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  • COVID-19: The Naga perspective
    Passengers undergo a thermal screening test in the wake of novel coronavirus scare at Dimapur airport in Nagaland. File Photo: PTI   Rebecca K Kits  Dimapur | March 26 Owing to the global pandemic COVID-19, many are concerned about the impact of the pandemic and its subsequent shutdown. Some have been taking proactive measures by self isolating and maintaining social distance as much as possible while some are yet to come to grips with the situation. While th
  • Solidarity in times of uncertainty
    Due the ongoing lockdown, the Jalukie Police Station OC & personnel extended their assistance to Alongo Debnath, a heart patient and resident of Jalukie town, by going to Dimapur and procuring his medicine. It was handed to the him on March 26, the Nagaland Police informed in a tweet.  (Photo Courtsy: @DGP_Nagaland/Twitter)   Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | March 26 In these difficult times of fear, anxiety and despair when the world is battling with the highly
  • The COVID-19 threat and an incomplete Dimapur Dist Hospital
    Upgrading Dmr Dist Hospital, 6 years in the making   Imkong Walling  Dimapur | March 26 COVID-19 looms. Nagaland has sounded the alarm and the Medical department on alert.  Yet all the preventive steps taken by the state government have not stopped the citizenry from questioning the battle-worthiness of the state’s health infrastructure, especially the government hospitals.   Being the most populous, a floating population and almost
  • Struggling but no option, say daily wage earners
     Farmers market in Kohima during International Street Vendors Day 2019. (Morung/NEN File Photo: For representational purposes only)   Govt mulling steps, informs CS   Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | March 25 The Nagaland government’s  lockdown enforced from March 22 midnight and the subsequent countrywide lockdown of the central government which came into effect from March 24 midnight, has placed daily wage earners and other labourer
  • Like a 'tasteless strand of dhania’
    A screengrab from Nagaland Youtuber Merenla Imsong. (Screengrab/YouTube Photo)   Miss Imsong calls out racism with ‘Corona’ anthem   Morung Express News Dimapur | March 25 With many citizens from North East staying in cities across India sharing stories of alleged discrimination amid the COVID-19 outbreak, popular Youtuber and comedian from Nagaland Merenla Imsong has responded with a ‘Corona’ theme song. Popularly known as Miss Imsong, the so
  • During shutdown, spare a thought for daily earners
    A rickshaw pedals along the City Clock Tower, Dimapur. Daily wage earners are one of the most affected cohort by the current lockdown. (Morung File Photo)   Morung Express News Dimapur/Kohima | March 24 While the lockdown on all non-essential service has been deemed a necessary measure to slow down the spread of COVID-19, daily wage earners, auto drivers and vegetable vendors need attention as the quarantine period hits them the hardest.  One auto driver in D
  • Churches in Nagaland turn to social media for Sunday worship service
    Pastor Alemsunep pre-recording the sermon to be circulated in the church WhatsApp chat group on Sunday morning. (Photo Courtesy: WICC Dimapur)   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | March 21  As the world over continues to face increasing uncertainty over the spread of COVID-19, many local churches in Nagaland have decided to suspend the regular Sunday Worship Service as a preventive measure.  To ensure the safety of its members in the wake of the pandemic and re
  • As students stay at home, Tetso College conduct virtual classes
    Morung Express News Dimapur | March 20 On March 17, as the Nagaland government ordered schools and colleges shut till April  12, students at Tetso College in Dimapur began jubilantly planning what to do with their unexpected ‘stay at home’ holiday. But their jubilation was short lived as the institute, on March 19 seamlessly moved into the online learning mode and conducted its first Virtual Class via Google Hangouts Meet.  Being prepared What made
  • Teach Nagaland: Bridging the learning gap during social distancing
    Morung Express News Dimapur | March 20 Closure of educational institutions resulting from the spread of the novel coronavirus have prompted two mathematics enthusiasts from Mokokchung to create a YouTube channel to upload free video tutorials for school students of Nagaland under the Nagaland Board of School Education. With the focus on students from Classes 9 to 12, the ‘Teach Nagaland’ channel currently has 27 free video tutorials for mathematical problems. 
