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Equity indices tumble as oil nears $80 per barrel

A further rise in global crude oil prices to around $80 per barrel, along with heavy outflow of foreign funds, eroded the initial gains made by the key equity indices as they eventually ended in the red on Thursday.
 
Accordingly, the key domestic indices rose higher during the early trade session on the back of positive domestic political cues but also ceded their gains, in part to the heavy selling pressure seen in banking and FMCG counters.
 
Index-wise, the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed at 10,682.70 points -- down 58.40 points or 0.54 per cent from the previous close of 10,741.10 points.
 
The barometer S&P BSE Sensex, which had opened at 35,483.62 points, closed at 35,149.12 points -- lower by 238.76 points or 0.67 per cent -- from the previous day's close at 35,387.88 points.
 
Besides, volatility was evident as the Sensex touched a high of 35,510.01 points and a low of 35,087.82 points during the intra-day trade session.
 
The BSE market breadth was, however, slightly tilted towards the bulls with 1,392 advances and 1,232 declines. On the NSE, too, the market breadth was positive, analysts said.
 
"A rise in Brent crude oil futures put pressure on the markets as did FII (Foreign Institutional Investors) outflows and mixed signals from Asian markets," Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities, told IANS.
 
BNP Paribas Mutual Fund's Senior Fund Manager for Equities Abhijeet Dey said: "Benchmark indices in India traded in negative zone today as selling pressure gripped markets."
 
"While domestic markets did kickstart the day on a positive note after BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, stocks reversed initial gains on mixed global cues," he said. 
 
Jasani, however, said broad market indices like the BSE mid-cap and small-cap indices gained, thereby outperforming the main indices. The S&P BSE mid-cap rose 0.67 per cent and S&P BSE small-cap ended 0.43 per cent higher from its previous close. 
 
On the currency front, the Indian rupee strengthened by nine paise against the US dollar to 67.71, from its previous close at 67.80 per greenback.
 
In terms of investments, provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrips worth Rs 830.94 crore, while the domestic institutional investors bought stocks worth Rs 428.92 crore.
 
Sector-wise, the S&P BSE consumer durables index rose by 292.39 points, the capital goods index edged up by 46.30 points and the oil and gas index ended 11.33 points higher.
 
On the other hand, the S&P BSE banking index fell by 186.23 points, followed by FMCG index, which declined by 102.13 points and the metal index that ended 83.07 points lower. 
 
The major gainers on the Sensex were Coal India, up 2.53 per cent at Rs 271.40; Sun Pharma, up 1.75 per cent at Rs 480.10; Tata Motors, up 1.53 per cent at Rs 315.15; Wipro, up 1.15 per cent at Rs 277.45; and Tata Motors (DVR), up 0.98 per cent at Rs 185.30 per share.
 
The top losers were ITC, down 2.43 per cent at Rs 279.00; Bharti Airtel, down 2.34 per cent at Rs 366.55; HDFC, down 2.08 per cent at Rs 1,875.05; Tata Steel, down 1.93 per cent at Rs 610.05; and Axis Bank, down 1.79 per cent at Rs 539.50 per share.
 
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L&T Construction wins orders worth Rs. 2,440 crore

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said that the Power Transmission & Distribution Business of its construction arm had bagged engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) orders worth Rs. 2,440 crore.
 
These include a major order received under the Saubhagya scheme, the scope of which involves electrification works in urban and rural areas, augmentation of 33/11kV sub-stations and replacement of conductors with aerial bunched cables.
 
A press release from the company said it had secured an order from the Department of Disaster Management for the construction of underground power cable network on turnkey basis in the eastern region of India.
 
The other orders include one to build grid-connected rooftop solar plants in government buildings under the ‘Alo Shree’ scheme and another for supply, erection, testing and commissioning of 400kV double circuit transmission lines on a turnkey basis in the southern region of India, the release added.
 
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Weak global cues pull Indian equities lower

The key Indian equity indices traded in negative territory on Thursday afternoon due to weakness in the global markets along with persistent rise in crude oil prices. The indices had, however, opened on a positive note.
 
At 12.30 p.m., the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was trading at 10,706.45 points -- down 34.65 points or 0.32 per cent from the previous close of 10,741.10 points.
 
The barometer Sensex of the BSE, which had opened at 35,483.62 points, was trading at 35,281.67 points (12.30 p.m.) -- lower by 106.21 points or 0.30 per cent -- from the previous day's close at 35,387.88 points.
 
The Sensex touched a high of 35,510.01 points and a low of 35,227.77 points in the trade so far.
 
The BSE market breadth was, however, tilted towards the bulls with 1,203 advances and 1,168 declines.
 
So far, the major gainers on the BSE were Coal India, Tata Motors, Wipro, Tata Motors (DVR) and Hindustan Unilever, while Tata Steel, HDFC, Dr Reddy's Lab, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Industries were the major losers.
 
On the NSE, the top gainers were Gail, Coal India and Bharti Infratel. The major losers were Hindalco Industries, BPCL and Tata Steel. 
 
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IPL: Mumbai edge past Punjab to keep play-offs hope alive

 
Mumbai Indians kept their play-offs hopes alive as they edged past Kings XI Punjab by three runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Wednesday.
 
After a brilliant batting display, Mumbai bowlers managed to restrict Punjab to 183/5 to bag two crucial points.
 
With this victory, Mumbai are now sitting at the fourth spot in  the league table with 12 points while Punjab slipped to sixth spot.
 
Chasing 187, openers Lokesh Rahul (94) and Chris Gayle (18) provided a steady start for Punjab, scoring 34 runs in four overs. But Gayle was sent back in the same over by pacer Mitchell McClenaghan.
 
