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

Chief Justice, Supreme Court, P Sathasivam deserves credit for the massive attempt to address the issue of the humongous backlog of pending cases. The mega Lok Adalat organized on 23 November saw 300 benches at the Supreme Court, high courts, district and taluk courts across the country handling cases. A record settlement of over 30 lakh cases was made on a single day with Tamil Nadu accounting for a staggering 13.7 lakh cases.

IE has been expressing concern over the massive piling up of cases that exceed 31 million pending before the courts. Lower courts account for over four-fifths of these and high courts around  eighth. A matter of concern is the piling up of cases before the high courts and the Supreme Court due to the ease of appeals. Adjournments are sought and given at the drop of a hat. The system and the manner of recording evidence and arguments is primitive. The listing of cases and management of these to specific time schedules are devoid of system. Even writ appeals suffer inordinate delays with adjournments common. While in the US, arguments on such cases are limited to 30 minutes each to the two sides, paving the way for quick disposals, in our courts, there is no such time limit.

Unlike in the US, the average tenure of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India is hardly a year. In the case of the current Chief Justice it is just around five months. In such a tenure what far-reaching changes can be made? The principal beneficiaries of the current system are the lawyers who seem to have a special interest in prolonging litigation.

 

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