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    City-based freelance journalist and author P T Bopanna’s book ‘The Romance of Indian Coffee’ has been chosen as the world’s best book on coffee at The Gourmand World Awards function at Yantai in China.

    The book, earlier shortlisted for the finals of the ‘Best in the World’ books under the ‘coffee books’ category, was picked from the entries of 64 countries, according to Bopanna.

    ‘The Romance of Indian Coffee’ was published in 2011, and takes a 360-degree view of Indian coffee.

    The final results were announced recently in which the book was ranked first, followed by entries from the United States and Brazil in the second and third places respectively, Bopanna said in a release here.

    Spain headquartered The Gourmand International every year honours the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television with the awards open to publishers in all languages and countries.

    The Gourmand Awards celebrate global cookbook and wine book publishing, and feature many world-renowned chefs each year.

    Bopanna has authored five books and runs a few Kodagu-centric websites and recently produced a documentary film titled ‘Discover Coorg’.

    source: http://www.outlookindia.com / Outlook / Home> The Newswire> Books & Culture / PTI / June 28th, 2016

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    June 30th, 2016adminCoffee News

    Shimla :

    Additional Chief Secretary Dr Shrikant Baldi said today that the state government was exploring the possibility of coffee cultivation as the Coffee Board of India had already surveyed prospective areas in Kangra, Mandi, Una and Bilaspur.

    Eight market yards would be set up at Mendli, Fatehpur, Annu, Bhadshali, Jukhala, Totu, Tapri and Shilai to ensure remunerative prices to growers, he added.

    Speaking on National Statistics Day after releasing a document, Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, brought out by the Department of Economics and Statistics today, Dr Baldi said: “Besides this, the state government is bringing 4,000 hectare area under off season vegetables cultivation. Under Rs 100-crore Dr YS Parmar Kisan Swarozgar Yojana, a target had been set for constructing 4,700 poly-houses covering 8.3 lakh square meter area for which farmers get 85 per cent subsidy”.

    He said the government exempted levy of market fee on all vegetables and fruits and improved varieties and rootstocks of apple, pear, cherry, walnut and strawberry were being imported and distributed to farmers, who were given 80 per cent subsidies on anti-hail nets.

    For the betterment of sheep breeders, procurement price of different varieties of wool had been increased and procedure for grant of grazing permits had been streamlined, he said.

    He said the Shahnehar and Sidhata irrigation projects had been completed. Under the Vidhayak Nidhi, at least Rs 20 lakh would be spent on minor irrigation works and command area development.

    Under the Rajiv Gandhi Micro Irrigation Scheme, about 8,500 hectare area would be brought under drip/ sprinkler irrigation system benefiting 14,000 farmers, he added.

    He said under the Dr YS Parmar Kisan Swarozgar Yojana, 85 per cent subsidy was being provided to farmers to set up poly-houses, 50 per cent assistance for setting up vermi compost units and 60 per cent subsidy on setting up of milk processing and chilling facilities to the dairy co-operative societies.

    He said the Rs 1,115 crore Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Development Project would provide new technologies to the horticulturists.

    source: http://www.tribuneindia.com / The Tribune / Home> Himachal> Governance / by Tribune News Service / Shimla – June 29th, 2016

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    Staff work behind the counter of India's first newly-inaugurated Starbucks outlet in Mumbai on October 19, 2012.  / Photo-  PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Staff work behind the counter of India’s first newly-inaugurated Starbucks outlet in Mumbai on October 19, 2012. / Photo-
    PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

    It’s also one of the coffee chain’s fastest-growing markets.

    Starbucks for the first time will sell single-origin, premium coffee from India in the United States as part of its effort to support coffee production in the country better known for its tea.

    Starbucks SBUX -0.23% for a limited time later this year will sell a small-lot arabica coffee from the Tata Nullore Estates in India’s Coorg coffee growing area. The coffee will be roasted and sold at Starbucks’ Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle. The price was not disclosed.

