Aviva launches online health insurance plan

The Aviva Health Secure plan provides the policyholder with a lump sum amount on diagnoses of any critical illness covered by the policy

New Delhi: Private sector life insurance company Aviva launched online health plan called 'Health Secure', reports PTI.

The plan provides the policyholder with a lump sum amount on diagnoses of any critical illness covered by the policy thereby ensuring that the family has adequate funds to meet the unplanned medical expenses and get the best possible treatment, Aviva said in a statement.

Available exclusively on the online platform, the policy can be bought for a nominal premium starting Rs2,000 per year from its website, it said.

While the minimum sum assured is Rs5 lakh, the maximum is Rs50 lakh. The plan can be bought by a person from 18 years to 55 years of age for a minimum policy term of 10 years and a maximum term of 30 years, it added.

The 12 critical illnesses covered by the plan include heart attack, stroke, cancer, end stage kidney failure, major organ transplant, and coronary artery bypass surgery, it said.

Unlike the health insurance product offered by the non-life companies which are indemnity based, it said, Health Secure offers the policyholder a lump sum based on the sum assured for each of the illnesses irrespective of the hospital bills.


Ajit Singh gathering political support for FDI in aviation

After speaking with NCP, the civil aviation minister is trying to get support from Trinmool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee and the DMK for FDI in aviation

New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh will soon discuss the issue of allowing foreign airlines to pick up stake in Indian carriers, with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee which her party has been opposing, reports PTI.

"We will talk to Mamata and we will talk to DMK. We have already talked to NCP," Singh told reporters here after a meeting with Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Before meeting Chidambaram, he had told reporters, "We are still talking to our allies" on the issue of allowing foreign airlines to invest in Indian carriers. Singh had met Banerjee once earlier to pursuade her to give a go-ahead to the proposal.

The proposal was mooted by the Commerce Ministry which was later approved by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Trinamool Congress, a key UPA partner, has been opposing it for quite some time.

The RLD chief also said he had discussed with the Home Minister the issue of providing OBC status to Jat community for getting Central government jobs and the forthcoming Presidential election.

Asked about his preference for any candidate in the President poll, Singh said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was "qualified" for the highest constitutional post but his views were "positive" on others as well.

Maintaining that UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi would take a call on the Presidential candidate in consultation with UPA allies, Singh said, "My views are positive on him (Mukherjee), but my views are positive on others as well."


News Broadcasters want digitisation of cable network from July

NBA, the body of private television news and current affairs broadcasters said digitization would provide significant transparency and enable the government to enhance its revenues

New Delhi: The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) on Wednesday urged the government to ensure digitisation of cable network is made effective from 1st July, and said the move will help the "crippled" industry, reports PTI.

The NBA board which met today lauded the government's move to usher in digitisation from 1st July next.

In a statement, the body of private television news and current affairs broadcasters said it will provide for significant transparency and enable the government to enhance its revenue by way of income tax, service tax and entertainment tax.

"Importantly, from the news broadcasters' view there is a significant ray of hope with the potential reduction of carriage and ban on placement fees, both of which have crippled the industry", it said.

Referring to speculations that the implementation date could be extended, NBA believed that the government would continue with its "determination and assurance" that the date will be adhered to.



anantha ramdas

5 years ago

Thanks, Mr Basu, for revitalising our sensory perception of the market. Yet, tomorrow the Friday will most probably see profit-taking sentiment sweeping down the market.

The so called sympathetic reactions as a result of what is happening outside in foreign quarters is temporary.

Our real growth can be only measured when we actually have some progress made in the country itself.

There is talk that Reliance is intentionally holding up gas/oil prouction and delaying so that it can realise better prices is gaining ground; I am not qualified to judge this, but the fact remains that, instead of Governments' various departments trying to show that they are more smart than the other is not getting us anywhere in terms of greater production. Whether it is Reliance or Cairn or OnGC or anybodyelse, we need to tell all these producers to increase the production, instead of the nation depending upon imports. Likewise, we need to tell the power generators, including NTPC, to ensure what they "produce" is NOT wasted for any reason, which I believe has happened because there were "no takers". In which case, why was it allowed to be produced in the first place?

Let's first set our house in order, and not be greatly influenced by Spain defaulting or Turkey leaving the European Common Market.

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