Aaron Finch (46) and Rahul then forged a crucial 111-run partnership. The duo slammed Punjab bowlers all around the park and also played some beautifully crafted shots.
 
But just when things seemed good in the middle, Finch was dismissed by pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the 17th over. His 35-ball knock was laced with three boundaries and one six.
 
New batsman Marcus Stoinis (1) also failed and got dismissed in the same over.
 
While trying to match the increasing run rate, in-form Rahul was also dismissed by Bumrah in the 19th over. His 60-ball innings was laced with 10 boundaries and three sixes.
 
Middle-order batsmen Axar Patel (10 not out), Yuvraj Singh (1) and Manoj Tiwary (4 not out) tried to reach the target but failed.
 
For Mumbai, Bumrah scalped three wickets while McClenaghan took two wickets.
 
Earlier, West Indian power-hitter Keiron Pollard finally found his groove with a fiery 50 to bail Mumbai Indians out of trouble and help them post a challenging 186/8.
 
Pollard struck a 23-ball 50, containing five boundaries and three sixes, and, more importantly was engaged in a 65-run fifth wicket stand with Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls; 4x1, 6x2) to steady Mumbai's start that saw Punjab pacer Andrew Tye (4/16) striking thrice in the powerplay.
 
Put in to bat, Mumbai were off to a flying start with the in-form Suryakumar Yadav (27 from 15 balls; 4x3, 6x2) and Evin Lewis (9) putting on 37 runs in the first three overs before Australian Andrew Tye's triple strikes reduced the hosts to 59/3 in no time.
 
Continuing his glorious run with the bat, Suryakumar started off in his customary style before breaking loose as he smacked rookie pacer Ankit Rajpoot for two fours and as many sixes to milk 21 runs off the second over of the innings before Tye was employed into the attack.
 
Tye struck on the very first ball of his spell with a well-disguised knuckle ball that broke through the defences of Lewis before removing Yadav and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan (20 off 12; 4x1, 6x2) off consecutive deliveries in his second over.
 
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During his brief stay, Ishan also meted out some special treatment to India discard Mohit Sharma, clobbering the right-arm pacer for a boundary and two massive sixes before being dismissed.
 
Mumbai's woes were compounded in the 9th over when a short-pitched delivery from Rajpoot cut short skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) stay in the middle.
 
Tottering at 71/4 after eight overs, Mumbai's hopes were pinned on Pollard and Krunal Pandya.
 
Coming back, the right-left duo of Pollard and Krunal sent the visiting bowlers on a leather hunt as they resurrected the innings with a quick-fire 65-run stand.
 
While Krunal took Aussie Marcus Stoinis to the cleaners twice before striking a boundary off consecutive deliveries, Pollard deposited left-arm spinner Axar Patel for a massive six before belting Rajpoot for two fours and a six.
 
Stoinis, however, bounced back in his next over to dismiss Krunal with a deceptive slower bouncer, ending in a simple top edge to the hands of Rajpoot at short fine before being hit for two boundaries and a six by Pollard as the West Indian completed his 22-ball fifty.
 
With Pollard going all guns blazing, Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin brought himself back into the attack and the ploy worked immediately in the form of the big-hitting Caribbean batsman's wicket.
 
Ashwin struck once again with the wicket of Ben Cutting (4) before Tye came back to end Hardik Pandya's (9) short stay and complete his four-wicket haul.
 
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IPL: Pollard's timely fifty lifts Mumbai to 186/8 vs Punjab

 
West Indian power-hitter Keiron Pollard finally found his groove with a fiery 50 to bail Mumbai Indians out of trouble and post a challenging 186/8 against Kings XI Punjab in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
Pollard struck a 23-ball 50, containing five boundaries and three sixes and more importantly was engaged in a 65-run fifth wicket stand with Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls; 4x1, 6x2) to steady Mumbai's start that saw Punjab pacer Andrew Tye (4/16) striking thrice in the powerplay.
 
Put in to bat, Mumbai were off to a flying start with the in-form Suryakumar Yadav (27 from 15 balls; 4x3, 6x2) and Evin Lewis (9) putting on 37 runs in the first three overs before Australian Andrew Tye's triple strikes reduced the hosts to 59/3 in no time.
 
Continuing his glorious run with the bat, Suryakumar started off in his customary style before breaking loose as he smacked rookie pacer Ankit Rajpoot for two fours and as many sixes to milk 21 runs off the second over of the innings before Tye was employed into the attack.
 
Tye struck on the very first ball of his spell with a well-disguised knuckle ball that broke through the defences of Lewis before removing Yadav and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan (20 off 12; 4x1, 6x2) off consecutive deliveries in his second over.
 
During his brief stay, Ishan also meted out some special treatment to India discard Mohit Sharma, clobbering the right-arm pacer for a boundary and two massive sixes before being dismissed.
 
Mumbai's woes were compounded in the 9th over when a short-pitched delivery from Rajpoot cut short skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) stay in the middle. 
 
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Tottering at 71/4 after eight overs, Mumbai's hopes were pinned on Pollard and Krunal Pandya.
 
Coming back, the right-left duo of Pollard and Krunal sent the visiting bowlers to the leather hunt as they resurrected the innings with a quick-fire 65-run stand.
 
While Krunal took Aussie Marcus Stoinis to the cleaners twice before striking a boundary off consecutive deliveries, Pollard deposited left-arm spinner Axar Patel for a massive six before belting Rajpoot for two fours and a six.
 
Stoinis, however, bounced back in his next over to pack back Krunal with a deceptive slower bouncer, ending in a simple top edge to the hands of Rajpoot at short fine before being hit for two boundaries and a six by Pollard as the West Indian completed his 22-ball fifty.
 
