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  • Nagaland’s SDGs report card: The Good, the Average and the Ugly
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | February 6  What is Nagaland’s status towards achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets by 2030?  In which areas, the state is performing well or lacking behind and what are the goals that need urgent course correction?  As members of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) congregate for its 5th session from February 7 to 15 to chalk out plan for the next financial year, The Morung Ex
  • Nagaland: Use of cannabis among youngsters on the rise
    In this collage photo, anti-tobacco and anti-smoking campaign posters by the Nagaland State Legal Service Authority are seen pasted outside the entrance of a school gate in Kohima. (Morung Photo)     Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | February 5 As one enters a school building in Kohima, there is a poster on the entrance of the gate that reads “a friend in deed won’t make you smoke that weed.” Ganja also known as cannabis and marijuana is remains one of t
  • Plastic ban: Another NLTP in the making?
    •  4 months on, banned plastic bags found aplenty •  Consumers unaware of other alternative •  Eco-friendly bags struggling to get a foothold   Kanili Kiho  Dimapur | February 4 Plastic waste management has for years been a global concern with countries the world over grappling with the problem. Banning sounds easy enough but finding economically viable alternatives have turned out to be problematic, especially in a developing economy l
  • ‘You can be happy even in a broken body’
    Ameno Catherine Rolnu (extreme right) was among the first from the North East Region to be selected for the training course on Community Initiative in Inclusion (CII) at the Able Disabled All People Together (ADAPT), Mumbai.   Morung Express News Kohima | February 3 Ameno Catherine Rolnu, Disability Activist and a Researcher Assistant in Training and Pedagogy, was two years old when she developed Ontogenesis Imperfect disability (Imperfect Bone Formation), a condition
  • A ‘Guru’ and her love for weaving
    Punalemla weaving a traditional shawl at her home in Kumlong Ward, Mokokchung. (Morung Photo)   Longrangty Longchar Mokokchung | February 2 There was a time when every boy had to learn the art of bamboo or wooden craft making and every girl the art of weaving. Not anymore. Most of the present generation nowadays, especially in the towns, are into smart phones and other gadgets and are losing touch with the traditional arts and crafts practiced by their forebears.
  • Citizens protest against liquor trade in Kohima
    Peraciezie Colony, Kohima citizens marching against liquor trade on February 1 in Kohima. (Morung Photo)    Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | February 1  With authorities failing to curb sale of liquor despite a total prohibition act in place (Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition Act 1989), the Peraciezie Colony, Kohima organised a march against liquor trade on Saturday. The anti-liquor protest was organized by the Peraciezie Colony maintaining that alcoholism is
  • A call to ‘overcome evil with goodness’
    Kenei Kiso, pastor, Life Square Church leading the ‘7x7’ panel discussion during the Asia Harvest Alliance Conference 2020. The event was held at IMC Hall, Dimapur from January 29 to 31. (Photo Courtesy; AHA Media Team)    Asia Harvest Alliance Conference 2020 concludes  Dimapur, February 1 (MExN): The Asia Harvest Alliance Conference 2020 was conducted successfully under the theme “Alignment, Vision, Expansion” at IMC Hall, Dimapur from January 29 to 31.&
  • ‘Be a law-abiding citizen’
    Justice Kurian Joseph, Former Judge of Supreme Court of India addressing the 36th Year Convention of Catholic Association of Nagaland on February 1. (Morung Photo)   Catholic Association of Nagaland hosts talk on ‘role of the laity in the church and society’   Morung Express News Dimapur | February 1 Asserting that one of the most important roles of a laity is to be a law-abiding citizen, former judge of Supreme Court of India, Justice Kurian Joseph today
  • ‘Be the light that shines in the darkness’
    Most Rev Dr James Thoppil,  Justice Kurian Joseph, Rev Fr Dr AJ Sebastian, SDB with others during the day one of the 36th Year Convention of Catholic Association of Nagaland at Holy Cross Church, Dimapur on January 31. (Morung Photo)   Catholic Association of Nagaland 36th Year Convention commences    Morung Express News Dimapur | January 31 The 36th Year Convention of the Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN) began here this evening at Holy Cross Chu
  • Maps are the languages that carry the land
    Easterine Kire   Surrounded by close friends and acquaintances, Hans Ragnar Mathisen launched his latest map on 1st July 2019, which was also his 74rth birthday. Artist Hans Ragnar is a map-maker as well. He has been working on maps from the seventies. Born in Northern Norway, he says in his own words, ‘ I was born  July 1st 1945 as one of a pair of twins at the hospital in Narvik, Sapmi, Norway or rather the ruins of a town that had been targeted for bombs during WWI
