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

In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Jan Dhan Yojana designed to bring an additional 7.50 crore people under banking services, mostly of rural population. A time limit of one year was set to achieve this. But the excellent work put in brought nearly 7.73 crore even by 19 November. Banks have been asked to open an additional 3.75 crore accounts before 26 January 2015 as 33 districts had less than 50 per cent coverage.

An additional, not quite anticipated, outcome of such large numbers opening bank accounts without minimum deposits, was the accretion to deposits by around Rs 6092 crore!  Obviously this quantum of money had been kept by the new breed of depositors in rice pots, kitchenware or under the pillows!  In the various efforts on rural development the Jan Dhan Yojana seems to be among the best.

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