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