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Tribute – N Krishnaswamy

He was a sort of twin to DMK supremo M Karunanidhi: born on the same day 93 years ago. In common with MK, he had an indomitable spirit. He focused on promoting relations with Japan. N Krishnaswamy was popular teaching Economics at the A M Jain College and Vivekananda College. He

End of the auto(rickshaw) terrorism…

Times of India deserves credit for its sustained campaign against the tyranny of Chennai’s auto drivers. For years these have resisted charging by the meter, demanding fares arbitrarily and exploiting the hapless customer. TOI ran a regular campaign for months that resulted in the matter taken to the court which,

Indo-British trade at 18 billion pounds…

In the long line of British diplomats who headed the Deputy High Commission for Britain in south India, Bharat Joshi has been the first one with an Indian origin. Scheduled to complete his five-year term in September, Joshi is slated to be transferred to London. In an interaction with the media

Bloating bureaucracy

Northcote Parkinson had graphically described the unrelenting bloating of bureaucracy with little relation to output. The focus in private enterprise is on productivity and in multi-tasking. There is a substantial shrinkage of activities in several government departments unrelated to a humongous growth in numbers employed. I look at the evolution

Farmers’ friend

Telangana Chief Mini-ster K Chandrashekar Rao has earned a reputation for his business-friendly policies. Business leaders like Cognizant’s Lakshmi Nara-yanan express admiration for Rao’s focus on IT systems and transparency in the fast, corruption-free clearances of proposals for setting up businesses in Telangana. The state has rightly earned the numero

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