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The government proposed a bill in 2018 that would prohibit all cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Dogecoin, from being used. The Supreme Court of India’s decision in March 2020 to overturn a 2018 rule prohibiting banks from assisting cryptocurrency sales is a pleasant change for a community that has faced criticism from traditional lenders who are needed to settle these transactions. 

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