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.

TV prices set to rise again as govt considering customs duty hike on open-cell panels

BUSINESS

TV prices set to rise again as govt considering customs duty hike on open-cell panels

The government wants to incentivise local manufacturing by increasing customs duty. The plan is to increase the duty by up to 12 percent in three years from the current 5 percent. In Sept 2019, the CBIC had said there will be no hike in cutoms duty if manufacturers develop domestic capacity

LIC sees Rs 3.76 lakh crore additions in equity holding value in FY21

BUSINESS

LIC sees Rs 3.76 lakh crore additions in equity holding value in FY21

The country’s largest insurer saw its equity holding value rise to Rs 7.69 lakh crore in FY21 as against Rs 3.93 lakh crore a year ago, representing a whopping 96 percent year-on-year growth

COVID-19: Here’s a primer on getting insurance claims settled on time

BUSINESS

COVID-19: Here’s a primer on getting insurance claims settled on time

Keep a list of documents and medical bills ready for quick claims settlement. If your insurer has a tie-up with a local hospital, opt for it.

Up to Rs 1 crore a month — this is how much insurers could save by hot desking, hybrid offices

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Up to Rs 1 crore a month — this is how much insurers could save by hot desking, hybrid offices

Giving up office space by sending some teams to work-from-home settings while retaining others through hot desking options is being explored to cut costs.

Exclusive | COVID-19 second wave: Amid tussle between hospitals and insurers, 171,000 claims await settlement

BUSINESS

Exclusive | COVID-19 second wave: Amid tussle between hospitals and insurers, 171,000 claims await settlement

The delays in clearing claims are primarily because of disagreements between hospitals and insurance companies over the claim amount and charges imposed. As of April 28, there were 1.1 million Covid-19 health claims worth Rs 15,568 crore filed with insurers. Of these, 930,729 claims worth Rs 8,918.57 crore have been settled.

No child left behind: Come 2023, schools will no longer rank students merely on marks scored in exams

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No child left behind: Come 2023, schools will no longer rank students merely on marks scored in exams

The Education Ministry wants schools to promote multi-disciplinary education by having a 50-50 balance of academics with other activities such as sports, literature, martial arts, music and dance. Students will be assessed on aspects such as their participation in extra-curricular activities, inter-school competitions, sporting prowess and basic etiquette. Classroom interactions will also be closely monitored.

General insurers seek higher rate for third-party motor insurance as losses mount

BUSINESS

General insurers seek higher rate for third-party motor insurance as losses mount

Insurers say their viability is at stake as losses are mounting, and the regulator did not increase third-party insurance rates in FY21, but transporters are opposing the move saying higher premium will amplify their stress

COVID-19 claims: Insurers look to redraft service-level agreements with hospitals

BUSINESS

COVID-19 claims: Insurers look to redraft service-level agreements with hospitals

Many hospitals are not ready to settle cashless claims despite agreements with insurers. Facing the heat from the finance ministry and the regulator, insurers are looking to tweak these agreements and remove errant hospitals from the network.

Semiconductor shortage may choke laptop supply ahead of new academic session

BUSINESS

Semiconductor shortage may choke laptop supply ahead of new academic session

Laptops could be in short supply in India because of the scarcity of semiconductor chips made in China. The shortage comes during the peak-demand period of March-June, which accounts for 40 percent of sales in India

How to not be a 'Covidiot' employer during a raging pandemic

BUSINESS

How to not be a 'Covidiot' employer during a raging pandemic

Employees are engaging in extremely callous behaviour, ranging from hiding COVID-19 positive data of colleagues from close contacts in the office to forcing staff to work despite being infected.

Covid-19 second wave: Job losses, pay cuts back to haunt restaurants

BUSINESS

Covid-19 second wave: Job losses, pay cuts back to haunt restaurants

The second wave of Covid-19 has hit the restaurant industry hard since lockdown-like restrictions have led to eateries only being allowed to offer home-delivery and takeout services.

Board exam cancelled for Class X: Tougher entry conditions likely for Class XI admission

BUSINESS

Board exam cancelled for Class X: Tougher entry conditions likely for Class XI admission

Students are worried that in the absence of board exam scores, there would be no objective criterion to evaluate them, which creates a lot of uncertainty about their future.

