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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.

17 months before PNB scandal: RBI had cautioned against SWIFT abuse at Union Bank — just in time
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

PNB scam: Seventeen months before the PNB loan scandal became public, there was an attempt to defraud the Union Bank of India by abusing the SWIFT messaging system. The situation was “salvaged post event without any apparent monetary loss”.

From insurance to farm: Policy tweaks dilute govt’s initial resolve
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

The govt’s continued policy interventions across various sectors go against its initial promise of “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance”.

On Modi government drawing board: Tool to hardsell soft power in diplomacy
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

The move to try and quantify this aspect of India’s diplomacy comes in the wake of criticism that the country has not been able to adequately leverage its ‘soft power’ in matters of foreign policy.

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 2.0: Renewed push falls short
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Various changes have been introduced in the execution of the government's skilling programme to generate more jobs, but to no avail. An average of just over one out of six people trained under the scheme have found a job.

Rs 5 lakh family cover: Centre to call meeting of state health secys
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

In the Union Budget 2018-19, an initial corpus of Rs 2,000 crore was provided for the NHPS that aims to provide medical cover of Rs 5 lakh to over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families.

Eye on German model, govt combines theory, industry training in ITIs
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Under the initiative, theoretical training in Industrial Training Institutes will be combined with practical training in the industry to increase the employability of ITI trainees.

Govt’s Electric Vehicle push: Carmakers call for a tech-agnostic approach
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

Hybrid technology is a good intermediate step towards meeting the 2030 all-electric goal, industry says.

Tata Motors: New projects leading to significant uptick in CV demand
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

At the Auto Expo 2018, Tata Motors unveiled several new commercial vehicles (small, intermediate and large) along with their electric bus.

Interview with vice-chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motors: ‘Charging infra crucial for EV push; hybrid best solution’
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Stating that hybrids must be encouraged, Shekar Viswanathan, vice-chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motors said that Toyota has requested the government to bring down the taxes on hybrid vehicles from 43 per cent to 28 per cent.

Auto Expo 2018: EVs, concepts dominate
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

This year’s expo, which kicked-off Wednesday here, the numbers on display surged 10-fold to over 50 electric and hybrid vehicles, a reflection of the government’s aggressive target to electrify all new vehicles by 2030.

Nuclear power: Uranium shipments hold up, but blip in generation
Wed, Feb 07, 2018

Power generation, of late has witnessed a marginal decline due to factors like tepid demand in the wake of a delayed industrial recovery and subdued bookings on account of domestic load

Budget proposal: A departure from the custom of duty cuts to ‘protect domestic industry’
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

The Budget announcement to hike duty on two broad categories of goods is one among several such increases introduced in the last two years to protect domestic manufacturing, according to the government, but experts say the move is also aimed at shoring up revenues

Union Budget 2018: Why should we give concession to one class of people, asks Finance Secy Hasmukh Adhia
Sat, Feb 03, 2018

Hasmukh Adhia said, "In GST, we will have to bring an e-way bill as well as the matching of invoices, which is the final thing which will help us in GST."

Union Budget 2018: Rural poor is focus, cost is breach of fiscal target 
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

In the 35 minutes of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's 105-minute Union Budget speech, during which he unveiled his agriculture and health schemes, there were 38 references to the word ‘agri,’ 39 mentions of the word “farm,” 35 references to “rural.”

Budget 2018: Arun Jaitley’s rural-focused Budget can’t cheer up Dalal street
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Budget 2018: The slippage in this year’s fiscal deficit target was despite the government has exceeded the disinvestment target for the current fiscal, with receipts of around Rs 1,00,000 crore against the targeted Rs 72,000 crore.

Budget 2018 explained: ‘Arun Jaitley’s last budget has no creative incrementalism on show’
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Arun Jaitley's Union Budget 2018 EXPLAINED: Here's what our experts — National Editor, Policy, Shaji Vikraman; National Editor, Rural Affairs, Harish Damodaran; Associate Editors Anil Sasi and Sandeep Singh — think of Jaitley's budget. 

Electric vehicles charging infrastructure: Debate begins with sale vs service argument
Wed, Jan 31, 2018

The Central government is learnt to have set up a committee chaired by the Member Planning, Central Electricity Authority to recommend the way forward for developing EV charging infrastructure in India.

Govt readies social security scheme with pension and insurance cover, aims for universal coverage
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

Consultations are on with states to bring them on board for part-financing the scheme, which could be launched later this year around the time of key state elections and ahead of the upcoming 2019 general polls.

Clean Energy Push: Time to power down old thermal plants, open exit route for legacy PPAs
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Allowing discoms to exit power purchase agreements with over 15-year-old coal- & lignite-fuelled plants will facilitate them to meet renewable purchase obligation and relieve from onerous financial liability.

Uptick in demand: First time in 10 years, power plants show load factor rising
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

The Plant Load Factor has topped the 65 per cent mark this fiscal (April-October data) for the first time since 2013-14.

Aquaculture: How the salmon thrived in Norway’s robust fish farming industry
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

That the salmon is a staple today is thanks to a robust fish farming industry that has expanded at rapid speed in recent decades in Norway, where in 2016 around 1.18 million metric tonnes were produced.

Environment-friendly mobility: Norway’s high-voltage EV push offers a template for India
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Clean energy-sourced robust charging infra, tax subsidy, free parking, passage through toll booths and other incentives have helped the Scandinavian nation succeed in its electric vehicle push.

Bangladesh’s Rooppur N-project: Russia may leverage Indian assistance in manpower training
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

Partnership could be extended to materials sourcing, equipment and services.

PSU banks to RBI: Fraud worth Rs 51,000 crore tied to advances
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Advance-related frauds in last 3 years adds up to about 8% of GNPAs of PSBs.

PF in equities: How investors can now track their money
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) decides ways to account for and disburse investments in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Equal access to the Internet is under threat in US. What does this mean?
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Who gains from the likely overturning of the Obama-era rules of 'neutrality' on the Net? The Indian Express explains the implications for consumers, and where the debate stands in India

BS-VI emission norms for vehicles: So near and yet so far, here is why
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Govt now wants superclean fuel in Delhi by April next year. Can automakers supply the cars? What are the practical, financial and technological hurdles to meeting the deadlines on govt’s clean fuel roadmap?

Infrastructure projects: Rise in land compensation cost a challenge for highways, airports
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Land cost for highways is now 100% of civil cost against 10% of total project cost about a decade ago.

NTPC toll up to 32: Barring three, all were contract staff working near boiler
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh told reporters: “Around 80 people were affected due to this accident... 32 succumbed to injuries and 48 are under treatment.”

NTPC blast: Death toll reaches 29, early probe shows safety norms violated, boiler ops went wrong
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

NTPC blast: Probe committee formed, NTPC says no explosion, ash collection led to ‘disturbance’

Rae Bareli NTPC blast: At least 20 killed, scores injured at Unchahar plant
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

While the PSU, in its official response, maintained that the accident was triggered by “hot flue gases and steam” escaping from the affected unit, a source involved in the exercise said it was caused by a blast in the boiler unit.

Dumping municipal waste on vacant plots: Swachh Bharat, the Noida way
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

On October 10, a principal bench of the NGT passed an interim order directing the Noida Authority to not dump waste in a vacant industrial plot at Sector 138A.

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.