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Mumbai:  The rupee plunged to a fresh record low of 71.79 to a dollar during the morning trade session on Wednesday.

Around 11.40 am IST the rupee traded at 71.76 to a dollar before it touched 71.79 - the lowest ever mark - against the greenback.

According to xe.com, rupee is trading at 19.58 against dirham at 11.45am UAE time on Wednesday. 

The rupee had earlier touched 71.75 to a dollar around 10.40 m on Wednesday.

The Indian rupee opened the day's trade at the Inter-Bank Foreign Exchange Market at 71.44-45 to a dollar from its previous close of 71.58 to a greenback.

According to Anindya Banerjee, Deputy Vice President for Currency and Interest Rates with Kotak Securities, the weakness in the country's equity and bond markets led to the rupee's fall.

External factors behind rupee's devaluation: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the recent trend in the Indian rupee's devaluation has been caused due to external factors.

"If you look at the domestic economic situation and global situation, there are no domestic reasons attributable to this (devaluation)," Jaitley said at a media briefing after the Union Cabinet met here.

According to Jaitley, external factors such as fluctuations in the global crude oil prices and fears over an escalation in trade war have led to the devaluation.

The minister said that there is no need to worry over the steep fall in the Indian rupee's value as the inherent strength of the country's economy will aid in arresting the downtrend.

Jaitley told reporters that besides the US dollar the Indian rupee has not devalued against any other major currency in the world including the Pound, Euro and the Yen.

"The reasons are global. We must bear in mind that in the last few months the dollar has strengthened against almost every currency and therefore most global currencies have weakened vis-a-vis the dollar," Jaitley said.

"No need for the world's fastest growing economy to come out with panic and knee jerk reaction...."

In addition, the minister said that with other currencies the Indian rupee has consistently either strengthened or remained in a range.

"In fact against most of the other currency in the world compared to what it was 4 to 5 years ago, the rupee is better off...," Jaitley said.

On Wednesday, the Indian rupee settled at a record closing low of 71.75 against the US dollar, weaker by 17 paise than its previous close of 71.58 per greenback.

It recovered from the all-time low of 71.97 per dollar reached earlier in the day.