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Convulsions in The Hindu How Air-India loses customs... GNS - 100: our first subscriber IAS invades NDDB... Plummeting profits of PSBs Fortune 500 review Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... When nations steal growth from one another… Maximising the micro pricing … TELANGANA at last…BUT Towards speedy justice Sweet news for TN sugar mills The sea- saw battle continues... Put expensive assets created to use... Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Silver Years of Madras Musings TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Another Indian music maestro at the UN Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Solar thermal shines… He continues the focus on social amelioration The Gulf aviation boom PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Modi and the lady Delhi Chalo... The rise and fall of Annamalai University EVM is tamper-proof A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Cement prices continue to rise… Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Sweeter prospects for sugar Secularism and anti-Hinduism Mersal magnified Boy, can you beat these? West Bengal: mindless malignancy CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Shipping woes of Chennai companies Fuel for thought Shale gas and its shallow future More Shakthi to Das’ elbow CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Russi Mody – a tribute Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Noble nonagenarians... The brown list of Venkitaramanan A welcome initiative by the judiciary This scant respect for Law Rahman at CIC Welcome focus on core competence Breaththrough in malaria control Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Where is Rajaji? Wise Presidents A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Marketing expert Balagopal is no more An enemy’s enemy is a friend Kudos to NDTV... Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital 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 Tax agriculture …and of a popular trade leader The star of Spencers is no more TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan IPL type auction for VCs? Polls and promises The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Lalu’s envy, India’s pride All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Tatas moving out of urea production... 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A professional at the helm of IRDA... More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Streamlining mandatory third party cover Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model A yen for wastage… Modi storms Silicon Valley A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Adharma of opposition politics Delhi is distant Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities For whom the bell tolls? Which side are you, Montek? For whom the MIDS bell tolls? When small is no larger beautiful.. Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ London, London Narayan Auto components surge… TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu No engine for this car Parliament in paralysis... An inexplicable neglect Poor quality of university VCs The balancing act Multi-faceted Venkat When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Telangana in top gear… Should we change the official year? Gay abandon in pricing Cutting the nose to spite the face Make standards certification mandatory... Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna More tributes to GR Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! The Swadeshi Trump Editor's Says Moily’s bold thrust Revive development banks... Why land prices zoom in TN? Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Airlines in India: cost and space Robber barons everywhere TIAM turns a full cycle When the President was rendered homeless… The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal No Maha Koottani in TN... Build close rapport with business leaders A glass full of corruption Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Delhi is distant… Valli, they are more marginalised Pharma – overdose of copying CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Music happens Road development slows down The why of tax incentives He saved millions from starvation... 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Sri Lanka votes for change Quality education through the PPP mode TGS- The king storyteller Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Align crops to agro climate endowments… A proud Madrasi Protest masters... GM Technology at last! F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing More heat than light Come elections, come advertisements... Readers' Mail Five star activism stalls development activity Intellectual of rare qualities Building loyalty through the stomach The few handicaps... Contrarian cousins Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt
 
Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna

IE HAS been expressing concern over the government and society failing to honour citizens outside politics, films, medicine, literature, music and other arts, for their outstanding contribution.

Particularly disappointing was the arbitrary manner of selection for the ‘Padma’ awards announced on the eve of the Republic Day and the lack of selection of outstanding technocrats and bureaucrats. I cited the instance of A Ramakrishna (AR),  the Mr Builder, who made such outstanding contribution to infrastructure development for over four decades (see IE - January 2014 issue) and G Ramachandran, among the  tallest of civil servants who worked with several illustrious political leaders including Rajaji, Annadurai and Indira Gandhi with such distinction. I am happy over AR selected posthumously for the Padma Bhushan award (see IE - January 2014 issue).

 

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