** Shares of public sector banks gain: State Bank of India up 6.3 pct; Bank of Baroda rises 5 pct; Punjab National Bank 1.6 pct higher
* State pension fund EPFO to invest in equity markets -report
July 31 - ** Hindustan Copper Ltd rises as much as 10 pct to four-week high
** Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd falls as much as 3.6 pct to its lowest since July 1
MUMBAI, July 30 - Indian shares rose on Thursday for a second consecutive day after the cabinet approved a bill on the goods and services tax that incorporates recommendations from a parliamentary panel, and after the Federal Reserve meeting ended with no major surprises.
** Partner Sandoz got U.S. FDA approval for 180 days sole exclusivity for generic version of Pulmicort respule used in treatment of Asthma on July 28: Sandoz's website shows
** Gati Ltd shares gain 7.2 pct, Gateway Distriparks Ltd up 2.7 pct, Snowman Logistics Ltd up 3.4 pct
MUMBAI, July 29 - Indian shares were on their way to snap a four-day losing streak on Wednesday as investors churned positions in favour of exporters, including defensive stocks on caution ahead of the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting.
** Traders expect Dr.Reddy's Laboratories Ltd to post April-June EBITDA of about 8.8 bln rupees ($137.7 mln)
** Heads towards biggest single day percentage gain since June 16
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NEW DELHI - Nestle India Ltd will focus on growing its dairy, coffee and confectionary businesses, its new boss said, as the company battles to bring back its popular Maggi noodles that were pulled from shelves over safety concerns.