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A lively look at money, life and business from Delhi.

Each week the BBC’s WorklifeIndia brings you a live conversation on the realities of modern life whether it’s business, technology, or creativity.

"WorklifeIndia" is about making money but also about saving, spending and sharing what money can give and recognising the daily reality of a world of huge opportunities and huge differences in that opportunity.

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance. Guests and panellists will be drawn from business experts across the city.

The programme also takes advantage of the wealth of BBC expertise and talent in the Delhi and Mumbai bureaus, and draws on the Business Unit's expertise and contacts in London, New York and around the world.

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A lively look at money, life and business from Delhi.

Each week the BBC’s WorklifeIndia brings you a live conversation on the realities of modern life whether it’s business, technology, or creativity.

"WorklifeIndia" is about making money but also about saving, spending and sharing what money can give and recognising the daily reality of a world of huge opportunities and huge differences in that opportunity.

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance. Guests and panellists will be drawn from business experts across the city.

The programme also takes advantage of the wealth of BBC expertise and talent in the Delhi and Mumbai bureaus, and draws on the Business Unit's expertise and contacts in London, New York and around the world.

    How are India’s healthcare systems tackling the coronavirus crisis?

    How are India’s healthcare systems tackling the coronavirus crisis?

    India’s coronavirus infections have climbed to the fourth highest in the world.

    As the country nears 300,000 cases, the significant spike in infections has begun taking a toll on India’s healthcare system. Hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of patients they are getting. Many allege that patients are being turned away due to a lack of space.

    While local governments are trying to ramp up capacity, it is not uniform across the country. Mumbai, India’s financial capital is among the worst hit with nearly 100,000 cases and a need for at least 80,000 more hospital beds. The southern state of Kerala, on the other hand, has been praised for its stringent measures to tackle the infections. The state has reported just over 2,000 confirmed cases so far.

    So, what is working and what could be done better to handle the situation? In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the measures that can help India tackle its healthcare crisis.

    • 26 min
    As India unlocks, how will it protect its workers’ rights?

    As India unlocks, how will it protect its workers’ rights?

    India is gradually unlocking its economy after more than two months of shutdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak, but many businesses and factories are facing a shortage of labour. That’s because when the factories closed down, millions of migrant workers, left to fend for themselves, returned to their native places. They have little to do there.

    On top of that, several states have diluted labour protection laws, saying it would attract investment and create more jobs. But critics say this would make India’s workers - among the lowest wage earners in the world - more vulnerable to exploitation.

    So, in this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how can India protect its workers. Will diluting labour laws revamp the economy or create a labour crisis?

    • 26 min
    How will airlines survive the coronavirus pandemic?

    How will airlines survive the coronavirus pandemic?

    Airlines, airports and ground-handling firms across the globe are in survival mode, trying to keep afloat. But the aviation industry, almost entirely grounded for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, is now taking tentative steps to start flying again.

    In India too, domestic flights have resumed amid easing lockdown restrictions. New rules are in place for flyers. Thermal body checks are being conducted and wearing of masks is now mandatory for all flyers.

    Restarting domestic flights has also had its share of confusion and chaos. Long queues have been seen at the airports, dozens of flights cancelled at the last minute and many passengers left high and dry.

    So, as planes take to the skies again, how will the pandemic impact the way people fly? And how will the airlines survive?

    In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how the aviation industry is gearing up for its future flight plan.

    • 27 min
    Managing work-life after lockdown

    Managing work-life after lockdown

    As governments across the world ease lockdown restrictions, more and more people are now returning to work. In India, too, this week marks the start of considerable relaxation in the lockdown, which has been in effect since 24 March. Industries and businesses are making a cautious start with stringent health and safety regulations in place. Some have opted for staggered working hours, while others are going for flexible shifts.

    But with the threat from the pandemic far from over, returning to work is not easy. For many, concerns remain. What about the risk of contracting the coronavirus once back in the workplace? And what about financial security, as cash strapped companies go for huge salary cuts or pink slips to staff? A recent study indicates as many as 93% of India Inc employees are anxious about returning to work over health and financial concerns.

    So, in this edition of WorklifeIndia, we talk about how to manage work-life after the lockdown.

    • 28 min
    How can sports survive the coronavirus outbreak?

    How can sports survive the coronavirus outbreak?

    From the Olympics to the Indian Premier League, many major sporting events have had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Every part of the sporting value chain is affected. In addition to suffering heavy financial losses, sportspeople are having to deal with an uncertain future.

    So, what happens next? As some countries like Germany and South Korea try to partially resume the sporting calendar, what will be the new normal in the sporting world? Will major leagues be held to empty stadiums to follow social distancing norms? And how will masks and gloves, and strict new conditions, affect players’ performance on the field?

    In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how can sports survive this pandemic.

    • 30 min
    How is the coronavirus crisis hitting India’s farmers?

    How is the coronavirus crisis hitting India’s farmers?

    India has relaxed restrictions on farming and related industries, as it prepares to emerge from a countrywide lockdown. The move is aimed at easing the country’s food supply chain and alleviating economic impact.

    More than half of India’s workforce is engaged in farming, and agriculture contributes nearly 265bn dollars to the GDP. But the extended lockdown has hurt farming activities. With winter crops just harvested, farmers are facing acute challenges in transporting and selling their produce. Many say they have had to simply leave the harvested produce to rot.

    The government has announced a 23bn dollar relief package to provide food security and cash transfers to the poor, but it has been criticized for being inadequate. So, how are India’s farmers coping and is the country’s food security under threat?

    In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the struggle of the Indian farmers and look at measures that can help them survive.

    • 26 min

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