With Pollard going great guns blazing, Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin brought himself back into the attack and the ploy worked immediately in the form of the big-hitting Caribbean batsman's wicket.
 
Ashwin struck once again with the wicket of Ben Cutting (4) before Tye came back to end Hardik Pandya's (9) short stay and complete his four-wicket haul.
 
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 186/8 (Keiron Pollard 50, Krunal Pandya 32, Suryakumar Yadav 27; Andrew Tye 4/16, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/18) vs Kings XI Punjab.
 
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India’s large talent pool gives it natural advantages in services, says Kovind

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President Ram Nath Kovind has said that India’s large talent pool gives it natural advantages in services.
 
Inaugurating the 4th Global Exhibition on Services and launching a portal on 12 Champion Sectors in Services here yesterday, Mr Kovind noted that around 500 international delegates were participating in this Global Exhibition from about 100 countries.
 
He expressed confidence that it would promote the Indian services domain and enlarge and deepen India’s engagement with the global services sector. The launch of 12 Champion Sectors is a bold new step that will contribute to both India’s economy and the global economy and will create jobs.
 
The President said that the services sector represents a vibrant and expanding component of the global economy. “Today, services dominates in terms of employment, value addition, productivity and innovation. The pace of technology is intensifying the contribution of services in other sectors – including agriculture, infrastructure and manufacturing. It would not be an exaggeration to say that services form the backbone of the 21st-century global economy,” he added.
 
"In India, the services sector contributes 61% in gross value added. With its young population, large talent pool and comfort with technology, India has natural advantages in the sector and is set to become even more of a provider of services to the world,” Mr Kovind said.
 
“Technology has emerged as an enormous enabler and allowed local services companies to go national or even global. In India, which is the third largest centre of start-ups in the world, this has thrown up a generation of young entrepreneurs, of men and women with hunger and ambition,” he added.
 
The President noted that Government programmes such as Start-up India and the Mudra Yojana, which has provided capital to 120 million grassroots businesses, have seeded a culture of entrepreneurship, largely in services. He expressed confidence that some of these start-ups will grow into giants in the years and decades to come.
 
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IPL: Punjab opt to field first against Mumbai

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Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin won the toss and opted to field first against Mumbai Indians in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
Humiliated by 10 wickets in their previous outing by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab brought back the experienced Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary in place of the misfiring duo of Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair.
 
On the other hand, the hosts made just one change by including Kieron Pollard in place of Jean-Paul Duminy.
 
Teams:
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan (WK), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.
 
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (WK), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot.
 
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Uncertainty over Karnataka government formation subdues equities

Uncertainty over the Karnataka government formation, along with high crude oil prices and outflow of foreign funds, dragged the key Indian equity indices in the red on Wednesday.
 
On Tuesday, none of the major political parties were able to achieve a clear majority in the Karnataka assembly elections, leading to political uncertainty.
 
According to market analysts, heavy selling pressure was witnessed in banking, oil and gas and automobile stocks.
 
Index-wise, the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed at 10,741.10 points -- down 60.75 points or 0.56 per cent from the previous close of 10,801.85 points.
 
The barometer Sensex of the BSE, which had opened at 35,452.35 points, closed at 35,387.88 points -- lower by 156.06 points or 0.44 per cent -- from the previous day's close at 35,543.94 points.
 
The Sensex touched a high of 35,543.89 points and a low of 35,241.63 points during the intra-day trade.
 
The BSE market breadth was bearish with 1,645 declines and 993 advances.
 
"It was the second consecutive negative closing for the Nifty due to political uncertainty in Karnataka and subdued Asian markets," said Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research, HDFC Securities.
 
"Broad market indices like the BSE mid-cap lost less, thereby outperforming the main indices."
 
The S&P BSE mid-cap fell by 0.27 per cent, whereas the S&P BSE small-cap ended a tad higher, by 0.06 points from its previous close.
 
Besides domestic cues, Abhijeet Dey, Senior Fund Manager, Equities at BNP Paribas Mutual Fund said that stock markets in India were impacted by weak US and Asian shares.
 
Additionally, a hung assembly in Karnataka kept the mood of the markets indecisive and spurred a risk-off sentiment in the market, Dey added.
 
On the currency front, the Indian rupee strengthened by 72 paise against the US dollar to 67.80, from its previous close at 68.08 per greenback.
 
In terms of investments, provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrips worth Rs 699.22 crore, while the domestic institutional investors bought stocks worth Rs 229.06 crore.
 
Sector-wise, the S&P BSE FMCG index rose by 184.11 points, the realty index edged higher by 45.42 points and the IT index ended 23.88 points higher.
 
On the other hand, the S&P BSE auto index plunged 349 points, followed by the oil and gas index, which declined by 232.75 points and the auto index that ended 76.14 points lower. 
 
Scrip-wise, fraud hit Punjab National Bank's (PNB) stocks slumped around 14 per cent (intra-day) on Wednesday, a day after the bank reported a loss of over Rs 13,000 crore for the fourth quarter of 2017-18. 
 
The stock closed at Rs 75.55 -- down Rs 10.45 or 12.15 per cent -- from the previous close of Rs 86 per share.
 
The major gainers on the Sensex were Hindustan Unilever, up 3.84 per cent at Rs 1,574.20; ITC, up 1.47 per cent at Rs 285.95; Wipro, up 1.44 per cent at Rs 274.30; Tata Motors (DVR), up 1.33 per cent at Rs 183.50; and Yes Bank, up 1.11 per cent at Rs 349.50 per share.
 
