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Welcome GST Welcome focus on core competence EVM is tamper-proof Roaring Ro-Ro facility When online building permits work…. Sweeter prospects for sugar Where a state respects its litterateurs… L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… TGS- The king storyteller An inexplicable neglect Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Russi Mody – a tribute Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Parliament in paralysis... IAS invades NDDB... Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara EEC at the National Media Centre Lalu’s envy, India’s pride A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Tribute – M V Murugappan Things happen by accident and not by design... The sea- saw battle continues... A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Quality education through the PPP mode Delhi is distant… IPL type auction for VCs? 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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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