Saturday, May 30, 2015




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.

Slowdown signal? Heat is on, but power demand flat
Tue, May 26, 2015

57 thermal power units face ‘reserve shutdown’, a technical term for a unit shut down due to lack of demand.

To quell labour unrest, smart cards for unorganised sector in the works
Tue, May 26, 2015

According to a labour ministry official, through the registration and issuance of U-WIN cards, the government also intends to create a Central-level database of all unorganised sector workers in the country.

Since inception, 6 probes by SFIO led to convictions
Mon, May 25, 2015

Agency took 542 days, on an average, to complete investigations for each of the 162 cases probed by it.

Food processing: Sliced and served
Thu, May 21, 2015

Over 60% cut in funds to affect Central schemes; ministry claims Make in India’s rural push to be dented.

Jaitapur Nuclear Plant: Next stop, safety assessment
Wed, May 20, 2015

Amid red-flags in France, Areva’s pact with NPCIL to kick off licencing process of world’s largest nuclear plant.

Eye on China, India and Japan look at rare earth minerals
Mon, May 18, 2015

China had imposed export restrictions and raised tariffs in 2010 as it sought higher prices for rare earth which is used for both civilian and military, including nuclear, applications.

Projects, stalled and shelved
Wed, May 13, 2015

A fifth of those stuck in FY14 cited issues of land acquisition, clearances and raw material availability as major hurdles.

Missing Heads: The list of PSBs, institutions without full-time persons at the helm is growing
Tue, May 12, 2015

Currently, as many as five public sector banks do not have a full-time CMD.

L&T deal key to viability of Areva’s Jaitapur N-plant
Mon, May 04, 2015

Move likely to translate into generation cost of about `7 per unit.

Lessons for India: Govt acts to make buildings safer
Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Safety certificate from structural engineers has been made mandatory.

Perks to lure the private
Wed, Apr 29, 2015

New terms of re-engaging private players aim at transferring a higher proportion of the risk back to the government while concomitantly pruning the upfront funding requirement for the private sector.

Net Neutrality debate: Government looks at law to clarify ‘dos and don’ts’
Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Sources in the DoT said that very high internet traffic growth rate is leading to network congestion and spectrum crunch, forcing TSPs to adopt traffic management tools.

Govt clears projects but where are the orders?
Wed, Apr 22, 2015

In line with the distressed state of core sector firms, Tata Steel India has seen a significant fall in its operating earnings.

Banks may soon assess you on your phone, power bill records
Tue, Apr 21, 2015

The move would be a major boost to credit eligibility of low-ticket borrowers.

Corporate war between media house, teleco muddling Net Neutrality debate: TRAI chief Khullar
Sat, Apr 18, 2015

The regulator is learnt to have received over 800,000 mails since it floated a consultation paper on regulatory framework for OTT services and applications on March 27.

Decks cleared for independent grid manager
Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Officials said government order announcing the separation of POSOCO and segregation of staff is under preparation.

Explained: The Clean Deal
Tue, Apr 14, 2015

The NGT ban on diesel vehicles that are over ten years old in Delhi and NCR has come in for criticism for not giving enough time to vehicle-owners to make a switch.

Success of REC issue a boost for Centre’s divestment strategy
Mon, Apr 13, 2015

REC stock sale reveals there is appetite for well managed Offer for Sale issues if valuations are attractive.

Centre to fast-track completion of key project to decongest Delhi roads
Mon, Apr 13, 2015

The national Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been asked to go flat-out and ensure the project is completed in the next three years.

Deadline is over, half of listed PSUs do not have woman directors
Tue, Apr 07, 2015

Those in violation of the norm are bluechip public sector firms that include ONGC, NTPC Ltd, GAIL India Ltd, Bharat Electronics Ltd and BPCL.

Just 5 states account for 91% of all foreign firms in India
Sat, Apr 04, 2015

Majority located in Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana & TN

The French connection to opportunities in India’s nascent water sector
Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Apart from the French, the Australians have also stepped in with interest on the Ganga water cleaning initiative.

Centre bypasses bid route, PGCIL to develop 20K MW green corridor
Thu, Mar 26, 2015

In contrast, the power generation sector has private producers contributing well over one-third of the capacity after the Electricity Act, 2003, opened up the sector to private participation.

BJP-ruled Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh join chorus against electricity Bill changes
Mon, Mar 09, 2015

The proposal has been billed as a gamechanger with potential to usher in competition in the electricity sector on the lines of the telecom sector.

Cut in basic corporate tax but exemption list to be pruned
Sun, Mar 01, 2015

Jaitley said that the effective collection of corporate tax was about 23 per cent.

Public spending to safety net: The right noises without the big bang
Sun, Mar 01, 2015

To give growth a fillip and create more jobs, Jaitley walked the tightrope and deftly increasing infrastructure spends.

On previous Budget promises, Centre’s glass is half empty, half full
Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Many announcements from the Budget presented on July 10 have been implemented such as Swachh Bharat, financial inclusion and an expenditure management commission.

ICERT finalising firewall for Android, in talks with Samsung & Micromax
Mon, Feb 23, 2015

The project for developing the Android ‘secure wrapper’ is being taken up as a national security initiative as nearly 50% of the mobiles phone users in the country use the Android platform.

Petroleum Ministry document leak: RIL-govt arbitration papers among recoveries, say Delhi Police
Sat, Feb 21, 2015

RIL has a series of ongoing arbitration actions against the government.

NDA’s spending push to leverage PSU balance sheets as private spends tepid
Fri, Feb 20, 2015

PSUs asked to hike IEBR projections, could enable Centre walk fiscal tightrope.

Competition among discoms may trip on power line monopoly
Mon, Feb 16, 2015

Except for a few big cities, distribution network is controlled by state utilities.

Lofty GDP data belies slowing activity in capital goods sector
Fri, Feb 13, 2015

BHEL on Thursday announced a sharp 69 per cent drop in third quarter net profit at Rs 212.6 crore, hit by lower revenue and operating income.

Under fire, DERC begins audit
Wed, Feb 11, 2015

The audit seeks to verify if the equipment that the distribution companies claim exists physically is actually deployed on the ground.

BJP-ruled Goa slams Centre’s move to dilute Factories Act
Mon, Feb 09, 2015

Substitution of hazardous ‘process’ with ‘substance’ faces flak.

Bangalore centre to help monetise Twitter’s India services
Fri, Feb 06, 2015

R&D facility to help social networking giant provide ‘compelling advertisements’.

PSU-led investment push may falter on strained banking sector
Tue, Feb 03, 2015

Inflated role ascribed to private sector investment; Weak PSB financials to restrict fund flow.