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from India Insight:

The rupee’s fall from grace

Indian milk and dairy products producer Amul’s campaign has a new subject -- the rupee.

The newspaper advertisement features the iconic Amul girl, in her polka dotted red dress, in a boat made of the rupee, about to sink in turbulent waters. She says ‘mujhe mere rupee se bachaao!’ in Hindi. Loosely translated into English, it would mean 'save me from my rupee.'

The tagline, tongue in cheek, says ‘valued highly’.

The Amul mascot’s angst today reflects that of investors who have so far been bullish on the India growth story.

That the rupee has caught the Amul girl’s attention is no surprise. For over thirty years, she has commented on social, political and economic issues of the day making her as favourite a household name as R.K. Laxman’s common man.

from India Insight:

As the economy and markets struggle, India needs tough actions

Slowing growth, a falling rupee, sliding stock markets, a rising current account deficit, drying foreign inflows and policy paralysis at the centre. Things certainly don’t look rosy for India.

With the rupee down 22 percent in the last 10 months and a 6 percent drop in stock markets so far in May (as of Friday’s close), is it time for the government to seriously rethink its strategy ahead of the 2014 general elections?

LIVE BLOG: Sensex, Nifty plunge to 2011 lows

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The BSE Sensex and Nifty plunged to fresh 2011 lows in Wednesday trade, a day before the expiry of derivatives contracts, amid renewed worries about faltering global growth.

Outsourcers slide on rising rupee

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Shares in top IT firms plunged on concerns the rising rupee would squeeze margins in the export-driven sector.

IT bellwether Infosys dropped 2.5 percent, while Wipro and TCS fell 4.2 and 3.3 percent respectively.

Airline stocks face the heat

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Airline stocks failed to bring cheer to the market on Monday after the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) called off plans for a one-day strike later this month.SPICEJET/INVESTMENT

Private airline operators had on Friday announced they would suspend operations on August 18 to protest the lack of government relief for the ailing industry.

Sensex range bound in choppy trade

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The Sensex remained volatile in trade and ended 0.08 percent lower on fears of a fall in corporate earnings for the June quarter.

IT bellwether Infosys Technologies, will kick off the earnings season on Friday.

Reliance leads Sensex fall

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The Sensex fell on Monday as an unfavourable court ruling saw a sell off in shares of Reliance Industries. Investor sentiments were also dampened by weak Asian markets.

The 30-share sensitive index swung from an intra-day high of 15,261 to an intra-day low of 14,808, and finally closed 362 points lower at 14,857. The fifty-share Nifty ended 2.1 percent lower at 4484. MARKETS-SOUTHASIA-STOCKS/

Sensex closes above 15000

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The BSE Sensex seesawed today, erasing early losses of as much as 1.8 percent, and finally closed above the 15,000 mark on hopes of a revival in the economy. Higher European markets also helped lift investor sentiments.

The 30-share sensitive index of the Bombay Stock Exchange swung from an intra-day low of 14,601 to an intra-day high of 15,026, and finally closed 137 points up at 15,008. The fifty-share Nifty ended 0.93 percent up at 4572.INDIA-STOCKS/JUMP

Sensex gains in choppy trade

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The Sensex ended nearly 200 points up on Wednesday as investors covered positions ahead of the monthly derivatives expiry.

The session was volatile throughout the day, with the benchmark gaining momentum towards the close of the trade.

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