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Forex reserves fall by $985 million to $279.20 billion: RBI


The country's foreign exchange reserves dipped by 985 million to $279.20 billion, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Friday.

The total reserves had risen by $21 million to $280.19 billion in the previous reporting week.

Foreign currency assets, a major component of forex reserves, were down by $999 million to $251.14 billion for the week ended July 19, the apex bank noted.

Foreign currency assets expressed in US dollar terms include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of the non-US currencies, such as the euro, pound and yen, held in the reserves, the apex bank said.

The apex bank said the gold reserves were unchanged at $21.55 billion during the week.

For the week under review, the special drawing rights (SDRs) were up by $9.5 million to $4.343 billion, while the country's reserve position with the IMF was also up by $4.8 million to $2.167 billion, RBI data showed.

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