IBEX, Obasanjo Farms Partner to Revamp Poultry Industry

first_imgThe poultry industry was among many flourishing enterprises in pre-war Liberia, but the sector became dormant as the result of Liberia’s successive devastating civil wars. With the commissioning of Obasanjo Farms Liberia (OFL)’s 95,050 egg-capacity hatcheries last May in Grand Cape Mount County,  there are prospects to revamp the poultry industry of Liberia. OFL and USAID-funded Liberia Investing for Business Expansion Program (IBEX) are collaborating to support poultry farmers by providing them financial services, technical assistance and capacity building. The General Manager of Obasanjo Farm, Adeyemo G. Jamiyu, who spoke at the commissioning ceremony of the two entities, said the mandate of the farm is to promote and support the revival of the poultry industry in Liberia. “The essence of this Farm is not limited to direct employment for Liberians, but also to stimulate self-employment, particularly in the poultry sector,” Mr. Jamiyu alluded.Mr. Jamiyu further disclosed to that the OFL will provide necessary support to farmers who are engaged into poultry farming and give them capacity building that would enable farmers to produce and manage their farms.According to him, facilities have been put in place; training and extension services will shortly be provided for them.“Considering the need for financing poultry farmers,” he said, we are here to create good understanding with IBEX to have training for poultry farmers on ways of accessing loans and understanding the requirements of financial institutions.”Also speaking, USAID-IBEX Chief of Party, Mrs. Watchen Harris Bruce, said IBEX staffs are ‘financial doctors’ who diagnose SMEs’ problems and challenges and help them find solutions in order to expand, make profit and grow.“We train, coach, mentor, handhold and advise SMEs on business planning and management, cash-flows, financial statements and projections, basic record keeping and creation of awareness of  financing opportunities”,  Mrs. Bruce added.IBEX is currently working with SMEs in seven operating sectors.  are: Agribusiness, Clean Energy, Construction, These are Infrastructure, Transportation/Logistics, General Merchandize Trade and Hospitality.She noted that IBEX-OFL collaboration is critical for the revitalization process of poultry industry, which will make a positive impact on the crop sector of agriculture.In addition, Madam Bruce said partnership will have a multiplier effect on the country’s economy and boost Gross Domestic Product (GDP).   At the event 15 pre-screening in-take questionnaire forms were completed and returned by interested individuals who want to benefit from the IBEX program, including farmers of the Deaf Agricultural Development Farm Project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

West Point Shooting Investigation Report Now Before the President

first_imgThe Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lewis G. Brown,  has disclosed that the Board of Inquiry set up to investigate the death of little Shaki Kamara has finally submitted the report to the President through the Minister of National Defense, Brownie Samukai.Speaking at the Ministry’s weekly press briefing yesterday on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Minister Brown said the report contained appropriate recommendations and facts relating to the death of Shaki Kamara during the West Point’s riot with state security.According to the government spokesman, the President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will consider all the recommendations and facts of the report and have it published.“We are convinced that all the recommendations and facts are available in the report of Shaki Kamara’s death, submitted by the Board of Inquiry, who have properly handled the process with care and concerned.”The President, Minister Brown said, has promised keenly to review the report, especially the recommendations and facts provided by the Board of Inquiry.“We want to assure the public that in the shortest  possible time the report of late Shaki Kamara will be released, including the cause of his death and the recommendations made by the Board,” Minister Brown said.He explained that, the report was made available to the President through the office of the Defense Minister, who is also member of the Board of Inquiry on the death of young Kamara, which occurred on August 20, 2014.According to Mr. Browne,  the report contained the facts, which led to the shooting incident in West Point on August 20 by state security, and established all the possible recommendations.Meanwhile, Minister Brown has disclosed that at the end of September,  the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN)  will replace the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) at all borders and checkpoints.He explained that, “The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) will complete its  withdrawal by the 30th of September from all the checkpoints.  They will be replaced at the border points by BIN officers and other places by our LNP officers.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Champions League ‘dream’ awaits Monaco coach Henry

