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M Saraswathy

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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.

Blacklisted educational institutes: State governments will be nudged to take action

BUSINESS

Blacklisted educational institutes: State governments will be nudged to take action

Until now, it was the responsibility of the Central government and its agencies to ensure the shutdown or accreditation of these institutes, which have proliferated across the country. However, apart from battling Covid, many State governments are in election mode, with Assembly Polls due in 2021, and regulating blacklisted institutes may not be a key priority

EXCLUSIVE: For the first time, health segment beats motor insurance

BUSINESS

EXCLUSIVE: For the first time, health segment beats motor insurance

IRDAI data show that while motor insurance premiums saw a 15.7 percent decline, health insurance premiums grew 13 percent YoY in the April 1-August 31 period. Demand for health products because of COVID-19, and non-renewal of vehicle insurance the main reasons.

One page, two pages or four pages -- how long should your resume really be?

BUSINESS

One page, two pages or four pages -- how long should your resume really be?

A one-size-fits-all resume will not work for all job applications. Don't go by social media posts to restrict your CV to merely one page if you have relevant skills and work milestones to highlight.

Remote working: Costs rise for insurers as they scramble to ensure data security and ward off cyber risks

BUSINESS

Remote working: Costs rise for insurers as they scramble to ensure data security and ward off cyber risks

In a bid to ensure that customer data is protected and no third-party gets access to information from their servers, insurers have had to add multiple layers of security. This has seen their costs shoot up

Lloyd enters refrigerator segment, move to help diversify revenue mix

BUSINESS

Lloyd enters refrigerator segment, move to help diversify revenue mix

Havells-backed consumer durables brand Lloyd that is widely known for its air conditioners is now entering the Rs 24,000 crore refrigerator market in India. This could help boost the company revenues in the festive season.

Six months and counting: Small businesses feel the pinch as workers refuse to return

BUSINESS

Six months and counting: Small businesses feel the pinch as workers refuse to return

The continuing Covid threat, fears over not having a job waiting for them, and the sustenance provided by social welfare schemes have made workers stay put in their towns and villages

GirnarSoft to invest $20 million in InsuranceDekho

BUSINESS

GirnarSoft to invest $20 million in InsuranceDekho

InsuranceDekho will use the funding for branding and marketing activities as well as strengthening the product and technology teams.

Here’s how new-age gig roles in India would look like

BUSINESS

Here’s how new-age gig roles in India would look like

Unlike regular gig roles, the new-age gigs would cover qualified professionals professionals. The compensation would be on par or even higher than that of a regular hire. India Inc would have close to 10-15% new-age gig roles in the next five years.

Have a few lakhs to spend on appliances and want VIP service? BSH Home Appliances has a solution

BUSINESS

Have a few lakhs to spend on appliances and want VIP service? BSH Home Appliances has a solution

Products like IoT-enabled refrigerator with camera in the interiors and fridge will interchangeable doors will be available to customers.

Insurance mis-selling: Nearly 10,000 complaints filed by policyholders till July

BUSINESS

Insurance mis-selling: Nearly 10,000 complaints filed by policyholders till July

In FY20, close to 45,452 complaints were filed with IRDAI against sale practices of insurance companies.

20,000 students sign online petition seeking postponement of UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam 2020

INDIA

20,000 students sign online petition seeking postponement of UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam 2020

Inadequate transport facilities the main concern. Also, with many centres becoming part of containment zones, uncertainty over the exam prevails. Patna-based Priya Kumari has been on a hunger strike for close to 10 days now. The Prelims exam is scheduled for October 4.

Pandemic risk insurance pool need of the hour, but does government have resources to fund it?

BUSINESS

Pandemic risk insurance pool need of the hour, but does government have resources to fund it?

Coronavirus may not be the last pandemic that the country faces. It is time that the central and state governments start planning insurance-based financing for such incidents for vulnerable groups in the future.

