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Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Align crops to agro climate endowments… The Swadeshi Trump SoA @ 80 Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Fuel for thought Preserving for the future An inexplicable neglect CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Poor quality of university VCs The balancing act Why this malaise in medical education? Adharma of opposition politics Convulsions in The Hindu Multi-faceted Venkat L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Tatas moving out of urea production... Silver Years of Madras Musings Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Welcome focus on core competence Tough task taking states together Fortune for Indian Airlines When the President was rendered homeless… A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Demise of a media baron... CII projects higher growth… Should we change the official year? West Bengal: mindless malignancy Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Robber barons everywhere Parliament in paralysis... Cutting the nose to spite the face Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Lalu’s envy, India’s pride A professional at the helm of IRDA... The power-full Hindujas Boy, can you beat these? TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Another Indian music maestro at the UN Sri Lanka votes for change Why land prices zoom in TN? This scant respect for Law An enemy’s enemy is a friend More Shakti to resource mobilisation... 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Contrarian cousins A more liberated TN… Paytm karo... Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… When small is no larger beautiful.. Revive development banks... Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Music happens ONGC at KG Basin Vibrant Gujarat Banning booze... Revving up the manufacturing sector Alexa – Talking Wikipedia For whom the bell tolls? Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Road development slows down Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS GM Technology at last! Delhi is distant… Airlines in India: cost and space He continues the focus on social amelioration Quality silica from Neyveli A friendly business group Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Noble nonagenarians... Plummeting profits of PSBs Shale gas and its shallow future Editor's Says Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Mu Sigma – is no more China invests in India The few handicaps... IPL - no surprise this scam Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Fortune 500 review Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Protest masters... Shanti and Sadhana through Music Sweeter prospects for sugar Build close rapport with business leaders IAS invades NDDB... Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Maximising the micro pricing … Moily’s bold thrust For whom the MIDS bell tolls? When Ratan Tata visited SRM …and of a popular trade leader Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Kudos to NDTV... Increasing non co-operation of state leaders The rise and rise of KCP He saved millions from starvation... Breaththrough in malaria control When nations steal growth from one another… Readers' Mail Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! PC’s preference for professionals Valli, they are more marginalised Muffled voices for merit… How Air-India loses customs... B H Kothari - a tribute Quality education through the PPP mode WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated A proud Madrasi Engineering seats go abegging Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… TGS- The king storyteller F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu The Jan Dhan bonanza Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Make standards certification mandatory... The brown list of Venkitaramanan The why of tax incentives Tribute A welcome initiative by the judiciary Small units prefers to remain small... 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 Haul over the coal An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Kulandai was a giant Solar, solar everywhere … Gas is the way forward Tribute – M V Murugappan Strengthen the base... Five star activism stalls development activity Rahman at CIC Where is Rajaji? Wise Presidents MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Return to king coal for urea... TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Delhi is distant Funding the un-funded The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai The rise and fall of Annamalai University Marketing expert Balagopal is no more GNS - 100: our first subscriber Delhi Chalo... Editor's Notes
 
Preserving for the future

Recently I visited the Yosemite National Park in California, USA. It was a sight to see miles upon miles of groves of Sequoia trees. These giant trees just dwarf even the largest pine trees that grow along with them! Extensive information on this displayed in simple terms all along the park mentions that these trees grow over to 160 ft, can live for over 2000 years and the trunk can reach over 25 ft thickness.  

The high Sierra range of mountains provide a very vast diversity of nature. One can travel hundreds of miles along granite mountains and spacious meadows. Over centuries, glaciers have shaped this landscape. John Muir, the naturalist, credited with exploring these grand bequeath of nature mentions about the valley: “everything is flowing, going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water.”

What struck me as most significant was the American society’s concern for preserving this precious heritage. As early as in 1864 President Lincoln signed a bill to preserve the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley. Thus was born the concern for setting up and preserving dozens of national parks across the country.

Sadly, such a concern is not visible in India. How careless we have been in losing precious forest wealth by mindless encroachments! Of spoiling our precious long coastline by reckless construction so close to the shore! As late as in the 1970s the Tamil Nadu government constructed tenements on the Santhome seashore which had turned an eyesore; miles upon miles of reckless construction in Tiruvanmiyur and further down south so close to the seashore!

 

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