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  • Indigenous food systems provide us continuity
    (Left) Kholar, an indigenous beans. (Centre) An elderly man dries maize in the sun after harvesting in Kiphire Town. (Right) Millet store in cane basket at a granary. (Morung Photo)   P Achumse Yingbithongrü Kiphire  The Sangtam Nagas, a tribe residing in Kiphire and Tuensang districts, are not only known for their rich culture, traditional art and craft, but also recognised for various indigenous food items. Some of the main indigenous food items of Sangt
  • ‘Axone’ dishes out bittersweet memories
    Screengrabs from movie trailer of ‘Axone’ written and directed by Nicholas Kharkongor. The 96-minute feature, dealing with experiences of North Easterner in major cities outside the region, is slated to screen at the prestigious 63rd BFI London Film Festival to be held from October 2-13. (Photo screengrabs: BFI/Youtube)   Morung Express News Dimapur | August 30  A decade ago, a section of Delhi police issued a booklet titled, “Security Tips for northe
  • A day in the life of a woman traffic police
    A female traffic policewoman manning a traffic point in Kohima town. (Morung Photo)   Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | August 27 When the traffic policewomen were first deployed into the line of duty in regulating traffic rules in the state, they soon earned awe and respect of many - both men and women alike. It was, and still is captivating as the smartly and neatly dressed women in uniforms are seen, efficiently regulating the never ending traffic on the streets
  • Teacher Sulekha Sen
    Easterine Kire   My day started with an email from an unfamiliar name. It was nothing out of the ordinary. The writer was reviewing a book of mine and requested some answers to questions. She piqued my interest when she mentioned that she had grown up in Kohima and spent her younger days in my hometown. Very interestingly,she added that both her parents had been teachers during their stay and that her mother had been a teacher at my old school for many years. I eagerly wrote
  • On a 20-year old scooter, mother-son duo reach Nagaland as part of their pilgrimage
    40-year old D Krishna Kumar with his 80-year old mother, Chudarathana outside The Morung Express office, Dimapur on August 21. The mother-son duo, currently on a pilgrimage tour across the country on a scooter has travelled more than 44,000 km so far. They will cover two more North East states – Manipur and Mizoram, before they set homebound to Mysuru, Karnataka. (Morung Photo)   Morung Express News Dimapur | August 21 “Whatever we are today, it’s because of
  • Nagaland music industry set to conquer bigger stage
    In conversation with Theja Meru, advisor, Task Force for Music & Arts   Vishü Rita Krocha Nagaland, the first ever state in India to have recognized music as an industry, is all set to conquer bigger stage with the rebranding of the Music Task Force (MTF) to Task Force for Music & Arts (TaFMA). The recent appointment of Theja Meru, a recipient of Governor’s Award for excellence in Music (2006) as the advisor has also highly boosted especially the morale of mu
  • ‘Hard work, patience and respect’
    Yosa shares about his pursue of carpentry as profession   Morung Express News Kohima | August 20 For 29 years old Vingosa Yosa, nothing in his profession satisfies him more than watching his work complete and the joy gained from one’s own work of art. A self-taught carpenter by profession, Yosa learned carpentry at the age of 19 years which he successfully transformed into a full time profession. Specialised in making furniture, his products are mostly made from the Al
  • Librarian scarcity in Nagaland
    11 out of 12 govt libraries without librarians   Imkong Walling Dimapur | August 18 Were public libraries ever really a thing in Nagaland? Save the ones attached to educational institutions, the State Central Library in Kohima run by the Department of Art & Culture was the sole public library that the state could boast of as being functional.   But today, as per the records of the Department, every district headquarters in Nagaland, except Noklak, has a g
  • A few fine cobblers
    (Left to Right) Toyi Swuro, Votalu Luruo and employees of ‘Craft Gallery.’ (Morung Photo)   ‘Changing the lives of poor children by mending shoes’   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | August 13  The sight of school children in tattered shoes struck a chord in Toyi Swuro’s heart—one of the reasons why he took up cobbling as a fulltime profession leaving behind his BA degree, diploma in Hotel Management and Master Diploma in Computer Application.
