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  • Establishing ground rules to settle our infighting
    Mazie Nakhro, PhD Why reopen an old wound? Nobody in his right mind would enjoy doing that, but the fact remains that an ignored wound is more dangerous.That’s why we must constructively analyze the causes of our divisions within the Naga family for genuine reconciliation and unity to take place based on truth. With this objective in mind, this writer will attempt to address the controversies surrounding the Shillong Accord (SA) in four articles.   An African Proverb s
  • Excessive usage of cell phone among the students
    A Kayikhra Means of instruction, be it at school or college, at the time of COVID-19 pandemic is heavily dependent on mobile phones.To combat the spread of COVID-19, institutions (worldwide) shift to telework instead of physical classes. This “new normal" fills a void in social interaction. Electronic devices (smartphone, laptop etc.) with Internet become quintessential for students. For months now, students around the globe attend classes through online mode. Mobile phon
  • Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccine
    1. Will COVID 19 vaccine be given to everyone simultaneously? Based on the potential availability of vaccines the Government of India has selected the priority groups who will be vaccinated on priority as they are at higher risk. The first group includes healthcare and frontline workers. The second group to receive COVID 19 vaccine will be persons over 50 years of age and persons under 50 years with comorbid conditions. 2. Is it mandatory to take the vaccine? Vaccination fo
  • Law in Motion 23: FIR – Miscellaneous Queries
    Rupin Sharma, IPS I am back with the series Law in Motion after the pre-Christmas, Christmas and New Year break. I hope the New Year 2021 brings all of us Happiness, Peace, Good Health and Fortune.  Let us continue with FIR. (1) Can I apply for a government job if a FIR is lodged against me? Yes, you can apply for a Government job. The registration of an FIR or even arrest after that does not mean that you are guilty. Just in case you are under arrest and have
  • A passing Coup d'oeil at the Naga political movement
    S C Jamir Former Chief Minister & Governor Before the advent of Christianity and British rule, living as our forefathers had been, mostly confined to their own respective and exclusive village lives, often preoccupied with inter-village internecine headhunting, the first formal articulation of a common Naga political aspiration was the Memorandum submitted to the Simon Commission on January 10, 1929. It was, however, the formation of the Naga National Council (NNC) in 1946,
  • The pertinence of having separate time zone for NE
    Mongsentong Longkumer  Agri Forest Colony, Kohima If you were to measure the distance between Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern most region and Gujarat in the West, it is approximately about 2933 kms long. Accordingly, the Sun rises and sets much earlier by an hour or more in Arunachal than in Gujarat due to this factor. But oddly enough, the whole country shares only a single time zone regardless of the region and thus, this has created a lot of problems for people living in t
  • Blood Letting in Ayurveda: A Unique Therapy
    Dr. Imlikumba Medical Officer (Ayurveda), NEIFM The father of Ayurvedic Medicine Charaka describes the five Panchakarma procedures as Vamana (Therapeutic emesis), Virechana (Therapeutic purgation), Nasya (Nasal medication) and two types of Basti (Therapeutic enema). Another great Ayurvedic Surgeon Sushruta The father of Surgery combined the two types of basti into one category and added Raktamokshana. The therapeutic withdrawal of blood from the body (blood letting) as one of the P
  • New Year Expectation
    Tali Longkumer Kohima As we usher into the New Year, there is an aroma of optimism in the air on the prospect of the dawn of peace and stability in the State except the prevalence of pandemic as our guest. The State has suffered long enough under the weight of uncertainties and staggering development and people do deserve a spell of peace and progress.  The size of Nagaland State to my view will neither grow nor shrink in the coming days as the prospect of give and take att
  • Success story of rural youth through Vanaraja Farming under ARYA Project at Wokha
    Enterprise: Poultry Farming Profile of the Youth: Areni Shitiri studied up to class 12; she got in touch with livestock farming from a very young age, since her father was a veterinary field assistant in the state department. Being married in a very young age, she couldn’t complete her studies. She and her husband were unemployed. So, they started a small veterinary pharmacy in Wokha town with the help of her father. Then, in 2015, they purchased a small stock of poultry birds
  • Shadows of Christ in the Old Testament
    Selie Visa A brief introduction: The Bible furnishes abundant evidence of the presence of types and of typical instruction. The New Testament attests this fact. It takes up a large number of persons and things and events of former dispensations, and it treats them as faint sketches or brief representations and prophecies of the future. A generation ago a widespread interest in the study of typology prevailed but the interest has largely subsided. The word “type” oc