The top losers were ICICI Bank, down 3.28 per cent at Rs 297.90; Reliance Industries, down 2.34 per cent at Rs 956.45; State Bank of India, down 2.19 per cent at Rs 243.15; Hero MotoCorp, down 2.10 per cent at Rs 3,576.40; and Adani Ports, down 1.19 per cent at Rs 403.90 per share.
 
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Kovind lauds pioneering role of BARC in the use of nuclear technologies

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President Ram Nath Kovind has lauded the pioneering role of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Trombay in India being recognised as one of the leading nations in the use of nuclear technologies across multiple disciplines, ranging from energy to agriculture and from medicine to waste management.     
 
Inaugurating the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) facilities and visiting an exhibition on Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) technologies at BARC yesterday, Mr Kovind said the journey towards excelling in this domain started here almost six decades ago.
 
Since then, DAE has grown to become a multidisciplinary organisation with facilities spread across the nation.
 
Acknowledging the achievements made by Indian nuclear scientists in using nuclear technology in the areas of healthcare, food and agriculture, water resources management and environmental protection, the President said these achievements are commendable.
 
Nation building, he said, is a long-term and never-ending process and as such we have a lot of challenges to overcome. The DAE has an important responsibility in our national development process.
 
“The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre reflects the vision, efforts and foresight of Dr Homi Jehangir Bhabha and I am glad to have got a glimpse of the pioneering work that all of you do. I am more aware today about your work in the field of nuclear science and technology and I am happy that I inaugurated some of the facilities of Department of Atomic Energy today,” he added.
 
“All of you present here, and so many of your illustrious predecessors, are the leaders who have ensured that the vision of Department of Atomic Energy has become a reality and that too despite long periods of time marked by denial of technology from other nations. The whole world today acknowledges the self-reliant nature of India’s nuclear establishment,” Mr Kovind said.
 
 The DAE’s vision, as enumerated in its Citizen’s Charter, calls for empowering the nation through technology, the creation of wealth and providing a better quality of life to the citizens. “And, this is to be achieved by making the nation energy independent, by contributing to the provision of sufficient, safe and nutritious food and better health care to our people through development and deployment of nuclear and radiation technologies and their applications.
 
“At times, such vision statements only remain as lofty ideas having no connection to the actual work done by an organisation. I am pleased to say that in your case, your work bears a true testimony to your declared vision. We are proud of your achievements in the domain of nuclear energy across the entire nuclear fuel cycle including the exploration and mining of uranium, conversion to fuel and the production of power in nuclear reactors.
 
“Now all of you must work to achieve the goal of establishing a robust nuclear energy program based on using our vast thorium deposits,” he added.
 
“What is less known to the common people, is the work that all of you do for using nuclear technology in the areas of healthcare, food and agriculture, water resources management and environmental protection.
 
“Research in nuclear medicine is widely used both for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. I am told that in the cancer hospitals associated with the DAE, thousands of cancer patients benefit from the applications developed by you.
 
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“Also, a large number of medical centres are using the radioisotope products supplied by the Department of Atomic Energy both for diagnostics and treatment of patients. I am happy that one of the facilities that I inaugurated today is the Multi-leaf Collimator System developed by BARC. This system will enhance the effectiveness of treatment of tumours,” he said.
 
“Research in nuclear science has also benefited our food processing and agriculture sector and thus directly benefited our farmers. Your work has helped develop 43 mutant crop varieties that are more efficient and productive. Again, I am happy to have inaugurated one of these today - a mutant variety of DUBRAJ rice that has a shorter maturation cycle and hence requires fewer resources.
 
“Applications of nuclear science have helped to increase the shelf life of fruits such as mangoes, papaya, and lichi. This has helped to reduce wastage and post-harvest losses boosted farm exports and enhanced income of farmers. These are only some examples of how your work benefits these sectors, and the list of your work in this area is indeed a long one,” he added.
 
 The President noted that the scientists have developed technologies that have helped in the purification of water, radiation treatment of municipal waste generated in cities and its conversion to organic manure, conversion of kitchen bio-waste into biogas for cooking purposes. Faster adoption of these technologies by different public and private agencies and speeding-up the diffusion of these applications must become a priority area.
 
“You must forge more and more collaborations with relevant others to make the slogan of ‘Lab to Land’ a vivid reality. I also compliment you for your initiatives that have direct relevance to the defence and security of our nation and the effectiveness of our armed forces,” he added.
 
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Indian markets open in red

The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday opened on a negative note during the morning session of the trade.
 
The Sensex of the BSE after opening at 35,452.35 points touched a high of 35,452.35 and low of 35,363.66 points.
 
The Sensex is trading at 35,405.33 down by 138.61 points or 0.39 per cent from its Tuesday's close at 35,543.94 points.
 
On the other hand, the broader 51-scrip Nifty at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 10,751.95 points after closing at 10,801.85 points.
 
The Nifty is trading at 10,754.60 points in the morning.
 
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I've no time for abuse: Amitabh Bachchan

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he has no time to attend to abuses or trolls as he would rather spend time for work and his fans, whom he refers to as his "extended family (Ef)".

The cine-icon, 75, shares his thoughts on trolling and abuses on his blog.

"A concerned Ef warns me of extensive 'trolls' on the platforms and warns me to be discreet and attentive to what I may say on social media, for the ugliness of the disreputable, affects him, and he urges me to be of care," he wrote.

The "102 Not Out" star says he is aware of it but chooses to avoid it.

"Yes, I care. Yes, I know of the abuse and yes, I wish they be of greater intensity towards me for then it forms an unattainable mindset for even greater achieving attention given to such translates into what the troller actually wanted - notice," he added.

