M Saraswathy

Assistant Editor

Moneycontrol News

Saraswathy has been covering stories in the areas of insurance, HR and education for the past 10 years, having worked in the past with Business Standard.

Remote working impact? Online degrees are here to stay

BUSINESS

Remote working impact? Online degrees are here to stay

Now, with extended study from home and work from home, online degrees are getting more popular. These e-degrees are cheaper and provide flexibility.

CBSE Board Exam 2021: Assessment confusion resolved, but the test isn't over for students

INDIA

CBSE Board Exam 2021: Assessment confusion resolved, but the test isn't over for students

A lot of questions are still to be answered on whether cut-offs across colleges will rise over standardised marking and whether marksheet delays would lead to study abroad plans getting affected.

Protection business growth key focus for ICICI Prudential Life Insurance in VNB doubling track path

BUSINESS

Protection business growth key focus for ICICI Prudential Life Insurance in VNB doubling track path

The insurer's total premium income in FY21 was Rs 35,733 crore of which Rs 13,032 crore was new business premium. Here, the protection business mix for the year stood at 16.2 percent.

Board Exam 2021: Common assessment could be adopted by Centre, states

INDIA

Board Exam 2021: Common assessment could be adopted by Centre, states

This methodology would ensure that there are no discrepancies in the final marksheet issued to individual students and a uniform assessment would mean fair evaluation at the time of college admissions

India Hiring Tracker: Healthcare, e-commerce, financial services led recruitment in Jan-March, says Indeed

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India Hiring Tracker: Healthcare, e-commerce, financial services led recruitment in Jan-March, says Indeed

Travel, tourism and hospitality remained the worst hit among various sectors. Maximum hiring was for operations/support roles while the minimum was for management roles, the report said.

Get vaxxed: Life insurance policy proposal may not be rejected, but there are other benefits

BUSINESS

Get vaxxed: Life insurance policy proposal may not be rejected, but there are other benefits

While insurers aren't mandating vaccination yet, those getting the Covid-19 vaccine shots could be issued policies earlier, and the waiting period could also be cut down. Both Covaxin and Covishield are effective in the B.1.617 strain of COVID-19.

COVID-19 impact: Underwriting losses set to rise in FY22 for general insurers

BUSINESS

COVID-19 impact: Underwriting losses set to rise in FY22 for general insurers

Health insurance claims have risen due to the COVID-19 second wave, while the motor insurance business has shrunk.

CUCET 2021: Fate of entrance examination for central universities likely to be sealed in 15 days

INDIA

CUCET 2021: Fate of entrance examination for central universities likely to be sealed in 15 days

The Ministry of Education has called for a meeting with 41 central varsities to discuss the examination, conducting it amidst COVID-19 modalities. This meeting could be held in the third week of June 2021.

Seven-day claims processing: Insurers seek longer deadline to prevent fraud

BUSINESS

Seven-day claims processing: Insurers seek longer deadline to prevent fraud

Cases of frauds include buying insurance policies in the name of dead people and claiming within a few months of the issue of policy, and crushing a dead body under a car to claim accident insurance.

COVID-19 demand: US-based Molekule enters India market with its range of air purifiers

BUSINESS

COVID-19 demand: US-based Molekule enters India market with its range of air purifiers

The Air Mini is priced at a discounted rate of Rs 31,999 on Amazon while the original retail price is Rs 37,999. The Air Mini+ is available at a discounted rate of Rs 36,999 on Amazon while the original retail price is Rs 45,999.

Explained | Here's how coding and data science will be part of CBSE curriculum from 2021-22

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Explained | Here's how coding and data science will be part of CBSE curriculum from 2021-22

CBSE has partnered with technology major Microsoft to introduce coding in the curriculum of students of Classes VI to VIII. Modules on these skills will be launched from the 2021-22 academic year itself.

