Nagaland – Eastern Mirror https://easternmirrornagaland.com The latest and breaking news from Nagaland, northeast India, India and the world. Current affairs and news of politics from around the world, latest updates on business news, sports, arts and entertainment Sat, 06 Jun 2020 06:17:11 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-FavIcon-32x32.png Nagaland – Eastern Mirror https://easternmirrornagaland.com 32 32 Nagaland Zoological Park launches virtual tour for animal lovers https://easternmirrornagaland.com/nagaland-zoological-park-launches-virtual-tour-for-animal-lovers/ Sat, 06 Jun 2020 02:00:59 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315854 Our ReporterDimapur, June 6 (EMN): The minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, CM Chang launched a virtual tour of the Nagaland Zoological Park (NZP) at Rangapahar in Dimapur, on June 5 to mark World Environment Day. Speaking to Eastern Mirror, the director of NZP, Dr. Prabhat Kumar, shared that since the zoo has been shut amid the lockdown, the authorities have provided an opportunity for the public to get a virtual tour starting Friday through their videos on YouTube. “This year, because of the lockdown, as a safety measure for public and zoo animals, the zoo had to close down; since public cannot visit the zoo, we are taking the zoo to the people,” informed Kumar. Dr. Kumar shared that its informative videos with step-by-step narration will also help people understand the various types of animals present in the zoo. “Usually when it’s opened, public is on their own to see the animals with limited information on the animal or bird, but our virtual tour gives maximum information and visuals to the viewer,” said Kumar. It’s informed that ‘Nagaland Zoological Park’ is the name of YouTube channel. Details of captive wildlife at Nagaland Zoological Park, Dimapur:

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A close-up picture of rufous-necked hornbill taken at Nagaland Zoological Park in Dimapur.
A close-up picture of rufous-necked hornbill taken at Nagaland Zoological Park in Dimapur. (EM Images)

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Dimapur, June 6 (EMN): The minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, CM Chang launched a virtual tour of the Nagaland Zoological Park (NZP) at Rangapahar in Dimapur, on June 5 to mark World Environment Day.

Speaking to Eastern Mirror, the director of NZP, Dr. Prabhat Kumar, shared that since the zoo has been shut amid the lockdown, the authorities have provided an opportunity for the public to get a virtual tour starting Friday through their videos on YouTube.

“This year, because of the lockdown, as a safety measure for public and zoo animals, the zoo had to close down; since public cannot visit the zoo, we are taking the zoo to the people,” informed Kumar.

Dr. Kumar shared that its informative videos with step-by-step narration will also help people understand the various types of animals present in the zoo.

“Usually when it’s opened, public is on their own to see the animals with limited information on the animal or bird, but our virtual tour gives maximum information and visuals to the viewer,” said Kumar. It’s informed that ‘Nagaland Zoological Park’ is the name of YouTube channel.

Details of captive wildlife at Nagaland Zoological Park, Dimapur:

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World Environment Day: Celebrating Nagaland’s precious biodiversity https://easternmirrornagaland.com/world-environment-day-celebrating-nagalands-precious-biodiversity/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:30:33 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315850 Our Reporter Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): Marking World Environment Day, societies, institutions, organisations and government departments from across Nagaland observed the occasion on June 5 by taking up various activities like tree plantation and awareness programmes, in an attempt to conserve biodiversity which has become an existential concern. The department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, government of Nagaland, celebrated World Environment Day 2020 on the theme “Celebrate Biodiversity” via a video conference, which was attended by minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Law & Justice CM Chang and officers from the department. Chang stated that the theme for this year is very appropriate and relevant in the state’s context as Nagaland has very rich biodiversity and is part of the Indo-Burma biological hotspot, according to an update received here. He added “that while God has blessed the state with rich biodiversity, pressure from human activities and increasing population is making the whole environment unsustainable and said that environmental damage should be minimised and mitigated with sensitisation, enforcement and restoration”.  The minister said that many species are becoming extinct due to pollution caused by anthropogenic activities and global climate change; that excessive interference in the surrounding ecosystems is...

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A child, student of DMI St. Joseph Global School, is seen planting a tree sapling during the occasion of World Environment Day. An update from the institute informed that the occasion was marked with planting of saplings by children in their kitchen gardens, farm and in front of their homes.

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Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): Marking World Environment Day, societies, institutions, organisations and government departments from across Nagaland observed the occasion on June 5 by taking up various activities like tree plantation and awareness programmes, in an attempt to conserve biodiversity which has become an existential concern.

The department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, government of Nagaland, celebrated World Environment Day 2020 on the theme “Celebrate Biodiversity” via a video conference, which was attended by minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Law & Justice CM Chang and officers from the department.

Chang stated that the theme for this year is very appropriate and relevant in the state’s context as Nagaland has very rich biodiversity and is part of the Indo-Burma biological hotspot, according to an update received here. He added “that while God has blessed the state with rich biodiversity, pressure from human activities and increasing population is making the whole environment unsustainable and said that environmental damage should be minimised and mitigated with sensitisation, enforcement and restoration”. 

