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.

Amid plans to ramp up target from 175 GW to 227 GW: Transmission wrangles threaten to hold up green energy push
Sun, Jun 17, 2018

Work on transmission corridors has not taken off; could force agencies to slow down future bids

Loan default norms among pressure points between RBI and govt
Mon, Jun 11, 2018

Despite repeated requests by the Ministry to relax the default norms, the central bank refused to budge. The rate hike has now ruffled feathers in the government.

What RBI’s rate hike indicates
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Through the first increase in repo rate since the NDA came to power four years ago, the Reserve Bank has underlined the upside risk to inflation projections, and reiterated its mandate to check rising prices.

Monetary policy review: Core inflation transitory, no need for RBI to panic, says Niti chief
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

Core inflation, which excludes food and fuel components, was at 5.92 per cent in April while general CPI (Consumer Price Index) inflation stood at 4.58 per cent in the same month.

Rajiv Kumar interview: ‘Weakness in exports a worry; lazy banking must be jettisoned’
Mon, Jun 04, 2018

Rajiv Kumar says a series of reforms in the last four years of the government has laid the “foundation of a solid growth story going forward.”

Bank bosses’ best line as NPAs kept climbing steadily: ‘the worst is over’
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

In February this year, even as SBI, amid increased pressure of stressed assets, reported its first quarterly loss in 17 years for the three months ended December 2017, the bank’s management claimed that the bad loans had topped out.

Fuel price reduction — Govt in a bind: Niti Aayog says find fiscal space, ONGC has questions
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

Even as GDP growth figures issued by the Central Statistics Office Thursday showed that the ongoing recovery strengthened in the last quarter of 2017-18, there are concerns over whether the rebound can be sustained amid surging oil prices.

As startup funding crawls: DIPP to slam brakes on fund releases till FY19
Mon, May 14, 2018

SIDBI has so far committed Rs 1,285 crore to 27 local venture capital funds under the FFS scheme, of which Rs 141 crore —only about 11 per cent — has been disbursed to these funds till April 2018.

EPFO data: Need to see if new jobs are from existing employers or newly registered ones, says Pronab Sen
Tue, May 08, 2018

Pronab Sen said that the GST may have triggered companies to register and added to the EPFO enrollment numbers, which is not equivalent to “creating a new job”.

Boost to nuclear-power: Two Australian firms in talks to export uranium to India
Wed, May 02, 2018

A steady supply of uranium is good news for the country’s nuclear power sector, something that is expected to boost the performance of Indian nuclear power plants, as well as of several fuel cycle facilities.

In 5 years, 46% hike in base: Tax net widens as individuals fuel the surge
Tue, May 01, 2018

While the total taxpayer base grew at an average rate of about 7.9 per cent a year, individual taxpayers recorded an average annual growth rate of 8.2 per cent in these five years, inching up from 94 per cent in AY 2011-12 to 94.9 per cent in AY 2016-17, according to official data.

Currency shortage in ATMs: Some triggers came early last year
Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Since April 1, 2017, nearly 48 per cent of the total currency notes supplied are lower denomination notes of Rs 200 and below, according to RBI data until December 31, 2017.

How a US-China trade war can hit Indian market
Fri, Apr 06, 2018

Inflation may compel the US Federal Reserve to hike interest rates, and this may lead to capital outflow from emerging markets as American investors look to chase better returns back home.

CIL top job: Coal Ministry offers post weeks after Board rejects officer
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

Gopal Singh has been holding charge at the helm of the Rs 1.22 lakh crore state-owned firm since September 1, despite figuring in a list of six candidates rejected by the PESB when it conducted interviews for the post in June last year.

Governance: Three-fold spike in land costs over five years puts brakes on highway development
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

The average rate of construction of National Highways (NHs) per day has come down from 22.5 km in 2016-17 to 20.7 km in 2017-18 (data till December 2017), according to fresh data compiled by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

NBCC chief AK Mittal under CBI scanner gets his vigilance dept’s clean chit, additional post
Mon, Mar 26, 2018

It said that during investigations, the allegations against Mittal “were not found corroborated”.

Utilising idle gold with households: Government schemes fail to glitter
Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Various govt initiatives, aimed at fishing out yellow metal lying idle with households, have failed to achieve the desired results. The 22 tonnes mobilised under SGB scheme in last 3 years translates to just about 1% of India's physical demand in that period.

Where US tariffs can really hurt
Tue, Mar 13, 2018

India’s exports of steel and aluminium to the US are not significant; protectionist American tariff hikes are unlikely to immediately dent the Indian metals sector. The impact, however, may come through an indirect route.

Holes in accreditation of ITIs: Cycle stand is workshop, no building
Mon, Mar 12, 2018

Of the 13,353 operational ITIs today — from just 6,906 in 2009 — about 11,000 are privately run, with this segment growing annually at the rate of 15 per cent. Accreditation qualifies ITI operators to access funds under the government’s skilling programme.

Bangladesh’s proposed Rooppur project: Nuke tie-up abroad, a push to domestic expertise
Wed, Mar 07, 2018

Since India is not a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the country cannot directly take part in the construction of nuclear power plants in other countries. However, it has individual pacts with Bangladesh and Russia for collaborations in the nuclear sector.