WEAVERS

  • Centre keen on developing eastern India, will revive ailing banks in region, says Modi in Varanasi November 7, 2014

    Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday emphasised on the need to develop eastern parts of the country during his visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi for the first time after assuming office. Addressing weavers at Bada Lalpur where he laid the foundation stone of Trade Facilitation Centre, Modi said...
  • 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Trailer: Christian Bale as Moses will change the world October 7, 2014

    20th Century Fox has released a trailer for 'Exodus: Gods And Kings'. The film has been directed by Ridley Scott and written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Steven Zaillian. With Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley in key roles, the film promises to offer an...
  • Textiles Ministry, Flipkart join hands for weaver platform August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Textiles Ministry on Monday inked a pact with homegrown eretailing major Flipkart to provide an online marketing platform to handloom weavers across the country, an initiative to boost the handloom sector, empower the weavers and uplift manufacturing in the country. Responding to queries raised on choosing a particular...
  • An insight into Varanasi through walks July 15, 2014

    For gods and humans alike, Banaras or Varanasi has always been an object of desire and now a book suggests a series of walks through the city's tangled and twisted lanes to unravel its secrets. In "Banaras: Walks through India's Sacred City", author Nandini Majumdar says that one of the unique...
  • Curfew relaxed in Assam's silk town, probe to be ordered April 2, 2013

    Guwahati: Life is limping back to normal in Sualkuchi the silk town of Assam, where seven people including two policemen were injured in a clash between weavers and security forces, the government said on Monday, adding it will order a judicial probe into the incident. The indefinite curfew, which had...
  • AP: Pochampally's sari weavers struggle to survive November 19, 2012

    Pochampally: Pera Kamalana sits in a small room of her house, spinning the dyed yarn that will bring alive beautiful ikat designs on the nineyard silk sari Pochampally is famous for. Wearing a polyester sari herself, Kamalana's life is, however, an irony and hardly as exotic as the timeless creations...
  • Watch: The trailer of 'Silver Linings Playbook' September 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Directed by David O Russell, Silver Linings Playbook has Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker and Anupam Kher in the star cast. This comedy film is expected to hit the screens in November 2012. ...
  • Power cuts, costly yarn driving weavers to suicide August 24, 2012

    In the last 25 days about five powerloom weavers have committed suicide in Sircilla unable to clear debts. Sircilla has attained the dubious distinction of being the distress hotspot of the weaving industry.Whenever weavers lose employment, they resort to running up huge debts to eke out their livelihood and, when...
  • AP: Vijayamma's Deeksha triggers war of words July 16, 2012

    Karimnagar: The Maha Deeskha proposed by YSR Congress honorary president YS Vijayalakshmi for the cause of weavers on July 23 in Sircilla seems to have heated up the district politics with the leaders trading war of words with each other. Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar and Sircilla MLA KT...
  • Govt proposes service centres for weavers March 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The Government on Friday proposed to set up three Weavers Service Centres at Jharkhand, Mizoram and Nagaland to provide technical support to poor handloom weavers. "I am also happy to announce Rs 500 crore pilot scheme in the 12th Plan for promotion and application of geotextiles in the North...
  • UP weavers may not benefit from Rahul's scheme January 18, 2012

    Varanasi: Varanasi's famous and highly skilled weavers might get the unenviable distinction of chronic hunger and malnourishment, like the Mussahars and Sahariyas. With the handloom industry battling extinction for over a decade now, malnourished children of weavers is the starkest face of this unfolding tragedy. Congress general secretary, Rahul Gandhi...
  • UP weavers jobless, face starvation January 18, 2012

    Rahul Gandhi may be hard selling UPA's weaver package in poll bound UP but will it really make a difference on the ground? ...
  • Rahul Gandhi praises UP weaver at poll rally January 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has upped the election pitch in Uttar Pradesh. He has now used a weaver as his brand ambassador in the state. At an election rally in Azamgarh, he praised an ordinary weaver Faizan for the role he had played in wrapping up the...
  • Is Indian handloom dying a slow death? December 14, 2011

