Anil Sasi



Anil Sasi is a Senior Editor with the Indian Express and writes on business and finance issues. He has worked with The Hindu Business Line and Business Standard and is an alumnus of Delhi University.

Banning new vehicles can’t be answer to the pollution problem, old vehicles pollute more: Kenichi Ayukawa
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

As the Supreme Court-imposed ban on sale of certain category of diesel vehicles continues in Delhi, he said that banning new vehicles might not be the answer for tackling pollution.

Auto Expo: Diesel ruling, emissions weigh heavy on Day 1; Maruti, Tata steal the show
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

Tata Motors launches 4 new models; Maruti Suzuki’s compact SUV Vitara Brezza creates biggest stir.

Recognition of Prior Learning: Making them industry-ready
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

With the initial success of the scheme in which 7,159 persons, nearly all of whom were already employed at the time of assessment, got new jobs after completion of the certificate programme, the Centre is now aiming to broaden the scope of the scheme and include sectors other than construction

‘Smart Cities’ mission: Selection done, it’s time for execution
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

The Centre’s thrust is on an integrated urban planning effort with a sharper focus on infrastructure, land use planning, transport, design and architecture.

Jaitapur nuclear project: Renewed push, amid lingering concerns
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Festering question marks over the EPR’s robustness and added worries of cost-related viability of new projects based on this technology are areas of concern

Govt to allow Google, Microsoft pilots to expand Internet reach
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

However, the final approval for projects such as Google’s Loon and Microsoft’s White Spaces would be subject to these projects being deemed as consistent with India’s broader security requirements.

Extreme reluctance in India to part with income data: Thomas Piketty
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Access to income tax data is critical in measuring inequality and understanding the distribution of wealth. India used to publish the All India Income Tax Statistics until 2000, when it was discontinued.

Airports in India: Security air pockets
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

Amid burgeoning threat perceptions across airports, the proposal to cut down on CISF deployment, coupled with other security loopholes, is worrying and calls for a relook.

National Optical Fibre Network Rollout: Centre’s nod to some states going solo, bid to push rollout
Wed, Jan 13, 2016

With the NOFN rollout facing hurdles, especially right-of-way issues, the idea of states implementing their share has been welcomed by the Centre, and has the ability to speed up the ambitious project.

India Post posts profits on e-commerce boom
Mon, Jan 11, 2016

In August 2015, the Reserve Bank of India had granted in-principle approval to 11 applicants to set up payments banks, including India Post.

Digital India will take off on the strength of call centres in small towns: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Mon, Jan 11, 2016

Prasad is now focussed on turning around two state-owned enterprises — telecom utility Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and India Post.

Chinese crisis: Slip of the Dragon
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

With the Chinese markets crashing 7% twice in a week, it might pay domestic investors to stay off stocks with a high exposure to the country.

Simply put: What needs to be done to upgrade from BS-IV
Thu, Jan 07, 2016

Four years from now, the government wants to leap directly to BS-VI auto emission norms from the existing BS-IV, skipping BS-V. But the challenges, before both oil companies and automakers, are enormous.

N-projects to get equity boost on NPCIL’s JV plans with PSUs
Mon, Jan 04, 2016

Currently, nuclear power reactors are being funded by a mix of debt and equity and are executed by NPCIL.

Amid recalls, carmakers step up scrutiny of small vendors
Sat, Jan 02, 2016

‘Most recalls originated from components supplied by small manufacturers’

Russia offers new reactors for Kudankulam units
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

Rosatom open to shortlisting Indian vendors to move towards a serial construction model in India

Government has to open purse-strings to get new highways off the road
Tue, Dec 22, 2015

7,500 km at completion risk, trend shifts to govt-funded format.

Slowdown Signals: In power sector, signs that growth not plugging in
Mon, Dec 21, 2015

A total of 46 power generation projects were granted transmission connectivity — a key milestone for a power project that entitles the generation plant to get hooked on to the country’s electricity grid.

SC ban: Understanding the focus on diesel as a pollutant
Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Efficient but dirty: design of the diesel engine, how it works.

Mayday: India plans legal ringfence from oil spills
Wed, Dec 09, 2015

Rising accidents involving merchant ships leading to oil spills in Indian waters is a growing concern that needs to be addressed legally and India’s efforts to ratify the Bunker Convention is a step in that direction.

Farm Insurance: For speedy crop-loss settlement, IRDA mulls use of satellite technology
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

IRDA has concluded a series of discussions with stakeholders in this regard, officials indicated.

Power generation: Coal’s the reality for now, global lessons in efficiency
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Thermal units will persist as mainstay of the power sector in the foreseeable future. Focus should shift to making them competent.

Oil drop: Crude slide notwithstanding, retail prices remain viscous
Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Reasons include a progressive increase in the tax component on petrol and diesel as a percentage of retail prices, oil firms beefing up margins and depreciation of the rupee.

Corporate Bond Market: To boost popularity, RBI may bring in zero coupon bonds, retail quota
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

In India, total issuance last year was worth less than 3 per cent of GDP, which places the country below most of its Asian peers with the sole exception of Indonesia.

An elusive grid link: The widening North-South divide
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

In the first seven months of the current fiscal, the average of the spot prices in the two southern regions was over 75% higher compared to the electricity price in the rest of country.

Swachh Bharat: As Centre piles on yet another cess, states throw down the gauntlet
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Economists say that while states’ apprehensions may be exaggerated, there is a merit in their argument as the contours of the latest cess — the Swachh Bharat levy — are not clear.

Bailouts galore in power sector: Where’s the plug
Wed, Nov 11, 2015

The government’s attempt to pull back distribution sector from a virtual precipice may not be enough as experts feel it is just a window-dressing of the losses.

Healthcare project in rural Gujarat charts path for broader template, gets IIT-B netbook booster
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

An offer of three dozen netbooks from IIT-Bombay has now come as a shot in the arm for the project.

Odisha-Railways deal may lead to first Nabarangpur train
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

Nabarangpur in southern Odisha is the subject of a year-long assignment by The Indian Express titled District Zero.

Centre’s bill on hold, states move on land acquisition
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

The view of having separate land laws across different states was reinforced after a meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog with chief ministers this July.

New drug launches take a hit in India amid tight USFDA scrutiny
Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Data from CDSCO indicates that since the year 2011, when a total of 41 new drug molecules were approved, the number has dwindled down since, with a minor pick-up last year.

Andhra Pradesh: Today, birth of Amaravati, and a land model
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

Andhra Pradesh government provided incentives to the original owners of land by exempting them from capital gains tax and stamp duty on the first sale.

As clearances turn into hurdles, Brahmaputra edge lost to China
Wed, Oct 21, 2015

With China commissioning Zangmu Hydropower station on upper Brahmaputra earlier this month, India seems to have lost its shot.

Straddling the Pacific, a giant trade block
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Indian Express explains the Trans-Pacific Partnership that 12 Pacific rim nations agreed upon last week, and how this trade pact is likely to impact India.

Renewable energy: Green push needs a balancing act
Wed, Oct 14, 2015

While steady ramping up of green power goes a long way in ensuring some leverage for India at climate talks, the integration of large amount of fluctuating renewable energy in the grid remains a serious technical challenge and requires closer monitoring.

Nabarangpur rings in irrigation plan to tackle monsoon woes
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

The infrastructure includes setting up 275 lift irrigation points, 4199 bore-wells, 11 medium irrigation projects, 640 micro irrigation projects, four mega lift irrigation points and 111 check dams in the district to achieve the target.