* The BSE index rises 0.5 percent to 19,442.61 and the
NSE index gains 0.38 percent to 5,911.55.
* Asian shares rose on Wednesday, led by gains in Chinese
equities. However, concerns over whether U.S. lawmakers can
resolve a budget impasse before year-end to avert a possible
economic slump weighed on sentiment.
* Market mood remains positive ahead of the outcome of the
crucial vote on foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail
in parliament due later in the day.
* Leading the gains HDFC Bank rises 1.4 percent and
Larsen & Toubro gains 1.1 percent, while Tata Motors
is up 1.33 percent.