Tea Gardens

  • West Bengal: The Gardens of Hunger 4 days ago

    Kolkata: In Dante's eighth circle of Hell, Count Ugolini, the infamous political betrayer recounts the grisly details of eating his own children after being driven by hunger. Apart from the gory account of cannibalism the line that perhaps stays with the reader the most is when a blind Ugolini getting...
  • West Bengal looking for financier to reopen tea garden June 30, 2014

    Jalpaiguri: West Bengal state government has been looking for financiers to reopen the closed tea garden where seven workers died of malnutrition in the past one week, North Bengal Development Minister Goutam Deb said on Monday. "The state government has been looking for financiers to reopen the closed Raipur tea...
  • Food minister visits closed tea garden June 29, 2014

    Jalpaiguri: The Food and Essential Supplies Minister Jyotiprio Mullick on Sunday visited the closed Raipur tea garden where six labourers died of malnutrition in the last one week. Admitting that they died of malnutrition, Mullick said, "The workers of the closed tea garden will get good quality rice from FCI....
  • Six tea garden labourers die in Jalpaiguri district June 28, 2014

    Jalpaiguri: At least six tea labourers have died from malnutrition in the last six days at a tea garden in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district. The labourers belonging to the closed Raibur tea garden under Rajganj block of the district died from malnutrition in the last six days, SDO Jalpaiguri Seema...
  • Assam: Importance of elections for tea workers March 28, 2014

    There are 10 lakh voters in Assam who come from the 900 odd tea gardens of the state. These voters have always been a deciding factor in all elections. While all political parties want a share of the tea vote, battling under a very poor wage structure. Here is what...
  • WB: Tea garden workers seek CM's permission to kill themselves March 25, 2013

    Jalpaiguri: Workers of tea gardens in Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal are battling acute poverty and unemployment since the tea gardens shut down 10 years ago. The workers are now seeking permission to kill themselves as the extreme situation has even driven many to sell off their women to the...
  • Controversy erupts over Assam tea garden owner's murder January 28, 2013

    Guwahati: There is a controversy surrounding the brutal killing of a tea garden owner and his wife in Tinsukhia in Assam. Family members of the nine arrested in the case have alleged that workers at the plantation were exploited and even physically abused. Mridul Bhattacharjee, the owner of the Konapathar...
  • Assam: Tea garden owner, wife burnt to death by workers December 27, 2012

    Guwahati: In a shocking incident in Assam, the owner of a tea estate and his wife were on Wednesday burnt to death by a mob of angry workers. The incident occurred at the Borduma Tea Estate in the Tinsukia tea gardens. According to reports, the tea garden had been facing management...
  • HP land deals: Govt can investigate us, says Shanti Bhushan October 11, 2012

    After anti-corruption activists Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan's expose on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's land deals, Congress has counter-attacked the Bhushans for buying land marked for tea gardens in Himachal Pradesh. Shanti Bhushan has replied by asking the government to carry out a probe. "Our land transactions are clean....
  • Landslides in Darjeeling, 6 tea gardens damaged September 15, 2012

    Darjeeling: Landslides triggered by heavy overnight rain in the hills caused extensive damage in six tea gardens, while the National Highway 31A which was blocked was cleared by the Border Roads Organisation on Saturday. Work had to be stopped for the day in Takdah and Lopchu gardens because of the landslide,...
  • Silchar: Inquiry ordered into hunger deaths March 2, 2012

    Silchar: No work, no pay, no food and left to die, CNN-IBN has exposed hunger deaths in the tea gardens of Silchar in Assam. While the Assam government has rubbished all claims of hunger deaths and reopened the garden on promises, CNN-IBN saw a different story. 35-year-old Ratna Goala is...
  • News 360: Don't drink and drive message grows louder March 1, 2012

    The Cabinet approves tougher punishment for traffic offences that includes a jail term of two years for rash and drunk driving. ...
  • Assam: Panel to look into tea garden hunger death March 1, 2012

    Silchar: Just weeks after CNN-IBN exposed starvation deaths at a tea garden in Silchar, the Assam government has acted. The government has appointed a one-man inquiry committee to look into the tea estate deaths in Cachar district. The inquiry is to be headed by the additional chief secretary. Four people died...
  • How serious is the starvation problem in tea gardens? February 15, 2012

    Tea garden workers get lower than minimum wage, inedible rations and don't even get proper medical facilities. ...
  • Assam: Medical help eludes starving workers February 15, 2012

    Silchar: The malnourished and starving workers of the tea garden of Silchar don't get the essential medical help as the area has a non-functional national rural health mission with no qualified doctors, electricity and water supply. Even with wages that are lower than the minimum wage, workers went back to the...
  • Tea tribes drifting away from Left in Bengal April 17, 2011

    Jalpaiguri: As Mamata Banerjee's juggernaut rolls out, the Left seems to have hit a red-end in Jalpaiguri. It looks like the tea tribes are drifting away from the Left. Living on the brink of civilisation, these people have been through decades of neglect and deprivation. Trade-unionism and management woes have...
  • 50 elephants go on a rampage in Jalpaiguri October 13, 2010

    Jalpaiguri: A herd of wild elephants strayed into a tea estate in Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, creating chaos and tension among the people residing in and around the tea gardens on Tuesday. Reportedly, this herd comprising of 50 to 60 adult and calf elephants has been often visiting Dumding tea...
  • BJP, Cong woo tea belt voters in Assam March 22, 2009

    Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was attacked by the BJP when he openly admitted to taking "donations" from tea garden owners, but the politics over the tea votebank hasn't improved the plight of estate workers. Gogoi had said, “Yes, I collect money from the people, I agree.” But BJP’s...
  • An English family looks back at its Indian roots August 15, 2007

    New Delhi: It was on a summer afternoon like this in 1850 that EPR Gilman came to Assam. Little had he imagined that India would become his home forever. His grandson, now 70, looks back at the years gone by. "My grandfather first came here as a civil surgeon. He...
  • Coming soon! Tea-wine from Assam tea gardens August 9, 2007

    Tocklai (Assam): The gardens of Tocklai in Assam, the world's oldest and largest tea research station, are all set to raise a storm in your tea cup. The scientists are working round the clock. They are stirring up a magical combination that's going to give India and the world its first...
  • Bengal tea garden closes down, opens again to thrive July 15, 2007

    Jalpaiguri (West Bengal): Tea gardens as old as 122 years in Dooars had been closed down in the 70s, some even abandoned by the owners. The Union government acquired the property and subsequently passed it on to the Tea Trading Corporation of India. The estate came under the hammer in...
  • Bengal tea garden workers in dire straits July 3, 2007

    Jalpaiguri: Twenty-six-year-old Santhali girl, Rita, can barely make ends meet. She and her family were casual labours in the Ramjhora Tea Estate, which was abandoned by its owners in August 2002. Last year Rita lost her husband and in-laws in the space of a month, and though the government doesn't...
  • Death alert: Govt to revive tea gardens June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: Following reports of starvation deaths in closed tea gardens, a concerned Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh have taken initiatives to revive the tea gardens. As much as 20 tea gardens were closed in Kerala, 17 in West Bengal and two in Assam. Ramesh on Sunday said in...