    John Culver, group president for Starbucks Coffee China/Asia Pacific, told Reuters that the aim is for this to be the “first step in what we hope will be many reserve coffees coming out of India.”

    It’s also one of the coffee chain’s fastest-growing markets.

    India, which produces both robusta and arabica, is the world’s sixth-largest coffee producer. Its coffee output has increased 16% over the past 5 years, according to International Coffee Organization (ICO) data.

    India’s estimated 2015/16 harvest is expected to be 5.83 million 60-kg bags of coffee, according to ICO.

    The country is one of the coffee chain’s fastest-growing markets. Starbucks’ India, an equal joint venture between Starbucks and Tata Global Beverages Limited, has grown to 84 stores across six cities in India since its start in 2012.

    Starbucks India, which so far has served only 100% arabica coffee grown and roasted in India, will also begin offering Kenyan and Sumatran coffee soon, Culver said.

    source: http://www.fortune.com / Fortune / Home> Retail> Coffee / by Reuters / June 27th, 2016

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    Seven underprivileged children will be mentored by former athlete and Arjuna award winner Ashwini Nachappa to help realise their dreams of becoming good sportspersons.

    The initiative, launched by Dabur, received nearly 8,000 entries from all over India. Trials were conducted across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal to identify talented athletes. An independent sports panel then screened potential athletes and shortlisted 350 of them. These candidates then participated in a national camp held in Delhi. A team of experts headed by Ms. Nachappa picked the top seven athletes from the group.

    Besides Sayali Mhaishune, who ran barefoot and won the under 17 district sports office inter-school athletic championships, the other winners are Avnee Rawat, Ujala, Shabnam, Vikas, Mohammed Meraj and Jainabaj.

    ( The writer is an intern with The Hindu )

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Delhi / Girbani Dutta / New Delhi – June 27th, 2016

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    Watershed moments


    Near the 10th mile from Virajpet is the traditional Ainmane homestead of the Meriyanda extended family. It is reported that several generations ago an unmarried lady, addressed as Balliavva, raised her brothers’ children. The descendants of the boys among them are part of the Meriyanda clan today. According to Gappu Ganapathy, a member of the Meriyanda clan, one historical family member who was called Maanichcha Moli (master), had 2 wives and 6 sons. The eldest among the boys was Meriyanda Medappa, affectionately called Medu, whose mother was from the Marichanda family. Four of his 5 younger brothers were known as Chettichcha, Kunjappa, Aiyappa and Ponnappa.

    Medappa, who was a government official, was made a Dewan under Linga Rajendra, the Raja of Kodagu between the years 1811-1820. However, it is said that Medu was a Dewan only for 18 days. During a particular battle when Medu was stationed at the Nalnad palace, he sent his brother Chettichcha to the western border of the Kodagu kingdom. In the meantime, Medu’s rival had spread rumours to the Raja that Medu had sent his brother to the enemies in order to sell them official secrets.

    Following this, Medu was charged with treason and made to run around the palace. The intention was to make him run into the king’s oidekatthi, a traditional sword also known as the ayudha katthi, which was positioned in the courtyard in a manner that it would slit open the runner’s neck. However, Medu ducked while he ran into the sword; so it was only his scalp that was cut off. Although he was only unconscious, the palace servants assumed he was dead and told the Raja so.

    Twist of events
    Meanwhile, Chettichcha won the battle and the news made the Raja regret his decision. Medu, who was revived by a toddy drawer returned to the palace a few days later and was honoured with the Raja’s oidekatthi bearing the small, embossed, golden ‘lin’ seal of the Raja stamped upon it. This sword, made peculiar by the rare stamp, originally had an ivory hilt; but was replaced by a wooden handle when it broke. The most commonly found seals of the Kodagu Rajas bear either of the Kannada syllables ‘vi’ or ‘lin’. While ‘lin’ belonged to Linga Rajendra, the ‘vi’ belonged to his elder brother and predecessor Dodda Vira Rajendra.

