All stories by Vinay Umarji
Free courses, offers... Online learning gets tempting!Rediff.com8 hours ago
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 kitsRediff.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?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 exportsRediff.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 attackRediff.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 importsRediff.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?'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 placementRediff.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 templeRediff.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 stressRediff.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 seasonRediff.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!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 cutRediff.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 listRediff.com13 Sep 2019
India fails to feature in the top 300 World University Rankings 2020 list.
Budget a big boost for affordable housing segmentRediff.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 homesRediff.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 GujaratRediff.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 unconditionallyRediff.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 farmersRediff.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'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 citiesRediff.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 2019Rediff.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-AhmedabadRediff.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 USRediff.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 apparelsRediff.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 IndiaRediff.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 200Rediff.com16 Jan 2019
Last year, 17 made the cut; IISc tops India group at No 14.
ISB sees 46% rise in offersRediff.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 yearRediff.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 manRediff.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 yearRediff.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 brandRediff.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 apartRediff.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
Do you know the highest salary of an IIM-Ahmedabad grad this year?Rediff.com20 Sep 2018
IIM-A saw 36 per cent jump in maximum domestic salary in 2018 placements this year.
Why Gujarat is better prepared to launch Ayushman BharatRediff.com12 Sep 2018
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Ayushman Bharat health care scheme is just a slogan for the moment, it is the state's Mukhyamantri Amrutum health assurance scheme which is a comforting reality for many.
Mukherjee to teach public policy as elective at IIM-ARediff.com9 Sep 2018
While most of Mukherjee's lectures will be closed door for the students taking up the elective, the institute plans to open up one or two sessions for public in November this year.
Bombay Dyeing stitching together a new storyRediff.com9 Aug 2018
Bombay Dyeing is betting on creating a range of unique, customised textile products, a route that is largely unexplored by the home textiles players although several industry reports and consumer behavior studies have talked about the potential for personalisation.
What the 'eminence' tag means for Indian institutesRediff.com11 Jul 2018
Greater autonomy, freedom to recruit faculty and government funding are just some of the perks these institutes will enjoy.
GST @ 1: Going gets rough for Surat's diamond, textile tradersRediff.com2 Jul 2018
The impact of GST is particularly stark in the highly fragmented synthetic textile industry, which attracts different GST rates at different stages of production and sale
Campus placements: IIMs to go the IIT-B wayRediff.com20 Jun 2018
IIM-A, other top B-schools moot IIT-like joint placement committee