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Indian Rupee symbol enjoys Unicode Standard

By Abdul Nisar

Indian Rupee symbol
New Delhi, Oct 12: Jai Ho! Yet one more reason for the Indians to celebrate along with Delhi Commonwealth medals and Dasara celebrations. The new Indian Rupee symbol became official as the Unicode Technical Committee has accepted it in the Oct 2010 release of Unicode Standard.

The official status for the new Rupee symbol came within three months of it's launch. On Jul 15, 2010 India launched new Rupee symbol, which brought together Devanagari as well as Roman letter. It was designed by an IIT post-graduate, D Udaya Kumar.

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Along with new Indian Rupee symbol, the Unicode Consortium has selected 2088 characters, with over 1000 new symbols, for the newly released Unicode Version 6.0.

"With the help of the Indian government and our colleagues in ISO, we were able to accelerate the encoding process. Once computers and mobile phones update to the new version of Unicode, people will be able to use the rupee sign like they use $ or € now," said Mark Davis, president of the Consortium.

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