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  • Decline in nutritional status of children in Nagaland
    Vaccination coverage improves, decline in infant mortality rate: NFHS-5 report Morung Express News Dimapur | December 13 The mortality rate among infants and children under 5 years of age in Nagaland showed a decline in Nagaland while the State also registered an increase in the underweight and stunted children of the same age group. The worrying figures in nutritional status of children are as presented in the fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) released by Union He
  • Turning around?: Car registrations in Nagaland back to 96% of pre-COVID level in November
    Morung Express News Dimapur | December 13  Sales of automobiles continued its upward trend in Nagaland in October and November according to the database on vehicle registration maintained by the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH). The trend is continuing into the festive December as per the data available till December 13.  According to the VAHAN Dashboard, vehicle registration in the state increased from 1449 in October to 1,990 in November signif
  • No lockdown blues?  ‘High-end’ cars buck trends   
    Morung Express News Dimapur | December 13  The registration of vehicles in Nagaland during the January-November period this year was down by 46.68%.  Registration of various cars, as of December 13, was down drastically across the board when compared with the last year, though an upward trend is visible since August.     However, some relatively ‘high-end’ vehicles seem to be bucking the lockdown blues and their registrations’ were higher
  • Nagaland Virtual Hornbill disappoints many
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | December 10 Even as the 21st edition of the famed Hornbill Festival went virtual this year, there was hardly any air of festivity from December 1-10, a period which normally reverberates with frenzied activities in the State.  Many people also did not join the ‘Virtual Hornbill Festival 2020’ that was broadcasted on the three news channels. Some who did expressed disappointment with it.  “We have built Hornbill Festi
  • To California and back: US tourist returns artifact to Nagaland
    Ketholeno Neihu Kohima | December 7 Nagas have long been subjects of many anthropological studies across the globe and it has been a trend for tourists or scholars to visit Nagaland and take back tribal artifacts or ‘souvenirs’ from their visit. However, in a very startling occurrence, a parcel from the United States of America containing a tribal necklace along with an unsettling note arrived at the lone State Museum in Kohima last month, almost three months after i
  • Arenlong Lkr: In tune with strings
    Kanili Kiho Dimapur | December 6 Arenlong Longkumer from Nagaland grew up in a home filled with music. He has been playing the guitar since the age of 10 when his father bought him an acoustic guitar and showed him a few chords. It was there that he fell in love with the strings. Growing up in Alichen under Mokokchung district, a normal day for Arenlong as a child included listening to a lot of music, the vinyl record collection which the family has, to this day. He says that pa
  • ‘A league of their own’
    Five Naga footballers come home to launch Dimapur Division League Ashikho Pfuzhe Dimapur | December 5 They are a in a league of their own when it comes to displaying prowess and skills in the football pitch. But the COVID-19 pandemic brought them together to set their sights on a common goal - the Dimapur Division League (DDL) which they launched in October this year. Meet Wonito Akashe Zhimomi, Kevilhulie Zakiesato, Tove Hokato Zhimomi, Hitova Ayemi and Inonito Ghukhui Zh
  • Nagaland: How far till self sufficiency?
    Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | December 4 Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic which has severely impacted the already resource deficit state of Nagaland, the State Government has been emphasising on ‘self-reliance’ in the agri-allied sector to intensify crop cultivation and increase production to face the challenges of food crisis. Basically, Nagaland is an agrarian state. Agriculture has been the main source of livelihood and occupation of the
  • ‘Never be afraid to forge your own destiny’
    Morung Express Feature  Kohima | December 4 The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted churches and ministry works in several ways. But while it demanded the cancellation of Sunday Worship Service for successive months, churches have also enhanced the use of digital resources.  Faith Harvest Church in Kohima witnessed their media evangelism explode beyond their imaginations, enabling them to reach a global audience. “The mad, rat race of the world that causes on
  • ‘Le Bistro’–Bringing a little bit of French to Kohima
    Morung Express News Kohima | December 3 The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped 24-year-old Vemele Dawhuo from following a dream close to his heart. While many businesses have shut down during the COVID-19 lockdown, Dawhuo today ventured into a new enterprise by opening a restaurant called ‘Le Bistro’ which was formally inaugurated by Isak Kronu, Class I Contractor at Puro Complex, near Supply Office in Kohima this afternoon. Vemele Dawhuo had earlier worked outside th
  • During the Pandemic: Healing invisible wounds
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | December 1 While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all sections of society, it has posed extraordinary challenges for societies already experiencing armed conflict, structural violence, poverty, and unemployment. Anthropologist Dolly Kikon notes that in Nagaland “reports of domestic violence and mental health escalated during the pandemic risking the lives and security of women and children.” Referring to a 2020 Nagaland State Social
  • David Rutsa aka ‘Coffee’ making a mark in beatboxing scene
    Morung Express News Kohima | November 29 19 years old David Rutsa from Nagaland recently won the North East India Beatbox Online Championship 2020 in a tough battle among talented beatboxers in North East India. David, who performs under the stage name ‘Coffee’, hails from Kohima and is currently a 1st semester student at Capital College Kohima. Rutsa is a well known beatboxer among the growing beatboxing community in Nagaland. He also came in 2nd at the Top Acts Fin
  • ‘FOUR BROTHERS’: Spreading message on dignity of labour
    Morung Express News Kohima | November 29 One’s best years should be spent serving one’s community and village, and the best service is to lead by example, according to the ‘Four Brothers,’ a start up based in Jotsoma, Nagaland.  Started by cousins Bode Peseyie, Kevitsosie Nagi, Kedoneisie Nagi and Keneitsolie Nagi, ‘Four Brothers’ specializes in carpentry works and electrical trade. With the growing unemployment in Nagaland, the &lsquo
  • Shatter the Silence: Campaign to end 'shadow pandemic' of gender-based violence in Nagaland
    Veroli Zhimo Dimapur | November 28 2020 has revealed that one of the many far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the increase in violence against women—a concern that was shared by the National Commission for Women in October when it revealed that domestic violence complaints have increased by 2.5 times since the nationwide lockdown began in India. This alarming increase  has even earned the moniker 'the shadow pandemic.' In Nagaland, an online
  • Domestic violence victims tell their stories
    Veroli Zhimo Dimapur | November 28 To better understand how stigma, fear and lack of legal or societal support often deters women from filing complaints against rape and other forms of violence, The Morung Express spoke to victims of domestic violence.  While there are many causative factors, in the back drop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations had observed that the combination of economic and social stresses along with other lockdown measures, have dramatically in
  • ‘Absolutely Virtual’ Hornbill Festival
    Possibly just a half hour long virtual programme, says Tourism Secretary Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | November 27 Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Hornbill Festival that has put Nagaland in the global tourist map will go completely virtual this year. The annual 10-day festival will possibly be reduced to about half an hour and telecasted on December 1.  “By virtual Hornbill, we mean absolutely virtual. We are not having dancers performing, we are not ev
  • ‘Ciao Diego’: Fans in Nagaland bid farewell to Maradona
    Rebecca K Kits Dimapur | November 26 FIFA World Cup in the 80s and 90s was a time when almost half the locality would crowd at the house of the lone television owner in the colony. The young and old alike would cheer for their respective teams. One name that stood out among football fanatics in Nagaland was Diego Maradona. His infamous ‘hand of God’ goal which saw the elimination of England from the World Cup in June 22, 1986 was just the kind of entertainment foo
  • Nagaland: Weddings during COVID
    The pandemic has forced generally lavish Naga weddings to adapt to the ‘new normal’   Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | November 24 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, educational institutions, exams, social gatherings, sports activities, worship services etc were all paused for almost a year, depriving people their social interactions. With the wedding season here, couples have had to strike a fine balance to hold their ceremonies this year. Nagas
  • THE UGLY TRUTH: Kohima’s only morgue in shambles
    Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | November 20 With broken windows and cracked walls, the forlorn building in Paramedical colony in Kohima might come across as an abandoned residence or even a haunted house. It may however shock many to know that the building is the lone morgue in the State capital. The three room morgue which serves the entire district of Kohima has been lying in neglect for years together. By definition, a morgue is a place where dead bodies are kept in
  • Domestic violence in Nagaland: Societal pressure, stigma hold back victims from seeking help
    15% women have experienced domestic violence. ‘Even men can be victims of domestic violence’   Morung Express News Kohima | November 18 At least 15% of women in Nagaland have experienced physical or sexual violence, while 2% of pregnant women have experienced physical violence during one or more of their pregnancies, according to the National Family Health Survey (4th series). The survey also revealed that the most common perpetrator of violence for e