The thespian says trolls provoke him to do better.

"I have no time for abuse... I have time for my work, for my Ef and this Blog... I do not have time to attend to abuse. I love it actually, for it provokes me to betterment. (It) provokes me to get bigger and vastly improve myself, my demeanour, my standing and my dignity," he added.

Big B says he is "grateful to them" for it "drives me better and longer with a better-enlightened mind"

"My love to all. And if any of you would wish to bring me abuse and falsehood, I shall welcome it with open arms," he added.

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Karnataka poll result slumps equity indices, rupee

The Indian equity indices ceded their initial gains to close Tuesday's trade session on a negative note, as uncertainty loomed over government formation in Karnataka.
 
According to analysts, panic selling erupted after the poll results showed that no single political party had reached the half-way mark for government formation, despite the fact that early trends had indicated a clear majority for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 
 
The party, however, fell a few seats short of the clear majority mark. Election trends earlier in the day had led the barometer Sensex of the BSE to gain over 400 points.
 
Even the broadly subdued Asian indices and the disappointing macro-economic inflation data points released on Monday dented investor sentiments.
 
Index-wise, the S&P BSE Sensex, which had opened at 35,537.85 points, closed at 35,543.94 points, lower by 12.77 points or 0.04 per cent from the previous day's close at 35,556.71 points. 
 
It touched a high of 35,993.53 points and a low of 35,497.92 during the intra-day trade. The BSE market breadth was bearish with 1,611 declines and 1,028 advances.
 
Similarly, the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed in the negative territory. It ended at 10,801.85 points -- down 4.75 points or 0.04 per cent -- from the previous close of 10,806.50 points.
 
"Markets ended with marginal losses after a volatile session. The index initially surged higher as trends showed BJP taking a lead in Karnataka Assembly elections," said Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities.
 
Anand Shah, Deputy CEO and Head of Investments at BNP Paribas Mutual Fund India said that apart from the uncertainty in Karnataka's politics, the increase in inflation rate also caused concern among the investor community.
 
The election results not only dampened the equity market sentiments but also dragged the Indian rupee down by 56 paise to close at its 15-month low of 68.08 against the US dollar from its previous close at 67.52 per greenback. 
 
In terms of investments, provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrips worth Rs 518.47 crore, while the domestic institutional investors bought stocks worth Rs 531.33 crore.
 
Sector-wise, the S&P BSE IT, metal and Teck (technology, media and entertainment) indices made gains and rose by 63.13 points, 30.12 points and 23.33 points respectively.
 
On the other hand, the S&P BSE auto index declined the most, by 176.56 points, followed by the healthcare index, which dropped by 60.14 points and the capital goods index that ended 51.37 points lower. 
 
The major gainers on the Sensex were Tata Steel, up 2.29 per cent at Rs 624.05; Power Grid, up 2.27 per cent at Rs 213.80; Tata Consultancy Services, up 1.33 per cent at Rs 3,482.45; Asian Paints, up 0.89 per cent at Rs 1,310; and HDFC Bank, up 0.85 per cent at Rs 2,038.35 per share.
 
The top losers were Tata Motors, down 4.29 per cent at Rs 310.25; Tata Motors (DVR), down 4.27 per cent at Rs 182.75; Coal India, down 2.11 per cent at Rs 264; State Bank of India, down 1.87 per cent at Rs 248.60; and Sun Pharma, down 1.22 per cent at Rs 468.25 per share.
 
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Expectations of BJP victory in Karnataka lifts equity indices

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Expectations of a BJP victory in the Karnataka assembly elections lifted the key Indian equity indices during the morning trade session on Tuesday.
 
According to market observers, broadly subdued Asian indices, and disappointing macro-economic inflation data points released on Monday capped gains.
 
Sector-wise, healthy buying was witnessed in banking, capital goods, metals, consumer durables and oil and gas stocks.
 
Around 9.30 a.m., the broader Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) traded at 10,865.70 points -- up 59.10 points or 0.55 per cent -- from its previous close.
 
The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), which opened at 35,537.85 points, traded at 35,776.07 points -- up 219.36 points or 0.62 per cent -- from its previous session's close of 35,556.71 points.
 
Sensex has so far touched a high of 35,817.65 points and a low of 35,498.83 points during the intra-day trade.
 
On May 14, -- the previous trade session -- both the key indices closed on a flat-to-positive note as caution prevailed ahead of the Karnataka Assembly election results and a rise in the April wholesale inflation rate.
 
Consequently, the NSE Nifty50 closed flat at 10,806.60 points.
 
Similarly, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE had made gains. It closed at 35,556.71 points -- up 20.92 points or 0.06 per cent -- from its previous day's close.
 
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Comedy is not easy: Kriti Sanon

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Actress Kriti Sanon says working on the Bollywood comic caper "Arjun Patiala" was an exciting journey but she doesn't find comedy an easy genre.

Maddock films is bringing actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh back in uniform, this time with Kriti and actor Varun Sharma, for a laugh riot.

"'Arjun Patiala' was such an exciting journey. Comedy is not an easy genre, and we have added a twist to it. Diljit and Varun have a great comic timing and it was a constant laugh riot on the set," Kriti said in a statement.

Dinesh Vijan, who is producing the film with Bhushan Kumar, said: "Diljit will be seen in the uniform but very different from his avatar in his first Hindi film outing, 'Udta Punjab'.

"This 'police wallah' is a laugh a minute character with swag."

Diljit said: "'Arjun Patiala' is very quirky. It's a film that has action, romance and comedy but with a spin on it. It was a blast shooting it and I hope audiences love it as much."

