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

Gujarat offers the most exemplary example of port development. In the 1990s, Gujarat had just one major port at Kandla. It set up 41 ports on the C-shaped coastline with considerable forethought and effort. The state government encouraged private parties to set up a slew of ports. Some of them channel more traffic than even those designated as major ports! The cargo handled, for instance, by Reliance Jamnagar Port of around 120 million tonnes, beats the total Cargo handled by the three major ports of Tamil Nadu at Chennai, Ennore and Tuticorin hands down!

More such state-of-the-art ventures are coming up. The latest being the inauguration of the world-class roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) ferry service through Sea of Khambhat connecting Gogha in Bhavnagar district with Dahej in Baruch district. This facility offers notable savings in both time and costs. Presently, it takes 8-hours by road to cover the two towns. The new facility cracks it in just about an hour! More importantly, this Rs 650 crore ferry service project can carry 70 trucks, 100 four-wheelers and 500 passengers!


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