Morning rituals

October 18, 2019 09:27 am

From drinking a hot cup of masala tea and reading the newspaper to meditating and going out for a walk, we all have various morning rituals that we follow day in and day out before it’s time to go to work. But there is usually that one thing that often sets the tone for the rest of the day and that you would hate to miss or skip because of any reason whatsoever. The Week asked some people what they considered to be their most important morning ritual.

How to make a perfect tea

September 21, 2019 18:00 pm

Tea has been the beverage of choice served in honor of guests. However, with the changing time, its purposes have also diversified. In the Nepali society, though tea was primarily consumed to stimulate energy, it has gained prominence for its vast health benefits.

Life of a perfect cup of tea

September 17, 2019 01:00 am

Tea is more than a beverage; it’s a lifestyle, and a celebration

ILAM, Aug 7: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Chakrapani Khanal, has held discussion with the tea farmers from Jhapa and Ilam districts.

Japanese man promoting Ilam tea

July 23, 2019 02:30 am

ILAM, July 23: Many foreign traders come to Ilam every year to take high-quality tea produced in this eastern hilly district to their country. It is natural for traders to look for profits.

ILAM, July 6: Indian authorities have stopped Nepal’s tea exports from Kakarbhitta border from Friday.

Making a perfect cup of tea

June 21, 2019 08:51 am

There is perhaps nothing more enjoyable in life than sitting down in the morning, with music playing in the background, and sipping on some hot tea. This little ritual prepares you to tackle the zillion responsibilities of the day. Which is why it’s so important that you make a good cup of tea.

Marx, Adam Smith and tea workers

May 25, 2019 01:05 am

In between the  morning sips of my favorite cup of  tea, I could not help wry smiles as I listened to the song Aljhechha Kyare Pacchyauri Timro Chiya ko Buta maa (perhaps your shawl is caught in the tea bush), in the backdrop of beautiful tea gardens and maidens picking up the tea leaves in my television screen. The cocktail of romance and melancholy of Bhupi Serchan and Narayan Gopal in this song has intoxicated a generation of Nepali listeners, myself included.

ILAM, May 18: Minister for Labor, Employment, and Social Security Gokarna Bista on Friday assured tea laborers of Ilam that they will be paid the minimum wage.

Dutch linguist George van Driem launched his book, ‘The Tale of Tea: A Comprehensive History of Tea from Prehistoric Times to the Present Day’ at YalaMaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka on Friday.

KATHMANDU, April 16: Former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has stressed the need for diversification, industrialization, and modernization in the agriculture sector of Nepal.

ILAM, March 27: Tea workers of eastern Nepal have announced to launch protest against their employers, demanding implementation of the minimum wage fixed by the government. The indefinite protest will begin from Sunday.

Many people start their day with a cup of tea or coffee. But those who drink it piping hot could be increasing their risk of esophageal cancer, according to a new study.

Braving it out

March 8, 2019 12:06 pm

80-year-old Thuli Maya Sunuwar is up hours before sunrise and starts work much before many of us have even had our morning cup of tea or coffee. Her knees and back hurt, she has troubles with her sight, and she can feel her body slowly giving up because things she once did with ease take a lot of effort now.

ILAM, Nov 25: Foreign consumers of Nepali tea, who used to be interested in buying any type of organic tea from Nepal, have started looking for diversity in products, according to tea entrepreneurs.

Memories down the lane

November 14, 2018 11:18 am

A mere picture that makes me walk through the memory lane and then chuckle and cry. A scene that I used to behold from the terrace of my house on every  tranquil yet cold morning, being seated calmly and enthralled on the chair, webbing strange dreams and imaginations, cherishing each gulps of delectable tea prepared by my mom.

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: Minister for Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives, Chakrapani Khanal, has underlined the need of making efforts to follow the pace of development achieved by China.

KATHMANDU, Sept 30: Tea has been the beverage of choice served in honor of guests. However, with the changing time, its purposes have also diversified. In the Nepali society, though tea was primarily consumed to stimulate energy, it has gained prominence for its vast health benefits.

ILAM, Aug 6: A total of 3 million workers are engaged in tea industry of Nepal. But only 3,244 them are hired on permanent basis, a survey shows.

KATHMANDU, Aug 1: Members of a tripartite plus task force on quality tea have stressed the need to implement the recently announced minimum wage for workers.

ILAM, July 25: Tea producers in Ilam are facing difficulties in meeting the demand from international buyers Although the district is famous for tea production, it has not been able to produce sufficient tea to fulfill demand in the international market.

KATHMANDU, July 14: Although tea has been considered as a competitive product of the country, most of the tea farmers are apparently uninterested in expanding their business.

Jhapa farmers quitting tea farming

July 10, 2018 09:54 am

DAMAK, July 25: With price of green tea declining rapidly, many farmers of the district have decided to get rid of tea bushes and cultivate new crop. For this, they have decided to give green leaves as a bonus to laborers who pluck leaves for them.

ILAM, May 29: The obstruction in export Nepali tea has continued at the border, leading to severe inconvenience to tea farmers and entrepreneurs. They are still unable to export their products from the eastern border at Panityanki, Jhapa forcing them to use alternative border points that incur more expenses.

ILAM, May 9: Indian customs officials have obstructed export of readymade tea to India, according to industrialists.

