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Computation of GDP – conundrums continue He saved millions from starvation... CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Why land prices zoom in TN? L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Recognition to role of NBFCs.... The balancing act Welcome GST Airlines in India: cost and space Funding the un-funded Making ‘my Amaravati’... Breaththrough in malaria control Streamlining mandatory third party cover Russi Mody – a tribute A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai More heat than light Tatas moving out of urea production... CII projects higher growth… Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Tatas moving out of urea production... Fuel for thought Road development slows down TGS- The king storyteller Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna When the President was rendered homeless… A proud Madrasi A professional at the helm of IRDA... 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Chennai devastated When Ratan Tata visited SRM More Shakthi to Das’ elbow The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Shanti and Sadhana through Music Gas is the way forward The rise and rise of KCP The Swadeshi Trump Sweet news for TN sugar mills Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara He continues the focus on social amelioration More tributes to GR Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Modi storms Silicon Valley Mersal magnified Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Wise Presidents When online building permits work…. Strengthen the base... 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Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna

IE HAS been expressing concern over the government and society failing to honour citizens outside politics, films, medicine, literature, music and other arts, for their outstanding contribution.

Particularly disappointing was the arbitrary manner of selection for the ‘Padma’ awards announced on the eve of the Republic Day and the lack of selection of outstanding technocrats and bureaucrats. I cited the instance of A Ramakrishna (AR),  the Mr Builder, who made such outstanding contribution to infrastructure development for over four decades (see IE - January 2014 issue) and G Ramachandran, among the  tallest of civil servants who worked with several illustrious political leaders including Rajaji, Annadurai and Indira Gandhi with such distinction. I am happy over AR selected posthumously for the Padma Bhushan award (see IE - January 2014 issue).

 

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