Dec 6 * Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange
up 0.22 percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index excluding
Japan also gains 0.13 percent.
* Asian shares were steady near 16-month highs on Thursday,
supported by hopes that U.S. lawmakers will reach a compromise
to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff of year-end tax hikes and
spending cuts which threaten to push the U.S. economy back into
* Foreign investors bought 8.78 billion rupees of stocks, while
domestic institutions sold stocks worth 6.39 billion rupees on
Wednesday, when the BSE index gained 0.23 percent.
* India's fragile ruling coalition won a vote on allowing
foreign supermarkets to operate in Asia's third-largest economy
on Wednesday, in a key test of support for Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and his flagship economic reform.
* On Friday, the upper house will vote on the same issue. There
the government has fewer seats and is likely to lose the