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China invests in India Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Intellectual of rare qualities Building loyalty through the stomach The nuclear option PC’s preference for professionals Noble nonagenarians... Valli, they are more marginalised Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Tribute IPL - no surprise this scam The rise and rise of KCP Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Vibrant Gujarat Tatas moving out of urea production... When the President was rendered homeless… Rahman at CIC Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Demise of a media baron... Things happen by accident and not by design... Haul over the coal Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model IPL type auction for VCs? Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks CII projects higher growth… When nations steal growth from one another… L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Streamlining mandatory third party cover R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science The rise and fall of Annamalai University Making ‘my Amaravati’... West Bengal: mindless malignancy Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Gas is the way forward Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Banning booze... More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Why this malaise in medical education? Quality silica from Neyveli Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! The star of Spencers is no more Tax agriculture Where is Rajaji? 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Of course, Gujarat is vibrant TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Readers' Mail Modi storms Silicon Valley ONGC at KG Basin CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Delhi Chalo... Waning interest in public discussions… He continues the focus on social amelioration There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! The Swadeshi Trump Align crops to agro climate endowments… The Jan Dhan bonanza Build close rapport with business leaders Russi Mody – a tribute GM Technology at last! Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Return to king coal for urea... Road development slows down The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Sri Lanka votes for change Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW TGS- The king storyteller A glass full of corruption Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Gay abandon in pricing Secularism and anti-Hinduism Delhi is distant… Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Music happens Why land prices zoom in TN? Delhi returns to BJP Modi and the lady Welcome GST Another Indian music maestro at the UN For whom the bell tolls? Engineering seats go abegging GNS - 100: our first subscriber Editor's Says Five star activism stalls development activity A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Kulandai was a giant Roaring Ro-Ro facility Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Fuel for thought Small units prefers to remain small... Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Adharma of opposition politics Cement prices continue to rise… The why of tax incentives A welcome initiative by the judiciary Paytm karo... 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 Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more EVM is tamper-proof Nuclear power at the nucleus Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Mersal magnified The sea- saw battle continues... Should we change the official year? New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Funding the un-funded Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Solar, solar everywhere … A think tank for Chennai Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Towards speedy justice He saved millions from starvation... Permanent secretariat for TN GIM The balancing act Remembering Indira Sivasailam... More tributes to GR When Ratan Tata visited SRM Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Protest masters... Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Welcome focus on core competence Fortune for Indian Airlines A yen for wastage… TELANGANA at last…BUT …and of a popular trade leader Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL An inexplicable neglect Come elections, come advertisements... Muffled voices for merit… Where a state respects its litterateurs…
 
Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik

Many years ago, when the legendary Biju Patnaik was chief minister, in an interview that lasted nearly two hours, I asked: “Biju Babu, I travelled across the state over a month and found Orissa very well-endowed in terms of natural resources: coal, iron ore, bauxite, diamonds and plenty of water. How do you manage to keep it so poor?” This veteran political leader heartily laughed and pointed to efforts to accelerate growth.

His son, US-educated Navin Patnaik, a bachelor, has been among the most popular of the state’s leaders. His Biju Janatal Dal won 20 seats out of 21 in the recent Lok Sabha polls and 119 seats out of 144  in the assembly elections and has returned to power for the fourth time with a comfortable majority.

The BJD government has formulated a large number of mega projects.  Most notable among these are the steel plants of Posco and the Tatas. These have been suffering enormous delays on account of environmental clearances and opposition from the locals on land procurement issues. These have potential to create jobs in thousands apart from contributing to the revenues of the state. The Dhamra Port built by the Tatas and L&T, that could transform the hinterland of northern Odisha, is languishing. Close liaison with the Centre would certainly help. Patnaik can consider offering support from outside to the Modi government and work on coordinated development of this resource-rich state.

 

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