first_img0Shares0000Monaco coach Thierry Henry hopes a trip to Belgium can spark a resurgence in the club’s fortunes © BELGA/AFP / BRUNO FAHYBRUGES, Belgium, Oct 24 – Newly-appointed Monaco coach Thierry Henry has no intention of sulking over the Ligue 1 side’s poor domestic form as he seeks a “dream” Champions League date with Club Brugge Wednesday.Former Arsenal and France star Henry kicked off his fledgling coaching career with a 2-1 away defeat to Strasbourg at the weekend, a result that left the struggling Principality side second from bottom of the French league table. Monaco fans will be hoping it won’t be more of the same on Wednesday, when they face the Belgians away looking to claim their first points of the group stages.Henry, a Champions League winner with Barcelona in 2009, believes it could be just the tonic to get Monaco, beaten finalists in 2004, back on track.“People might ask if this match is coming at the right time for me, given our position in the table,” Henry said in Bruges on Tuesday.“But they say the same about the teams leading the table, they say the Champions League can’t be won by teams fighting for the (domestic) title.“I don’t see it like that. The Champions League is a dream. You want to play in it, you want to be part of it and it might just be what we need to give us back some confidence.”After succeeding Leonardo Jardim at the Monaco helm, in just one week Henry has “introduced a degree of tactical flexibility” into Monaco’s game, said midfielder Youri Tielemans, who knows Henry well from his previous role as an assistant to Roberto Martinez in the Belgium set-up.Henry expects a tough game at the Jan Breydelstadion against a team with “quality” players who “know how to fight till the end”.But the 41-year-old Frenchman has insisted on instilling a degree of optimism and is adopting a philosophical approach as he looks for the performance that will help Monaco believe again.“We’re not in a situation where we can laugh about things, but we have to combine respect, humility, hard work and joy,” said Henry.“It’s always easier to work when there’s joy.”Henry’s first game in charge as coach was marked by a 17th-minute opener for Strasbourg and a sending-off which left Monaco, now 24 points adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain, fighting for the scraps.But the World Cup winner insists his Champions League debut as coach cannot come quick enough.“It’s good for us to have this match right after Strasbourg, so we can try and regain some confidence and not think too much about certain things.“We’re looking for a win or a really good performance as quickly as possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgSINGER Brian McFadden has admitted he has fallen in love with Fade Street star Vogue Williams.The couple arrived in Australia together at the weekend, sparking chat that they are now officially an item.And it’s all thanks to the night they spent last month at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny! At least that’s what Brian has been telling his friends.One close pal in Donegal told us today: “They’re definitely an item.“Brian met Vogue at a nightclub in the town where she was working as a DJ, but it was only in a quiet corner of the hotel afterwards that they started chatting properly.“Brian’s telling everyone he’s in love – and if it wasn’t for those romantic moments at the Station House, it wouldn’t have happened!” Rumours have surrounded McFadden and Williams since they met in April in a club where Williams was performing a DJ set.The DJ, turned model, turned reality TV star, recently changed her status to single on Facebook following her split with graffiti artist Maser.McFadden also split from his long term fiancee Delta Goodrem. She was photographed last week in LA with rumoured new boyfriend Nick Jonas.IT’S OFFICIAL: ‘WE FELL IN LOVE AT LETTERKENNY HOTEL’ – SAYS McFADDEN was last modified: May 31st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian McFaddenstation house hotel letterkennyVogue Williamslast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Opens MVC Play Friday Against Valparaiso

