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

At the invitation of my friend Peter Spackman I attended the monthly meeting  of the British Business Group (BBG), an association of expatriate British business people.  John Pontin of Bristol, Founder of The Converging World (TCW), was the chief guest. In a short presentation the septuagenarian explained the objective of TCW, the charity founded by him to marry business and environment concerns. In a chat he pointed to the efforts of TCW to install wind turbines, generate revenues and employ these for charitable purposes.

Pontin raises the needed resources from socially conscious charity-minded individuals. He outlined the scheme of raising funds as loans with zero interest over short term, invest these in generating electricity through wind turbines and spend the revenues on social amelioration like tree planting, reducing carbon emissions, provision for livelihood opportunities, education... TCW has operations in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Wendy Stephenson, CEO, pointed to the work done by TCW at Bristol, UK, which received acclaim as the Green Capital of Europe for 2015.

At the initiative of the former British Deputy High Commissioner for Britain in Chennai Mike Nithavrianakis a core team of Mike Freeman, Sundeep Bedi and Christie Cherian founded BBG in 2011 with the aim to encourage trade as also  provide the environment for business networking.

 

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