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Sudhanshu Mani, General Manager, ICF, has brought about spectacular changes, not just in the number of coaches produced or their quality, but on a vast range of social indices as well. ICF is today the world’s largest rail coach manufacturer. For several years’ post-independence, industrial development of Chennai metro was synonymous

Unified Metro Transport Authority soon

A pongal gift. A Beach–Tambaram–Chengalpattu-Kancheepuram–Arakonam–Beach circular surface rail system has been a long-cherished dream for the Chennai commuter. Though mooted decades ago, it suffered due to issues of acquisition of defence land belonging to the naval base near Arakonam. “This problem has been sorted out. A circular train system can as

The ‘Whale’ Murugan

Sixteen road shows were conducted abroad, three in Tamil Nadu, and one each in Ahmedabad, Delhi and Mumbai. “The response is quite good,” said M Velmurugan, Executive Vice Chairman, TN Guidance Bureau. He compared this exercise to whale hunting: “in this, a huge whale is targeted, chased, harpooned and hunted. Likewise,

The used water grid…

In a pioneering effort the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) is setting up the Tamil Nadu Water Investment Co with a 46 per cent share held by the Government of Tamil Nadu and 54 per cent by IL&FS. The company has been setting up a secondary water

Will Das prove he is the boss?

It was quite abrupt and newsy: the appointment of Shaktikanta Das as Governor, Reserve Bank of India. Remember his hyperactive pronouncements in the tumultuous days following demonetisation? Das was everywhere: in the news televisions, press meets and news conferences. With his suave and assured pronouncements he was the face of

Corporate Corner

Rane Group – Deming Prizes Galore! Vinod Dasari, then Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, once told me: “there are more Deming award-winning companies in an hour’s drive around Chennai than the whole of the US and Europe combined.” Frequently we come across news on Tamil Nadu-based companies emerging as Deming award winners. The

An effective ad blitzkrieg

Starkey’s strategy was quite effective. Sales of Starkey expanded ten-fold in the short nine-month period! Large companies effectively utilise the powerful tool of advertising for marketing. The Chinese telecom company BBK Electronics promotes massively several of its brands – Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus and Realme. One would not have heard of any