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.

GST Council meeting: New steps announced help election-bound Gujarat in particular
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Of the 27 broad categories of items that saw a reduction in GST rates, at least eight were in segments where Gujarat is a dominant player.

GST Council has done some work on rates to ease pain: Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Rationalisation has to be done for sure. Finance minister has said that we will wait for revenue trends to emerge, but some rationalisation is required, said Hasmukh Adhia.

Steps to ease GST pain points soon: Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia also indicated that concerns raised by exporters and small scale industries would also be taken up by the GST Council.

From textiles to I-T: Wave of job losses hits new and old economy
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

The Indian Express points to spreading employment distress in a market where fresh hiring opportunities are increasingly limited.

Last year, Railways told MP Sachin Tendulkar: new overbridge provision has been sanctioned
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

It’s not just Tendulkar. Last year, following repeated requests from Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, the then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had sanctioned work for an upgrade at the Elphinstone Road station.

NDA govt’s electricity push when states are switching off costly power
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Being locked into these expensive cost-plus perpetual contracts, despite having cheaper power available in the spot market, effectively bleeds the state discoms and limits their capacity to push for last mile linkages by offering cheap power.

Start-up funding crawls: 20 months, Rs 70 crore
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

The Fund, which aims to invest in local venture capital funds that would, in turn, back seed-stage and early-stage companies, has made commitments to 62 start-ups.

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana flounders: 30 lakh trained in skills, less than 3 lakh get job offers
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

With the scheme floundering, the Centre is now planning to shift focus to district-level schemes to yield better results in the short-term for its skilling initiative.

Wind energy: Sectoral headwinds blowing away jobs
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Some wind power companies are resorting to employee retrenchment as part of their efforts for ‘costs optimisation’ as they take hit on revenues due to a shift from feed-in-tariff to auction model and piling-up of inventories.

Pragmatic realities of digital age need to be appreciated: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

"As far as Aadhaar data is concerned, it is completely encrypted and the Aadhaar Act is very particular that it cannot be revealed for any unauthorised purposes," said Prasad.

On WTO, Suresh Prabhu reaches out to his Congress predecessors in trade ministry
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

For Prabhu, there are several challenges ahead, including the task of making headway in negotiating free trade deals with China, Japan and Australia at a time when countries around the world, including US, are turning hostile towards free trade.

Here’s why there is a sharp surge in petrol, diesel prices
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Global oil prices are half 2014 levels, the rupee has been largely neutral against the dollar, but the prices of petrol and diesel — which change ‘dynamically’ on a daily basis — continue to be the highest in nearly 3 years. The Indian Express explain why

Expect robust data protection legislation by year-end: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Ravi Shankar Prasad also warned all companies dealing with data and said that if any data of an individual is released by name without his or her specific consent, the companies will have to suffer serious consequences.

Crash bars: Steamrolling safety
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Crash bars are more dangerous than conventional bumpers and radiator grilles, which are built to crumple on impact while crash bars do not, transmitting the full force of an impact to the occupant of the vehicle as well as other road users such as pedestrians or bikers.

Centre’s must-run path at odds with Madhya Pradesh’s price out strategy
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Madhya Pradesh has become the latest state stonewalling Centre’s bid to promote renewable energy by ranking available sources of generation based on the ascending order of prices, after Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, which issued random backing down instructions.

Highway Upgradation & SEZ development: Land costs more than double on higher payout
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

In last two years, land acquisition costs, measured in terms of compensation paid for every hectare of land acquired, shot up from Rs 0.9 crore in FY14 to Rs 2.05 crore in FY16 for highway development

Grid Connectivity for Wind Power: Making a case for bid winners
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

In light of the fact that developers who were granted connectivity in existing sub-stations earlier did not go on to win any capacity in recent auctions, the renewable energy ministry in a missive to the CERC has made a pitch that winning players be accorded priority for getting grid connectivity.

Agriculture, power, auto pressure adds to cloud of bad loans
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

The State Bank of India leads with sanctions of Rs 3,965 crore, followed by Bank of India and Bank of Baroda, with amounts sanctioned of over Rs 1,200 crore each, according to government data updated till December 2015.

