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Two leaves and a bud

Organic tea and ‘Gorkhaland’ share window space at the iconic Keventers Café in the Darjeeling hills. Darjeeling is known for its signature teas and is a popular tourist destination, north of West Bengal. Read full story: Simmering discontent over tea Photograph by: Sayantan Bera      

Simmering discontent over tea

Issue Date: May 15, 2011
Tea grown on the steep slopes of Darjeeling hills, connoisseurs swear, is unlike anywhere else in the world. Epicures use a plethora of adjectives to describe the “champagne of teas”: brisk, flowery, round, mellow and sparkling. Brewed properly, the Darjeeling tea leaves yield a thin-bodied, light-coloured liquor with a floral aroma and a musky spiciness leading tea connoisseurs to label a variety of the tea as muscatel. At the luxury Harrod’s store in London a muscatel retails at over Rs 9,000 a kg. The famed Makaibari gardens sell what the estate calls “the world’s most expensive tea—Silver Tips Imperial. Reputed to “cull one to celestial slumber”, it is priced at US $20 (Rs 900) for a 50 gm pack.

The link between blood pressure and suicides

Posted on: 25 Apr, 2011
An urban doctor whom I contacted for the story on hypertension in rural India told me that I would never be able to link stress to the increased incidence of the disease.

Vicious cycle

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2011
Money matters and no one knows it better than Murlidhar Dhurve, a 55-yearold farmer in Maharashtra suffering from hypertension for almost four years now.

CBI can seek Anderson’s extradition

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2011
A DELHI court has allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to seek extradition of former Union Carbide Corporation chairperson Warren Anderson, the prime accused in the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, from the US. Anderson, 90, has never faced trial in the case.

Kind to Cash

A short stop motion that shows all the schemes that a human being (woman) can avil of in her lifetime.    

Latin lessons

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2011
Latin American countries were the first to flirt with the conditional cash transfer model. It evolved in response to the economic crisis of the 1990s. Many governments found that in the face of the crisis the poor were not availing themselves of education and health services. At the same time governments had to cut their social spending and subsidies. They wanted the poor to use social services but without expanding the budget for it. Conditional cash transfer programmes emerged as a response to this twin challenge; they put hard cash in the hands of the people but on conditions like they sent their children to school or for health check-ups.

Is India ready?

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2011
Madhya Pradesh is set to overhaul its public distribution system. It has decided to issue PDS users in the state with biometric cards so that no one can impersonate or fake identity. It will also replace food grain with food coupons. In August last year the state signed a Rs 250-crore deal with HCL Infosystems, an information technology company, to set up a biometricbased card system for PDS. This is the country’s largest such initiative and is being done in consonance with the Aadhaar programme. The state will hold a BPL survey in early 2011, after five years. The survey and biometric cards will decide who gets subsidised food grains.

Doctors get warning

Author(s): Ipsita Sarkar
Issue Date: Feb 15, 2011
THE Uttar Pradesh government has issued show-cause notices to about 150 surgeons for not performing any surgery in the past three months. Most surgeons who received the notices were from Allahabad, Sitapur and Kanpur.

ABCDE of Obama’s sales pitch

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2010
There is no doubt US President Barack Obama was in India on a business trip. His recent electoral losses weighed heavily with him when he stitched up deals, reportedly worth US $10 billion, that would create about 50,000 jobs back home.
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