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Polygon-based Rario Concludes $120 Million Funding Led by Dream Capital   

Singapore-headquartered cricket NFT platform Rario has bagged $120 million in funding led by Dream Capital. The Series A funding round also saw the participation of Alpha Wave Global. Founded in 2011, Rario’s existing investors include Animoca Brands, Presight Capital, and Kingsway Capital. “We are pleased to announce that we have raised $120M Series A Funding led by Dream Capital….,” Rario tweeted on Thursday, with a link to the Rario blog where the company had put out a...

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WazirX CEO, COO Move Out of India to Dubai: Report

A news report suggesting that India’s hostile policy towards the digital asset sector is leading to an exodus of crypto-entrepreneurs from the country has said that Nischal Shetty and Siddharth Menon, both co-founders of WazirX, have left India along with their families for Dubai. Shetty and Menon are CEO and COO at WazirX, respectively. The Binance-operated company, the largest Indian crypto exchange by volume, is among the many local trading venues that had seen a sharp...

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Indian Crypto Exchange CoinDCX Raises $135 Million, Valuation Reaches $2.15 Billion

Indian cryptocurrency exchange CoinDCX announced on Tuesday a $135 million Series D funding round. The company’s valuation in the new round has nearly doubled to $2.15 billion from $1.1 billion in August 2021.  Co-founder and CEO of the firm Sumit Gupta announced the news on Twitter, saying he was “excited to share that CoinDCX has raised over USD 135 million in our latest Series D funding round.” The company said it plans to invest the money in expanding its product...

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Indian Authorities Seek Details of Bitcoin Theft During Investigation 

India’s financial crime investigation agency Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought the help of police in a case of bitcoin theft worth Rs. 6 crores ($790,000) by the investigators who were assisting the police in a crypto fraud case worth over $260 million.     What Is the Case? As per media reports, ED officials visited the office of Pune’s Commissioner of Police in the Maharashtra province last Saturday and collected some information about the crime.  The case pertains to...

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After Coinbase, Top Indian Crypto Exchanges Disable Deposits Citing Regulatory Hurdle

Two of India’s largest crypto exchanges – CoinSwitch Kuber and WazirX – have halted deposits in Indian rupees citing regulatory problems, triggering a wave of angry protests by investors on social media. It comes two days after Coinbase halted deposits in Indian rupees on Sunday, barely 3 days following its launch in India on April 7. The regulatory problem mentioned by these exchanges is a euphemism for the denial of instant retail payments services through the Unified...

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Hacked Indian Official Twitter Accounts Posted NFT Advertisements

A series of cyberattacks breached multiple Twitter accounts associated with the administrative and legislative bodies of India in the past few days. NFT-related content that promoted a project called “Azuki” was posted on the compromised accounts, making people speculate that the hackers were conducted by the same individuals or entities. The most recent victim came from the Twitter account owned by the Punjab unit of the Indian Congress – Punjab Congress. The breach rendered...

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Indian Crypto Exchanges Report Sharp Drop in Transaction Volume After 30% Tax Kicked

Since the new crypto tax came into effect on April 1, Indian digital asset exchanges have witnessed a sharp fall in transaction volumes. The final days of March also saw a panic selling.  Crypto Transactions Plummet in India Sharing volume graphs of four leading crypto exchanges, CoinDCX, BITBNS, ZEBPay, and WazirX, on April 3, a crypto industry insider tweeted, “Indian Exchanges saw Volume drop after New Crypto tax rules became applicable on April 1.” A news report...

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Indian Authorities Arrest Another Suspect Accused in $160 Million Crypto Fraud Case 

On March 28, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested a person, Abdul Gafoor, one of the accused in the Morris Coin fraud case that erupted on the India crypto scene in January 2022 and still remains one of the largest such frauds in the country. ED is the economic intelligence wing of the Ministry of Finance, and it tracks high-value economic crimes. It took over the case in 2021 after several previous ones were registered against Morris Coin and its kingpin Nishad K.  ...

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India Will Wait for a Global Consensus on Crypto to Regulate the Industry (Report)

The second-most populated nation will reportedly implement a regulatory framework on cryptocurrencies only after a global consensus on the matter. According to a person familiar with the matter, the Indian government does not plan a law soon to either restrict or promote dealing with digital assets. Crypto Regulation Needs Global Approach India is among the countries with the most controversial stance on the cryptocurrency industry. Over the past few years, the authorities...

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11 Crypto Exchanges Fined for Tax Evasion in FY22: Indian Minister 

The evasion of Goods and Services Tax (GST) by crypto exchanges was figured in the Indian Parliament on March 28. Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary informed that 11 such digital asset platforms were fined for tax evasion in 2021-22.  Tax Evasion by Crypto Exchanges The total tax evasion by these companies amounted to Rs. 81.54 crore (appr. $1.08 million), and with a fine, the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) authority recovered Rs. 95.86 crore ($1.2 million)...

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