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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

Innovation: Ask questions…

Better to have questions you can’t answer than answers you can’t question. Innovation has always been an intriguing word. It is interesting how culture plays a big part in helping with innovation. India has relied on the “sage on the stage” approach, where the teacher or ‘expert’ knows everything and the

STERLITE: A welcome initiative by CIC

In the cover feature of our July issue, we pointed to the indifference of the business community and industry associations keeping mum over the burning issue of Sterlite Industries. Belatedly FICCI expressed some concern. On 20 July, the Chennai International Centre (CIC) presented P Ramnath, CEO, Sterlite Copper, D Nagasaila,


Under the Indian Constitution, agriculture is in the concurrent list. The states have a significant say in framing agricultural policy and implementation. This is often not in sync with national policies and requirements. The federal government allocates considerable resources and massive subsidies for food production and consumption. It also has

Watchdog or Bloodhound?

Independence is about being seen to be independent. Mega frauds have made the independence of the audit profession, globally, suspect. Loot and Scoot actions of several billionaire business barons have raised questions about the integrity of the job of auditing. Many times CAs have become the quarry of disparagers as if