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More heat than light Silver Years of Madras Musings The sea- saw battle continues... New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Editor's Notes A think tank for Chennai The few handicaps... Preserving for the future CII projects higher growth… The Gulf aviation boom Tatas moving out of urea production... Music happens Parliament in paralysis... Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel An enemy’s enemy is a friend Nuclear power at the nucleus Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Solar, solar everywhere … B H Kothari - a tribute EEC at the National Media Centre Where is Rajaji? Tax agriculture GM Technology at last! CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Medical costs hit the roof... Modi and the lady Cement prices continue to rise… Secularism and anti-Hinduism No Maha Koottani in TN... A yen for wastage… Lalu’s envy, India’s pride A proud Madrasi Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Waning interest in public discussions… When nations steal growth from one another… Wise Presidents Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Return to king coal for urea... The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ For whom the bell tolls? Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Poor quality of university VCs Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Gay abandon in pricing The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Gas is the way forward Tribute A welcome initiative by the judiciary This scant respect for Law Adharma of opposition politics A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Delhi is distant A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Rahman at CIC The nuclear option Modi storms Silicon Valley L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Strengthen the base... Should we change the official year? TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Revive development banks... Noble nonagenarians... More tributes to GR The Swadeshi Trump More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Kulandai was a giant Shanti and Sadhana through Music Shale gas and its shallow future SoA @ 80 Demise of a media baron... R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital He saved millions from starvation... TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... A friendly business group Delhi Chalo... Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan The rise and fall of Annamalai University The balancing act Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Small units prefers to remain small... 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Haul over the coal A professional at the helm of IRDA... Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Contrarian cousins An inexplicable neglect The power-full Hindujas Editor's Says Multi-faceted Venkat Pharma – overdose of copying Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Discoms deserve better… Valli, they are more marginalised He continues the focus on social amelioration MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways The Jan Dhan bonanza Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... How Air-India loses customs... Paytm karo... Delhi returns to BJP Sweeter prospects for sugar Make standards certification mandatory... Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Tough task taking states together The why of tax incentives Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal When online building permits work…. A glass full of corruption Intellectual of rare qualities Readers' Mail GNS - 100: our first subscriber The rise and rise of KCP Plummeting profits of PSBs Engineering seats go abegging TIAM turns a full cycle Welcome focus on core competence West Bengal: mindless malignancy Road development slows down There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Align crops to agro climate endowments… Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Airlines in India: cost and space Cutting the nose to spite the face Fuel for thought Funding the un-funded Fortune 500 review Protest masters... Muffled voices for merit… Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Vibrant Gujarat EVM is tamper-proof Boy, can you beat these? Why this malaise in medical education? TELANGANA at last…BUT Things happen by accident and not by design... Quality education through the PPP mode Banning booze... to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines When the President was rendered homeless… Another Indian music maestro at the UN Why land prices zoom in TN? Build close rapport with business leaders Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Which side are you, Montek? Tatas moving out of urea production... ONGC at KG Basin TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Convulsions in The Hindu When small is no larger beautiful.. Kudos to NDTV... Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Mu Sigma – is no more Building loyalty through the stomach Sri Lanka votes for change Kinetic Karnataka Five star activism stalls development activity Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW IPL type auction for VCs? Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Moily’s bold thrust Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Polls and promises Solar thermal shines… Making ‘my Amaravati’...
 
A think tank for Chennai

THE INDIA International Centre, New Delhi, has a reputation as a  meeting point for prominent citizens from different walks of life to congregate and discuss current and emerging issues. Recognizing the need for a similar forum in Chennai, Lakshminarayanan of Cognizant, Gopal Srinivasan of TVS, M S Srinivasan, IAS (Retd) and several other prominent Chennai icons have promoted the Chennai International Centre (CIC).

CIC started with a bang, presenting Nandan Nilekani for its first lecture on 29 July.  Two talks have been scheduled for August: T M Krishna in conversation with Gopalakrishna Gandhi and Dr. Mukund Rajan of Tata Sons. The  Madras School of Economics, Kotturpuram provides the space for the CIC meetings.

Chennai is known for such intellectual discussions. Remember Lakshmipuram Young Men’s Association presenting scholars from different walks of life to address on topical issues? Chambers of Commerce, well endowed with resources, focus on servicing their members. The Rajaji Centre for Public Affairs, the Institute for Economic Education, the Triplicane Cultural Academy, etc. have been organizing such lectures as well but they suffer lack; of resources necessary to sustain these activities at a much higher level.

CIC, promoted by wealthy intellectuals, seems to have started on better auspices with handsome subscriptions and better prospects for raising resources. Srinivasan said 250 members have been enrolled and another 175 applications are under process. CIC  plans to construct its own building within two years.

CIC has the potential to evolve as a think tank to provide inputs to policymakers on better and more efficient governance. IE wishes CIC to take roots quickly.

 

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