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