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

There have been several references to my review of the Memoir by the renowned civil servant G Ramachandran (How adroitly GR walked with giants, IE Dec 2013). I met GR on 18 November. He was on a wheel chair, rather weak and reminisced on some of his experiences. He battled against cancer and passed away on 22 November. It was providential that his family succeeded in prevailing upon him to dictate his memoirs. His elephantine memory and sharp intellect provided for one of the finest recordings of  nearly four decades of his walking with giants.  I received a call from the Prime Minister’s Personal Secretary I S Chaturvedi conveying the condolence of the PM who had worked along with GR for long. V Ramachandran, another illustrious civil servant of the Kerala cadre who succeeded GR at the PMO, has recalled GR as his mentor. Another close friend S Sethuraman, the renowned economic journalist who worked with PTI with distinction, recalled GR’s simplicity and vast knowledge on men and matters.

I again express my concern over the lack of suitable recognition by the state, the media and intelligentsia in general to the services of such outstanding men, outside politics, films, art and sports.

 

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