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How Air-India loses customs... Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL SoA @ 80 When small is no larger beautiful.. Road development slows down Towards speedy justice The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Demise of a media baron... R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital The Gulf aviation boom A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Auto components surge… Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Five star activism stalls development activity When Ratan Tata visited SRM Multi-faceted Venkat Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ The sea- saw battle continues... B H Kothari - a tribute Discoms deserve better… TGS- The king storyteller EVM is tamper-proof Parliament in paralysis... Where is Rajaji? TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership No Maha Koottani in TN... Welcome focus on core competence Funding the un-funded Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks A rich pool of talent not utilised…. L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai A welcome initiative by the judiciary Cement prices continue to rise… …and of a popular trade leader WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Engineering seats go abegging Solar thermal shines… Airlines in India: cost and space Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Tribute – M V Murugappan The power-full Hindujas Delhi returns to BJP The Swadeshi Trump Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Remembering Indira Sivasailam... More Shakti to resource mobilisation... 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When nations steal growth from one another… Tatas moving out of urea production... London, London Narayan Things happen by accident and not by design... Why land prices zoom in TN? Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! He saved millions from starvation... Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik GM Technology at last! Paytm karo... S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal The few handicaps... Making ‘my Amaravati’... More heat than light Boy, can you beat these? Delhi is distant Preserving for the future Modi and the lady Convulsions in The Hindu CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Kudos to NDTV... When online building permits work…. Return to king coal for urea... Strengthen the base... Come elections, come advertisements... Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? A more liberated TN… More Shakthi to Das’ elbow PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals When the President was rendered homeless… Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Music happens Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Shipping woes of Chennai companies A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt A yen for wastage… West Bengal: mindless malignancy Moily’s bold thrust Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Editor's Notes Sri Lanka votes for change Align crops to agro climate endowments… He continues the focus on social amelioration Russi Mody – a tribute Modi storms Silicon Valley The nuclear option Put expensive assets created to use... Fuel for thought TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Contrarian cousins An enemy’s enemy is a friend New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Editor's Says PC’s preference for professionals Haul over the coal TIAM turns a full cycle A think tank for Chennai Vibrant Gujarat For whom the MIDS bell tolls? An inexplicable neglect Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara 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 IPL - no surprise this scam Fortune 500 review The star of Spencers is no more Sweeter prospects for sugar Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy ONGC at KG Basin Wise Presidents
 
Of course, Gujarat is vibrant

The Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Meet is the brainchild of Narendra Modi. As Chief Minister, he conceived of this meet as a biennial event to project the positive aspects of Gujarat as an investment destination. From 2003 the VGGIS has seen seven editions and each, much bigger, more vibrant and more productive than the previous one. IE produced a special issue on Gujarat and Chief Minister Modi released the same in VGGIS 2007.

    The VGGIS evoked admiration of over 40 business leaders, the who’s who of Indian business from Ratan Tata to Mukesh Ambani to Kumar Birla to Goutam Adani to Sasi Ruia, to Sunil Mittal, chairmen of banks, financial institutions, etc. The number of foreign delegations expanded with each. In fact, the state was so industry-friendly that business leaders openly expressed their confidence on Modi as the most capable prime ministerial material. They did this years ahead of others including the BJP!

The 2015 VGGIS Meet over-shadowed even the glittering previous ones: over 6000 delegates attended with around 2500 from abroad UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim,  US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay vied with one another in expressing their admiration for India and Modi. India and its vibrant future.

In a brief speech Reliance’s Mukesh Ambani mentioned investment of a whopping Rs 150,000 crore to be made in Gujarat in the next 12-18 months.  With K M Birla and Gautam Adani announcing fresh investments of over Rs 20,000 crore each, one was hearing of  sizes of investments not heard in other parts of India. The 45-minute speech of Modi was evocative, touching on national and international issues of concern. He pointed to a vibrant change taking place in the government. “Ease of doing business in India is a prime concern for you and for us. I assure you that we are working very seriously on this issue. We want to make them not only easier than earlier; not only easier than the rest; but we want to make them the easiest," he said.

"We are trying to complete the circle of economic reforms speedily. We are also keen to see that our policies are predictable. We are clear that our tax regime should be stable. In the last few months, we have taken several decisions in this direction," he said.

He assured that these were not just commitments and announcements but backed up by concrete action.

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