India, Jan. 14 -- Indian equity benchmarks made slightly negative start on Thursday amid lackluster trade in global peers. Soon, markets extended their losses and were trading lower with cut of over half a percent each in early deals. Heavy selling in IT, TECK and Metal stocks weighted down the markets. There was some cautiousness as in the last 24 hours, India registered 17,015 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 10,512,8311. The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (1974488), Karnataka (928806), Andhra Pradesh (885234), Tamil Nadu (827614), and Kerala (819765). traders failed to take any sense of relief with a private report that economic activity continued with its pace of normalisation and the festivities helpe...