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Himani Chandna is a Delhi-based journalist covering the business of healthcare, pharmaceuticals, human resources and brands

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Appraisals: It could happen to you, anytime...

While half yearly and monthly appraisals grew common after companies started ditching the bell curve and annual appraisal traditions, now get ready for surprise, instant appraisal session with your bosses.

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Updated on Aug 12, 2016 12:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Don’t use WhatsApp to ask for leave or send office work, companies tell staff

Many companies will not be using WhatsApp, the instant messaging app owned by Facebook, for office communication, over fear of losing company sensitive data.

Companies are discouraging the use of WhatsApp for office communication, saying the instant messaging app can only remain an informal and unofficial mode of interaction.(File Photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2016 01:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Soon, you can check MRPs of drugs on your smartphone

Soon, you would be able to check maximum retail prices of medicines through a mobile app. Drug price watchdog, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), is set to launch an Android- and iOS-based mobile application that will help consumer check the prices of life saving, essential medicines, in a move to discourage chemists and companies to overcharge consumer.

Soon, you would be able to check maximum retail prices of medicines through a mobile app.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 09, 2016 10:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Govt amends clinical trial procedures to lure drug makers

With more and more drug makers scouting for manufacturing hubs in foreign lands, the government has decided to ease clinical trial procedures in India. The apex body to control clinical trials and drug quality issues, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), has amended some critical clauses.

HT on August 1 reported that in a move against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-hyped ‘Make in India’ initiative, domestic drug makers are hunting for manufacturing hubs on foreign lands.(AP)
Published on Aug 08, 2016 04:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Rio 2016: Firms give a hand to Indian athletes

Twenty-year-old sprinter Dutee Chand, the first Indian woman to compete in the 100-metre event at Rio Olympics after almost 36 years, did not even have running shoes till last month. Diversified financial services company, Edelweiss Group, heard about Chand’s distress, and its employees ran all across Mumbai just to find the right pair of shoes for her.

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 08, 2016 10:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna and Mamta Banga, New Delhi

Coming soon, an app to check drug prices

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Published on Aug 08, 2016 07:38 AM IST

Rio 2016: Firms give a hand to Indian athletes

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Published on Aug 08, 2016 07:20 AM IST
ByHimani Chandna and Mamta Banga

PepsiCo to launch more fruit-based fizzy drinks

PepsiCo India, the fully-owned subsidiary of New York-based multinational, which sells food, snack and beverage, will soon have more carbonated drinks with fruit juices in it. So far it only has Nimbuzz, with 5% lemon extracts in it.

PepsiCo’s move to introduce fruit juices partially comes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s request to cola makers in 2014 to increase sourcing from Indian farmers.
Updated on Aug 02, 2016 05:33 PM IST
BySunny Sen and Himani Chandna, New Delhi

Fruit is flavour of season as cola players seek fizz in biz

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Published on Aug 02, 2016 06:33 AM IST
BySunny Sen and Himani Chandna

Subscribe, like, views... branding it right on YouTube

Brands are no longer banking on the five seconds before the “Skip Ad” option on YouTube to grab audiences’ attention. New-age startups, including Quikr, Ola, Snapdeal, Flipkart and Swiggy, are cashing in on spoof-based content — comedy, satire and parody videos — to gain visibility.

The Viral Fever’s Permanent Roommates have been viewed around 3.5 million times on YouTube.
Published on Aug 01, 2016 04:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByJyotindra Dubey and Himani Chandna, New Delhi

Pharma firms turn to foreign lands for manufacturing

In a move that can go against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-hyped ‘Make in India’ initiative, domestic drug makers are hunting for manufacturing hubs on the foreign lands citing regulatory delays, increased cost of land and spiking cost of unskilled labour in the country.

Pharmaceutical companies such as Biocon, Lupin and Glenmark have manufacturing units outside India.(Shutterstock)
Published on Jul 26, 2016 11:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Think before you post on social media! It may hurt your hiring prospects

Debating on social media? Beware, it may not go down well with your prospective employer.

While established companies deploy several measures, such as hiring detective agencies for background checks of the candidate, startups generally use social media.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 25, 2016 02:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Lenders don’t usually bank on Facebook, Twitter

Security risks and regulatory restrictions regarding what to post and what not on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Linked In, Instagram or Pintrest, are keeping these firms away from such social media-savvy candidates.

