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Shanti and Sadhana through Music The rise and rise of KCP Paytm karo... Demise of a media baron... Fuel for thought Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Tough task taking states together Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Tatas moving out of urea production... Solar thermal shines… Delhi is distant Where a state respects its litterateurs… Convulsions in The Hindu Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Sri Lanka votes for change PC’s preference for professionals Increasing non co-operation of state leaders The why of tax incentives Nuclear power at the nucleus When small is no larger beautiful.. Of course, Gujarat is vibrant SoA @ 80 Tatas moving out of urea production... Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Which side are you, Montek? A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… The sea- saw battle continues... Build close rapport with business leaders Streamlining mandatory third party cover CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Discoms deserve better… Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Put expensive assets created to use... Sweeter prospects for sugar Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model More heat than light Sweet news for TN sugar mills F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Align crops to agro climate endowments… Muffled voices for merit… Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School EVM is tamper-proof The few handicaps... Tribute – M V Murugappan When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's A welcome initiative by the judiciary Why land prices zoom in TN? Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health TGS- The king storyteller Where is Rajaji? CII projects higher growth… When Ratan Tata visited SRM S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Vibrant Gujarat Poor quality of university VCs An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... An inexplicable neglect Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Rahman at CIC Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! A proud Madrasi Kulandai was a giant Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ China invests in India Should we change the official year? London, London Narayan When nations steal growth from one another… More tributes to GR Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai West Bengal: mindless malignancy How Air-India loses customs... A think tank for Chennai Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Make standards certification mandatory... 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Gay abandon in pricing Cutting the nose to spite the face Building loyalty through the stomach Modi storms Silicon Valley ONGC at KG Basin Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Editor's Notes Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Breaththrough in malaria control The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Roaring Ro-Ro facility The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ The Swadeshi Trump TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Parliament in paralysis... EEC at the National Media Centre IAS invades NDDB... Don’t seem to feel the pulse… A glass full of corruption Airlines in India: cost and space Adharma of opposition politics B H Kothari - a tribute Things happen by accident and not by design... GM Technology at last! Wise Presidents Valli, they are more marginalised Mu Sigma – is no more Protest masters... New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Medical costs hit the roof... Recognition to role of NBFCs.... 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The balancing act Delhi is distant… Towards speedy justice Pharma – overdose of copying The Jan Dhan bonanza A more liberated TN… The rise and fall of Annamalai University Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Delhi Chalo... Why this malaise in medical education? Music happens Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Welcome GST Modi and the lady Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research GNS - 100: our first subscriber Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Secularism and anti-Hinduism Quality silica from Neyveli Welcome focus on core competence Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Telangana in top gear… Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways IPL type auction for VCs?
 
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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