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Cutting the nose to spite the face Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Auto components surge… Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Mu Sigma – is no more Building loyalty through the stomach He saved millions from starvation... Wanted: a second airport for Chennai PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Fortune 500 review Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Which side are you, Montek? More Shakti to resource mobilisation... For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Editor's Says Modi and the lady Secularism and anti-Hinduism Why land prices zoom in TN? Polls and promises The brown list of Venkitaramanan Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai He continues the focus on social amelioration Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Boy, can you beat these? The rise and fall of Annamalai University L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Vibrant Gujarat Editor's Notes L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Gay abandon in pricing When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Excel Generators provide the vital back-up A rich pool of talent not utilised…. The sea- saw battle continues... Shanti and Sadhana through Music New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Shipping woes of Chennai companies Revive development banks... An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Noble nonagenarians... Road development slows down Moily’s bold thrust Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Sri Lanka votes for change Return to king coal for urea... Kinetic Karnataka The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS TELANGANA at last…BUT Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Paytm karo... Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Roaring Ro-Ro facility A glass full of corruption EEC at the National Media Centre Telangana in top gear… Readers' Mail IAS invades NDDB... A welcome initiative by the judiciary Music happens The star of Spencers is no more Waning interest in public discussions… …and of a popular trade leader Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Align crops to agro climate endowments… Fortune for Indian Airlines Parliament in paralysis... Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Intellectual of rare qualities The Swadeshi Trump Where is Rajaji? TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Quality education through the PPP mode Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist EVM is tamper-proof Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks West Bengal: mindless malignancy Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Small units prefers to remain small... 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IPL - no surprise this scam Solar thermal shines… Streamlining mandatory third party cover Build close rapport with business leaders MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Fuel for thought Russi Mody – a tribute Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Adharma of opposition politics All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Shale gas and its shallow future Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Plummeting profits of PSBs TGS- The king storyteller Increasing non co-operation of state leaders A friendly business group Why this malaise in medical education? 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 few handicaps... Convulsions in The Hindu The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Come elections, come advertisements... More tributes to GR Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Tatas moving out of urea production... Tribute WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Make standards certification mandatory... Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Tribute – M V Murugappan Welcome focus on core competence For whom the bell tolls? Nuclear power at the nucleus PC’s preference for professionals How Air-India loses customs... A professional at the helm of IRDA... Pharma – overdose of copying Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel When Ratan Tata visited SRM The rise and rise of KCP Demise of a media baron... 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Delhi is distant When online building permits work…. A yen for wastage… Tribute – UCAL Selvan… ONGC at KG Basin When nations steal growth from one another… GM Technology at last! London, London Narayan Preserving for the future Tax agriculture Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Funding the un-funded Engineering seats go abegging The nuclear option Five star activism stalls development activity Marketing expert Balagopal is no more The balancing act A more liberated TN… A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing B H Kothari - a tribute Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! More heat than light Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Silver Years of Madras Musings When the President was rendered homeless… No Maha Koottani in TN... CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Discoms deserve better… Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Delhi Chalo... R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Maximising the micro pricing … Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Multi-faceted Venkat No engine for this car Banning booze... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Where a state respects its litterateurs… The Gulf aviation boom Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Modi storms Silicon Valley Valli, they are more marginalised This scant respect for Law Sweet news for TN sugar mills Wise Presidents Muffled voices for merit… Put expensive assets created to use... CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Cement prices continue to rise… The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Kudos to NDTV... The Jan Dhan bonanza Protest masters...
 
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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