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.

Speedbreakers kill over nine a day, half of deaths in UP, TN & Karnataka
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

In 2015, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh accounted for 6,073 — 55 per cent of the total — accidents caused by speedbreakers.

Bharat Stage-VI in 3 years: Race over speedbumps
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Dirty air is a public health emergency. But it won’t be easy to jump straight from BS-IV to BS-VI emission norms. The Indian Express explains.

Mining accidents: Management glitches, supervisory oversight to blame
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

The role of the management holds the key in ensuring a safe work environment, but figures show that the responsibility for at least 63% of the documented accidents in coal mines over the last 3 years goes to the management and the supervisory staff.

Capital goods: Headwinds faced by BHEL & L&T cast a shadow over rebound in economy
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

BHEL’s order book reportedly contracts by 10% y-o-y; L&T’s down 10% y-o-y for December quarter.

Behind Infosys war, unused $5 billion sitting in cash
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Rather than using this cash to improve shareholders’ return, the old guard believes, the current management rewarded certain employees with hefty compensation and severance packages.

Digital payments: 10 per cent decline necessitates plugging the loopholes
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Measures such as addressing arbitrariness in levying merchant charges, providing banking facility to the poor and incentives are needed to spur e-payments.

Demand sputters, thermal plant load at 10-year low
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Government estimates for the April-December, 2016, period show the average PLF of the thermal power stations in the country has slid to a decadal low of 59.64 per cent.

Budget 2017: Selloff target hiked 60 per cent to Rs 72,500 crore
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

The finance ministry had estimated its receipts from disinvestment at Rs 56,500 crore in 2016-17, of which, it has so far raised Rs 26,903 crore through minority stake sale in state-owned companies.

Budget 2017: Arun Jaitley pegs fiscal deficit at 3.2 per cent of GDP
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Proposes a target for achieving a revenue deficit of 1.9 per cent of GDP in 2017-18 from the earlier target of 2 per cent of GDP.

Budget 2017: In boost for medium & small firms, tax slashed to 25 per cent
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

From the Centre’s perspective, the revenue forgone estimate for this measure is expected to be Rs 7,200 crore per annum.

Government may cite withdrawal of tax appeals in Budget
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

The Centre is likely to cite this in the upcoming Budget as proof of its commitment towards a non-adversarial tax administration, officials involved in the exercise said.

Income surge behind farm tax proposal was data entry error
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Subsequently, though, the Income Tax department, in a response submitted to the Standing Committee on Finance, admitted to huge agriculture incomes in ITRs primarily on account of data entry errors.

Trump walks the talk, quits Pacific trade pact. What happens now?
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

On his first weekday at work, the US President ‘terminated’ the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest trade deal in history, Barack Obama’s signature achievement and the proposed American counter to China’s economic influence in the region.

Small firms hit by note ban, banks brace for fresh wave of bad loans
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

The conservative estimate is that the fresh wave of bad loans could surface over the next three-four quarters and specifically be centred around loans to the MSME segment.

Digital push: Demonetisation propels ramping up cyber safety
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

A National Cyber Coordination Centre, A CERT-In’s Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre and the RBI’s circular to banks on phishing attacks are some of the key steps being undertaken to ensure safe and secured digital transactions.

After Jharkhand toll, 2016 one of deadliest years for mine workers
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

Eastern Coalfields, where the latest accident has taken place, is a subsidiary of State-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL), the world’s largest coal miner.

Aviation safety: Before two close shaves, many compliance violations
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Data from the DGCA shows that during the first ten months this year, a total of 38 pilots and 113 cabin crew were tested alcohol-positive during the pre-flight medical examination for consumption of alcohol

Nuclear projects in third countries: Indian cog in Russia’s nuclear apparatus
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Rosatom’s Mumbai centre to play a role in Russian efforts to increase its competitive edge in the nuclear plant construction market across geographies

Demonetisation day 35, Order No. 51: Banks told to keep CCTV tapes since note ban
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

This was the 51st communication issued by the administration — RBI and Finance Ministry — in the 35 days since the demonetisation policy was announced on November 8.

Tax prosecution cases witness a spurt in April-October
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Direct tax cases during the period higher than FY16.

Digi-banking: Despite incentives, regulatory gaps may hold up digital payments
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

Move towards rationalising MDR and aligning its estimation on the ‘work done’ principle could be in the offing.

RBI on demonetisation: Rationing cash, rationing words
Wed, Dec 07, 2016

The silence of the top brass of the RBI, especially Governor Urjit Patel, who has spoken once since demonetisation, has become a subject of debate.

67.4 kg gold missing from Delhi airport in 7 months
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Over the last three years, around 130 kg of gold has been “misplaced” from Customs vaults in key airports and cities.

Back to crawl at toll plazas today: Lessons from the 24-day fast lane
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

Experts say this silver lining highlights just why the country needs to aggressively push through electronic tolling.

Nuclear energy: Widening the scope of collaboration
Wed, Nov 30, 2016

ONGC and Indian Railways are the latest addition to the list of PSUs which are being considered for future joint ventures.

Crude oil reserves: Filling the strategic gap
Wed, Nov 23, 2016

As the project undertaken to build underground facilities meant to store crude oil to be used during emergency situations nears completion, ANIL SASI writes on the importance of these structures.

Demonetisation effect: Unbanked villages, small businesses badly hit as currency crisis continues
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Huge pressure on rural banks; 55% of unregistered MSMEs in villages where cash rules

India-Japan nuclear deal: Pact to plug gaps in N-plan
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

The agreement is going to be a key factor in helping India achieve its nuclear energy targets.

Demonetisation: Govt mulls separate banking window for labour-intensive units
Mon, Nov 14, 2016

A representative of the Federation of Small and Medium Industries said that small and medium units typically need to make worker payments almost every alternate day, which makes cash the preferred mode.

Make sure Jan Dhan accounts are not misused, RBI tells govt banks
Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Banks have been told to set up a Security Operations Centre and beef up the role of the chief information security officer.

Inside India’s mines: Between Jan and June 2016, a death every third day
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

The actual numbers for accidents or fatalities are higher and there are challenges for the survivors or the victims as far as seeking compensation is concerned

‘Significant headway’ on final text before PM Narendra Modi’s Japan visit
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

During the last meeting between the two prime ministers in New Delhi last December, it was announced that the two sides have agreed “in principle” on inking the civil nuclear agreement.

Plan to hike short-term open access charges: Short-circuiting industrial consumers
Wed, Nov 02, 2016

Hike in the levy may add to the increasing tendency among states to raise protectionist barriers against open access.

Spell out cyber hygiene measures: RBI to banks after security breach
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

Banks have also been specifically directed by the RBI to put into action a security policy enlisting their strategy on combating such threats.

Interview with CBDT chairperson: ‘India’s tax-to-GDP ratio on the lower side, we’re working on it’
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

After getting declarations of Rs 65,250 crore under the Income Disclosure Scheme (IDS), the tax department is planning more measures to curb black money in the economy. In an interview with Sunny Verma and Anil Sasi, Rani Singh Nair, chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), discusses the steps being contemplated to widen […]

Paris climate agreement: N-power push to meet green commitment
Wed, Oct 05, 2016

Increasing the share of clean energy in the total power generation bank lies at the core of achieving a low carbon economy and the govt is working on an actionable plan.