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Wow! IIT Delhi bags 1,100 job offers

Wow! IIT Delhi bags 1,100 job offers

Rediff.com2 Jul 2020

Approximately 85.6% undergraduate and postgraduate students who availed placement services of the institute got placed.

Why US' revocation may not have much effect on HCQs exports

Why US' revocation may not have much effect on HCQs exports

Rediff.com17 Jun 2020

This is because while the emergency authorisation for treating Covid was a recent move, the drug has been used since years for rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune lupus.

How India can woo firms leaving China

How India can woo firms leaving China

Rediff.com4 Jun 2020

Nomura Group Study found that in 2019, out of the fifty-six companies which shifted their production out of China, only three of these invested in India; while 26 went to Vietnam, 11 to Taiwan, and 08 to Thailand. In April 2020, Nikkei noted that out of the 1,000 firms which were planning to leave China and invest in Asian countries, only 300 of them were seriously thinking of investing in India.

Why migrant workers in Surat are turning violent

Why migrant workers in Surat are turning violent

Rediff.com20 May 2020

'There are 8-12 members living in the same accommodation. While in pre-lockdown days, since most were out on work, social tension among them was less because of limited interaction. But now, no food and livelihood, along with having to live in cramped conditions, is taking a toll on their mental health.'

After UP and MP, Gujarat exempts firms from labour laws

After UP and MP, Gujarat exempts firms from labour laws

Rediff.com9 May 2020

Except for laws pertaining to the payment of minimum wages, following safety norms and adequate compensation for workers in case of industrial accidents, no other provisions of the labour law would apply to all new companies that wish to operate in the state for at least 1,200 days, and for those that have already been operational for that period.

Glitter is missing from Surat's diamond industry

Glitter is missing from Surat's diamond industry

Rediff.com5 May 2020

Though exports to Hong Kong, a major destination for India's polished diamonds, have resumed, the industry is currently sitting on an inventory worth around $2.3 billion.

Gujarat pharma hub hit by near-zero exports

Gujarat pharma hub hit by near-zero exports

Rediff.com15 Apr 2020

With the government asking the companies to operate with only 50 per cent staff strength, and exports dipping to almost zero, the truck and bus drivers idling at the petrol pump say they hardly have any work now. At a petrol pump on the deserted Bavla-Changodar highway near Ahmedabad in Gujarat, several trucks and buses are neatly parked in a row.

Free courses, offers... Online learning gets tempting!

Free courses, offers... Online learning gets tempting!

Rediff.com6 Apr 2020

Edtech brands are offering discounts, adding fresh content and engaging more frequently with users during the lockdown, reports Vinay Umarji.

Gujarat firm gets licence to make covid-19 test kits

Gujarat firm gets licence to make covid-19 test kits

Rediff.com22 Mar 2020

A joint venture of Synbiotics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ambalal Sarabhai Enterprises (ASE), and CoDiagnostics, CoSara Diagnostics is the first and only Indian company so far to receive a licence from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) to manufacture coronavirus diagnostic test kits.

Will Trumps visit Sabarmati or not?

Will Trumps visit Sabarmati or not?

Rediff.com23 Feb 2020

Speculation is rife that Trump may skip Sabarmati Ashram to make time for a visit to Agra, Vinay Umarji reports.

Coronavirus outbreak to hit India's cumin, sesame, groundnut oil exports

Coronavirus outbreak to hit India's cumin, sesame, groundnut oil exports

Rediff.com7 Feb 2020

If the current situation prevails, exports to China could fall by 10-15 per cent. Meanwhile, even the prices of cotton, of which Gujarat is one of the leading producers, have taken a hit.

Gujarat battles worst locust attack

Gujarat battles worst locust attack

Rediff.com29 Dec 2019

Swarms in about 3,526 hectares of 5,000 hectares under control; farmers burn tyres or dry straw, play loud music and beat steel plates, and use large fans to destroy or drive away the pests, reports Vinay Umarji

Liquidity crunch takes shine off India's rough diamond imports

Liquidity crunch takes shine off India's rough diamond imports

Rediff.com26 Dec 2019

Overall gross import of rough diamonds between April to November 2019 has shown a decline of 17.24 per cent to $8.55 billion from $10.34 billion registered during April to November 2018. This is one of sharpest fall in import of diamond in India in last one decade.

'Why is stock market buoyant amidst slowdown?'

'Why is stock market buoyant amidst slowdown?'

Rediff.com20 Dec 2019

Former CEA Arvind Subramanian called for research in the area and urged the NSE Centre for Behavioural Science in Finance, Economics and Marketing to explain why as the economy has been going down, the stock market has been going up.

With 1,119 job offers, IIT-Kharagpur leads placement

With 1,119 job offers, IIT-Kharagpur leads placement

Rediff.com11 Dec 2019

IIT Kharagpur gets more than 1,000 job offers in a record five days, with 144 companies visiting the campus till Dec 5

The man who designed the Ram temple

The man who designed the Ram temple

Rediff.com28 Nov 2019

Chandrakant Sompura has either planned, designed, built or renovated over a hundred temples in India and abroad.

IITs mull new placement model to ease student stress

IITs mull new placement model to ease student stress

Rediff.com28 Nov 2019

Experts believe modifying the placement model is a good decision given the changes that campus recruitment has undergone globally, says Vinay Umarji.

Why these B-schools are excited about the hiring season

Why these B-schools are excited about the hiring season

Rediff.com18 Nov 2019

Management campuses are expecting the rise in pre-placement offers to ease the final placement process.

It's raining job offers at B-schools!

It's raining job offers at B-schools!

Rediff.com3 Oct 2019

They are witnessing, or anticipating, a double-digit growth in job offers over the same period last year.

