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  • ‘Community, faith and humanity during pandemic’
    COVID-19: Nagas in Delhi share their second wave experience –II Morung Express News Dimapur | May 6 As India’s capital struggles with perhaps the biggest challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic so far, the Naga community in Delhi is no exception. However, help is coming in the forms of community spirit, innovative networking, and faith, engendering both virtual and practical assistance and serving as a COVID-19 lifeline. There is an effort to galvanise the tribe units
  • Nagaland’s oldest college fending for itself
    Mkg’s Fazl Ali College carrying out development mostly through internal funding Morung Express News Mokokchung | May 6 Fazl Ali College (FAC), Mokokchung, the oldest college in Nagaland, has been for the most part left to develop its infrastructure through internal funding. This was revealed by college authorities to a team of journalists from the Mokokchung Press Club who visited the college on May 6 as part of the club’s annual social concern initiative.  &nbs
  • ‘A wave unlike any other’
    COVID-19: Nagas in Delhi share their second wave experience-I Morung Express News Dimapur | May 5  As India grapples with the devastating impact of the second wave of COVID-19, particularly in worst affected areas like National Capital Territory of Delhi, the common refrain from Nagas residing in the region is of a ‘wave’ unlike any other. When The Morung Express reached out to some Naga residents in Delhi to inquire how they are coping with the challenge
  • San Production: In the spotlight
    Akangjungla  Dimapur | May 5 ‘San Production’ is taking the lead as one of the trusted brands for professional videography in Nagaland. It took not less than six years and a lot of hard work for Sanen Kichu, the person behind San Production to arrive at this place. San Production, a private company based in Kohima has been in operation since 2015, filming documentaries, directing, producing and shooting music videos and weddings.  “San Production w
  • Pungro educational infrastructure in A sorry state
    Veroli Zhimo Pungro | May 4 A dilapidated tin house with no doors or proper flooring, wooden planks roughly hammered together to resemble desks and benches. This is what meets the eye when one visits the lower section (Classes 1 to 5) of the Government Middle School (GMS) in Pungro town. The GMS Pungro town also does not have basic facilities like drinking water and electricity. Even the toilets in the schools are in a state of disrepair and filled with filth. During a visit to
  • Medical workforce being stretched to the limit in Dimapur
    ‘7-day containment measure as good as no lockdown’ Morung Express News Dimapur | May 3 Screening of travellers/returnees entering Nagaland by road and rail started today in Dimapur. According to a district Health official, testing of inbound passengers using Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits began at 8:00 am at the Dimapur railway station at the two designated entry points by road— New Field and Dillai inter-state check-posts.  This may come as a bit of rea
  • ‘Hostility against press a threat to democracy’
    Nagaland journalists weigh in on press freedom Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | May 2 The 2020 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) purported to evaluate the level of freedom available to the media in 180 countries ranked India at 142, making press freedom a subject of discussion and debates. According to H Chishi, a senior journalist from Kohima, “Currently, the threat and assault on the press is not only from the non-state actors, but mostly from the State and it
  • ‘The unannounced frontliners’
    Rebecca K Kits Dimapur | May 2 While discharging their duties during the COVID-19 pandemic, scribes across the world have been afflicted by the deadly virus. According to the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), at least 1,200 journalists have died from the novel coronavirus since March 2020. India has lost 121 working journalists to COVID-19 with the situation particularly alarming in the past two weeks, as at least 50 journalists have succumbed to the virus (an average of 3-5 persons
  • ‘Good journalism’ in the time of social media
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | May 2 In the age of social media, there is also a rising tide of fake news, rumours and misinformation. “When ‘social media’ first came into existence as a phenomenon, my impression was that it was also partly a result of mainstream media’s failure to carry the voice of the people,” relates Along Longkumer, the founding Editor of The Morung Express on the eve of World Press Freedom Day. Unfortunately, he said “m
  • Kiphire grapples with vaccine hesitancy
    P Achumse Yingbithonger Kiphire | April 29 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen across the country, the Medical Department in Kiphire is dealing with vaccine hesitancy due to spread of rumours on social media about the vaccine side effects. Speaking to The Morung Express, Dr K Pewezo Khalo, District Programme Officer, (RCH/UIP), Kiphire said that there has been “mixed response” on the vaccination programme.  “Only some eligible beneficiaries of
  • Nagaland has 3.36 lakh COVID-19 vaccines provision from Centre
    Morung Express News Dimapur | April 29  Till April 29, out of 16.16 crore vaccine doses provided by the Centre free of cost to the States and Union Territories, Nagaland share was 3, 36,440, informed data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) on Thursday. Out of the total provided, 15,10,77,933 doses have been consumed, informed the MOHFW’s release via Press Information Bureau. The figures, as on April 28, 8:00 am included wastages of doses.
