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.

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
Sat, Oct 31, 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.

Spending on development and social sector higher and higher, an income gap to close
Mon, Oct 05, 2015

Bihar’s propensity to spend funds on development projects had been called into question by PM Modi ahead of the assembly elections, when he announced a package for the state on August 18.

After telecom, banking on govt’s radar for poor service quality
Mon, Oct 05, 2015

There have been mounting complaints from customers on bank infrastructure such as ATMs either not working or being out-of-cash for extended periods of time, especially over the weekends.

IFC’s rising Rupee offerings add spice to ‘masala bonds’
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

World Bank arm’s rupee-denominated borrowing surges to top 5 in FY15.

Changing the lending paradigm: For banking, small is the new big
Tue, Sep 29, 2015

Considering that big corporates are over-leveraged, banks need to explore new avenues for profitable lending to spruce up their balance sheets.

Defeat Device: This is what Volkswagen used to rig emissions tests
Thu, Sep 24, 2015

Volkswagen, world’s largest automaker by sales, used a defeat device to rig emissions tests of diesel vehicles to cheat regulators. What is it? How does the ‘device’ work?

Tackling NPAs: Lots of bluster, too little action
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

The Reserve Bank of India has accorded flexibility to banks to deal with the stressed asset problem in the absence of a functioning bankruptcy code. This, however, is far from an optimal solution.

Poorest district Nabarangpur gets a helping hand from premier institute IIT-Bombay
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

IIT-Bombay has offered free audio-visual tutorial-based training in information technology in Odisha’s Nabarangpur, which has among the lowest socio-economic indicators in the country and is grappling with an implosive skilling deficit.

District Zero: (Un)Make in Nabarangpur
Sun, Sep 13, 2015

India Inc. is a lone factory and a few cashew units. Anil Sasi travels to nabarangpur, India’s poorest district, and finds its industry grappling with poor infrastructure and a crippling labour crunch.

Playing It Safe: Under-loaded PGCIL lines hike UP’s power woes
Wed, Sep 09, 2015

Despite the commissioning of four 765kV inter-regional PGCIL transmission lines, UP is not being allowed to draw power from Chhattisgarh stations with whom it has long-term PPAs) totalling about 2,000 megawatts.

District Zero: A Teachers’ Day note – ‘My students have no chance’
Tue, Sep 08, 2015

The biggest problem for students is that they need to do apprenticeships to complete their ITI course, which, by itself, is a struggle in Nabarangpur.

Power transmission: A towering problem
Wed, Sep 09, 2015

Increasing collapse of high capacity towers, which form the backbone of the network, exposes the fragility of grid infrastructure.

Eye on young: US-UK edu firm heads to India
Wed, Aug 26, 2015

Bridge’s growth target aims at reaching 10,000,000 children globally, of which most are not receiving the education they need to transcend the bound of poverty.

Uphaar fire: That’s worth 15 villas in their new project
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

In May 2013, Ansal Theatres & Clubotels, the entity owning the Uphaar theatre, had moved the Supreme Court seeking the release of the property so that it can be “renovated and used”.

Inland waterways policy: Dredging through the silt
Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Inland waterways in India makes up a paltry 3% of the total transport, compared with China's 47%; in the European Union it stands at 44%.

India-EU Trade pact: Antibiotic for common cold
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

The move by the European Union to ban sale of around 700 generic drugs clinically tested by GVK Biosciences, has provoked India to abruptly defer talks.

ISRO gets a Gadkari request: Develop a battery to check vehicle pollution
Sun, Aug 09, 2015

I have asked ISRO to develop lithium-ion batteries which can be used in 10-year old diesel cars: Nitin Gadkari

Nuclear-Deal: Indo-Japan pact lies at the heart of two US reactor-based projects
Wed, Aug 05, 2015

Globally, apart from Japan’s JSW, there are just three major heavy forging capacities in operation worldwide that can fabricate large single-piece pressure vessels for nuclear reactors.

The Governor’s call
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

The draft financial code has rekindled the debate on who should have the ultimate responsibility for deciding the policy stance.

Andhra Pradesh’s policy change may help it home N-project
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

At present, there are just three states — Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu — that have two or more nuclear sites.

New atomic regulator: Nuking the autonomy red flag
Wed, Jul 29, 2015

IAEA had, in March, flagged the need for an independent statutory regulator and delinking of AERB from the rest of the country’s nuclear establishment.

After N-plants, Rosatom targets irradiation network
Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Russian state-owned firm picks up a 51% stake in Tamil Nadu-based Gamma Tech India Private Ltd.

Huawei’s India project in limbo, thanks to 266% anti-dumping duty
Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Meanwhile, several other firms which are subject to the anti-dumping duties on SDH and their industrial users have approached courts.