    In the early 19th century, 3 paintings of Dewan Medu and the Kodagu Raja were commissioned. While the recipient (Dewan Medu) looks the same, the Raja appears to be different in each of the paintings. We can speculate that Linga Rajendra himself adopted different styles as he aged or they were actually different Rajas, probably Dodda Vira Rajendra (1789-1809) and Chikka Vira Rajendra (1820-1834), under whom Medu would have served as an official and advisor.

    On canvas
    In these paintings, Medu wears a red cloth head-dress, which has projections in front, and a thin kombu mishe (handlebar moustache), kept by the accomplished brave men of those times. He wears ear rings and is dressed in a white coloured kuppya (a traditional, long-sleeved tunic) with an ornate knife, called the piche katthi, secured in his chele (waistband).

    Even the Rajas don’t seem to be spared by rules of propriety; in this case, they had to have something held in their right hands when seen in public. They are either holding hunting falcons or holding what appears to be some sort of a flower or a jewel in their right hands. While the original paintings have been kept elsewhere for safekeeping and preservation, black and white copies have been put up for display in the ancestral house. A spear of the olden days, known as barchi, has also been kept there.

    Family heirlooms, such as these paintings and swords, which are part of a heritage, are to be preserved for posterity. A number of similar beautiful paintings had been commissioned by the Kodagu Rajas, especially between 1792 and 1834, and given to different families across Kodagu. It is however unfortunate that we are not aware of the identity of the artists who drew them.

    Likewise, the ayudha katthis issued by the Rajas bear their respective syllabic regal insignia. One good specimen of a sword with the ‘vi’ syllable has found its way to the London Museum in the United Kingdom, where it is on display today.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> Spectrum / by Mookonda Kushalappa / June 28th, 2016

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    Mumbai :

    Coffee grown at the Tata Nullore Estates located in Coorg will now be available at Starbucks in Seattle. This is the first time Starbucks will offer a single-origin coffee from India in the US.

    This is part of the multiple new initiatives decided in a meeting between the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks Coffee Company, Howard Schultz, and Chairman, Tata Sons Ltd, Cyrus Mistry, at the iconic Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle.

    “For the first time, Starbucks will offer a single-origin coffee from India in the US, giving customers from outside the country a unique opportunity to experience a rare, small-lot coffee from the Tata Nullore Estates located in the beautiful Coorg coffee growing area of India. Starbucks Reserve Tata Nullore Estates will be the first coffee from India to be roasted at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room and will only be available at this Seattle location later this year,” said a press statement.

    Starbucks also announced plans to increase its coffee roasting capacity for supplying its stores in India and, over time, select markets around the globe. Since Tata Coffee Ltd opened its doors to a roasting and packaging plant in Kushalnagar in Coorg, Karnataka, in 2013, this facility has steadily increased its roasting capabilities. Today, it roasts the Starbucks India Estates Blend and Espresso Roast coffees and will soon expand to include both Kenyan and Sumatran coffees for Starbucks stores throughout India.

    “We are proud to work with Starbucks, a company which shares our commitment to both the coffee growing regions and the coffee farmers to ensure we meet the global demand for high-quality coffee over the long-term,” said Mistry.

    Starbucks also announced it will soon take flight on Vistara, India’s fastest growing full-service airline, later this year. Starbucks’ fresh brewed coffee service will be exclusively available on all Vistara flights. A joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, Vistara operates more than 457 flights weekly to 17 destinations across India and, in June celebrated the milestone of flying two million travellers.

    Starbucks will also extend its Teavana specialty tea brand to India this December. Starbucks also plans to expand the availability of Himalayan Mineral Water, bottled by Tata Global Beverages, beyond Starbucks stores in India to Singapore later this year, as the companies explore opportunities to introduce the bottled water brand to stores across Starbucks China and the Asia-Pacific region.

