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C K’s railway sojourn

C K Jaffer Sharief as Union Minister of Railways in the Narasimha Rao government initiated the move towards a uniform gauge for the railway. Remember the humongous costs and delays suffered with the multiplicity of gauges – broad gauge, meter gauge and even the narrow gauge- through transshipment of goods.

The Maha epigraphist is no more

Iravatham Mahadevan (IM) earned a reputation as an upright, principled and efficient officer of the IAS. He served the Industry Department at the Centre when he worked with his minister of industry, George Fernandes during 1977-79. Remember, Fernandes’ initiating several fundamental changes in industrial policy like limiting foreign holdings in

Build special bilateral cooperation

The British Business Group, Chennai, promotes business between UK and India. BBG has as its members business leaders, expatriates of companies engaged in manufacture or trade as also experts with in-depth knowledge on Britain. I was invited by BBG to address on British business in Chennai. Travelling down memory lane,

From a lodestar to a meteor

Carlos Ghosn, the man with a rockstar like reputation, was arrested in Japan on charges of fudging. How the mighty has fallen! For a couple of decades Carlos Ghosn was an automobile Czar who enjoyed cult status. He built a formidable reputation for pulling the French auto major Renault from dire

Rice, the prized crop of Asia

Do you know that rice is not grown much beyond the Asian continent? With 2.5 billion more mouths to feed by 2050, there is urgent need to improve productivity. “Sixty is the average age of farmers in rice-producing countries. Men have moved out to other sectors. Increasingly women are getting into

Indian Cities to go Smart

Ramesh Subramaniam is Director General, South-East Asia at the Asian Development Bank, Manila. He was highly appreciative of the wide range of subjects that we had covered on India 2030 in the IE golden jubilee commemorative volume in March 2018. I had a business trip scheduled a trip to Philippines.