Witnessing a smart move at the start of the session, bankex, healthcare, FMCG and auto indices touched their respective lifetime highs on the stock exchange.
The Indian currency gained another 15 paise against the US dollar on sustained capital inflows from foreign funds, to touch a four-week high of 45.55.
While the Anil Ambani-led company fell 2.08 per cent to become the top loser at the Sensex, Bharti Airtel started the day on a week note, losing up to 0.62 per cent.
The finance minister said despite knowing well how unpredictable the markets could get, he was happy they were trading at such high figures.
On lending rate hike, MD and CEO Rana Kapoor said the bank has so far raised benchmark prime lending rate by 5 per cent and it now stood at 17.5 per cent.
The barometer closed at 20,001.55, up 95.45 points - its best since January 15, 2008, when the index ended at 20,251.09 points.
The Trade Policy Forum, the trade dialogue platform between the two countries, will be co-chaired by visiting Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma.
The company has initiated the phase-II study of an insulin sensitising compound, being developed for the treatment of type-2 diabetes, in India and Europe.
Eight companies are looking to raise around Rs 3,000 crore through public offers, in addition to three already underway - the busiest for the market in 15 years.
The department has asked the Department of Telecom to submit a copy of the special audit report on the leading telecom company, to look into its income-tax issues.