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  • Coronavirus survivors in Nagaland recount road to recovery
    Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | August 22 The total tally of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths worldwide, in terms of millions is a daunting figure, if one has to go with the numbers. Ever since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 reported on March 25, there has been a steady spike of cases in Nagaland. As of August 22, State has 3635 confirmed cases with 1453 active cases, 2166 recoveries and 7 deaths. Though the numbers in thousands may seem intimidating, it m
  • Chümoukedima aims to build sustainable city improvements
    Morung Express News Dimapur | August 22 Once a sleepy little town on the Dimapur-Imphal National Highway some 14 kms from Dimapur, Chümoukedima has emerged as one of the fastest growing model towns in Nagaland. Two days ago, the town woke up to find itself in the Swachh Survekshan 2020 ranking and awards as the ‘Best Self Sustainable City’ in North East India, even as it big brother Dimapur city received an unenviable tag. “I am humbled and delighted to
  • Nagaland: Local businesses and the fight for survival during pandemic
    August 21 is World Entrepreneurs Day Morung Express News Kohima | August 20 Each year August 21 is commemorated as World Entrepreneurs Day, to celebrate people who start and grow their own businesses in a variety of sectors and also “to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership around the world.” This year, The Morung Express spoke to some entrepreneurs whose local businesses in Nagaland have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 26-yea
  • Pfütsero citizens’ efforts recognized
    Morung Express News Kohima | August 20 Perched at an altitude of 2,133 m above the sea level, Pfütsero, also known as the coldest and highest altitude town in Nagaland has been awarded the ‘Best City in Innovation & Practices' among the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) with less than 25,000 category under Swachh Survekshan 2020. “Our efforts to keep our town clean over the last few years has reaped some fruit,” Mesulo Khalo, the Convenor of Ward Chairman
  • Mokokchung to work on retaining ‘cleanest city’ tag
    Morung Express News Mokokchung | August 20 With Mokokchung being declared the “cleanest city” in North East India in the 25000 to 50000 population category as announced by the Government of India’s Swachh Survekshan 2020 survey, The Morung Express interviewed some of its citizens for their comments and the most common response drawn was that the town’s people now ought to “live up to its reputation.” Another common response was that the town s
  • Soil testing laboratories in all district headquarters of Nagaland in pipeline
    Our Correspondent Kohima | August 20 The proposal for establishment of full-fledged Soil Testing Laboratories in all the 11 district headquarters and one Fertilizer Quality Control Lab and Bio Organic Fertilizer Quality Control Lab at Dimapur is in the pipeline. This was stated in the Annual Administrative Report 2019-2020 of the Department of Soil & Water Conservation, Nagaland, tabled in the recently concluded 6th session of 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) here.
  • Love Stitch & Weave: Naga woman entrepreneur prop up craft making
    Morung Express News Kohima | August 20 ‘Love Stitch & Weave’ is a home based business in Dimapur which specialises in decorative embroidery hoops and craft products, each created by Keholeno K Visa. Known for its fine craftsmanship and chic elements, ‘Love Stitch & Weave’ started in 2017. For Visa, it all began when she had to give her talent in church. “I thought instead of just giving money to the church why not make something with my own
  • Nagaland: Lockdown spurs productivity in Kohima’s Children Home
    Chizokho Vero Kohima | August 19 For 18 children at Bright Morning Star Children Home (BMSCH) Kohima, the COVID-19 lockdown is more of a challenge to be productive and explore their creativity, as they engage in art and craft activities apart from attending online classes during the pandemic. Located at Perizie colony, BMSCH is one of the initiatives of IDEAL (IW) Charitable Society. Talking to The Morung Express, BMSCH superintendent Aleno Angami shared the challenges and va
  • Naga lad builds social distancing warning device
    Morung Express News Kohima | August 19 O Jungio, who earlier built an automatic hand wash dispenser in July, has come up with another innovation- a social distancing warning device. “Given the need for maintaining effective social distancing norms, especially during quarantine, I have put together a device that aids you in doing the same with much more reliability and ease,” he told The Morung Express. Having returned from Delhi recently, Jungio is currently under qu
  • 12 year-old boy in Kohima makes basket to pay his school fees
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | August 19 While basket making is an age-old tradition of the Nagas, rarely do you come across a 12 year old boy putting his mind into the art with vigour and passion. Keneisalie Charles Rutsa, a class 7 student of Christ King Higher Secondary School, Kohima has made the best use of his time during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown to learn this special craft from his ‘tuition teacher’ as he puts it. “I learnt to make baskets from my