The minister said that many species are becoming extinct due to pollution caused by anthropogenic activities and global climate change; that excessive interference in the surrounding ecosystems is affecting health and leave lasting negative effects on human future, causing various illnesses including the current Covid-19 pandemic.

In this context, the minister stated that projects such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted Nagaland Forest Management Project and the Community Conservation project of KfW, will go a long way in restoring the biodiversity of the state and stressed on the participation of common villagers – the real custodians of the richest biodiversity areas.

He concluded by encouraging everyone to plant as many trees as possible and to plant at least one tree in all special occasions. He also distributed two wheelers to Field Management Unit under Kohima District and Project Management Unit of NFMP besides flagging off the transportation of seedlings to be presented to the chief minister, cabinet ministers and advisors.

Divisional forest officers from various districts also briefed the activities undertaken in their respective regions, during the occasion.

Dimapur: Truckload of difference

The Ruzaphema Community Conserved Area (CCA) Dimapur under Nagaland Community Conservation Area Forum (NCCAF) in collaboration with Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development (NEPED) observed the day with a difference by donating a truckload of wild vegetables to the office of the deputy commissioner, Dimapur. The occasion was celebrated with the “Time for Nature” at the NEPED office, Dimapur, on June 5.

Around 3000 bundles of wild vegetables “mostly collected by the village womenfolk” of Ruzaphema village was donated the Dimapur district administration.

On the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner V Lovitoly Sema acknowledged the Ruzaphema CCA and NEPED team for the gesture, saying that the state government could not organise any event to celebrate the event due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. While thanking Ruzaphema CCA for the support, she said the government, organisations and individuals are all playing their part to tackle the current situation.

Sema urged the people to be involved in cultivation and return to agriculture practise as they used to do before for self reliance, so that they would stop depending on other states. She asserted that CCA would help in the long run and encouraged the Ruzaphema village to continue to preserve the environment for the betterment of all.

She added that the donated the fresh vegetables would be distributed to the caterers for the quarantine centres.

While speaking on the occasion, Chairman of Ruzaphema CCA Adi Sesa informed that the village decided to contribute something during these difficult times by collecting wild vegetables.

Kohima: Wild blessing

The art work by Leemei Sophia of BA 6th semester that won the painting competition organised by Model Christian College, Kohima as part of World Environment Day celebration on June 5.

Coinciding with the World Environment Day, the Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Develop (NEPED) Kohima, in collaboration with the Nagaland Community Conservation Area Forum (NCCAF) donated wild vegetables to the Kohima District Administration on June 5. This was informed by DIPR in an update on Friday.

The team leader of NEPED and commissioner & secretary, K Libanthung Lotha, said that the donation was to showcase the important role played by the community having the Community Conservation Areas (CCAs) across Nagaland. 

Focusing on the role played by nature in providing essential infrastructure that supports life on earth and human development, Lotha said: “Despite all benefits that our nature gives us, we still mistreat and misuse it too. That is why we need to observed it in a befitting manner to create awareness among all of us.”

“When we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life,” he said, adding that the CCA across Nagaland cannot be underscored of the important role that the communities had played and the hardships and also the difficulties that they face, not only from outside, but even from within.

“We are intimately interconnected with nature. If we do not take care of nature, for all the bountiful that it provides, we cannot and will not be able to take care of our mother Earth,” he added.

Mokokchung: Tree adoption

The Mokokchung Forest department celebrated World Environment Day on June 5 on the “Restoring forest, conservation and livelihood” with an initiative to “Adopt a tree”, at the district Forest office premises.

Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung, Limawabang Jamir told the gathering that “we need individual and community participation to conserve our environment in a way to create an equilibrium which will enable nature to restore back the human exploitations on environment”.

Lauding the initiative “To adopt a tree” taken up by the Forest department, he said the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the second best time is today. Let us, therefore, pledge ourselves to contribute to nature in our own small ways, he urged.

Superintendent of Police Mokokchung Vishal and Chairman Marepkong ward also spoke on the occasion and stressed on the need to conserve environment in the event.

The Forest department distributed plant saplings to all the Heads of Offices (HoDs) under Mokokchung district, to be planted and adopted by the HoDs.

Wokha: Everybody’s responsibility

Wokha celebrated World Environment day at DC’s Public Park on Friday and it was organised by Wokha Forest Division and Doyang Plantation Division, according to an update from DIPR.

Deputy Commissioner of Wokha Orenthung Lotha, while speaking on the occasion, said it is very encouraging to see young people taking active part during such events and urged them to be the agents of change in spreading awareness about the need to preserve and conserve environment.

He added that “it is not only the domain of the Forest department alone in preserving our forest but it is the responsibility of everyone” and called for community participation in preserving the forest. Stating that even animals are coming closer to human habitation due to the depletion of environment, he stated that “it is time for us to give utmost care in preserving our environment for the betterment of our future generation”.

