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.

JEE Main, NEET 2020 exam: How to stay COVID-19 safe

INDIA

JEE Main, NEET 2020 exam: How to stay COVID-19 safe

The examination centres for JEE Main and NEET 2020 will be nothing like the previous years. It is essential that students take special care to minimise COVID-19 risks.

UGC final year exams: Students ‘feel cheated’ by decision to hold tests amidst COVID-19

INDIA

UGC final year exams: Students ‘feel cheated’ by decision to hold tests amidst COVID-19

Since India has the third-highest coronavirus caseload in the world, making final-year examinations mandatory is grossly inappropriate, say students.

UGC final year exam: Students, it is too early to rejoice; here’s why

INDIA

UGC final year exam: Students, it is too early to rejoice; here’s why

If you think state governments can get UGC final year exams postponed, this may not be entirely true. The final power rests with UGC.

JEE/NEET 2020: Academicians insist tests can't be postponed or diluted, bat for September exam

INDIA

JEE/NEET 2020: Academicians insist tests can't be postponed or diluted, bat for September exam

Over 150 academicians from various universities in India and abroad write to PM demanding that both exams be held as per schedule in September 2020. How long will you go on postponing, ask many professors.

How the 2020 JEE Main and NEET exams are testing students long before they enter the exam hall

INDIA

How the 2020 JEE Main and NEET exams are testing students long before they enter the exam hall

The students face a dilemma: if they skip the entrance exams, they lose an academic year; if they take the tests, they expose themselves to the risk of contracting Covid-19. These choices have been weighing on their minds as they study for the exams

Appliance makers fear different lockdown norms, erratic store timings will hit Onam sales in Kerala

BUSINESS

Appliance makers fear different lockdown norms, erratic store timings will hit Onam sales in Kerala

As the local administration changes timings every other week, stores demand single guideline, flexibility in entry norms. Onam is used as a metric to gauge how the entire festive season in the country will pan out.

Arindam Chaudhuri: Maverick management guru, whimsical or just a good publicist?

BUSINESS

Arindam Chaudhuri: Maverick management guru, whimsical or just a good publicist?

His institute, IIPM, asked students to ‘think beyond IIMs’. He hobnobbed with politicians and Bollywood stars, charged $50,000 for motivational speeches, and produced films. Enemies and legal cases were many. The brush with tax authorities has now landed him in judicial custody.

Explained | How toys will be made part of National Education Policy 2020

BUSINESS

Explained | How toys will be made part of National Education Policy 2020

Though India’s toy market is worth $1.7 billion, 85-90 percent toys sold are made in China. Under NEP 2020, students will be introduced to toy-making from the sixth standard, as part of the government’s effort to boost the toy-making industry.

General insurers paying out Rs 120 as claim for every Rs 100 collected, premiums set to go up

BUSINESS

General insurers paying out Rs 120 as claim for every Rs 100 collected, premiums set to go up

Health, fire insurance premiums may rise 5-10% from next fiscal. Loss ratios of general insurers set to rise from Q2 as claims spike. Health insurance sees 1.25 lakh claims worth Rs 1,700 crore being filed so far. As factories reopen, incidents of short-circuits increase.

Office administrative officer missing? This may be the reason

BUSINESS

Office administrative officer missing? This may be the reason

The Coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdown has led to millions of jobs being lost across Indian workplaces. Your administrative officer's job is one of them.

10-15% B.Ed colleges likely to shut down, post NEP 2020 implementation

BUSINESS

10-15% B.Ed colleges likely to shut down, post NEP 2020 implementation

The govt wants all institutes offering single-stream courses to turn into multi-disciplinary ones. Where are the funds and real estate needed for expansion, ask B.Ed colleges. Of the 6,800 B.Ed colleges in India, 5200 are private institutes.

Good news for Indian students as Schengen countries resume visa application services

BUSINESS

Good news for Indian students as Schengen countries resume visa application services

France is among the first of the European countries where Indian students can start applying for visas for long-term courses and short-term stays.

