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  • 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
  • Immunisation coverage lowest in Nagaland till August
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 22 The State of Nagaland, a consistent low performer in full immunisation coverage, is considerably lagging behind others this year too, data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in the parliament informed. With just 7627 children with full coverage, Nagaland was lowest among the states with 40.2% coverage, stated a written reply by Minister of State, MoHFW Ashwini Kumar Choubey to an unstarred question in the Rajy
  • SpeakGuru Foundation brightens lives of children with cancer
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | September 21 The sight of bald children during a visit to the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) over a decade ago deeply moved Kenei Kuotsu’s heart to do something for children with cancer. These kids who were from remote villages of Nagaland were being treated for leukemia, and being unable to afford all the cycles of chemotherapy, most of them go back to their villages after one cycle and do not return for the next. “It struck me
  • Revisiting traditional values during pandemic
    Morung Express News Kohima | September 20 The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown in the State caused several setbacks, yet a few positive outcomes have emerged out of the new normal. In the quaint setting of Khonoma village, young men are gradually being connected to the Thehou/Thehouba again. Traditional values and skills are being revived at the Thehou- a place of gathering for men in the ancestral Angami heritage where values, histories, folklores and various life s
  • Don’t be complacent, Nagaland H&FW reiterates as positivity rate rises
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 19 Despite the drop in daily case detection during the week, the Department of Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) has called for caution. According to the Department, “Complacency appears to have set in after the Unlock-4 with non-adherence to standard safety measures.” The call for watchfulness was backed by data contained in the latest weekly COVID-19 analysis published by the state Integrated Disease Surveillance Program
  • Coronavirus wilts flower industry but growers find hope and healing
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | September 19 The Coronavirus pandemic may have wilted the flower industry as it did many other businesses but venturing into floriculture has been the best decision Mary Kulnu and Marina Kulnu, has ever made. The  two sisters confess that “growing plants constantly give you joy, hope and healing even during hard times.” People around the world have turned to gardening as a comforting new hobby during these unprecedented times.
  • A tale of passionate hoopers in Chetheba
    Nagaland’s very own local customised basketball board Morung Express News Kohima | September 17 Chetheba, a small town under Phek district made history in the local basketball scene on September 15 when it inaugurated the first customised iron board for its basketball court. To mark the occasion, a tournament was held for the Chetheba citizens where a total of 11 teams participated including three women team. Basketball holds significance for the small town of about
  • Nagaland: Brighter Khuzama project completed
    KSCU aims for optimum utilization of green energy Morung Express News Kohima | September 16 The National Highway-2 which runs through the heart of Khuzama village in Nagaland is now all lighted up, thanks to the 'Brighter Khuzama', initiative undertaken by the Khuzama Students' Care Union (KSCU). Painted in traditional Angami shawl motifs, the street lamps, 23 in total, are brightening the streets of the village after almost two months of hard physical labour
  • IAS officer join hands with students’ union to open public library in Pungro
    Morung Express News Pungro | September 15 When IAS officer Abhinav Shivam joined his posting at Pungro as the Additional Deputy Commissioner in November 2019, he noticed the absence of bookstores. “I wanted to build a library the moment I came here,” says Shivam. His search for a space to develop a library eventually led him to the half-constructed building of the Pungro Area College Students' Union (PACSU). Setting up a library had been a long felt dream for the
  • The Common Room, turning a new page amid the pandemic
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | September 14 While the pandemic has claimed bookstores around the world, it has not crushed the spirit of booklovers in Kohima even as they wake to the opening of a new independent bookstore called “The Common Room” (Bookshop & Café), placed right in the heart of the town. Like any keen English literature student, Atou Keretsü had always dreamt of running her own bookstore but little did she think that when it finally happ
  • Giant health risks for Nagaland’s ‘tallest’ girl
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 13  At 7 feet, 20-year old Thsarubla from Salangtem Ward in Mokokchung could possibly be one of the tallest women in the State. While she attracts a lot of attention because of her towering height, there is more to her story than what meets the eye. Born on October 5, 1999, Thsarubla reportedly suffers from a condition called Acromegaly or gigantism. Persons with Acromegaly witness the production of excessive growth hormones in th