first_imgDrake (5-7), the preseason league favorite, begins MVC action against Valparaiso (7-4) after playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation as ranked by the NCAA at No. 27. Friday night, the Bulldogs will try to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid a four-game losing skid, which hasn’t happened for the program since the 2013-14 campaign. The Valley on ESPN3 Buy Tickets Valpo Game Notes Drake will look to bring the momentum it had against No. 25/25 Iowa in its non-conference finale when the Bulldogs outscored the Hawkeyes, 39-33, in the final two quarters of a 79-66 defeat. Sophomore guard Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) helped lead the rally attempt versus Iowa with 21 of her career-high 27 points coming in the final two periods. Friday night will feature the two top scoring teams in the MVC in Drake (82.9) and Valparaiso (71.8), which joined the Valley in July, 2017 from the Horizon League after the departure of Wichita State to the American Athletic Conference. The Crusaders are led in scoring by Cedar Rapids native and senior Dani Franklin, who averages a league-best 18.0 points per game. The Bulldogs counter with redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), who ranks third at 16.6 and Hittner, who is fifth at 15.3. Live Audio Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team opens the Missouri Valley Conference season Friday night at the Knapp Center against league newcomer Valparaiso. Tipoff with the Crusaders is set for 7 p.m. and the MVC opener for both teams will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Live Stats Following Friday’s game, the Bulldogs will host a New Years Eve contest against Loyola on Sunday. Tipoff with the Ramblers is scheduled for 2 p.m. Print Friendly Version Drake Game Notes The two teams have played just twice before with Drake owning a 2-0 advantage. The last meeting played in Nov., 1995 resulted in a forfeit victory rewarded to Drake after Valparaiso was later found to have used an ineligible player.last_img read more

Prep Football: St. Bernard’s, Del Norte go for league perfection

first_imgThe final week of the 2016 regular season may not offer any league titles at stake as was the case seven days earlier, but perfection for one, as well as the final chance to make its case for the highest possible seed in the North Coast Section playoffs, which will see its brackets released on Sunday.For league champions Del Norte and St. Bernard’s both of those are true.The Crusaders and Warriors can not only finish the regular season on lengthy winning streaks today, but also wrap up …last_img read more

Congress workers sell tomatoes for subsidised rate outside UP Assembly

first_imgPricey tomatoes spurred a fresh round of protests by Congress workers on Friday, who parked a cart full of tomatoes in front of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and sold the kitchen staple at Rs 10 per kg.The party had earlier come up with a “State Bank of Tomato” that is being operated from the Youth Congress office here.Tomato prices have hovered around Rs 100 per kg in major cities with supplies being disrupted due to heavy rains.Congress workers led by state secretary Shailendra Tiwari stood in front of the Assembly with a cart full of tomatoes with a banner “Tamatar ke aaye acche din” (good days have come for tomatoes) and sold it at Rs 10 per kg per person.“This is our way to protest the soaring tomato price.We are selling it to common man to show our concern for them.It’s ironical that the government has not taken any initiative to open subsidised counters for selling tomatoes or to check its price,” Mr. Tiwari said.The ‘tomato bank’ has some interesting schemes to offer like providing the commodity on easy loan as also a locker facility, 80 per cent loans on tomatoes and attractive interest rates for depositing tomatoes, especially for the poor.The idea behind the bank is to lodge protest and to create awareness among the people about the commodity being sold at such high rates.Prices of tomato have shot up about four times since the beginning of June when tomatoes were being sold at about Rs 25 per kg in the Delhi-National Capital Region market.Industry body Assocham had said recently that “Tomato prices may not immediately ease as flooding in some of the growing states has led to damage to the crop.” Unlike onion and potato, the shelf life of tomato is very short and it needs cold chains and modern warehouses for storage and transportation, it said.Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha are the major tomato growing States.The country produces around 18 million tonnes of tomatoes.last_img read more

Aussie TV reporter claims bringing explosives into CWG venue

first_imgAn Australian TV channel has claimed that its crew got past security personnel and entered the Commonwealth Games village with crude explosives bought in New Delhi a few days ago, raising questions over safety at the event venues.Channel 7 journalist Mike Duffy claimed that he walked into one of the Games venues with a case of explosive which could have triggered explosions if fitted with a detonator.The video footage put up in a website called 3news.co.nz showed Duffy secretly filming the purchase of the case from the boot of a car in New Delhi.The video also showed how Duffy was even given a demonstration by the vendors.”If I need to blow up this car, all I need further is a detonator and explosive,” the vendor told Duffy in the video.Duffy claimed that he was easily able to buy the items, including ammonium nitrate and explosives used for mining, in New Delhi, which is scheduled to host the Commonwealth Games from October 3 to 14.”We found that without too much trouble one can purchase these explosives and equipment on the streets of New Delhi. At the mining areas, they sell it almost alongside groceries,” he said in the news footage in the website.On Sunday, two Taiwanese nationals were injured when two motor-cycle borne attackers fired at a bus carrying foreign tourists outside Jama Masjid, raising fresh concerns about security in the wake of the Delhi Games.last_img read more