Health insurance awareness rising but not leading to surge in policy sales, says Bajaj Allianz General CEO

BUSINESS

Health insurance awareness rising but not leading to surge in policy sales, says Bajaj Allianz General CEO

Tapan Singhel, MD & CEO of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance said that there is a rise in awareness about medical insurance due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But he said that this is not led to a huge spike in sales for the industry.

What is Common Eligibility Test, how it works, what are its benefits and other questions answered

BUSINESS

What is Common Eligibility Test, how it works, what are its benefits and other questions answered

It will be a common test for jobs in non-gazetted govt roles and public-sector banks. The CET will replace thousands of preliminary-level tests for 1,25,000 government jobs. Once implemented, it will be the largest recruitment examination for government jobs in the world.

Explained: When will Delhi University physical exam be held, what are open-book tests and other questions answered

BUSINESS

Explained: When will Delhi University physical exam be held, what are open-book tests and other questions answered

With the High Court asking DU to hold physical exams for final-year degree students by Sept 14, there is confusion over whether all candidates, including those which physical disabilities, will have to travel to Delhi. Moneycontrol also looks at other issues around the exam system.

IRDAI group recommends setting up loss prevention entity for non-life insurers

BUSINESS

IRDAI group recommends setting up loss prevention entity for non-life insurers

The proposed entity would be funded by the insurance regulator and the general insurance companies

We are a global brand and not just a Chinese company, says Mike Chen of TCL India

BUSINESS

We are a global brand and not just a Chinese company, says Mike Chen of TCL India

The Chinese consumer electronics giant is the world’s second-largest TV maker and among the top five brands in India.

Coronavirus impact | Hiring activity picks up in India, but job seekers double, shows LinkedIn data

BUSINESS

Coronavirus impact | Hiring activity picks up in India, but job seekers double, shows LinkedIn data

Competition for jobs has doubled compared to six months ago as the average number of applications per job posted on LinkedIn increased from around 90 in January to 180 in June

Coronavirus outbreak: Insurers receive just 1,000 death claims despite rising COVID-19 toll

BUSINESS

Coronavirus outbreak: Insurers receive just 1,000 death claims despite rising COVID-19 toll

Though the casualty figure has crossed 50,000, insurers have received only 1,000 death claims so far. Overall, in five months, only 66,700 health claims have been settled. With standard COVID policies in place, claims may rise in the coming days.

Opinion | For an insured India, FDI cap in sector needs to be hiked to 74 percent

BUSINESS

Opinion | For an insured India, FDI cap in sector needs to be hiked to 74 percent

Increasing FDI is a low-hanging fruit in terms of reforms. It will bring in much-needed capital, increase jobs and boost insurance penetration

Is subscription-based insurance the right way forward amid COVID-19?

BUSINESS

Is subscription-based insurance the right way forward amid COVID-19?

The monthly subscription based model to pay insurance premiums could work well in India, considering that this could make the product more affordable.

10.8 million and counting: Take a look at how many jobs Covid-19 has wiped out

BUSINESS

10.8 million and counting: Take a look at how many jobs Covid-19 has wiped out

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the job landscape in India. Moneycontrol has compiled data from key sectors, including the travel, hospitality, aviation, auto, BFSI and IT industries to quantify just how many jobs have been lost. Read on

Here’s why getting an import licence for TV sets will not be easy now

BUSINESS

Here’s why getting an import licence for TV sets will not be easy now

With the import of colour TV sets restricted, TV sets of 80 inches and above could be missing from stores this festive season. While the DGFT move is aimed at promoting the Make-in-India mission, setting up manufacturing units will be a very lengthy process.

Pricing in hospitals amidst COVID-19: General Insurance Council to take legal route

BUSINESS

Pricing in hospitals amidst COVID-19: General Insurance Council to take legal route

General Insurance Council will be responding to a PIL on high costs of COVID-19 treatment in private hospital. During the hearing of this PIL, senior advocate Harish Salve had said that insured customers need not worry about hospital bills since insurers are bearing the cost.

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