Sensex rallies 250 points, Nifty near 10,700 at close, Axis Bank rises 9%

Equity benchmark BSE Sensex rallied over 250 points to close only 30 points short of the 35,000 mark on Friday, amid positive global cues and strong corporate earnings announced this week. At close, the 30-share strong gauge was256.10 points or 0.74% higher at 34,969.70. The broader NSE Nifty 50 too rose 74.50 points or 0.70% to end at 10,692.30. Gains in the Sensex pack were led by Axis Bank, SBI, ICICI Bank, Reliance Industries, Maruti Suzuki and Yes Bank, rising as much as 8.97%. Axis Bank shares had fallen 3%…

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FTSE steadies near recent lows, HSBC leads banks

Britain’s top share index steadied near a recent two-week low on Wednesday, with weaker commodities and property-related stocks offsetting an HSBC-led rally in banking stocks. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 0.02 percent in morning trading after hitting its lowest since mid-July in the previous session. The index’s 16-percent rally since a post-Brexit slump is losing steam, with the market facing some selling pressure in the past days. Banks were the top performers, with HSBC helping the UK banking index to gain 2 percent. HSBC shares rose 3.3 percent…

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Up near with Mini’s brilliantly bizarre automobile of the destiny

Mini has unveiled massive future plans for its tiny vehicle, which it calls the imaginative and prescient next a hundred. This car is a bag of thoughts that Mini envisions coming to lifestyles in the subsequent a hundred years, however the first-rate bit is that it without a doubt constructed a running prototype for 2016. beyond looking definitely barmy, the vision next a hundred automobile is all about personalisation. Or, as Mini layout chief Anders Warming places it, “developing a dating along with your automobile,” whether or not you’re controlling…

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The Villa Levens, near, Kendal, Lake District: hotel review

Despite a mildly corporate feel, this Victorian pile in the Lakes redeems itself with historic features and our writer’s favourite luxury: TVs in the bathrooms High and handsome … the Lake District’s Villa Levens As an atheist, I am unlikely to ever need spiritual guidance in the Lake District. What I do require, however, in an area where hotel room-rates frequently cause me to invoke God’s name in volleys of unchristian language, is more value-for-money accommodation. Therefore it gladdens my heart to see that Villa Levens – a handsome Victorian…

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Syria peace talks near collapse as opposition declares pause

Syrian peace talks came close to collapse on Monday, with the mainstream opposition announcing a pause in talks at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, although it agreed to keep its negotiating team in the city. The Western-backed opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said in a letter to rebel fighters that government military advances meant a ceasefire was effectively over and it was calling a postponement in the talks. Rebels, who accuse the government of breaking the ceasefire to try to recapture the northern city of Aleppo, announced an offensive…

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U.S. plans third patrol near disputed South China Sea islands – source

The U.S. Navy plans to conduct another passage near disputed islands in the South ChinaSea in early April, a source familiar with the plan said on Friday, the third in series of challenges that have drawn sharps rebukes from China. The exact timing of the exercise and which ship would travel inside a 12-nautical mile limit around a disputed island was not immediately clear. The United States has conducted what it calls “freedom of navigation” exercises in recent months, sailing near disputed islands to underscore its right to navigate the…

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Shiny happy campers: an Airstream stay near Venice

Most travellers planning a trip to Venice picture staying in a romantic hotel on the Grand Canal or a cosy B&B in an ancient palazzo. But a caravan, tent or mobile home? Not so much. The reality, though, is that, during the summer, thousands of holidaymakers come in by boat from campsites on a narrow 15km stretch of coast that separates Venice’s lagoon from the Adriatic. And now, with the opening of Italy’s first Airstream park here, just half an hour by ferry from central Venice, the appeal of camping…

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