    Schultz and Mistry committed to come together to provide young people in India valuable skills training over the next five years through Tata STRIVE, an initiative aimed at arming youth with skills for employment, entrepreneurship and community enterprise.

    source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Home> Companies / The Hindu Bureau / Mumbai – June 27th, 2016

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    ‘Theatre binds human relations’


    Mysuru :

    “Theatre is not just an enlivening medicine but also a binder of human relations,” opined senior theatrist Addanda C. Cariappa.

    He was speaking after inaugurating the weekend acting and theatre training camp for children (2016-17) organised by Natana Rangashale at its premises in Krishnamurthypuram here yesterday.

    Cariappa observed that of late cracks were developing in human relations and many children were not looking after their parents well. He pointed out that all human values were getting faded and children need to be made aware of that. He added that theatre would enable children to understand the values of faith and affection which by themselves were good healing factors.

    Students of Natana Rangashale rendered theatre songs. The weekend camp for 40 children in the age group of 8 to 15 years will be on every Saturday and Sunday for one year from 5 pm to 8 pm. Theatrists Anita Cariappa, Mandya Ramesh, Natana Rangashale President N. Subramanayam and others were present.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / June 26th, 2016

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    M R Poovamma will spearhead Karnataka’s challenge at the 56th National Inter-State athletics championships in Hyderabad from June 28.

    Other notable names include sprinter H M Jyothi, quartermiler Ashwini Akkunji and high jumper Sahana Kumari.

    Sprinters Ashwin MK (200M, 400M, 4x400M relay), Sanjay V (100M, 200M, 4x100M relay) and Ganesh S (100M, 200M, 4x100M) will compete in three events.

    Squad: Men: Radesh MG (100M, 4x100M relay), Sanjay V (100M, 200M, 4x100M relay), Ganesh S (100M, 200M, 4x100M relay), Aiyappa KM (4x100M relay), Nagarj Kudubhavi (400M, 800M, 4x400M relay), Ashwin M J (200M, 400M, 4x400M relay), Tharun (400M, 4x400M relay), Bharath KA (800M, 4x400M relay), Jagadeesh Chandra (400M hurdles, 4x400M relay), Amaranath MD (110M hurdles, 4x100Mts relay), Nagabhushan CP (400M hurdles), Shamsheer SE (long jump), Karthik (triple jump), Jesse Sandesh (high jump), Sandeep Kumar (high jump), P Balakrishna (pole vault), Alfin (shot put).

    Women: HM Jyothi (100M, 4x100M relay), Reena George (100M, 200M, 4x100M relay), Prajna S Prakash (100M, 4x100M relay), Apsana Begam (4x100M relay), Vijaya Kumari GK (200M, 4x400M relay), MR Poovamma (400M, 4x400M relay), Ashwini Akkunji (400M, 400M hurdles, 4x400M relay), Nithya Shree A (400M, 4x400M relay), Arpitha M (400M hurdles, 4x400M relay), Shruthi KC (800M, 1500M), Thippavva Sannakki (5000M, 10000M), Joyline M Lobo (triple jump), Sahana Kumari (high jump), Khyathi S Vakharia (pole vault), Uma PS (shot put), Shahejahani (javelin), Rashmi K (javelin), Harshitha WR (hammer throw).

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / DHNS / June 16th, 2016

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    Badminton champs Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa are excited about making the Olympics cut the second time in a row.

     Badminton champs Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa

    Badminton champs Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa

    Qualifying for the Olympics for your country is a big deal, and doing that twice in a row is on a different level — one that’s been achieved by Hyderabad’s own badminton stars Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa. The duo will be representing the country in the women’s doubles category for badminton in Rio in August. The two believe that their past experience at the Olympics-level will help them this time around. Jwala says, “The journey was pretty tough, with not too much of support and you’re mostly on your own with your own belief. And you need to motivate yourself every day. But it’s also been fruitful. I’m very happy that we’ve qualified for the Olympics again. It’s a huge achievement for us.”

