Tea

  • Modi hails Indian democracy for making him PM, unfurling the flag at Red Fort 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Referring to his humble origins, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it is the power of the Constitution and democracy that a boy from a "poor family" has got the opportunity to hoist the national flag at Red Fort. "This is the power of the Constitution that a...
  • Bengal tea garden workers' plight discussed in Parliament August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: After CNN-IBN reported the plight of tea garden workers in North Bengal, the issue has been raised in the Lok Sabha. The issue was raised by Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chaudhury during the Question Hour on Monday. CNN-IBN had reported how workers were dying of hunger after five...
  • Bengal tea garden crisis: The onus lies on the Mamata government, says BJP MP July 28, 2014

    The shutting down of five tea gardens in West Bengal has pushed workers to the brink of desperation. Some have been forced to make do with just Rs 15 per day. Some NGOs reporting that 100 people have died of malnutrition. Darjeeling MP and BJP Leader SS Ahluwalia told CNN-IBN...
  • WB: 5 tea gardens shut, workers dying of hunger, sell children to survive July 28, 2014

    North Bengal: The shutdown of five tea gardens in West Bengal has pushed workers to the brink. They have been dying of malnutrition while some have even been selling their children to try and make ends meet. Forty-five-year-old Ratia Kharia is one of the thousand workers who lost their jobs...
  • CJ: Tea estate workers in Jalpaiguri face starvation July 22, 2014

    It's been almost a decade since the red bank tea estate in Jalpaiguri of West Bengal shut down rendering tea plantation workers jobless and poverty stricken. Today with starvation deaths rising by the day, Sagarika Chettri turns Citizen Journalist to highlight the plight of these tea estate workers who have...
  • West Bengal: The Gardens of Hunger July 21, 2014

    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...
  • Government takes steps to boost production of tea, coffee, rubber July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Government has taken measures to boost the production and export of plantation crops like tea, coffee, rubber and spices through the Plantation Commodity Boards which provide financial and technical assistance to the growers and the industry. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the help is offered to the growers and...
  • 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...
  • Pesticide boiled instead of tea, five ill in Purulia June 21, 2014

    Purulia: Five persons of a family, including two minor siblings, in Purulia district were taken ill after drinking a hot liquid prepared by boiling pesticide instead of tea grains, the police said. The pesticide and tea grains looked similar and hence the former was used by mistake in place of...
  • 15-year-old tea seller wishes to attend Modi's swearing ceremony May 24, 2014

    A 15-year-old boy, who works in a roadside tea stall in New Delhi, wants to attend Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, an NGO said Saturday. "I want to become a leader and Modi ji has made me realise that it is not impossible," said Ritesh, who had migrated from Bihar...
  • PM to host high tea for Cabinet on Saturday May 15, 2014

    At the end of his 10-year tenure, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is preparing to demit office. He will be bidding farewell to his Cabinet colleagues on Saturday. He will be hosting a high tea for the Cabinet. Later, the President will be hosting a dinner for the Cabinet. ...
  • ‘Chai’ cafe chain offers over 25 varieties of customised tea May 12, 2014

    Chaayos, a chai-café chain offering more than 25 varieties of tea customised in over 12,000 ways, has launched two new outlets in Noida. Dedicated to their motto ‘Experiments with Chai’, Chaayos provides fresh and gourmet, customisable tea to their customers. Founded by IIT Bombay graduate Nitin Saluja and IIT Delhi graduate Raghav...
  • Modi takes tea seller as proposer, scores another point over Congress April 9, 2014

    Vadodara: He is a tea seller. On Wednesday, he became BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's proposer as the latter filed his nomination papers in Vadodara. Kiran Mahida shot into limelight as he sat to Modi's right when the latter filed his papers. Dressed in a crisp white cotton shirt and...
  • Assam: Lakhimpur real test for Congress, tea tribe votes key in Dibrugarh April 5, 2014

    In the traditional Congress bastion of Dibrugarh, Ghatowar is locked in a battle with BJP's Rameswar Teli, a two-time former MLA from the oil township of Duliajan. Ghatowar, a tea community leader and former INTUC General Secretary, is bidding to retain the seat for the sixth time. Except in 2004, Congress has...
  • Assam 2014: Another year of empty promises to tea plantation workers? March 31, 2014