How diamond industry stands to gain from GST cut

How diamond industry stands to gain from GST cut

Rediff.com23 Sep 2019

Blocked working capital worth Rs 1,500 crore, in the almost-defunct job work diamond polishing units, is expected to be released even as diamantaires will issue fresh orders to such units following the GST relief.

Shocking! India dropped from top 300 World Universities list

Shocking! India dropped from top 300 World Universities list

Rediff.com13 Sep 2019

India fails to feature in the top 300 World University Rankings 2020 list.

Budget a big boost for affordable housing segment

Budget a big boost for affordable housing segment

Rediff.com10 Jul 2019

Budget has proposed an additional deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh for interest paid on loans borrowed up to end-March, 2020 for purchase of an affordable house, valued up to 45 lakh.

Mumbai still has the highest number of unsold luxury homes

Mumbai still has the highest number of unsold luxury homes

Rediff.com12 Jun 2019

On the other hand, Bengaluru posted a record fall of 49 per cent from 6,370 units in Q1 of 2018 to 3,260 units in Q1 of 2019, on the back of rising preference among NRIs to invest in the city.

From cattle to crops, drought playing havoc in Gujarat

From cattle to crops, drought playing havoc in Gujarat

Rediff.com7 Jun 2019

In Gujarat, of the 12.5 million hectare of area under cultivation, while six million is dependent on rainfall, two million is covered by groundwater, a bulk of which is said to be in north Gujarat. Scanty rainfall in the last one and half years has not only depleted groundwater level but also affected dams.

Potato farmers want Pepsico to withdraw the cases unconditionally

Potato farmers want Pepsico to withdraw the cases unconditionally

Rediff.com4 May 2019

With support from other farmer organisations and activists, including RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, the potato growers have not only sought compensation but also called for boycott of the food giant's products.

PepsiCo offers out-of-court settlement to potato farmers

PepsiCo offers out-of-court settlement to potato farmers

Rediff.com28 Apr 2019

Firm had sued them for buying seeds and selling a potato variety used for making Lays chips, It has been suggested that the farmers give an undertaking that they would never buy and sow the registered variety of FC-5 potato seeds in future.

'Modi's charisma has waned'

'Modi's charisma has waned'

Rediff.com23 Apr 2019

'Not only has the ire against the Congress subsided in Gujarat, but people are now coming to their senses.'

Gujarat: Rallies turn away from cities

Gujarat: Rallies turn away from cities

Rediff.com22 Apr 2019

Modi and Shah addressed rallies away from the four major urban centres of Gujarat: Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot.

Employees in India likely to get average salary hike 9.7% in 2019

Employees in India likely to get average salary hike 9.7% in 2019

Rediff.com6 Mar 2019

Only five sectors such as consumer internet companies, professional services, life sciences, automotive and consumer products are projecting double-digit increment.

'Dream job' applications dip at IIM-Ahmedabad

'Dream job' applications dip at IIM-Ahmedabad

Rediff.com18 Feb 2019

A dip in 'dream job' applications could also mean that students are bagging their desired offers in the first go itself.

Why Indian students DON'T want to go to Trump's US

Why Indian students DON'T want to go to Trump's US

Rediff.com30 Jan 2019

The hostile environment towards outsiders under the Trump government is a major reason, say experts.

Centre now plans to roll out India-centric size in apparels

Centre now plans to roll out India-centric size in apparels

Rediff.com21 Jan 2019

In the apparel export segment, one of the biggest challenges is that UK has a size, US has a size, Europe has a size and a measure; but India does not. So a size India project will be rolled out in the entire country, the first of its kind in Indian history.

Why Amul is angry with Google India

Why Amul is angry with Google India

Rediff.com17 Jan 2019

The dairy company has alleged that Google India and also goDaddy.com were misusing their platforms for earning revenues through advertisements on fake B2B campaigns that duped innocent individuals seeking Amul franchise across India.

25 Indian univs in world's top 200

25 Indian univs in world's top 200

Rediff.com16 Jan 2019

Last year, 17 made the cut; IISc tops India group at No 14.

ISB sees 46% rise in offers

ISB sees 46% rise in offers

Rediff.com13 Dec 2018

Marquee recruiters made premium offers, with consulting leading the pack by making 25.04% of the offers, followed by IT/ITeS (18.59%), e-commerce (10.55%) and BFSI (10.13%).

It's raining jobs at IITs this year

It's raining jobs at IITs this year

Rediff.com4 Dec 2018

Day 1 saw Microsoft make the highest number of offers while Intel emerged as one of the top recruiters on Day 2.

Meet Girish Chandra Murmu: PM Modi and Amit Shah's go-to man

Meet Girish Chandra Murmu: PM Modi and Amit Shah's go-to man

Rediff.com30 Nov 2018

A 1985-batch IAS officer with a reputation for industriousness, Murmu is currently special secretary in the revenue department.

It's raining summer placements at B-schools this year

It's raining summer placements at B-schools this year

Rediff.com19 Nov 2018

Major institutes see rise in summer placements; consulting, BFSI, e-commerce firms are top recruiters, says Vinay Umarji.

Amul Chocolates plans to be a Rs 10 bn brand

Amul Chocolates plans to be a Rs 10 bn brand

Rediff.com31 Oct 2018

From modest milk chocolate for kids 45 years ago to sophisticated dark chocolate for adults, Amul is a part of India's history.

Ease of doing business: Why Gujarat stands apart

Ease of doing business: Why Gujarat stands apart

Rediff.com22 Oct 2018

The state has allowed industrial units in special economic zones (SEZs) to lay off workers without government's sanction, regardless of the number of workers

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