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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.

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.

Looking for lithium toehold, India finds a small deposit in Karnataka
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Preliminary surveys by the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), are learnt to have shown the presence of 1,600 tonnes of lithium resources in the igneous rocks of the Marlagalla-Allapatna region of Karnataka’s Mandya district.

Power to Rail, Defence to Education — all gears move for vaccine rollout
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chief Ministers Monday to discuss the rollout, this pan-government mobilisation is comparable to the preparation ahead of a general election.

With eye on China, India looks at lithium reserves in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

Currently, India is heavily dependent on import of these cells and the move to ink sourcing pacts for lithium is seen as another salvo in the front against China, a key source of both the raw material and cells.

Explained: India’s economy in 2020, what to look forward to in 2021
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

India's economy in 2020: As Annus Horribilis 2020 comes to an end, there are positives in the economy: signs of a GDP rebound, and buoyant equity markets. But demand is weak, receipts are down, and the employment situation is grim. All eyes are on the Budget — and on the vaccines

Lease, don’t buy: Carmakers offer a hassle-free option
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

The country’s two biggest automobile manufacturers, Maruti and Hyundai, are seeing good traction in subscription-based flexible ownership of vehicles.

Explained: Targeting Big Tech in US, EU
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

What actions have been initiated by the United States and the European Union against Google? Does antitrust action work? What kind of regulatory scrutiny do the Internet giants face in India?

Explained: US Congress clears $900 bn Covid-19 package. How will it help Americans?
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

The impact of the legislative action could resonate beyond the US, in terms of assuaging market sentiments across geographies, especially coming a day after markets tanked following reports of the new coronavirus strain in Britain and South Africa.

Wistron violence: Unrest may stress PLI push, Centre in damage control mode
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

The state administration is learnt to have been instructed to salvage the situation and ensure a quick resolution.

Q2 GDP silver lining has cloud: Demand down, Govt push is key
Tue, Dec 01, 2020

Experts point to a larger drop in the post-festival season this fiscal, given the absence of demand to compensate for dissipating supply.

Explained: Why is the Oxford vaccine better news than Pfizer, Moderna shots?
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

Coronavirus vaccine: Here are five reasons why the Astrazeneca-Oxford preliminary results hold more promise, both in medical terms and for markets such as India.

Study on benefits, costs helped govt firm up RCEP stand
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Where RCEP members are concerned, India’s deficits have marginally reduced in most cases. However, its total deficit with ASEAN as a bloc has increased between 2018-19 and 2019-20, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Pfizer Covid vaccine: Rollout logistics, potency likely speed bumps
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

What makes quick scale up difficult is lack of data about how vaccine will react and will it work well in high-risk groups.

HUL chief Sanjiv Mehta: Neighbourhood grocer, online channels stood out during pandemic
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

The 3 per cent growth in the September quarter, Mehta said, came from 80 per cent of HUL’s portfolio — food, nutrition and hygiene products — growing at 10 per cent.

‘Now when it is India’s time under the sun, I do hope that globalisation does not retreat’: HUL CMD Sanjiv Mehta
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Sanjiv Mehta, chairman and managing director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, said while there is a very clear and apparent improvement in consumption between the June quarter and September quarter, the trends differ in rural and urban areas. Edited excerpts: