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  • MUMBAI, Feb 28- India on Saturday proposed to merge its commodity market regulator with the capital market watchdog, aiming to strengthen regulation in a move which could help open the commodity futures market to institutional investors. Responding to the measure, shares of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd, India's biggest commodity exchange and its...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 28- India said it plans tougher punishments including jail terms of up to 10 years for those who hide undeclared cash outside the country and for the banks and advisers who help them, as it tries to bring back illicit billions stashed abroad. Illegal deposits abroad cost India billions of dollars in lost revenue and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's...

  • BEIJING, Feb 28- China's central bank said on Saturday it would cut benchmark interest rates by 25 basis points to 5.35 percent. The People's Bank of China said it would further liberalise interest rates and lift the ceiling for the floating range for the saving rate to 1.3 times the benchmark rate. The central bank said it would cut the benchmark saving rate by 25...

  • Greece seeks negotiations on ECB bond repayment Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 5:15 AM ET

    ATHENS, Feb 28- Greece called into question on Saturday a major debt repayment it must make to the European Central Bank this summer, after acknowledging it faces problems in meeting its obligations to international creditors. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Athens should negotiate with the ECB on 6.7 billion euros in Greek government bonds held by...

  • MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, Feb 28- India will introduce gold deposit accounts to utilise the 20,000 tonnes available within the country and launch a sovereign gold bond, the finance minister said on Saturday, but kept the import duty at the record 10 percent in a setback for jewellers. "Though stocks of gold in India are estimated to be over 20,000 tonnes, mostly this gold is...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 28- Russia's Investigative Committee is pursuing several lines on inquiry following the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, including the possibility it was an attempt to destabilise the political situation, Interfax news agency said.

  • *Hikes road and rail investment by $11 bln. NEW DELHI, Feb 28- Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday unveiled a budget that aims to ramp up growth, aided by a slowed pace of fiscal deficit cuts and a raft of tax measures to put private domestic and foreign capital to work. In his first full-year budget since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landslide...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 28- India announced on Saturday a modest 7.9 percent increase in defence spending for the fiscal year starting April 1, suggesting that it will move only gradually with the military's long wish list for fighter jets, ships and artillery. After years of neglect, India is trying to narrow the military gap with China, which has been building up its fleet...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 28- India will introduce gold deposit accounts to utilize the 20,000 tonnes available within the country and launch a sovereign bond as an alternative to buying the metal, moves that are likely to cut imports into the biggest gold consumer. India ships in 800-1,000 tonnes of gold a year despite massive stocks in the country that is neither traded...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 28- India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced a budget aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary people benefit. "India is about to take off," Jaitley, 62, said early in his speech to lawmakers. "The world is predicting that this is India's...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 28- India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced a budget aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary people benefit. "The world is predicting that this is India's chance to fly." Reaping the benefits of low global prices for oil, India's main...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 28- India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a budget for growth on Saturday, saying the economy was ready to "fly", that the government would boost investment and ordinary people should benefit. "India is about to take off," Jaitley, 62, told lawmakers after rising to deliver his first full-year budget since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 27- Negotiations to settle the largest U.S. refinery strike are set to resume on March 4, the union and lead oil company negotiator said on Friday, the 27th day of the work stoppage. Talks between Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the United Steelworkers union broke off on Feb. 20 after refinery owners balked at a settlement.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- The leader of a truth commission investigating abuses during Brazil's 1964-85 military dictatorship lambasted German automaker Volkswagen AG at a hearing on Friday for providing what he called "unsatisfactory" testimony regarding its alleged ties with the regime. In a contentious, nearly three hour-long session, Sao Paulo state...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer and a top global supplier. Silos at Paranagua, Brazil's second-largest soy export port, now...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 27- Brazil's Braskem SA, Latin America's largest petrochemical company, said on Friday it had agreed to a revised naphtha supply contract with shareholder Petrobras, staving off a threatened shutdown of its Brazilian plants. The contract with Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as Petrobras is formally known, extends the supply agreement until Aug. 31,...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 27- After two days of negotiations, Mexico and Brazil have still not reached an agreement on an auto pact and will continue discussions in the second week of March, the Mexican government said on Friday. The accord, signed in 2012, limits the export of vehicles from Mexico to Brazil. While sources have told Reuters that Brazil wants to extend the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 27- Google Inc submitted plans on Friday for a vastly expanded headquarters at the Silicon Valley city where the tech giant is based, presenting a bucolic vision of movable structures to be built under curving and translucent canopies. The new headquarters would give the Internet company the room for an additional 10,000 employees, compared...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 27- Brazil's embattled state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Friday that the director of its corporate-services division will take a 90- day leave of absence for health reasons. Dutra, a former Brazilian Senator, served as Petrobras' chief executive officer for two and a half years from 2002 to 2005 and president of Brazil's...

  • *Opposition plan march in Moscow on Sunday. MOSCOW, Feb 28- Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister who was an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead metres from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back, the Interior Ministry said.