Morung Exclusive

  • Challenges and experiences of Chennai returnees
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | June 6 Even as the number of COVID-19 positive cases continues to surge in the state, reports of lack of discipline among many of the returnees in quarantine centres have emerged, posing more risk for further spread of the disease. More than 70% of the returnees are working professionals spread across the tourism industry, wellness, call centres, while some are into small menial jobs and very few students according to Robert Longchari, who is facil
  • Did Nagaland miss the TrueNat bus 7 years ago?
    Imkong Walling Morung Express News |  Dimapur, June 5 State governments in India are reported to be in a rush for acquiring TrueNat machines. This rush is said to have been prompted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) validating the use of the low-cost apparatus for testing COVID-19 samples in mid May.  The ICMR approval is regarded as a shot in the arm for shortening the time interval between collection (of samples), testing and results, while also le
  • Nagaland Govt working on linking farmers to market
    Chizokho Vero Kohima | June 5 Amid COVID-19 pandemic, people have started venturing into agri and allied activities more vigorously across Nagaland. Nagaland’s Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Neiba Kronu said that the government is now working on the requisite formula for agricultural produces and market linkages.  “What we can produce why we have to buy from other states,” Kronu said. Now we have to be
  • 1,500 Rhododendrons and counting
    ‘We have been talking about the environment but we have to start taking actions’   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | June 4 “For many, World Environment Day is only June 5, but for us, it is throughout the year”, says Medolekho Tase, one of the three brothers from Jakhama, who are trying to conserve the endangered species of Rhododendron tree. Rhododendron is the state flower of Nagaland and the world’s tallest Rhododendron tree, measuring 108
  • Life under quarantine: An inside view
    Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | June 3  The unprecedented crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone and brought along with it a number of experiences- both good and bad. While it has affected some people harder than the rest, there are also stories which inspire positivity especially in times like these when governments and citizens are struggling to combat the disease. In Nagaland, there have been numerous complaints, negativity and crit
  • ‘Sitapaila’ by Neichu Mayer released 
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | June 3   “Call me a storyteller. I love stories, and I love telling stories.” Neichu Mayer, author of the newly published book “Sitapaila” that recounts the story of their life in Nepal, says. Having moved there in 2014 on her husband’s diplomatic mission, Sitapaila, perched on a small hilltop outside the ring road in Kathmandu is a ‘magical place’ for her son, and also where he celebrated his first
  • Naga Mothers’ Association serving with love and care
    ‘Public must also rise to the occasion and look after our children returnees’   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | June 2  “We love and care about each one of you. This lunch is lovingly prepared by the mothers. May God protect and keep you all safe.” This was the message clipped to every food pack that the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) prepared for an overwhelming number of 1320 people—400 at the Meriema Quarantine Centre and 920
  • Jotsoma GHSS shows the way for govt schools
    Morung Express News Kohima | May 31  Keeping up with its tradition, Government Higher Secondary School, Jotsoma successfully secured a100 percent pass percentage in both HSLC and HSSLC 2020 including a topper in the HSSLC Arts Stream. For Azinu Savi, Principal of the school, the achievement is a collective effort of the school, the students and parents, and community participation at Jotsoma especially the School Management and Development Committee (SMDC). The Pri
  • HSLC Topper to take the road less travelled
    Vishü Rita Krocha  Kohima | May 31 Rarely do you come across a High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) Examination Topper, who resolves to pursue an unconventional career. Tolimi P Jimo of Northfield Khikha, Kohima, who secured 18th rank by scoring 93.67% in the recently declared HSLC results, has set a new benchmark by resolving to study theology in the near future. In a typical situation, she would have been pressured to opt for Science stream in the hope for jo
  • Ganeshnagar not entirely ‘abandoned’
    Entrepreneurs in dilemma as Industrial Centre turn into Quarantine Centre   Morung Express News Dimapur | May 30 Contrary to reports that the Ganeshnagar Industrial Centre (GIC) has been abandoned for several years as ‘no potential Naga entrepreneurs came forward to stay and work there’, it has been found that two Naga entrepreneurs are still running their units at the centre.  The Morung Express on May 30 visited GIC (Quarantine Centre) and found o
  • COVID-19 Nagaland: Dealing with workforce crunch
