• Sat, Jun 24, 2017
  • Single window clearance must for building approval

    Updated: Jun, 24, 201710:33 AM

    Deemed approval is one regulation that the builders have been seeking for a while now.
    Single window clearance must for building approval
    It is indeed a bold move by the government and a news to be rejoiced by the real estate community in the state. Deemed approval is one regulation that the builders have been seeking for a while now. If the approvals are not cleared within the specified timeline of 30 days, the system must ensure that the authorities are answerable to the parties involved. However, in reality it is not the first time such a an announcement is made by the government, but none of this in the past had led to any positive outcome. There are several steps and initiatives to be taken by the government in this area. But what is truly lacking after the grand announcements, is the ‘follow-up process’. This is the first challenge which needs to be addressed, if not done then it will remain a grand announcement and nothing will happen in reality. Secondly, unlike in...
  • GST so good for common man GST so good for common man
    Updated: Jun, 22, 201712:24 PM

    The price of many items, ranging from cinema tickets to refined cooking oil, will benefit the common man, thanks to the Goods & Services Tax , set to come into effect from July 1.

  • Personality clashes do not bode well for cricket Personality clashes do not bode well for cricket
    Updated: Jun, 22, 201709:19 AM

    Yet another sordid drama unfolds in the troubled recent history of cricket in India as the old warhorse Anil Kumble hands in the towel as India coach, thanks to Virat Kohli’s vote of no-confidence in...

  • Start joint day care centres for senior citizens, pre-schoolers Start joint day care centres for senior citizens, pre-schoolers
    Updated: Jun, 20, 201709:43 AM

    Over 75 per cent of youth admitted that there was elder abuse. The reasons were many, but the most important among them was financial issues such as partition of assets.

  • The danger of horse-trading looms large The danger of horse-trading looms large
    Updated: Jun, 19, 201707:55 AM

    With change of loyalties and the mood for reunion dimming, there is every possibility of the opposition parties asking the present government headed by EPS to prove its majority again in August.

  • Why critical acclaim alone does not pay in Kollywood Why critical acclaim alone does not pay in Kollywood
    Updated: Jun, 16, 201710:03 AM

    The recent worrying trend in Tamil cinema is of films being critically acclaimed by media and critics, but audience reception not being noteworthy, thereby not fetching rightful revenue.

  • Sexual offences and the rule of law Sexual offences and the rule of law
    Updated: Jun, 15, 201712:29 PM

    Four-and-ahalf years after the brutal gang rape in Delhi, similar crimes against women are continuing unabated. A Salem teen was the latest victim. Swift prosecution and stringent punishment are the...

  • Graduates should develop skills in emerging areas Graduates should develop skills in emerging areas
    Updated: Jun, 15, 201709:06 AM

    A fabled story about President John F Kennedy’s visit to a NASA space centre runs like this: He saw a janitor carrying a broom. He walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded, “Mr...

  • During crises, there’s value in listening to voices During crises, there’s value in listening to voices
    Updated: Jun, 13, 201708:49 AM

    The Tamil Nadu political situation has become hot again. The OPS group has clearly indicated that they are not going to join with the EPS faction.

  • Bank charges viewed as unfair practices Bank charges viewed as unfair practices
    Updated: Jun, 12, 201708:40 AM

    Though an over reaction, late German poet and playwright (18981956) Bertlot Brecht, commented that it “is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.” Today’s bank charges...