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  • Can print media survive the pandemic?
    COVID-19 impact on newspaper industry in Nagaland- Part I    Ashikho Pfuzhe Dimapur | August 6 Worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted print news media, chiefly in the form of dwindling advertisement (revenue) and sharp drop in readership due to disruption in circulation.   Some of the cascading effects of the pandemic on print media include journalists being laid off; some publications folded, while others were forced to cut down on the number
  • Education on pause: Poor connectivity hampers online learning in Kiphire
    P Achumse Yingbithongrü Kiphire | August 5 Schools and institutions in Kiphire district have not been able to comply with the direction by the Directorate of School Education (DoSE) Nagaland to conduct online classes due to of poor internet connectivity. The DoSE’s direction was issued with the objective of ensuring the normal flow of education, amid COVID-19 lockdown. Instead, teachers are connecting with students remotely and giving out study materials through Wh
  • Stories of strength and resilience
    The affirmative emergence of Deaf Community in Nagaland    Morung Express News Kohima | August 5 A recent Facebook page of the Deaf Community in Nagaland set up a few weeks ago is helping share their stories in Nagaland, breaking boundaries and building awareness of the deaf culture, the community and its members. While the main objective of the page is to promote the works and skills of the Deaf community members, the page has also helped enlighten the rest about
  • VOCAL FOR LOCAL CAMPAIGN TOUCHES DIMAPUR: Meet the Officer behind the indigenous bamboo barricades
    Sample of the portable bamboo barricades.   Morung Express News Dimapur | August 5 By evening, one would always see traffic personnel in Dimapur town areas pushing aside heavy metal traffic barricades, road dividers and signage including huge plastic materials. They do the same early in the morning to set the heavy metals and huge plastics in its designated place. However, the traffic personnel in town areas would soon be dealing with lightweight bamboo barricades which
  • Mitigating overcrowding of COVID Hospital
    Front-liner pitches for more CCCs Imkong Walling Dimapur | August 3 The Nagaland state government has so far projected a confident front, allaying apprehension as far as COVID-19 is concerned. As per the governmental narrative, the required essentials appear to be in place and steady.  But with cases surging and 4 recorded deaths, there is growing concern, especially in Dimapur. The concern, as pointed out by medical front-liners here, is over the intake capacity of the
  • #NagalandFightsCOVID19: Doctor Speaks - Your most COVID-19 concerns answered
    In an interaction with The Morung Express, Dr Sedevi Angami, Director CIHSR explains in detail what COVID-19 is all about and other related aspects surrounding the virus Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | August 3 As the COVID-19 graph in the state is rapidly on the rise with four officially reported deaths, and amidst the growing fear and anxiety, the impact of the Coronavirus crisis is enormous. The state government and its agencies have been relentlessly doing all it can t
  • Friends on selfless service towards humanity
    ‘Help people, even when you know they can't help you back’ Morung Express News Mokokchung | August 3 If there is one thing winning over the current pandemic then it is perhaps the humanity and service to mankind which continue to evolve in different natures in various nooks and corners of the state. However, there are also those who serve humanity with publicity and those who serve silently without expecting any publicity or gratitude in return.  Here
  • Questions over the logic of partial lockdown 
    Imkong Walling Dimapur | August 2 Dimapur will transition into ‘partial lockdown’ mode beginning August 3 after a week of ‘total lockdown’ from July 26-August 2. The total shutdown, except medical outlets and hospitals, was enforced in the hope of curbing or breaking the chain of spread after cases began to alarmingly surge beginning mid-July.  The purpose was, by all measure, well intentioned, and the weeks ahead would tell whether the total freezin
  • COVID-19: The question mark over cause of death
    Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | August 2 Nagaland’s COVID-19 graph has been on a rapid upward trend the past week with as many as 4 deaths reported officially, till date. One perplexing question however has been attributing ‘cause of death’ with no conclusive medical consensus.  The Department of Health & Family Welfare has classified one of the 4 deaths as “as COVID-19 positive but not due to COVID-19” and described another as having
  • From pillar to post: Access to other healthcare services a ‘pandemic’ struggle
    Morung Express News Dimapur | August 1 The COVID-19 scare in the state has not spared even the healthcare service providers. Multiple cases have been reported where patients have had to move from pillar to post to access these services, only to be refused admission, citing COVID-19 related risks. “They seem to have some hesitation to admit people from affected colonies,” observed a relative of the patient who was admitted to a private hospital in Kohima only after co