Superintended of Police, Wokha, Imtitoshi said Nagaland forest is very rich with so many varieties of plants and vegetation which are not found in other parts of the country, but lamented that such plants are disappearing rapidly due to deforestation.

The function ended with planting of trees at the DC’s public park.

Kiphire: Vanishing beauty

Kiphire Town Council (KTC) along with various NGOs and ward chairman in collaboration with the district administration celebrated World Environment Day at Deluxe Point Kiphire on Friday, informed an update from DIPR.

Deputy Commissioner of Kiphire Sarita Yadav said during the occasion that Nagaland is gifted with so many things like beautiful landscape, water, river, forest etc. “but we are destroying all the beauty of the nature by cutting down more and more trees and plants which leads to landslide and soil erosion”.

Stating that “we never know what is going to happen in days to come”, she urged the leaders to plant more trees for the next generation. She also mentioned that ‘the locust attacks across Africa and India and the coronavirus pandemic, all these calamities are a reminder that human health is linked to the planet’s health’.

Trees were also planted along the road side within the town of Kiphire during the occasion.

Zunheboto: Plantation time

Zunheboto marked World Environment Day by taking up tree plantation drive in respective offices, colonies and churches etc. on Friday, according to an update from DIPR.

Chaired by EAC Satakha, Saku Chang, the occasion was celebrated at Satakha with TL Kiusumong Tikhir, ADC, delivering the keynote address. Heads of Offices, GBs and other stakeholders also attended the programme.

Longleng: Green Mission

Amid battle against the Covid-19, the Phom Baptist Christian Association (PBCA), Longleng, observed the occasion by taking up its annual activity — Green Mission Day – wherein the PBCA volunteers and various organisations undertake “massive plantation drive in the district”.

In his message to the people, the executive secretary of PBCA, Tialemba Phom, called upon all the responsible citizens to protect, safe and care for mother nature and the environment from destruction. He lauded the DFO Longleng Biezo Soukhrie and his staff for providing saplings towards PBCA’s Green Mission initiative. Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK), Longleng along with district administration and district task force BBBP also initiated a mission called “Tree For Daughters ” to mark World Environment Day.

Under this mission, the MSK will plant trees every month in every ward of Longleng town to celebrate the birth of girl child starting from June 5, informed an update from DIPR.

District Administration Longleng led by Deputy Commissioner and Buranamsang Students’ Union in collaboration with Namsang EAC circle under Tamlu sub-division also observed the occasion by planting trees. The District Executive Force (DEF) Longleng and Yingli College also observed the day planting trees.

Noklak: Biodiversity march

The 45 Assam Rifles, Noklak A Coy organised World Environment Day at Noklak town on the theme ‘Conserve Biodiversity’, informed an update from DIPR.

Stating that the region has rich biodiversity, Major Anuj Mahant urged the people to continue conserving the biodiversity and plant trees. He also lauded Khiamniungan Menyiu Hoikam (KMH), Adora Children home and all the well-wishers for participating and making the event a remarkable and successful one.

It was informed that tree plantation drive was carried out with some participants while maintaining social distancing in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mahant also gave away gifts to all the participants from Adora Children home during the programme held at Assam Rifles camp Noklak.

Earlier in the day, the participants took a march in the main town with banners to create awareness on Environment Day. More than hundred saplings of pines and other ornamental trees were planted in the main town and Assam Rifles camp area, the update stated.

Tuensang: Essaying nature

District Administration of Tuensang and Mahila Shakti Kendra, District Level Centre for Women commemorated World Environment Day by conducting online essay writing competition under the aegis of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.

An update informed that essay writing competition was conducted in all quarantine centres under Tuensang district on the topic: “Importance of Biodiversity Conservation”. It went on to inform that a district-level essay competition was also held for class 9 and 10 students on the topic “Time for Nature”.

The best three entries were awarded along with five consolation prizes for competition in both categories, it added.

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NPP hits out at PDA government over handling of Covid-19 crisis https://easternmirrornagaland.com/npp-hits-out-at-pda-government-over-handling-of-covid-19-crisis/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:23:40 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315844 Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): The National People’s Party (NPP) on Friday criticised the state government’s handling of Covid-19 crisis, saying that it was not ‘well-prepared and very rash’ in bringing back the stranded people of Nagaland from various states without properly ascertaining the state’s preparedness in terms of healthcare resources, screening facilities, quarantine centres, and fully functional BSL-3 and BSL-2 labs. In a representation addressed to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the NPP president, Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema and general secretary, Limanuksung Longkumer, stated that lack of command and competency of the government was evident in bringing back the stranded people without a concrete plan of action before their arrival. The BSL-3 lab at Kohima was only ready after the returnees started arriving, it added. “Why did the government not sanction enough funds (not only INR 10,000) for those people stranded outside the state, which could have at least given some respite to those people till the state was well-equipped to bring them back? Here we are really appreciative of those people who had decided to stay back out of their own free will and we feel that the government should adequately help them and not neglect them. What would have...

