Report: Indian government is planning outright ban on cryptocurrency

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The government of India is planning to introduce legislation banning cryptocurrency, Reuters reports. The law would impose fines on anyone who trades, mines, or even holds cryptocurrency. The government has a comfortable majority in parliament, giving the proposal a good shot at becoming law.

This would make India one of the most cryptocurrency-hostile jurisdictions in the world. China, for example, has imposed a number of restrictions on trading and mining cryptocurrency, but it hasn’t banned ownership of cryptocurrencies outright.

The legal status of cryptocurrency has been a subject of controversy in India over the last few years. In 2018, India’s central bank banned Indian banks from providing financial services to cryptocurrency exchanges, hampering the growth of the nation’s cryptocurrency economy.

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