm on April 5, many parts of Dimapur faced power outage around 8:58 pm. While many people were also lighting candles and diyas, some even bursting firecrackers, the move to cut off power supply did
  • Pandemic Solidarity: 'Anonymous' donor keeps food packages for needy in Kohima
    ‘Kindly take one and keep the rest for next,’ says a message pasted alongside the food packages'      Morung Express news Kohima | April 5 With the 21-day lockdown in place, getting sufficient supply of basic essential commodities daily has become a big challenge for many. Many religious as well as social organisations, apart from the governmental agencies are doing their part to provide basic necessity in the state.  In Kohima, a group of persons
  • Journalists continue to face restrictions in line of duty
    A deserted street in Kohima. With 21-day lockdown in full force, journalists in Nagaland have to tackle various logistical challenges. (Morung File Photo)   Morung Express News Kohima | April 4 Despite the exemption of journalists during the lockdown, media persons in Nagaland continue to face restrictions in their line of duty. On April 4, the movements of several media persons in Kohima were restricted by police personnel. "I am not able to understand the s
  • Amidst lockdown, Easter at home this year
    With the CODIV-19 lockdown, people are coming up with alternatives to celebrate the Easter Week. This image being widely in WhatsApp shares creative ways of putting branch on the door of the house or on the window, to celebrate Palm Sunday, on Sunday April 5. “It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks. Want to join? We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as t
  • PM’s lights off call: Power distributors to take steps to prevent system crash
    A power station in Dimapur. (Morung File Photo)   No major concern for Nagaland as it already follows a load shedding ritual   Morung Express News Dimapur | April 4 Fear of a potential blackout gripping the country as a result of the Prime Minister’s call for switching off lights for 9 minutes starting 9:00pm on April 5 has had ordinary citizens worrying. According to utility services, a huge drop and surge in load in a short period of time, simultaneously
  • Nagaland ready with 'inclusive' COVID-19 response
    Separate block set up for PWDs at the quarantine facility in Meriema. (Morung Photo)   Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | April 4 Nagaland has taken the laudable step to make provisions for the disabled community in its preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic, by setting up a separate block for Persons with Disabilities(PWDs) with eight beds at the quarantine facility at Meriema in Kohima.  As the whole world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organi
  • Abandoned sub-jail in Naginimora converted into quarantine centre
    Items collected for using at the quarantine centre in Naginimora. (Photo By Special Arrangement)   Three office bearers of Konyak Union, Naginimora contributed to initiate works   Morung Express News Dimapur| April 4 When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the WHO, governments all over the world set out to prepare for the worst. In Nagaland, despite repeated assurance from the government, there are still places where even basic medical facilities are missin
  • Life during lockdown: Part-II
    People maintain social distancing in front of a pharmacy in Kohima. (Morung Photo)   Chizokho Vero Kohima | April 3   The Morung Express approached a cross-section of people to gather their views on how they are spending their time during the nationwide lockdown period.    Spending quality time with family A government official, Dr Hovithal Sothu told The Morung Express that he has been using this lockdown period to work from home, whil
  • COVID-19 lockdown: A twin battle for alcoholics & substance users
    A poster being put at a rehabilitation centre. (Morung Photo)   Blessing in disguise, says a mother coping with son’s withdrawal trauma   Atono Tsukrü Kense  Kohima | April 3   As the whole country, including the state is in a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are certain groups of people in the society - the alcoholics, drug users and psychotropic  substance users who are going through a challenging time coping with s
  • Lockdown Impact: Daily wage earners stare at dwindling foodstock
    (Left) Monyu (Right) Nyimang   Morung Express News   Tuensang | April 3   When the government imposed the lockdown as a measure to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the lives of many daily wage earners took a turn for the worse. Back to their starting points and no source of income, even buying the most basic commodity- food, has become almost impossible.   There are thousands of lives affected by the lockdown and two women from Tuens
  • How villages are dealing with the lockdown
    Most villages have completely closed themselves off to outsiders in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.   Morung Express News Kohima | April 2    The Prime Minister’s announcement on the nation-wide lockdown on March 24 midnight called “every state, every district, every lane, every village” to stay home for three weeks.    The depth and breadth of such a challenge soon made villagers in Nagaland to play k
  • Nagaland’s Virtual Choir brings ‘ray of hope’ during COVID-19 lockdown
    A screenshot from the video “An Irish Blessings” by the Nagaland Virtual Choir Project. The project bought together 18 Naga musicians with the objective of spreading the joy of music through a ‘virtual choir.’ (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)   Morung Express News Dimapur | April 2   As Nagaland, along with the rest of the country,  went into a 21-day lockdown as a measure to combat global COVID-19 pandemic, some musicians from the state embarked on a mis
  • No lockdown on hunger
    With the lockdown in place, Saira has been unemployed for over a week and has no money for rations. (Morung Photo)   Migrant daily wagers feel the brunt of lockdown   Veroli Zhimo Dimapur | April 1   While Nagaland has not witnessed any chaotic scenes like the mass exoduses in other parts of the country, the situation is grim for the state’s migrant daily wage labourers. They are generally engaged as construction workers, auto rickshaw drivers,