Mumbai– Samvat 2074, marking the start of the Hindu New Year, began on a dull note for the key Indian equity indices at a special trading session held on Thursday.

The hour-long session held every year on Diwali saw both the key indices slip during the initial phase of the trade.

The Nifty 50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) inched lower by 18.95 points or 0.19 per cent to 10,191.90 points.

Similarly, the 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE slipped by 41 points during the initial trade period.

The S&P BSE Sensex, which opened at 32,656.75 points, traded at 32,542.53 points (at 6.35 p.m.) — down 41.82 points or 0.13 per cent from Wednesday’s close at 32,584.35 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 32,663.06 points and a low of 32,533.89 during the intra-session trade.

In Samvat 2073, the barometer index (BSE Sensex) gained 4,654 points or 16.6 per cent whereas the NSE Nifty rose by 1,585 points or 18.4 per cent. (IANS)