Grigor Dimitrov upsets Rafael Nadal to join Andy Murray in China Open semis

first_imgBulgarian’s Grigor Dimitrov claimed a first career win over former world number one Rafael Nadal at the eighth time of asking to reach the semi-finals of the China Open on Friday.Dimitrov, ranked 20th in the world, knocked out the second seed 6-2, 6-4 to set up a clash with Canada’s Milos Raonic.Top seed Andy Murray faced some stern resistance against fellow Briton Kyle Edmund before winning 7-6(9), 6-2.Edmund’s barrage of heavy forehands worried Murray in the opening set and the world number two trailed 2-5 in the tiebreak and had to save a set point before converting his fifth.Despite Edmund breaking early in the second set, Murray raised his level to win six games in a row.”He (Edmund) made it very tough for me. He’s improving at a solid pace now… If he keeps going on the path he’s on just now, he’ll be up at the top of the game very soon,” Murray, a three-times grand slam winner, told reporters.Murray will face fifth seed David Ferrer in the semis after the Spaniard beat in-form 19-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5 in two hours and 21 minutes.”Every match against him, he certainly makes you earn it. There’s not many short points against him,” Murray said of his next challenge.Dimitrov, bidding to reach his third final of the year after a return to form, capitalised on Nadal’s low first serve percentage to claim the opening set comfortably.Nadal was far tougher in the second set but Dimitrov held his nerve to beat the 30-year-old Spaniard.advertisement”It’s obvious that Grigor played much better than me and he deserved to win,” Nadal said of a match that began with five consecutive service breaks.”I fought until the last ball, but was going against psychologically bad feelings because I was suffering with my serve. When that happens, you have to go to the next tournament because you don’t deserve to win like this.”Nadal will move on to Shanghai.Due to Thursday’s rain in Beijing, the big-serving Raonic was forced to play twice, beating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-3, 6-4 and Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-4 to advance.last_img read more