  • Kiphire: Farmers re-defining rural economy
    Farmers selling indigenous vegetables at Organic Market in Kiphire. (Morung Photo)   P. Achumse Yingbithongrü Kiphire | August 11 Agriculture has been the backbone of rural economy and a source of income generation for rural farmers as nearly 60% of the population depends on agriculture. However it hasn’t contributed as expected to the state’s economy due to lack of proper district wise market for local farmers, though the demand for local indigenous product rem
  • Addictive drug ‘Yaba’ makes entry into Nagaland
    Representative Image: Two Yaba tablet (The Madness Drug) on a golden paper of cigarette are seen in this file photo reportedly taken somewhere in Bangladesh. A 1000 Taka note is blurred behind. (Photo Courtesy: Labib Ittihadul/Flicker CC 2.0 License)   'Madness drug' is reportedly popular among college students   Atono Tsükrü Kohima | August 9 A new type of drug called ‘Yaba’ is said to have made an entry into the state, and is reportedly becoming larg
  • BTS Movie screens amidst excited ARMYs
    BTS Nagaland ARMYs cheering on for the K-Pop boy band ahead of the screening of their third film Bring The Soul: The Movie for the first time in Nagaland. (Morung Photo)   Morung Express News Dubbed as the biggest boy band on the entire planet, BTS released their third film, Bring The Soul: The Movie, and for the ever expanding BTS ARMYs in Nagaland, it was fulfillment of their long-awaited dream. The movie was screened along with the rest of the world today at Hill
  • ‘It has been a fruitful and productive period for me’
    The outgoing Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya  during an exclusive Q&A session with The Morung Express on July 20. (Morung Photo)   The Morung Express exclusive Q&A with outgoing Governor PB Acharya   Chizokho Vero Kohima | July 24   Outgoing octogenarian Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya popularly known as PB Acharya who was sworn in as the 19th Governor of Nagaland on July 19, 2014 completes his term this month. He will be replaced by RN
  • From wooden boxes to steel drawers to digital folders
    Rev. VK Nuh tells the story of a typewriter from the 1950s at the Naga Archives and Research Centre, Toulazouma – the digitization of documents at the NARC is underway in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (Morung Photo)   Naga Archives and Research Centre is now being digitized   Morung Express Feature Dimapur | July 28   The Naga Archives and Research Centre (NARC), seen as the “largest repository of historical documents on the Nag
  • Agro-Farming Experience at Dzüleke brings tourists to village farms
    The Agro-Farming Experience has been conceptualized and implemented by the North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA) in collaboration with Dzüleke Eco-Tourism Board. (Photo by Vevozo Vero)   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | July 1 Home to a variety of wildlife including the Barking Deer, Civet Cat, Macaque and Clouded Leopard, Dzüleke, also known for its pristine beauty, rich flora and fauna, is the ultimate destination for people looking to experience a day in the
  • Talking Garbage: Dealing with waste in Nagaland
    (LEFT) Biomining machine installed at the DMC Landfill at Burma Camp, Dimapur. The machine will segregate residual non-biodegradable waste from organic residue. (Photo Courtesy: DMC) (RIGHT) K Haralu, Moa Sangtam and Bano Haralu, who were the speakers during the Morung Lecture XIII in Dimapur on July 6. (Morung Photo)   Morung Lecture XIII brings the challenge of urban garbage to fore   Morung Express News Dimapur | July 6 Paying jobs, better living conditio
  • Walking a fine line
    An electricity line worker is seen in Dimapur. Working without any safety gear, a common feature across Nagaland, has led to the death of several electric line workers across the State over the years. (Morung Photo)   Poorly equipped, underpaid electricity linemen risking their lives every day in Nagaland   Kanili Kiho Dimapur | July 23 Fatal incidents now and again are the report card for the electricity linemen across Nagaland. On a hot June morning in
  • Groundwater contamination in Kohima way above WHO permissible limits, study finds
    Improper waste disposal: Human and animal waste dumped into the drainages and streams have been found to contaminate ground water in Kohima. (Morung Photo) The probable culprits: Human excreta, motor workshops and garages Atono Tsükrü Kohima | July 21 Much has been said about scarcity of water and drying up of water sources affecting the lives of the people in various parts of Nagaland. In particular, citizens of Kohima district continue to be severely affected b
  • Economic Survey 2019 Nagaland State’s report card
    Morung Express News Dimapur | July 4   The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman, tabled the Economic Survey 2018-19 in the Parliament on July 4 projecting a 7 per cent GDP growth rate in 2019-20, maintaining its fastest growing large economy tag in the world.   The survey, considered as the most authoritative and updated source of data on India's economy, had good news and bad news for Nagaland State. The survey also acts as an i
  • Sangphure in Kiphire is reviving indigenous salt harvesting after 50 years
    Natural flowing spring salt water at Sangphure. (Morung Photo)   P. Achumse Yingbithongrü Kiphire | July 3 Sanphure, a Sangtam Village located 30 km from Kiphire town is known for its indigenous practice of salt harvesting during ancient days. The salt produced from Sanphure village is believed to have medicinal value. This village was a booming commercial centre as people, far and near, particularly from Kiphire, Zunehaboto and Tuensang district came to buy salt.