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

In April and May elections to state assemblies have been held in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. In Assam, the contest was between the two major national parties, the BJP and the Congress. In West Bengal, there was a strange alliance between the Left parties and the Congress fighting the incumbent Trinamool Congress with BJP pitching its claim.

In Kerala, one witnessed the traditional grouping of several parties led by the Congress and several others by the CPM. With the unflattering record of the Oommen Chandy-led United Democratic Front, the incumbent, there had been a strong anti-incumbency factor to power shifting again to the LDF.

One witnessed the strange scene: with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi working along with the Communists as alliance partners in West Bengal and liberally criticising the Communists in Kerala! BJP, which did not have a strong base in Kerala, has worked hard to make inroads into Kerala’s electoral politics and started with its first victory.

In Tamil Nadu the well-worn strategy of the two leading Dravidian parties, the DMK, and the AIADMK, forming strong alliances to contest, did not take place this time. AIADMK, buoyed by its resounding success of going alone in the Lok Sabha polls, opted to do likewise. The attempts made by the DMK to bring together parties opposed to the AIADMK under its umbrella, did not succeed. The state thus witnessed five-cornered contests: DMK-Congress, AIADMK, the MDMK led front of five parties, PMK and the BJP.

The two major Dravidian parties have been thriving on the promise of liberal freebies as also on cash for votes. Even with the state’s economy not in great shape, they continued promising freebies, with unclear explanations on budget provisions. But the Tamil Nadu voter doesn’t seem to bother about the poor state of the state’s finances.

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