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Saturday, July 31, 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.

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.

Apps ban: Retaliatory step signals intent, blocks China access to growing youth market
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

Banning 59 mobile apps that have Chinese overhang is both a statement of intent and a strong signal. This may not hurt India given the alternatives in the app space but for China, the Indian app market is growing and valuable.

Explained: Why, despite the pandemic, some billionaires are becoming richer
Wed, Jul 01, 2020

As the pandemic ravages economies and destroys livelihoods across the world, the super rich, especially in the US, are getting richer — billionaire wealth is estimated to have increased by $565 billion since March 18.

Rathin Roy: ‘Need to settle NREGA the moment work is executed… pay by end of working day’
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

In this E-Xplained held a few weeks before he quit as Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Rathin Roy, ex-member of PM’s Economic Advisory Council, discusses challenges and options in a likely recessionary year.

As Delhi plans next steps, on the table: Chinese stakes in Indian tech
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

While China may not be a big investor in the traditional sense, and business relations are viewed more in terms of the trade deficit that India suffers, it is the new economy and start-up space where China has increased its influence.

For Atmanirbhar Bharat: Govt agencies across sectors tweak rules, form policies to push local
Mon, Jun 15, 2020

A week earlier, the DPIIT had modified the public procurement norms to give additional preference to domestic companies in government contracts, barring companies with less than a fifth of localisation from participating in most government tenders.

Roti vs parotta, biscuit vs chocolate, fryum vs papad
Sun, Jun 14, 2020

Too many tax slabs, rates lead to more disputes over product classification

Explained: How fuel price decontrol works — or why consumers always lose out
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

India fuel prices: The key beneficiary in this subversion of price decontrol is the government. The consumer is a clear loser, alongside fuel retailing companies as well.

Tax chief seeks counsel; Jaggi Vasudev says scrap I-T
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

At the ITAT webinar, Mody, in his query to Vasudev, asked that even as the tax department “has done a lot” to ease the compliance burden of the taxpayers, “still there exists some sort of trust deficit between the taxpayer and the government”.

Despite Govt’s big MSME push, entrepreneurs are guarded in their optimism. Four reasons why
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

The problems faced by the MSME sector, which makes up about 45% of the country’s total manufacturing output, 40% of its exports, almost 30% of GDP, and employs an estimated 11 crore persons, precede the pandemic.

Explained: When will international air travel restart?
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

When will international flights start again? On what factors will the timing and the roadmap depend? What are the concepts of ‘bubbles’ and ‘air bridges’ being considered by global aviation regulators?

Industry chorus: Package not much help, govt must do the heavy lifting
Fri, May 29, 2020

The survey was conducted after the latest round of easing, and the respondents included large companies, regional trade bodies, and also some small and medium enterprises across the manufacturing and services sectors.

Heat wave, restart of industrial activity push power demand close to last year’s levels
Thu, May 28, 2020

Tuesday's peak demand figure — the highest power demand met during the day — actually crossed the level of last year, the first time this has happened since March 22.

Nitin Gadkari: I am confident migrant labourers will return but we need to create confidence in their minds
Sun, May 24, 2020

In an e-Adda hosted by The Indian Express, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road, Transport & Highways and MSME, spoke on clearance of dues to MSMEs, how to get demand back in the market and restarting industry.

Explained: Why the govt changed its mind in just three days and allowed flights
Sat, May 23, 2020

Even as the move brings a respite to airlines and the various allied sectors, the limited capacity operations with fare regulation and other added costs have left airlines wanting for more.

Explained: Why the govt had to inject money into the power sector
Thu, May 21, 2020

The primary trigger is the poor financial condition and revenue collection abilities of most state discoms.

Tranche 4: Mining to aviation, Govt pushes reforms it has already pushed
Sun, May 17, 2020

The government announced a hike in FDI limit for automatic approval to 74 per cent from 49 per cent in defence production. At present, FDI is allowed under the automatic route for up to 49 per cent and above 49 per cent through the government route.

Rs 3-lakh-crore relief package for MSMEs but govts, pvt firms owe them more
Fri, May 15, 2020

The only available official estimate is on the MSME Samadhaan website, an online delayed payment monitoring system for settlement of disputes on filing of delayed payments by affected MSMEs, which has listed out payment claims of Rs 40,720 crore as on May 14, a fraction of the total dues.

Covid economic package: Govt safety net for migrant workers and poor has little for now, more for later
Fri, May 15, 2020

Thursday’s measures focused on the poorer segments of society, including migrant labour, small and marginal farmers and urban poor, seems skewed more towards the long-term.

First dose is liquidity: MSMEs get mega guarantee
Thu, May 14, 2020

Most measures focus on off-balance sheet support; success depends on improving lenders’ risk appetite

COVID-19 effect: With significant pile ups at ports, major container shipping lines start skipping India
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

Major global container shipping lines, which include Maersk Line, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA-CGM and China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), are reported to have begun completely skipping the country’s top container gateways.

Refrain at Manesar’s auto hub: Partial opening makes no sense
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

While trucks could be seen idling in yards alongside the Delhi-Jaipur highway, an executive with an automobile manufacturer said the drivers are refusing to take the trucks with cars and other goods, and goods worth crores are stuck on roads.

Banks red-flag looming retail loan default, push for 6-month moratorium
Tue, Apr 14, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The extended lockdown across the manufacturing and services sectors, the resultant job losses along with the wave of salary cuts are projected to start impacting the repayment capacity of retail borrowers.

CII has a plan for govt: Industry asks for pooled testing to resume limited ops
Sat, Apr 11, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Under pooled testing, samples from several people are pooled or combined at a time, allowing expanded testing in large population groups given limited test kit resources.