Morung Exclusive

  • Innovation from the Land of Anghs
    Morung Express News Kohima | June 13  Young Scientist Zenwang Konyak along with 18 years old Pewang T Konyak and 17 years old Tingthom Konyak has developed a Double Supply Ventilator, designed to provide positive pressure to patients in case of emergency.  The trio has been working meticulously for the last three weeks to develop the prototype from their village Nangtan in Mon district with limited materials. "We made the machine with a saw, pipe, hammer,
  • Working round the clock to feed returnees
    Kohima COVID-19 community kitchen with KBPF’s support providing food for 3 QCs    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | June 12 On Friday morning, members of the New Capital Baptist Church, Kohima, had started to gather as early as 3:00 am at NBCC Convention Hall, where ‘Bethel Kitchen’ is placed and has been brimming with activity since June 3. The Kohima District Task Force had initiated the COVID-19 Community Kitchen named as ‘Bethel Kitchen&r
  • School fees: The unsalaried feel the pinch
    Morung Express News Dimapur | June 11  The economic effect of the lockdown has been wide-ranging. From established corporate powerhouses down to the humble roadside hawker in the unorganized sector, the blow has been all too glaring.  The government has relaxed the lockdown measures but it continues to be a struggle for one category– small business owners, their employees and daily wagers with school going children.  Making ends meet has been one, b
  • Naga duo develop sensor-based sanitizer dispenser
    Morung Express News Kohima | June 11 Two young Nagas in Delhi have developed a zero-touch hand sanitizer dispenser- an auto-sensing machine that sprays alcohol-based sanitiser when the user places their hand under the dispenser.  Powered by a 9-volt replaceable battery, the machine can be used for at least three weeks on a single charge and has an infrared proximity sensor along with the capacity to hold 3 litres of hand sanitiser. Behind this creative innovation a
  • PHC shouldering District Hospital’s role in Tsg
    Community healthcare initiatives to the government’s rescue   Morung Express News Dimapur | June 8 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to expose the gnawing rot in Nagaland’s public healthcare system, it has also brought to light how community supported healthcare initiatives are coming to the government’s rescue at this time of crisis.  With not even a single private clinic in Tuensang town, the headquarter to one of the oldest districts in
  • Spirit of human resilience during COVID-19 pandemic
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | June 8 Reflecting the indomitable human spirit, courage and the sheer hope to come back home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, a group of Naga women led by Sita Shüya, who showed extreme courage in bringing them safely to the confines of their hometowns, traversed a difficult journey all the way from Nepal to Nagaland. When Sita Shüya and her 16-year old daughter, Vikesaü landed in Nepal on May 8, little did they expect tha
  • Students huddle to get internet signal in Chisholimi village
    Amid online learning push due to COVID 19, accessibility a big challenge    Kanili Kiho Chisholimi | June 7 The Village Council Hall of Chisholimi village was abuzz with activity today, an unusual sight on a Sunday. Huddled on the balcony of the one-storey building, high school students were seen appearing their online evaluation tests on June 7. They could have appeared the exams from home, yet had a valid reason for gathering at the council hall - internet si
  • ‘Understaffed, overworked & under immense stress’
    Frontline medical personnel  share their challenges   Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | June 6 Amidst the acute shortage of medical personnel in our state combating the COVID-19 pandemic, reports of resignations put in by medical professionals under National Health Mission came as a further blow, prompting the Health & Family Welfare Department to issue a press statement requesting them to ‘withdraw their applications under humanitarian consideration
  • Challenges and experiences of Chennai returnees
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | June 6 Even as the number of COVID-19 positive cases continues to surge in the state, reports of lack of discipline among many of the returnees in quarantine centres have emerged, posing more risk for further spread of the disease. More than 70% of the returnees are working professionals spread across the tourism industry, wellness, call centres, while some are into small menial jobs and very few students according to Robert Longchari, who is facil
  • Did Nagaland miss the TrueNat bus 7 years ago?
