Gold edges up as U.S. scrambles to resolve budget impasse

* Premiums in India, China rise as demand picks ups

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By A. Ananthalakshmi
SINGAPORE, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Gold edged higher on
Wednesday, turning round after falling in early Asian hours, as
U.S. lawmakers scrambled to come up with a bipartisan agreement
to increase the federal debt ceiling before a Thursday deadline.
Despite some weak safe-haven bids, gold has not priced in a
U.S. default - which could result from failure to raise the
borrowing limit - on expectations that Congress will reach a
deal at the last minute. A default could roil global markets and
hamper economic recovery.
Democrat and Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate were said
to be close to agreeing on a proposal to raise the debt limit
and reopen the partially shuttered government, with
consideration by the full Senate possibly coming on Wednesday.

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