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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.

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.

Explained: The state of Pakistan’s economy
Tue, Dec 07, 2021

🔴 Tweeting from a Pakistan embassy handle, a hacker recently flagged rising inflation in the country. A look at Pakistan’s current and impending economic crises, and what it has been doing to tide them over.

Explained: Digital currencies and how they work
Tue, Nov 30, 2021

🔴 A cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange, such as the rupee or the US dollar, but is digital in format and uses encryption techniques to both control the creation of monetary units and to verify the exchange of money.

Explained: Why are India, other countries releasing oil from strategic reserves?
Sat, Nov 27, 2021

🔴 Why do oil consuming countries keep strategic petroleum reserves? Why have the United States, India and some other nations announced concerted action to release a part of these reserves?

A tale of 2 rollbacks: land and farm laws, focus was outcome, not the process
Sat, Nov 20, 2021

What the ruling establishment did not factor in – both in the first and second term – was that the proposed laws had to do with land.

Explained: Slide in China’s GDP growth and implications for India
Tue, Oct 19, 2021

The main reason why growth was below expectation is the tepid rise in industrial production at 3.1% in September, way below the expected 4-4.5%.

Explained: Post-lockdown energy demand up, dip in local stocks
Thu, Oct 14, 2021

October has always been a tough month for grid managers, given that the annual all-India electricity peak demand is recorded during that month.

Explained: Taxing Big Tech where it earns profits
Tue, Oct 12, 2021

Amid a consensus that big multinational companies are funnelling their profits through low-tax jurisdictions, 136 countries including India have signed a historic pact to enforce a minimum corporate tax. A look at the deal, why the need was felt, and the challenges for India and other countries in implementing it.

RK Singh: ‘Opening up competition in discom key to efficiency, nearly all states on board’
Wed, Oct 06, 2021

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had in August written to the Prime Minister, citing opposition to the move, calling the Bill “anti-people”.

Coal shortage beyond usual, situation touch and go: Power Minister RK Singh
Sat, Oct 09, 2021

While there is expectation that the demand could start tapering off from the latter half of October, Union Power Minister R K Singh said the bridging of the fuel gap is still likely to be a “touch and go” affair and that he is bracing for a trying “next five-six months”.

R K Singh: ‘Green hydrogen push for refining, fertiliser sectors; PLI for electrolysers in the works’
Tue, Oct 05, 2021

Union Power and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said the coal shortage situation this time is serious and is being handled at an inter-ministerial level, and that the situation presents both a challenge and an opportunity at the same time. He also talked of a bundling plan for future renewable energy bids.

Explained: Is the Evergrande crisis China’s Lehman moment?
Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Chinese real estate major Evergrande, $305 billion in the red, is on the brink of explosion. Markets have been spooked by fears of an effect on economies — but Evergrande is unlikely to become the Lehman of this era.

Distress signal came early: farm, unpaid women labour surged
Tue, Sep 07, 2021

The surge in female labour force participation rate, as evidenced in the latest Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data for July 2019-June 2020, can be interpreted as a positive sign, but there is a catch: much of this increase is in the most sub-optimal category of unpaid family workers.

Textile, apparel orders, especially from US, power India export surge
Sun, Sep 05, 2021

A sustained recovery in global trade and demand from key external markets like the US and the European Union in product categories such as textiles and garments have helped boost India’s exports, which recorded the sixth consecutive month of growth in August.

Facial recognition spreads, concern over absence of data protection law
Sat, Aug 28, 2021

The systems seek to achieve a range of objectives: better identification of criminals, law enforcement use at railway stations, passenger check-ins at airports, biometric attendance at companies, and even student authentication mechanisms.

Despite broad uptick in the economy, fewer quality jobs in urban areas now
Mon, Aug 16, 2021

There are clear indicators of the economic distress and lack of opportunities in the government's latest annual PLFS (Periodic Labour Force Survey) data, which points to workers being forced into low productivity and low paying work, thereby aggravating the under-employment problem.

New chemistry cell battery tech set to diversify, disrupt sectors: From electricity storage to EVs
Mon, Aug 09, 2021

While policymakers in the NITI Aayog and the Power Ministry maintain that the established lithium-ion ecosystem is likely to continue to be the mainstay for the projects that are on the verge of being rolled out, there is now a fresh impetus to examine these new technological breakthroughs from an improved viability and end-use perspective while drafting new project proposals.

Explained: Years after Indo-US nuclear deal, very little progress on n-deal projects
Fri, Aug 06, 2021

Progress of greenfield projects since the Indo-US nuclear deal has been tardy.

Cost of putting Pegasus in phones runs into crores
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

NSO maintains that it sells its technologies solely to law enforcement and intelligence agencies of “vetted governments” for the purpose of “preventing criminal and terror acts”.

Explained: How US anti-trust order could impact big tech elsewhere
Tue, Jul 13, 2021

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to foster competition across sectors. It is being seen as a decisive policy step in his administration's stated mission of targeting Big Tech.