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R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Polls and promises Protest masters... Moily’s bold thrust Revving up the manufacturing sector Music happens No engine for this car TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... An inexplicable neglect Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Cutting the nose to spite the face Align crops to agro climate endowments… Kulandai was a giant EEC at the National Media Centre Shale gas and its shallow future A professional at the helm of IRDA... Mu Sigma – is no more CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Tax agriculture Quality silica from Neyveli PC’s preference for professionals TGS- The king storyteller The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more A rich pool of talent not utilised…. S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal TIAM turns a full cycle Rahman at CIC Tough task taking states together Noble nonagenarians... Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Where a state respects its litterateurs… Fortune for Indian Airlines Mersal magnified Engineering seats go abegging Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria He continues the focus on social amelioration Banning booze... Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Russi Mody – a tribute The why of tax incentives Wise Presidents When nations steal growth from one another… Gas is the way forward Recognition to role of NBFCs.... A yen for wastage… A friendly business group London, London Narayan Excel Generators provide the vital back-up For whom the bell tolls? Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Delhi returns to BJP Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? CII projects higher growth… The Jan Dhan bonanza Which side are you, Montek? The power-full Hindujas Paytm karo... Tatas moving out of urea production... CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? This scant respect for Law Kinetic Karnataka Where is Rajaji? Robber barons everywhere Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Why land prices zoom in TN? The Swadeshi Trump An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... A think tank for Chennai Modi storms Silicon Valley The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Return to king coal for urea... Why this malaise in medical education? West Bengal: mindless malignancy IAS invades NDDB... F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing GNS - 100: our first subscriber Convulsions in The Hindu Funding the un-funded Put expensive assets created to use... More Shakthi to Das’ elbow L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Pharma – overdose of copying Editor's Says Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health For whom the MIDS bell tolls? 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Multi-faceted Venkat Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Preserving for the future An enemy’s enemy is a friend Auto components surge… Towards speedy justice Welcome GST The star of Spencers is no more No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu When Ratan Tata visited SRM Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Tribute The rise and rise of KCP Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Delhi Chalo... When the President was rendered homeless… The balancing act A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! …and of a popular trade leader A welcome initiative by the judiciary Five star activism stalls development activity Tatas moving out of urea production... 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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 Things happen by accident and not by design... Poor quality of university VCs Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan The nuclear option ONGC at KG Basin CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Cement prices continue to rise… Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik The rise and fall of Annamalai University New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways A more liberated TN… When small is no larger beautiful.. He saved millions from starvation... No Maha Koottani in TN... Tribute – M V Murugappan A proud Madrasi Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Adharma of opposition politics All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Demise of a media baron... Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Streamlining mandatory third party cover Delhi is distant SoA @ 80 More heat than light A glass full of corruption Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Fortune 500 review Revive development banks... Sri Lanka votes for change L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Small units prefers to remain small... Shipping woes of Chennai companies Parliament in paralysis... Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Kudos to NDTV... Solar thermal shines… Haul over the coal Should we change the official year? Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Making ‘my Amaravati’... Building loyalty through the stomach Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Nuclear power at the nucleus Medical costs hit the roof... PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist More tributes to GR
 
Come elections, come advertisements...

It is a constant tug of war between the Election Commission and the political parties on keeping track of the government expenditure made to promote the interests of a ruling party. T N Seshan and his successors at the Election Commission did bring about a measure of control over such expenditure. But this is enforceable only after the schedule for election is announced. Before this, ruling parties go on a splurge of expenditure, both covert and overt, at the cost of the government.

In recent weeks, one could witness a spurt in government advertisements in the national television and large newspapers. eg. the lavish Bharat Nirman splurge.

There are other ingenuous methods of publicity. Finance Minister P Chidambaram has at his command the large number of public sector banks. These vie with one another to open branches at his constituency of Sivaganga. I think this small town has emerged among the most banked but with little economic activity to justify either development of agriculture or industry in that arid district. Of course, there are bank chairmen like M Narendra of Indian Overseas Bank who come out with more novel ideas. The bank celebrated its founder’s day in the national capital at which the Finance Minister and the Minister of State Namo Narain Meena were important guests. Think that banks from State Bank to IOB could splurge money at a time when their third quarter results showed precipitous drops in net profits with their NPAs ballooning!

Minister of Shipping G K Vasan keeps himself in the limelight, courtesy ports and other institutions coming under his control. One should be surprised to come across the sudden spurt in activities of these staid ports at Chennai, Ennore and Tuticorin, the Indian Maritime University... not much known for any worthwhile advertising, coming out with one programme or other including unveiling of statues, inauguration of vessel traffic management system, indoor stadium.... In his tenure of around eight years, I have never noticed him so active! His term as the member of the Rajya Sabha ended last month.

The other Congress minister from the state Sudarsana Natchiappan, Minister of State of Commerce, has been listed as the chief guest at a number of functions organised recently. With the dominance of  the AIADMK, the absence of a strong alliance to take on the AIADMK and the  deep divisions in the Tamil Nadu Congress, the return of these ministers appears uncertain. Perhaps these efforts are last flickers of a flame before  getting burnt out.

 

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