All stories by Ruchika Chitravanshi
'We have to do everything to avoid a super spreader event'Rediff.com1 Jan 2022
'Health will continue to be at the centre of the government's attention as it underpins economic recovery and our collective well being.'
Omicron in India: 'Surge likely in January'Rediff.com30 Dec 2021
'Whether the substantial hybrid immunity present in India can protect against severe consequences of the disease remains to be seen.'
How govt plans to plug gaps in the bankruptcy codeRediff.com25 Dec 2021
In a move to plug gaps in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) has proposed robust norms against avoidance transactions, wrongful trading, and inordinate delays via changes to look-back period and fixed timelines for the tribunals to reject or approve plans, among other measures. The MCA has proposed that the IBC should provide the adjudicating authority with 30 days for approving or rejecting a resolution plan under Section 31. If a decision is not made on the resolution plan within that period, the adjudicating authority will record reasons in writing for the same, the ministry has proposed.
Is A Vaccine Booster Needed?Rediff.com20 Dec 2021
'There is no emergency of a third wave that we are rushing for booster doses.'
Omicron: Europe-like surge may mean 1.4 mn cases a dayRediff.com18 Dec 2021
'We have to ensure the European situation does not occur in India and we don't see a spread like theirs.'
Govt targets 'left-out' people in fresh Covid-19 vaccination pushRediff.com24 Nov 2021
The Union health ministry has directed states to identify all left-out people and ensure everyone gets their Covid jab through initiatives such as workplace vaccination, as part of the government's "Har Ghar Dastak" campaign. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a review meeting on vaccination progress with Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Puducherry on Monday. In a tweet, the minister said, "Spoke about augmenting Govt's #HarGharDastak vaccine campaign. Requested help from religious leaders, NGOs & political groups to speed-up vaccination coverage." Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan has asked state officials that workplace vaccination should be organised for targeting people due for their doses.
Companies get 2-month extension to hold AGMsRediff.com24 Sep 2021
The government said it had received many representations seeking extension of time citing many difficulties due to the second wave of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns. MCA has asked the registrar of companies to approve the extension of the time limit to hold the AGM.
India's high antibody count could mean less severe Covid 3rd waveRediff.com16 Aug 2021
While some experts believe that a large part of India is still vulnerable to the virus that could trigger a third wave, others feel the country is not likely to be engulfed by another deadly wave unless a new variant emerges.
Centre recommends 3-pronged strategy for states to unlockRediff.com2 Jun 2021
States should ensure a weekly positivity rate of less than 5 per cent, vaccination coverage of at least 70 per cent among the vulnerable section, and community ownership of Covid-appropriate behaviour, reports Ruchika Chitravanshi.
Despite multiple Covid deaths, UP villages in denialRediff.com1 Jun 2021
Hardly anyone wears a mask and most brush off concerns over a pandemic. It is not just scepticism over the existence of the pandemic. A common refrain across villages is the fear of vaccines, reports Ruchika Chitravanshi.
'India must do 7 million vaccinations a day'Rediff.com22 May 2021
'If you approached it with that level of aggression in 100 days, you would have vaccinated more than half of your country.' 'On a mass scale you will be able to eliminate that wave.'
Sputnik V vaccine to be available in India from next week: GovtRediff.com14 May 2021
India is expecting 156 million doses of the vaccine from August to September, reports Ruchika Chitravanshi.
Covid deaths could touch 1 million by August: LancetRediff.com8 May 2021
If that outcome were to happen, the Modi government would be responsible for presiding over a self-inflicted national catastrophe.
Early signs of COVID-19 surge cooling in 13 states and Union TerritoriesRediff.com4 May 2021
But the numbers have continued to rise in 23 states including Bihar, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
IBC: 'Defaulters' paradise is lost'Rediff.com30 Mar 2021
'The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code cleans up non-performing assets and puts companies in capable and credible hands.'
Independent directors of loss-making firms must be paid: GovtRediff.com20 Mar 2021
Till now, there was no provision in the Companies Act that allowed a remuneration for the non-executive director if the company was in loss or had inadequate profits. Only the executive director was entitled for a remuneration in the event of a loss.
Stressed firms must get ready for bankruptcy proceedingsRediff.com18 Mar 2021
With just a few days left for the suspension on fresh corporate insolvency cases to end, government sources have indicated that another extension is unlikely. An extension may not be economically desirable as it hampers the restructuring prospects for stressed companies, according to senior officials. Also, it would be a challenge to amend the law in such a short time. A Bill would have to be passed in both Houses of Parliament, if any change, with respect to suspension of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), is to be made - including extension or creating any exceptions to the rule.
How the new Companies Act will affect Tata Sons, Bharti TelecomRediff.com22 Feb 2021
Companies such as Tata Sons and Bharti Telecom, which are unlisted but have listed subsidiaries, may soon have to file periodic financial statements with the registrar of companies under the new provision of the Companies Act. The provision requires greater financial disclosures by a certain category of unlisted companies.
After a year of Covid, India may not face a second waveRediff.com9 Feb 2021
Epidemiologists point out that if there is no second wave, it means that the number of infected has surpassed the uninfected, reports Ruchika Chitravanshi.
Despite Covid, registration of new companies went up in 2020Rediff.com24 Jan 2021
Moreover, 5,611 companies struck off earlier by the ministry of corporate affairs because of compliance-related lacunae, were registered again.