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.

Explained: Why Commerce and Arts students can now become engineers

BUSINESS

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.

In the east, Chinese incursion in India’s festive season sales continues unchecked—Part III

BUSINESS

In the east, Chinese incursion in India’s festive season sales continues unchecked—Part III

‘Buy local’ and ‘Boycott China’ may be the slogans of the season, but Chinese products are packed to the rafters in the large wholesale and retail stores in Mumbai’s Crawford Market and Kolkata’s Burrabazaar. This is the concluding part of a three-part series.

Explained: Here’s how campus placements amidst lockdown will work this season

BUSINESS

Explained: Here’s how campus placements amidst lockdown will work this season

Whether it is a well-known company or a startup that is looking to hire engineers and MBAs, the first step is to make a company presentation in front of the graduating batch. Since no face-to-face interaction is possible, institutes are expecting a three-round-interview against the average single-round interview this time.

Explained: Here’s how scores will be calculated in the new colour-coded health insurance plans

BUSINESS

Explained: Here’s how scores will be calculated in the new colour-coded health insurance plans

Products with a score of 2 or less will be classified green, more than 2 and less than 4 will be orange, while those above 4 and up to 6 will be red. Seven parameters will be considered for the coding system.

Explained: Why companies are giving employees well-being leave

BUSINESS

Explained: Why companies are giving employees well-being leave

Employee burnout is very real, with long hours of working from home taking a toll on many. A few companies are now trying to do something to alleviate the stress.

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

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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.

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

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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

LIC’s gross NPA ratio in debt portfolio at record high of 8.17% at end of FY20

BUSINESS

LIC’s gross NPA ratio in debt portfolio at record high of 8.17% at end of FY20

LIC has a balance sheet of Rs 31.2 lakh crore and its investments and downgrades will be under closer scrutiny ahead of its IPO.

Brahm Vasudeva: The man who made brand Hawkins synonymous with core focus

BUSINESS

Brahm Vasudeva: The man who made brand Hawkins synonymous with core focus

Non-executive chairman passed away on July 10 at age 84. He vowed that his company would do only what it is good at and closed doors on diversification. That doesn’t mean he was not bold enough. The birth of the Indian Readership Survey is a classic example.

US student visa restrictions: Can you be deported, will your fee be refunded and other questions answered

BUSINESS

US student visa restrictions: Can you be deported, will your fee be refunded and other questions answered

Do the new ICE rules mean you can never go back to the US for studies? Read on for answers to all your questions on the latest rules related on US student visas

What happens to Indian students enrolled in universities in United States?

BUSINESS

What happens to Indian students enrolled in universities in United States?

For most Indian students, it is going to be a tough choice as they will not be able to stay back in the US for their courses.

Closer scrutiny of Chinese imports to delay electronics’ production in India

BUSINESS

Closer scrutiny of Chinese imports to delay electronics’ production in India

Delay in access to electronics and allied component from China due to closer inspection by customs officials in India would mean drying up of product inventory and a possibility of further price increase in appliances.

Unlock 1.0 | Take a look at the array of deals that electronics makers have for old and new customers

BUSINESS

Unlock 1.0 | Take a look at the array of deals that electronics makers have for old and new customers

Here are some of the deals that consumer durables' firms are offering to woo customers

COVID-19 impact: Social distancing mandate gives rise to new job roles in factories

BUSINESS

COVID-19 impact: Social distancing mandate gives rise to new job roles in factories

A new set of roles pertaining to shop-floor coordination to maintain six-feet distance between workers as well as sanitisation of workplace and employees has opened up amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

Kerala elephant death: Initial probe shows death may have been an accident, not act of mischief

INDIA

Kerala elephant death: Initial probe shows death may have been an accident, not act of mischief

Forest officers are in discussions with locals in the area where the incident occurred in an effort to gain more information about whether death of the elephant with cracker-filled food was intentional.

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

Coronavirus pandemic| Here is a list of the exams postponed in India

BUSINESS

Coronavirus pandemic| Here is a list of the exams postponed in India

CBSE, ICSE, ISC as well as JEE Mains have been postponed to a date later than March 31. NEET (UG) 2020 is still on schedule for May 3.

Coronavirus outbreak: "What happens to my degree?" ask Indian students in affected nations

BUSINESS

Coronavirus outbreak: "What happens to my degree?" ask Indian students in affected nations

While institutes in regions like China have begun offering online programmes, practical lessons cannot be replaced

COVID-19: Indians look to insure themselves against the virus

BUSINESS

COVID-19: Indians look to insure themselves against the virus

Insurance companies say inquiries have increased by 20 percent since the outbreak

Explained: Post-Brexit, here's how getting a UK work visa will change

BUSINESS

Explained: Post-Brexit, here's how getting a UK work visa will change

Migrants will have to score a minimum of 70 points to be eligible to apply for a United Kingdom work visa.

Study overtakes work as common reason to move to UK, but not for Indians

BUSINESS

Study overtakes work as common reason to move to UK, but not for Indians

The number of work visas granted (Tier 2) touched an all-time high of 113,958 of which 57,199 were given to Indians.

Gross NPAs in LIC's debt portfolio touch record high of 7.49% by 2019-end

BUSINESS

Gross NPAs in LIC's debt portfolio touch record high of 7.49% by 2019-end

While net NPA stayed constant at 0.36 percent, the insurer has provided for doubtful debts

Will TV sales hit all-time low in FY20?

BUSINESS

Will TV sales hit all-time low in FY20?

Aggressive competition on pricing and high GST for popular TV segments has led to a decline in sales

Coronavirus outbreak: Supply of electronic goods to India trickles

BUSINESS

Coronavirus outbreak: Supply of electronic goods to India trickles

Customers may either find products like smartphones, TVs, ACs and refrigerators out of stock or stare at a 10-15 percent price hike

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