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  • 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
  • Mopungchuket village community tourism takes hit
    Limasenla Jamir Mokokchung | September 12 Mopungchuket is perhaps the most visible rural tourism destination in Mokokchung district located 16 kilometers off the district headquarter. Recognized as one of the cleanest villages in Nagaland, Mopungchuket is also famous for the legendary love story of Jina and Etiben, regarded as the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ of the Ao Nagas. The village has been in the news for its effort in beating plastic pollution and declaring it as a pla
  • ‘Nagaland can become hotspot for organic mushrooms’
    Young Naga scientist shares expertise to turn the State into ‘the market’ for exotic mushrooms Akangjungla Dimapur | September 12 As a young Naga scientist to first cultivate and produce exotic Shiitake in Nagaland in October 2019, Dr Sosang Longkumer has two specific aims - to increase the number of mushroomprenurs in the future and make Nagaland the market for exotic and organic mushrooms. Dr Sosang, who also actively engaged in training farmers and entrepreneur
  • Young Naga scientist takes mushroom cultivation a notch above
    Akangjungla Dimapur | September 11 Mushrooms are culinary treasures. Low in calories but loaded with nutrients, mushrooms are also called the ‘Powerhouse of Nutrition.’  Of late, commercial mushroom cultivation in Nagaland has picked up, popularizing mushroom cultivation units - both home and industry based. Understanding the scope and opportunities, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Nagaland Centre and Department of Horticulture, Govern
  • 12.2% convicts in Nagaland are habitual offenders, says NCRB Report
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | September 9 A total of 12.2 percent of Nagaland’s prison population in 2019 were habitual offenders, according the latest ‘Prison Statistics India 2019,’ released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) last week. Denoted as ‘Incidence of Recidivism,’ the report said that out of 156 incarcerated across the state in 2019, 19 inmates (12.2 percent) were habitual offenders. The figure put Nagaland in third place
  • No NLTP & Excise Act offenders in Nagaland prisons: NCRB report
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | September 8 In 2019, Nagaland reported ‘zero’ convictions under the Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition (NLTP) Act as well as the Nagaland Excise Act, as per the ‘Prison Statistics India 2019’ report released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). In addition, as of December 31, 2019, the state also had no undertrial prisoners (UTPs) being tried for offences under the two Acts categorised as Special and Local Laws (
  • Li-mheghi: A Girl's Treasure
    Morung Express News Kohima | September 8 For decades, craft making such as embroidery was considered as just another hobby for women. Today, there is a growing appreciation for craft making where successful careers are being crafted out of this hobby. Li-mheghi, an online store on Instagram, which specialises in embroidery crafts, is one such example. “Initially, it started as a hobby where I made a few custom orders for my family and friends. The custom orders I made were
  • 70.4% of prisoners in Nagaland awaiting trial: NCRB report
    Murder, offences against women account for majority of convictions  Morung Express News Dimapur | September 6 Majority of prisoners in Nagaland are people who have not yet been pronounced guilty by a court of law or ‘Undertrails,’ according to ‘Prison Statistics in India 2019 released recently by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). According to the report, as of December 31, 2019, 70.4 percent of the total prisoners in Nagaland state were undertri
  • Slight surge in COVID cases but recovery improves
    No doubling since Aug first week Morung Express News Dimapur | September 5 Nagaland witnessed a slight surge in COVID-19 cases the past week. The weekly case trend analysis published by the state Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Department of Health & Family Welfare, tipped the increase in case detection in the one-week period, since the last analysis, at 7.9 percent.  In absolute numbers, it translated into 302 cases as compared to 186 cases the week before.
