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  • 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.
  • Cyberbullying and online harassment prevalent in Nagaland
    Most people experiencing cyber bullying, trolling or harassment do not come forward and talk about it due of lack of awareness and education towards these issues in Nagaland. (Image for representational purposes only)   Aotula Pongen Dimapur | July 1 Bullying has shifted from the real world to the virtual world where it is a place full of predators that stalk and harass unsuspecting victims. Many people experiencing cyberbullying or harassment in Nagaland, however, do
  • ‘Time for forgiveness and reconciliation’
    Our Correspondent Jotsoma | April 4 On the occasion of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Battle of Kohima World War II here today, Medo Keretsü, Head GB of Kohima Village Council today requested the Japanese and Britishers to apologize to one another and also reach out to the Naga people and heal old wounds and together move forward with the message of peace and universal brotherhood. Sharing his thoughts to Japanese and Britishers, he said “The WW II start
  • ‘Looking back in order to look towards the future’
    75th anniversary of Battle of Kohima WW-II commemorated  Chizokho Vero Jotsoma | April 4  The 75th anniversary commemoration programme of Battle of Kohima (World War-II (1944-2019) with the theme ‘Remembrance, Reconciliation, Rebirth’ took place here today at Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA), Jotsoma.  “The Battle of Kohima is etched in our hearts as one of the fiercest and toughest battles during the Seco
  • Journey of ‘a village boy’ to Director of BSI
    Morung Express Feature Dimapur | April 2 Dr. Ashiho Asosü Mao, the first Director of Botanical Survey of India (BSI) from the North East India and the first ever among the ST/SC/OBC category to hold the prestigious position in the history of BSI since its establishment in 1890, describes himself  as “a village boy.”  Dr. Mao hails from Makhel village in Tahamzam (Senapati district). He took office in March and will continue till May 2025.  Dr.
  • ‘Path for peace & reconciliation is arduous’
    Survivors of the Bali bombings of 2002 speak of their journey to heal Morung Express Feature  Bali (Indonesia) | April 1 For Hayati Eka Lakshmi, partner of a victim of the 2002 Bali bombings, and her two sons, reconciling with the past was not easy. But she took the step anyway when Ali Fauzi facilitated a meeting of her older son and the son of a perpetrator of the Bali bombings to explore an attempt at reconciliation.  Ali Fauzi is himself a former bomb maker for