* Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange (SES: S68.SI – news) down 1.6 percent, while the MSCI (NYSE: MSCI – news) -Asia Pacific index excluding Japan is 0.18 percent higher.

* Asian shares edged higher on Tuesday, taking their cue from U.S. shares after weaker-than-forecast retail sales growth backed the view that the U.S. Federal Reserve will hold off reducing its bond-buying stimulus anytime soon.

* Citigroup (NYSE: C – news) ‘s strong earnings helped the S&P 500 end higher on Monday for an eighth straight day, the longest such streak since mid-January, though weak retail sales limited gains in a session with the lowest volume of the year.


* Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will address a press conference at 0900 IST (0330 GMT) in Jaipur.

* India’s Farm Minister Sharad Pawar is expected to address media after the inaugural session of an event organised by his ministry. (0530 GMT)


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