Infra projects in Kerala get going on land acquisition push
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

Widening of national highways, laying of GAIL pipeline and commissioning of transmission lines for Kudankulam units are the 3 major delayed projects in the state that have now got a fillip.

Interview: If PM Modi, Arun Jaitley want violence to end, they should be able to rein in RSS…the problem is they can’t, says Pinarayi Vijayan
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan speaks to The Indian Express on the CPM's ideological war with the RSS, politics over beef and the LDF government's initiatives in the state.

Renewable energy push takes a hit on random back-down instructions by discoms
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Power distribution utilities in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan are reported to be delaying payments to generators of wind and solar power by 6-12 months, which is putting the cash flow of most of the smaller renewable firms under severe stress

Champa-Kurukshetra HVDC power transmission system outage
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Leads to a sharp drop in wheeling capacity between western, northern regions. Uttar Pradesh among the worst affected, faces load cut of around 2K MW

Big fiscal shift: Centre turns prudent while states slip into deep mess
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Even though Centre’s fiscal deficit has come down to 3.5 per cent (projected to go down to 3.2 per cent this fiscal), the combined fiscal deficit could continue to edge towards 7 per cent or even higher due to bloating state deficits.

Why Tesla’s new Model 3 electric car is a vehicle like no other
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

There are two things that Tesla has done differently in the run-up to the launch of the $ 35,000 Model 3, the first “mass market” product from the electric car company, which signals the entry of the luxury vehicle maker into the mainstream car market.

Govt push for e-vehicles: No permits, fast-charging stations
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

The electric mobility push is in line with the global trend. Norway, which has the highest penetration of electric cars in the world, has set a target of permitting sales of only electric or plug-in hybrid cars by 2025.

Actionable inputs firmed up on over 1,155 shell firms, entities
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

Officials said that in one of the investigations by the SFIO, a list of 54 professionals has been identified who allegedly helped 559 beneficiaries in laundering the illicit cash.

For nuke biggies, answer’s blowing in the wind
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Despite a relatively robust position in its nuclear business, Russia’s state atomic energy corporation Rosatom is pushing the envelope by revving up renewable projects in sectors such as wind energy and small hydro.

Beyond nuclear power sector: Rosatom in talks with govt, firms for mini hydro projects
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The discussions are being done through Ganz Engineering and Energetics Machinery, a 100 per cent Hungarian subsidiary of the Rosatom’s engineering division Atomenergomash.

Renewable Energy: Here comes the sun
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

5,000 trillion kWh per year energy incident over India's land area makes solar a very lucrative option. However, factors like absence of manufacturing facility for silicon wafers, viability of projects due to progressively lower tariffs and looming grid management issues could create roadblocks

3D printing, a viable new option for making nuclear components
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Russia’s nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, is in advanced stages of implementing a plan to develop advanced metal additive manufacturing technology by producing 3D printed parts for the country’s nuclear industry.

Atomexpo 2017: Amid ebbing popularity, making a case for nuclear sustainability
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Rosatom currently has eight reactor units in Russia and 36 nuclear reactors in various stages of planning and construction in more than a dozen countries (the largest internationally) and eight in Russia.

Special Economic Zones: Unutilised land points to faltering units
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Over 60% of total notified area of 44,177.69 hectares lies vacant; 224 SEZs designated as ‘non-operational’ while another 109 have been approved for cancellation

Govt-run ports: Higher efficiency benchmarks production turnaround
Wed, May 24, 2017

Under the supervision of a benchmarking consultant, out of 116 initiatives identified for implementation across 12 major ports, 70 have already been implemented

Four-fold rise in Kendriya Vidyalaya students opting for German despite downgrade
Tue, May 23, 2017

The Board of Governors of the KVS, headed by Irani, had in a meeting on October 27, 2014, decided to discontinue the teaching of German language as an option to Sanskrit.

Govt clears 10 new nuclear reactors in big power push
Thu, May 18, 2017

These will add 7,000 MWe, more than capacity of all existing reactors.

Agri-credit disbursement: Banks worry as states with most loans talk about waivers
Mon, May 01, 2017

UP, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu account for 36% of total agri-lending in FY17 till December