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

Prannoy Roy and his illustrious team of TV journalists at NDTV deserve kudos for their social concerns and deep involvement in social amelioration. Every year Roy and his prized lieutenant, Vikram Chandra, devote time, energies and resources on a topical, emerging issue. For a few years they ran a spirited campaign for providing solar power to hundreds of villages spread across the country, getting wide support from business and political leaders, policymakers, film personalities and other socially conscious citizens.

One may also remember the brilliant series on coastal degradation, by NDTVs Sarah Jacob providing great visual images in arduous trip around the peninsula.

This January the topic taken by NDTV was on Clean India. For 12 continuous hours from 9 a.m under the lead of Amitabh Bachchan and Vikram Chandra, the NDTV team worked on enlisting shram dhan for this cause of Swach Bharat. The result was indeed great: 1.16 crore manhours were pledged for this great cause!

One of the issues related to the involvement of local public in cleaning 49 railway stations. What a facelift these spirited public men and women could give to the crowded Vikhroli station in Mumbai (it handles 3 lakh commuters a day!). What a change to the dingy and dirt-laden station by the dedicated work of around 500 attending to cleaning and decorating the station with lovely paintings!

With its multitude of television companies and prosperous media houses, I wish Chennai metro also rouses the interest of its spirited citizens and corporates to take up such issues of great need.

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