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Indian Hospital Confirms Death of QuadrigaCX Crypto Exchange CEO, $190 Million Still Missing

The hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan, where Canadian crypto exchange CEO Gerald Cotten spent his last hours has confirmed that he died there from a heart attack caused by complications from Crohn’s disease, Times of India reports. Cotten’s untimely death may also have devastating consequences for… Read More

What’s the Hold Up? Indian Government Reportedly Concerned Cryptocurrencies Could Destabilize the Rupee

Like elsewhere, Indian officials have been contemplating how to properly regulate cryptocurrencies for some time. Now a report from Quartz India says Indian regulators are currently “obsessed” with how cryptocurrencies might destabilize standard currencies, specifically the rupee. Inflation and counterfeiting have been issues in India,… Read More

India’s “First” Blockchain Protocol Eleven01 Kicks Off Testnet

India’s “first” native blockchain protocol, Eleven01, has launched their testnet. According to Eleven01, their platform is geared toward emerging markets looking to implement blockchain tech into mainstream industries including, retail, agriculture, banking, healthcare, finance, and more. Ausaf Ahmad, CEO of Eleven01, was formerly at Microsoft… Read More

BBVA-Backed Fintech Investment Fund Propel Venture Partners Invests in Investment App Groww

BBVA announced on Friday its backed fintech investment fund Propel Venture Partners took part in the $6.2m Series A funding round of Groww, an India-based investment mobile app. Founded in 2017, Grow uses technology and expert financial knowledge to help make mobile investing simple and rewarding for users. The app’s mission… Read More

Robocash Partners with Inditrade to Provide Micro-Loans in India

Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was signed last year, Inditrade Capital and Robocash Group have launched a new short-term consumer lending service in India. Robocash Group says the start of microlending operations by its subsidiary JRG FinCorp. Ltd in India is operating the service… Read More

2018 Roundup: Indian Tech Startups Secured $11B, Fintech Deals Led Startup Investments

The Indian media platform Inc42 just released its Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2018. According to the report, during 2018 Indian startups received $11 B total funding across 743 deals. While in 2017, 4 startups took away a little more than half the funding $6.9 Bn, in 2018… Read More

Indian Police Arrest Second in $72 Million Crypto Fraud Scheme, Leader Still Sought

Police in India say they have arrested the second-in-command of an elaborate crypto fraud that bilked investors out of 5 billion rupees (~$71.6 million USD), The Indian Express reports. The man, Rohit Kumar, has now been charged with cheating, criminal conspiracy and violation of the… Read More

Dubai International Financial Centre Signs MoU With UK’s Innovate Finance

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Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), an international financial hub in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region, announced on Monday it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Innovate Finance, an independent membership association that is at the heart of the UK’s… Read More

Indian Police Advise Locals Not to Invest in Cryptocurrencies

Police in the Kashmiri city of Jammu have warned citizens there to avoid investing in cryptocurrencies because of “heightened risks” in relevant markets, Business Standard reports. According to the Inspector General (IG) of Jammu crime branch: “The general public is informed not to make any type of investment in… Read More

Reserve Bank of India Puts Cryptocurrency Launch Plans on Hold

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reportedly put plans to launch its own cryptocurrency on hold as India still remains cautious about digital currencies. According to Quartz India, the Indian government has issued an update about the cryptocurrency progress, which lacked any indication towards growth… Read More

Locus Chain Foundation Set to Launch Digital Asset Exchange Platform in Dubai

Singapore-headquartered Locus Chain Foundation, the developers of a next-generation blockchain protocol, announced on Wednesday it will launch an innovative digital asset exchange platform, Locus DAX in Dubai, during the first quarter of 2019. According to Locus Chain Foundation, Locus DAX will allow users to buy, sell… Read More

India’s HDFC Bank Announces New Next-Gen Mobile Banking App

India-based HDFC Bank announced on Tuesday the launch of its new next-gen mobile banking app. According to HDFC, the app offers users effortless access to their bank accounts while on the go. The app made its debut at the Bank’s annual Digital Innovation Summit 2018 (DIS) in New… Read More

Indian Government Says Regulations for Crypto Sector Expected by March

A court case brought against the Central Bank of India for advising Indian banks to stop serving cryptocurrency exchanges has forced the Indian government to produce an affidavit that includes a timeline on when sector regulations can be expected, Quartz reports. The advisory to stop… Read More

Fake Halal Crypto Ponzi Falls Apart in India

A fake halal cryptocurrency pyramid scheme targeting Muslim investors in India has fallen apart in the Bitcoin bear market, in part due to scrutiny from regulators, Deccan Chronicle (DC) reports. Father-and-son team Syed Fareed and Syed Afaq Ahmed reportedly tapped a network of “ulemas” (Muslim… Read More

Ripple Set to Open New Office in Dubai By the End of 2018

Ripple has reportedly announced it is set to open a new office in Dubai by the end of 2018. According to CCN, the company’s Global Infrastructure Innovation Head, Dilip Rao, indicated at the 2018 Global Islamic Economic Summit that it will be focused on cross-border payments… Read More

ICICI Bank Launches Instant Digital Credit Facility for Small Payments “PayLater”

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India-based banking group ICICI Bank announced on Thursday the launch of its instant digital credit facility, PayLater, which was created to enable customers small-ticket ticket items immediately in a completely digital and paperless manner. The launch of this new feature was announced days after ICICI… Read More

Indian Finance Leaders Reportedly “Devising…Ban on Use of Private Cryptocurrencies”

Politicians and regulators attending a recent meeting of the Indian Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) were briefed  that a dedicated “High-level Committee” chaired by the country’s Secretary of Economic affairs is, “deliberat(ing)…to devise an appropriate legal framework to ban use of private cryptocurrencies in India…”… Read More

The Oracle of Omaha: Warren Buffet Gives Fintech Some Love

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway has moved into Fintech. Long a lover of more boring investments like insurance and rusty metal businesses, Berkshire has recently invested in two different Fintech firms. First, Berkshire backed Brazil based payments tech firm StoneCo. with a mere $300 million. StoneCo…. Read More

ICICI Bank Teams Up With Amazon to Launch Co-Branded Credit Card

India-based banking group ICICI Bank announced on Tuesday it has teamed up with Amazon to launch a new credit card. According to ICICI Bank, the co-branded card offers a reward points program exclusive for “digitally savvy customers” and is claimed to be the first card… Read More

Startupbootcamp Debuts First Fintech Accelerator in Dubai

Startupbootcamp announced on Tuesday it has launched its FinTech Accelerator program in Dubai in order to support the city in its bid to become what it claims to be a world leader in financial services innovation and technology. The accelerator program organizer revealed that over the… Read More

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