SOLUKHUMBU, May 7: Three districts of Sagarmatha Zone -- Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga, and Khotang -- have been found suitable for tea and coffee farming.

KATHMANDU, April 26: The export of tea, coffee, mate, and spices jumped 36.5 percent to Rs 6.5 billion in the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2017/18 as compared to statistics of last year to top the list of Nepal's exports.

KATHMANDU, April 8: A tea tasting event was conducted at the Everest region on Saturday as part of the ongoing Third International Tea Festival.

Chinese ambassador praises Ilam tea

April 3, 2018 05:00 am

ILAM, April 3: Nepali organic tea is popular in many countries across the world. Within Nepal, some consider tea produced in Ilam as the best.

DHANKUTA, Feb 26: The National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) has started research on production of Nepali variety of tea.

DHANKUTA, Feb 26: The National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) has started research on production of Nepali variety of tea.

Tea exports grow by 26 percent

February 20, 2018 06:45 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: The five-month protest in Darjeeling has become a boon for Nepali tea industries.

ILAM, Feb 3: Nepal's orthodox tea has got its own trademark after 154 years of beginning of tea farming in the country.

JHAPA, Jan 16: Many small-scale tea farmers of Jhapa are leaving the profession due to rising cost of production, a decline in the price of green leaves, and frequent pest attack in a tea garden, among other reasons.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari hosted a tea reception program on the occasion of Makar Sankranti also known as Maghi.

ILAM, Jan 14: After a series of obstruction on the export of cardamom and ginger, Indian customs office at Panitanki is now obstructing the export of Nepal’s organic tea.

Undoubtedly, reading books is a good habit which enhances our IQ level and imagination. It is also a productive medium to pass some leisure time. As we know that there are works of non-fiction and fiction, the choice varies according to people’s preferences. To those who do not read novels and other works of literature, the terms might be entirely new.

GAUSHALA, Dec 19: Nepal Army has started providing firewood and tea at Jaleshwor at a time when district dwellers are facing acute cold for the last five days.

POKHARA, Dec 3: It’s just 4 o’clock in the morning. Others in this part of the world might be in a deep slumber, but Tanka Prasad Gautam is a habitual early riser.

Juvenile Tea Seller

December 3, 2017 09:16 am

Nine-year-old Shusil Khatri is a third grader at The Rolling Stones School, Bhimsensthan in Kathmandu. He is often found serving tea to the passersby and tourists around Basantapur. Though Shusil is usually busy with his studies, he says he likes helping his mother and sister whenever he is free. Sushil’s pleasant smile and innocence habitually convince people to buy a cup of tea from him.

High demand for Nepali tea in Europe

October 31, 2017 07:00 am

ILAM, Oct 31: European tea traders are demanding Nepali tea in large quantities after disruption of their import from Darjeeling due to ongoing Gorkhaland movement. A team of 10 European businessmen were in a three-week visit to Ilam and Dhankuta districts in eastern Nepal to order tea for next year.

ILAM, Oct 29: Tea production in Ilam is likely to drop by about a fifth this year due to incessant rainfall and fog, tea entrepreneurs have said.

For all Tea Lovers

October 26, 2017 07:58 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: A good cup of tea is always the best way to start the day. Some take it black and plain, other like tea with milk and spices. Though there are numerous cafes and coffee lounges catering to the younger generation that crave coffee, Chiyapaan is probably the very first tea lounge in Kathmandu.

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka, August 12:  Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored his sixth test century Saturday before Sri Lankan spinners hit back with three wickets in the middle session as India reached 235-3 at tea on the opening day of the third and final cricket test.

JHAPA, June 24: A tea garden laborer Panchi Rai has participated in protest rallies and election campaigns several times. Whether it is for Nepali congress, CPN - UML or Maoists, she has always been there along with other laborers. Picking them in van and taking to destinations, telling them to chant slogans, demonstrate placards or sometimes even stage sit-ins are general activities all those parties follow. Their presence is vital during sensitive times, they know, says Rai, a local of Mechinagar - 15. However when it comes to addressing their grievances, political parties have never show interest, she accused.

The World Tea Expo 2017 was held from June 12-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, USA. According to the press statement released by Teafresho International a total of 268 companies from India, China, Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, Columbia, Nepal made their presentation where booth no: 1162 presented Teafresho Nepali Tea and Herbs.

ILAM, June 10: Tea farmers of Ilam are finding it difficult to market organic tea produced in their farm for the country lacks facilities for organic certification and accreditation of the cash crop.

What does a cup of tea look like around the world?

KATHMANDU, June 5: Teafresho International Pvt Ltd -- a Kathmandu-based tea trading company -- is opening its first international lounge in New York City of the United States of America.

BIRGUNJ: Brewing and drinking tea started thousands of years ago in China. It came to Nepal only a few hundred years ago but embedded itself quickly into Nepali culture. Nepali tea grown in Illam and Jhapa has become popular in both national and international markets. Many tea bars have started opening up all across the country where people drink tea to a myriad of conversation topics. Birgunj is no different. If you go around Mahabirsthan or Adarswaisthan Mainroad during the early mornings, you can see a cluster of tea shops on footpath catering to the need of their early-rising customers. These tiny shops have become hubs for critical chitchat amongst the locals.