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