* Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange rose 0.3
percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index excluding Japan
was up 0.14 percent.
* Asian shares steadied on Wednesday, after two days of gains,
as investors refocused on the risk of a U.S. fiscal crisis
following Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's remarks that
the budget impasse was already damaging growth.
* Foreign investors bought 1.43 billion rupees of stocks on
Tuesday, when the BSE index fell 0.05 percent.
* India's biggest opposition party holding countrywide protests
to oppose corruption, price rise, retail FDI.
* Investors are looking for signs of the government's resolve to
continue with reforms after introducing a slew of measures in
September, including opening up the multi-brand retail and
aviation sectors to foreign investors.