    Pandemic offers ‘educated unemployed’ opportunity to fill the gap   Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | May 30 As the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the steady departure of migrant workers to their respective states has created a void in the construction sector. In certain cases, the departure of migrant workers, many of whom engage in various menial jobs, has almost halted construction works in the state. Following an advertisement
  • COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of children in Nagaland
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | May 29 Children have remained indoors for a relatively long time amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. With educational institutions being shut since March 17, the very way they learn has also taken a different turn, and in their own little ways, they are trying to adapt to the “new normal”. There are hues of sadness even as they discover more truths about the pandemic, and watch an uncertain future unfolding before their eyes. In Lakhut
  • Colleges in Nagaland waiver fees amidst COVID-19 pandemic
    Morung Express News  Kohima | May 29 At a time when schools and colleges in the country are seeking pleas from the Supreme Court to waive fees, colleges in Nagaland has moved a step ahead by waiving fees for its first semester admissions. While some colleges are waiving off 50 percent of admission and hostel fees, a few are completely waiving off admission and hostel fees. “The response of the colleges has been overwhelming and very encouraging,” says Vimeyi
  • Nagaland Health Facilities: Longleng sans ICU; No ventilator in Peren
    • 7 Districts with single ventilator only •  ICUs in 9 districts range from 2-5    •  PPE, NE-95 Mask shown to be ‘sufficiently’ in stock    Morung Express News  Dimapur | May 28 With Nagaland reporting 18 posit ive COVID-19 cases as of May 28, the availability of adequate health facilities and workforce becomes crucial for taking care of the patients as well as containing the spread of the infection. 
  • Community engagement helps fight COVID-19 in Dimapur
    WSH and WSBAK set up a quarantine centre to take care of 200 returnees   Morung Express News  Dimapur | May 28 The COVID-19 quarantine centre at Livingstone Foundation International (LFI), Thahekhu/Kevijaü Colony, Dimapur seems to be taking well care of the returnees, thanks to community participation which has lightened the burden of the district administration.   Earlier, on May 20, responding to the appeal made by the Empowered Committee Dimapur, t
  • Living Tree School’s environmental projects take students beyond textbooks
    Morung Express News Kohima | May 26 As extraordinary times and crisis such as today ushers in new normality for most citizens, it is especially a challenge for parents and schools in trying innovative ways to keep children engaged in learning. The Living Tree School in Kohima is one such school guiding its students to learn beyond textbooks and the virtual world, by engaging students and parents in projects with themes based on sustainable environment. "This lockdown ha
  • Community support gives boost to fight against COVID-19 in Nagaland
    Various organizations, churches volunteer to provide meal to returnees in quarantine centers    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | May 25 While considering itself as the mother of all children especially of those in Kohima, Angamimiapfu Mechu Krotho wanted to provide meals sprinkled with mother’s love for those in the quarantine centres. Having taken this decision, they started looking for pigs, knowing that the inmates would definitely like pork. “It
  • Dimapur gets home delivery of beauty services with The DoorStep Parlour
    Morung Express News Dimapur | May 25 The lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has put an indefinite end to our ability to pop into the local salon for a quick beauty fix. With restricted or no access to the beauty parlours or salons, citizens have started feeling the pinch of not having their hair cut or their nails and brows done. At such a time, The DoorStep Parlour (TDS) in Dimapur which began its operations on May 13 offers some respite for customers who requir
  • Teachers pitch in to set up quarantine centre in Mon
    Morung Express News Dimapur | May 24 A group of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers in Mon district have repainted stained walls, cleaned and fixed toilets, repaired broken windows and helped set up a government quarantine centre in Mon town to express solidarity with district authorities in COVID-19 response. Working in collaboration with the Mon District Task Force for COVID-19 and other government agencies, on May 23, around 40 teachers under Nagaland SSA Teachers’
  • Govt Polytechnic Kohima students stitch masks for COVID warriors
    Morung Express News Kohima | May 23 For over a month, Lovi S Chikhe, a sixth Semester student of Fashion Technology Department under Government Polytechnic Kohima has been staying back in her hostel to help stitch masks. The Government Polytechnic Kohima is currently undertaking a full time mission in manufacturing masks and PPE suits, under the initiative of Temjen Imna Along, Minister Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs. Purely a voluntary service, Chikhe a