  • Students’ initiative brightens up streets in Khuzama
    Mini Hydropower plant at Mewoboke River to power the street lamps  Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | August 17 They say inspiration strikes when you least expect it. And for Keseto Thakro, it struck in the midst of tutoring students on the chapter ‘Source of Energy’ in the month of July. He had not only found a way for students to understand the chapter through practical learning but also promote the use of clean and renewable energy. With this insp
  • Nagaland: Over 50% decline as COVID-19 puts the brakes on vehicle registrations
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | August 17  Vehicle registrations in Nagaland have declined drastically in the first 7 months of 2020 reflecting the adverse impact of COVID-19 in the automobile sector.   According to the vehicle registration database maintained by the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), 8,855 new vehicles were registered from January-July this year, a decline by over 50% when compared with 2019. In the same period last year,
  • A Good Yarn: COVID-19 lockdown spawns interest for knitting
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | August 17   The COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled an interest in a lot of creative arts and craft even as people realize that they have more time to spare for these pursuits during the lockdown.  Knitting in particular has become an increasing trend even as a shopkeeper of a wool store in Kohima reveals that there has been a double rise in the demand for wool.Pre-COVID, he says, “only elderly mothers would walk in, but I notice th
  • Nagaland joins in Project ‘Sing for India’
    Morung Express News Kohima | August 16 In its endeavor to promote the message of hope through music amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the world over, Classic Hymns, Chennai led by Rev Binu Joshua Thomas has brought together over 200 singers from 24 states of India to perform the prayer hymn “Lead, Kindly Light” for its project called "Sing for India.” Nagaland state represented by the youth of Sümi Baptist Church, Kohima and mentored by ly
  • Nagaland: Scepticism over govt’s ‘pen-drive’ initiative
    Many see it as impractical while dept calls for collective effort   Morung Express News Kohima | August 14 The Department of School Education (DoSE), Nagaland recently announced free distribution of pen-drive to all government schools. According to the Department, this decision was taken following requests from various quarters about the inability to access videos through internet due to connectivity issues.  However, the initiative has also invited criticism
  • No job is menial: Calls for change in mindset to tackle unemployment
    Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | August 12 ‘Dignity of labour’ has become a catchphrase in daily conversations, particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic as jobs in the informal and unorganised sectors have been left vacant following the relocation of migrant labourers to their respective states. In an earlier interaction with journalists, Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy said, “COVID-19 has taught us many things, and it has shown us how depende
  • ‘A long journey of recovery’
    Impact of COVID-19 on Nagaland Tourism Sector - II Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | August 12 The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the Nagaland’s tourism industry resulting in tour operators and most of the tourism and hospitality sector to down shutters for almost the whole year. While the pandemic has devastated the travel industry, Rohan Abraham of India Trail feels that the tourism authority in Nagaland has been quite proactive in trying to figure out some smart
  • RMLCF brings new ray of hope for cancer patients
    Morung Express News Kohima | August 12 Those who knew Rev Moa Longchari would fondly remember him as a ‘very generous’ man who won people’s hearts everywhere he went. He passed away on August 5, 2019, after being treated for cancer for approximately 9 months, breaking the hearts of many lives he has touched in his lifetime. But it was also then that a new ray of hope for cancer patients was born. “In the process of his treatment, we remember few of our ch
  • COVID-19: ‘One of the worst crises to hit travel industry’
    Impact of COVID-19 on Nagaland Tourism Sector - I Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | August 11  The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the worst crises to hit the tourism industry even as travellers have cancelled all their travel plans in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown being enforced everywhere around the globe. Khonoma village in Nagaland, which receives more than 10,000 tourists including local, domestic and foreign tourists in a year, has hardly received any visitors this y
  • Break The Silence: Addressing period poverty in Nagaland
    Veroli Zhimo Dimapur | August 10 “With the ongoing pandemic and little to no sale, I recently found out that my wife has stopped buying sanitary pads just so our family doesn’t go to sleep with an empty stomach.” This is the story of a fruit vendor from Dimapur’s Dhobinala area, as told to Serendip Guardians, who are part of a mission to alleviate period poverty among 7000 women in Nagaland for three months. Period poverty is defined as a lack of acces