Post COVID-19 troubles: Recovered people find higher exclusions, rise in insurance denials

BUSINESS

Post COVID-19 troubles: Recovered people find higher exclusions, rise in insurance denials

Insurance companies, facing almost 10 lakh COVID-19 claims worth Rs 14,000 crore, are either denying new policies to people who recover from the disease, or inserting harsh clauses, fearing big claims in the future, but vaccination is likely to restore normalcy even though the premium may be high.

Jabs for all: Students planning to go abroad for education feel left out

BUSINESS

Jabs for all: Students planning to go abroad for education feel left out

Many universities in the US are planning to make vaccination compulsory to be able to attend physical classes in 2021. For Indian students, this is an added concern.

Covid-19 second wave: Offline coaching classes feel the heat

BUSINESS

Covid-19 second wave: Offline coaching classes feel the heat

Several coaching classes offering tutoring for board exams and competitive tests have not been able to pivot to online modules. With fresh curbs restricting movement across India due to Covid-19, these coaching-centre owners are a worried lot

COVID-19 second wave: Students giving board exams face their worst ordeal in 2021

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COVID-19 second wave: Students giving board exams face their worst ordeal in 2021

For Indian students giving their Class X and Class XII board examinations in 2021, there is a constant fear of exams being postponed and results being delayed due to the second wave of COVID-19.

Explained: What the PFRDA Amendment Bill means for pension subscribers

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Explained: What the PFRDA Amendment Bill means for pension subscribers

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Amendment Bill looks to separate the NPS Trust from PFRDA. This is to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. It also seeks to establish a Pension Trust for employees of private sector companies.

Restrictions may impact sales in short-term, pent-up demand will release soon after: Godrej's Kamal Nandi

BUSINESS

Restrictions may impact sales in short-term, pent-up demand will release soon after: Godrej's Kamal Nandi

Godrej Appliances is manufacturing medical refrigerators at its Shirwal facility in Satara, Maharashtra. However, other appliance production in the state is now temporarily suspended till April 30 due to state government restrictions.

Board exam 2021: CBSE cancels exams, but other boards have mixed reactions

BUSINESS

Board exam 2021: CBSE cancels exams, but other boards have mixed reactions

State boards are undecided on the fresh schedule for Class X and Class XII exams, even though they are only a few weeks away. Maharashtra and Rajasthan are among the states that have decided to postpone the board exams. However, fresh dates are yet to be announced.

CBSE Board Exam 2021: COVID-19 delays heighten anxiety of students taking board exams

INDIA

CBSE Board Exam 2021: COVID-19 delays heighten anxiety of students taking board exams

Students want a fixed schedule for the Class XII board exams to be announced soon. They are worried about missing admission deadlines of Indian foreign universities if results are delayed too much

Here is a checklist for companies on how not to interview female candidates

BUSINESS

Here is a checklist for companies on how not to interview female candidates

Prodding female candidates about their marital status, pregnancy during job interviews is becoming more common in India. But, this serves no real purpose to the job role.

White-goods makers seek cheap land parcels to expand manufacturing under PLI scheme

BUSINESS

White-goods makers seek cheap land parcels to expand manufacturing under PLI scheme

Appliance makers want real estate to be offered at subsidised rates so that they can set up new manufacturing facilities under the production-linked incentive scheme. The India business head of a global appliance maker told Moneycontrol that about 70 percent of the costs involved in setting up a manufacturing unit pertain to acquiring land

Explained: Here is how the standard fire insurance policies will work

BUSINESS

Explained: Here is how the standard fire insurance policies will work

Bharat Griha Raksha will cover homes, while Bharat Sookshma Udyam Suraksha and Bharat Laghu Udyam Suraksha will protect micro, small and medium enterprises

Usha finds surprise takers for its sewing machines—8-14 year-old kids

BUSINESS

Usha finds surprise takers for its sewing machines—8-14 year-old kids

With an extended lockdown, young Indians want to explore the area of sewing and allied crafts. With this, sewing machine brands like Usha benefit.

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