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Shale gas and its shallow future When nations steal growth from one another… Tribute – M V Murugappan More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Should we change the official year? Kulandai was a giant IAS invades NDDB... B H Kothari - a tribute Which side are you, Montek? Put expensive assets created to use... Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Making ‘my Amaravati’... Noble nonagenarians... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Discoms deserve better… Come elections, come advertisements... Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami A proud Madrasi Readers' Mail Plummeting profits of PSBs Delhi returns to BJP The Jan Dhan bonanza Gas is the way forward Airlines in India: cost and space Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel For whom the bell tolls? 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New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt A professional at the helm of IRDA... When the President was rendered homeless… Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V TIAM turns a full cycle Why land prices zoom in TN? Adharma of opposition politics Paytm karo... The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu 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. 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Marketing expert Balagopal is no more

For several decades, T A S Balagopal worked for Tata Motors and later Tata Exports. He helped the country expand its export of engineering goods. The presence of Tata Motors in several countries in the neighbourhood and Africa helped expand the export market for Tatas’ commercial vehicles. Later, Balagopal as senior executive in Tata Exports, expanded the export range of Tata products from beverages to chemicals, electronics, leather, toiletries... He headed with distinction the Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) and extended his expertise to a large number of exporters and also offered his counsel for policymakers.

Balagopal helped implement the Padmanabhan Committee recommendation on including export credit under the priority sector lending (nationalised banks allocate 40 per cent of their lending to this sector). Balagopal kept abreast of developments on the trade front and wrote for IE on expanding trade. In his demise, the country has lost an ardent champion of India’s foreign trade.

 

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