NEW DELHI, March 9- Indian politicians are expected to spend around $5 billion on campaigning for elections next month- a sum second only to the most expensive U.S. presidential campaign of all time- in a splurge that could give India's floundering economy a temporary boost.» Read More
*Shanghai free trade zone "concept" stocks rise after zone launch. HONG KONG, Sept 30- China shares inched higher on Monday, outperforming other Asia markets as investors chased strength in retailers ahead of a week-long holiday, with the Shanghai benchmark heading for its biggest quarterly gain in three years.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand had been flagging for the past year its concern about the risks of an overheated housing market, particularly in the biggest city Auckland, and the risk that posed to the country's financial system if there should be sharp downturn.
HONG KONG, Sept 30- TPG Capital- backed Indonesian private equity firm Northstar Group is seeking to raise around $1 billion in a new fund to invest in Southeast Asia, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
BEIJING, Sept 30- China's factory sector grew only slightly in September as domestic demand faltered, a private survey showed, an unexpectedly weak outcome that suggests a firm rebound in Asia's economic powerhouse still remains elusive. After seasonal adjustments, however, the expansion was slight, HSBC said.
Sept 30- For much of the past six years, the global grain markets have lurched from one crop crisis to the next, keeping inventories low and food prices high. Now, as harvest machines across the U.S. Midwest prepare to reap the nation's biggest corn crop in history, a sea change seems imminent, one that could transform the market.
*Gold climbs for second session on safe-haven demand. SINGAPORE, Sept 30- Gold edged higher on Monday as a possible U.S. government shutdown prompted safe-haven buying, and the metal was on track to record its best quarter in a year despite a cloudy outlook for U.S. stimulus.
*U.N. Security Council approves resolution to rid Syria of chemical arms. SINGAPORE, Sept 30- Brent crude slipped below $108 a barrel on Monday and was on track for its first monthly drop in four months, as tensions over Iran eased and as a potential U.S. government shutdown clouded the outlook for demand.
*Euro pressured by its own political problems as Italy govt teeters. SYDNEY, Sept 30- U.S. stock futures and the dollar came under pressure on Monday as a shutdown of the U.S. government seemed increasingly likely, while the euro had political troubles of its own as the Italian government teetered on the edge of collapse.
*Weighting for bonds in Japan decreases. TOKYO, Sept 30- Japanese fund managers increased their assets allocated to equities in Asia and U.S. markets in September on the prospect of ample liquidity after the U.S.
TOKYO, Sept 30- Japanese government bond prices were steady on Monday morning, as traders braced for a possible shutdown of the U.S. government and looked ahead to a run of key domestic events on Tuesday.
*Tepco to get Y200 bln loan rollover, Y300 bln new financing- source. TOKYO, Sept 30- Creditors are set to provide $5.9 billion in financing to Tokyo Electric Power Co, a person involved in the talks told Reuters on Monday, offering a lifeline to the embattled owner of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
*Political crisis in Italy weighs on euro. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Sept 30- The euro fell in Asia on Monday with Italy in the grip of a fresh political crisis, while investors sold the dollar as a midnight deadline to avert a shutdown in Washington loomed large. The euro fell to a three-week low of 131.38 yen from around 132.78 late in New York on Friday.
TOKYO, Sept 30- Japan's Nikkei average shed more than 2 percent on Monday morning as blue-chip exporters and financials lost ground after concerns over a possible U.S. government shutdown and Italy's political crisis sent the dollar to a one-month low against the yen.
NEW YORK, Sept 29- Twitter Inc plans to make its IPO filing public this week, news website Quartz reported on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the social media network's plan.
BEIJING, Sept 30- China's factory sector grew in September after rising foreign orders made up for a subdued home market, a private survey showed, suggesting Asia's economic powerhouse is starting to turn the corner though a firm rebound remains elusive.
SINGAPORE, Sept 30- London copper eased on Monday, with some investors shunning risk as a shutdown of U.S. government seemed increasingly likely, although the metal was on track for its biggest quarterly gain since March 2012 due to steadying global growth.
*Launches for NASA, commercial operators and military pending. VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Sept 29- An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Sunday to test upgrades before commercial satellite launch services begin later this year.
TOKYO, Sept 30- Creditors of Tokyo Electric Power Co are set to provide some $5.9 billion in financing to the embattled utility by the end of the year, offering a lifeline to the company struggling to contain the disaster at its crippled Fukushima facility, a person involved in the talks told Reuters on Monday.
*NYMEX crude for November delivery was down $1.17 at $101.70 a barrel by 0014 GMT, after finishing 16 cents lower on Friday. *Brent crude for November delivery dropped 79 cents to $107.84 a barrel, after settling 58 cents lower in the previous session.
SINGAPORE, Sept 30- Gold extended gains into a second session on Monday as a possible U.S. government shutdown weakened the dollar and prompted safe-haven buying of the metal. *Spot gold rose 0.5 percent to $1,341.31 an ounce by 0018 GMT, adding to a 1 percent gain on Friday.