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