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Building loyalty through the stomach L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel A glass full of corruption Maximising the micro pricing … The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu When nations steal growth from one another… Airlines in India: cost and space Poor quality of university VCs Streamlining mandatory third party cover Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Build close rapport with business leaders Sri Lanka votes for change Adharma of opposition politics Making ‘my Amaravati’... Recognition to role of NBFCs.... The nuclear option Mu Sigma – is no more Convulsions in The Hindu Another Indian music maestro at the UN Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? 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Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria How Air-India loses customs... Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Which side are you, Montek? Funding the un-funded Moily’s bold thrust TIAM turns a full cycle Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Music happens Kulandai was a giant Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Wise Presidents Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Tatas moving out of urea production... Towards speedy justice Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Boy, can you beat these? Demise of a media baron... Polls and promises Fortune 500 review Tough task taking states together Noble nonagenarians... Shipping woes of Chennai companies London, London Narayan Parliament in paralysis... TELANGANA at last…BUT Where a state respects its litterateurs… Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Where is Rajaji? Sweet news for TN sugar mills F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing A proud Madrasi Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna The Gulf aviation boom When online building permits work…. A more liberated TN… Intellectual of rare qualities …and of a popular trade leader Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Readers' Mail SoA @ 80 Things happen by accident and not by design... ONGC at KG Basin CII projects higher growth… Breaththrough in malaria control Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Excel Generators provide the vital back-up He saved millions from starvation... Waning interest in public discussions… The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Fuel for thought Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Tribute – M V Murugappan Robber barons everywhere Mersal magnified Protest masters... 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More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Revving up the manufacturing sector Tribute An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Make standards certification mandatory... A yen for wastage… No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals GM Technology at last! Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Quality education through the PPP mode Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform China invests in India Kudos to NDTV... The few handicaps... Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Engineering seats go abegging
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EXCERPTS FROM the speech of Planning Commission Deputy Chairman, M S Ahluwalia( MSA) at the Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry is published elsewhere in this issue. I was dumbstruck by Ahluwalia so eloquently articulating the problems afflicting the economy as someone from an opposition party. I wonder whether MSA could so facilely disown responsibility.

After all, the Planning Commission, which he has been heading for nine years, has the mission to monitor progress. The Economic Survey points to over 700 projects involving an outlay of over Rs 750,000 crore getting struck at different levels. These include the Rs 50,000 crore Posco steel plant and the Ultra Mega Power Projects mooted as early as 2005. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is only too aware of the need to augment power generation capacity in quick time. The plan to provide electricity to all has been a mantra recited too often. Still the power sector is in a mess.

States like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, which were once power-full, suffer severe shortages. The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure set up to monitor major projects should have been in place years ago. It could have checked the negativism of Jairam Ramesh, Medha Patkar and Jayanthi Natarajan in time.

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