  • The other India: Facts & figures don't lie
    Dr John Mohan Razu Abraham Lincoln long ago said that “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”What made him to say? He might have seen there werepoliticians and bureaucrats whotended to think that all the people can be fooled all the time. His quote is more relevant now. We live in a world of blatant lies, fake news and false narratives; masses tend to believe whateve
  • ‘Let our faith be unseen weapon’
    Speech of Gen (Retd) Viyalie Metha, Kedahge, FGN on 57th Naga Army Raising Day Chief of Staff and all ranks and file of the Naga Army, my countrymen, ladies and gentlemen, greetings to you on behalf of the Federal Government of Nagaland, on this historic day, the 57th Raising Day of the Naga Army, the 3rd of January, 2021.  By the grace of God we are blessed to be celebrating the 57th Raising Day of the Naga Army. It was 57 years ago, on the 3rd of January 1964 that the Naga
  • Say No to Firecrackers
    Dr Wati Imchen 4th Mile, Dimapur Bursting of various forms of firecrackers has been a part of the celebration during every festive season throughout the country. Owing to deleterious effect on respiratory health by harmful chemicals and related hazards from firecrackers, their use has been banned in various parts of the world including some states in India. The production, sales, and usage of fireworks have been banned in Singapore (1972), Sweden (2001), and Vietnam (1994). Germany
  • Imamanuel (God with us) 
    Rev Dr V K Nuh Precisely 25th December is not the birth of Jesus although universally celebrated. The Bible has not mentioned about the date of the birth of Jesus. Whatever the date maybe it is not the subject but incarnation of God is accepted by all mankind since 2000 years ago. It was announced by Prophet Isaiah 800 years before Jesus was born. “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name IMMANUE
  • Significance of National Consumers Day
    Kezhokhoto Savi Kohima  The significance of “National Consumer Day” is that on December 24 in the year 1986, the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, had received assent of the President of India. The Act is considered to be a historic milestone in the country. Every year 24th December is observed as “National Consumer Day” and the observation of the day provides an opportunity for highlighting the importance of the consumer movement and the need to make the
  • Is Honorable Solution to the Indo-Naga Political Conflict Possible at All?
    Dr Venusa Tinyi The term “honorable” has become the most irresistible word for any Naga debating or reflecting on the ongoing Indo-Naga political talk. Unsurprisingly, it has found expression in both the “Framework Agreement” and “Agreed Positions”. However, the manner and trend in which the Indo-Naga talks are being carried out, of late, make one to wonder if there is going to be any honorable solution at the end of the day. It certainly ma
  • Re-imagining, re-creating and re-qriting the Christmas narrative
    Dr John Mohan Razu The entire world for more than 2000years has been celebrating Jesus Christ incarnating on to this earth as a human babewith joy and gaiety. But, Christmas-2020 will be different this time.As we are of the fact that coronavirus has totally changed and challenged the usual patterns and formats of Christmas celebrations and put on hold many things. Every country is concerned about protecting the lives of its people. Stringent rules are invoked to restrict the movemen
  • A Humanoid Star Seed
    Dr Aniruddha Babar Tetso College I always wake up in the middle of the night thinking It's absolutely alright to scrub all the layers of ‘Barnacles’ that covered ‘my essence’ locked somewhere deeper inside the ‘Davy Jones’ Locker’ millions of light years deeper inside the galactic oceans of this ever expanding, infinite universe.  I rebel against my own ‘self’ infinite births ago; still carrying the fire of being the
  • And those who never took bath baptized
    Remembering the Baptist Church foundation day in Nagaland Dr  Songsongsangba Tzudir In October of 1871 the Good News Gospel was first brought to Molungkimong (Deka Haimong) of the erstwhile Naga Hills through the Assamese preacher Godhula. The coming of Christianity to Nagaland is a story of wonder and the unfolding of God’s plan for Nagas though they were never in the initial plan of the American Baptist Missionary Union. Stationed at Assam, the plan was to enter west
  • The Coming of Jesus – Who Responded?
    Mapu Jamir ( IAS Retd) At the time of coming of Jesus, the world was filled with fear. Romans feared the rebellions of her subjects and the subjects feared Rome’s brutalities. The hearts of people everywhere were filled with suspicions, fear and distrust. The grace in God compelled Jesus to come down to the evil world to save every perishing soul. Hence, by that awesome night when the star shone bright God sent His angel to make a very important pronouncement, “Be not be