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

After all, the Planning Commission, which he has been heading for nine years, has the mission to monitor progress. The Economic Survey points to over 700 projects involving an outlay of over Rs 750,000 crore getting struck at different levels. These include the Rs 50,000 crore Posco steel plant and the Ultra Mega Power Projects mooted as early as 2005. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is only too aware of the need to augment power generation capacity in quick time. The plan to provide electricity to all has been a mantra recited too often. Still the power sector is in a mess.

States like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, which were once power-full, suffer severe shortages. The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure set up to monitor major projects should have been in place years ago. It could have checked the negativism of Jairam Ramesh, Medha Patkar and Jayanthi Natarajan in time.




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