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

F C Kohli headed with great distinction the Tata Electric Companies and subsequently TCS. He is considered the father of the Indian IT industry. He has made rich contributions to drafting the syllabus for our prestigious IITs. At 90, he still attends to work at TCS’ offices at the Air India Building and Bombay House!

IIT- Kharagpur is the latest to present an honorary doctorate to FCK. He already has six doctorates, Indian and foreign.  FC’s concerns extend from agriculture to energy, nuclear power to education to transportation et al. In a recent discussion, FC referred to the chaos in the urban transportation system. He pointed to public transportation in cities like New York and Singapore that have tackled the issue of the explosive growth in personal transport: “roads are meant for driving vehicles and not for parking these. In Mumbai we find road space taken increasingly for parking vehicles vastly hindering movement of vehicles and pedestrians.”

One can’t agree more. IE has been stressing of the need for mass transportation, especially railways. In a report to CMDA on the Madras 2011 project, I suggested construction of 100 km of surface rail lines and another 100 km of underground rail lines. I pointed to the lack of road space and the tough issues involved in acquisition of land for expanding surface transport. I also pointed to liberal funding available from bilateral and multilateral sources across the globe. Delhi, under the lead of E Sreedharan,  effectively did this by constructing in a short time 193.2 km of metro rail. States must help focus on such systems for the state capitals and principal cities.

In this context the recent problems encountered by the Rs 16,000 crore Hyderabad Metro Rail Project deserve immediate attention. The new Telengana government under K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) should help complete the process of land acquisition and help speed up the work. L&T which took up the work with great interest is encountering serious difficulties in regard to access to the land promised by the government and to suggestions for re-alignment. In such large projects, delays have severe impact on costs and would seriously upset original estimates of profitability. L&T has the reputation for efficient execution of large projects. The KCR government would do well to assist the company to complete the project in quick time. Surely, this mass transport would be a boon to the Hyderabadis.

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