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