  • Lockdown
    Easterine Kire People are working from home. Schools and kindergartens are closed. Food shops are open, banks are closed. The ATMs are open. An airline company has cancelled 3000 flights. In Israel, the new ministers are being sworn in in threes as there is an order banning big numbers of people assembling at a given time. At the wailing wall, worshippers are asked not to kiss the stones. Some bridal couples are marrying in supermarkets because they are not closed off for public gat
  • COVID-19 & HIV/AIDS: No advisory yet for key populations
    Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | March 18 Since the outbreak and global declaration of COVID-19 as pandemic, key populations viz. People Living with HIV (PLHIV), sex workers, MSM/TG and People who inject Drugs (PWID) who are ‘extremely vulnerable and are at higher risk’ if exposed to COVID-19, seem to have been left in the lurch.  No ‘special advisory’ on how to tackle COVID-19 infection among key populations have been issued either by the central or the stat
  • Dirty money? Banks say currency notes are being disinfected
    Customers seen purchasing masks from a street vendor in Kohima on March 17. (Morung Photo)   Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | March 17 Washing hands regularly is being pegged as the best bet in the fight against coronavirus. But how can one get rid of the possibility of contracting the virus through articles that come in our contact daily - such as currency notes? A study published by the International Journal of Current Engineering and Scientific Research in 2
  • A touch of tradition
    Limasenla Jamir Mokokchung | March 17 Suwazungla is a self-taught and self-trained traditional jewelry designer. She has been designing and making jewelry for more than thirty years now. At 68, she still crafts and sells traditional jewelry and also crafts dry flowers from scrap and recycled materials.  “My love and interest for jewelry designing began when I was a young girl. I was always interested in modifying things,” she said. Though she has been in the busines
  • Shrinking railway land in Dimapur forced double-track diversion to Assam
    A view of Dimapur Railway Station.  (Morung File Photo)   Morung Express News Dimapur | March 15 The Dimapur railway station in Nagaland getting neglectful treatment from the Indian Railways has often been the accusation. Unfair fund allocation for development and passenger amenity upgrades, despite being the second-best cash cow of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), has rendered the station to rank low and lag behind other smaller stations in the region,
  • Serving the community, being the change
    Veroli Zhimo Dimapur | March 15 Growing up in the dusty streets of Kiphire town presented its fair share of challenges for Thripili Sangtam. As a young man with ambition, he found opportunities hard to come by. He eventually took the big step to experience city life moving to Kohima to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sociology at St Joseph College, Jakhama.  After graduation, the 24-year old moved back to his hometown and founded the Kiphire Youth Centre (KYC) in Octobe
  • A woman’s bike tour across the country for a Rape Free India
    Onen Nenty   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | March 15 Joining one of the biggest campaigns for a “Rape Free India”, woman biker Onen Nenty is part of the one year bike campaign for ‘Action Against Violence’ wherein 2 riders (1 male and 1 female) will travel on bike all over India covering 32000+ kilometers covering 29 states, 8 Union Territories, 400+ Districts, 700+ Cities and 2000 Villages. Onen Nenty, who was selected among many female riders from across th
  • ‘I want to keep entertaining my fans’
    Rev Fredrick, Mr Truth, Uncle Peter all- in- one Chuba Longchar is here to keep the amusement on     Morung Express Feature On January 2, 2017, Dreamz Unlimited posted a video titled ‘The Demand’ stating in their YouYube channel – “Made this video by some of our artiste for 1st January 2017 Entertainment Night for a church program so thought will share it here too. Just a funny take on the satanic worship issue prevalent with some youths in our so
  • Resilience and equality in labour
    N Alemla   Limasenla Jamir  Mokokchung | March 13 For more than forty years, N Alemla’s days have started before the sun. In some ways, it is harder to get up now than it used to be—she is older, and has spent most of her life doing the kind of hard work that wears a body down. Alemla comes from Chuchuyimlang village. A few years back, everyone knew her as the woman who sold wild animals and birds that she bought from hunters. “Now I know that kill
  • To Earth with Love: Flower Show 2020 begins today
    'Flower Show 2020' organized by the Dimapur District Floricultural Association begins on March 12. The 2nd edition will be held under the theme ‘To Earth with Love’ at Dimapur Club, Midland from March 12 to 14.   Kanili Kiho Dimapur | March 11  Dimapur District Floricultural Association (DDFA) is a group of passionate flower growers, (mostly women) who came together in the year 2018. They embarked upon a venture to create a platform and support each other
  • Connecting indigenous Naga folklore with archaeology
    Chubatoshi at the excavation site in Longsa village.   A scholar’s doctoral endeavour to put numbers to ‘time immemorial’   Imkong Walling Dimapur | March 10 Naga villages abound with stories of the ancient past. These stories, however, stop short at “time immemorial” or in other words— confined to the realm of myths with no dating and archaeological grounding.  But today, researchers are gradually gaining ground endeavouring to att