Here’s how firms are keeping work-life balance of employees intact as they work from home

BUSINESS

Here’s how firms are keeping work-life balance of employees intact as they work from home

Virtual family entertainment, Saturday night e-parties and online gaming are the most common employee engagement activities. Some firms have introduced apps to enable interaction among staff members. Independent consultants say the number of engagements have risen during COVID days.

Why online onboarding is both a blessing and a pain for recruits and employers

BUSINESS

Why online onboarding is both a blessing and a pain for recruits and employers

Companies are taking the virtual route to help new employees complete joining formalities and hit the ground running. While this has largely made the process more efficient, there are challenges such as internet connectivity issues, power failures and the lack of a personal touch. And both employers and employees have a lot to learn and unlearn

Job losses don’t worry blue-collar workers, there are gigs on offer

BUSINESS

Job losses don’t worry blue-collar workers, there are gigs on offer

Industry sources say close to 55,000 jobs are on offer on a gig basis due to the expectation of demand surge from the upcoming festive season. So far, while 10 million blue-collared workers are said to have lost jobs, hiring firms estimate that 30-35 percent have moved to gig roles.

EXCLUSIVE: First phase of NEP 2020 implementation to be completed by April 2022

BUSINESS

EXCLUSIVE: First phase of NEP 2020 implementation to be completed by April 2022

Reforms in school curriculum to allow vocational skill training, preparation of holistic report card and local language as medium of instruction will be part of the initial reforms. It will be the responsibility of individual schools to change the format of the report card by 2022.

Festive season shocker: TV prices could rise by 20-35% in October

BUSINESS

Festive season shocker: TV prices could rise by 20-35% in October

Panel prices are on the rise on one hand, while the zero customs duty on this key component for televisions is set to end.

Explained: How do students from containment zones give exams, what are the alternate dates for COVID-19 patients and other questions answered

BUSINESS

Explained: How do students from containment zones give exams, what are the alternate dates for COVID-19 patients and other questions answered

With a number of examinations coming up, the Health Ministry has drawn up detailed guidelines on how exams are to be conducted and who can appear for them or invigilate. We take you through the key parts of these standard operating procedures

Why all life insurance policies should be issued in paperless format

BUSINESS

Why all life insurance policies should be issued in paperless format

Rather than searching for physical policy documents at the time of claims, it is better than paperless policies are issued to all policyholders.

Onam 2020: Mixed bag for appliance manufacturers in Kerala

BUSINESS

Onam 2020: Mixed bag for appliance manufacturers in Kerala

Sales picked up from mid-August ahead of Onam festival. Televisions were the most popular product followed by refrigerators.

Huì xué zhōngwén: I want to learn Chinese, say Indians as demand for the language picks up after lockdown dip

BUSINESS

Huì xué zhōngwén: I want to learn Chinese, say Indians as demand for the language picks up after lockdown dip

There may be tons of trouble at the border and Chinese apps may have been booted out unceremoniously, but Mandarin remains the most popular foreign language in India. Reason: it opens up job opportunities for teachers, translators, businessmen, lawyers and finance professionals

Here are some devices that can kill Coronavirus on objects

BUSINESS

Here are some devices that can kill Coronavirus on objects

UV Sanitech from Orient Electric can even be applied on food items. Anti-viral ovens and virus-free air conditioners are also helping people to either kill or contain the spread of the virus. In fact, a slew of consumer appliances that can fight the virus are there in the market now.

Acko to invest $1.2 million in car servicing platform Pitstop

BUSINESS

Acko to invest $1.2 million in car servicing platform Pitstop

Pitstop’s technology-enabled garages will be fully integrated with Acko’s claim settlement platform to offer automated and transparent claims assessment and disbursal.

NLAT explained: Why NLSIU is holding its own entrance test, the exam format, and what happens to CLAT scores

INDIA

NLAT explained: Why NLSIU is holding its own entrance test, the exam format, and what happens to CLAT scores

NLAT explained: Why NSLIU is holding its own entrance test, the exam format, and what happens to CLAT scores

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