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