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