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Police Officials in Delhi are Forcing Bankers to Deposit or Exchange their Old currency for New money

Senior Delhi Police officers denied the allegations and said they had not received any complaint from any bank

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New Delhi, November 25, 2016: Bankers here say that a section of police personnel are still forcing them to deposit or exchange their old currency for new money although the facility ended on Thursday midnight.

A few bankers IANS spoke to on the condition of anonymity said they were being pressured by police personnel in uniform to provide them new 500 and 2,000 rupee notes in lieu of the demonetised currency.

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Some bank employees who tried to approach senior police officers backed off after being told by the policemen that the money they wanted, converted or deposited belonged to their bosses.

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They (policemen) making such demands were those deputed outside to provide security to our bank. They are not bothered about our problems. They just want to exchange their old notes all the time, one senior officer of a state-run bank told IANS.

The officer admitted that for a few days after the demonetisation was announced on November 8 she did help the policemen change their old currency for new even after banking hours.

The officer, like the others IANS spoke to, said they did this because they felt sorry for the police personnel who spent the whole day trying to control the mobs outside.

A few policemen also related personal problems to generate sympathy.

But now they talk to my colleagues and me in a way that amounts to threatening us although not in so many words. I don’t know what to do, said one female bank officer.

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Senior Delhi Police officers denied the allegations and said they had not received any complaint from any bank.

The government announced on Thursday that exchange of the demonetised currency would cease from midnight of Thursday in all banks. The facility would, however, continue at RBI offices.

But the policemen seem to have no respect for rules, the bankers said.

Unable to handle the pressure caused by an ill-mannered cop, a relationship manager of another bank told IANS: I have no option but to do what the policeman wants.

The policeman threatened to go to the Income Tax Department and lodge a complaint against me. If my senior is not taking action against the policeman, why would I face unwanted problems, the bank official asked.

Another banker complained about a police sub-inspector who allegedly brings in friends all through the day and tells the bankers to exchange their old currency for new money.

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When we tell the policeman not to make us do such things, he argues with us, the bank employee told IANS.

All the bank employees insisted they should not be identified by name or designation and that even the names of their banks should not be revealed because they did not want to face the policemen’s wrath. (IANS)

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Government warns about Cryptocurrencies threat

According to investigation agencies here, with the demand and price of cryptocurrencies on the rise, cybercriminals have found innovative ways to dupe those looking to invest.

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The Indian governemnt has compared the cryptocurrency to ponzi schemes. Wikimedia Commons
The Indian governemnt has compared the cryptocurrency to ponzi schemes. Wikimedia Commons
Noting that virtual currencies like Bitcoin have no “intrinsic value”, the Indian government on Friday sounded the alarm on the phenomenon of cryptocurrencies, comparing them with the notorious Ponzi schemes floated to dupe gullible investors.
A Finance Ministry statement said that as virtual currencies (VCs) were not backed by assets, their prices are entirely a “matter of mere speculation”.
“Consumers need to be alert and extremely cautious as to avoid getting trapped in such Ponzi schemes.”
Named after an Italian immigrant to the US, Ponzi schemes operate by enticing a gullible group with the promise of very high returns in a short time but is based on paying off the early investors from the cash from newer ones. The whole structure collapses when the cash outflow exceeds the inflow.
“VCs don’t have any intrinsic value and are not backed by any kind of assets, ” the statement said.
“The price of bitcoin and other VCs, therefore, is entirely a matter of mere speculation resulting in spurt and volatility in their prices There is a real and heightened risk of investment bubble of the type seen in Ponzi schemes,” it added.
cryptocurrency dealer Pluto Exchange on Thursday announced the launch of mobile application for transacting in VC. Wikimedia Commons
cryptocurrency dealer Pluto Exchange on Thursday announced the launch of mobile application for transacting in VC. Wikimedia Commons
Noting that VCs are stored in digital format, the ministry said this makes them vulnerable to mishaps like hacking, loss of password and malware attack “which may also result in permanent loss of money”.
“As transactions of VCs are encrypted they are also likely being used to carry out illegal/subversive activities, such as terror funding, smuggling, drug trafficking and other money-laundering acts,” it said.
It clarified that VCs are not legal tender and do not have any regulatory permission or protection in India.
“VCs are neither currencies nor coins. The Government or Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has not authorised any VCs as a medium of exchange. Further, the government or any other regulator in India has not given license to any agency for working as an exchange or any other kind of intermediary for any VC,” the statement said.
The government also recalled that the Reserve Bank of India had cautioned potential investors about the risks in investing in cryptocurrencies like bitcoins on three earlier occasions — in December 2013, February 2017 and December 2017.
According to investigation agencies here, with the demand and price of cryptocurrencies on the rise, cybercriminals have found innovative ways to dupe those looking to invest.
Bitcoins in India, have been trading at more than Rs 10 lakh each, while people are investing amounts ranging from Rs 3,000 to several lakhs of rupees.
Due to the storage of VC's in digital format, it becomes easier for hackers to launch cyber attacks. Wikimedia Commons
Due to the storage of VC’s in digital format, it becomes easier for hackers to launch cyber attacks. Wikimedia Commons
Bitcoin values in New York, for instance, have soared nearly 1,600 per cent over the past year and currently range upwards of $15,000.
Meanwhile, cryptocurrency dealer Pluto Exchange on Thursday announced the launch of India’s first mobile application for transacting in virtual currencies.
At a press conference here, Pluto Exchange founder and Chief Executive Bharat Verma said his company is all set to launch the country’s first app-based wallet that enables Bitcoin transactions using a mobile number.
“All other apps already in the market do transactions using bitcoin addresses, which are long and prone to error while copying. Pluto Exchange will change this scenario by enabling transactions using mobile numbers only, which are just 10 digits,” Verma said.
He also said the app would permit a range of transactions, including payments, remittances, business-to-business commerce, supply chain finance, asset management and trading.