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

Prannoy Roy and his illustrious team of TV journalists at NDTV deserve kudos for their social concerns and deep involvement in social amelioration. Every year Roy and his prized lieutenant, Vikram Chandra, devote time, energies and resources on a topical, emerging issue. For a few years they ran a spirited campaign for providing solar power to hundreds of villages spread across the country, getting wide support from business and political leaders, policymakers, film personalities and other socially conscious citizens.

One may also remember the brilliant series on coastal degradation, by NDTVs Sarah Jacob providing great visual images in arduous trip around the peninsula.

This January the topic taken by NDTV was on Clean India. For 12 continuous hours from 9 a.m under the lead of Amitabh Bachchan and Vikram Chandra, the NDTV team worked on enlisting shram dhan for this cause of Swach Bharat. The result was indeed great: 1.16 crore manhours were pledged for this great cause!

One of the issues related to the involvement of local public in cleaning 49 railway stations. What a facelift these spirited public men and women could give to the crowded Vikhroli station in Mumbai (it handles 3 lakh commuters a day!). What a change to the dingy and dirt-laden station by the dedicated work of around 500 attending to cleaning and decorating the station with lovely paintings!

With its multitude of television companies and prosperous media houses, I wish Chennai metro also rouses the interest of its spirited citizens and corporates to take up such issues of great need.

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