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Marketing expert Balagopal is no more F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities 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 Pharma – overdose of copying Cutting the nose to spite the face Small units prefers to remain small... TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Music happens Airlines in India: cost and space Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Mersal magnified Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Multi-faceted Venkat Noble nonagenarians... Engineering seats go abegging Put expensive assets created to use... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi How Air-India loses customs... IPL - no surprise this scam Fortune for Indian Airlines Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? China invests in India Wise Presidents Come elections, come advertisements... SoA @ 80 Quality silica from Neyveli Tough task taking states together Poor quality of university VCs Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Muffled voices for merit… Discoms deserve better… London, London Narayan Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! The nuclear option Funding the un-funded A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science More tributes to GR Gay abandon in pricing S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Banning booze... Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health When the President was rendered homeless… Intellectual of rare qualities WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Modi and the lady Russi Mody – a tribute Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks He saved millions from starvation... Shipping woes of Chennai companies Delhi Chalo... Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Another Indian music maestro at the UN R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Streamlining mandatory third party cover Boy, can you beat these? 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Vibrant Gujarat Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Towards speedy justice Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Nuclear power at the nucleus Welcome focus on core competence Make standards certification mandatory... Convulsions in The Hindu Solar, solar everywhere … CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Tatas moving out of urea production... Mu Sigma – is no more Solar thermal shines… This scant respect for Law Why land prices zoom in TN? When small is no larger beautiful.. Sweet news for TN sugar mills Cement prices continue to rise… Revive development banks... The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. An inexplicable neglect Kudos to NDTV... Making ‘my Amaravati’... Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Telangana in top gear… When Ratan Tata visited SRM L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Build close rapport with business leaders A professional at the helm of IRDA... Return to king coal for urea... Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Roaring Ro-Ro facility Why this malaise in medical education? The power-full Hindujas Quality education through the PPP mode The rise and fall of Annamalai University GM Technology at last! Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Things happen by accident and not by design... The few handicaps... The balancing act GNS - 100: our first subscriber MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Fuel for thought IAS invades NDDB... Shanti and Sadhana through Music Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Recognition to role of NBFCs.... IPL type auction for VCs? An enemy’s enemy is a friend Strengthen the base... Polls and promises Align crops to agro climate endowments… Contrarian cousins TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Sweeter prospects for sugar The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Tatas moving out of urea production... Waning interest in public discussions… Tax agriculture Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt CII projects higher growth… Rahman at CIC Demise of a media baron... Parliament in paralysis... EEC at the National Media Centre TGS- The king storyteller More Shakthi to Das’ elbow The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Moily’s bold thrust Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… West Bengal: mindless malignancy Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan ONGC at KG Basin Maximising the micro pricing … Editor's Notes Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna The why of tax incentives Protest masters... Auto components surge… The sea- saw battle continues... Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel No Maha Koottani in TN... Delhi returns to BJP A friendly business group The Swadeshi Trump TIAM turns a full cycle Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Breaththrough in malaria control
 
Delhi Chalo...

After its impressive performance in the assembly elections at Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and J&K, the BJP is focusing its efforts in the capital. Elections to the 70-seat assembly of Delhi state has been scheduled for 07 February. It’s a do or die battle for Arvind Kejriwal who captured power in a very short time of entering politics. He belied the great expectations he raised by resigning after 49 days of assuming charge as chief minister. His Aam Aadmi Party received a severe drubbing in the elections to the Lok Sabha and several of the leaders he assembled moved out disillusioned with his style of functioning.

BJP captured all the seats of Delhi in the Lok Sabha elections. It is keen for a repeat performance that would help assume charge of the Delhi government. The Modi-Amit Shah team has roped in Kiran Bedi who worked with Arvind Kejriwal in Anna Hazare’s Lok Pal agitation. Kiran Bedi has strong similarities with Kejriwal: experience as a popular civil servant, street smart articulation and keen involvement in public affairs. What appeared a weak match for Kejriwal seems to have been set right by Kiran Bedi joining the BJP and contesting in Delhi. Another close ex-associate of the AAP leader, Shazia Ilmi, has also joined BJP considerably strengthening the party’s public face and increasing prospect for winning minority votes. The Modi-Shah magic appears considerably fortified by these enrolments. Capturing Delhi will be of special value to the  BJP.

The 15 years of rule under Sheila Dixit saw Delhi undergoing spectacular transformation. Traditionally Delhi has been provided a large share of Central funds for infrastructure development. Today, Delhi has a modern airport, a road system with the largest number of bridges, subways, widest lanes and a swanky metro rail that has very considerably eased movement. The articulate and sophisticated Sheila Dixit a familiar face of Delhi, unfortunately was pulled down by a series of corruption scandals of UPA II. Despite the anti-incumbency disadvantage, Dixit’s contribution to Delhi’s development cannot be easily forgotten.

 

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