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The Indian Rupee sign

A new symbol for the Indian rupee will signal India's growing economic strength
‑ and it will be coming soon to a keyboard near you.

The winning design was selected by the Indian cabinet from a shortlist of five following a national competition.

Measures are already afoot to have the rupee sign declared a computer standard, meaning it could join currencies such as the pound, dollar, euro and yen on keyboards within two years.

References to sums in rupees currently involve spelling out the word or giving it the abbreviation Rs or INRs to distinguish it from other Asian countries that use rupees or variations thereof.

The winning symbol was the work of Udaya Kumar, a lecture in design at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. His design is based on the tricolour, with two lines at the top and white space in between. The symbol of the rupee represent's the Indian flag. It is a perfect blend of Indian and Roman letters: a capital 'R' and Devanagari 'ra' which represents rupiya, to appeal to international audiences and Indian audiences."

Contributed by: Mohinder Pal Singh
City: Kolkata
Country: India
Date: July 25, 2010