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