* Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange fell 0.15
percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index excluding Japan
fell 0.04 percent.
* Asian shares steadied on Friday after falling nearly 2 percent
this week amid concerns about the looming U.S. "fiscal cliff",
while Japanese stocks rallied for a second day on expectations
of further monetary policy easing after an election next month.
* Foreign investors bought 464.5 million rupees of stocks on
Thursday, when the BSE index fell 0.79 percent,
provisional exchange data showed.
* The inter-ministerial panel meeting on coal block allocations
to state-run firms resumes after Diwali holidays.