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