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

Recently I visited the Yosemite National Park in California, USA. It was a sight to see miles upon miles of groves of Sequoia trees. These giant trees just dwarf even the largest pine trees that grow along with them! Extensive information on this displayed in simple terms all along the park mentions that these trees grow over to 160 ft, can live for over 2000 years and the trunk can reach over 25 ft thickness.  

The high Sierra range of mountains provide a very vast diversity of nature. One can travel hundreds of miles along granite mountains and spacious meadows. Over centuries, glaciers have shaped this landscape. John Muir, the naturalist, credited with exploring these grand bequeath of nature mentions about the valley: “everything is flowing, going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water.”

What struck me as most significant was the American society’s concern for preserving this precious heritage. As early as in 1864 President Lincoln signed a bill to preserve the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley. Thus was born the concern for setting up and preserving dozens of national parks across the country.

Sadly, such a concern is not visible in India. How careless we have been in losing precious forest wealth by mindless encroachments! Of spoiling our precious long coastline by reckless construction so close to the shore! As late as in the 1970s the Tamil Nadu government constructed tenements on the Santhome seashore which had turned an eyesore; miles upon miles of reckless construction in Tiruvanmiyur and further down south so close to the seashore!

 

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