High in the water

first_imgIn his 1697 book, A New Voyage Around the World, the English explorer William Dampier described a primitive watercraft used by the Tamils on the Coromandel coast. He called it the ‘catamaran’ (from the Tamil kettumaram, meaning ‘logs bound together’). But you could say it was the first stand-up paddleboard,In his 1697 book, A New Voyage Around the World, the English explorer William Dampier described a primitive watercraft used by the Tamils on the Coromandel coast. He called it the ‘catamaran’ (from the Tamil kettumaram, meaning ‘logs bound together’). But you could say it was the first stand-up paddleboard in India, if not the world.This week, it’s the modern version making-or riding-waves, at the second annual Indian Open of Surfing in Mulki, Karnataka. Close on the heels of two third-place finishes in US contests, 17-year-old Tanvi Jagdish will be carving the water in the May 26-28 competition.In the US, Tanvi placed third in the open women’s category at the SUP Surf Pro-Am, and also in stand-up paddle racing at the West Marine Carolina Cup in North Carolina. Last year, she was ranked 16th at the Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, out of 247 participants from around the globe.Those wins are important. Stand-up paddling (SUP) and surfing are still very young sports in India. Moreover, it’s especially difficult for young women like Tanvi, given Indian society’s views on girls hanging out with boys, exposing their legs in board shorts and allowing the sun to darken their skin.”I started surfing when I was ten, with my granny’s permission. But my parents did not know,” she says. “When they found out, my mother forbade me from surfing again because she thought it was too dangerous.” For four years, Tanvi honoured her mother’s wishes. But the ocean was just too much fun to deny. When she returned to the water, she discovered stand-up paddling, a lesser-known offshoot of surfing. Falling in love with the paddle, she vowed to one day rank among the top five competitors in the world. Her family’s concerns notwithstanding, the Mulki resident was born in the right place to do it.advertisementA dozen-odd years ago, when there were hardly any surfers in India, the sport found an unlikely ambassador: a 70-year-old American Krishna devotee from Florida named Jack Hebner. Also known as Swami, Hebner co-founded the Mantra Surf Club in Mulki in 2004, along with fellow Krishna devotee Rick Perry (aka Babaji). Dubbed ‘the Surfing Swamis’, they’re still the most colourful and revered names among India’s wave-riders.It was at their club that Tanvi learned to surf. And some of Hebner and Perry’s disciples, such as Rammohan Paranjape, were instrumental in creating the Surfing Federation of India (SFI)-which organises the Indian Open of Surfing and most other similar competitions in the country. “There were just a handful of surfers in India in 2000-2004,” Paranjape recalls. “Not many people were interested or even curious.” That’s changing-fast. Last year, SFI’s Indian Open of Surfing in Mangalore drew about 15,000 people. This year, it’s expected to draw 20,000 or more-including surfers and SUP enthusiasts from all over the world.Among them-the local favourite-is Tanvi, the Surfing Swamis’ most successful pupil so far. This time, maybe her mother will be watching. “She feels very scared when I surf,” says Tanvi.-Jyothy KaratPORTRAITS OF HURTA series of photographs attempts a stark take on the racism faced by Africans in India.Photo: Mahesh Shantaram, Archival Pigment. Print courtesy: TasveerThe 25 images in this forthcoming exhibition from Tasveer, the Bengaluru gallery showcasing Indian photography, are an earnest portrayal of the impact of racism on the psyche of its victims. Done in the formal portrait style-where subjects ‘sit’ for pictures-this is the work of a promising Bengaluru-based photographer, Mahesh Shantaram, who was traumatised by the mob attack on a Tanzanian woman in January last year. With his grief as a filter for his lens, he took pictures of African youths in several cities across India. This, with the intent to draw attention to their individuality and humanity.Shantaram’s pictures have a distinct ability to ‘extract’ and examine his subjects, even in the most chaotic situations-like a garish middle class wedding or a hectic election campaign (subjects of his earlier work). He captures people in a manner that makes them visuals in a larger social comment. This makes him ideally suited to photograph a subject like racism in daily life.He goes close-establishing intimate bonds with his subjects and photographing them in their homes, neighbourhoods and territories of their personal space. Shot entirely at night using harsh light and saturated colours, he pictures lonely faces staring dispassionately into nothingness, to convey alienation and vulnerability. But he doesn’t go any farther