The benchmark BSE Sensex plummeted by 562.88 points on Friday to hit nearly 14-month low of 25,201.90 amid heavy selling in global equities ahead of the US jobs report.

    Friday's closing was the lowest level since July 14, 2014 when the index had closed at 25,006.98.

    Experts say a strong non-farm payrolls data is expected to allow Federal Reserve to consider a September rate hike.

    "The global risk is getting highlighted with the focus mounting on the prospects of a US rate hike soon," said Vinod Nair,  head - fundamental research at Geojit BNP Paribas Financial.

    Fresh weakness in the rupee against dollar also weighed.

    On a weekly basis, the Sensex lost 1,190.48 points or 4.51% and Nifty fell 346.90 points or 4.33%. This is the fourth straight weekly plunge for both the indices.

    On the day, the NSE Nifty also cracked the 7,700-level.

    Gaurav Jain, director of Hem Securities, blamed continued selling pressure by the foreign investors, weakness in rupee and global jitters for the sell-off.

    The 30-share index stayed in the negative zone for most part of the day and touched a low of 25,119.06 before ending at 25,201.90, a steep fall of 562.88 points or 2.18%.

    The gauge had gained 311.22 points in Thursday's trade.

    The broader NSE Nifty also succumbed to all-round selling and slipped below the crucial 7,700-mark to settle the session 167.95 points or 2.15% down at 7,655.05.

    In broader markets, small-cap and mid-cap indices closed lower by 2.47% and 1.90%, respectively.

    Vedanta was the top Sensex loser, tumbling 4.84%, followed by GAIL 4.73%.

    Out of 30-share Sensex pack, 28 fell, while only Bharti Airtel and Coal India managed to buck the trend.

    Sectorally, BSE realty index suffered the most by plunging 3.32%, followed by infra 3.24%, power 3.03%, bankex 2.65%, healthcare 2.42% and IT 2.34%.

    Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei fell 2.15% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.45%, while Chinese financial markets remained closed on Friday.

    European markets were also in deep red on anticipations of a strong US jobs data.

Saif-Kareena to wed in October, says Sharmila

  • PTI, Bhopal
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  • Updated: Oct 13, 2012 11:44 IST
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Though Bollywood couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor continue to maintain silence over their much awaited wedding, his mother Sharmila Tagore has indicated that it would take place in October.

"The wedding would take place in October," Sharmila told reporters here yesterday.

 However, she did not disclose the date of the wedding and said only Saif can confirm that.Earlier, it was reported that Saif and Kareena's weddingwould take place on October 16, but later Saif refused to confirm it. Saif had earlier said that the wedding would take place in November or December.

 Sharmila, the wife of late Nawab of Pataudi Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, arrived in Bhopal to take part in the first meeting of Aukaf-e-Shahi (Wakf properties) of which her eldest daughter, Saba Sultan, is the 'Mutawalli' (custodian).

 The meeting was held to discuss the issue of caretakerof 'Rubaat' (guest house situated in holy city of Medina).The row has been settled with the appointment of Saba Sultan as the 'naazir' (caretaker) of the 'rubaat', Sharmila said.

Mansoor Ali Khan was the son Iftikhar Ali Khan (eighth Nawab of Pataudi) and Sajida Sultan, who was the second daughter of the last ruling Nawab of Bhopal.

She also informed that Fahim Rizvi is appointed to managthe properties at Mediana Shareef.Rubaat at Medina is the property of erstwhile royal family of Bhopal which provides accommodation to those visiting the holy city during Haj.

 The meeting was attended by erstwhile members of royal family of Bhopal including Sharmila, Saleha Sultan and Arjumand Ali Khan.
 

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