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TGS- The king storyteller Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated IPL - no surprise this scam Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Why land prices zoom in TN? Tax agriculture Sri Lanka votes for change TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital EEC at the National Media Centre Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Mersal magnified SoA @ 80 Boy, can you beat these? Breaththrough in malaria control Funding the un-funded The Gulf aviation boom Where is Rajaji? Solar thermal shines… Gay abandon in pricing Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Polls and promises The star of Spencers is no more Tatas moving out of urea production... S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Tough task taking states together The sea- saw battle continues... More Shakti to resource mobilisation... An inexplicable neglect Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Cutting the nose to spite the face How Air-India loses customs... Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Tribute The power-full Hindujas No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu No engine for this car Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Solar, solar everywhere … Muffled voices for merit… Building loyalty through the stomach Rahman at CIC Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Road development slows down MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Which side are you, Montek? More heat than light Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Auto components surge… Making ‘my Amaravati’... The rise and fall of Annamalai University A think tank for Chennai Another Indian music maestro at the UN Vibrant Gujarat Medical costs hit the roof... Discoms deserve better… Strengthen the base... Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Silver Years of Madras Musings Increasing non co-operation of state leaders A yen for wastage… Computation of GDP – conundrums continue When Ratan Tata visited SRM Preserving for the future Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Welcome GST Cement prices continue to rise… Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Parliament in paralysis... Kudos to NDTV... Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara He continues the focus on social amelioration Shipping woes of Chennai companies Contrarian cousins West Bengal: mindless malignancy Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Delhi Chalo... Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Return to king coal for urea... Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Nuclear power at the nucleus The Swadeshi Trump Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Airlines in India: cost and space Noble nonagenarians... When online building permits work…. Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Delhi returns to BJP Modi storms Silicon Valley Mu Sigma – is no more Shanti and Sadhana through Music A rich pool of talent not utilised…. There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! A professional at the helm of IRDA... Secularism and anti-Hinduism WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Fuel for thought A more liberated TN… Music happens Telangana in top gear… IAS invades NDDB... Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Align crops to agro climate endowments… The Jan Dhan bonanza Build close rapport with business leaders Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet This scant respect for Law Delhi is distant More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Poor quality of university VCs Come elections, come advertisements... Plummeting profits of PSBs The why of tax incentives IPL type auction for VCs? Pharma – overdose of copying Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad He saved millions from starvation... Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL An enemy’s enemy is a friend Kulandai was a giant Protest masters... The brown list of Venkitaramanan New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Quality silica from Neyveli Adharma of opposition politics Quality education through the PPP mode Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik China invests in India The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Marketing expert Balagopal is no more When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu The few handicaps... When the President was rendered homeless… Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Paytm karo... Maximising the micro pricing … All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya GM Technology at last! …and of a popular trade leader Revive development banks... Revving up the manufacturing sector CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Put expensive assets created to use... Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Demise of a media baron... When nations steal growth from one another… The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more 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 Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! No Maha Koottani in TN... B H Kothari - a tribute Russi Mody – a tribute PC’s preference for professionals The nuclear option Gas is the way forward Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Intellectual of rare qualities Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Multi-faceted Venkat Convulsions in The Hindu A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Shale gas and its shallow future CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Wise Presidents GNS - 100: our first subscriber S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist For whom the MIDS bell tolls? A glass full of corruption Tatas moving out of urea production... When small is no larger beautiful.. Why this malaise in medical education? Fortune 500 review Streamlining mandatory third party cover An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Five star activism stalls development activity Should we change the official year? A proud Madrasi Towards speedy justice CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Robber barons everywhere Readers' Mail TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector EVM is tamper-proof Editor's Notes A welcome initiative by the judiciary Make standards certification mandatory... Sweet news for TN sugar mills A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… The rise and rise of KCP Things happen by accident and not by design... Where a state respects its litterateurs… Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi TELANGANA at last…BUT For whom the bell tolls? Small units prefers to remain small... The balancing act Engineering seats go abegging Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Modi and the lady Tribute – M V Murugappan Banning booze... CII projects higher growth… Delhi is distant… Sweeter prospects for sugar Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Fortune for Indian Airlines London, London Narayan More tributes to GR Kinetic Karnataka Moily’s bold thrust Roaring Ro-Ro facility A friendly business group TIAM turns a full cycle Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Valli, they are more marginalised Waning interest in public discussions… PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Haul over the coal TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Welcome focus on core competence Editor's Says ONGC at KG Basin Of course, Gujarat is vibrant
 
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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