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

Chennai metro used to have detailed discussions in public on current and emerging issues. Renowned chartered accountant and Editor-Thuglak, S Gurumurthy, pointed to the Lakshmipuram Young Men’s Association and other bodies doing this regularly, presenting national leaders and to its interest waning in recent years.  

Delivering a lecture at the annual Shriram Lecture Series, SG spoke on the state of the economy. He pointed to Tamil Nadu staring at a financial bankruptcy: “the state has become a melting pot. With heavy subsidy burden and high fiscal and revenue deficits, its fiscal position remains vulnerable. We need an alternate leadership culture,”he said.

M Murali Managing Director, Shriram Properties, has been organising this lecture series. With the assets his company handled of around Rs 35,000 crore, he was keen to get the views of the speaker on the realty sector. Gurumurthy pointed to the unsustainability of very high land prices caused by reckless expansion of liquidity through mindless printing of currency notes. He cautioned that it will take time to bring about the needed correction.  

IE has been organising special lectures addressed by specialists as part of its efforts to expand awareness on economic issues. Experts presented include R Venkataraman, C Subramaniam Verghese Kurien, G V Ramakrishna, Dr Manmohan Singh, M S Ahluwalia, Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, MTNL’s S Rajagopalan… Through IE Forum Beyond Books such lectures were also organised in several colleges. But costs have soared. Including the dinner, the recent lecture would have cost Shriram a few lakh rupees. LMYA or Chitra S Narayanaswamy’s Gokhale Institute lectures didn’t cost much. Even today, chartered accountant G Narayanaswamy has been presenting weekly lectures on diverse subjects under the auspices of the Rajaji Centre for Public Affairs, the Triplicane Cultural Academy...  There is,  need for more corporates sponsoring such lectures of public interest.



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