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.

2020 wrap-up: Cautious optimism in jobs sector as year comes to a close

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2020 wrap-up: Cautious optimism in jobs sector as year comes to a close

Several Indian professionals lost their jobs from April 2020 onwards due to the COVID-19 and allied lockdown impact on the economy. The employment market is crawling back to normalcy, but with caution.

Universities likely to tighten norms for college affiliations from 2021

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Universities likely to tighten norms for college affiliations from 2021

The move bodes well for students as they will be saved from enrolling into potentially fraudulent institutes with universities becoming selective about granting affiliation.

Five signs that your current job is affecting your mental health

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Five signs that your current job is affecting your mental health

Feeling blue once or twice a year about going to office or meeting colleagues is fine, but feeling low every other day is a signal from your brain seeking immediate changes.

As schools reopen, managements cry foul over rising costs and fee payment delays

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As schools reopen, managements cry foul over rising costs and fee payment delays

While parents have been demanding a reduction in fees since classes had moved online for much of the year, school authorities insist this is not possible as their fixed costs on salaries, maintenance and other heads remained unchanged. They now want to hike charges because of the additional costs to purchase thermal scanners, maintain hygiene and hire staff to ensure overall safety.

Bending under pressure: When a mathematics teacher has to take Yoga classes

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Bending under pressure: When a mathematics teacher has to take Yoga classes

In Part 2 of our series on reopening of schools, we look at how millions of schoolteachers fled home because of Covid, forcing the other half to teach students who attend physical classes and again teach those who prefer to learn from home. They have to teach more subjects and double up as attenders, sanitation supervisors and yoga teachers, all without any additional pay

Godrej Appliances to launch ultra-cool freezers in India for COVID-19 vaccine storage

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Godrej Appliances to launch ultra-cool freezers in India for COVID-19 vaccine storage

The company has already received orders worth Rs 150 crore for medical refrigerators that will be used to store the various COVID-19 vaccine doses across India.

Onsitego sees rise in demand for repair, servicing of appliances

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Onsitego sees rise in demand for repair, servicing of appliances

Mumbai-based Onsitego which offers after-sales services including repairs, annual maintenance, and extended warranty for appliances plans to become a one-stop shop for all customer needs.

Schools ‘unlock’ after eight months but why are classrooms still empty?

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Schools ‘unlock’ after eight months but why are classrooms still empty?

Schools across India are reopening but parents are not sending in their children. In Part 1 of a three-part series, we examine how the coronavirus fear and a lack of faith in schools to ensure masks and social distancing are in place is playing out.

ICICI Lombard expects group business to rise to 33% over three to five years

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ICICI Lombard expects group business to rise to 33% over three to five years

In the group business, ICICI Lombard is seeing a demand for wellness-linked products as well as cyber insurance plans.

iPhone factory violence: All you need to know about Apple contract manufacturer Wistron Corporation

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iPhone factory violence: All you need to know about Apple contract manufacturer Wistron Corporation

Wistron had entered India in 2018 to manufacture Apple phones locally. But alleged violations of labour laws has put the company in the spotlight.

Back to school: Where are schools open and what are the SOPs?

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Back to school: Where are schools open and what are the SOPs?

School authorities will be fully responsible for the safety of the physical classrooms and will have to ensure that students wear face masks at all times.

JEE Main explained: Here’s everything you wanted to know about the 2021 exam

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JEE Main explained: Here’s everything you wanted to know about the 2021 exam

When will the exam be held, how long will it be, how many questions will it have, how many attempts will a student be able to make, which languages can the exam be taken in… Read on to get the answers to these and many more questions.

The essential guide on what NOT to post on your LinkedIn profile

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The essential guide on what NOT to post on your LinkedIn profile

Your LinkedIn profile is like your resume. Use it efficiently to meet potential clients and get jobs, not to date or make enemies.