Scholarship rejected for study-abroad? Here's what to do next

BUSINESS

Scholarship rejected for study-abroad? Here's what to do next

Options like crowdfunding and writing to past alumni to seek financial support exist. But one cannot solely rely on it. ​

Quess Corp to move away from milestone-led government projects

BUSINESS

Quess Corp to move away from milestone-led government projects

The company clocked close to Rs 200 crore a year as revenue from these projects during pre-COVID times. Milest0ne projects are those under which companies are required to meet a set target of training/skilling in a certain number of years as decided by the govt.

Explained | With board exams cancelled, here are some alternate assessment options

INDIA

Explained | With board exams cancelled, here are some alternate assessment options

Students have expressed relief at the cancellation of the Class 12 board examinations. The real test, however, will be the assessment criteria used to bring out the marksheet

COVID-19 impact: Life insurers may need to shore up provisions in FY22

BUSINESS

COVID-19 impact: Life insurers may need to shore up provisions in FY22

There is a steady rise in COVID-19 deaths in FY22. Following this, death claims may rise across life insurers. Motilal Oswal Financial Services report says HDC Life, SBI Life and ICICI Prudential Life would need to shore up provisioning buffers.

CBSE Class 12 board exam: Students, parents and schools cheer cancellation, but questions remain

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CBSE Class 12 board exam: Students, parents and schools cheer cancellation, but questions remain

While the Class XII board exams have been cancelled by CBSE, there is no information on the assessment pattern that would be used to mark students.

PLI Scheme: Ball in electronics ministry's court as appliance makers seek revision in base year

BUSINESS

PLI Scheme: Ball in electronics ministry's court as appliance makers seek revision in base year

Appliance makers have cited COVID-19 led lockdown and restrictions to seek a change in the base year over which the incremental sales will be calculated

CBSE Class 12 Board Exam 2021: Clamour for cancellation of exams grow louder

INDIA

CBSE Class 12 Board Exam 2021: Clamour for cancellation of exams grow louder

Students and parents want them scrapped and be replaced with an assessment based on past performance. The Ministry of Education is not entirely convinced

COVID-19 impact? Offshore accounting jobs are coming to India

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COVID-19 impact? Offshore accounting jobs are coming to India

There is a boom in offshore accounting jobs in India with remote working become the new normal. Indian professionals in various levels of their CA qualification can now get a chance to join global accounting firms.

COVID-19 second wave: 7.5 million jobs lost; here's which sector was hit badly

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COVID-19 second wave: 7.5 million jobs lost; here's which sector was hit badly

A recent report by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) showed that unemployment was rising, particularly in urban areas. Experts say Q1 FY22 will be a washout for recruitment, except for jobs in high-technology areas and data.

COVID-19: Wide mismatch in death toll, insurance claims reveal uninsured India

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COVID-19: Wide mismatch in death toll, insurance claims reveal uninsured India

In FY20, the country had a measly insurance penetration of 3.76 percent, life at 2.82 percent and non-life stood at 0.94 percent. While the pandemic has jolted those, who have lost close relatives and friends into buying the product, it is still a mountain to climb.

COVID-19 second wave: V-Guard Industries sees significant impact on consumer demand in Q1

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COVID-19 second wave: V-Guard Industries sees significant impact on consumer demand in Q1

V-Guard posted a 112 percent year-on-year (YoY) rise in its consolidated net profit for Q4 at Rs 68.39 crore.

Bajaj Electricals eyes debt-free position by end of FY22, to stay away from power distribution projects

BUSINESS

Bajaj Electricals eyes debt-free position by end of FY22, to stay away from power distribution projects

Bajaj Electricals posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 54.26 crore for the March quarter (Q4). The company had posted loss of Rs 81 lakh in the year-ago period.

Explained | Here's what state governments have decided on CBSE Class 12 Board Exam 2021

BUSINESS

Explained | Here's what state governments have decided on CBSE Class 12 Board Exam 2021

States like Chhattisgarh will be holding the examination from June 1 through an online model. Nagaland has already conducted the exam and results are expected by the last week of July.

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