• The other Naga ‘terrorists’
    Easterine Kire A black and white photograph of former President of India, Zail Singh, in animated conversation with a Sikh gentleman, was featured by friends on social media. The story behind this picture was new for me. In November 1985, the President of India, Zail Singh, visited Kohima. As required by protocol, strict attention was paid to security arrangements before his arrival. It ended in a police action which the victims took with good grace. A few days prior to the presi
  • For the art collector with everything, the $1.5 million COVID mask
    Reuters  Art rather than ostentation is the rationale behind the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask, say the Israeli jewellers who are crafting the $1.5 million object for an unnamed U.S.-based client. Made out of 18 carat gold and studded with 3,600 black and white diamonds, the mask will be fitted with an N99 filter to offer a high level of protection, said Isaac Levy, owner of the Yvel jewellery brand. “I don’t think (the customer is) going to us
  • Mental Health: COVID-19 Challenges on College Students
    Dr Meyingangla   Counselling Department, Immanuel College Academic Stress, Depression and Anxiety  College students are at increased risk of mental health problems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given protective measures like, city lockdown, social distancing, closing Institutions will reduce interpersonal interactions with their friends/peers and teachers. However, availability of digital technologies can virtually take advantage to keep in touch with teachers. De
  • Physiotherapy, a non-pharmacological approach in the management of pain
    Sanam Rana Dimapur  Pain is a disabling symptom in many medical and surgical conditions that causes suffering in a person. It can interfere with the normal day to day functioning and quality of life.  The role of Physiotherapy in pain management is challenging but the need for a non-drug approach in the management of pain is possible with physiotherapy.In a multidisciplinary team approach to management of pain, physiotherapy is also one of the specialty included in the
  • A youth's perspective of redefining 2020
    Kenlumzailie Mechui Kohima With the whole world in a standstill due to the pandemic, the world carved out a 'new normal' that made the "citizen(s) of the world" an ever evolving being. Along with the rest of the world, the Nagas are being updated and rebooted constantly. We are redefining the typical Naga mind set on youths as slacks offs and naysayers; we are making the most of the limited options we have and still making progress and we will be the generation th
  • Scientists solve mystery of the origin of Stonehenge megaliths
    Will Dunham Reuters Scientists have solved an enduring mystery about Stonehenge, determining the place of origin of many of the megaliths that make up the famed monument in Wiltshire, England, thanks to a core sample that had been kept in the United States for decades. Geochemical testing indicates that 50 of Stonehenge’s 52 pale-gray sandstone megaliths, known as sarsens, share a common origin about 15 miles (25 km) away at a site called West Woods on the edge of Wiltshir
  • Video games seen becoming a new frontier in digital rights
    Avi Asher-Schapiro Thomson Reuters Foundation Critical digital rights battles over privacy, free speech and anonymity are increasingly being fought in video games, a growing market that is becoming a "new political arena," experts and insiders said on Thursday. With the industry set to more than double annual revenues to $300 billion by 2025, questions about how video game operators, designers and governments handle sensitive issues take on added urgency, said particip
  • An urgent wakeup call
    N Jacob  Dimapur  Until May 26, 2020 the Nagas were praising God and thanking Coronavirus haven't reached our land. We prayed earnestly that our land be kept away from the invisible enemy and mostly continued with our daily routine. That it is okay in Nagaland, it hasn't reached us. But that was until June 26, 2020. The number of positive cases steadily rose. But as casual as we are, we had this easy going attitude of, Corona virus is confined to the quarantine ce
  • The quiet heroism of our times
    Easterine Kire I am struck by the quiet heroism of unassuming, ordinary people that are doing what they do without any desire for recognition. They don’t care about visibility or social media presence, but the things they do are making life bearable for many in these times. A brave young woman shelters and feeds eight children in her home. When she receives help from friends, she remembers those who are less fortunate than her household. In the early days of the lockdown, s
  • Decision to conduct exam during COVID-19 pandemic: A right decision?
