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The Sri Lankan Rupee has depreciated by 8.1 per cent against the US dollar so far in 2015, the Central Bank said today in its Monetary Policy Review for November, amidst reports that the island’s Rupee today fell to a new historic low of 143 against the US dollar.

“The rupee was quoted at 142.95/143.05 in late trading Tuesday after opening at 142.70/143.00 levels.Business was done as low as 143.00 to the US dollar,” the EconomyNext website reported.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank said that Gross official reserves, which stood at US dollars 6.8 billion at end September 2015, are estimated to have strengthened to around US dollars 8.0 billion by 03 November 2015 with the receipts from the ninth International Sovereign Bond issuance for US dollars 1.5 billion.

“Earnings from tourism in the first ten months of 2015 are estimated to have grown by 17.9 per cent, strengthening the external current account, while workers’ remittances recorded a moderate growth of 1.8 per cent in the first nine months of the year,” the Central Bank said in its customary statement released to announce its policy decision.