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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.

Hiring during the virus: These are the top 10 in-demand skills in India now

BUSINESS

Hiring during the virus: These are the top 10 in-demand skills in India now

Are you hunting for your dream job? If you have these skills, you could be hired despite the uncertainty linked to COVID-19 outbreak.

Does India need industries to restart at the cost of diluted labour laws?

BUSINESS

Does India need industries to restart at the cost of diluted labour laws?

Several state governments have decided to set aside provisions of several labour laws for the next two to three years in a bid to restart industrial activity

COVID-19 impact | Group health insurance premiums may rise 10-15%

BUSINESS

COVID-19 impact | Group health insurance premiums may rise 10-15%

Coronavirus led cost increase has forced insurers to also review their annual pricing for group health products.

Patients bear the brunt as mandatory COVID-19 charges inflate hospital bills but insurers shy away

BUSINESS

Patients bear the brunt as mandatory COVID-19 charges inflate hospital bills but insurers shy away

Hospitals are passing on the costs of controlling infection spread due to COVID-19 on the customers.

Coronavirus impact | Staggered classes, no hand holding & masks: Here’s how college life could change in 2020

BUSINESS

Coronavirus impact | Staggered classes, no hand holding & masks: Here’s how college life could change in 2020

New norms in college campuses would include phased lunch hour in canteens, staggered examinations and lower class strength to ensure that COVID-19 spread is minimised.

Max Life Insurance sees green shoots in bank-led sales amid COVID-19

BUSINESS

Max Life Insurance sees green shoots in bank-led sales amid COVID-19

The life insurer has seen customers back to the bank branches despite the lockdown.

COVID-19 impact: Motor insurance losses likely to spike in FY21

ECONOMY

COVID-19 impact: Motor insurance losses likely to spike in FY21

Insurers said that a motor third-party premium hike could have offered a buffer but the regulator has decided to defer rate increase amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.

Zee Learn dismisses scepticism over MT Educare buy, says working to expand product, brand reach

BUSINESS

Zee Learn dismisses scepticism over MT Educare buy, says working to expand product, brand reach

Proxy advisory firm IiAS had brought out a report seeking clarity on Zee Learn's business strategies for the future and the MT Educare acquisition.

Coronavirus lockdown 3.0 | Appliance makers eager, but MHA guidelines make restarting operations tough

BUSINESS

Coronavirus lockdown 3.0 | Appliance makers eager, but MHA guidelines make restarting operations tough

The strict conditions imposed by the home affairs ministry for social distancing in units may be tough to implement in manufacturing facilities.

Beating the heat: Here’s how 1,500 Voltas specialists, kept ACs across India working, despite the lockdown

BUSINESS

Beating the heat: Here’s how 1,500 Voltas specialists, kept ACs across India working, despite the lockdown

The country's largest AC maker Voltas helped essential units like hospitals, pharmaceutical firms, data centres and industries run operations smoothly through their heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions.

COVID-19 impact | Chief privacy officers to manage remote working risks

BUSINESS

COVID-19 impact | Chief privacy officers to manage remote working risks

Remote working has put the spotlight on challenges related to data privacy. Hence, individuals with prior experience in handling data and digital information privacy issues are now in demand.

PSB merger: Insurance companies to see stake changes over next one year

BUSINESS

PSB merger: Insurance companies to see stake changes over next one year

Merged PSU bank stakes in insurance companies have to be reduced to below 10 percent to avoid violation of rules. IRDAI laws say that one bank cannot be a promoter in multiple insurance companies.

Coronavirus impact | Will 'Made in India' gain at the expense of 'Made in China'?

BUSINESS

Coronavirus impact | Will 'Made in India' gain at the expense of 'Made in China'?

A slew of companies located in India are now getting interest from clients looking to have an alternative for China

Businesses in a bind as general insurers set stringent conditions to cover COVID-19 losses

BUSINESS

Businesses in a bind as general insurers set stringent conditions to cover COVID-19 losses

Business interruption losses are likely to mound as insurance covers won't pay for any disruption due to Coronavirus

If e-commerce deliveries resume, 50% of business will be back on track: Blaupunkt Audio India CEO

BUSINESS

If e-commerce deliveries resume, 50% of business will be back on track: Blaupunkt Audio India CEO

Blaupunkt Audio that sells speakers, sound bars, earphones and headphones in India had revenues of roughly Rs 100 crore in FY20

Axis Bank-Max Life deal: Here are the contours of the proposed acquisition

BUSINESS

Axis Bank-Max Life deal: Here are the contours of the proposed acquisition

The long-term intent of the partnership, according to the statement given to exchanges, is to merge Max Financial Services (MFS) with Max Life

Coronavirus-led lockdown | Is your commercial property insured? Yes, but terms apply

BUSINESS

Coronavirus-led lockdown | Is your commercial property insured? Yes, but terms apply

Claim payment will be subject to prior requests from the insured for policies with sum insured above Rs 5 crore.

Coronavirus forces corporates to reassess cyber insurance covers

BUSINESS

Coronavirus forces corporates to reassess cyber insurance covers

With remote working becoming the new normal across India Inc, companies are realising the need to take adequate protection against cyber liabilities.

Stop selling 10-15 year tenure life policies to customers aged above 65

BUSINESS

Stop selling 10-15 year tenure life policies to customers aged above 65

Large ticket-size policies with long payment tenures end up putting financial pressure on senior citizens.

Coronavirus lockdown norms | Manufacturers mandated to buy health insurance for staff cry foul over premium costs

BUSINESS

Coronavirus lockdown norms | Manufacturers mandated to buy health insurance for staff cry foul over premium costs

Providing health insurance to their workers is now compulsory for manufacturing firms, even as they struggle with cost constraints

Coronavirus impact | Freeze in IT/ITeS hiring presents grim picture for engineering graduates

BUSINESS

Coronavirus impact | Freeze in IT/ITeS hiring presents grim picture for engineering graduates

IT firms are the biggest recruiters and account for about 65 percent of total jobs generated.

As foreign colleges move to online teaching modules, students feel shortchanged

BUSINESS

As foreign colleges move to online teaching modules, students feel shortchanged

The coronavirus outbreak has forced universities across the globe to tweak their new sessions and offer few lessons online.

Life insurers bleed in March with 32% dip in new premiums, but manage growth of 20.6% for FY20

BUSINESS

Life insurers bleed in March with 32% dip in new premiums, but manage growth of 20.6% for FY20

Coronavirus-linked lockdown seemed to have an impact on the premium collections of life insurers in March 2020. Customers were unable to leave their homes while banks, agents could not sell products since they were not able to do physical sales.

COVID-19 lockdown | Government allows fan shops to open, but uncertainty remains

BUSINESS

COVID-19 lockdown | Government allows fan shops to open, but uncertainty remains

Stores are also finding it a challenge to open up without having necessary staff force. Since fans are an essential product during summer, it is a possibility that there could be crowding in stores in a rush to buy products.

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