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  • 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,
  • TaFMA ‘Stay Home’ gig to spread message of hope
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | April 1   Spreading the message of hope and to encourage people to stay home at this crucial moment of history, Task Force for Music & Arts (TaFMA) is doing its bit by bringing together some of the most celebrated musicians of Nagaland for a Stay Home Gig from April 4-14, 2020. Eleven artists including Mengu Soukhrie, Nise Meruno, Kekhrie Ringa, Atsa Lang Roths, Metet Jamir, Sunep Lemtur, Thunglamo Ngullie, Tali Angh, Tetseo Sisters, Imliak
  • Life during lockdown: Part- 1
    With the 21 days lockdown in full force, people in the State are using this time to learn new things, better themselves and reconnect with families. (Morung Photo)   Cross-section of people share their view on the current lockdown and how they are spending their time   Chizokho Vero Kohima | April 1   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
  • Nagaland: Journalistic challenges in reporting COVID-19
    From haphazard information flow, unavailable officials and fake news on social media, journalists in Nagaland are facing several challenges to cover the COVID-19 pandemic.    Govt agencies need to understand the crucial role of media in crisis situations   Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | April 1   The media is referred to as the fourth pillar of democracy for its role as a ‘watchdog’. However, journalists in the state are working with num
  • ‘Online church cannot replace in-person worship’
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | March 31   It was Sunday morning, and under normal circumstances, believers across Nagaland would have dressed in their Sunday best to attend the worship service. In Zhavame village, with most of its denizens who are either working or studying outside having returned back to their native land in view of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, a regular Sunday morning would have meant exchange of a lot more greetings, smiles and laughter.  
  • YWCA Mokokchung contributes through selfless acts
    A woman sewing face masks and rudimentary form of PPE in Mokokchung.   Limasenla Jamir Mokokchung | March 31   As the world battles the dreaded COVID-19, various groups and organizations in and around the state are doing their bits in contributing towards fighting COVID- 19. With the demands of specific goods and services increases, it only becomes necessary to render help to the various agencies working day and night to keep the situation in check.  
  • A stitch in time to combat COVID-19
    Medical personnel in Zunheboto stitching masks to be used to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.   Health centres stitch their own masks   Rebecca K Kits Dimapur | March 31   As the nationwide lockdown ensues in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been reports of shortages and insufficient supply of masks, sanitizers and protective gears in many parts of the state.   In Zunheboto, medical teams in different parts of the distric
  • TIME MACHINES AND THANOS: Dimapur kids talk about life in lockdown
    (Left) Onulu Khusoh (Right) Velelo Nuh   Veroli Zhimo Dimapur | March 30   On March 17, when the government closed schools and imposed a national lockdown, the lives of thousands of children were turned upside down.   The Morung Express spoke to a number of children in Dimapur about how they are coping and how they are trying to use their imagination and creativity to get through the COVID-19 lockdown.     The shutdown ha
  • An unhelpful helpline? Despite good intention, complaints abound 
    Representative Image: Helpline number given by state government for those entering the state from outside. (Morung Infographic)     Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | March 30   In its preparedness to combat COVID-19, the state health department has given out several WhatsApp and helpline numbers to provide a support system for citizens as well as facilitate self declaration, for those citizens who opted to stay back outside the state and for those stranded
  • The Dark Knight Rises: Do we really need volunteers during lockdown?
