Moreover, dollar surging against other Asian currencies and a lower opening in domestic equities also weighed on the domestic unit, dealers said.

The rupee had gained 1 paisa against the US dollar to close at 66.14 on Friday following fresh selling of the American currency by banks and exporters amid fresh foreign capital inflows into equity market.

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex dipped below the 26,000-mark by plunging 190.25 points or 0.72 percent to 25,970.65 in early deals.

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