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Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): The National People’s Party (NPP) on Friday criticised the state government’s handling of Covid-19 crisis, saying that it was not ‘well-prepared and very rash’ in bringing back the stranded people of Nagaland from various states without properly ascertaining the state’s preparedness in terms of healthcare resources, screening facilities, quarantine centres, and fully functional BSL-3 and BSL-2 labs.

In a representation addressed to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the NPP president, Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema and general secretary, Limanuksung Longkumer, stated that lack of command and competency of the government was evident in bringing back the stranded people without a concrete plan of action before their arrival. The BSL-3 lab at Kohima was only ready after the returnees started arriving, it added.

“Why did the government not sanction enough funds (not only INR 10,000) for those people stranded outside the state, which could have at least given some respite to those people till the state was well-equipped to bring them back? Here we are really appreciative of those people who had decided to stay back out of their own free will and we feel that the government should adequately help them and not neglect them. What would have happened if various concerned institutions and organisations had not come forward to aid and rescue the government?” it read.

On Covid-19 funds, the NPP claimed that the government is not being transparent in the utilisation of the funds and instead has provided exaggerated amounts in the public portals.

Despite receiving huge amount of funds from the Central government, it alleged that the state government is still seeking for more assistance, even to the extent of praying for donations to the Chief Minister Care Fund.

The NPP also stated that numerous viral videos doing the rounds on social media platforms about the atrocities meted out to fellow citizens in Bihar speaks volumes about the government’s failure in providing basic care and protection to our people.

Even after the returnees arrived in their homeland, it said, there was no respite to their agonies and pointed out the instances, ‘where they were kept waiting for hours in the name of screening without any food or water.’

It stated that most of the quarantine centres do not even have basic facilities available and there are reports that some quarantine centres do not even have separate toilets.

“To top it all, you succumbed to the pressures of few organisations and decided to send the returnees to their own respective districts,” it read.

Accusing the government in sending the returnees to Tuensang without waiting for the test results and the manner in which a returnee who was tested positive was sent along with other normal returnees to Jalukie, the party said it was ‘gross miscalculations’ on the government’s part.

As far as proper execution of the SOP guidelines is concerned, it said the lower level officials and staff can only be guided in such a situation when the higher ups and senior officials use their wisdom and competency levels. “How can there be accountability and commitment when there are frequent transfers and postings of the top level officials of the Covid-19 committees who are not given adequate opportunities to settle down and understand the logistics,” it added.

The government is giving priority in terms of testing only the returnees from the red zones but are least bothered about those who have come from the other zones which is again a gross miscalculation on the part of the government, it said.

“Despite several requests and suggestions, why did the government take the decision of sending the returnees to other districts?,” it added.

Stating that in just few days the total number of positive cases in the state has reached an alarming number of 94, the NPP said that at this rate there is a huge probability that the number of positive cases may shoot up to more than 500 in the upcoming weeks.

Claiming that there is a backlog of around 1000 quarantined people who have not been screened or tested till now, the NPP demanded a logical explanation from the chief minister as to why such a negligent approach is being taken by the government towards the returnees and why there is no follow up being done with regard to their health and welfare especially when “you have already professed that everything is under control,” it said.

It also questioned the efficacy of the government in sending the test samples to Dibrugarh, Assam citing reason that the testing facility at Kohima has been over loaded.

Stating that there is a high probability that the samples might get destroyed during transit or even may not be properly tested, it said the government would answerable if any anomaly takes place.

It advised that the government can mull upon using the TrueNat Beta-Cov testing kits as an alternative before more labs are made functional. “Though, the TrueNat Beta-Cov is not highly dependable, they can at least provide some conclusive report based on which the tests may further be validated through the BSL-3 or BSL-2 labs,” it added.

On setting up a BSL-2 lab in Tuensang, the NPP said the government has made an ‘unrealistic promise,’ while pointing out that the BSL-2 lab at CIHSR is not functional till date. It urged the chief minister to make the right calculations before making any ‘lofty promises.’

It also stated that there is lack of concern for the frontline workers who have not been provided with proper facilities, which will invite many medical staff to leave their job due to safety concerns.

To add to the apathy of the medical fraternity, it said the government has placed the ‘ball of deciding the fate of the quarantined people in the court of the poor doctors who are already over-worked and overloaded.’

“There are reports that after the mandatory institutional quarantine of 14 days, the doctors are being directed by the government to issue certificates to the quarantinees without even conducting the swab tests on them. In this context if any quarantinees is released without any tests and later found positive, who will take the blame? Here, the government has shrewdly passed the buck to the doctors for not taking the blame on themselves,” it stated.

Stating that chief medical officers of all districts are not only handling the Covid-19 hospitals but also quarantine centres with limited number of manpower, which is adding to the work load of the medical staff, the NPP demanded the state government to immediately depute adequate number of doctors and nurses in all the districts.