    Barricades mounted by volunteers in a colony in Dimapur on the first day of the 21-day lockdown on March 25. (Morung Photo)   Morung Express News Dimapur| March 29   With the concern to keep everyone safe and ensure that the lockdown directives are being followed, the youth bodies in different parts of the state were deployed soon after the 21-day lockdown was announced. The move, while voluntary for some, was necessitated by the district administration who e
  • COVID-19: Frontline health workers face shortages of protective gears, stigma - II
      Representative image: Medical staff with protective clothing are seen inside a ward specialised in receiving any person who may have been infected with coronavirus in Chennai January 29. (REUTERS/P. Ravikumar/File Photo)   Health workers in Nagaland are reportedly facing stigma and discrimination due to the nature of the work during the current COVID-19 lockdown       Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | March 29   The COVI
  • Quarantine Rainbow: Sharing Love, Peace and Hope
    Some participants of the Rainbow Projects display their finished works. (Morung Photos)   Morung Express News Mokokchung | March 29   Amidst the lockdown and quarantine, children in Mokokchung are busy creating rainbows and sharing beautiful pictures and message of love, peace and hope. A project initiated by the Christian Community Fellowship Sunday School under MTBA, Mokokchung, the Rainbow project started as a home-schooling activity for the kids who attend C
  • Token for my quarantine
    Tokens like these are being issued in Tuensang for the public by the Tuensang Chamber of Commerce and Industries and District Administration. The CCSU volunteers are checking the card and ensuring outings only for those who have the card.    How CCSU is driving ‘essential outings only’ in Tuensang     Morung Express News Dimapur | March 29   Amid the debate on whether volunteers are needed to enforce the lockdown, the Confederati
  • Was the state govt caught sleeping?
      Morung Express News Dimapur | March 28   In the midst of an evolving COVID-19 situation in India, governmental response in the states has become a great concern.   In Nagaland, the initial sense of assurance projected by the state government in February has today turned to worry as frontline health workers compelled to attend to the call of duty without adequate personal safety gear cry out in frustration.   The worry, further compounding as
  • COVID-19: Frontline health workers face shortages of protective gears, stigma - I
    (Reuters file photo)   Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | March 27   The COVID-19 pandemic has come down heavily on people all across the world. And in Nagaland, the efforts to combat a possible outbreak seem to be weighing heavily on frontline health workers (FLHWs) who face an increased risk of catching the disease because of the nature of their work.   While the state government and the medical department have both been laying preparatory ground work
  • In Tuensang, Police stitches and sews protective gears
    Police personnel sewing safety masks.   Police personnel sewing safety masks   Ten PPE personal protective gears given to the Medical team of the Chief Medical Office, Tuensang on March 28.    SDPO Tuensang, Dr Pritpal Kaur spearheads the initiative   Morung Express News Kohima | March 28   In a district which lacks basic amenities, and scarcely affords Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) in prevention o
  • COVID-19: The duality of life and livelihood
      ‘We can only pray and hope that the virus does not enter our state,’ say restaurants owners as they veer into uncharted waters     Veroli Zhimo Dimapur | March 28   It has been a crippling week, the kind I haven't seen all my life, says entrepreneur Medo Putsure, founder of the Bambusa chain of restaurants. Till March 22, his restaurants in Dimapur and Kohima were doing brisk business.   Within a week, the bustling restaurant
  • A pandemic of solidarity: Share kindness not panic
    Morung Express Feature    "This is, above all, a human crisis that calls for solidarity," UN Secretary-General António Guterres last week, stating that current global health crisis “spreading human suffering, infecting the global economy and upending people’s lives.”   Apart human lives, the world faces another big challenge - the loss of livelihood. By the end of 2020, International Labour Organisation recently estimated that world could lose as much as
  • COVID -19: How are Nagas coping with lockdown?
    Social media in the times of social distancing   Rebecca K Kits Dimapur| March 27   If you have been wondering about the recent posts on Instagram with the caption ‘Untill tomorrow,’ or stories with tags nominating people for the same, there’s more where it came from. With the 21- day lockdown in force and many others in quarantine even before the nationwide lockdown was announced, people are turning to the only source of information and entertainment av
  • COVID 19: 3 self-employed youths set up quarantine centre in Mon’s Naginimora
    Three self-employed youths - Nyeiang Konyak, Khampei Konyak and Pangjei Konyak have taken on the task of renovating an abandoned sub-jail building in Naginimora under Mon district and convert it into quarantine centre. (Morung Photos By Special Arrangement)   Rebecca K Kits Mon | March 27 At a time when people are self-quarantining, there are also concerns raised by many regarding the preparedness of the state in case of a COVID-19 outbreak.   &nbs