Want to see something funny?

This is how the draft 2019 bill defines #cryptocurrency.

If this is the definition they'll go by in the new bill too, you can guess how absolutely bonkers the new law is going to be.
In case you missed it, this definition would technically cover Fortnite money as well. Or Assassin's Creed money. Or PUBG money. Or any other 'information or code or number or token' which has inherent value.

Fun times.
I can see people trying to figure out what 'private' cryptocurrencies are.

Realistically speaking -- just looking at the way this govt comes up with laws -- it's likely to be a definition you did NOT expect.

This govt notoriously doesn't listen to experts before making laws.
It takes a normal young tech-savvy person quite sometime to wrap their heads around the entire concept of #cryptocurrency. Blockchain and its applications are a whole different ballgame.

You *really* think some old babus set in their ways would make a good law on this?
Would be happy to be proven wrong, of course. But I have serious doubts.

This is going to be a fun fun ride for sure.

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Say hello to India Today Group's latest offering -- Good News Today.

It was launched by Kalli Purie who threw a giant ball of swirling energy into a wall and CGI Helicopters belched out the words "GNT" in the sky.

Not kidding.
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Here, 5 anchors (yes FIVE) assemble to give "good news" while eating samosa and jalebis while discussing what they are eating at length.
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Because hey, "positive news".
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Feel like this is a test baloon being released to see audience reactions. Desperately trying to shift blame from the Modi govt.
Remember last year when they did all the SSR nonsense for months?

If TV media picks this bioweapon trash conspiracy theory up and blows it up, giving it coverage consistently, we're doomed.
Disconnect your televisions!

Protecc your Boomers!

Stop them from watching this crap!
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When CPIM was in power, some party people left the party and joined TMC. Then CPIM unleashed violence on TMC.

When TMC came to power, they unleashed violence on CPIM. For revenge and also for territorial control.
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