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

For over a decade Pradipta K Mohapatra was a star speaker at CII and other platforms on retail business. To him should go the credit of setting up India’s first retail supermarket chain, Spencer’s Food World, followed by Music World and Health & Glow. Joining RPG’s Spencer & Co, he was put in-charge of expanding activities that ranged from retail to hotels to telecom in the south.

Pradipta also took keen interest in business management education and training. He was a much sought-after CEO coach. He was the co-founder of the Chennai Business School, as also the Coaching Foundation India. This multifaceted engineer and a management expert worked for L&T and Dunlop and was a Director of  the RPG group. Gregarious and articulate, Pradipta was the past chairman of CII, Southern Region and contributed richly to the social, cultural and educational development of Chennai metro.


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