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

After its impressive performance in the assembly elections at Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and J&K, the BJP is focusing its efforts in the capital. Elections to the 70-seat assembly of Delhi state has been scheduled for 07 February. It’s a do or die battle for Arvind Kejriwal who captured power in a very short time of entering politics. He belied the great expectations he raised by resigning after 49 days of assuming charge as chief minister. His Aam Aadmi Party received a severe drubbing in the elections to the Lok Sabha and several of the leaders he assembled moved out disillusioned with his style of functioning.

BJP captured all the seats of Delhi in the Lok Sabha elections. It is keen for a repeat performance that would help assume charge of the Delhi government. The Modi-Amit Shah team has roped in Kiran Bedi who worked with Arvind Kejriwal in Anna Hazare’s Lok Pal agitation. Kiran Bedi has strong similarities with Kejriwal: experience as a popular civil servant, street smart articulation and keen involvement in public affairs. What appeared a weak match for Kejriwal seems to have been set right by Kiran Bedi joining the BJP and contesting in Delhi. Another close ex-associate of the AAP leader, Shazia Ilmi, has also joined BJP considerably strengthening the party’s public face and increasing prospect for winning minority votes. The Modi-Shah magic appears considerably fortified by these enrolments. Capturing Delhi will be of special value to the  BJP.

The 15 years of rule under Sheila Dixit saw Delhi undergoing spectacular transformation. Traditionally Delhi has been provided a large share of Central funds for infrastructure development. Today, Delhi has a modern airport, a road system with the largest number of bridges, subways, widest lanes and a swanky metro rail that has very considerably eased movement. The articulate and sophisticated Sheila Dixit a familiar face of Delhi, unfortunately was pulled down by a series of corruption scandals of UPA II. Despite the anti-incumbency disadvantage, Dixit’s contribution to Delhi’s development cannot be easily forgotten.

 

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