Morung Exclusive

  • Back to old habits
    Initial enthusiasm to support single use plastic ban has waned with traders and the public going back to old ways Kanili Kiho Dimapur | March 1 Following up on the Central Government’s directive to start curbing single-use plastic in their respective States in 2019, the Nagaland State Government in that same year had banned single-use plastic in the State on September 18. 17 months on, The Morung Express took to the streets of Dimapur to check on the efficacy of the
  • Work force participation rate for female in Nagaland at 44.7%
    Morung Express News Kohima | February 28 The 2011 Census shows that the work force participation rate for females in Nagaland state stands 44.7% against 53.4% for males, according to the Annual Administrative Report 2020-21 of Economics & Statistics department, Nagaland tabled in the state assembly. The rural sector has a better female work force participation rate of 52.3% when compared to urban sector which has only 25.9%. In the category of workers, the percentage of f
  • FOCUS: Enhancing farmer’s livelihood in Longleng dist
    Limasenla Jamir  Longleng | February 27 Fostering Climate Resilient Upland Farming System (FOCUS), an externally aided project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is helping farmers in Longleng district enhance their livelihood by introducing them to improved ways of cultivation and getting them to experiment with crop varieties. A total of 30 villages fall under the FOCUS: IFAD project in Longleng district. The project formed Farmers Intere
  • Donors from US contribute to ‘Road of Hope’
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | February 26  Moved by the initiative of 25 young people from Razeba area who started crowdfunding in order to repair the deplorable 10-kilometre stretch of road from Pfütsero to Zhavame village under Phek district, Tabitha Sani, who is based out of Chicago in the United States helped mobilise a sum of Rs 2.3 lakhs towards the project. She had learnt about the initiative by reading “Building ‘road of hope’ from Pfütser
  • 115 MT of garbage collected daily in Dimapur
    Bioremediation at DMC dumping site helps, but 50 lakh MT of legacy waste poses huge challenge Morung Express News  Dimapur | February  25 Even as the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) works to manage waste within its jurisdiction in the State’s commercial capital, the task ahead remains enormous.  The DMC collects garbage from 96 colonies within its jurisdiction including market places. An average of almost 115 Metric Tonnes (MT) of garbage is collected dai
  • Neglected bridge rotting away in Peren
    Morung Express News Dimapur | February 23 A bridge in Peren is in disrepair and literally rotting away after years of neglect. The bridge falling under PWD (Roads & Bridges), Tening Division, is located between Tening Zero Point and Nsong town and forms part of the larger Tening-Lekie Road, which links Peren with Assam and Manipur.  Locals of the Nsong area told The Morung Express that the single lane Bailey bridge has developed large holes have developed on the deck af
  • Catch them young: Zongza Club offers ‘training with a difference’ for children
    Morung Express News Mokokchung | February 23 Eight year old Tenempong wants to become a renowned footballer like Christiano Ronaldo. Every morning he gets up at five and by five thirty he is busy stretching and getting himself ready for training at the village ground. Tenempong is a member of the Zongza club, Aliba village.  Formed in November 2020 during the pandemic-induced lockdown by Imkongchiba Pongen, a retired ONGC engineer, Zongza Club is not an ordinary club.
