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  • Overcoming Breast Cancer with courage and positivity
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | October 11 Strength, courage, faith and positivity— these are the virtues that seem to define 65-year old Chubala, who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in February 2019. The road ahead was not going to be easy but she embraced her ever-changing life status with an air of positivity and that seemed to change everything. “There was no pain but I felt the lump growing,” she recalls. When her test result confirmed that it was cancer,
  • World Mental Health Day: Greater investment, greater access needed
    Morung Express News Kohima | October 9 As the world observes World Mental Health Day on October 10 with the theme ‘Mental Health for all: Greater investment, Greater access,’ mental health professionals in Nagaland shared key issues challenging the citizens in the State.  “World Mental Health day is observed every year but I believe it is even more significant this year because of the profound impact the pandemic has had in our lives and has warranted the
  • ‘A Ra Kezivi’- The beauty of my land
    Birth of a new business amid the pandemic Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | October 8 While many people have lost their jobs during the pandemic, it has also induced a surge in creative business ventures on the other hand. As Kevizonuo Kuolie mulled over the idea of starting a new business, she encountered comments such as ‘are you crazy? Businesses are closing down’. “The threat is always there but the lockdown was such an opportunity,” she says even as
  • Young electorates and their vision for a better Nagaland
    Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | October 6 Come election, there is no dearth of ‘aspiring political leaders’ in the state of Nagaland, and with the by-election to the 14 Southern Angami-I and 60 Pungro Kiphire assembly constituencies round the corner, the onus is on the people is to elect the most ‘dynamic and competent’ leader to represent them. In a State where the process of electing a representative is seldom based on the visions and policies of
  • CCSU monitors government schools through video calls
    Moses Hongang Chang Tuensang | October 5 A recent report brought out by the Confederation of Chang Students’ Union (CCSU), on the performance and attendance of teachers in government schools in Tuensang district has revealed that only about 30% of teachers are at their respective posting places while the remaining 70% have neither reported to their respective schools nor gave any notes so far. CCSU, the apex body of the Chang students have been spearheading two missions&
  • Coffee farming in Nagaland-III: Farmers speak
    Kanili Kiho Pughoboto | October 3 Coffee farming in Nagaland began in the early 1980s under the Nagaland Plantation Crops Development Corporation (NPCDC) in collaboration with Coffee Board of India (CBI). However, in 1991, the agency ‘abandoned’ the plantations, handing them over to beneficiaries for further maintenance, Renben Jami, Director, Land Resources Department (LRD) said. As a result, many farmers abandoned coffee cultivation due to marketing issues.  H
  • Coffee farming in Nagaland-II: Advocating a coffee drinking culture
    Kanili Kiho Pughoboto | October 2 The Nagaland Land Resources Department is making efforts to advocate coffee-drinking culture in the State.  With resurgence of coffee farming in Nagaland, Director of the Land Resource Department, Renben Jami said that people in the State should harvest the benefits of coffee.  "It is not only for plantation and export,” he stated. Coffee culture may still be in the nascent stage, but it is picking up pace along with the hug
  • Coffee farming in Nagaland-I: Origin, prospect and challenges
    Kanili Kiho Pughoboto | October 1 International Coffee Day on October 1 is an occasion for the global coffee community to share their passionate love for anything related to coffee. It was on October 1, 2015 when coffee lovers from around the world officially celebrated coffee as a beverage in Milan. This decision was taken by the International Coffee Organization (ICO) a year before, in 2014. Since then, the day is also used to promote fair trade of coffee and support millions
  • Surviving Breast Cancer: A journey of hope and courage
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | October 1 “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2015. I had been noticing that lump for quite some time. I knew there was something wrong; there was no pain but my instinct told me and I thought I’ll die just like that without telling anyone because I also knew the consequences, the stigma, the indifference and I also didn’t want to be a burden.” These were some of the first thoughts that came to Ahimsa Zhimo&rsqu
  • KL Pamei: Charting new musical paths
    Akangjungla Dimapur | October 1 When it comes to music and singing, Nagaland has never been in lack of talent and ability. Over the years, there have been shifts leading to progression in the field of music. Each era has led to a better and more promising period for people called to be musicians, artists, singers, songwriters and likewise for the many other prospect music has to offers.  In the current times, music is taking greater steps forward. With the advancement of te
  • Exploring super foods: Moringa plants offer a variety of health benefits
    Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | September 29 The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably raised health consciousness among the populace with more and more people switching to healthier locally available foods that boost the immune system.  With no medicine and cure till date, humans across the globe are compelled to change their attitudes and their ways to adapt to the new normal. As such, an increasing number of people are turning to vitamins and supplements made from
  • The Book Home: Writing a new chapter amid the pandemic
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | September 27  “We need to raise children who are so much more aware of the world and the differences we have, like special needs. Children need to be questioning poverty, talking about adoption, racism, etc. We should be giving them literature that makes them question.” These were the thoughts that inspired Yirmiyan Arthur Yhome to start a library called ‘The Book Home’—a happy, safe and fun space for children
  • Hair salon in Tuensang village helping youth maneuver through pandemic
     Moses Hongang Chang Tuensang | September 26 With the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown putting a stop to many activities, a group of youths in Tuensang village have found a way to maneuver their way through the pandemic. Donen Edou,a self help group comprising of a group of young, like-minded people came together to create something that was unique to their village ‘in spite of its existence elsewhere’. It was initiated by Chingmak Chang, Associate P
  • Musicians Incubation Prog: 100 Artists, 100 Songs
    Morung Express News Kohima | September 25 As a hub for musical talent, Nagaland has a lot of musicians but many of them are also ‘struggling musicians’ even as they are often pushed to do the job of a marketing agency and creating great music at the same time. With no institutionalization of system, artist management houses or streamlining in this regard, which Advisor to Task Force for Music & Arts (TaFMA), Theja Meru points out “is not an artist’s j
  • Nagaland: Contraception knowledge higher in urban areas
    September 26 is World Contraception Day  Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | September 25 27% of married women in Nagaland have knowledge of contraception methods (urban-31.3% and rural 24.2%). Meanwhile, the average fertility rate (children per women) stands at 2.7% (1.8% in urban areas and 3.4% in rural areas). This data, provided by the Nagaland Department of Health & Family Welfare, was produced by the National Family Health Survey fourth series 2015-1
  • Over half of FCRA registrations from Nagaland cancelled till date
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | September 24  Over half of registration certificates of associations in Nagaland have been cancelled for violation of various provisions of the FCRA- Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010 since 2012, according to an official data. Out of 260 such associations, a total of 136 (52.30%) were in the “List of Associations whose registration has been cancelled,” informed fcraonline.nic.in, the portal maintained by Ministry of H
  • Circle of Caregivers: Let’s talk about mental health
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | September 24 While the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the mental health of everybody, returnees in Nagaland especially have had to deal with stigma and discrimination besides feeling that sense of uncertainty, fear and anxiety as they were returning home. However, for returnees of Kiphire district, a lot of mental stress in this regard was eased, thanks to “Circle of Caregivers,” a mental health initiative conceptualized by
  • 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.&n
  • 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