than that.Instead of following his subjects in everyday situations as they navigate the discrimination they face, Shantaram repeats the lonely figure with the blank stare as a constant for all his images. It dilutes the anguish in the images and as a body of work, shows just the discriminated, not the discrimination.advertisement-Bandeep Singh(‘The African Portraits’ by Mahesh Shantaram will be on display at Exhibit320, New Delhi, from June 2-16)Click here to EnlargeHOW TO SEE THE CITY IN A DAY(Clockwise from top left) the Lalbaug spice market; a Bollywood dance class; children at a local NGO.Mumbai may not have the historic charm of Mughal Delhi, but it does offer an interesting mix of art, culture and food-and, of course, it’s home to Bollywood. History comes in the form of British-era buildings, rows of art deco constructions as well as the urban villages where time seems to have stood still.No Footprints, a city-based tour company founded by Harshvardhan Tanwar and Eesha Singh, has devised an eight-hour tour called Five Senses, which offers visitors a sizeable serving of the city’s melting pot of experiences. The tour begins at the Gateway of India, followed by a walk around the Fort area, covering the major landmarks of colonial Mumbai. Aimed at foreign tourists who treat Mumbai as a transit stop en route to Kerala, Goa or Rajasthan, the tour was conceptualised by Singh and is led by Tanwar. “While listening to stories about Mumbai’s history, visitors will also have a chance to watch the dabbawalas making their way through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. We call this section of the tour ‘Sharada’s Mumbai’, after city historian Sharada Dwivedi, as she unearthed stories of these wonderful buildings and documented them in her book Fort Walks,” says Tanwar.And while visiting landmark sites is worthwhile, a dose of contemporary culture is just as important. So next up is a dose of Mumbai’s sounds, exemplified by a session of Bollywood music and dance. Then, a Konkani thali takes care of taste, while a walk down Lalbaug’s Spice Market is a treat for the sense of smell. “Here, not only can you buy the spices, but also get them dry roasted and ground into the masala mix of your choice. It’s not uncommon to see ladies patiently waiting with bags full of spices and a recipe that has been handed down over generations,” reveals Tanwar. The tour, which begins at 8.30 in the morning, ends at 4.30 in the evening with a visit to a local NGO. “A perfect end to this colourful collage of experiences is to be able to touch people’s lives,” adds Tanwar.-Moeena HalimPASS TIMEThe arrival of June lifts the curtain of snow over the mountain passes between Himachal Pradesh and the Ladakh region of J&K. A trip to Ladakh is now an Indian tourist’s rite of passage. Those who haven’t yet made it to our piece of the Tibetan Plateau will get to envy many a selfie-taken in front of ‘the highest pass’ or ‘the highest motorable road’-decorating social media pages.advertisementWhile the Manali to Leh route isn’t entirely open yet, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) opened the Rohtang pass in the third week of May. Buses have already begun to ply up to Keylong, the tourist town beyond Manali. BRO is working on clearing Baralacha La and Tanglang La as well. These high passes saw snowfall even in the early summer this year, and the snow over Rohtang was up to 30 feet high in some places. Which is why the opening of the Leh-Manali road is a little behind schedule this season.Among other things that Ladakh has plenty of-like mountains and yaks and frozen rivers-is the overwhelming presence of the sky. There is so much sky in tourist photos of Ladakh that the local government could levy a sky tax. Eat your heart out, GST.-Sopan JoshiSLEEPLESS IN THE CITYBill Hayes, the author of Insomniac City.Insomniac City by Bill Hayes is the story of two love affairs running on parallel tracks. The first focuses on the author and the distinguished neurologist, Oliver Sacks, the object of his affections, and the second is the love affair between him and New York City.Hayes is almost fifty when the book begins-with the death of Steve, his partner. Steve died of a heart attack, ironically, on a day when the ‘insomniac’ Hayes was asleep. Unable to bear the heartache, Hayes moves from San Francisco to New York City, where he meets and falls in love with Sacks, a man thirty years his senior, who has ‘no knowledge of popular culture after 1955’ and ‘zero interest in celebrities or fame’ (to the point of asking ‘what is Michael Jackson?’)Sacks is well known to readers as the author of books dealing with psychological disorders, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. But his unique personality comes across through Hayes’ precise, simple descriptions and the lovers’ conversations. ‘Are you conscious of your thoughts before language embodies them?’ Sacks asks. ‘I like having a confusion of agency, your hand on top of mine, unsure where my body ends and yours begins,’ he confesses in a rare erotic moment.The magic of Hayes’ writing lies in its minimalist yet evocative images. As Sacks’ health deteriorates, the modest, self-effacing Hayes focuses so deeply on his partner’s misery that it’s easy to forget it’s a trauma for him, too. There is tenderness without sentimentality, acceptance of what cannot be altered and a strong positive attitude that embraces life in its entirety. This book is not only a fascinating ode to romantic love, but also a profound reflection on life and death. The little ‘vignettes’ are meant to be enjoyed slowly and gradually as sips of fine wine rather than in a single gulp.-Divya DubeyIMPERIAL PINTSCourtesy: Kim JacobsenThe British empire may have forced us to pay for our own oppression but it had its compensations. So as the sun flares over another Indian summer, let’s raise our chilled glasses to the imperialists who begat Indian beer. The pioneer, apparently, was one Henry Bohle who set up businesses in Meerut and Mussourie in 1825. The latter thrived for some years in the hands of the Mackinnon family, seeding a ferment of hill station breweries that stretched from Murree to Shimla, Kasauli and Ranikhet and on to Darjeeling. Edward Dyer, in particular, bought up or established a chain of breweries in the Himalayas and is credited with launching Asia’s first beer brand, ‘Lion’, which was produced in both Murree and Kasauli. Dyer would sire (and later disown) the notorious Reginald Dyer of Jallianwala Bagh-but that’s another story. By the 1880s, another experienced brewer, H.G. Meakin, had set up an extensive empire, buying some of Dyer’s factories as well as establishing new ones as far afield as Dalhousie, Kirkee and Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka. The two firms would ultimately merge as Dyer and Meakin in the 1930s.By 1889, the 25-odd breweries in British India were producing some 5,165,138 gallons a year, (roughly a thousand times less than passes through our national gullets today). And judging by some of the vintage beer labels (yes, it’s a thing) treasured by collectors today, there was a lot more variety back then. The Dyer Meakin breweries, for example, offered a range of light and dark ales, a stout, and several ‘sparkling beers’. Today, the concern known as Mohan Meakin is sustained by the popularity of its house rum, while johnny-come-lately United Breweries (estd. 1857) dominates India’s beer market with bland lagers and knuckleheaded strong beers. Did the British take all the tasty beer with them when they left? Well, the glass may be half empty but look at it this way: they gave us beer, we gave them Vijay Mallya.-JabirBENGALURU BREWERIESPhoto: Nilotpal BaruahCraft beer first hit Gurugram and Pune around 2008. A year later, the first brewpub opened its doors in Bengaluru. Today, the garden city boasts nearly 30 microbreweries with 20 more slated to open over the next two years.What makes craft beer stand out? Without getting into beer geekery, the combination of small hand-crafted batches, high-quality ingredients and innovative brewing techniques result in beers that are superior in taste and quality to their mass-produced cousins. Even with 30 breweries, we’re still new to the art, so only a handful of outlets stand out.ToitOne of the city’s first few brewpubs, Toit now enjoys cult status, and will soon open branches in Mumbai and Pune as well. The brewing philosophy here follows the ‘what you do, do well’ model, with just one special on rotation and five stable house beers-Basmati blonde (light ale), Hefeweizen, (wheat ale), Belgian Wit (wheat ale), Irish Red (amber ale), IPA (India pale ale) and a Stout that’s as close to Dublin as you can get.Windmills CraftworksA microbrewery and jazz theatre rolled into one, this is the ‘Ritz’ of brewpubs. It has four house beers on tap-Helles (light blonde ale), Hefeweizen (German wheat ale), IPA (India pale ale, rich in hops/ bitterness) and Stout (hearty dark ale with roasted coffee and chocolate notes). Specials range from Rauchbiers (smoked) to White IPAs and Saisons.BrewskyPopular for its outdoor deck, this award-winning microbrewery churns out several specials, from cucumber ales and English bitters to smoked stouts and coffee-infused porters. House beers include a Belgian-styled light blonde ale, German Hefeweizen (wheat ale), Belgian Wit (wheat ale with orange peels and coriander), IPA (bitter) , Amber Ale (similar to the IPA but with more caramel notes) and a StoutBiergartenLike a traditional German beer garden with a modern makeover, this bright and airy outfit offers German-styled brews (with a few exceptions) and a different approach to brewing. Every Craft Beer at the Biergarten has been designed to be light and easy drinking (‘sessionable’ to beer geeks). Beers on tap include the German style lager, Dunkel (dark) lager, Hefeweizen (wheat), Pale Ale (similar to an IPA but less bitter) and a special-Mango Wheat Ale.