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    China's factories continued to suffer from sluggish demand at home and abroad, which has saddled some firms with enormous amounts of idle capacity and forced them to cut prices, eating into profits. New export orders fell to 47.7 from 47.9 in July, contracting for an 11th consecutive month, … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 4 minutes ago
  • Oil prices drop 3 percent as investors retreat from overnight gains

    Oil prices drop 3 percent as investors retreat from overnight gains

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    Reuters - 1 hour 5 minutes ago
  • Gold gains as equities, dollar retreat; Fed hike view caps rise

    Gold gains as equities, dollar retreat; Fed hike view caps rise

    Gold edged higher on Tuesday as equities faltered on mounting expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will likely go ahead with an interest rate increase this month. Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said on Saturday that U.S. inflation will likely rebound as pressure from the dollar fades, … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 27 minutes ago
  • Asian shares slip as downbeat China PMIs revive growth fears

    Asian shares slip as downbeat China PMIs revive growth fears

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    Reuters - 1 hour 28 minutes ago
  • Indian consumers offer a ray of hope after glum economic data

    The rescue of India's economy may come down to the spending power of people like 26-year-old Avni Rambhiya. Adding to the optimism, the government is expected to announce this year salary hikes for more than 10 million state employees and pensioners. … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 30 minutes ago
  • China Caixin factory, service PMIs suggest economic slowdown worsening

    China Caixin factory, service PMIs suggest economic slowdown worsening

    Activity in China's vast factory sector shrank at its fastest pace in almost 6-1/2 years in August, a private survey showed on Tuesday, increasing investor fears that the world's second-largest economy may be lurching toward a hard landing. China's central bank cut interest rates and lowered the … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 36 minutes ago
  • Slower-than-expected April-June growth boosts rate cut calls

    Indian growth slowed by more than expected in the quarter to June, a setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi that will prompt more urgent calls from his aides for interest rate cuts. While doubts still persist over India's new way of calculating GDP, even though the method gained an endorsement … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Oil jumps 8 pct, biggest three-day surge since 1990

    Oil jumps 8 pct, biggest three-day surge since 1990

    Oil futures soared on Monday for a third consecutive day, rising more than 8 percent, as a downward revision of U.S. crude production data and OPEC's readiness to talk with other producers helped extend the biggest three-day price surge in 25 years. U.S. crude oil prices have skyrocketed more than … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Stocks drop on Fed concerns; U.S. oil jumps 8.8 pct

    Stocks drop on Fed concerns; U.S. oil jumps 8.8 pct

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    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Wall Street's worst month in three years ends on a sour note

    Wall Street's worst month in three years ends on a sour note

    Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer on Saturday said U.S. inflation would likely rebound as pressure from the dollar fades, allowing the Fed to raise interest rates gradually. Many analysts took Fischer's comments as a sign the Fed would raise rates in September, instead of December. "What you see … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • Gold rebounds on oil rally, awaits U.S. rate hike clues

    Gold rebounds on oil rally, awaits U.S. rate hike clues

    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold steadied on Monday, bouncing up from session lows as oil prices rallied and the U.S. dollar fell, after bullion felt earlier pressure on indications the Federal Reserve may still raise interest rates this year, despite recent market turmoil. Spot gold (XAU=) was up … More »

    Reuters - 8 hours ago
  • Online event on CSR funds for skill development on Wednesday

    New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy will on Wednesday hold an online interaction with top CEOs on ways in which Indian companies' corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds can be used for skill development projects, said an official … More »

    IANS - 10 hours ago
  • RBI asked to reverse Rs.1,274.21 crore deduction from Telangana

    New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) The union finance ministry on Monday asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to reverse the deduction of Rs.1,274.21 crore from the the account of Telangana as the action was "not in consonance with the principle of co-operative federalism. The RBI had deducted the amount … More »

    IANS - 10 hours ago
  • India plans to amend RBI Act by Feb to set up monetary panel - official