  • Blood component separator machine installed in NHAK
    Undergoing trial tests, license needed for operation Morung Express News Kohima | February 23 Bringing much relief to doctors and patients alike, a blood component separator which had been lying unused and uninstalled in Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) has been rectified and has gone for trial tests as well. As reported by The Morung Express on February 18, doctors have asserted that blood component separator is a ‘must have’ machine while dealing with criti
  • High and Dry: Mokokchung’s water scarcity saga continues
    Limasenla Jamir  Mokokchung | February 21 “Water is a basic necessity. If the government cannot provide us with the basics, how can we expect it to provide us with other necessities,” remarked Among Walling, a young father, who buys 2,000-4,000 liters of water a week for his family. Water scarcity problem in Nagaland, especially in Mokokchung and Kohima, has been a matter of worry for years now. Every year the acute problem of lack of potable water supply beg
  • Traders flout Dimapur Municipal Council rates
    Morung Express News Dimapur | February 20 There has been silent but widespread public resentment against exorbitant rates beyond prescribed rates by the traders and for non-adherence to rates of various commodities fixed by the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC). Almost all consumers who spoke to The Morung Express on this issue assert that the rates fixed by DMC had no visible impact since the traders stick to their ‘so-called rates’ citing lockdown issues leaving the
  • Mhaphrükhu: A step towards preserving ‘mother tongue’
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | February 20 Like most people of today’s generation, Mechüni Whiso Iralu grew up speaking English with her siblings. “Eventually, we got rather too comfortable with it and stopped using our dialect. Trouble began when we started having visitors who couldn’t speak English”, she says while recalling how people would come looking for her parents speaking in Tenyidie. Out of sheer embarrassment, she relates, “I would
  • Naga conservationist Nuklu Phom shortlisted for Whitley Awards
    Morung Express News Kohima | February 20  Naga conservationist, Nuklu Phom is among the top 15 shortlisted for the prestigious Whitley Awards 2021 for “Establishing a biodiversity peace corridor”. “I am just a shortlist among the 15 out of 106 applicants, but this would mean a lot for our country, for the North East, and especially for the people of Nagaland. This would mean involving many more communities to join in the mission”, Phom said in an exclus
  • ‘Love and forgive one another’
    In this series of ‘Beyond Pulpit,’ Lanutenzuk Lemtur, pastor, First Naga Baptist Church, Texas shares about pastoral experiences in America which is a “land of cultural diversity” while trying the best to maintain “identity as Nagas in this foreign land” Morung Express News  Dimapur | February 19 “Uprooting social evils such as practice of corruptions and tribalism in the society is the biggest battle in our context today,&rdquo
  • GHS Ngoungchung without Headmaster for over 4 yrs
    SRSU appeals for govt intervention, notice to erring teachers Morung Express News Tuensang | February 19 The Sangyochung Range Students’ Union (SRSU) during a routine inspection of schools in their range on February 12 last found out that the Headmaster and Assistant Headmaster in Government High School (GHS)Ngoungchung in Tuensang district have not been posted for over 4 years. “We did a spot verification on February 12 and held a thorough deliberation in th
  • Elephant ‘visits’ cause tension for residents in Assam border area
    Kanili Kiho Dimapur | February 19 Huge and majestic, elephants are incredible creatures and undeniably a sight to behold. They are the largest land mammal and a symbol of strength and elegance. These giants are also extremely important to the eco system as they help spread plant life, estimated at 2000 seeds per square kilometer a day, through their droppings. Yet anthropogenic activity and growing pressure on their natural habitat results in conflict often at the cost of liv
  • Kohima shortlisted for ‘Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge’ cohort
    Morung Express News Kohima | February 19 In yet another feat, Kohima made it to the top 25 cities in the Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge cohort- a three years initiative aimed at supporting early childhood-friendly neighbourhoods under the Government’s Smart Cities Mission.  This was informed in a statement issued by Kovi Meyase, CEO, Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL). Kohima was selected alongside Agartala, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Dharamshala, Erode, Hu
  • ‘Big impact for small village’
    Shinnyu village receives electricity for first time in 24 years Rebecca K Kits Dimapur | February 18 It was a weekday, but on February 16, the church in Shinnyu village opened its doors for a thanksgiving service for a ‘glorious’ event- the arrival of electricity. It was the first time in the history of the village that they could see light at night apart from their usual source of bamboo torches and firewood. Established in 1997, Shinnyu village is in the
  • Patients suffer as blood component separator lie unused in NHAK
    Machine  bought in 2016; technicians yet to arrive for installation   Morung Express News Kohima | February 17 A blood component separator bought way back in 2016-17 is lying uninstalled and unused for years together in Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) depriving citizens of its requirement of specific blood during treatment. Blood separation is a crucial process in a clinical laboratory and its common purpose as defined is to test “various blo
  • COVID-19 Lockdown: Over 1.14 crore migrant workers returned to home-states in India; 11,750 in Nagaland
    Morung Express News Dimapur | February 14 More than 1.14 crore inter-state migrant workers returned to their home-states in India during the nationwide lockdown amidst COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, according to the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment. Out of the total, 11,750 were from Nagaland, informed the break-up of ‘’Statistics for Migrant Labourers,’ annexed to a reply to an ‘Unstarred Question’ given by Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and
  • Oldest person in Chungtia recounts meeting Rani Gaidinliu and Phizo
    Morung Express News Chungtia | February 14 Centenarian, Pusochiba Ajem grew up hearing stories about Rani Gaidinliu dissuading Naga people from paying any sort of tax levied by the Britishers and how the ‘white men’ searched for her from village to village in Mokokchung district. At that time, Pusochiba, now 102 years old, did not even imagine to meet her in the future. “As a child, I heard stories about Naga Rani (Gaidinliu) urging people not to pay any tax to