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