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Health care

Diabetes plan staggers

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Aug 15, 2011
The government’s ambitious mission to control diabetes has made a reluctant start. Worse, it suffers from lack of planning. The project was launched as part of the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS).

Letters

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2011
Issues over tea

Taken for a medical ride

Author(s): Sopan Joshi
Issue Date: Jun 30, 2011
Three out of every five surgeries in three private hospitals in a Rajasthan town over the past six months were hysterectomies.

Letters

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2011
Bring back trams

Two leaves and a bud

A tea taster working at a broking house in Kolkata screens first flush Darjeeling tea. Most gardens no longer depend on auctions to sell their produce and do their own marketing and promotion. The prices for international ‘private sales’ therefore remains a secret! Read full story: Simmering discontent over tea Photograph by: Sayantan Bera      

Two leaves and a bud

Tea and tourism remains are the biggest employers for the Gorkhas of Darjeeling hills. Locals rue on the lack of technical colleges that can give them a chance at better jobs. An unemployed youth shoots a tourist inside a tea estate. Read full story: Simmering discontent over tea Photograph by: Sayantan Bera      

Two leaves and a bud

Women pluckers return after a day of work. The hilly terrain makes plucking a demanding job. Women often climb for hours together to reach the plucking area. Read full story: Simmering discontent over tea Photograph by: Sayantan Bera      

Two leaves and a bud

Tea garden workers are not informed of the prices the tea is sold for in western markets. The housing and medical facilities inside the tea estates are often rudimentary. Radha Thakuri is one of the pluckers living inside a ramshackle tin house and cannot buy her son books for the school. For her, the international success of brand Darjeeling has meant little. Read full story: Simmering discontent over tea

Two leaves and a bud

First flush Darjeeling tea is trucked to the factory. Read full story: Simmering discontent over tea Photograph by: Sayantan Bera      

Two leaves and a bud

Despite the challenges, brand Darjeeling is earning premium returns from western markets. Coupled with Organic and Fair Trade labels, Darjeeling retails between Rs 2,000 to Rs 18,000 internationally. Tea estates earn 70 percent of their incomes through exports. Read full story: Simmering discontent over tea Photograph by: Sayantan Bera      
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