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Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL EVM is tamper-proof Breaththrough in malaria control Make standards certification mandatory... How Air-India loses customs... Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School He saved millions from starvation... Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Intellectual of rare qualities Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Waning interest in public discussions… The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Tatas moving out of urea production... Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Valli, they are more marginalised R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Modi and the lady There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Kinetic Karnataka A glass full of corruption TIAM turns a full cycle The Swadeshi Trump ONGC at KG Basin Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Poor quality of university VCs Marketing expert Balagopal is no more A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Discoms deserve better… Pharma – overdose of copying London, London Narayan Sweet news for TN sugar mills Engineering seats go abegging Convulsions in The Hindu Boy, can you beat these? For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Parliament in paralysis... Delhi Chalo... Medical costs hit the roof... Welcome focus on core competence Vibrant Gujarat Another Indian music maestro at the UN S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Gay abandon in pricing Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy SoA @ 80 Solar thermal shines… Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Sweeter prospects for sugar When small is no larger beautiful.. A think tank for Chennai Where a state respects its litterateurs… Road development slows down Maximising the micro pricing … …and of a popular trade leader Quality education through the PPP mode Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Solar, solar everywhere … Build close rapport with business leaders Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Banning booze... Shale gas and its shallow future Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! A more liberated TN… Welcome GST The brown list of Venkitaramanan A yen for wastage… The rise and rise of KCP Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Cutting the nose to spite the face Gas is the way forward Things happen by accident and not by design... Strengthen the base... All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Delhi returns to BJP Fortune 500 review MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Delhi is distant The Jan Dhan bonanza Mersal magnified TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Return to king coal for urea... Readers' Mail Fortune for Indian Airlines Rahman at CIC The balancing act Why land prices zoom in TN? Mu Sigma – is no more Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Cement prices continue to rise… Tax agriculture TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership The star of Spencers is no more More Shakti to resource mobilisation... CII projects higher growth… Five star activism stalls development activity Modi storms Silicon Valley More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Telangana in top gear… Delhi is distant… Making ‘my Amaravati’... Airlines in India: cost and space Towards speedy justice Tribute – M V Murugappan Moily’s bold thrust When nations steal growth from one another… Building loyalty through the stomach Why this malaise in medical education? A friendly business group The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Kulandai was a giant Polls and promises Music happens Adharma of opposition politics Demise of a media baron... Excel Generators provide the vital back-up More tributes to GR Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Nuclear power at the nucleus No Maha Koottani in TN... Tough task taking states together Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals No engine for this car Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... IPL type auction for VCs? Silver Years of Madras Musings Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Shanti and Sadhana through Music Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. The sea- saw battle continues... Put expensive assets created to use... Haul over the coal China invests in India CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Noble nonagenarians... Muffled voices for merit… Editor's Notes The Gulf aviation boom Tatas moving out of urea production... A welcome initiative by the judiciary IPL - no surprise this scam IAS invades NDDB... The power-full Hindujas Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Revving up the manufacturing sector Quality silica from Neyveli Fuel for thought Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan When Ratan Tata visited SRM Robber barons everywhere More heat than light A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Secularism and anti-Hinduism Plummeting profits of PSBs When online building permits work…. Paytm karo... An inexplicable neglect When the President was rendered homeless… Come elections, come advertisements... Should we change the official year? Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Preserving for the future Streamlining mandatory third party cover The few handicaps... Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Roaring Ro-Ro facility Where is Rajaji? 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 Wise Presidents A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… He continues the focus on social amelioration Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami The why of tax incentives B H Kothari - a tribute S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… TGS- The king storyteller Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Contrarian cousins West Bengal: mindless malignancy Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Russi Mody – a tribute Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria PC’s preference for professionals GNS - 100: our first subscriber Small units prefers to remain small... For whom the bell tolls? CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Funding the un-funded The nuclear option Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Revive development banks... The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Recognition to role of NBFCs.... New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… TELANGANA at last…BUT Kudos to NDTV... A professional at the helm of IRDA... GM Technology at last! Sri Lanka votes for change Which side are you, Montek? The rise and fall of Annamalai University Multi-faceted Venkat Protest masters... Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt EEC at the National Media Centre Tribute Align crops to agro climate endowments… No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Editor's Says Auto components surge… This scant respect for Law A proud Madrasi Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Shipping woes of Chennai companies An enemy’s enemy is a friend
 
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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