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

The Annual Report of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) points to the newspaper business revenues impacted by demonetisation and GST. In line with the flat growth recorded by the economy, advertising revenues appeared stagnant. Acute competition from the electronic medium has been affecting revenues. 

The INS has been a society of, for and by large newspapers. Large print houses with multiple publications dominate the Society. The practice of the same group getting into the committee through different member newspapers has been a long INS tradition. 

Post-liberalisation there has been fewer restrictions on the media. The one grievance relates to the government continuing with the statutory wage fixation for newspaper employees. No other industry has wage boards! Print media has been singled out for this special treatment: TV, radio, internet are not covered by such a privileged status! Of course, newspapers are smarter: leaders like Sameer Jain and N Ram switched to term-contracts for employment. There are today editorial consultants galore!

There is much less load on INS which, like its major constituents, thrives on real estate. Its second expensive real estate property, now in Mumbai, is nearing completion. The space made available at huge cost is naturally affordable only by its most prosperous members.

Though INS membership comprises of a vast number of small and medium publications, these get little service except the promise of assured payment in 60 days from accredited agencies. Especially outstation small newspapers, get little service. 



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