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