  • Riding out the pandemic away from home
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | September 5  When Benchu Jemu landed her first job in Delhi this February, little did she expect that a month later, everybody she knew would be rushing back home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite just settling in to a new environment, she chose to carry on with her new job. Likewise, there are several people from the State choosing to ride out the pandemic away from home despite difficulties. Many have made this decision due to
  • Nagaland has most 'manageable' prison system in India: Report
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 5 Nagaland has one of the most manageable prison systems in India in terms of occupancy as well as workforce, according to official statistics by Union Ministry of Home Affairs. According to the ‘Prison Statistics India 2019’ released by the National Crime Records Bureau, the overall prison occupancy rate in Nagaland as of December 31, 2019 was just 30.8%, the best among the States, and second overall after Union Territory (UT)
  • Commuters hit as auto fares shoot up in Dimapur
    Morung Express News Dimapur | September 4 The lifting of restriction on the movement of passenger vehicles came as a relief for both the public as well as the auto drivers in Dimapur. As per the Consolidated Guidelines for Unlock 4 issued by the Nagaland Government on August 31, auto rickshaws were allowed to ply with certain restrictions on number of passengers for ensuring social distancing. While the guidelines also mentioned that the fares to be charged by all categories
  • Opportunity in crisis II: Creative pursuit, new perspective
    Kanili Kiho Chisholimi | September 3 With the enforcement of nationwide lockdowns to curb the global pandemic earlier this year, both the government as well as the public is facing several challenges, particularly in the economic front.   Many students, however, are creatively spending their ‘more than usual time on hand’, and turning the ongoing crisis into an opportunity by picking up new hobbies and habits. Such creativity is enabling them to create econom
  • Opportunity in crisis-I: Youths taking steps towards self-sufficiency
    Kanili Kiho Chisholimi | September 1  When the nationwide lockdowns to curb the global pandemic were enforced earlier this year, many of the students found themselves with more time on their hands than usual. Many of them got creative, taking advantage of their free time and picking up new hobbies and habits that have enabled them to create economic opportunities.  For this two part series, The Morung Express spoke to several youths in Nagaland's  Zunh
  • Dimapur grapples with ‘dirtiest’ city tag
    Communitization of sanitation, proper city plan and civic sense the way forward   Morung Express News Dimapur | August 31 Dimapur, the main gateway and commercial hub of Nagaland, has earned the unenviable tag of being among the top ten “dirtiest’ cities in the country. According to Swachh Survekshan 2020 report, out of 382 cities (1-10 lakh population), Dimapur and Kohima were ranked 375 and 325 respectively in the national ranking of clean cities. Two other No
  • Nagaland: Towards making space for women leadership in churches
    Y Merina Chishi Dimapur | August 29 Women are indispensable assets to the church in terms of their support and contributions in the mission and evangelical fields. Unfortunately, it is rare to see women serving in senior leadership positions in the church. The church in Nagaland has come a long way. From the orthodox ways of functioning to a more liberal style, the church is slowly evolving and embracing changes that are taking place across other parts of the world; including
  • ‘I came out much stronger’
    A frontliner’s story of recovery from COVID-19 Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | August 28 Ever since the global COVID-19 pandemic reached Nagaland, frontliners have made untold sacrifices, knowing full well that they have a high chance of contracting the disease. When a female frontliner tested positive for the virus, she was “surprised” but says that “it was not unexpected.” “It came at a time when you are at the verge of collapse because o
  • PIPO: Young Naga jeweler steps up with every creation
    18 years old Thungchibemo N Ezung, founder of PIPO might be most probably one among the youngest jewellery makers in Nagaland. PIPO is a homegrown jewellery brand catering in customised handmade jewellery to every client, with its jewellery style ranging from 'basic stud earrings to statement earrings and necklaces.’ PIPO, according to Ezung, means a collection of accessories and clothing in the Lotha Naga dialect. For the young jewellery designer, jewellery making bega
  • Is Nagaland Export Ready? Not yet, indicates NITI Aayog report
    Morung Express News Dimapur | August 27 How prepared is Nagaland to engage in global trade and how is the State’s export ecosystem?  Not ready yet, but the State has potential to improve, indicated the first EPI- ‘Export Preparedness Index 2020’ released by NITI Aayog on August 26.  With an overall score of 29 out of 100, Nagaland was ranked 24th out of 36 states and Union Territories (UTs) in the index “developed to study export preparedness
  • 20-year-old Naga student gets YouTube Silver Play Button
    Vishü Rita Krocha When Zonimong Imchen first started beatboxing, people especially here in Nagaland didn’t get it. He vividly remembers how they would ask, “why are you making chicken sounds?” But such ‘bad comments’ didn’t really affect him even as he puts across “I would just laugh it off, because as a kid, I think I really got involved with the whole idea of how criticisms work, so I was able to deal with it, and despite what people