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    IANS - 5 hours ago
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    IANS - 6 hours ago
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  • India factory activity growth slows sharply in April - PMI

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    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • March infrastructure output grows fastest in 16 months - govt

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    Reuters - 7 hours ago
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    IANS - 7 hours ago
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    IANS - 7 hours ago
  • Big bargains entice Warren Buffett fans on Berkshire weekend

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  • India to monitor mines via satellite after finding illegal limestone extraction

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    IANS - 8 hours ago
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    Reuters - 8 hours ago
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    IANS - 9 hours ago
  • Key Indian equity indices close lower

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    IANS - 9 hours ago
  • Sluggish factory activity sets global tone for second quarter

    Sluggish factory activity sets global tone for second quarter

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    Reuters - 9 hours ago
  • M&M logs 14 percent volume growth in April

    Chennai, May 2 (IANS) Automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) on Monday said it closed last month with sales of 41,863 vehicles. President and chief executive Pravin Shah expressed happiness over the growth in sales. He hoped the apex court would take into account the role of the … More »

    IANS - 9 hours ago
  • Not all loan defaulters are thieves: Gadkari

    New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) As Indian agencies step up efforts to bring industrialist Vijay Mallya back to the country and recover much of the Rs.9,000 crore his companies allegedly owe banks, a key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi cabinet cautions that every defaulter mustn't be labelled a … More »

    IANS - 9 hours ago
  • Small loans soon virtually at your fingertips

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    IANS - 10 hours ago
  • LeEco's Le 1s top-selling smartphone in online sales: Report

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    IANS - 12 hours ago
  • Maruti reports 13.3 percent rise in sales in April

    New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki reported a 13.3 percent rise in total sales, including domestic and exports, in April as compared to same month last year, the company said on Monday. In April, the carmaker sold 126,569 units in total, up 13.3 percent against 111,748 units … More »

    IANS - 12 hours ago
  • Goldman targets 'mass affluent' borrowers with unusual lending plan

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    Reuters - 13 hours ago
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    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • Key Indian equity indices open in red

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    IANS - 15 hours ago
  • Factbox - India's proposed bankruptcy code

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    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • Ambitious new bankruptcy code may take years to clean up India's debt mess

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    Reuters - 15 hours ago
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  • Exclusive: Qatar fund uses more external managers, cuts focus on Europe

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    Reuters - Sun 1 May, 2016 8:05 PM IST
  • IEA chief says oil price bottoming depends on global growth

    IEA chief says oil price bottoming depends on global growth

    International Energy Agency (IEA) chief Fatih Birol said on Sunday that oil prices may have bottomed out, providing that the health of the global economy does not pose a concern. Oil prices hit 2016 highs on Friday with Brent crude reaching $48.50 a barrel on optimism that a global oil glut will … More »

    Reuters - Sun 1 May, 2016 3:32 PM IST
  • States' rising debt, non-plan spending worries central bank

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    IANS - Sun 1 May, 2016 12:02 PM IST
  • Reliance Life Insurance leads the pack in recruiting agents

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    IANS - Sun 1 May, 2016 11:04 AM IST
  • Key bills and quarterly earnings to influence markets' trends

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    IANS - Sun 1 May, 2016 10:40 AM IST
  • China April official factory activity expands but at slower pace

    China April official factory activity expands but at slower pace

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    Reuters - Sun 1 May, 2016 9:36 AM IST
  • Buffett says Berkshire 'fine' with Trump or Clinton

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    Reuters - Sun 1 May, 2016 7:34 AM IST
  • Buffett defends Berkshire's Coke stake, warns on BNSF

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    Reuters - Sat 30 Apr, 2016 11:58 PM IST
  • Softness in US dollar to stiffen rupee

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    IANS - Sat 30 Apr, 2016 6:46 PM IST

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