It went on to state that at present, there are no adequate back up of doctors and paramedics, particularly in Dimapur, due to which they are not only overloaded but also there are risks of them being infected with the virus, it said.

The NPP also stated that government has also not taken up any step in hiring experts from outside to take expert advice on how to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. “The other face of the immaturity of the government is the total disregard and negative reaction to numerous criticisms that it has been receiving lately. As a populist and democratic government, your role should have been more people oriented but sadly, you have started being more autocratic and insensitive when people have started criticizing the government with the well-being of the public in mind. We request you to give a patient hearing and act positively to the constructive criticisms instead of tarnishing their images and victimizing them by using undue power,” it read.

“The NPP feels that your government has enough avenues to resort to but sadly enough, you have chosen politics and self-gain over reasoning and humanity. And therefore we demand legitimate answers from your government regarding all the above and we need them immediately as we have to be assured that we are in safe and worthy hands at this crucial juncture. If you cannot prove your worth of being a competent leader during this crisis you have totally failed us and as such as we humbly request you to step down and pave a way forward for a people-centric government and leadership so that the public don’t have to suffer any longer,” the statement added.

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Food items pour in for Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen https://easternmirrornagaland.com/food-items-pour-in-for-covid-19-bethel-kitchen/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:13:46 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315828 Our CorrespondentKohima, June 5 (EMN): Help has poured in for returnees staying in quarantine centres in Kohima, with villagers and philanthropists donating food items, including vegetables, fish, fruits, bread and others. The people of Lakhuti village under Wokha district donated fresh fish and wild organic vegetable and other food items to the quarantine centres in Kohima on Thursday evening. A team comprising of Lakhuti village chairman, Mhonthung Yanthan, a VDB member, a veterinary officer, four GBs, and four drivers travelled about 128 km to drop the delicacies contributed by the villagers for the inmates at Kohima. Speaking to Eastern Mirror, Yanthan said that they collected the items from the villagers and loaded it in two pick-up trucks before dispatching it to Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen of the district task force Kohima, at NBCC convention centre. He shared that it was impossible to reach out to all centres located at different districts. However, they had decided to “share their blessings to Kohima, since it is the capital of Nagaland,” the chairman said after returning to Lakhuti on Friday. The farmers collected the organic vegetables while fish was caught in the rivers at Lakhuti. On Friday, another Bolero truck containing different varieties of...

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Food items being delivered to the Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen in Kohima.

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Kohima, June 5 (EMN):
Help has poured in for returnees staying in quarantine centres in Kohima, with villagers and philanthropists donating food items, including vegetables, fish, fruits, bread and others.

The people of Lakhuti village under Wokha district donated fresh fish and wild organic vegetable and other food items to the quarantine centres in Kohima on Thursday evening.

A team comprising of Lakhuti village chairman, Mhonthung Yanthan, a VDB member, a veterinary officer, four GBs, and four drivers travelled about 128 km to drop the delicacies contributed by the villagers for the inmates at Kohima.

Speaking to Eastern Mirror, Yanthan said that they collected the items from the villagers and loaded it in two pick-up trucks before dispatching it to Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen of the district task force Kohima, at NBCC convention centre.

He shared that it was impossible to reach out to all centres located at different districts. However, they had decided to “share their blessings to Kohima, since it is the capital of Nagaland,” the chairman said after returning to Lakhuti on Friday.

The farmers collected the organic vegetables while fish was caught in the rivers at Lakhuti.

On Friday, another Bolero truck containing different varieties of vegetables and fruits, including bananas reached Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen from Dzülhamu village of Phek district. On Wednesday, Plaza Bakery in Kohima brought bread to the kitchen in a pick-up truck to provide breakfast to the inmates in Kohima for a week.

It was informed that on reaching the kitchen, Limanenla, additional deputy commissioner of Commissioner’s office, who is also the convenor of Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen, received the food items coming from different locations in Kohima.

Akhrie Mor, a member of Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen, said that they were happy and overwhelmed by the generous contributions coming from various quarters.

“We are very happy that people are coming forward to help us, and understanding the difficulties of the government in feeding so many returnees,” she said.

Huge amount of money is being spent daily to cater to the needs of the inmates at the quarantine centers but because of the “generous contributions” received from various quarters, “expenditure has been minimised to a great extent,” she stated.

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Sukhalu suggests skill development training at quarantine centres https://easternmirrornagaland.com/sukhalu-suggests-skill-development-training-at-quarantine-centres/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:09:24 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315833 Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): Advisor to School Education, K T Sukhalu, during the review meeting in Zunheboto, suggested that some skill development training be given to the people undergoing quarantine to keep them engage as well as learn something. The advisor held a meeting with Zunheboto district task force, district administration, police, and medical department over the preparedness strategy on June 4 at the Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall, informed a DIPR upadte. The legislator was apprised on the status of quarantine centres and the district as a whole. He thanked Kaito Aye, minister for Agriculture and Cooperation and Khehovi Yepthomi, advisor to Tourism and Art and Culture, for taking care of the arrangements in the district. On the government’s decision to bring back the returnees from their respective locations, he said that the government took a conscious decision, as many were facing hardships. To contain the Covid-19 pandemic, he said it is the responsibility of every individual, as government cannot do it alone without people’s support. Stating that administrative officers and frontline workers are working round the clock, he called upon all to support frontline workers. He also asked the members present to sensitise the people about the real issues...