Varun will be seen as a police officer with a sarcastic tongue and an arrogant stride, who goes by the name of Onida Singh.

"I'm very excited to see the audience's reactions as it's very special. They've given me so much love and appreciation, I want to make sure they have a great time at the theatre," he said.

The trio has a baddie to contend with as Zeeshan Ayyub steps out of his 'good friend' avatar to roam the campus, his hair tied up in a patka, piling up the corpses without batting an eyelid. His character is called School, pronounced in the Punjabi way as Sakool.

"The Rohit Jugraj-directed laugh riot offers plenty of action and dollops of bubble-gum romance. We believe in doing something different every time, and since we have never attempted an out-and-out comedy before, we decided to experiment with one which is more situational than slapstick.

"If this film works, we would be happy to spin a franchise with (characters) Arjun, Onida and Ritu returning as the principal players. We already have an idea for a part 2 and like 'Golmaal' and 'Fukrey', Arjun will be back with a Patiala peg every couple of years," Vijan said.

The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on September 14.

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Caution ahead of Karnataka poll results, inflation keep equities flat

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Caution ahead of the Karnataka assembly election results and a rise in the April wholesale inflation rate subdued the key Indian equity indices on Monday.
 
Market observers said that an expected rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate also dented investors' sentiments. Besides, heavy selling pressure was witnessed in consumer durables, auto and capital goods stocks.
 
Index-wise, the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed flat at 10,806.60 points.
 
The barometer Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 35,555.83 points, closed at 35,556.71 points -- up 20.92 points or 0.06 per cent -- from its previous day's close.
 
The Sensex touched a high of 35,642.72 points and a low of 35,456.56 points in the trade. 
 
The BSE market breadth was bearish with 1,860 declines and 815 advances. On NSE, too, market breadth was bearish throughout the day.
 
"Markets ended with marginal gains on Monday after correcting in the morning session. Traders seemed to be cautious ahead of Karnataka Assembly poll results tomorrow, 15 May 2018," said Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research, HDFC Securities.
 
He added: "Broad market indices the BSE mid-cap and small-cap indices fell sharply, thereby underperforming the main indices."
 
The S&P BSE mid-cap fell by 0.88 per cent, while the S&P BSE small-cap ended 1 per cent lower from its previous close.
 
Globally, major Asian markets closed on a mixed note and European indices like FTSE 100, DAX and CAC 40 traded in the red, Jasani told IANS.
 
Apart from Tuesday's election results, Abhijeet Dey, Senior Fund Manager, Equities at BNP Paribas Mutual Fund attributed the selling pressure on the higher wholesale inflation rate and the deceleration in industrial production numbers which were released on last Friday.
 
On the currency front, the Indian rupee weakened by 19 paise to 67.52 against the US dollar from its previous close at 67.33 per greenback.
 
In terms of investments, provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors bought scrips worth Rs 717.99 crore and the domestic institutional investors purchased stocks worth Rs 687.23 crore.
 
Sector-wise, the S&P BSE banking index inched up by 50.19 points, oil and gas stocks rose by 22.26 points and the finance stocks ended marginally higher by 2.40 points.
 
On the other hand, the S&P BSE consumer durables index plunged by 549.25 points, the auto stocks dropped by 235.61 points and the capital goods stocks ended 155.74 points lower. 
 
The major gainers on the Sensex were NTPC, up 2.51 per cent at Rs 171.75; Dr Reddy's Lab, up 1.24 per cent at Rs 2,015.50; IndusInd Bank, up 1.07 per cent at Rs 1,914.45; State Bank of India, up 0.98 per cent at Rs 253.35; and Hero MotoCorp, up 0.92 per cent at Rs 3,649.35 per share.
 
The top losers were Mahindra and Mahindra, down 2.17 per cent at Rs 850.10; Tata Motors (DVR), down 2.05 per cent at Rs 190.90; Tata Motors, down 2 per cent at Rs 324.15; Yes Bank, down 1.51 per cent at Rs 344.65; and Bharti Airtel, down 1.09 per cent at Rs 381.50 per share.
 
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Key Indian equity indices open flat

The key Indian equity indices on Monday opened on a flat note.
 
The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), was trading 28.51 points or 0.08 per cent higher soon after opening.
 
The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 13.70 points or 0.13 per cent higher at 10,820.20 points.
 
The Sensex of the BSE, which opened at 35,555.83 points, was trading at 35,564.30 points (at 9.19 a.m.), higher 28.51 points or 0.08 per cent from the previous day's close at 35,535.79 points.
 
The Sensex touched a high of 35,589.00 points and a low of 35,506.34 points in the trade so far.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan restrict Mumbai to manageable total

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Rajasthan Royals produced a disciplined bowling effort to restrict Mumbai Indians to 168/6 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Asked to bat first, Mumbai were off to a steady start with Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav coming up with an opening partnership of 87 runs off 64 balls.
 
Lewis, who narrowly survived being caught by Stuart Binny in the third over, made good use of the reprieve to blast his way to 60 runs off 42 deliveries. His quick-fire knock included four boundaries and as many sixes.
 
Suryakumar, who also got an early let-off, being dropped by Krishna Gowtham off Dhawal Kulkarni early in the second over, went on to post a steady 38 off 31 deliveries.
 
Although the opening duo gave the hosts a strong platform for a big total, the rest of the Mumbai batsmen failed to capitalise. 
 
The Rajasthan bowlers did well to bag five wickets over the next six overs to make a strong comeback. Jofra Archer was the most impressive of the bunch, giving away a mere 16 runs in his four overs while claiming the crucial wickets of Suryakumar and Rohit Sharma.
 
