Ruchika Chitravanshi

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No signs of Covid curve flattening, cases to peak in Jul-Aug

No signs of Covid curve flattening, cases to peak in Jul-Aug

Rediff.com18 May 2020

'We don't know how complicated things will get with the onset of the monsoon.'

Explain how you contracted COVID-19: Delhi govt to medics

Explain how you contracted COVID-19: Delhi govt to medics

Rediff.com2 May 2020

A letter sent out by Delhi government asked all medical directors to provide a written explanation on how the health workers contracted the disease despite wearing protective gear, maintaining safe distancing and taking all precautions.

Can disinfectant tunnels actually spray out the virus?

Can disinfectant tunnels actually spray out the virus?

Rediff.com27 Apr 2020

These are becoming one of the most in-demand commodities in the COVID world with malls, offices, banks, and shops lining up to install the structure at their entrances. The company swamped with these orders is a relatively new one, Chennai-based Nanolife, which has patented its Rajat Bhasma formula or the silver nanoparticles solution as a healthy disinfectant. Sceptics, however, say if a person is potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus, spraying the external part of the body would not kill the microbe, which is inside the body.

Bankruptcy: India Inc gets breather for 6 months

Bankruptcy: India Inc gets breather for 6 months

Rediff.com24 Apr 2020

Govt has decided to suspend Sections 7, 9, and 10, which are used to trigger insolvency proceedings for six months or a period not exceeding one year from the date they commence.

Elephant in the room: Is it community infection or no?

Elephant in the room: Is it community infection or no?

Rediff.com24 Apr 2020

'Call it by whichever name, but there is transmission happening between people.'

Days after Markaz event, eerie silence hangs over Nizamuddin

Days after Markaz event, eerie silence hangs over Nizamuddin

Rediff.com9 Apr 2020

Inside the narrow alleys of the basti, two CRPF companies -- around 150 armed guards -- have been deployed to keep a check on any unnecessary movement, reports Ruchika Chitravanshi.

COVID-19: IAS officers want extension of lockdown

COVID-19: IAS officers want extension of lockdown

Rediff.com5 Apr 2020

410 civil servants in a feedback survey to the Prime Minister's Office said that the curfew should stay till the pandemic is controlled and asked to increase fiscal spending on health infrastructure to around Rs 5-10 trillion.

India Inc bracing for coronavirus impact on bankruptcies

India Inc bracing for coronavirus impact on bankruptcies

Rediff.com25 Mar 2020

The government is drawing up a relief package for industry with steps such as relaxation of asset-classification norms by banks, thus allowing companies to delay the repayment of loans, and tax holidays for the worst-hit sectors like aviation and hospitality. But it might not be enough to stop more bankruptcies from getting filed.

Ministry permits video conferencing board meets till June 30

Ministry permits video conferencing board meets till June 30

Rediff.com21 Mar 2020

Companies will have to follow all requirements laid out under rules for holding board meetings via video conferencing such as recording of these proceedings, ensuring availability of proper equipment among others.

NCLT to get a boost with more staff, Benches

NCLT to get a boost with more staff, Benches

Rediff.com17 Mar 2020

The government is also planning to set up specialised Benches for competition law to reduce the burden of the appellate tribunal, which is referred to on all matters from company law and IBC to competition law and the national financial reporting authority.

New audit rules will shield India Inc against frauds

New audit rules will shield India Inc against frauds

Rediff.com27 Feb 2020

With auditing under the scanner and two of the Big Four firms stopping non-audit services for audit clients, auditors will now be subjected to a more stringent standard of reporting.

Why registering a company online will now become easier

Why registering a company online will now become easier

Rediff.com20 Feb 2020

The new web form would facilitate on-screen filing and real time data validation for seamless incorporation.

Deloitte, too, refuses to offer non-audit services to clients

Deloitte, too, refuses to offer non-audit services to clients

Rediff.com17 Feb 2020

Deloitte India would not provide non-audit services to all listed companies and other entities where public money is involved such as banks and insurance companies, if they are its audit clients.

Why anti-trust watchdog turned screws on online retailers

Why anti-trust watchdog turned screws on online retailers

Rediff.com27 Jan 2020

What seems to have changed over the last two-three years is that earlier the CCI considered online as another channel for retail sales, while it now seems dividing the retail market into two -- online and offline, and looking at them separately, say competition law experts.

Good news for stressed asset buyers

Good news for stressed asset buyers

Rediff.com12 Dec 2019

In a major relief to stressed assets, the Cabinet approved the proposed IBC amendment that the licences, permits, concessions, and clearances for a corporate debtor cannot be terminated or suspended or not renewed during the moratorium period. The Cabinet also allowed amending the code to streamline the corporate insolvency resolution process and protect last-mile funding to boost investment in financially distressed sectors.

How the Companies Act is likely to change

How the Companies Act is likely to change

Rediff.com19 Nov 2019

The panel suggests the government be authorised to raise the thresholds, which trigger applicability of Corporate Social Responsibility provisions.

Naresh Goyal, Jet Air under SFIO scanner

Naresh Goyal, Jet Air under SFIO scanner

Rediff.com18 Nov 2019

The probe agency has found that the company's vast network of sales agents across the globe was not independent of Jet Airways and several of these entities were linked to its founder, Naresh Goyal.

Debt-hit fin service providers get a lifeline

Debt-hit fin service providers get a lifeline

Rediff.com16 Nov 2019

The government on Friday notified the rules for insolvency and liquidation proceedings of financial service providers (FSPs). These rules, notified by the ministry of corporate affairs, will not be applicable to banks, reports Ruchika Chitravanshi.

