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    ...Little would he have imagined that one of his modes of protests would become a trendsetter in the state. On August 1, 2015, he climbed atop a telecom tower near Kanyakumari to take his slogan to a higher level. The 59-year-old died due to cardiac arrest while still atop the tower. His death stirred the masses. While the government continued to sell liquor, his mode of protest got firmly etched in public psyche. Since then such protests have become quite regular, if not the order of the day. Not only the causes have been varied – from failure in love to liquor prohibition to safeguarding interests of farmers and fishermen – the form of protest has been seen across the state — from Ooty to Kovilpatti to Rameswaram. Earlier, the mode of protest was climbing atop water tanks though the instances were not that frequent. But, mobile telecom towers seem to be sought-after platforms now. ...

    TOI on Oct. 7, 2017, 8 p.m.

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    ...Against the backdrop of a power struggle, V Dhivaharan, brother of AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala and better known as ‘Boss’ in the delta region, spoke to D Govardan, amidst a steady stream of visiting partymen at his Sundarakottai residence near Mannargudi. He looked every bit a chieftain, operating quietly from behind the scenes. What is the agenda of the TTV Dhinakaran camp? TTV’s agenda is to run the party effectively. Those who are not co-operating are being removed and replaced with those who are keen to strengthen the party. Of late some individuals who had no significant support base were appointed as district secretaries and to other party posts. They looted and spent a part of that loot to mobilise crowds for the party’s public meetings. As a result, the party’s structure collapsed in many places. ...

    TOI on Sept. 1, 2017, 7 a.m.

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    ...This is a 28% increase over Q1 (January-March), 2017 and signals the continued growth for the segment, with sectors like IT/ITeS, BFSI and engineering and manufacturing driving office space leasing activity across Indian cities. It indicates increased employment opportunities for Indian engineers and other graduates. Interestingly, the share of US-based corporates in the quarterly transaction activity increased from 44% in Q1, 2017 to 50% in Q2, 2017, while the share of domestic corporates rose from 33% to 37% during the same period. “While there are concerns expressed on off-shoring and outsourcing at the macro-economic level involving the US, the concern is more on job creation, especially in the manufacturing sector. ...

    TOI on July 12, 2017, 7 a.m.