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.

Highways sector: Planning the road ahead with a little help from above
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

A collaborative venture involving the satellite data and geospatial technology of the ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre is to be leveraged by the NHAI in preparing detailed project reports of highway and infrastructure projects.

Unorganised workers’ identification number: U-WIN may lose out to Aadhaar
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

The mandate of U-WIN or the unorganised workers’ identification number criss-crosses with that of Aadhaar’s and would lead to unnecessary duplication of work already being done under the ambit of the latter project, say govt sources.

Solar projects: Ain’t no sunshine
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Despite the sector’s efforts to inch closer to grid parity, disruptive bidding games, a negative WTO panel ruling and a dependency on land availability and evacuation facilities for success puts investments in jeopardy.

7th Pay Commission: Housing inflation index headed for cascading impact
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

According to the RBI, increase in index will be ‘quick and continuous’ and indirect effects will be ‘smaller’

Google asked to revise frequency for Project Loon; Microsoft’s White Spaces to connect schools
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Google, had approached the Department of Information and Technology (DeitY) late last year to conduct pilot test of Project Loon in the frequency band 700-900 MHz in the country.

Recognition of Prior Learning: As workers drop out, Centre moves in to tweak norms
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Out of a total of 507 workers that were pre-assessed and 316 workers recommended for training, only 181 workers appeared for final assessment while 174 workers passed, largely due to a trend of leaving the designated site to other sites for better wages.

NCR’s FDI inflow more than double drawn by Mumbai-based firms
Mon, Mar 28, 2016

During April-December this fiscal, over 90 per cent of the total foreign direct investment received came in through the automatic route, with less than 10 per cent coming in through the approval route.

Atomic material smuggling racket busted, Rajasthan ATS arrests 6
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

The inputs were verified by the intelligence agency and passed on to Rajasthan Police’s ATS, which gathered further information and arrested six persons in end-January, resulting in the recovery of the atomic mineral.

Soon, the Net will be free of US control, have new governors. In new ICANN, who can?
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

The ICANN will now be governed by a “multi-stakeholder” model, including businesses, individual users and members of governments across the world.

The chosen six: Indian cities, European fix
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

The Smart Cities project, a flagship scheme of the Centre under which 100 smart cities are to be built in the due course, has seen a selection of 20 cities in the first competitive round.

Govt to push for bigger role in Net governance, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Wed, Mar 16, 2016

The new governance model is being worked out through a global consultation process and efforts are underway to end direct US government oversight control of administering the Internet.

Ravi Shankar Prasad: Multi-stakeholders, govts vital to managing the global internet infra
Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Speaking to Indian Express, Prasad said that India has emerged a powerful voice in internet governance and that incrementally, governments across the world are realising the threat of terrorism and are open to government’s role on security front.

Gujarat’s Kakrapar Incident: ‘Minor’ leak and a build-up in pressure
Wed, Mar 16, 2016

The snag in Gujarat’s Kakrapar Atomic Power Station is the fourth such occurrence in the last few years. It was preceded by one at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and two at Rajasthan Atomic Power Station.

Bank Account Number Portability: Switch to foster competition, but tougher ride than MNP
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

From a customer’s perspective, there are numerous benefits of inter-bank account number portability, but the implementation depends on two key enablers in the Indian context — Aadhaar as the unique identification for customers and National Payments Corporation of India as a central payment mechanism.

Two new products every year; AMT, hybrid on the anvil: YK Koo
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Managing director YK Koo, in an interview to Sandeep Singh and Anil Sasi said that while the infra cess was unexpected, both customers and industry remain wary of the policy surrounding diesel cars.

In bad debt cloud, silver lining for banks: Aam aadmi
Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Amid serious concerns over bad debts across corporate and SME (small and medium enterprises) segments, there is one bright spot for banks — the retail consumer.

Gujarat: Leak at Kakrapara Atomic Power Station forces shutdown of Unit-1
Sat, Mar 12, 2016

The KAPS which employs around 350 people saw many of them rush out from the reactor building on learning of the leakage and informed to top officials.

‘Leak’ forces brief shutdown at snag-hit Kudankulam-I
Mon, Mar 07, 2016

No radiological safety implications and incident does not call for any safety audit, officials said.

Tax on EPF: Annuity push a likely windfall for insurance cos
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

While govt has currently proposed to allow only annuity product as the option where the money can be deployed for tax gain, financial planners say that the govt should look to expand the option beyond just one scheme.

Under fire from board, government looks to sugarcoat EPF tax
Wed, Mar 02, 2016

Earlier in the day, Revenue Secretary Hashmukh Adhia said only 60 per cent of interest on contributions made after April 1, 2016 will be taxed and that the principal amount of contribution will remain untouched at the time of withdrawal.

Budget 2016: Five-pronged strategy to boost public investment in infrastructure
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

National Investment and Infrastructure Fund to be established, PPP mode to be ‘revisited and revitalised’

Budget 2016: On the road to development
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

Rs 97,000 crore outlay for next fiscal; thrust areas include highways, opening up road transport sector in passenger segment

Trials underway on secure, exclusive phone lines for government
Sun, Feb 28, 2016

Plan to connect state capitals, sensitive installations, districts in J&K and Northeast using VoIP phones.

7 Indian firms among those in Islamic State supply chain: EU study
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

Solar Industries, which according to industry players is the biggest exporter among all the named Indian firms, did not respond to an email sent by The Indian Express.

Indian MNCs will have to meet new global reporting requirements
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

The country-by-country reporting is part of the standards that G20 governments are expected to adopt by 2017 as part of the BEPS guidelines.

Fighting black money: I-T dept to mine PAN data, trace fund flow trail
Mon, Feb 22, 2016

‘Project Insight’ is to be implemented phase-wise during the 3-year period spanning 2016-18.

User Authentication: Tech majors spurn move to link Aadhaar with biometrics
Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Step can potentially replace multi-factor authentication for secure transactions.

Switching tracks- Spot buying of power: A platform for savings
Wed, Feb 17, 2016

The lowest bids (L1) for three regions quote tariff in the range of Rs 3.08-3.48 per unit, around half the average tariff of Rs 6.75 at which it procures power from state utilities currently.

The NPA roll call: Too big to name
Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Some PSBs in 2011 had undertaken the name- and-shame route to deal with small borrowers, but when it comes to big ticket borrowers, they appear avoiding it, citing various reasons.

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.