* Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange are down 0.5 percent, while the MSCI-Asia Pacific index excluding Japan falls 0.6 percent.
* The dollar, oil prices and U.S. stock futures eased on Monday as politicians in Washington showed no signs of making progress to resolve the U.S. budget standoff, while safe-haven gold inched higher. * US S&P 500 E-mini futures dropped Sunday evening, suggesting a weak open for U.S. stocks on Monday, after a weekend where little progress was seen in either resolving the budget dispute or raising the debt ceiling.
* Interview with Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram following weeks of turmoil in the financial markets, which saw the rupee slide to record lows, and ahead of his latest trip to the United States where he will again to seek to woo investors.
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