NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Gold futures rose slightly on Thursday as the rupee depreciated against the dollar. The most-active gold for February delivery was up 0.27 percent at 28,529 rupees per 10 gram at 3:57 p.m. on the Multi Commodity Exchange.
* Silver for March delivery was up 0.37 percent at 44,150 rupees per kg.
* "Dip buying and choppiness in the U.S. dollar has lent some support to gold price," Kotak Commodity Services analysts wrote in a note.
* International gold was nearly flat.
* The partially convertible rupee, which plays a key role in determining the landed cost of the dollar-quoted yellow metal, fell tracking losses in other Asian currencies.
* Gold imports may fall 70 percent in the final quarter of 2013 from 255 tonnes in the year-ago period and are expected to be half the usual levels at 500-550 tonnes next year if new import rules are maintained, a top trade body official said.
* To curb a rising trade gap, the Indian government slapped a record import duty of 10 percent earlier this year and tied imports for domestic consumption with exports.
(Reporting by Krishna N Das; Editing by Sunil Nair)