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