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K T Sukhalu chairs the review meeting at DC’s conference hall in Zunheboto on June 4.

Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): Advisor to School Education, K T Sukhalu, during the review meeting in Zunheboto, suggested that some skill development training be given to the people undergoing quarantine to keep them engage as well as learn something.

The advisor held a meeting with Zunheboto district task force, district administration, police, and medical department over the preparedness strategy on June 4 at the Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall, informed a DIPR upadte.

The legislator was apprised on the status of quarantine centres and the district as a whole. He thanked Kaito Aye, minister for Agriculture and Cooperation and Khehovi Yepthomi, advisor to Tourism and Art and Culture, for taking care of the arrangements in the district.

On the government’s decision to bring back the returnees from their respective locations, he said that the government took a conscious decision, as many were facing hardships.

To contain the Covid-19 pandemic, he said it is the responsibility of every individual, as government cannot do it alone without people’s support.

Stating that administrative officers and frontline workers are working round the clock, he called upon all to support frontline workers.

He also asked the members present to sensitise the people about the real issues so that responsibilities are shared.

The advisor further asked that the police force to be extra vigilant in the quarantine centres so as to prevent any case of runaway from the centre.

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More than 4000 migrants screened in Kohima https://easternmirrornagaland.com/more-than-4000-migrants-screened-in-kohima/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:39:53 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315819 Our CorrespondentKohima, June 5 (EMN): More than 3000 inter-state travellers and over 1000 inter-district travellers have been screened till June 5 at the Kohima local ground. Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Kohima, Kevingoto Kulnu, informed that an average of 50-60 persons, mostly from Assam and Bihar, are screened every day. He also shared that a handful of inter-district travellers still come for screening and get certificates as some villages or colonies ask them to produce it. He said that the inter-state travellers have their own train and flight tickets; they are screened and given permit to travel till Dimapur railway station. He stated that 99% of travellers have their own transportation. The administration arranges vehicles for the remaining travellers, he said. Kulnu informed that on June 8, around 45 persons from Kohima district will be sent to Uttar Pradesh, and the transportation will be arranged by the administration. He said that it is an arrangement made between the respective governments as some Nagas will be returning by bus from UP. “We are doing our best to help in whatever we can,” he added. Distribution of relief packages to stranded labourers, migrant workers and daily wage earners by the Kohima district...

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Kohima, June 5 (EMN):
More than 3000 inter-state travellers and over 1000 inter-district travellers have been screened till June 5 at the Kohima local ground.

Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Kohima, Kevingoto Kulnu, informed that an average of 50-60 persons, mostly from Assam and Bihar, are screened every day.

He also shared that a handful of inter-district travellers still come for screening and get certificates as some villages or colonies ask them to produce it.

He said that the inter-state travellers have their own train and flight tickets; they are screened and given permit to travel till Dimapur railway station. He stated that 99% of travellers have their own transportation.

The administration arranges vehicles for the remaining travellers, he said.

Kulnu informed that on June 8, around 45 persons from Kohima district will be sent to Uttar Pradesh, and the transportation will be arranged by the administration.

He said that it is an arrangement made between the respective governments as some Nagas will be returning by bus from UP.

“We are doing our best to help in whatever we can,” he added.

Distribution of relief packages to stranded labourers, migrant workers and daily wage earners by the Kohima district administration and district disaster management authority, Kohima, as per directive from the Centre and state government, is still going on at the local ground.

An official informed that over 3000 people from Kohima district have availed the relief packages so far. He said that almost all the colonies from Kohima town have been covered, except for two.

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Bengaluru train arrives with 1477 citizens https://easternmirrornagaland.com/bengaluru-train-arrives-with-1477-citizens/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:13:27 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315812 Our Reporter/CorrespondentDimapur/Kohima, June 5 (EMN): A special Shramik train carrying 1477 stranded Nagaland citizens arrived in Dimapur from Bengaluru on Friday afternoon. The Bangalore returnees are the largest group to return to Nagaland till date. As per the new standard operating procedure, the returnees of other 10 districts were sent to their respective districts after necessary formalities were completed at Dimapur railway station. Out of the 1501 Bangalore returnees, more than 50% were from Dimapur. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and his family provided the meal for the returnees. Bus accident in Zubza A Nagaland State Transport bus ferrying the Bengaluru returnees from Dimapur to Kohima met with an accident at Zubza area on Friday evening, at around 6.30 pm. This was confirmed to Eastern Mirror by the officer in-charge of Zubza police station. There were no casualties. The officer informed that a goods truck, after ‘slipping on the muddy road due to rain earlier in the day’, hit the bus driver’s window. None of the passengers were injured and the driver escaped with minor ‘splinter scratches’, it was informed. A reliable source informed that the bus was carrying Tuensang-bound passengers. Another bus has been sent to ferry the passengers, it...

