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