    Guwahati: In the state of Assam, political parties are flocking to get the votes of the 10 lakh tea plantation workers who, for years, have been crippled by low wages. It remains to be seen whether it will be another year of empty election promises or things will be different...
  • 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...
  • Starbucks to sell new drink 'Oprah Chai' from April 29 March 20, 2014

    Starbucks turned its shareholders meeting into an episode of the Oprah Winfrey show on Wednesday. The celebrity talk show host appeared on stage to announce a drink called the Oprah Chai that will be sold at Starbucks cafes starting April 29. The drink will also be available at the small chain...
  • Soon, you can have a cup of 'Oprah Chai,' a tea-based drink created by Oprah Winfrey, at a Starbucks March 20, 2014

    Starbucks Corp will add a celebrity blend to its big tea push when it debuts 'Oprah Chai,' a tea-based drink created by media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey and Starbucks' chief Howard Schultz clinked tea cups on Wednesday at the company's annual meeting as they announced the new brew, which will go...
  • Raigarh SDM serves notice to BJP for setting up NaMo tea stall without EC permission March 13, 2014

    Raigarh Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) has issued a show-cause notice to BJP for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by putting up a 'NaMo tea stall' in Raigarh and using microphone for campaigning without permission. In the notice issued to district BJP president Rajesh Sharma, SDM Tirtharaj Agrawal said the party...
  • Government gets application for 'NaMo Tea Party' trademark March 2, 2014

    As BJP moves ahead with its 'chai pe charcha' initiative to amass support for its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, efforts are underway by some of his supporters to actually register a trademark for 'NaMo Tea Party'. An application for registering 'NaMo Tea Party' as a trademark has been submitted to...
  • 'Tea seller' politics heats up as RJD follows Modi, opens 'Lalu chai dukaan' February 23, 2014

    Patna: After BJP opened tea stalls to hard sell Narendra Modi's image of a leader rising from a humble background, RJD too has done the the same in the name of party chief Lalu Prasad claiming that he was the "real" tea seller. Besides providing free cuppa and biscuit to people,...
  • Congress to counter NaMo tea with RaGa milk: Report February 20, 2014

    The Congress is seeking to counter NaMo chai with RaGa (Rahul Gandhi) milk, says a report. A week after BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi held a 'Chai Chaupal' and interacted with people at 1,000 places in the country, Congress leaders in Uttar Pradesh have begun to sell milk in an...
  • A Billion Vote: Has Modi re-written rules of political campaigning? February 12, 2014

    Spinning a campaign over a Congress jibe, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi reaches out to people via video conferencing. While addressing his supporters at NaMo tea stalls at his office in Gandhinagar he said, "Bad governance is like diabetes. Once it strikes a lot of there illnesses follow." ...
  • I am real 'chai wala' not Modi as he sells blood, claims Lalu February 12, 2014

    With BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi set to connect with people through a discussion over a cup of tea, RJD president Lalu Prasad on Wednesday expressed doubt over Modi being a tea seller and stressed it was he who used to sell tea in his childhood in Patna. "I used...
  • 'The Power of 49': An initiative to boost women voter percentage February 12, 2014

    New Delhi: CNN IBN and IBN 7 join hands with the Tata Group and their latest 'Jaago Re' campaign aiming to put woman voters on the political centre stage. Tata tea has kicked off the campaign with a new video to have women, 49 per cent of the Indian voting...
  • Narendra Modi's 'Chai Pe Charcha' campaign to begin today February 12, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's much awaited 'Chai Pe Charcha' campaign is all set to be launched on Wednesday. As a part of the campaign, Modi will interact with people at tea stalls through video conferencing at 1000 different locations in the country on Wednesday evening. The...
  • Ahmedabad: BJP renames tea stalls after Modi, residents unhappy February 6, 2014

    Ahmedabad: BJP activists have been on campaign to name tea stalls after Narendra Modi at Naroda Patia area in Ahmedabad. Naroda Patia was one of the most severely affected areas during the 2002 Gujarat riots. While the tea stalls are being named after Modi to highlight his tea seller background and...
  • Karnataka BJP's 'Chaiwala My PM' campaign to help build brand Modi February 1, 2014

    Bangalore: Strengthening 'brand' Narendra Modi ahead of Lok Sabha elections, the BJP unit of Karnataka on Saturday launched 'Chaiwala My PM' campaign in the southern state. The state unit has initiated the campaign as a branding strategy using Modi's background as a tea-seller as its USP. BJP workers on Saturday set...