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A returnee arrives at Dimapur railway station on Friday. (Caisii Mao/EM Images)

Our Reporter/Correspondent
Dimapur/Kohima, June 5 (EMN):
A special Shramik train carrying 1477 stranded Nagaland citizens arrived in Dimapur from Bengaluru on Friday afternoon. The Bangalore returnees are the largest group to return to Nagaland till date.

As per the new standard operating procedure, the returnees of other 10 districts were sent to their respective districts after necessary formalities were completed at Dimapur railway station.

Out of the 1501 Bangalore returnees, more than 50% were from Dimapur.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and his family provided the meal for the returnees.

Bus accident in Zubza

A Nagaland State Transport bus ferrying the Bengaluru returnees from Dimapur to Kohima met with an accident at Zubza area on Friday evening, at around 6.30 pm.

This was confirmed to Eastern Mirror by the officer in-charge of Zubza police station. There were no casualties.

The officer informed that a goods truck, after ‘slipping on the muddy road due to rain earlier in the day’, hit the bus driver’s window.

None of the passengers were injured and the driver escaped with minor ‘splinter scratches’, it was informed.

A reliable source informed that the bus was carrying Tuensang-bound passengers. Another bus has been sent to ferry the passengers, it was informed.

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Nagaland Covid-19: Positive cases climb to 94 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/nagaland-covid-19-positive-cases-climb-to-94/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315818 Our ReporterDimapur, June 5 (EMN): Nagaland reported 14 more Covid-19 positive cases on Friday, taking the total number of active cases to 94. This was informed by the minister for Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom, through a social media update on Friday morning. “14 new positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the last 24 hours out of the 235 samples tested. All the samples tested were from Chennai returnees,” the minister tweeted. Nagaland recorded its first three Covid-19 positive cases on May 25. The fourth case was reported on May 26. Five more cases were recorded on May 27 taking the positive cases to nine. The cases doubled as the state recorded a total of nine fresh cases, taking the tally to 18 on May 28. Seven more returnees from Chennai were tested positive for Covid-19 on May 29, taking the count to 25 on Friday. Eleven more returnees tested positive for the virus on May 30, taking the count to 36. The number of cases increased as seven more returnees tested positive for the virus on May 31, taking the tally to 43 in Nagaland. No positive case was reported on June 1. However, six...

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Our Reporter
Dimapur, June 5 (EMN):
Nagaland reported 14 more Covid-19 positive cases on Friday, taking the total number of active cases to 94.

This was informed by the minister for Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom, through a social media update on Friday morning.

“14 new positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the last 24 hours out of the 235 samples tested. All the samples tested were from Chennai returnees,” the minister tweeted.

Nagaland recorded its first three Covid-19 positive cases on May 25. The fourth case was reported on May 26. Five more cases were recorded on May 27 taking the positive cases to nine.

The cases doubled as the state recorded a total of nine fresh cases, taking the tally to 18 on May 28.

Seven more returnees from Chennai were tested positive for Covid-19 on May 29, taking the count to 25 on Friday. Eleven more returnees tested positive for the virus on May 30, taking the count to 36.

The number of cases increased as seven more returnees tested positive for the virus on May 31, taking the tally to 43 in Nagaland.

No positive case was reported on June 1. However, six more returnees from Chennai tested positive for the virus on June 2, taking the total number of positive cases of Nagaland to 49.

Nine more tested positive for the virus on June 3, taking the tally to 58 in the state.

The state recorded its highest single-day increase on June 4 as 22 returnees from Chennai tested positive for the virus.

Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha, in his daily Covid-19 briefing, informed that out of the 94 positive persons, 78 were asymptomatic and 16 were exhibiting mild symptoms.

Till date, 3883 samples have been sent for testing and results for 2365 have been received, out of which 94 have tested positive, he said.

“The results of the remaining samples are awaited. Through the TrueNat testing machines, so far, a total of 101 samples have been tested and all are negative. A total of 4607 persons are presently under facility quarantine,” Sinha informed.

Neiba Kronu, Minister for Planning and Co-ordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, along with Mmhonlumo Kikon, Advisor for IT, Science and Technology and NRE, both government spokespersons on Covid-19 issues, met with the District Task Force Dimapur, he informed.

Jacob Zhimomi, Minister for PHED; Tovihoto Ayemi, Advisor for Power; Zhaleo Rio, Advisor for Sericulture, Excise and Minority Affairs; and Azheto Zhimomi, MLA, also attended the meeting.

“Various issues of manpower and logistical concerns in the district and the need to identify Covid care centres for asymptomatic positive persons were discussed. The primary concern of arrangements for returnees and related issues were also deliberated. The efforts of team Dimapur were appreciated by everyone as Dimapur has been shouldering the responsibilities of almost all districts for weeks together.