    “It’s such a huge stage and it’ll be in a different venue in a different country… but I’m happy that we got the experience of the previous Olympics and this time, we’ll be going into each match with confidence,” adds Ashwini. The two have been training for seven hours daily under Malaysian coach Tan Kim Her. “The training is more organised, so there’s a lot more unity among the players. We’re all helping each other to do better, it’s a good atmosphere to play in right now,” adds Jwala.

    Jwala’s experience on court only helps Ashwini, with the latter saying that her confidence helps her play a calmer game. “She’s very gutsy, brave, bold, confident and very sure of herself. And that comes out on court as well. It’s good to have someone like that to play with, as then you don’t have to worry about your partner because they’re confident enough to play,” says Ashwini.

    Jwala adds that bonding with Ashwini while travelling has helped them understand each other better: “Even if I’m down, she’ll know how to cheer me up and get me back on track and I do the same with her. We need to understand that, because the game goes by so fast and we need to support each other.” The rise in the number of Indians taking to badminton, the two say, has helped the sport become popular in the country. But they also add that India has a long way to go before it’s even close to “sporting countries” like China and Korea. “Indians have been doing well, which motivates the juniors and gives them a lot of confidence to play well and beat the best when they go out for tournaments,” Ashwini says.

    Jwala adds, “Most of our population are from the lower (income) and lower-middle classes. We need to bring in talent from there and the only way we can do that is with the help of the government. We need to have a proper system in place, give them the incentives, make education free… so that even if they’re not able to do too well in sports, the education will allow them to lead a better life.”

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Sports> Badminton / Deccan Chronicle, Christopher Isaac / June 21st, 2016

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    June 24th, 2016adminCoffee News, World Opinion
    A waiter serves coffee to customers inside an Indian coffee house in Kolkata June 20, 2014 (Representational image).Reuters file

    A waiter serves coffee to customers inside an Indian coffee house in Kolkata June 20, 2014 (Representational image).Reuters file

    Coffee prices are at a 13-month high in international markets, after rain hit world’s largest-producer Brazil, lifting share prices of Indian coffee companies on Wednesday.

    Tata Coffee was the biggest gainer at 6.21 percent on the BSE at around 2.30 p.m., followed by Tata Global Beverages and Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation.

    “In Brazil it is raining too much in the Arabica areas, and this is definitely causing quality concerns,” Reuters had quoted a European physical coffee trader as saying last Friday.

    An Indian coffee grower said heavy rainfall is bound to impact harvesting of coffee crop.

    “Rains at the time of harvest can damage the crop as the beans will fall off. As a result, Arabica prices have been looking up in the last few days. Also, one cannot wish away the effect of drought in Brazil earlier in the year. Hence, it may not turn out to be a bumper crop as projected but not a bad crop either,” the Economic Times quoted coffee grower Anil Bhandari as saying.

    Workers load 60-kg jute bags of coffee beans for export into a container in Santos, Brazil, December 10, 2015.Reuters file

    Workers load 60-kg jute bags of coffee beans for export into a container in Santos, Brazil, December 10, 2015.Reuters file

    On June 17, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had forecast world coffee production for 2016/17 to rise by 2.4 million bags from the previous year to 155.7 million bags (60 kg per bag). The estimate was based on Arabica output in Brazil increasing to about 60 percent of total production, neutralising lower Robusta production in the country, along with Vietnam, and Indonesia.

    Arabica and Robusta are two main categories of coffee worldwide. The Arabica crop determines global coffee prices.

    After factoring global consumption at 150.8 million bags, the USDA said exports from Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil and India are likely to remain lower (than last year).

    India had exported 3.20 tonnes of coffee in 2015-16, up 13.39 percent from the previous fiscal.

    After from being the largest producer, Brazil is also the largest exporter of coffee.

    source: http://www.ibtimes.co.in / International Business Times / Home> News> Companies /by S V Krishnamachari / June 22nd, 2016

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