Fellow pacer Ben Stokes bowled well in the late stages to return figures of 2/26. Indian pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni also got a wicket each as Mumbai seemed in real danger of failing to cross the 150-run mark.
 
However, Hardik Pandya helped the hosts to a competitive total with a late charge, scoring 36 runs off 21 balls before holing out to Stokes in the penultimate ball of the innings.
 
Brief scores:
 
Mumbai Indians: 168/6 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 60, Suryakumar Yadav 38, Hardik Pandya 36; Jofra Archer 2/16, Ben Stokes 2/26) vs Rajasthan Royals.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan opt to field against Mumbai

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Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to field first against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Sunday.
 
While Mumbai are fielding an unchanged team, Rajasthan have replaced Prashant Chopra, Ankit Sharma and Ish Sodhi by Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni and D'Arcy Short.
 
Teams:
 
Rajasthan Royals: D'Arcy Short, Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Joffra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
 
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Krunal Pandya, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.
 
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President Kovind to visit Rajasthan, Maharashtra from May 13-15

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a visit to Rajasthan and Maharashtra from May 13-15, an official press release said here today.
 
On Sunday, Mr. Kovind will attend a civic reception hosted by the Government of Rajasthan in Jaipur. At the civic reception, he will interact with select beneficiaries of the Sundar Singh Bhandari EBC Self Employment Scheme; the Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Antyodaya Self Employment Scheme; and the scheme to waive off loans and interest payable by members of the SC/ST, Divyang and other deprived communities. 
 
On May 14, the President will visit Pushkar and Ajmer in Rajasthan, before departing for Mumbai in Maharashtra.
 
On May 15, he will grace the inauguration of the 4th Global Exhibition on Services and launch of the “12 Champion Services” initiative in Mumbai.  
 
On the same day, he will visit the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, be introduced to an exhibition on Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) technologies and inaugurate DAE facilities in Trombay, Mumbai. 
 
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Actress Jacqueline Fernandez unhurt in Mumbai accident

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Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez escaped unhurt after her car was hit by an autorickshaw allegedly driven by a drunk driver at Bandra here, officials said.
 
The incident took place on Carter Road on Friday morning. An earlier report said the accident took place on Saturday morning.
 
The 32-year-actress from Sri Lanka was returning home around 2.45 a.m. from actor Salman Khan's residence after attending a party to celebrate the upcoming film "Race 3".
 
Her car suffered minor damage but she did not suffer any injury. The police were summoned.
 
Directed by Remo D'Souza, "Race 3" features Salman, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem and is likely to be released during Eid.
 
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India's forex reserves fall by $ 1.426 billion to $ 418.94 billion

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Continuing a downward trend for the third consecutive week, India's foreign exchange reserves dipped by $ 1.426 billion to $ 418.94 billion during the week ended May 4, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said here today.
 
The country's forex reserves had plunged by a whopping $ 3.216 billion to $ 420.366 billion during  the previous week and by $ 2.499 billion to $ 423.583 billion in the week befoe that.
 
In its weekly statistical supplement issued here today, the central bank said that foreign currency assets, which constitute a major chunk of the forex reserves, had gone down by $ 1.56 biillion during the week.
 
Foreign currency assets expressed in US dollar terms include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen held in the reserves.
 
According to the bulletin, the country’s gold reserves increased by $ 150.7 million to $ 21.661 billion, while its special drawing rights (SDRs) decreased by $ 7.1 million to $ 1.516 billion.
 
India’s reserve position in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) went down by $ 9.7 million to $ 2.046 billion, the bulletin added.
 
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Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular now at Jio, Airtel

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Telecom giants Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel on Friday announced that they have begun selling Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) which adds built-in cellular to the wearable.
 
Jio also announced a "JioEverywhereConnect" service for all its prepaid and postpaid customers at no additional cost that would allow users to use the same Jio number on both their iPhone and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular), to make and receive calls, use data and applications on the data-strong Jio network.
 
"The true potential of an advanced cellular technology powering Apple Watch Series 3 can be unleashed only on an advanced full-4G network like Jio. Jio is the only network with pan-India 4G-data and voice services (VoLTE) that provides an unmatched experience," a Jio spokesperson said in a statement.
 
Meanwhile, Airtel customers on "MyPlan Postpaid" or "Infinity Postpaid" plans would be able to enjoy cellular services on Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) for free.
 
"We are happy to work with Apple to help our customers enjoy the Apple Watch Series 3 on India's best smartphone network," added Vani Venkatesh, Chief Marketing Officer at Bharti Airtel.
 
Apple Watch Series 3 has built-in cellular function that lets users allow to stay connected, make calls, receive texts and more, even without iPhone nearby.
 
The wearable has health and fitness modes with intelligent coaching features and 50-meter water resistance.
 
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Top Maharashtra police officer Himanshu Roy commits suicide

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Himanshu Roy
Maharashtra's Additional Director General of Police Himanshu Roy, credited with directing investigations into several sensational crimes and high-profile cases, committed suicide by shooting himself here on Friday afternoon.
 
Often referred to as 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' of Mumbai Police, the 54-year-old Roy shot himself in the mouth with his service revolver at his house in Suniti Apartments at Nariman Point shortly after 1 p.m., a police statement said.
 
He was rushed to the Bombay Hospital by family members and aides where he was declared dead.
 
A suicide note found in the house quoted Roy as saying that he was taking his life because he was disgusted with cancer, which he had been battling for some time.
 
Roy's suicide shocked the police community.
 
A 'Mumbai boy', Roy studied in the prestigious St. Xaviers College and became a Chartered Accountant. He cleared the UPSC exams to become an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1988 batch.
 
