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.

Miscarriage leave: India already offers this legally, but is it implemented?

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Miscarriage leave: India already offers this legally, but is it implemented?

On paper, Indian law offers upto six weeks paid leave for miscarriage. But there are implementation loopholes.

Sachin Bansal is hiring! Navi Technologies eyes 10-fold increase in recruitment in 2021

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Sachin Bansal is hiring! Navi Technologies eyes 10-fold increase in recruitment in 2021

For Navi, which operates in the fintech space, the time is opportune to hire as segments such as health insurance and digital lending have seen close to 15 percent annual growth over the last two years

Distance education programmes likely to see an overhaul in 2022-23

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Distance education programmes likely to see an overhaul in 2022-23

As part of the National Education Policy — 2020, the government wants to standardise rules so that the quality of programmes offered by universities is uniform across all courses. For students, this means distance education will not be available for some degrees, while others will have fully online, fully offline or hybrid options

Deepak Chhabria vs Prakash Chhabria: A tale of gift deed vs will

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Deepak Chhabria vs Prakash Chhabria: A tale of gift deed vs will

The FIR has named siblings Prakash and Aruna as the main culprits. It has alleged that the gift deed was forged and was an attempt by one side of the family to take over the entire group; it is not the first legal engagement between the two groups

Fee hike for 2021-22: Round 2 of parents vs schools begins

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Fee hike for 2021-22: Round 2 of parents vs schools begins

The script is the same this year as well. Schools argue that only classroom electricity bills have come down and not maintenance costs, parents say there are no extra costs since children are studying online. Many court cases have been filed.

Pandemic forced career switch? Here’s how to update your resume

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Pandemic forced career switch? Here’s how to update your resume

The same resume that you created for your job a few years back should be tweaked whenever you are shifting to a new sector for employment.

LED makers want ban on Chinese lighting product imports to India

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LED makers want ban on Chinese lighting product imports to India

They say Chinese lights are inferior in quality and hence priced significantly cheaper, which is impacting their business; call for 50 percent customs duty imposition on imported products

NEP 2020: Maths with History, Accounting with Physics could be among à la carte subjects in senior school

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NEP 2020: Maths with History, Accounting with Physics could be among à la carte subjects in senior school

Pilot schemes under the New Education Policy will allow students of Class XI and XII to opt for any subject of their choice to promote holistic education but there are concerns that medical and engineering colleges may prefer those with traditional combinations of subjects.

Location no bar: Smalltown talent finds favour among employers as remote working helps cut costs

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Location no bar: Smalltown talent finds favour among employers as remote working helps cut costs

It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. While the companies save on their overheads, the candidates working from Tier 2 cities such as Jaipur, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad save on rent and travel costs. But the question is whether this will continue once Covid has been eradicated.

Explained: Why Commerce and Arts students can now become engineers

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Explained: Why Commerce and Arts students can now become engineers

The AICTE’s new handbook implies that students need not study physics, chemistry and maths to get into an engineering college. Simply put, even students from the Commerce and Arts streams, studying subjects such as Marketing, Floriculture and Food preparation, are now eligible for admission into engineering institutes. While the goal is to provide flexibility even to students from a non-Science background, the final admission decision will rest with the institutes.

Facial analysis and health score for buying insurance? This company is offering a CIBIL-like solution

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Facial analysis and health score for buying insurance? This company is offering a CIBIL-like solution

Bengaluru-based predictive health analysis firm Fedo’s system can tell insurance companies how healthy a person is and set the premium accordingly. A Fedo score of 600 and above would mean that a person is healthy, and they could be offered an insurance policy without a medical test.

Appraisal season: Here are the do’s and don’ts to get the best hike

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Appraisal season: Here are the do’s and don’ts to get the best hike

You must be truthful while stating your achievements in the appraisal forms. But don't make the mistake of being too modest.

National Education Policy: PCM, PCB may not be compulsory for undergraduate engineering degree admissions

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National Education Policy: PCM, PCB may not be compulsory for undergraduate engineering degree admissions

Students will get flexibility to study subjects other than Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology at Class 12.

Explained: Why term policy premium rates are rising from FY22

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Explained: Why term policy premium rates are rising from FY22

Rising death claims due to Covid-19 and a hike in reinsurance rates have pushed private insurers to hike premiums. However, LIC, the country’s largest insurer, will not be hiking premiums because of its wide policy base and higher bargaining power with reinsurers.

Vocal for locals: After Haryana's 75% diktat, more companies look to hire locals in India's manufacturing hubs

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Vocal for locals: After Haryana's 75% diktat, more companies look to hire locals in India's manufacturing hubs

Companies now want to hire up to 25% workers from manufacturing hubs in nearby areas. This enables them to save costs and also convince state governments to give faster approvals for upcoming projects.

MBA Placement report card: Consulting jobs dominate 2021 hiring at business schools

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MBA Placement report card: Consulting jobs dominate 2021 hiring at business schools

The salary of fresh graduates rose 10-15 percent to an average of Rs 19 lakh in the domestic category, but toppers got 1-2 job offers, down from 3-4 last year, signalling cautious optimism after the economic downturn

Explained: Here’s how twinning programmes will look like in Indian institutes

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Explained: Here’s how twinning programmes will look like in Indian institutes

The government will soon set up a formal structure for collaboration between Indian and foreign educational organisations on dual and joint degrees

Insurance deal: Vidal Health TPA acquires Vipul Medcorp TPA

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Insurance deal: Vidal Health TPA acquires Vipul Medcorp TPA

The merged entity of Vipul Medcorp with Vidal Health will make it the second largest third-party administrator in the Indian insurance sector.

Haryana reservation: Knee-jerk reaction will disrupt businesses, competitiveness of state, says Quess Corp’s Lohit Bhatia

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Haryana reservation: Knee-jerk reaction will disrupt businesses, competitiveness of state, says Quess Corp’s Lohit Bhatia

Haryana government has passed a law, stating that there would be 75 percent reservation in private jobs for domicile residents of the state. This is applicable for job roles with monthly salary up to Rs 50,000.

TV prices set to rise again, from April 1, calls increase for inclusion in PLI scheme

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TV prices set to rise again, from April 1, calls increase for inclusion in PLI scheme

Chinese manufacturers that are the sole source of obtaining panels for making televisions have arbitrary increased prices again.

Insurance Ombudsman online case hearings: Better later than never

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Insurance Ombudsman online case hearings: Better later than never

The new changes will mean that customers can file complaints and also attend hearings for claim rejections from their own homes via video conferencing.

These women CEOs are leading the way in the path to 'insured' India

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These women CEOs are leading the way in the path to 'insured' India

Women have started rising to the top of insurance companies, marking a significant progress in the sector that once had some branches without a ladies washroom. But there’s still a long way to go, as the extent of male domination increases with every step up the corporate ladder.

Employee gap: One year since COVID-19 lockdown, fewer people handling multiple roles at same pay

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Employee gap: One year since COVID-19 lockdown, fewer people handling multiple roles at same pay

For the workforce at India Inc, the wait for a salary that complements their current workload is only getting longer, tedious, and less rewarding; forecasters suggest better prospects by mid-2021.

Looking to offer mental health counselling feature across all products, says Aditya Birla Health CEO

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Looking to offer mental health counselling feature across all products, says Aditya Birla Health CEO

Mental health counselling has been launched in a product feature in the newer version of the insurer's Activ Health policy. Traditionally, only hospitalisation coverage for mental health ailments is provided by Indian insurers.

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