A benchmark index of Indian equities opened 50 points higher Wednesday, taking positive cues from global stocks. The 30-share sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opened at 20,118.82 points, up 58.50 points from the previous close, after gaining nearly one percent Tuesday. At the National Stock Exchange C&X Nifty also opened in positive.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Thursday pitched for taking friendship between India and China to a higher level and hoped that his visit would lead to “strategic consensus” over important issues.
Dozens of people were injured Wednesday in a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in southeastern Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported. The attack occurred at the Iman Hussein mosque in Chabahar where Iranians were attending the Ashura ceremony, the anniversary of the death of the third Shiite Imam Hussein
Two new bodies were found Wednesday on the coast of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island, apparent victims of North Korea’s shelling of the island a day earlier, officials said.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday congratulated the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance for its win in Bihar and said the Congress would be starting from scratch in the state. “We didn’t have much hope,” Gandhi told reporters, adding that the party had taken the “deliberate decision not to work in alliance with other parties”. “The results indicate that our party has to start from scratch and that is what we plan to do,” Gandhi said as votes were being counted in Bihar and trends indicated that the Congress may not even be able to get the nine seats it got last time
The Religious Affairs Ministry said Wednesday that as of Tuesday, 122 Indonesian pilgrims – 59 men and 53 women – had died in Mecca during the haj.
Lionel Messi was happy with the beautiful last-gasp goal that gave Argentina a 1-0 win against Brazil in a friendly in Doha. The World Footballer of the Year told the DPA Wednesday that the win over Argentina’s arch-rivals was “beautiful,” particularly since he himself had never beaten Brazil. “I had planned that before playing,” he said
Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan, whose love for music is not a secret, will don his rockstar avatar to perform at the Chevrolet Global Indian Music Awards (GIMA) here Wednesday along with music composer Pritam Chakroborty. The duo is expected to perform on new tracks like “Yeh dooriyan…” from “Love Aaj Kal” and also a medley of songs by yesteryear composer R.D.
Rejecting the Ayodhya verdict of the Allahabad High Court, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Wednesday demanded not only the disputed 90 ft x 120 ft plot where the Babri Masjid once stood, but also the over 67 acres of land nearby acquired by the central government.
For the first time ever, gold crossed the psychological barrier of Rs.20,000 per tola (10 grams) Wednesday evening and trends indicated a further rise.