Thomas Cook India realises there's plenty in a name

Thomas Cook India realises there's plenty in a name

Rediff.com7 Oct 2019

Over the last few days, as the fortunes of Thomas Cook Plc took a wrong turn, the Indian entity scrambled to distance itself from its erstwhile parent. Experts have said that the travel firm must not change its brand name.

From Sitharaman the doer to reformer

From Sitharaman the doer to reformer

Rediff.com21 Sep 2019

Between August and September Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman toured the length and breadth of India meeting traders, experts and entrepreneurs to gauge the pulse of the nation, reports Ruchika Chitravanshi.

How water-efficient are your home appliances?

How water-efficient are your home appliances?

Rediff.com3 Sep 2019

The highest water-use efficiency of more than $ 50 per cubic metre is in Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Israel, Denmark, Finland, and Great Britain while the lowest is in Central and South Asia, including India, at less than $ 10 per cubic metre.

CSR non-compliance: Breather for Corporate India

CSR non-compliance: Breather for Corporate India

Rediff.com14 Aug 2019

A committee suggested that CSR expenditure be made tax deductible, in order to incentivise spending by companies. It also said that CSR should not be used as a means of resource-gap funding for government schemes.

Price of piped water to all households = Rs 5 trillion

Price of piped water to all households = Rs 5 trillion

Rediff.com5 Aug 2019

The current estimate, however, largely covers only the cost of infrastructure such as pipes, construction of borewells, overhead costs among others and not the expenditure to be incurred on operation and maintenance.

CSR norms: Is India moving back to Inspector Raj?

CSR norms: Is India moving back to Inspector Raj?

Rediff.com2 Aug 2019

According to experts by making CSR spending mandatory, the government has made it into a statutory due like tax but with none of its democratic quality.

Aerocity hotels waiting to take off as red tape proves a hurdle

Aerocity hotels waiting to take off as red tape proves a hurdle

Rediff.com5 Aug 2014

About Rs 12,000 crore are stuck in India's first hotel district, Delhi's Aerocity, because of red tape.

Fliers concerned about safety on flights after Malaysian Airlines disaster

Fliers concerned about safety on flights after Malaysian Airlines disaster

Rediff.com19 Jul 2014

Malaysia Airlines flies to Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kochi.

Sethusamudram falls out of favour with the Centre

Sethusamudram falls out of favour with the Centre

Rediff.com4 Jun 2014

The project is currently under litigation after environmental concerns were raised against the plan of linking the PalkBay and the Gulf of Mannar by creating a shipping channel through the shallow sea, says Ruchika Chitravanshi.

Govt may fund strategically important Iranian port

Govt may fund strategically important Iranian port

Rediff.com30 May 2014

JNPT, the country's largest container port at Navi Mumbai, and Kandla in Gujarat's Kutch, the largest port by total cargo, will come together to form a Special Purpose Vehicle to operate the terminal at Chabahar, under a revenue-share agreement with the Port and Maritime Organisation, Iran.

BJP manifesto: Tourism awaits new lease of life

BJP manifesto: Tourism awaits new lease of life

Rediff.com20 May 2014

The BJP in its policy document stated that tourism plays a key role in socio-economic progress through creation of jobs.

CBI to probe hotel sale in NDA regime

CBI to probe hotel sale in NDA regime

Rediff.com30 Apr 2014

The inquiry will bring under a scanner Arun Shourie, the then disinvestment minister, and Bharat Hotels Chairperson Jyotsna Suri.

21% rise in Indians travelling abroad: TripAdvisor

21% rise in Indians travelling abroad: TripAdvisor

Rediff.com29 Apr 2014

A foreign holiday has now become non-negotiable for Indian consumers.

Coal scam: Why Birla, Jindal are out of CVC probe

Coal scam: Why Birla, Jindal are out of CVC probe

Rediff.com1 Apr 2014

CBI has registered 18 FIRs so far in the coal scam.

'CBI has enough evidence for probe against Ex-Sebi chief'

'CBI has enough evidence for probe against Ex-Sebi chief'

Rediff.com21 Mar 2014

According to a senior CBI official, the agency has evidence to suggest the finance ministry's recommendations were overlooked while giving a licence to MCX-SX in 2008.

Taj to have longer stay at Mansingh

Taj to have longer stay at Mansingh

Rediff.com1 Mar 2014

This would be the fourth time the New Delhi Municipal Council would be giving an extension.

CBI probe in R-Telecom's 'deal' with Swiss firm hits dead-end

CBI probe in R-Telecom's 'deal' with Swiss firm hits dead-end

Rediff.com17 Jan 2014

The agency had earlier alleged that the company had sold its 9.1% stake to Delphi for Rs 10 crore --a rate much lower than the prevalent market price.

Taj Mansingh might get another lease extension

Taj Mansingh might get another lease extension

Rediff.com10 Jan 2014

The city's landmark five-star Taj Mahal hotel, popularly called the Taj Mansingh after the road it's situated on, is likely to get yet another lease extension.

India sees sluggish growth in foreign tourist arrivals

India sees sluggish growth in foreign tourist arrivals

Rediff.com8 Jan 2014

The number of foreign tourists coming to India grew a modest four per cent between January and December 2013, coinciding with women travellers' perception on the country as a safe destination hitting rock bottom.

Domestic travel to get boost this winter

Domestic travel to get boost this winter

Rediff.com13 Dec 2013

Online travel companies such as Yatra.com are offering a flat 33 per cent off on hotel bookings for a limited period.