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

THE INDIA International Centre, New Delhi, has a reputation as a  meeting point for prominent citizens from different walks of life to congregate and discuss current and emerging issues. Recognizing the need for a similar forum in Chennai, Lakshminarayanan of Cognizant, Gopal Srinivasan of TVS, M S Srinivasan, IAS (Retd) and several other prominent Chennai icons have promoted the Chennai International Centre (CIC).

CIC started with a bang, presenting Nandan Nilekani for its first lecture on 29 July.  Two talks have been scheduled for August: T M Krishna in conversation with Gopalakrishna Gandhi and Dr. Mukund Rajan of Tata Sons. The  Madras School of Economics, Kotturpuram provides the space for the CIC meetings.

Chennai is known for such intellectual discussions. Remember Lakshmipuram Young Men’s Association presenting scholars from different walks of life to address on topical issues? Chambers of Commerce, well endowed with resources, focus on servicing their members. The Rajaji Centre for Public Affairs, the Institute for Economic Education, the Triplicane Cultural Academy, etc. have been organizing such lectures as well but they suffer lack; of resources necessary to sustain these activities at a much higher level.

CIC, promoted by wealthy intellectuals, seems to have started on better auspices with handsome subscriptions and better prospects for raising resources. Srinivasan said 250 members have been enrolled and another 175 applications are under process. CIC  plans to construct its own building within two years.

CIC has the potential to evolve as a think tank to provide inputs to policymakers on better and more efficient governance. IE wishes CIC to take roots quickly.

 

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