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Revive development banks... Modi storms Silicon Valley A proud Madrasi Muffled voices for merit… A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Telangana in top gear… Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Why land prices zoom in TN? A glass full of corruption Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Protest masters... Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Put expensive assets created to use... CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi The sea- saw battle continues... Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Tribute – UCAL Selvan… L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… When Ratan Tata visited SRM Editor's Says Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Delhi Chalo... Engineering seats go abegging Fortune 500 review Multi-faceted Venkat For whom the bell tolls? Delhi is distant… A professional at the helm of IRDA... Tribute – M V Murugappan Plummeting profits of PSBs Welcome focus on core competence Streamlining mandatory third party cover The rise and fall of Annamalai University Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Return to king coal for urea... Boy, can you beat these? Breaththrough in malaria control Of course, Gujarat is vibrant The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Adharma of opposition politics Solar thermal shines… Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Preserving for the future The few handicaps... CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Kudos to NDTV... No engine for this car A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Should we change the official year? …and of a popular trade leader Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Funding the un-funded Roaring Ro-Ro facility PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Banning booze... When the President was rendered homeless… IPL - no surprise this scam How Air-India loses customs... Why this malaise in medical education? Readers' Mail B H Kothari - a tribute Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked For whom the MIDS bell tolls? No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Things happen by accident and not by design... Medical costs hit the roof... Road development slows down Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Strengthen the base... S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model IPL type auction for VCs? 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Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Maximising the micro pricing … Another Indian music maestro at the UN A think tank for Chennai A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai A more liberated TN… 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 When online building permits work…. Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Cement prices continue to rise… Moily’s bold thrust Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... When nations steal growth from one another… Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Come elections, come advertisements... Polls and promises More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Small units prefers to remain small... More Shakthi to Das’ elbow There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! No Maha Koottani in TN... Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu This scant respect for Law Auto components surge… Robber barons everywhere Towards speedy justice EEC at the National Media Centre Paytm karo... Waning interest in public discussions… New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Shipping woes of Chennai companies Where is Rajaji? Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Parliament in paralysis... Mersal magnified TIAM turns a full cycle Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Computation of GDP – conundrums continue An inexplicable neglect Where a state respects its litterateurs… Wise Presidents Build close rapport with business leaders Russi Mody – a tribute A yen for wastage… Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities When small is no larger beautiful.. Make standards certification mandatory... ONGC at KG Basin A rich pool of talent not utilised…. R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ TGS- The king storyteller Gay abandon in pricing L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles GNS - 100: our first subscriber Kulandai was a giant Tribute Demise of a media baron... IAS invades NDDB... 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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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