  • ‘Alignment, Vision, Expansion’
    Shan Kikon, Pastor of Faith Harvest Church, Kohima and Rev Dr Samuel Patta, The King's Temple Church, Hyderabad speaking during the first day of Asia Harvest Alliance Conference 2020 at IMC Hall, Dimapur on January 29. (Morung Photo)     Asia Harvest Alliance Conference 2020 underway    Morung Express News Dimapur | January 29   The three-day Asia Harvest Alliance Conference 2020 started off at IMC Hall, Dimapur on January 29. Over
  • Nagaland: Better services vital to improve farmer economy
    Farmers at a ginger field in Longtang village, Tuensang. (Photo Courtesy: NEIDA)     NEIDA has roped in nearly 10,000 households from three districts for large scale livelihood programmes   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | January 28 Roping in nearly 10,000 farming households from 85 villages in the districts of Tuensang, Phek and Kiphire for a large scale livelihood programme under the North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA), there are success sto
  • Nagaland State Transport wins Road Safety Award 2018-2019
    A Nagaland State Transport’s bus in Kiphire. (Photo Courtesy:   Morung Express News  Dimapur | January 17 The Nagaland State Transport (NST) has been adjudged the winner of ARSTU’s ‘Transports Minister’s Road Safety Awards 2018-19 (for lowest rate of accidents) “in the category of “Hill.” The award will be presented during the 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Public Transport Innovation, 2020 (ICEPTI-2020) at
  • Thejavinuo Mere: Turning disability into a special skill
    Thejavinuo Mere. (Morung Photo)    Morung Express News Kohima | January 16  18 years old Thejavinuo Mere is a special baker. She started her baking career in 2019 and now works as a home based baker catering to birthdays and festive orders in Kohima. Mere left school when she was in Class 8 due to her disability that triggered health problems. When Mere was five years old, a case of rickets left her with deformity in her legs and a permanent muscle weakn
  • Most accidental deaths are road related accidents in Nagaland
    • 44 traffic accident related deaths reported in 2018: NCRB data   • State figured lowest incidences of accidental deaths in India    Morung Express News Dimapur | January 13  Nagaland reported the lowest incidences of accidental deaths in the whole of India during 2018. In the state, there were 94 cases of accident cases with 86 deaths and 90 injured at a rate of 4.0 per 100,000 lakh population. The all India average of accidental deaths stood at 31.
  • Slowdown Blues? Vehicle registrations in Nagaland down by 13.36% in 2019
    A collage photo of screenshots of data on Nagaland as per the Vahan Dashboard, the centralised database of vehicle information (  Accessed on January 10, 2020)   Morung Express News  Dimapur | January 12 For the first year since 2014, vehicle registrations in Nagaland witnessed a downslide in 2019 by 13.36% or 4497 in absolute number from previous year according to data given in Vahan Dashboard, the centra
  • Nagaland was 'corruption-free' in 2018: NCRB data
    According to the National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB) latest Crime in India 2018 compendium, not a single case of corruption was officially registered in Nagaland in 2018. (Representative Image: Zelandia from Pixabay)   Also no Motor Vehicle, Forests, Pollution and Essential Commodities Acts’ offences   Imkong Walling Dimapur | January 11 Corruption as a term has been an omnipresent refrain that has come to be associated with governance in Nagaland.
  • Moko Koza: Ushering in a new anthem
    Morung Express News     Unlike other mainstream genres, hip hop music surfaced in Nagaland a little late, with its emergence almost underground for the last many years. Yet, the emerging subculture continues to be one that draws the attention of the young and frustrated population in the State.  Rapper Moko Koza is one young artist ushering in a new anthem for establishment of hip hop culture in Nagaland. For the past few years, Koza has been rapping in Engli
  • Nagaland had lowest number of suicides in 2018 at 36 cases
    Image for representational purposes only.  (Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay)   Morung Express News Dimapur | January 9  Nagaland recorded the lowest number of suicides among the states of the country in 2018, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).  These figures are taken from the 2018 Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India (ADSI) report of NCRB, which works under the ministry of home affairs (MHA). The report w
  • Social relations are based on respect, equality and partnerships: Dolly Kikon
    Academic and author Dolly Kikon. (Morung File Photo)   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | January 9  Coming from a deeply militarized society and also observing the level of violence, physical and structural, in militarized societies across the world, Dolly Kikon has a special place for human rights and gender justice.  Ahead of a discussion on her new book titled ‘Leaving the Land: Indigenous Migration and Affective Labour in India,’ which she co-authored