Insurers seek up to 30% premium hike for Jan Suraksha policies from 2021

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Insurers seek up to 30% premium hike for Jan Suraksha policies from 2021

Insurers are worried about the rising claims expenses on these products and want the prices to be revised. The government’s term insurance scheme, with Rs 330 as premium, and its accident insurance scheme, with Rs 12 as premium, are the cheapest products available in the Indian market. Regular term plans of the same size (Rs 2 lakh cover) would cost up to Rs 900-1,000 per year while accident insurance covers would cost up to Rs 600-700 per annum.

With IPO and valuation in focus, LIC likely to pare IDBI Bank stake

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With IPO and valuation in focus, LIC likely to pare IDBI Bank stake

The government is keen for LIC to start divesting its stake so that the insurer can focus on its core business and also gain financially from the stake sale. The move should help build financial value for the insurer in the run up to its initial public offering

Want to bat like Suresh Raina or sing like Neha Kakkar? Here’s an option

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Want to bat like Suresh Raina or sing like Neha Kakkar? Here’s an option

Startup FrontRow is offering users courses in creative fields as well as sports, with experts in these disciplines serving as guides

Board exam 2021: Government, CBSE in mission mode to ensure NEP implementation

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Board exam 2021: Government, CBSE in mission mode to ensure NEP implementation

The 2021 board exam will have a higher reliance on objective-type questions (MCQs) as well as reasoning/analysis-based questions. The changes will be applicable for both Class X and Class XII students taking the exam in 2021. The focus will be on practical application of lessons and concepts learnt in the classroom

iPhone manufacturing facility violence: Fault lines run deep among contract workers

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iPhone manufacturing facility violence: Fault lines run deep among contract workers

At Wistron's iPhone manufacturing facility in Karnataka, property and goods worth crores were vandalised. Payment delays and the failure of the company to resolve the issue are believed to be triggered the violence.

OKIE Electronics to enter AC, air-cooler segment in 2021; plans to set up factory in Maharashtra

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OKIE Electronics to enter AC, air-cooler segment in 2021; plans to set up factory in Maharashtra

OKIE Ventures, which was set up in 2011, has been contract manufacturing mobile phones, sound systems and accessories for foreign brands. Earlier this year, it launched LED televisions under its own label. Encouraged by the response, it is now venturing into the air-conditioner and air-cooler market

One-time-usage insurance is slowly becoming a must-have for Indians

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One-time-usage insurance is slowly becoming a must-have for Indians

Usage-based insurance as a concept has slowly been introduced into the Indian market through the pilot products under the sandbox method. This means that these products only have validity of six months which can be extended further if required by the regulator.

Influencing the influencers: If you’re good friends with a SocMed celebrity, this could be just the job for you

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Influencing the influencers: If you’re good friends with a SocMed celebrity, this could be just the job for you

Customer-facing companies in the FMCG, retail, banking/financial services and e-commerce sectors are looking for Influencer Relationship Managers to manage social media influencers for brand endorsements

Explained | Why your next iPhone could be made in India and what it means for the country

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Explained | Why your next iPhone could be made in India and what it means for the country

Once Apple starts making iPhones in India, it would encourage other global electronic majors to set up production facilities as well, giving a boost to the country's ambition to emerge as a manufacturing hub.

Here’s why your health insurance premiums have risen sharply in 2020

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Here’s why your health insurance premiums have risen sharply in 2020

Insurers say claims due to Covid treatment at hospitals are steadily increasing, while the pandemic has also led to medical inflation reaching 19.5 percent. In addition, they insist that with some hospitals not adhering to standardised rates, exaggerated medical claims are being filed. Regulator IRDAI has, however, clarified that it has only permitted the insurers to change the base premium by +/- 5 percent from the originally approved rate

Despite Covid-19, Rs 1 crore-plus pay packages are back at IITs

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Despite Covid-19, Rs 1 crore-plus pay packages are back at IITs

There has been a 15 percent increase in the number of Rs 1 crore-plus salary packages offered at IITs. This was driven by a 20 percent increase in the number of international offers at these engineering campuses, initial estimates indicate

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