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An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Discoms deserve better… Things happen by accident and not by design... Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Tough task taking states together An enemy’s enemy is a friend Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked When Ratan Tata visited SRM Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Cutting the nose to spite the face A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science London, London Narayan When online building permits work…. The why of tax incentives Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Roaring Ro-Ro facility Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities No Maha Koottani in TN... The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more The balancing act Mersal magnified Rahman at CIC CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Put expensive assets created to use... PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. 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The star of Spencers is no more

For over a decade Pradipta K Mohapatra was a star speaker at CII and other platforms on retail business. To him should go the credit of setting up India’s first retail supermarket chain, Spencer’s Food World, followed by Music World and Health & Glow. Joining RPG’s Spencer & Co, he was put in-charge of expanding activities that ranged from retail to hotels to telecom in the south.

Pradipta also took keen interest in business management education and training. He was a much sought-after CEO coach. He was the co-founder of the Chennai Business School, as also the Coaching Foundation India. This multifaceted engineer and a management expert worked for L&T and Dunlop and was a Director of  the RPG group. Gregarious and articulate, Pradipta was the past chairman of CII, Southern Region and contributed richly to the social, cultural and educational development of Chennai metro.


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