The Indian rupee plunged as much as 0.64 per cent to a fresh record low of 73.813 against the dollar after hitting an all-time low on Wednesday.
The rupee collapsed to a fresh low of 73.77 against the USA dollar on Thursday, as global oil prices continued to rise, deepening concerns about the current account deficit and capital outflows.
The current account has faced additional pressure as India, like many emerging market economies, has also suffered due to rising USA interest rates drawing investors away.
One forex dealer at a foreign bank, who asked not to be named, said early intervention by the central bank stopped the rupee from hitting 74 per dollar, but it is still down 13.3 percent since the start of the year, making it the worst performer among Asia's emerging market currencies.
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The 10-year gilt yield closed at 8.112%, up over 12 basis points from its previous close of 7.988%. Indian bond yields spiked as prices fell.
Edelweiss Securities expects that external headwinds in the form of surging crude prices and a depreciating rupee continue to be key concerns for the bond markets.
DBS economist Radhika Rao also predicted a rate hike.
"Despite a stronger dollar, crude oil prices continued to remain very elevated, which is putting further pressure on current-account deficit currencies that rely on oil imports, India and Indonesia specifically", said ANZ's Goh.