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Return of the native

The Tamil Nadu Global Investors’ Meet 2015 was led by Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary-Industry, C V Sankar. Additional Secretary-Industry, M S Shanmugam, Joint Secretary, Industries Department and Nodal Officer, GIM, Dr Vijay Pingale and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Industrial Guidance and Export Promotion Bureau,

Facile funding of the EGR Chair

It was a different and interesting initiative: the students and admirers of the renowned metallurgist Dr E G Ramachandran raising $100,000 (around Rs 65 lakh) to set up a chair in his name. In a matter of weeks the appeal for contributions met with overwhelming response. Led by B Muthuraman, former

Town Hall meet of thespian Haasan

The Chennai International Centre (CIC) presented a town hall meeting with Kamal Haasan. Thespian Haasan has recently launched the political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) and has been busy mustering support of different segments. After Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan emerged the most brilliant cine actor of Tamil Nadu. His versatility remains

The Horlicks courtesy…

For decades Tamil Nadu’s hospitality, even at low income households and labour colonies, would go this way: a guest would be asked if he/she would like to have a cup of coffee. If the offer is declined the host will persist: “at least have a cup of Horlicks please!” The

Boeing partners with HAL and Mahindra

At the Defexpo 2018, Boeing announced a partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Mahindra Defence Systems for manufacturing the F/A-18 super hornet in India. “This partnership brings the best of Indian public and private enterprises together with the world’s largest aerospace company, to accelerate a contemporary 21st-century ecosystem for aerospace

Hey, It’s not Cricket

In the recent Australia-South Africa Test match, a young Australian batsman was caught tampering the cricket ball. The objective was to make it reverse-swing, and thus take an unfair advantage over the Opposition. Later Captain Steve Smith acknowledged that he had instructed Cameron Bancroft to do so and that the

IE celebrates its Golden Jubilee

IE celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 15 March at the ITC Grand Chola, Chennai. A ringside report. We planned the golden jubilee celebrations with the theme of India 2030. Over 30 tall leaders graciously consented to be members of the IE golden jubilee committee. An equal number of business celebrities, spread

Edit Notes

On the election mode The 2019 general elections are fast approaching. Understandably, political parties are sharpening their strategies. With Congress decimated in the last Lok Sabha elections and losing state after state (except Punjab) and the Communists losing even Tripura, there is the by-now-familiar attempts on the part of regional parties

Mutual Funds March Forward

Banks’ foray into mutual fund business has led to a quantum growth in assets under management. Mutual Funds in India have made phenomenal progress in the recent years. Competing successfully with the commercial banks in attracting the savings of depositors, assets under management (AUM) has grown into Rs.22.41 lakh crore by


A lot of foreign and domestic capital can be mobilised and invested in India, provided the industry can evolve a successful model over the next few years. Private and venture capital in India is not new, with a venture capital fund called the Technology Development and Information Company of India Ltd