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TIAM turns a full cycle MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Airlines in India: cost and space Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Which side are you, Montek? A glass full of corruption West Bengal: mindless malignancy TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Multi-faceted Venkat Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Return to king coal for urea... Solar thermal shines… Polls and promises When nations steal growth from one another… Russi Mody – a tribute Road development slows down Tax agriculture Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Another Indian music maestro at the UN Tribute London, London Narayan Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research TELANGANA at last…BUT Solar, solar everywhere … Kinetic Karnataka Mersal magnified The why of tax incentives For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model The star of Spencers is no more More heat than light TGS- The king storyteller Moily’s bold thrust Where a state respects its litterateurs… Modi storms Silicon Valley Wise Presidents Parliament in paralysis... The balancing act Welcome GST Build close rapport with business leaders CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal The power-full Hindujas Nuclear power at the nucleus A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Five star activism stalls development activity Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Funding the un-funded Pharma – overdose of copying Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Make standards certification mandatory... ONGC at KG Basin Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Editor's Notes An enemy’s enemy is a friend Streamlining mandatory third party cover F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Building loyalty through the stomach All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Haul over the coal Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Sri Lanka votes for change Delhi returns to BJP Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... The rise and rise of KCP CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Silver Years of Madras Musings A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Editor's Says Computation of GDP – conundrums continue R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Noble nonagenarians... He saved millions from starvation... CII projects higher growth… Modi and the lady Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Waning interest in public discussions… Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Maximising the micro pricing … Tribute – M V Murugappan GNS - 100: our first subscriber Readers' Mail Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Plummeting profits of PSBs Music happens For whom the bell tolls? Vibrant Gujarat Gas is the way forward Banning booze... IAS invades NDDB... More tributes to GR Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW This scant respect for Law Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Roaring Ro-Ro facility 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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Shale gas and its shallow future Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Fuel for thought L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Delhi is distant… The few handicaps... Sweeter prospects for sugar Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Tough task taking states together Secularism and anti-Hinduism Cement prices continue to rise… Tatas moving out of urea production... Tribute – UCAL Selvan… A think tank for Chennai Put expensive assets created to use... Delhi Chalo... Muffled voices for merit… Valli, they are more marginalised Rahman at CIC When Ratan Tata visited SRM Intellectual of rare qualities There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai PC’s preference for professionals EVM is tamper-proof Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Marketing expert Balagopal is no more B H Kothari - a tribute IPL type auction for VCs? Poor quality of university VCs
 
Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated

If December 2015 de-vastated Chennai with unprecedented rains and floods, this year the havoc was caused by cyclone Vardah. It crossed Chennai with wind speeds of over 100 kmph uprooting transmission and communication towers, electric power poles and badly damaged seve- ral thousand trees and plunged the metro in darkness and a communication shutdown. Electricity Minister P Thangamani listed the damage of electric poles, transmission tower and transformers that disrupted power supply to suburban Chennai. The metro had not witnessed such damage to its tree wealth in such magnitude. 

The civic administration should be complimented for its well-coordinated efforts to clear the roads of the massive volume of broken trees and to work towards restoring normalcy. The precaution in asking educational institutions to close and cutting out power supply saved precious lives. But for a week after the visit of Vardah, large sections of the metro, including the Guindy Industrial Estate, didn’t get power supply. Still Chennai bounced back to life. Minister Thangamani pointed to rushing electric polls from other parts of the state not affected by the cyclone and from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh which also provided the services of a couple of thousand skilled workers. Equal efficiency was seen in clearing roads of broken trees. Just imagine the task of thousands of tonnes of tree branches and commercially unusable logs and twigs that had to be moved out over long distances and these may take time to decompose. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam was busy visiting affected parts of the city offering solace and reliefs to affected people. One was reminded of K Kamaraj doing such work decades ago in times of natural calamity. 



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