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

Chief Justice, Supreme Court, P Sathasivam deserves credit for the massive attempt to address the issue of the humongous backlog of pending cases. The mega Lok Adalat organized on 23 November saw 300 benches at the Supreme Court, high courts, district and taluk courts across the country handling cases. A record settlement of over 30 lakh cases was made on a single day with Tamil Nadu accounting for a staggering 13.7 lakh cases.

IE has been expressing concern over the massive piling up of cases that exceed 31 million pending before the courts. Lower courts account for over four-fifths of these and high courts around  eighth. A matter of concern is the piling up of cases before the high courts and the Supreme Court due to the ease of appeals. Adjournments are sought and given at the drop of a hat. The system and the manner of recording evidence and arguments is primitive. The listing of cases and management of these to specific time schedules are devoid of system. Even writ appeals suffer inordinate delays with adjournments common. While in the US, arguments on such cases are limited to 30 minutes each to the two sides, paving the way for quick disposals, in our courts, there is no such time limit.

Unlike in the US, the average tenure of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India is hardly a year. In the case of the current Chief Justice it is just around five months. In such a tenure what far-reaching changes can be made? The principal beneficiaries of the current system are the lawyers who seem to have a special interest in prolonging litigation.

 

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