    India plans to amend RBI Act by Feb to set up monetary panel - official

    The government plans to change the Reserve Bank of India Act before the end of the fiscal year so it can set up a new committee to direct the country's monetary policy, retiring Finance Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told Reuters. The committee would be comprised of appointees from the government, the … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Ratan Tata invests in data analytics firm

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    IANS - 11 hours ago
  • Reliance Industries allowed to sell LPG to private marketers

    New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) The Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has been permitted to sell up to 120,000 tonnes of its LPG (cooking gas) output to private cooking gas marketers as per a government order. The petroleum ministry order, valid from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, is, … More »

    IANS - 11 hours ago
  • Core industries July index growth falls to 1.1 percent

    The select factory output index rose by 4.1 percent in July 2014. The data on the select factory output was furnished by the commerce and industry ministry for the eight core industries (ECI), which comprises 38 percent of the total weightage of items included in the Index of Industrial Production … More »

    IANS - 11 hours ago
  • India, UAE to hold joint commission meeting

    New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) Days after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to UAE, India and the UAE are set to hold a meeting of their joint commission on technical and economical cooperation on September ... … More »

    IANS - 11 hours ago
  • GDP numbers: Mixed reaction from India Inc

    The impressive 7 percent GDP growth at the onset of the first quarter of the current fiscal, which is higher than 6.7 percent experienced in the same period last year, bolsters the perception that the economy is showing signs of a turnaround and is on the road to recovery. First quarter GDP growth … More »

    IANS - 12 hours ago
  • Badal meets Modi; seeks Swaminathan formula MSP, schemes for Punjab

    New Delhi/Chandigarh, Aug 31 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and immediately implement the Swaminathan formula for determining the minimum support price (MSP) of the crops. While pointing out that agriculture was fast … More »

    IANS - 12 hours ago
  • Opposition trying to foment lawlessness: Bengal government

    Kolkata, Aug 31 (IANS) Terming the nationwide September 2 strike called by a majority of central trade unions as a "political conspiracy", the West Bengal government on Monday accused the opposition parties of fomenting lawlessness in the staste and appealed to the people to attend offices and … More »

    IANS - 12 hours ago
  • Slower-than-expected growth boosts rate cut calls

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    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • India logs 7 percent growth in first quarter

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    IANS - 12 hours ago
  • Telangana urges NITI Aayog to relax borrowing limit

    Hyderabad, Aug 31 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has urged NITI Aayog to relax current annual borrowing limit from 3 percent to 3.5 percent of GSDP as recommended by the 14th Finance Commission so that the state can use it for infrastructure development. In a letter to NITI … More »

    IANS - 12 hours ago
  • Canara Bank to get Rs.947 crore capital infusion

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    IANS - 12 hours ago
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    IANS - 12 hours ago
  • RBI names SBI, ICICI two banks "too big to fail"

    RBI names SBI, ICICI two banks "too big to fail"

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    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • 92.7 BIG FM unveils new logo

    New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) Radio network 92.7 BIG FM Monday announced it has launched a new logo- a rectangular blue panel with its name while the 'big' is in a yellow circle in the centre. "At 92.7 BIG FM, our mission is to reach, engage and enrich the lives of India's vast populace and we stand … More »

    IANS - 13 hours ago
  • PM to inaugurate Chandigarh international airport building next week

    Chandigarh, Aug 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new building of the Chandigarh international airport on September 11, officials said here on Monday. The airport building, which is located in Mohali town on Punjab, adjoining Chandigarh, will however handle only domestic … More »

    IANS - 13 hours ago
  • Exclusive - Citi aims to boost equities franchise amid industry shakeout

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    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • India seeks SoftBank push for Modi's solar goal

    India seeks SoftBank push for Modi's solar goal

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    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • Petrol prices cut by Rs 2 a litre, diesel by 50 a litre

    Petrol prices cut by Rs 2 a litre, diesel by 50 a litre

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    Yahoo Finance India - 14 hours ago
  • Asian markets weigh heavy on markets, Sensex sheds 109 points

