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    Reuters - 22 minutes ago
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    Reuters - 6 hours ago
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    Reuters - 6 hours ago
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    Reuters - 12 hours ago
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    Reuters - 14 hours ago
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    Reuters - 16 hours ago
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    Reuters - 17 hours ago
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    IANS - 17 hours ago
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    IANS - 18 hours ago
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    Reuters - 19 hours ago
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    IANS - 19 hours ago
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    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • What's behind the global stock market selloff?

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    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • Market turbulence raises worries of third crisis wave

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    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • Rupee strengthens, but still above 68-mark

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    IANS - 20 hours ago
  • India's factory output declines again in December

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    IANS - 20 hours ago
  • Caution over macro-data flares volatility, markets end flat

    Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) Caution over upcoming macro-data coupled with unwinding of long positions and negative global cues flared extreme volatility in the Indian equity markets on Friday. In the process, ... … More »

    IANS - 20 hours ago
  • India's retail inflation climbs to 5.69 percent in January

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    IANS - 21 hours ago
  • Government committed to promote telecom manufacturing: official

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    IANS - 21 hours ago
  • Passenger vehicle sales in India seen growing up to 12 pct next fiscal year

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    Reuters - 21 hours ago
  • 'RBI does't act, need to criminalise wilful default'

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    IANS - 21 hours ago
  • India prods steelmakers to use local coal to cut $4 bln import bill

    India prods steelmakers to use local coal to cut $4 bln import bill

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    Reuters - 21 hours ago
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    IANS - 22 hours ago
  • Mission incomplete: Rajan's overhaul of RBI

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    Reuters - 22 hours ago
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    IANS - 22 hours ago
  • U2opia Mobile's Foneverify eases mobile verification process for startups

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    IANS - 22 hours ago
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    IANS - 23 hours ago
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    IANS - 23 hours ago
  • HPCL seeks rare diesel imports - traders

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    Reuters - 23 hours ago
  • Ashok Leyland sends legal notice to Nissan

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    IANS - 23 hours ago
  • Indian steelmakers raise prices, but surge in value not likely

    Indian steelmakers raise prices, but surge in value not likely

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    Reuters - 23 hours ago
  • Markets need not panic, bad loans being tackled: Jaitley

    New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said Indian banks were equipped well to deal with bad loans, and that markets need not panic since the current turmoil that has pulled down key stock indices in the country is driven by external factors. "The media reports on bad … More »

    IANS - Fri 12 Feb, 2016 3:50 PM IST
  • January domestic passenger car sales slide

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    IANS - Fri 12 Feb, 2016 3:38 PM IST
  • Bad loan clean-up must co-opt 'name, shame' policy

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    IANS - Fri 12 Feb, 2016 3:32 PM IST
  • Oil prices jump but weekly losses and physical excess loom

    Oil prices jump but weekly losses and physical excess loom

    "The comments by the UAE oil minister are pushing prices up ...but we're still in a long-term downturn. UAE Energy Minister Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazrouei said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was willing to talk with other exporters about cutting output. Traders said … More »

    Reuters - Fri 12 Feb, 2016 3:20 PM IST
  • Caution over macro-data flares volatility, markets trade flat

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    IANS - Fri 12 Feb, 2016 3:06 PM IST

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