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  • 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
  • Nagaland:Can total lockdown prevent COVID-19 spread?
    Dimapur citizens share views on COVID-19, total lockdown and suggestions to tackle the pandemic more effectively   Morung Express News Dimapur | July 23 Even as the District Task Force (DTF) of Kohima decided to impose total lockdown in the state capital for a week (July 25 to 31), the DTF Dimapur has opted for the existing partial lockdown with slight modifications from July 26 to August 2. With a surge in detection of COVID-19 positive cases in wards and colonies in
  • Rise of digital learning amid COVID-19 pandemic in Nagaland
    Vishü Rita Krocha  Kohima | July 23  The COVID-19 lockdown may have paralyzed ‘normal life’ in the last couple of months, but for 29 rural youths spread across different districts of Nagaland, this period is proving to be an exciting beginning of finding new paths for their careers and gaining meaningful employment amid the crisis. The youths, 90% of whom are from the poor and marginalized section are school dropouts with little or no access to digit
  • Nagaland: Time and cooperation requisite for contact tracing
    Morung Express News Kohima | July 21 According to the World Health Organisation, contact tracing is an “essential public health tool for controlling infectious disease outbreaks,” as it helps “break the chains of transmission of infectious disease”. However, a global debate is emerging on contact tracing being invasive and used as a tool of surveillance, thus infringing privacy rights. In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, contact tracing is
  • Nagaland: COVID-19 pandemic continues to inspire innovations
    Morung Express News Kohima | July 21 The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world but it has also inspired ingenuity in young people even as another Naga lad put his engineering mind to develop an automatic hand wash dispenser.  O Jungio, a graduate of National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysore, one of India’s top engineering colleges has built an automatic hand wash dispenser in two and half days mostly with the use of salvaged electronic items inclusive of an o
  • Nagaland: Livelihood of daily wage earners robbed amid COVID-19 lockdown
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | July 20  Even as the COVID-19 crisis deepens in the state, thousands of daily wage earners continue in their struggle to make ends meet. An estimated number of over 20,000 people in the daily wage and unorganized sector have been robbed of their livelihoods under the impact of the lockdown. Although a study has not been conducted in this regard, Neichute Doulo, CEO of Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) revealed that with the construction industr
  • Dotting the roadside with plants: Here’s how Kohima citizens are showing the way
    Morung Express news  Kohima | July 19  In Kohima town’s busy circular Phoolbari, two women placed planters brimming with green foliage outside the Viliethie shopping complex a few days back. And just like a snow-ball effect, the very next day, two men came to contribute around 15 big pots of evergreen foliage at Kohima Municipal Office.  Soon, several potted plants were seen strategically placed beside the road and pathways around the vicinity. 
  • Shopkeepers in Khm deny entry of public to shops without masks
    Our Correspondent Kohima | July 19  Shopkeepers in the State capital Kohima have started denying the entry of public to their shops without wearing face masks as protective measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the Kohima Chamber of Commerce & Industries (KCCI) mandated shops in Kohima to exercise a ‘No Mask, No Entry’ rule in their respective commercial establishments. Signage has been put up on the entrance gate or door across all shop
  • Showing the farming way to youngsters
    Morung Express News Dimapur | July 18 SY Lotha, in his mid 50s, is another person who has aggressively taken up farming activities during the lockdown period. He hopes to attract the younger generation towards farming in order to be self sufficient instead of depending on imported produce. A resident of Wokha town, SY Lotha, who is from Tsungiki village moved his family to their farm at Chukitong town (14 km approx from Wokha) in June and has since been engaged in farming ac
  • Nagaland’s James Kithan on Highlanders' radar
    Morung Express News Dimapur | July 18 Hero Indian Super League club NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) is reportedly set to rope in James Kithan this transfer window. The 25-year old Goalkeeper from Nagaland had joined Churchill Brothers FC Goa in 2017 on a free transfer. However, his contract expired on May 2020. Another goalkeeper,  Ubaid CK from Gokulam Kerala FC is also being scouted by NEUFC. While talks are still on, the transfer market has rated the probabilit
  • Events industry in Nagaland comes to a standstill amid COVID-19 pandemic
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | July 17 The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has literally brought the events industry to a standstill. It has been close to four months since marriages, concerts, shows, seminars, church activities, any occasion that calls for a celebration or social gatherings of any kind have not taken place. This also means that the livelihood of those in the events industry has been harshly affected even as event professionals take one day at a time and anticipate f
  • TuneCore & TaFMA join hands to give exclusive offer for musicians
    Morung Express News Kohima | July 15 In a major boost to the music industry in Nagaland, Task Force for Music & Arts (TaFMA) has joined hands with world’s leading digital music aggregator, TuneCore. Advisor to TaFMA, Theja Meru said, “TuneCore is a part of Believe Digital and is one of the important players in music distribution.” With many more of their services going beyond distribution, he told The Morung Express that “we are sure it will be
  • Driving change: The lone woman power tiller driver from Phesama
    Morung Express News Kohima | July 14 Every morning during the rice cultivation season, Rüvino Chütso, a 33-year old single mother drives her power tiller to plough her fields. Chütso from Phesama is the only woman in her village who has learned how to drive a power tiller till date. For the single mother and farmer, learning to drive a power tiller has been an empowering move. Having to balance between household work and farm work, manually ploughing the
  • Businesses voluntarily down shutters in Kohima
    Morung Express News Kohima | July 13 Following an increasing spike in Coronavirus positive cases in the state capital, some businesses have voluntarily decided to down their shutters. Starting Monday, CROSSWORD Kohima, which is unarguably the largest bookstore in Nagaland will remain closed for a period of one week. This also comes in the wake of the state government rejecting the proposal for a total lockdown in Kohima. “We think that a total lockdown is necessary at
  • Phesama and Peducha check gates temporarily closed
    Don’t want to expose jawans to virus, says SP   Morung Express News  Kohima | July 11  Two Check gates under Kohima district, Phesama Check gate and Peducha Check gate have temporarily ceased operation.  The Superintendent of Police, Kohima Kevithüto Sophie told The Morung Express that only inter-state checkpoints at Chümoukedima and Khuzama are in operation. The need to temporarily suspend the checkpoints comes in the backdrop
  • 'PFA must apologise': Campaign against India’s largest animal welfare organisation
    Veroli Zhimo Dimapur | July 11 The contentious ban on dog meat in Nagaland has given rise to another social media campaign demanding an apology from the People for Animals, India (PFA) for painting the Nagas as a "villainous society." The PFA’s campaign to ban dog meat in Nagaland began with posts on its social media pages on June 30, where a post attributed PFA Chairperson Maneka Sanjay Gandhi claimed that "All the dogs are now being brought in from out
  • Mural art brings vibrant colours to Chizami
    Vishü Rita Krocha Chizami | July 10 Perched amid the hills of Phek district and located about 80 kilometres from Kohima, Chizami village is a sight to behold with its walls recently adorned by beautiful mural arts that are not only striking with vibrant colours but also carries messages for a clean and green environment. These mural paintings that also have a traditional touch delicately mirror issues of hygiene and sanitation were artistically done in 4 day