During his preparations for the UPSC exams in Mumbai, he met his future wife Bhawna, who subsequently became an IAS officer but quit the civil services to devote herself to social work through NGOs in Maharashtra.
 
A regular gym trainer and fitness enthusiast, Roy would animatedly discuss healthy lifestyle, his fitness regime, diets and related issues with policemen and journalists.
 
He was popular among his juniors and would regularly guide them on the finer aspects of crime investigation, linking evidence with criminals and presenting a winning case in courts.
 
Roy started his police career as Superintendent of Police (Rural) in Nashik and Ahmednagar. Later, he headed the Economic Offences Wing in Mumbai, was Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) and also headed the Cyber Crime Cell.
 
As former Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) and chief of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), Roy was credited with directing the investigations into several sensational crimes.
 
These included the murder of journalist J. Dey. Besides, he directed the probe into the IPL match fixing and betting scams of 2013 in which several top cricketers and Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh were among the accused.
 
He was instrumental in solving the brutal murder of lawyer Pallavi Puryakayastha -- daughter of an IAS couple at the Centre -- at her Mumbai home in August 2012.
 
In 2012, he was among the officers handpicked by then Home Minister R.R. Patil to oversee the shifting from Mumbai to Pune of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, found guilty in the Mumbai terror attack.
 
Again that year, he cracked the sensational killing of missing Bollywood starlet Laila Khan, who was murdered with five family members at an isolated countryhouse (farmhouse) in Nashik.
 
Roy oversaw the investigation into the August 2013 gang-rape of a woman photo-journalist inside the desolate Shakti Mills Compound in central Mumbai which culminated in death sentence for three of the accused.
 
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Global cues, banking, metal stocks lift Indian equity indices

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Firm global markets along with healthy buying in banking, metal and capital goods stocks lifted the key Indian equity indices on Friday.
 
According to market analysts, better-than-expected quarterly earnings also supported the indices.
 
The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange closed at 10,806.50 points, up 89.95 points or 0.84 per cent from the previous close.
 
Similarly, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE ended in the green. It had opened at 35,287.99 points and closed at 35,535.79 points -- up 289.52 points or 0.82 per cent.
 
The Sensex touched a high of 35,596.15 and a low of 35,262.06 points during the intra-day trade.
 
However, the BSE market breadth was bearish with 1,542 declines and 1,123 advances.
 
"Key benchmark indices opened higher and firmed up as the day progressed to finally close with gains of over 0.50 per cent," said Abhijeet Dey, Senior Fund Manager, Equities, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund.
 
He said: "Globally, the sentiment turned risk-on as softer US inflation alleviated worries of a faster rate hike in the country and geo-political tensions ebbed with both the US and North Korea looking to reduce tensions in the region." 
 
According to Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research, HDFC Securities, positive Asian markets and overnight gains on Wall Street helped the Indian equities. 
 
"Encouraging earnings announcements by Indian corporates also helped improve sentiments," Jasani told IANS.
 
On the currency front, the Indian rupee weakened by 2 paise to 67.33 against the US dollar from its previous close at 67.31.
 
Provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrips worth Rs 325.44 crore while the domestic institutional investors purchased stocks worth Rs 1,163.35 crore.
 
Sector-wise, the S&P BSE banking index surged by 331.14 points, metal stocks rose by 216.26 points and the capital goods stocks edged up by 190.73 points.
 
On the other hand, the S&P BSE consumer durables index fell by 265.61 points, the healthcare stocks dropped by 104.55 points and the telecom stocks ended 53.91 points lower. 
 
The major gainers on the Sensex were Asian Paints, up 6.17 per cent at Rs 1,289.60; Tata Steel, up 2.17 per cent at Rs 606.65; Larsen and Toubro, up 1.69 per cent at Rs 1,387.05; Yes Bank, up 1.52 per cent at Rs 349.95; and HDFC, up 1.50 per cent at Rs 1,924.35 per share.
 
The top losers were Bharti Airtel, down 6.44 per cent at Rs 385.70; Sun Pharma, down 5.05 per cent at Rs 471.85; Tata Motors (DVR), down 1.69 per cent at Rs 194.90; Tata Motors, down 0.78 per cent at Rs 330.75; and Hero MotoCorp, down 0.74 per cent at Rs 3,616.15 per share.
 
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Top Maharashtra police officer Himanshu Roy allegedly commits suicide

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Himanshu Roy
Maharashtra's Additional Director General of Police Himanshu Roy allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service revolver at his home in South Mumbai today, official sources said.
 
Mr. Roy was rushed to the Bombay Hospital where he was declared dead, the sources said.
 
The sources said Mr. Roy was suffering from cancer for some time and was on leave and undergoing medical treatment for the disease.
 
Top police officers of Mumbai rushed to the hospital after hearing of the news of Mr. Roy's death.
 
One of the best known officers of Maharashtra Police, Mr. Roy had won admiration from many during his stints as the head of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and as the Joint Commissioner of Police, Mumbai.
 
An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1988 batch, Mr. Roy had investigated many important cases, including the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting case. He  had also investigated the case of firing on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's borther Iqbal Kaskar's driver Arif Bael; the murder of journalist J. Dey; the double murder case involving Vijay Palande and the murder of law graduate Pallavi Purkhayasta.
 
He had earlier served as Superintendent of Police (SP) in Nashik (Rural) and Ahmednagar, Commissioner of Police, Nashik, and as Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Mumbai.
 
Later, he was posted as Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of Maharashtra (Planning and Co-ordination) and then as ADGP (Establishment) Maharashtra, a post he was holding at the time of his death.
 
He was an alumnus of St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.
 
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