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

At the invitation of my friend Peter Spackman I attended the monthly meeting  of the British Business Group (BBG), an association of expatriate British business people.  John Pontin of Bristol, Founder of The Converging World (TCW), was the chief guest. In a short presentation the septuagenarian explained the objective of TCW, the charity founded by him to marry business and environment concerns. In a chat he pointed to the efforts of TCW to install wind turbines, generate revenues and employ these for charitable purposes.

Pontin raises the needed resources from socially conscious charity-minded individuals. He outlined the scheme of raising funds as loans with zero interest over short term, invest these in generating electricity through wind turbines and spend the revenues on social amelioration like tree planting, reducing carbon emissions, provision for livelihood opportunities, education... TCW has operations in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Wendy Stephenson, CEO, pointed to the work done by TCW at Bristol, UK, which received acclaim as the Green Capital of Europe for 2015.

At the initiative of the former British Deputy High Commissioner for Britain in Chennai Mike Nithavrianakis a core team of Mike Freeman, Sundeep Bedi and Christie Cherian founded BBG in 2011 with the aim to encourage trade as also  provide the environment for business networking.

 

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