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Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Editor's Says Build close rapport with business leaders Delhi Chalo... Five star activism stalls development activity Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Muffled voices for merit… Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel When nations steal growth from one another… More Shakti to resource mobilisation... He continues the focus on social amelioration The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Wise Presidents Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Vibrant Gujarat Return to king coal for urea... Tribute – M V Murugappan Remembering Indira Sivasailam... The nuclear option A glass full of corruption Polls and promises Delhi returns to BJP The star of Spencers is no more TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Auto components surge… R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Delhi is distant… The Jan Dhan bonanza Noble nonagenarians... When Ratan Tata visited SRM Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Funding the un-funded Kinetic Karnataka Gay abandon in pricing PC’s preference for professionals Revving up the manufacturing sector A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Come elections, come advertisements... Strengthen the base... China invests in India TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School GNS - 100: our first subscriber Nuclear power at the nucleus Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Road development slows down For whom the MIDS bell tolls? The power-full Hindujas CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Contrarian cousins Editor's Notes A yen for wastage… Which side are you, Montek? SoA @ 80 Tatas moving out of urea production... The rise and fall of Annamalai University Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Make standards certification mandatory... The why of tax incentives Robber barons everywhere TIAM turns a full cycle IAS invades NDDB... Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Gas is the way forward Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL When the President was rendered homeless… Delhi is distant Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Waning interest in public discussions… B H Kothari - a tribute Mersal magnified Intellectual of rare qualities Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Music happens Shanti and Sadhana through Music IPL - no surprise this scam Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai How Air-India loses customs... Pharma – overdose of copying Demise of a media baron... 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Silver Years of Madras Musings The Swadeshi Trump Where a state respects its litterateurs… Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria CII projects higher growth… MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Making ‘my Amaravati’... Cutting the nose to spite the face
 
EEC at the National Media Centre

There was a break of two years in organizing the EEC. As one attending it for the longest time (from 1973), I have been appreciative of the opportunity it provided to interact with policymakers in Delhi and get updated on the performance of different sectors. Director General, PIB, Frank Noronha and his team revived it organising a series of regional EECs where a few economic ministers visited the regions and followed it up with a two-day conference in New Delhi. 

The setting was grand:  the EEC was organized at the sprawling National Media Centre with excellent facilities for hosting over 300. With the involvement of  his senior colleagues, Dr Ira Joshi, D S Mallik and others, the two-day conference provided for interactions with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, followed by sessions with Nitin Gadkari (Road Transport & Highways), Dharmendra Pradan (Petroleum & Natural Gas), Nirmala Sitharaman (Commerce & Industry), Venkaiah Naidu (Information & Broadcasting), Arvind Panagariya (NITI Aayog), Suresh Prabhu (Railways) and Ravishankar Prasad (IT) . The presentations and the clarifications provided a mid-term review of the performance of these different sectors. 

At the dinner hosted by Finance Minister, secretaries of the Ministry were present and provided clarifications. Jaitley spent over an hour freely interacting with the financial journalists. 

The highlight was the participation of around 80 economic journalists of which 50 were from states outside Delhi. A welcome feature was the invitation extended to small, specialised publications and regional media outfits.

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