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Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Poor quality of university VCs Tribute – M V Murugappan This scant respect for Law Delhi is distant Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Discoms deserve better… Shipping woes of Chennai companies Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Moily’s bold thrust Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Gas is the way forward IPL type auction for VCs? A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Medical costs hit the roof... …and of a popular trade leader Don’t seem to feel the pulse… More Shakthi to Das’ elbow The brown list of Venkitaramanan The rise and rise of KCP EEC at the National Media Centre Contrarian cousins The sea- saw battle continues... WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Return to king coal for urea... Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Shanti and Sadhana through Music Five star activism stalls development activity Modi storms Silicon Valley Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health How Air-India loses customs... An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Delhi is distant… London, London Narayan L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Revive development banks... Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami A welcome initiative by the judiciary Muffled voices for merit… Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Where is Rajaji? GM Technology at last! Welcome GST CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. No Maha Koottani in TN... 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Shale gas and its shallow future PC’s preference for professionals More heat than light Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Sweeter prospects for sugar Quality silica from Neyveli Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Permanent secretariat for TN GIM S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Build close rapport with business leaders Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Put expensive assets created to use... Protest masters... Tatas moving out of urea production... Rahman at CIC More tributes to GR Solar thermal shines… Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL B H Kothari - a tribute Editor's Notes Polls and promises A rich pool of talent not utilised…. The Gulf aviation boom Waning interest in public discussions… Streamlining mandatory third party cover Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Boy, can you beat these? A think tank for Chennai Revving up the manufacturing sector Small units prefers to remain small... CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? The power-full Hindujas Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research A proud Madrasi TGS- The king storyteller The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna EVM is tamper-proof Solar, solar everywhere … Funding the un-funded Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals A glass full of corruption Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Why land prices zoom in TN? For whom the bell tolls? Music happens West Bengal: mindless malignancy No engine for this car The few handicaps... The star of Spencers is no more Intellectual of rare qualities Auto components surge… Nuclear power at the nucleus The balancing act More Shakti to resource mobilisation... 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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 Fuel for thought New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Roaring Ro-Ro facility The rise and fall of Annamalai University Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Cement prices continue to rise… Towards speedy justice An inexplicable neglect
 
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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