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Southern Tamil Nadu ready for more investments

As a third-generation industrialist, Karumuttu T Kannan has been a front-row witness to the industrial and economic growth of Tamil Nadu. Heading the Thiagarajar Mills, Virudhunagar Textile Mills and the Thiagarajar educational institutions, he is a past Chairman of CII (Southern Region). While appreciating the progress the state has shown in

We are leading the charge…

This is the story of innovation, disruption, startups and scaleups. And a lot of credit for that goes to the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). It led from the front in conceptualising and nurturing a Research Park that would over time become the laboratory for innovation and entrepreneurship. The

Case for ‘Sea Plane Tourism’

Establishing water aerodromes and enabling amphibian planes would ease travel from major hubs like Chennai. Recently, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued licensing norms for setting up water aerodromes. A ‘water aerodrome’ is a defined area on water intended to be used for the arrival, departure and movement of

MORE with Amazon, no more with Birla

Once upon a time, Kumar Birla dreamt of making more millions from the retail sector. His huge investments in More have gone up in smoke. The question asked for some time ‘Will Aditya Birla group sell its retail chain, More?’ now gets the answer. The global e-commerce titan Amazon has procured

Tiruchi upstage Chennai

Tiruchi upstages Chennai Amongst cities with a population upwards of 4 million, Chennai is the second most livable city in the country. Socially and physically, it was ranked second and third amongst its peers, while it was found wanting in institutional and economic sub-indices. The city’s health services were ranked best

TN needs Sterlite more than TN needs it

One of the issues raised against the Sterlite unit in Thoothukudi relates to the large population in the proximity of the plant affected by the pollution of air and land. There is the complaint about the location of the plant in a thickly populated town. This must be viewed in

HECI: Gateway to meddling

Date: 28 June 2018: The Government of India announces a draft Bill titled “Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Act 2018.” Implication: It is a blatant attempt at depriving the States of their role in higher education. Mark it; before 1976, Higher Education was a state subject. That

The man who redefined India

Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee, will always be remembered as one of the few colossuses who strode the Indian political scene as a statesman. The genial giant was a Hema Malini fan who watched the blockbuster movie Seeta Aur Geeta 25 times. During 1980s this former External Affairs Minister (EAM) along with his

Serene Saveri from Sravya

For a while, I felt I was listening to a vocal concert by a senior vidwan at the Music Academy, Chennai. The 170-minute Carnatic music performance included the immortal lyrics of renowned composers – Arunagirinathar, Purandara Dasa, Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshidhar, Syama Sastry, Jayadeva, Papanasam Sivan…. The venue: the beautiful auditorium of