Dealers said besides increased demand for the American currency from importers, the dollar's strength against other Asian currencies overseas, put pressure on the local unit.

The rupee had gained 35 paise to close at over one-week high of 61.05 against the dollar yesterday on persistent selling of US currency by exporters and some banks amid a surge in local equities.

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex fell by 256.81 points, or 0.96 percent, to 26,380.47 in morning trade on Friday.

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