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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.

Sanjiv Bajaj: ‘Like GST Council, need a platform to sort Centre-state issues on land, energy, labour’
Wed, May 18, 2022

The Chairman and Managing Director of Bajaj Finserv Ltd, the holding group company for all the financial service businesses of the Bajaj group — flags inflation as a concern and calls for smart regulation by the RBI so the innovation in the financial sector is not hampered.

In the SUV sweepstakes, a petrol vs diesel face-off
Mon, May 09, 2022

Korean cos relying on ‘engine downsizing’ in petrol segment; Japanese counter focussed on petrol-only

Explained: How heat wave added to power demand amid coal shortages
Tue, May 03, 2022

India is staring at a crisis again, this time induced by a debilitating fuel shortage at coal-fired thermal plants, which make nearly 70 per cent of India’s base load power generation capacity.

Explained: Inflation heats up but why it hasn’t singed political economy yet
Mon, Apr 18, 2022

The runaway prices have not adversely impacted political outcomes, given the results of recent state elections. What’s worrying the government's economic managers is the rise in wages due to rising food prices, which will have a spill-over effect on wholesale inflation.

Rachel Kyte: ‘India should be a hugely investable proposition for the rest of the world’
Mon, Apr 11, 2022

The cost of not doing anything is way higher: Rachel Kyte

Car In, Cube Out: All about Maruti Suzuki-Toyota’s new plant in Noida
Sun, Apr 10, 2022

The Maruti Suzuki-Toyota Tsusho Group’s new MSTI plant in Noida is a step in the direction of a government-led initiative to institute a circular economy in auto sector. While the economics of the process is still evolving, tax incentives are a draw

Explained: Why the Russia-Ukraine war threatens to splinter the internet
Sat, Apr 02, 2022

Splintering is the idea of splitting the internet into disparate realms controlled by different dispensations or powers. The events of the past four weeks pose the first serious challenge to the way the internet has evolved.

Explained: The fire at Ukraine’s nuclear power plant and the risks it pose
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

Zaporizhzhia in Enerhodar — a city in the north-western part of Ukraine, close to Kharkiv and about 550 km south-east of Kyiv — is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and among the 10 largest in the world.

Explained: 5 ways the new sanctions are playing out in Russia
Tue, Mar 01, 2022

The Russian ruble tanked 30 per cent versus the dollar in offshore trading on Monday morning, trading as low as 117.8170 to a US dollar based on data compiled by Bloomberg, as against around 76 to a dollar on February 22.

Explained: Three ways in which Germany has changed its policy on Ukraine over the past week
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

Germany’s coming on board has been a central factor in the evolving united western front against Moscow — both on economic sanctions and the other punitive measures.

Explained: What is SWIFT, and what shutting Russia out of it means
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

The United States and European Union are cutting off a number of Russian banks from the main international payment gateway, SWIFT. What is SWIFT, and what does the move aim to achieve?

Explained: Why economic sanctions are likely to be even less effective against Russia in 2022
Wed, Feb 23, 2022

Economic sanctions are the West's most powerful weapon in their foreign policy arsenal, but there are question marks over how far they can go in 2022.

Budget 2022: Politics at arm’s length, Govt banks on Covid ebb and income trickle-down
Wed, Feb 02, 2022

Devoid of political feelers, Nirmala Sitharaman's 90-minute speech showcased a Budget strategy-driven more by economic assumptions than any overt political imperatives, except when it came to reforms.

Budget 2022: The call – spend to grow
Wed, Feb 02, 2022

The Budget also provided clarity on key new economy sectors – for cryptocurrencies, it said income from transfer of digital assets would be taxed at 30 per cent and further proposed a 1 per cent TDS on transfer of payment.

Budget 2022 Explained: Highlights and analysis of Nirmala Sitharaman’s Union Budget
Wed, Feb 23, 2022

Union Budget 2022-23 Explained: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Tuesday presented the Union Budget 2022-23 in Parliament. Here are the highlights from Sitharaman’s Budget speech, and an explanation and analysis of it.

Explained: Why long rallies will give Rafael Nadal the advantage in Australian Open final
Mon, Jan 31, 2022

The breakdown of rallies, in terms of points won during Friday's semi-final, showed that the advantage gravitated overwhelmingly in Nadal's favour as the rallies got longer

Explained: Understanding the potential impact of Fed rate hike on US and other economies
Fri, Jan 28, 2022

With the US Federal Reserve signalling a hike in interest rates this March, Anil Sasi explains what this means for the US economy as well as global markets, including India.

Six airbags could be mandatory in your car soon, here’s why that’s a great thing
Sun, Jan 16, 2022

The proposal for additional airbags is to be mandated in the ‘M1’ vehicle category, with the aim of minimising the impact of “frontal and lateral collisions” to the occupants seated in both the front and rear compartments.

Explained: Why India is trying to seal a free trade agreement with UK
Sat, Jan 15, 2022

While the commencement of negotiations does mark a step forward in the otherwise rigid stance adopted by the NDA government when it comes to trade liberalisation, experts point to impediments and the potential for legal challenges going ahead.

TV Narendran: ‘Private investment back at pre-pandemic levels… but consumption fragile’
Fri, Jan 07, 2022

TV Narendran, President of the Confederation of Indian Industry and CEO & MD of Tata Steel, is of the view that the economy should be able to navigate the Covid third wave "without much damage".

Explained: Why the release of Fed minutes sent a shiver of concern through global markets
Fri, Jan 07, 2022

Traders across markets have taken that as a sign that the Fed might be more aggressive about rolling back the stimulus that has been feeding stock market gains across geographies.

Explained: Why do makers of mobile phone handsets want to build cars now?
Fri, Jan 07, 2022

Apple, Huawei and Sony are all chasing the holy grail in the auto industry — electric vehicles with potentially autonomous capabilities. Why self-driving EVs?

Explained: Breakthrough in battery tech
Sun, Jan 02, 2022

The announcement triggered comparisons with the package that Tesla awarded Elon Musk in 2018, and spotlighted the potential of this nascent sector, some of whose flagbearers are yet to bring a product to market.

Sudden restrictions on medical exports force companies to look abroad
Fri, Dec 24, 2021

🔴 The issue of policy certainty gains salience again with the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus being highly transmissible and the demand for medical items including syringes likely to remain high.

Behind the curve on inflation, Fed pivots: Will it derail India sentiment?
Fri, Dec 17, 2021

Amid surging inflation and sliding unemployment, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the US economy is growing at a “robust pace” even as it “faces risks” from the Covid-19 pandemic.