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