articles by Sulekha Nair

India

COVID-19 treatment: From affordable public hospitals to expensive private care, what it costs to treat a patient in India

COVID-19 hospital care does not cost anything at all in some states like Kerala while others have to pay depending on the rooms they prefer while admitted to hospitals.

India

Online education has a mountain of problems in India but it can become accessible, inclusive if states are more proactive

The online education space in India has been catching up for a few decades now but it has been largely used for skilling and is buoyed by self-learning.

World

H-1B visa suspension: Remote working during COVID-19 lockdown insulates India's IT sector; Indian talent will be in demand, say experts

Analysts and sector specialists said that the latest move by the Trump government is not expected to have much impact on the Indian tech sector which has a significant presence in the US.

Business

COVID-19 aftermath: Funding divide among Indian startups makes survival difficult; while some bag millions, others struggle

Funding in Indian tech-led startups rose by 14 percent in the first quarter of 2020 as compared to the same period last year, yet only 16 percent startups and SMEs have cash to survive for more than three months, revealed a recent survey

Business

NASSCOM teams up with IoT, AI startups to provide low-cost solutions to combat COVID-19

NASSCOM's  Center of Excellence IoT and AI has focussed on a few startups to leverage their solutions and provide them with the resources

Business

Domestic flights to resume from 25 May: Govt can dictate fare capping to private airlines only if it provides discounts on fuel, other charges

The government will regulate fares and it will be in a fixed range with a minimum and a maximum fare already set for the route. Aviation experts wonder who gave the government advice on this matter.

India

COVID-19 in Karnataka: Shortage of PPE kits, unequal distribution of resources put health workers in line of fire

Doctors at St John's Medical College and Hospital is the lack of safety gear-- PPE kits, the fear of running out of N95 masks and gloves and the disproportionate distribution of the kits, masks and gloves by the government.

Business

Agri startup Eggoz raises Rs 2.5 cr seed funding from angel investors; to focus on growth, expansion plan

Eggoz works with farmers under deep integration at several locations in North India, using cutting-edge nutritional engineering and technology to produce high quality and nutrition-rich eggs.

Business

UP, MP ease labour laws: India needs to ride this wave focussing on employee health, safety and correct 'miserable' record in this matter

Labour regulations such as 8 hours work days were brought in after years of protests against exploitation.

India

COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu: Healthcare workers resolute despite risks, but incidents of stigmatisation remain a worry

Doctors in Tamil Nadu said people they interact with are generally cooperative. However, there have been instances of doctors being denied rental accommodation and being forced out of hostels.

Business

Future of Indian luxury goods market uncertain in post-COVID-19 economy, says management expert

Global luxury sales could drop up to 35 percent by the end of 2020, according to a recent report by Bain & Company, a management consultant firm.

India

Tackling COVID-19 in Kerala: Hailed by patients and shunned by society, hospital staff recounts working on front-line

What pains the people who treat, take care of the patients besides fetching food for patients, clean up their rooms and dispose of the waste is the treatment they are meted outside the hospital.

Business

Govt offers relief to MSME sector, stakeholders say take care of salary payments, provide 6 months interest waiver on loans

The government is considering providing payroll support and overheads for the MSME sector for 110 mn workers and staff which could cost up to around Rs 1-1.5 lakh crore.

Business

Combating COVID-19 with innovative solutions, IIT Roorkee's business incubator launches Coronaoven, tracking app

Three startups started and focussed on niche technologies decided to join with the request of IIT Roorkhee and the state government to come up with innovations that would help combat COVID-19.

Business

Coronavirus Outbreak: CXO-level hiring to be frozen for at least two quarters; organisations unlikely to invest in high cost resources post-lockdown

CXO-level hiring--top level chief executives; finance, operations and tech chiefs, among others, are hired for critical roles.

Business

Salary cuts more feasible than job cuts, say experts; peg recovery period for retail at 9-12 months after lockdown ends

The short-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on retailers in the country will be severe, but retail sales recovery period for India is expected to kickstart from the first week of May subject to the lockdown not being extended further,

Business

Lockdown impact: With loaders, workers leaving cities, shipment transportation stuck at ports; some firms introduce solutions

Ever since the lockdown was announced on 24 March only 5 percent of around 90 lakh trucks across India are plying on the roads due to shortage of drivers and labourers at loading and unloading points

Business

Coronavirus Outbreak: Disrupted distribution will hit newspapers in the near term, reading patterns bound to change

Viewership on electronic and digital medium is up, but companies are withholding advertisements revenues, be it in any sector-- auto, real estate, FMCG categories, etc.

Business

Coronavirus Outbreak: Nirmala Sitharaman took care of the poor, Shaktikanta Das has taken care of middle class by cutting interest rates

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das in a press conference said these are extraordinary circumstances, and unprecedented measures are required to support the sagging economy as all the economic activities have come to a halt.