Besides, a weak trend at other Asian bourses as traders await the conclusion of the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting, weighed on the trading sentiments here.

The 30-share Sensex fell further by 70.14 points, or 0.28 percent, to 24,481.03 with healthcare, FMCG, teck, IT, auto, capital goods and power stocks leading the fall.

The gauge lost 253.11 points in the previous session.

The NSE Nifty fell by 13.55 points, or 0.18 percent, to 7,447.05.

Brokers said investors indulged in selling following a weak trend at other Asian markets and decline in country's exports for the 15th month in a row in February at USD 20.73 billion, down 5.66 percent.

Among pharma shares, Cipla, Sun Pharma and Dr Reddy's were trading in the negative terrain falling up to 1.65 per cent.

In other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down 0.54 percent while Japan's Nikkei shed 0.77 percent in morning trade today. Shanghai Composite Index was marginally down 0.20 percent.

The US Dow Jones edged up 0.13 percent yesterday.

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