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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: How household wealth rose despite Covid-19 impacting incomes
Thu, Oct 29, 2020

The trend of rise in household wealth, as reported by the latest Credit Suisse report, too can be traced back to the concerted government and central bank actions to mitigate the Covid-19 fallout.

Explained: Why an all-electric version of the Hummer is a game-changer
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

The iconic tank-like supertruck is back, without its biggest handicap – the giant, gas-guzzling engine. If GM's gamble pays off, it could be the most resounding endorsement yet of a decisive shift to electric from fossil fuels.

Covid puzzles: Jobs back, labour shrinks, demand low but inflation still high
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

While much of the world is seeing benign inflation trends, India is a clear exception. Among the drivers of headline inflation in India in recent months has been food prices, especially those of vegetables.

Uranium Supplies: Lack of ‘viability of proposals’, DAE drops offers by two Australian cos
Thu, Oct 15, 2020

India-Australia ties have been on an upswing since 2012, when the Australian government decided to sell uranium to India despite India not being a signatory to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, which was formalised by way of a bilateral agreement in 2014.

Dilip Ratha: ‘Fall in remittances will add to fiscal difficulty of states … there’ll be direct & indirect impact on tax revenues’
Mon, Sep 28, 2020

We have seen that flows from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to neighboring countries have been resilient in the months of June and July.

Covid-19, oil price shock may lead to remittances falling 20% this year: Expert
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

Kerala and Punjab are two of the largest remittance recipients among Indian states, and are likely to bear the brunt of the fall in remittance flows, Dilip Ratha, who heads the global migration think tank KNOMAD, told The Sunday Express.

Remittance dip: Kerala to seek nod to issue ‘diaspora bonds’ to tap into savings of non-residents
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

These bonds will tap into the savings of non-resident Keralites, a majority of whom are in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, where their deposits in banks earn near-zero per cent interest.

Explained: Reading the Federal Reserve’s guidance
Sun, Sep 20, 2020

To stimulate the US economy, Federal Reserve has indicated that benchmark interest rates would remain near zero at least until 2023. What is the background of its guidance, and the implications for India?

Rural distress looms: dip in crop prices, remittances; rising Covid cases
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

While the over 3% agriculture growth in the first quarter factored in strong Rabi procurement, with high-price realisations getting reflected in the output numbers, fresh data from mandis indicate a slide in the prices of the intercrop produce — horticulture, milk and poultry etc.

Telangana powerhouse fire: Red flags raised over dam’s poor upkeep, funds crunch in 2 states
Sat, Aug 22, 2020

The poor financial situation of utilities also typically translates into illegular maintenance and upkeep of other parts of the power plant.

Electricity to inter-state transport: Faster growth pick-up where Covid control better
Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu had 40% cases, but posted sharp rise in goods movement.

RK Singh: ‘We believe we have to switch over to renewables … we will not only meet our commitment, we will exceed it’
Mon, Aug 17, 2020

It was only in April that we had a major dip (in power demand). But, I can tell you this: from what I have seen, I think our demand is going to gallop, says RK Singh.

Govt push sees players lining up to make solar equipment
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

The proposals over the last couple of months to domestically manufacture solar equipment in India include those from the US-based First Solar, Gurgaon-based Renew Power, Kolkata-based Vikram Solar and the Delhi-headquartered Waaree Energies.

Explained: What is behind the UK’s recession, and is India too headed for one?
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

The United Kingdom — which already has the highest death toll in Europe from the virus — seems to be paying for being late in imposing lockdown restrictions, as compared to its neighbours such as Spain and France.

Explained: Two reasons why RBI did not cut interest rates, contrary to expectations
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

CPI inflation is rising, and has breached the central bank's medium-term target. And the MPC has already cut repo rate by 115 basis points over the course of the last seven months

Explained: What’s behind US GDP slide and why is China different
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The worrying news for the US is what economists seem to be widely projecting -- that the scale of this fall in the first quarter will be dwarfed by that in the second.

Explained: In market high, some fears
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

The primary reason why markets around the world are rallying is the mega stimulus packages announced by global central banks. A crash in the US could have a cascading impact on India

Explained: What is the significance of Kakrapar-3?
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

KAPP-3, which attained criticality on Wednesday morning, is India’s first 700 MWe unit, and the biggest indigenously developed variant of the Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor.

What sold or didn’t in lockdown: Bread, jam up, ice-cream down
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

While the two-month national lockdown generally dampened spending, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies saw certain unusual trends in demand in certain product categories, company executives said.

Explained: The new technology cold war
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

US has moved to block China's access to chipmaking tools and designated Huawei, ZTE as national security threats. With the 5G rollout imminent, the tussle will not leave other countries, including India, untouched.

Explained: China’s unexpected GDP rebound, and signals for India
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

In India, with most economic activities losing two months of output and subsequent localised lockdowns being announced by states in the wake of the surge in case load, the recovery process looks like it would be an extended one.

Electricity to jobs: Uptick in economy but that’s flattening
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

That the “unlocking” has been patchy is reinforced by Google footfall data showing that while public mobility has improved in recent weeks across India, states that have higher infection rates are seeing curtailed public movement and economic activity.

Behind market rebound: What explains this trend, and how likely is it to sustain?
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Since a slump on March 23, India’s stock markets have been rising despite Covid-19, tensions with China and projections of economic contraction. What explains this trend, and how likely is it to sustain?

Chinese imports: Banks delay issue of LCs, flag SME solvency concerns
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Banks have turned cautious as reports of consignments being held up at ports continue and duty rates are being revised upwards for certain categories of products.

Why is Tesla’s stock zooming – and can Musk’s vision sustain his business?
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

The successes in Elon Musk’s space venture have had a rub-off effect on Tesla's car business. Days after SpaceX's launch that sent two astronauts on board the Falcon 9 rocket into space, Tesla's stock surged sharply.