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Friday, May 07, 2021

Anil Sasi


Anil Sasi is National Business 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.

Covid infects ATC, power grid ops as staff, kin fall sick
Mon, May 03, 2021

Officials at POSOCO — India’s electricity grid manager — have alluded to a “worrying shortage” of operators, including those manning some control rooms.

What rate card does not show: Govt help in developing Covaxin
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

According to Bharat Biotech, the firm will supply more than 50 percent of its production to the Centre at Rs 150 a dose. The higher rates for States and private hospitals are necessitated by its needs to fund R&D for other vaccines, the company said.

Serum Institute’s Rs 600/dose for Covishield in private hospitals is its highest rate the world over
Sun, Apr 25, 2021

This, despite it being contract-manufactured by Pune’s Serum Institute of India whose CEO Adar Poonawalla had said that the firm was making a profit even at a price of Rs 150 per dose.

Before ramp-up, vaccine planning on the fly with only 2 options in basket
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

India has largely been reliant on a real-time supply of vaccines from essentially a duopoly of suppliers.

Margrethe Vestager: ‘Need to become better at analysing non-monetary payment and role of data’
Mon, Apr 19, 2021

It is my firm belief based on my experience and the history of competition law enforcement that if you have competition, then you also have a more prosperous and a dynamic economy.

Explained: Despite not being a policy tool, why the WPI surge is worrying
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

The WPI data comes right after the retail (CPI) inflation scaled a four-month peak of 5.52 per cent in March.

Door for global vaccines opens but pricing strategy could be key to entry
Wed, Apr 14, 2021

The NDA government is learnt to have negotiated the cost of Covishield — Serum Institute of India’s (SII) version of the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine -- to Rs 150 plus GST, or around $2.02, per dose.

Explained: Joe Biden’s radical tax proposal
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has urged G20 nations to move towards a global minimum corporate tax. What can this mean for India, other economies, and corporations that benefit from low-tax regimes?

Localised lockdowns in second wave set to hit services recovery
Thu, Apr 01, 2021

High frequency indicators have begun to reflect some moderation due to administrative clampdown in a bunch of districts including Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Explained: How Google Maps plans to nudge you towards the greenest route to your destination
Thu, Apr 01, 2021

Google Maps plans to start highlighting journeys and directing drivers to routes that it calibrates to be the most "eco-friendly" based on a range of factors. Here's how it will work.

Explained: How and why Covid-19 disrupted production of automobiles
Wed, Mar 31, 2021

The disruption of supply chains has created a shortage of chips, forcing automobile makers to slow down production. How does the global chipmaking industry work, and how did similar shocks play out earlier?

Explained: Why India’s crude oil price could rise following blockage of Suez Canal
Tue, Mar 30, 2021

The biggest impact on the oil trade and crude prices will be if the freeing of the container ship ‘Ever Given’ takes weeks, as is now being predicted. The longer the closure, the more disruptive the impact is likely to be.

One year since lockdown 1.0: Services sector distress means journeys of hope are cut short
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

Each distress story in India’s services sector is unique but all of them face similar questions: The lockdown may have eased but when will demand pick up? What happens with a second Covid wave?

One year since lockdown 1.0: Share in workforce already falling, Covid-19 job losses hit women harder
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

From Gurugram to Srirangapatna, the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown-induced economic distress deepened a structural problem that India’s labour market was already witnessing -- participation of women in the workforce.

Explained: What’s changing on Google
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

Google has said its ad tools will no longer track individual users from 2022. A look at how this self-regulation effort aligns with the Google founders’ vision, and how it compares with other digital giants’ approach.

Explained: Why US stocks logged their best day since June 5, and will it have a rub-off effect on Indian stocks and bonds?
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

The benchmark S&P 500 index in the US logged its best day in nearly nine months on Monday (March 1), as shares surged sharply to ensure a 2.4 per cent gain in the broad stock index. Would there be an India impact?

Explained: In Australia versus Facebook, issues affecting media everywhere
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Australian PM Morrison has called Narendra Modi, widening efforts to drum up support for his media code that seeks to make Big Tech pay for content. What's at stake; what lies ahead?

Running cars on hydrogen: A look at India’s National Hydrogen Mission
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

India has announced a National Hydrogen Mission that will draw up a roadmap for using hydrogen as an energy source. The initiative has the potential of transforming transportation.

Uttarakhand: In terrain dotted with hydro projects, flood hits several
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

Sources said that while the civil structure survived the flood, at least a couple of gates of the spillway have been swept away. A boring machine was stuck inside a tunnel of the run-of-river plant, they said.

Big spending push blended with bold financial reforms
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

What makes Budget 2021-22 probably the boldest in the last six years is her intent to privatise PSU banks and state insurers — a taboo for all governments — especially at a time when reformist farm laws, facing a backlash, have been put on effective hold.

Explained: What top Budget 2021 proposals are trying to do
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Budget 2021 explained: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed many new measures in the Budget 2021 to prop up the flagging economy amid the Covid-19 pandemic and boost spending across sectors.

Explained: Tech giants v regulators
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Google and Facebook have locked horns with Australian govt over laws that propose to make them pay news organisations for using their content. The outcome of the fight will have implications for India as well.

Explained: Big Tech’s power to fire
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Of all the humiliation heaped on Donald Trump as he leaves the White House today, the de-platforming by Twitter and Facebook must hurt him the most. But even as many celebrate his comeuppance, concerns have been raised about the enormous power for-profit Big Tech wields in the running of democracies.

Concentration of power in India Inc: Regulator reviews seven key sectors
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Simultaneously, it has started a review of all model concession agreements — the legal contract that forms the basis of the public-private partnership — across four key infrastructure sectors: airports, ports, electricity and railways.

Finance Ministry and Niti Aayog had raised red flags before Adani’s clean sweep of six airports
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

This assumes significance given that on August 31 last year, the Adani Group signed another deal to acquire a controlling interest in the country’s second largest airport, in Mumbai — the Airports Authority of India cleared that takeover on January 12.