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