    New Delhi: Their handspun silks and cottons are sold for thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands of rupees and top names endorse their products. But the humble hands that weave classy, elegant fabrics that the world admires are living in penury. The soft rustle of kanjivaram, pochampalli, benarasi and chanderi...
  • 6234 crore package for 13 lakh weavers announced November 19, 2011

    Varanasi: The UPA government at the Centre on Saturday announced Rs 6,234 crore package for 13 lakh weavers, including two lakh in the pollbound Uttar Pradesh. The announcement was made by Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, who holds additional charge of Textiles, days after Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi wrote...
  • Masand's Movie Review: Avatar, cinematic event of this generation December 19, 2009

    Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver Director: James Cameron Why do we fall in love with the Star Wars films? What makes us embrace the inhabitants of Middle Earth, and relish The Lord of the Rings saga? Why do our hearts beat so fast when those dinosaurs chase the humans in...
  • Weavers of Rajouli hit hard by floods in Andhra October 6, 2009

    Mehboobnagar: The weavers of Rajouli village in Mehboobnagar, known for the beautiful Gadwal saris, have been hit hard by the floods in Andhra Pradesh. The saris, raw material and the looms all have been washed away in the floods and they have been left with no belongings. For 40 years, Manikyam's life...
  • Watch: Cub reporter speaks on interviewing Obama August 16, 2009

    Damon Weaver, an 11yearold reporter made headlines a few days back when he interviewed US President Barack Obama. The young reporter speaks about his experience. ...
  • Chiru brings wealth to ignored weavers of Hyd village October 1, 2008

    Hyderabad: Sircilla is a village near Hyderabad that witnessed as many as 45 suicides in the last 9 months, but it got noticed by rest of the country only after actorpolitician Chiranjeevi visited it recently Since then there has been a stream of political visitors to this village . "Its only...
  • Weavers weaving good business on Onam September 10, 2008

    Palakka, Kerala: Onam celebrations are on in Kerala. The festival is not just about prayers and good food but also new clothes. And therefore weavers in a village in Palakkad are working day and night to meet the high demand for handloom outfits. Dwarai Chettiyar is 65yearold, but this...
  • Silk saree industry loses workers to cellular titans January 8, 2008

    Kancheepuram: A lucrative salary and a white collared job is making the weavers of Kancheepuram abandon their ancestral occupation. The once thriving business of silkweaving in the looms of Kancheepuram is facing the haunting problem of acute shortage of skilled labour. The reason the weavers of the silk city...
  • Kalam leaves an imprint on silk weavers in Assam July 25, 2007

    Sualkuchi (Assam): Silk weaver Bancharam Baishya will cherish the silk fabric with former President Adbul Kalam's face on it forever. The piece is a replica of a gift made of muga silk that Baishya had presented Kalam with when the peoples Presdient visited Sualkuchi, the silk village of Assam last...
  • Weaving towards a Padamshree February 2, 2007

    Poovathur (Kerala): He is perhaps one of the greatest Gandhians of our times. Sixtyyearold Padmanabhan Gopinathan is a man who spent his entire life trying to salvage the lives of others, turning a blind eye to his own suffering. He was recognised with the prestigious Padmashree title for his...
  • Starved kids work, but still hungry September 10, 2006

    Eastern UP: For Munna and Mukesh, the clatter of the looms is all the that their life is restrained to. The cards they submit before they begin work marks their attendance. Each card is worth Rs five. But that kind of money is not enough to buy food for their...
  • Death 'looms' for Benaras weavers August 29, 2006

    Bazardiha (Benaras): Roshan Jahan has no picture of her dead husband. All she is left with is a cap that Ain Ul Haq was wearing when he killed himself. Haq, a cloth weaver in Bazardiha, would go without earning a single rupee on most days. And when his children went...