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Tasüngtetla Zeruiah Longkumer Chollen Nook I met Chollen Nook in December 2019 during the annual Hornbill Riders Meet. This is a Hornbill Festival event for Royal Enfield motorcycle riders hosted by Nagaland Motorcycle Club of which Chollen is a member. We added each other on social media, and as is the norm these days, ‘liked’ each other’s pictures and posts. I noticed he updated his social media pages with several pictures of life on a farm, filled with chickens, ducks and eggs and assumed he liked visiting farms. Fast-forward to...
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Chinatown Days by Rita Chowdhury: Fractured Histories of the Chinese-Indians in the Aftermath of the 1962 War

Elika Assumi locates the novel ChinaTown Days in the present moment of India's border conflict with China and ongoing racist attacks on people from India's North East. She writes of the eerie reminder of a conflict torn Nagaland and the history that we seem doomed to repeat. Elika Assumi How do I review a book about displaced Chinese-Indians in the climate of today? I think it was a providential turn that my first go-to book as soon as the lockdown started in Nagaland, on that fateful 18th of March, 2020,...
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Issues on Women’s Safety During Covid-19 Lockdown Period

The issue of safety of women demands a stronger reflection with the ongoing pandemic crisis. The correlation between the pandemic lockdown and the increase of violence against women is overwhelmingly tragic. For the entire period of lockdown, the 181-Women Helpline (WHL) and the Sakhi- One Stop Centres (OSCs) have been operational 24/7, answering calls from women seeking assistance for sexual harassment, domestic violence and disputes, cyber crime etc. We present a summary report of cases received during the lockdown period from 23rd March to 31st May, 2020. To maintain anonymity,...
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How China prevented India’s capture of northeast militants from Myanmar

Samir K Purkayastha China had provided safe sanctuaries to the top guns even before Myanmar could act on intelligence provided by India, said a senior police officer in Manipur (Photo: PTI (file)) May 15 this year could have been a repeat of November 2009 for India in its fight against militants in the Northeast had China not played a spoilsport. Eleven years ago, Bangladesh had handed over several top brass of Northeast militant groups to India. It was China that had ensured that not even a single high profile insurgent...
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Covid-19 impact on print media: Can newspapers survive?

Kishor Kumar Kalita If he wished he could have got an avenue in any educational institution after the completion of his university education. He could have easily earned thousands and lakhs of rupees and could have had a very lavish life. But he wanted to follow a different path. Different socio-economic occurrences in society had intrigued his mind from childhood and never ever allowed him to opt for an opulent life. He read James Augusthus Hicky's extraordinary life history of journalism that fearlessly picked his pen against British imperialism in...
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Right to criticise the Govt. is a Fundamental Right and not a Seditious Act: SC Judge

Addressing a lawyers’ workshop organised by a charitable trust in Ahmedabad, Justice Deepak Gupta clarified, “Criticism of the executive, the judiciary, the bureaucracy, the armed forces cannot be termed sedition. If we stifle criticism of these institutions, we shall become a police state instead of a democracy.” He said, “For me, there is a very important right which is not spelt out in the Constitution… the right of freedom of opinion, the right of freedom of conscience, by themselves, include the most important right ~ the right to dissent. Every society...
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Global Deadliest Pandemic and  Indian Culture

Dr H N Dutta                                                                                             Occurance of  pandemics  is not a new phenomenon in human history. Since ancient times pandemics massacred human societies, collapsed empires, annihilated gross population threatened economy and the survival of the mankind.  Covid-19 is such a pandemic of greatest human threat witnessed by the mankind during the 21st century AD.  Covid-19, a  greatest catastrophe that has shaken the mankind  with threat of innumerable deaths across the world.  Covid-19  is so astounding that,  within months it massacred 307,929 lives and yet, it is uncertain...
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Beauty during the Lockdown

Shahnaz Husain Can you be bothered to apply make-up during lockdown? It is difficult to get out of the house in a situation of lock down across the country till 3rd May . This might sound like a long, boring and stressful time, but it is also the perfect opportunity to detox, or upgrade your beauty routine to make working from home a transformative period by exploring new makeup trends and improve your skincare routine in extra time . "Since the time has changed and the global community is under...
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Arunachal gets its first ICU as Covid-19 exposes NE’s health woes

Samir K Purkayastha Apart from Assam, most of the Northeastern states have poor healthcare infrastructure, that leaves them exposed in the battle against COVID-19 (Image: Prathap Ravishankar) Within hours of detecting the first COVID-19 case in his state on April 2, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu dialled up his Assam counterpart Sarbananda Sonowal. Khandu wanted Sonowal to help accommodate critical patients from his state in medical facilities at Assam's Dibrugarh or Guwahati. The pre-emptive request was inevitable considering the Himalayan state, which attained statehood in February 1987, had its...
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Coronavirus: How India will play a major role in a Covid-19 vaccine

Soutik Biswas Half a dozen Indian companies are developing vaccines for Coronavirus US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last fortnight that India and the US were working together to develop vaccines against the Coronavirus. Pompeo's remark didn't entirely come as a surprise. The two countries have run an internationally recognised joint vaccine development programme for more than three decades. They have worked on stopping dengue, enteric diseases, influenza and TB in their tracks. Trials of a dengue vaccine are planned in the near future. India is among the largest...
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