“The CIHSR hospital, Dimapur was also visited by the State’s spokespersons along with others to explore avenues for assisting the state government efforts by the Referral Hospital, and the BSL-2 lab under construction was also inspected,” he said. Another special train carrying about 1300 stranded persons from Nagaland left Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Friday and will reach Dimapur on June 8, he added.

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Nagaland Covid-19 update: 14 more tested positive; tally stands at 94 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/nagaland-covid-19-update-14-more-tested-positive-tally-stands-at-94/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 04:03:26 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315734 Our Reporter Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): 14 more Chennai returnees have been tested positive for Covid-19 at the bio-safety level-3 (BSL-3) virology lab in Kohima on Friday, June 5 taking the total number of positive cases in Nagaland to 94. This was informed by Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom through a social media update on Friday morning. “14 new cases of Covid-19 has been reported in the last 24 hours out of the 235 samples tested. All the samples tested were from Chennai returnees,”  the minister tweeted. Nagaland recorded its first three cases three Covid-19 positive cases on May 25. The fourth case was reported on May 26. Five more cases were recorded on May 27 taking the positive cases to nine. The cases doubled as the state recorded a total of nine fresh cases, a third-highest single-day increase of positive cases so far, taking the tally to 18 Covid-19 positive cases in Nagaland on May 28. Seven more returnees from Chennai were tested positive for Covid-19 on May 29, taking the count to 25 on Friday. The state recorded a second-highest single-day increase in the number of cases as eleven more returnees tested positive for the virus on May...

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Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): 14 more Chennai returnees have been tested positive for Covid-19 at the bio-safety level-3 (BSL-3) virology lab in Kohima on Friday, June 5 taking the total number of positive cases in Nagaland to 94.

This was informed by Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom through a social media update on Friday morning.

“14 new cases of Covid-19 has been reported in the last 24 hours out of the 235 samples tested. All the samples tested were from Chennai returnees,”  the minister tweeted.

Nagaland recorded its first three cases three Covid-19 positive cases on May 25. The fourth case was reported on May 26. Five more cases were recorded on May 27 taking the positive cases to nine.

The cases doubled as the state recorded a total of nine fresh cases, a third-highest single-day increase of positive cases so far, taking the tally to 18 Covid-19 positive cases in Nagaland on May 28.

Seven more returnees from Chennai were tested positive for Covid-19 on May 29, taking the count to 25 on Friday. The state recorded a second-highest single-day increase in the number of cases as eleven more returnees tested positive for the virus on May 30, taking the count to 36.

The number of cases went higher as seven more returnees tested positive for the virus on May 31, taking the tally to 43 in Nagaland.

No positive case was recorded on June 1. Six more returnees from Chennai tested positive for the virus on June 2, taking the total number of positive cases of Nagaland to 49.

 Nine more returnees tested positive for the virus on June 3, taking the tally to 58 in the state.

The state recorded its highest single-day increase on June 4 as 22 returnees from Chennai tested positive for the virus.

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Six buses carrying 198 stranded Nagas leave Uttar Pradesh https://easternmirrornagaland.com/six-buses-carrying-198-stranded-nagas-leave-uttar-pradesh/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 02:50:00 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315724 Kohima, June 5 (EMN): A total of 198 stranded Nagas left Uttar Pradesh from various districts of the state in six buses, on June 4. They are expected to reach Nagaland on June 7. An update from the officials of the Naga Students’ Union Allahabad (NSUA) UP informed on Thursday evening that the buses ferrying stranded citizens of Nagaland left the state from four locations. President of NSUA Sitenlo Tep and vice-president Sedevikho Kuotsu acknowledged several people: Former NSF general secretary and VP Naga Hoho K Inaka Achumi and his wife Hekali Zhimomi, secretary Health and Family Welfare, government of UP; pastor Moa Ozukum (Gorakhpur); Nagaland government and its officials; NSUA executives and various in-charges for helping transport stranded Nagas to Nagaland.

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Stranded Nagas from Uttar Pradesh seen on June 4. (Source: NSUA)

Kohima, June 5 (EMN): A total of 198 stranded Nagas left Uttar Pradesh from various districts of the state in six buses, on June 4. They are expected to reach Nagaland on June 7.

An update from the officials of the Naga Students’ Union Allahabad (NSUA) UP informed on Thursday evening that the buses ferrying stranded citizens of Nagaland left the state from four locations.

President of NSUA Sitenlo Tep and vice-president Sedevikho Kuotsu acknowledged several people: Former NSF general secretary and VP Naga Hoho K Inaka Achumi and his wife Hekali Zhimomi, secretary Health and Family Welfare, government of UP; pastor Moa Ozukum (Gorakhpur); Nagaland government and its officials; NSUA executives and various in-charges for helping transport stranded Nagas to Nagaland.

Stranded Nagas from Uttar Pradesh seen inside a bus on June 4. (Source: NSUA)

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