    Soreithing Ramror We can call 2020 as the worst year of the century till date. The outbreak of the pandemic, COVID-19 has put a stop to all the regular human activities. As a measure to fight against it, there have been many restrictions which have also affected human lives immensely. Many of us are suffering a lot because of it physically, financially, emotionally and most importantly mentally. We can no longer live our lives the normal way. Offices, institutions, public transport,
  • Appendicitis
    Dr Temsutoshi Longkumer Junior Consultant, Surgery Department, CIHSR What is Appendix? Appendix (Vermiform appendix) is a tubular, worm shaped structure which is located at the junction of the caecum(beginning of the large intestine) and ileum (the last part of the small intestine) in the right side of the lower abdomen. ‘Vermiform’ is a Latin word meaning worm shaped. Its size and length may vary from one person to another. The vermiform appendix was long thought
  • The world's rising tide of plastic pollution - and how to stem it
    Thin Lei Win Thomson Reuters Foundation From straws and bags to cups and swabs, the amount of plastic waste in the ocean is expected to triple over the next two decades, threatening the health of humans and the planet and fuelling climate change, researchers said on Thursday. However, solutions already exist to reduce this pollution by up to 80%, they said in a report and accompanying scientific paper laying out a new model to quantify stocks and flows of plastic around the wo
  • A mobile-based banking service for teenagers
    Puja Gupta  IANSlife Founded by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee Graduates, Kush Taneja and Sambhav Jain, FamPay is "India's first mobile-based banking services for teenagers that brings cashless convenience and much more to millions of teens and their parents." It allows minors to finally make online (UPI & P2P) and offline payments without the need to set up a bank account. IANSlife spoke to them to know the details of the innovation an
  • Time to wake up friends; We are in a ‘New Normal’ now
    Vethito Chuzho Kohima For a BA 6th semester student like me, the pandemic did no favor. The deadly COVID-19 pandemic made a very deep impact in my studies and in my future career as a final year student. On one hand, the country is on lockdown for the safety of everyone. On the other hand, the average students like me are lost with uncertainty of where to go and what to do when the educational institution are being closed abruptly. We, as students have been shaken by the sudden a
  • Frauds in the name of Customs Department
    Sashi Wapang As a Customs Officer, I frequently get phone calls from people asking for help or to help someone who is in the process of receiving certain items from abroad- foreign currency, gold, jewellery or expensive electronic items- from some friend, someone they know, etc. My first question to them usually is who the person from abroad is. If the answer is “A friend I met online on Facebook”, I immediately know that it’s a fraud. My immediate concern next i
  • Between hospitals and hope
    Tungshang Ningreichon  Chipemmi Shangh loves listening to music and likes Don Williams and gospel songs. He was a well-recognized student while at the Holy Spirit School; one of the oldest schools in Ukhrul, established in the year 1976 in a village called Longpi which is widely known for its black pottery, locally known as Longpi Ham.  He would not miss performing in any school functions. He was the school stand-up comedian.  Chipemmi was born in Shirui v
  • World Population Day 2020
    Ranjan Sharma  Dimapur World Population Day is one of the most important awareness days celebrated annually on July 11 every year. It was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development program in 1989 in the wake of the world’s population reached to 5 billion and hence become a serious concern about the exploding population. At present the world’s population has been estimated to 7.8 billion. The significance of this day is to highlig
  • Safeguarding the health of women and girls during COVID-19
    Ville Rhetso Ever since its introduction in 1989, World Population Day is celebrated across the world annually on 11th July by organizing variety of activities and events to raise awareness on various population issues such as importance of  family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal and child health and human rights. The Day focuses on the importance of reproductive health and how it affects overall growth and development plans and programs. However, till today many
  • Nosano’s rooftop garden
    Hollyhocksn Beans growing in the rooftop garden. (Photo Courtesy: Nosano Kikhi)   Easterine Kire Nosano has been making a rooftop garden all Spring and now we can see the harvest of it in summer.  ‘Gardening is so therapeutic’ she says and I can think of several people who would second that.  Nosano’s rooftop garden was something she embarked on early in the year. One can see that it would be great therapy in the months of lockdow
  • Tuensang: From Mask to Task
    Moses Hongang Chang  Tuensang   Tuensang district is one of the first to receive testing times of COVID-19 after positive cases in Nagaland. Since Indian government and authorities declared lockdown, police of each state has been functioning on different levels with every new challenge. Donning a chic moustache with a star and State Emblem on the shoulders of his khaki uniform, Superintendent of Police Tuensang, Bharat Laxman Markad (IPS) strolls while inspe