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

Recently I visited the Yosemite National Park in California, USA. It was a sight to see miles upon miles of groves of Sequoia trees. These giant trees just dwarf even the largest pine trees that grow along with them! Extensive information on this displayed in simple terms all along the park mentions that these trees grow over to 160 ft, can live for over 2000 years and the trunk can reach over 25 ft thickness.  

The high Sierra range of mountains provide a very vast diversity of nature. One can travel hundreds of miles along granite mountains and spacious meadows. Over centuries, glaciers have shaped this landscape. John Muir, the naturalist, credited with exploring these grand bequeath of nature mentions about the valley: “everything is flowing, going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water.”

What struck me as most significant was the American society’s concern for preserving this precious heritage. As early as in 1864 President Lincoln signed a bill to preserve the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley. Thus was born the concern for setting up and preserving dozens of national parks across the country.

Sadly, such a concern is not visible in India. How careless we have been in losing precious forest wealth by mindless encroachments! Of spoiling our precious long coastline by reckless construction so close to the shore! As late as in the 1970s the Tamil Nadu government constructed tenements on the Santhome seashore which had turned an eyesore; miles upon miles of reckless construction in Tiruvanmiyur and further down south so close to the seashore!

 

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