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Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Align crops to agro climate endowments… Tax agriculture Demise of a media baron... S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Which side are you, Montek? Polls and promises The Swadeshi Trump The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Sweeter prospects for sugar Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Tough task taking states together GNS - 100: our first subscriber PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Medical costs hit the roof... Towards speedy justice An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... 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A friendly business group When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Cutting the nose to spite the face B H Kothari - a tribute Robber barons everywhere Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai The power-full Hindujas Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Music happens Vibrant Gujarat The brown list of Venkitaramanan TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Delhi returns to BJP S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist 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 Delhi Chalo... The balancing act Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Road development slows down Cement prices continue to rise… Kinetic Karnataka Plummeting profits of PSBs A yen for wastage… Fuel for thought Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated An enemy’s enemy is a friend GM Technology at last! MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu The nuclear option Delhi is distant… Things happen by accident and not by design... Silver Years of Madras Musings Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Engineering seats go abegging Adharma of opposition politics Making ‘my Amaravati’... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Editor's Notes Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Fortune 500 review Contrarian cousins Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? The rise and fall of Annamalai University Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Shanti and Sadhana through Music SoA @ 80 Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Modi storms Silicon Valley Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel IPL - no surprise this scam Delhi is distant Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Poor quality of university VCs Revving up the manufacturing sector CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Excel Generators provide the vital back-up EEC at the National Media Centre Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW A professional at the helm of IRDA... IAS invades NDDB... Russi Mody – a tribute Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... When online building permits work…. Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... London, London Narayan Secularism and anti-Hinduism ONGC at KG Basin Auto components surge… TIAM turns a full cycle Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Convulsions in The Hindu IPL type auction for VCs? Nuclear power at the nucleus No engine for this car Build close rapport with business leaders Why this malaise in medical education? Telangana in top gear… When the President was rendered homeless… The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Make standards certification mandatory... More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Modi and the lady Tatas moving out of urea production... Noble nonagenarians... Moily’s bold thrust The why of tax incentives
 
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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