  • Recovery rate dips below 40% but doubling time widens
    •    772 front-liners in facility quarantine •    3809 persons in home quarantine  •    Dmr, Mon, Kma with the most number of persons in quarantine Morung Express News Dimapur | August 1 Nagaland’s COVID-19 recovery rate went below 40 percent during the past week. The weekly bulletin, released by the state Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), Department of Health & Family Welfare, on August
  • TaFMA offers a ray of hope for artists in Nagaland
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | August 1 In its continued effort to help the artists’ community particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown wherein many of their livelihoods are being affected for lack of platform to showcase their works, Task Force for Music & Arts (TaFMA) has helped sell several of their paintings worth Rs 6,50,000. This includes 21 artworks by 11 artists, and has been sold to private collectors and art patrons under the initiative of TaFMA. S
  • Nagaland: Social stigma concerns COVID-19 patients
    Vibi Yhokha Sophie Kohima | July 31 “The stigma we face is a very unpleasant experience. You feel naked, you feel vulnerable in front of the society. People you meet and greet everyday suddenly treat you like aliens,” says Shen, a COVID-19 patient in Kohima.  As the number of COVID 19 cases heightens in Nagaland, patients are currently confronted with the stigma against them and the virus, as they express fear, frustration and humiliation. According to Shen,
  • Commercial sexual exploitation, forced labour, a reality in Nagaland
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | July 29 While there is limited data about human trafficking in the state, people exploited for labour or sexual activity is a reality in places like Dimapur and unofficial red light areas and booze joints in several pockets of the state. Nagaland is also identified both as a transit source and destination for human trafficking with people from neighbouring states using the state’s highway or railway station as a gateway. Children are also be
  • Nagaland: Toyi Swuro’s inspiring story: From part time cobbler to owning ‘Craft Gallery’
    Morung Express News Kohima | July 29 26 years old Toyi Swuro is a local entrepreneur from Phek town and takes pride in his profession as a Cobbler. He opened Craft Gallery in 2018 which deals with all types of leathers such as leather footwear, leather goods such as purse, wallets, belts, upholstery, leather straps for various purposes. A unique feature of Craft Gallery is that it provides services to students and underprivileged citizens by helping them repair their footwear at mi
  • Testing and treatment for Hepatitis neglected in Nagaland
    Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | July 28 Concerns that the needs of people who desire to get tested and treated for viral hepatitis are being overlooked as the world battles with the COVID-19 crisis were raised during a webinar commemorating World Hepatitis Day today.  The discourse focused on the theme “The right to health is as fundamental as civil right, it should not be a privilege,” with participants voicing concerns that without any government initiat
  • Nagaland: The Invisible frontliners of COVID-19 pandemic
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | July 27 The role of sanitation workers has become significantly crucial for public health even as the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need for sanitation. Although often unrecognized like the drivers and the police, sanitation workers are part of the frontline workforce in the fight against the global pandemic as they silently perform their duties of collecting and disposing waste from several pockets.  In view of the situation, however s
  • 'Students Lives Matter': Campaign against exams gain momentum
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | July 26 Following the HRD ministry's decision to go ahead with the final year exams in universities, students across the country have been protesting against the move. After the University Grants Commission (UGC) had released guidelines for conducting the semester and final year exams, students across the country started the hashtag trend '#StudentsLivesMatter' on Twitter to oppose the move. On July 26, students from Nagaland
  • 'Cultural misappropriation' on e-commerce sites
    Morung Express News Dimapur | July 25 Three Naga women in Delhi have lodged a formal complaint to Amazon India and Flipkart against the ‘cultural misappropriation’ by their vendors, by selling products tagged as 'Naga Tribal Costume' on the e-commerce platforms. The formal complaint have been issued by Weneiu Mero, Chunthailiu Gonmei and Ningthuiliu Gonmei to Amazon on July 23 and Flipkart on July 22, through their lawyer K Enatoli Sema, asking both the e-c
  • Kohima blooms amidst COVID-19 pandemic gloom
    Morung Express News Kohima | July 25 What started as a small gesture by two anonymous gentlemen who donated potted plants for beautification of the capital town of Kohima has transpired into a huge movement both among the young and old giving an enormous add on to the ‘Green Line.’ In a unique endeavour, the two gentlemen voluntarily set up flower pots in one of the stretches of Kohima city at Old MLA junction with the intent to add beauty, freshness and colour to