India announces bill to ban private cryptocurrencies
24 November 2021 | 3:08 pm
India may ban the use of all cryptocurrencies, barring a few exceptions, if the government’s bill to "regulate" virtual money is cleared by parliament. The central bank plans to issue its own digital currency.
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