    Mumbai, Aug 31 (IANS) Despite hopes of healthy economic expansion data, the slide in Asian bourses and a weaker rupee dented the Indian equity markets on Monday - leading a barometer index to shed 109 ... … More »

    IANS - 14 hours ago
  • Punj Lloyd bags Rs.1,100 crore work order for IOC Haldia refinery

    New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) Engineering and construction group Punj Lloyd on Monday said it has won a Rs.1,094 crore contract from state-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) for works related to its Haldia Refinery. "The scope of work for the project involves the residual process design study, engineering, … More »

    IANS - 14 hours ago
  • Expert views - Economic growth slows to 7 percent in April-June

    Expert views - Economic growth slows to 7 percent in April-June

    India's economic growth slowed to a lower-than-expected 7 percent in the three months through June from 7.5 percent in the previous quarter, government data showed on Monday. "The 7 percent number will get better in the next few quarters on the back of expected government expenditure and … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • July infrastructure output growth slows to three-month low of 1.1 percent

    India's annual infrastructure output growth slowed to a three-month low of 1.1 percent in July, dragged down by a contraction in steel production and a slowdown in output of coal and refinery products, government data showed on Monday. Steel production shrank an annual 2.6 percent last month, … More »

    Reuters - 16 hours ago
  • Dubai gold retailer defaults on $136 million, banks consider options

    Dubai gold retailer defaults on $136 million, banks consider options

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    Reuters - 16 hours ago
  • April-July fiscal deficit at 69 pct of annual target

    April-July fiscal deficit at 69 pct of annual target

    India's fiscal deficit was 3.85 trillion rupees during April-July, or 69.3 percent of the full-year target, government data showed on Monday. The deficit was 61.2 percent during the same period a year ... … More »

    Reuters - 16 hours ago
  • India's food safety watchdog floats norms for meat products

    New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) India's food safety watchdog on Monday notified the draft norms for regulating microbes in meat and meat products, and said they would come into force after 60 days of it being published in the official gazette. "The objections and suggestions, which may be received from … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • CITU-INTUC skip coal ministry meet on September 2 strike

    Kolkata, Aug 31 (IANS) A section of Coal India's trade unions led by the CPI-M-backed Centre of Indian Trade Unions and Congress-backed INTUC on Monday skipped the meeting convened by the coal ministry in New Delhi to discuss the September 2 all-India strike. Roy alleged the Centre is trying to … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Delegation of MPs, corporate heads to visit Germany

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    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Flipkart customers to get refund within 24 hours

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    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • 'Gionee will not make smart feature phones'

    New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) Chinese handset-maker Gionee's India chief executive has said the company was not looking to make cheap smartphones or "smart feature phones". "At Gionee, we don't want to make cheap smartphones as they end up becoming smart feature phones. … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Markets end lower, post biggest monthly drop since Nov 2011

    Markets end lower, post biggest monthly drop since Nov 2011

    REUTERS - India's stock markets ended nearly 0.5 percent lower on Monday as concerns about a deficient monsoon and weak rupee curtailed optimism around likely strong GDP data due later in the day. The ... … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • Sensex provisionally closes 85 points down

    Mumbai, Aug 31 (IANS) Despite hopes of healthy economic expansion data, the slide in Asian bourses and a weaker rupee dented the Indian equity markets on Monday -- leading to a barometer index provisionally ... … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • How large-cap mutual funds withstood the crash

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    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Asian markets dent Indian equities, Sensex down 59 points

    Mumbai, Aug 31 (IANS) Despite hopes of healthy economic expansion data, the slide in Asian bourses and a weaker rupee dented the Indian equity markets during the late-afternoon trade session on Monday. ... … More »

    IANS - 18 hours ago
  • Analysis - Why reforms don't work so well in Italy

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    Reuters - 18 hours ago
  • China state media announces confessions in probes into stocks plunge

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    Reuters - 18 hours ago
  • Used car marketplace Droom adds aircraft to its portfolio

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    IANS - 18 hours ago

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