All stories by Ruchika Chitravanshi
Govt to decriminalise provisions of LLP ActRediff.com23 Nov 2020
One of the changes being proposed is allowing LLPs to issue non-convertible debentures.
Foreign listing of start-ups, MSMEs will now be easierRediff.com10 Nov 2020
The criteria for allowing companies to avail of this provision will include profitability, networth, paid-up capital, and turnover.
How complex is the process of getting approval for a vaccine?Rediff.com30 Sep 2020
Vaccine development is a long process to ensure safety and efficacy through different stages and involves regulatory supervision every step of the way. Ruchika Chitravanshi takes you through this carefully drawn journey of vaccine development.
'We are moving fast towards the peak of the epidemic'Rediff.com23 Sep 2020
Unsurprised by the rising numbers, epidemiologists are concerned about the virus reaching rural and tribal areas where the health infrastructure is weak, reports Ruchika Chitravanshi.
'Covid has not crushed demand for foreign education, it has only delayed it'Rediff.com4 Sep 2020
'Students are taking a keen interest in a hybrid model, where they start classes online and then complete the course on campus.'
Companies allowed to extend AGMs by up to 3 monthsRediff.com20 Aug 2020
Indian companies are required to hold AGMs within six months of closure of the financial year.
Swachh Bharat man, Param Iyer calls it a day as sanitation secyRediff.com28 Jul 2020
Iyer, popularly called Param, is keen to return to the US where he had spent several years working with the World Bank at its Washington office -- a job he later quit to become road manager for his daughter, a professional tennis player.
India may see wave of peaks in COVID-19 casesRediff.com20 Jul 2020
Many experts feel the concept of a national peak is nebulous, given that the growth in case numbers is dominated by a handful of states.
Where's the Covid-19 data, ask scientistsRediff.com6 Jul 2020
Epidemiologists worry there's little or no data being shared on mortality by age group and contacts traced, which makes it difficult to understand how the effects of Covid-19 might be different in the Indian population, reports Ruchika Chitravanshi
Senior citizens account for 50% of India's COVID-19 deathsRediff.com4 Jun 2020
Nearly half of all coronavirus patients in the country have been cured, taking the recovery rate to over 48 per cent.
No signs of Covid curve flattening, cases to peak in Jul-AugRediff.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 medicsRediff.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?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 monthsRediff.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?Rediff.com24 Apr 2020
'Call it by whichever name, but there is transmission happening between people.'
Days after Markaz event, eerie silence hangs over NizamuddinRediff.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 lockdownRediff.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 bankruptciesRediff.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 30Rediff.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, BenchesRediff.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 fraudsRediff.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 easierRediff.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 clientsRediff.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 retailersRediff.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 buyersRediff.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 changeRediff.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 scannerRediff.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 lifelineRediff.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 nameRediff.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 reformerRediff.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?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 IndiaRediff.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 trillionRediff.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?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 hurdleRediff.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 disasterRediff.com19 Jul 2014
Malaysia Airlines flies to Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kochi.
Sethusamudram falls out of favour with the CentreRediff.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 portRediff.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 lifeRediff.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 regimeRediff.com30 Apr 2014
The inquiry will bring under a scanner Arun Shourie, the then disinvestment minister, and Bharat Hotels Chairperson Jyotsna Suri.