    Imkong Walling Morung Express News |  Dimapur, June 5 State governments in India are reported to be in a rush for acquiring TrueNat machines. This rush is said to have been prompted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) validating the use of the low-cost apparatus for testing COVID-19 samples in mid May.  The ICMR approval is regarded as a shot in the arm for shortening the time interval between collection (of samples), testing and results, while also le
  • Nagaland Govt working on linking farmers to market
    Chizokho Vero Kohima | June 5 Amid COVID-19 pandemic, people have started venturing into agri and allied activities more vigorously across Nagaland. Nagaland’s Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Neiba Kronu said that the government is now working on the requisite formula for agricultural produces and market linkages.  “What we can produce why we have to buy from other states,” Kronu said. Now we have to be
  • 1,500 Rhododendrons and counting
    ‘We have been talking about the environment but we have to start taking actions’   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | June 4 “For many, World Environment Day is only June 5, but for us, it is throughout the year”, says Medolekho Tase, one of the three brothers from Jakhama, who are trying to conserve the endangered species of Rhododendron tree. Rhododendron is the state flower of Nagaland and the world’s tallest Rhododendron tree, measuring 108
  • Life under quarantine: An inside view
    Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | June 3  The unprecedented crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone and brought along with it a number of experiences- both good and bad. While it has affected some people harder than the rest, there are also stories which inspire positivity especially in times like these when governments and citizens are struggling to combat the disease. In Nagaland, there have been numerous complaints, negativity and crit
  • ‘Sitapaila’ by Neichu Mayer released 
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | June 3   “Call me a storyteller. I love stories, and I love telling stories.” Neichu Mayer, author of the newly published book “Sitapaila” that recounts the story of their life in Nepal, says. Having moved there in 2014 on her husband’s diplomatic mission, Sitapaila, perched on a small hilltop outside the ring road in Kathmandu is a ‘magical place’ for her son, and also where he celebrated his first
  • Naga Mothers’ Association serving with love and care
    ‘Public must also rise to the occasion and look after our children returnees’   Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | June 2  “We love and care about each one of you. This lunch is lovingly prepared by the mothers. May God protect and keep you all safe.” This was the message clipped to every food pack that the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) prepared for an overwhelming number of 1320 people—400 at the Meriema Quarantine Centre and 920
  • Jotsoma GHSS shows the way for govt schools
    Morung Express News Kohima | May 31  Keeping up with its tradition, Government Higher Secondary School, Jotsoma successfully secured a100 percent pass percentage in both HSLC and HSSLC 2020 including a topper in the HSSLC Arts Stream. For Azinu Savi, Principal of the school, the achievement is a collective effort of the school, the students and parents, and community participation at Jotsoma especially the School Management and Development Committee (SMDC). The Pri
  • HSLC Topper to take the road less travelled
    Vishü Rita Krocha  Kohima | May 31 Rarely do you come across a High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) Examination Topper, who resolves to pursue an unconventional career. Tolimi P Jimo of Northfield Khikha, Kohima, who secured 18th rank by scoring 93.67% in the recently declared HSLC results, has set a new benchmark by resolving to study theology in the near future. In a typical situation, she would have been pressured to opt for Science stream in the hope for jo
  • Ganeshnagar not entirely ‘abandoned’
    Entrepreneurs in dilemma as Industrial Centre turn into Quarantine Centre   Morung Express News Dimapur | May 30 Contrary to reports that the Ganeshnagar Industrial Centre (GIC) has been abandoned for several years as ‘no potential Naga entrepreneurs came forward to stay and work there’, it has been found that two Naga entrepreneurs are still running their units at the centre.  The Morung Express on May 30 visited GIC (Quarantine Centre) and found o
  • COVID-19 Nagaland: Dealing with workforce crunch
    Pandemic offers ‘educated unemployed’ opportunity to fill the gap   Atono Tsükrü Kense Kohima | May 30 As the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the steady departure of migrant workers to their respective states has created a void in the construction sector. In certain cases, the departure of migrant workers, many of whom engage in various menial jobs, has almost halted construction works in the state. Following an advertisement
  • COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of children in Nagaland
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | May 29 Children have remained indoors for a relatively long time amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. With educational institutions being shut since March 17, the very way they learn has also taken a different turn, and in their own little ways, they are trying to adapt to the “new normal”. There are hues of sadness even as they discover more truths about the pandemic, and watch an uncertain future unfolding before their eyes. In Lakhut