India, March 19 -- Silver prices rose by 0.17 per cent to Rs 37,970 per kg in futures market Tuesday as speculators raised their bets, driven by a firm trend overseas.

At the Multi Commodity Exchange, silver for delivery in far-month May went up by Rs 63, or 0.17 per cent to Rs 37,970 per kg in business turnover of 859 lots.

Likewise, the white metal for delivery in April was trading higher by Rs 56 or 0.15 per cent to Rs 37,998 per kg in 1,435 lots.

Analysts said building up of positions by participants amid firming trend overseas as a softer dollar that weakened to two-week lows, raised demand for the precious metals as a safe haven, mainly led to rise in silver prices at futures trade.

Meanwhile, silver rose 0.29 per cent to USD 15.4...