  • TB killing more PLHIVs than AIDS virus
    ‘No community engagement to TB response’ Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | April 27 As per the India TB Report 2020, Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among People Living with HIV (PLHIV), who are twenty-one times at higher risk of developing TB. TB-HIV co-infection results in higher mortality rate and nearly 25% of all deaths among PLHIV are estimated to be due to TB. A total of 92,000 HIV-associated TB patients have been estim
  • Nagaland schools in a fix over COVID-19 situation
    Most schools either undecided or waiting for State guidance  Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | April 26 In the light of COVID-19 positive cases being reported among students and teachers in Nagaland, some educational institutions are completely going online while others will either be taking a call in the next couple of days or wait for the government directive.  Reported cases from educational institutions include a student of Sakus Mission College Dimapur, four
  • 5 YEARS LATER: A review of passenger safety initiative in Dimapur
    Rebecca K Kits Dimapur | April 26 On April 26, 2016, the Dimapur Police introduced a new initiative making it mandatory for autorickshaw drivers to display their name and other details in the vehicle. The move was to "ensure the safety of the autorickshaw passengers," Dimapur Traffic Police stated in its update in 2016. The display card was to be issued by the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Dimapur and according to an update by the Dimapur Po
  • Vaccine stock in Nagaland: Why there is mismatch between centre’s claim and actual availability   
    Only 60,000 doses, says State official on April 24; Around 1.53 lakh available, informs Centre’s data on April 26 Morung Express News Dimapur | April 26 There are only 60,000 doses in stock at present in Nagaland, a top official of the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare (DHFW), Nagaland told the media on April 24.  As a result, the administration of 1st dose has been temporarily halted, he said. However, 3 lakh doses of the vaccine placed by the State Gover
  • COVID-19: Longest gap from 12k to 13k in Nagaland but cases resurging
    Morung Express News Dimapur | April 25 At 100 days, the gap between 1000 COVID-19 cases in Nagaland was longest from 12,000 to 13,000; however, the State has been witnessing a considerable spike in detection of cases this week.  The State breached the grim 13,000-mark (13,003) milestone on April 24, 333 days since it reported the first COVID-19 case on May 25, 2020. It was also exactly 100 days after the State crossed 12,000-mark January 12, 2021.  According to d
  • The pursuit of peace
    Readers weigh in on Naga unity and reconciliation  Morung Express News Dimapur | April 24 Unity and reconciliation are viewed as crucial factors for peace. However, the thinking of “my community first,” being a detrimental factor, many question whether Nagas can come together to work towards a common end.  Readers of The Morung Express this week mostly agreed that Naga unity and reconciliation is a must for peace while responding to its weekly poll. 
  • ‘Assistant booth’ & random screening battle COVID-19 at Nagaland’s busiest entry point
    No registration of inbound passengers at the Dimapur Railway Station   Morung Express News  Dimapur | April 24 Nearly 50% of the active COVID-19 cases in Dimapur district are either returnees or travelers, while around 44% are traced contacts.  However, the concerned authorities seem to be lax in implementing required protocols to prevent its check or register inbound travelers.  None was more demonstrable than the situation at the Dimapur Railway Stati
  • Dimapur implements odd-even system in busy markets amid ‘odd’ results
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | April 24  All shops located in Dimapur’s New Market and Hong Kong Market will open on alternate days following odd-even system, stated an order issued by Deputy Commissioner on April 21.  The directive was among slew new standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued after a meeting of the Dimapur District Task Force in view of  the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Nagaland as well as India.    As per
  • Creating a space to reflect and engage
    Sisters in Pfütsero set up Terence & Lucy’s Study Cafe Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | April 23 Two sisters—Jane and Genevi Dukru would observe children in their neighbourhood in Pfütsero going over to each other’s homes to work on school projects. “Having no other places to go for group projects, these children would often gather at one child’s place and we saw that this is not very convenient,” the sisters said.  This i