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

The Annual Report of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) points to the newspaper business revenues impacted by demonetisation and GST. In line with the flat growth recorded by the economy, advertising revenues appeared stagnant. Acute competition from the electronic medium has been affecting revenues. 

The INS has been a society of, for and by large newspapers. Large print houses with multiple publications dominate the Society. The practice of the same group getting into the committee through different member newspapers has been a long INS tradition. 

Post-liberalisation there has been fewer restrictions on the media. The one grievance relates to the government continuing with the statutory wage fixation for newspaper employees. No other industry has wage boards! Print media has been singled out for this special treatment: TV, radio, internet are not covered by such a privileged status! Of course, newspapers are smarter: leaders like Sameer Jain and N Ram switched to term-contracts for employment. There are today editorial consultants galore!

There is much less load on INS which, like its major constituents, thrives on real estate. Its second expensive real estate property, now in Mumbai, is nearing completion. The space made available at huge cost is naturally affordable only by its most prosperous members.

Though INS membership comprises of a vast number of small and medium publications, these get little service except the promise of assured payment in 60 days from accredited agencies. Especially outstation small newspapers, get little service. 



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