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Wirecard Announces New Partnership With India’s YES BANK

Germany-based Wirecard announced on Wednesday it has formed a new partnership with India’s banking group, YES BANK. According to Wirecard, the new collaboration will expand the scope of India’s Aadhaar Enabled Payment System, a biometric digital payment system developed by the National Payments Corporation of… Read More

India Digital Banking Startup NiYO Solutions Secures $35 million Through Series B Funding Round Led By Horizons Ventures & Tencent

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NiYO, an India-based digital banking startup, announced on Tuesday it secured $35 million through its Series B funding round, which was led by Horizons Ventures and Tencent with participation from existing investor, JS Capital. Founded in 2015, NiYO aims to create a technology-enabled and value-added… Read More

Report: India “Not Comfortable With” Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency

India’s Economic Affairs Secretary, Subhash Garg, has confirmed rumours that India is less than keen on Facebook’s current effort to create a private, global currency network aimed particularly at citizens in the developing world, Bloomberg reports. “(The) Design of the Facebook currency has not been… Read More

Citing Regulatory Duress, Another Indian Crypto Platform, Koinex, Shuts Down

Citing ongoing pressure from unfavourable government actions, Indian cryptocurrency trading platform Koinex has announced it will “permanently disable” trading services on June 27th, 2019. “A snapshot of the wallet balances at this time will be taken for record, and the effort to disburse INR balances… Read More

India Neobank Platform Open Raises $30 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By Tiger Global

Open, an India-based neobank platform, announced on Tuesday it secured $30 million through its Series B funding round, which was led by Tiger Global with participation from Tanglin Venture Partners Advisors and existing investors 3one4 Capital, Speedinvest,  BetterCapital AngelList Syndicate. Founded in 2016, Open claims to… Read More

Report Says No Libra Crypto in India as Facebook Has Not Received Necessary Government Permission

A report indicates that Facebook may have to skip over India when it launches Libra, its cryptocurrency based off a basket of stable assets. According to the EconomicTimes, “a person directly in the know” said Facebook has failed to ask for, and receive, regulatory approval:… Read More

Indian Payments Platform MobiKwik Partners with DT One on International Expansion

MobiKwik has partnered with DT One (formerly TransferTo) to expand internationally. MobiKwik is an India-based Fintech in the payments space. DT One One is a global B2B network for “mobile top-ups/recharge, rewards and airtime credit services.” Indian users will now be able to add money… Read More

Proposed Law in India to Impose 10-Year Sentences for the Use, Trading or Production of Cryptocurrencies while Proposing Digital Rupee

Details emerging about a proposed bill to ban cryptocurrencies indicate that things have gone from bad to worse for the cryptocurrency sector in India. According to Bloomberg Quint, if passed, new proposed legislation to cover the crypto sector will impose 10-year sentences on individuals possessing,… Read More

Wirecard Partners With India’s UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services to Facilitate the Issuing of Physical & Digital Taxpayer Identification Cards

Germany-based global provider of digital payments and commerce solutions Wirecard announced on Wednesday it has formed a new partnership with India’s government-owned company UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited (UTIITSL), to facilitate the issuing of physical and digital taxpayer identification cards, also known as PAN (Permanent… Read More

India-Based Cryptocurrency Platform Coinome Set to Shutdown

Coinome, an India-based cryptocurrency platform, is reportedly set to shut down on May 15th. The digital currency site revealed the news on Thursday through its Twitter account. Coinome describes itself as a cryptocurrency platform that was built to offer feature-rich user experience with no compromise… Read More

Fintech Report: VC Backed Fintech Funding Declines in Q1, US is Top Market for Deals, India Rises as China Declines

This past week CBInsights published their quarterly report on Fintech investment. As a sector, Fintech investment remains robust but there was a bit of a market shuffle when it came to deal volume. According to the report, during Q1 2019 Fintech deals were up slightly… Read More

Bill to Ban Cryptocurrencies Circulating in India

Despite several reports that the government of India will not be addressing cryptocurrency legislation and relevant court cases until after the national elections wrap up in July, there is now news that a draft bill to ban cryptocurrencies is being circulated among Indian legislators, The… Read More

Wirecard Announces Expansion of Partnership With India’s RBL Bank to Drive Financial Inclusion

Germany-based global provider of digital payments and commerce solutions Wirecard announced on Tuesday it has expanded its partnership with India’s RBL Bank to drive financial inclusion. Wirecard reported that the partnership will make digital payment and banking transactions more readily accessible to all Indian citizens, including… Read More

Indiana Family Worried About Bitcoin-Rich Seasteader Wanted by Thai Authorities

Relatives of Chad Elwartowski, a “pure libertarian” wanted by the Thai government for setting up a “seasteading” platform on an abandoned oil rig within the country’s waters say they are concerned about his well-being. Elwartowski’s sister, Delynne Elwartowski, told the Detroit Free Press that her… Read More

Indian Regulators May Exclude Cryptocurrency and Crypto Asset Start Ups from Regulatory Sandbox Program

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBIs) Draft Enabling Framework for its Regulatory Sandbox program shows that cryptocurrency and crypto asset startups may be excluded from participating in the program. According to the document, the RBI established an inter-regulatory Working Group (WG) in July 2016, “to… Read More

Indian Crypto Trading Platform Unocoin Cuts Staff to 14 As Regulation Remains Uncertain

Ongoing regulatory uncertainty in India regarding the use and trading of cryptocurrencies has caused a number of related firms there to close or relocate. Most recently, reports Economic Times, Indian crypto trading platform Unocoin has made additional staff cuts, and it’s total workforce now sits… Read More

Ailing Accused Bitcoin Ponzi Kingpin Granted Interim Bail in India

Amit Bhardwaj, accused of masterminding an elaborate Bitcoin-based $300 million Ponzi scam that spanned 90 countries, has been granted interim bail in India, Inc42 reports. Bhardwaj’s lawyer, Deepak Prakash told the outlet, “… Amit Bhardwaj has been granted interim bail based on…health ground(s).” The accused reportedly… Read More

Ruling on Reserve Bank of India’s Cryptocurrency Ban Delayed by Indian Elections

In a reportedly very brief session, the Supreme Court of India ruled in recent days to delay making a decision in cases challenging the Reserve Bank of India’s ban on cryptocurrency trading,  Asia Times reports. In February, the Supreme Court ordered the Indian government to draft… Read More

Standard Chartered Launches Digital SME Platform in India

Standard Chartered announced on Thursday it is set to launch an open platform for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in India to provide access to a range of financial and business solutions. Standard Chartered reported that this is one of the disruptive business ventures being… Read More

Indian Supreme Court Orders Government to Regulate Crypto Sector Within Four Weeks

The Supreme Court of India yesterday ordered the Indian state to establish rules to govern the cryptocurrencies and sector there within four weeks, Inc42 reports. Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Vineet Saran also declined to hear from any more petitioners regarding an ongoing legal fight against… Read More

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