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Tamil Nadu

Grim Outlook For Tamil Nadu

As the State government is set to unveil its first Budget under a GST regime, experts anticipate sharp declines in income and growth with impending drought adding to woes It has been at least four years of misery for the Tamil Nadu economy and experts feel that this situation is likely to continue into the next couple of years. A state that was once topping the charts in all indicators, especially growth rate and investments, has been sliding unstoppably for the past few years, with no stem in sight for the fall. A number of factors are compounding the misery of Tamil Nadu’s economy and its people, forcing a domino effect on jobs, incomes and livelihoods of the seven crore population of the southern state. Budget 2018, to be unveiled on March 15, will showcase this in a subtle way.…

The Lede Ground Report: As Politicians Holler Caste, Villupuram Faces A Serial Rapist On The Loose

The home where the brutal attack on Meenamma, Latha and Prakash took place The village of Vellamputthur in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district is more afraid of caste tensions being ignited than the fact that an unknown serial rapist roams free At the eastern fringe of Vellamputthur village, dotted by mesquite bushes, a small green house sits, forlorn.…

DMK Readies For A Revamp But Will It Work?

With some district secretaries set to lose their posts and an organisational rejig on the cards, the DMK is readying for elections but implementation could spell trouble   At least six to eight district secretaries of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the key opposition party in Tamil Nadu, are all set to bite the dust. Working President MK Stalin is readying to set an example by giving marching orders to those district leaders of the party who have either not performed or have behaved as local chieftains.…

The Invisible Women Of Vellore

Off the books and without benefits - a peek into the lives of homeworkers in the leather industry of Tamil Nadu Setting down her needle and thread on the floor with her swollen fingers, 21-year-old Savitha Sagayam, of Mettupalayam village in Vellore has just begun her work for the day after sending her children to school.   MR Rajendran, a well-built man in a pink shirt, carries a large black bag on his shoulder, dropping it near the petite Savitha.…