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