-John EapenThe writer is a Bengaluru-based brewery consultant and beer sommelierHINDUSTANI MOTORSThe quintessential jeep was, and continues to be, a lifestyle thing in Bhopal. Not always connected to the brand, a Bhopali ‘jeep’ could be a Ford GPW, a low bonnet Willys MB, a Willys M606, an M38 A1 or even a later Mahindra equipped with jholas-one attached at the back and a smaller one near the dashboard. Bhopali jeeps are often unpainted, or only have a coat of primer, and continue to find patrons, with owners never having to think about resale values.Arriving in Bhopal as the wheels of choice for Nawab Hamidullah Khan, the early jeeps were mainly used in shikaar. Wealthy farmers also used them to ferry themselves to and from their farms. The jhola at the back carried anything from dead game to beaters to gunny bags, while the smaller jhola mostly held chaalia (the Bhopali word for supari) and paan.”With shikaar gone and farm holdings shrinking, the jeep lost some of its importance, but continues to be a utility thing here,” says Bhopal-based automobile enthusiast and restorer Rajan Deb. “In Bhopal, there are those who use the jeep for work and then there are those who collect original Fords and Willys,” he adds.The jeeps have survived the decades thanks mainly due to ‘doctors’-mechanics who keep them going using jugaad. “The work is not what it used to be but I am happy with what I have done,” says Mohammed Zameer, who uses the takhallus ‘Nirale’ and is one of the better known jeep mechanics in Bhopal. Nirale’s grandfather opened a garage in 1946. Nirale apprenticed with him before starting his own shop in 1967. “You learnt everything on the job; there was no option for training or getting a degree,” he says, adding that the work is still commercially viable. “Bhopali jeeps have great demand. One of my old jeeps is in Canada with a collector,” he says. Prices for original Ford GPWs and Willys MBs range from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.In the Lal Masjid quarter of Bhopal, more than a dozen garages thrive. Pyare Bhai, one of the owners, says that modern SUVs have taken a toll, but the jeep craze remains. “There are people who spend the entire day with us, seeing how jeeps are repaired,” he says. Expert mechanics have come from the ranks of jeep owners as well. One of the sons of a family of Pathans living at Khandera-Pudhiya-was referred to as an ‘honorary engineer’. Many jeeps bore a ‘designed by engineer Pudhiya’ message on the registration plates. And today, jeeps are no longer an all-male preserve. “Driving a jeep is all about slowing down in life, to appreciate everything that you could miss in a fast car,” says Sonia Rashid, who is married into the erstwhile Bhopal royal family and is the proud owner of a Willys jeep.Just as Nirale is about to close his garage for the day, a customer walks in and admires a parked Ford GPW. Inquiring about the price, he is taken aback at the quote. “Why is it so expensive?” he asks. “Nut, nut par Ford likha hai, miyan (Everything is original-even the nuts and bolts have the Ford ‘F’ emblazoned on them),” replies Nirale.-Rahul NoronhaHAWAI ADDAPhoto: Sandeep SahdevAn Airbus A320, once part of the Air India fleet, has been turned into a 65-seat restaurant called Hawai Adda, in Ludhiana. Transported from Delhi, the plane was modified to create the country’s only such restaurant. Owned by entrepreneur Jaswinder Singh and his cousins, the restaurant serves only vegetarian food and no booze-just like a domestic flight.-Sukant DeepakHOT WHEELSKarun Chandhok, racecar driver, on… racingKarun Chandhok. Photo: Shivangni Kulkarni Q: Apart from doing commentary for Channel 4, what commitments do you have these days?A: The biggest race for me is the 24 hours of Le Mans. I’m also racing in selected rounds of the World Championship and British LMP3 Cup.Q: Which were your best rivalries and which drivers do you most remember racing against?A: I raced with a lot of good drivers- guys like Lewis Hamilton, Nelson Piquet Jr, Bruno Senna, Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Buemi, Maldonado…Q: Any regrets that you missed out on the Indian Grand Prix during the three years it existed?A: That was a real shame-I had a contract with Lotus to do the race and they opted to break the contract for various commercial reasons.Q: What are your predictions for this weekend’s Indy 500 and the Monaco GP?A: Indy is so unpredictable, but Fernando winning would be such a great fairytale story! I’m going to say Sebastian to win Monaco.Q: Do you see yourself on the podium at Le Mans? A: For Le Mans, I’m with a rookie team and a rookie team mate who’s 17 years old! A top 5 finish would be amazing for us.-Yogendra Prataplast_img read more