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

F C Kohli headed with great distinction the Tata Electric Companies and subsequently TCS. He is considered the father of the Indian IT industry. He has made rich contributions to drafting the syllabus for our prestigious IITs. At 90, he still attends to work at TCS’ offices at the Air India Building and Bombay House!

IIT- Kharagpur is the latest to present an honorary doctorate to FCK. He already has six doctorates, Indian and foreign.  FC’s concerns extend from agriculture to energy, nuclear power to education to transportation et al. In a recent discussion, FC referred to the chaos in the urban transportation system. He pointed to public transportation in cities like New York and Singapore that have tackled the issue of the explosive growth in personal transport: “roads are meant for driving vehicles and not for parking these. In Mumbai we find road space taken increasingly for parking vehicles vastly hindering movement of vehicles and pedestrians.”

One can’t agree more. IE has been stressing of the need for mass transportation, especially railways. In a report to CMDA on the Madras 2011 project, I suggested construction of 100 km of surface rail lines and another 100 km of underground rail lines. I pointed to the lack of road space and the tough issues involved in acquisition of land for expanding surface transport. I also pointed to liberal funding available from bilateral and multilateral sources across the globe. Delhi, under the lead of E Sreedharan,  effectively did this by constructing in a short time 193.2 km of metro rail. States must help focus on such systems for the state capitals and principal cities.

In this context the recent problems encountered by the Rs 16,000 crore Hyderabad Metro Rail Project deserve immediate attention. The new Telengana government under K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) should help complete the process of land acquisition and help speed up the work. L&T which took up the work with great interest is encountering serious difficulties in regard to access to the land promised by the government and to suggestions for re-alignment. In such large projects, delays have severe impact on costs and would seriously upset original estimates of profitability. L&T has the reputation for efficient execution of large projects. The KCR government would do well to assist the company to complete the project in quick time. Surely, this mass transport would be a boon to the Hyderabadis.

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