Assam: Cross-pollination threatens tea’s originality

325 sub-species pose a challenge; IIT expert suggests frequent tests for purity.. Tea garden workers at work at an estate in Assam. Guwahati: The gradual loss of original characteristics of Assam tea varieties has left the plantation industry worried after an IIT-Guwahati professor’s research has flagged the hazards of excessive cross-pollination of tea plants.

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Odisha ready for rasagolla queries

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is hopeful of getting geographical indication (GI) tag for “Odisha rasagolla”. The government, which has been asked by the GI authorities to clarify some 14 points raised by it, will shortly submit the clarifications. Odisha micro, small and medium enterprises minister Prafulla Samal said that the clarifications would be submitted by the first week of August.

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Now, get high on heritage liquor – Times of India

Representative image BENGALURU: Several startup spirit makers are looking to give India a taste of its own heritage liquor, albeit in a purer and distilled form. Such drinks have always been popular among millions of tribal people, but have never come to the forefront as they were considered second-grade compared to the imported and Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) due to their manufacturing process and safety.