Security risks and regulatory restrictions regarding what to post and what not on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Linked In, Instagram or Pintrest, are keeping these firms away from such social media-savvy candidates.(kbuntu - Fotolia)
Updated on Jul 25, 2016 05:57 PM IST
ByHimani Chandna and Mahua Venkatesh, New Delhi

Have thousands of followers on Twitter? How social you are affects your work life

Do you have thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram? You will probably be in demand in the job market.

Companies, traditional and modern, are using candidates’ follower strengths as‘ deal breakers ’.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 25, 2016 02:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Companies get tougher on harassment at work

Companies walk extra mile to decipher sexual harassment policy at workplace: From putting posters to creating animated videos, quarterly action reports and organising workshops on how to create well documented case and witnesses. We are adopting zero-tolerance policy, claims companies.

As per data by the National Commission of Women (NCW), 336 complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace were registered in 2014.
Published on Jul 20, 2016 01:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Prescription for disaster: Online pharmas struggle for sales

A person named Damyanti Gada places an order for Folvite tablets and Evion capsules with online medicine seller, PharmEasy. The company checks the accompanying prescription: Nothing is in order. Patient details are incomplete, and the doctor who has prescribed the medicines is a homeopath. The prescription is considered fake and the order immediately cancelled. E-pharmacies, which cannot sell medicines without verifying the prescriptions, are rejecting almost 5 out of 10 prescriptions daily.

E-pharmacies, which cannot sell medicines without verifying the prescriptions, are rejecting almost 5 out of 10 prescriptions daily.
Updated on Jul 19, 2016 07:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Dhoni races ahead of Kohli in commercial air time

With captain of the Indian test cricket team Virat Kohli growing more expensive and choosy, limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again takes away the title of frequently-seen sports star on television.

According to AdEx India, MS Dhoni tops the list of top 10 sports stars with the maximum commercial airtime captured in the first half of 2016.(AFP)
Published on Jul 13, 2016 11:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Ikea India stores to have crèches for female employees

In a first-of-its-kind initiative in any country that it operates in, Swedish furniture giant Ikea will open crèches at all its 25 stores in India to make it easier for female employees to cope with no-so flexible job timings. The company plans to hire around 7,500 women employees at its stores in India by 2025.

The IKEA sign is seen outside the Wembley branch of the Swedish international furniture and home accessories company in west London.(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 08, 2016 11:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, New Delhi

Companies invest for healthy, stress-free workforce

With the stress of meeting deadlines, late nights, early mornings, overdose of coffee, skipped lunches and frequent dining outs, maintaining a healthy lifestyle along with the job has become a distant dream. But, as they say it’s better late than never, the employers are now moving beyond gymnasiums, and recognising that a healthy, less-stressed workforce, benefits both employees’ well-being as well as the company’s bottom line.

A study says stress, obesity, and physical inactivity, are the three most pressing lifestyle risk factors in the Asia Pacific region, which includes India.(iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 07, 2016 02:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Patanjali Vs Dabur over market share for fruit juice

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali has locked horns with home-grown FMCG major, Dabur yet again. This time, the ads don’t target Dabur Honey but it’s another product portfolio, Real Juices. Dabur is not alone, consumer durables major Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) is Patanjali’s new found rival.

Yoga exponent Ramdev and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu practice Yoga along with others during a yoga camp at Rajpath in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 06, 2016 05:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A player and a gentleman: How brand Virat grew up

Virat Kohli was the brash young man nobody wanted their children to adopt as role model. Not anymore. And the world of endorsements is clued into this change.

Virat Kohli was the brash young man nobody wanted their children to adopt as role model. Not anymore. And the world of endorsements is clued into this change(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2016 10:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByHimani Chandna, Jyotindra Dubey and Suveen Sinha, New Delhi

Food regulator cracks the whip on Aquafina, Bisleri, Kinley, others

Out of the 6,000 packaged drinking water bottling units in India, over 4,300 are operating without proper licences. The list includes names, such as, Bisleri, PepsiCo’s Aquafina and Coca Cola’s Kinley.

Out of the 6,000 packaged drinking water bottling units in India, over 4,300 are operating without proper licences.(File Photo)
Updated on Jun 28, 2016 10:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByTimsy Jaipuria and Himani Chandna, New Delhi

Food regulator cracks the whip on Aquafina, Bisleri, Kinley, others

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Published on Jun 28, 2016 06:58 AM IST
ByTimsy Jaipuria and Himani Chandna

Cooking up a storm: How the Maggi crisis made Nestlé grow up

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Published on Jun 27, 2016 06:16 AM IST
BySunny Sen and Himani Chandna
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