Srinagar, May 12 (ANH): Cryptocurrency prices witness bloodbath as Bitcoin falling to its lowest level since January 2021. The world’s largest and most popular cryptocurrency plunged more than 9% to $28,414. The global crypto market’s value today plummeted about 13% in the past 24 hours to $1.3 trillion, according to pricing from CoinGecko.
Bitcoin has at present slumped more than 50% lower compared to its all-time high of near $69,000, which it hit in November last year, and was trading near one-year lows at around $32,000 level.
Other digital tokens’ performance also declined as Solana, Polkadot, Cardano, Uniswap, XRP, Avalanche, Polygon, Stellar prices were trading with gains in the range of 10-30% over the last 24 hours, however, Terra crashed over 96% to $0.40, while Tron gained slighlty.
Crypto assets have been under pressure over the past month, mirroring a plunge in equities on fears of aggressive interest rate hikes across the globe to stave off decades-high inflation.
Meanwhile, crypto trading platform Coinbase has lost half its value in the past week, including its biggest one-day drop to date on Wednesday as the famously volatile crypto market weathers yet another slump.
Bitcoin back above $20,000 mark
Srinagar, Sept 09: Bitcoin surged past the USD 20,000 barrier and was eyeing its best day in six weeks on Friday as the US dollar fell broadly and markets found reasons to be cheerful at the end of a dour week, Reuters reported.
Bitcoin, the biggest cryptocurrency by market value, rose more than 7 per cent to USD 20,796, a two-week high. Ether, the second-biggest, rose 5 per cent to also hit a two-week peak at USD 1,717. Bitcoin had been as low as USD 18,540 on Wednesday.
Market participants said there was no particular trigger for the gains beyond a broad upbeat mood in evidence across asset classes on Friday, led by a drop in the safe-haven dollar and a rally in Chinese stocks.
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Ether’s weekend volatility may be heightened by a looming software upgrade known as the “merge”, due sometime between Sept. 10 and 20, with the exact timing uncertain.
The shift will radically change how transactions are processed and is supposed to slash energy consumption. Some exchanges plan to pause deposits and withdrawals while the upgrade occurs.
Veteran stock investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala passes away
Mumbai, Aug 14: Seasoned stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala passed away at the age of 62 in Mumbai, according to several media reports.
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Jhunjhunwala, over the years, has invested in many well-known and established companies, and also upcoming startups. His investment in the Tata owned, Titan Industries was seen as a master stroke.
He recently promotd, Akasa Air, which was backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, was inaugurated on August 7.
According to New 18 reports, Jhunjhunwala was brought to the Candy Breach Hospital at 6:45 AM in the morning and was declared dead.
As of August, 2022, his net worth was $5.8 billion. He invested via his firm Rare Enterprises. He is often referred to as India’s Warren Buffett.
Delta Corp Resurfaces with Easing of Covid Grip
Srinagar, Jul 29: India’s only publicly listed casino operator Delta Corp has reported a 233 percent YoY (year-on-year) growth in gross revenues to Rs 314.46 crore for the first quarter of the 2022-23 Fiscal Year and a 16.5 percent increase over its Q4 FY 2021-22 results. The growth has been driven mainly by the company’s casino gaming division, backed up by a significant increase in hospitality revenues and continuous improvement of the online skill gaming division.
After staying closed for the greater part of 2021, Delta Corp’s main business – casino gaming, registered gross revenues of Rs 250.72 crore, marking a 505.17 percent YoY growth from the Rs 41.43 crore gross revenues of last year’s quarter ending on June 30, and a 19.02 percent growth over the Rs 210.66 crore gross income in the quarter ending on March 31, 2022.
Delta’s hospitality business rose 103 percent YoY and 18.5 percent from the previous quarter to Rs 19.91 crore. The company’s profits grew by 10.29 percent to Rs 77.38 crore from the Rs 70.16 crore reported after March, reversing the Rs 35.22 crore loss of Q1 FY 2021-22.
The Fiscal Year that ended on March 31, 2022 brought a total of Rs 765.2 crore in gross revenues for Delta Corp marking a 48.4 percent YoY growth.
Online Casino Gaming Keeps Growing
While the country’s land- and river-based casinos went through major ups and downs caused by the pandemic-related restrictions, online casinos together with SevenJackpots India and other casino comparison platforms experienced a constant surge of interest and steady growth. The upward trend was fueled not only by Covid-19 stay-at-home rules, but also by rising smartphone penetration and internet coverage, cheap mobile data plans and convenient digital payment options.
Delta Corp’s online gaming division was no exception, registering a 3.06 percent growth to Rs 43.83 crore over previous quarter’s gross revenues of Rs 42.53 crore on the back of a 19.1 percent growth registered between Q3 and Q4 FY 2021-22.
Upcoming Legal and Tax Policy Changes will Shape the Future of the Sector
While growth and expansion are the words that best describe what is happening to India’s offline and online casino sector, its future will be shaped by the changes in the legal and tax policy environment related to gaming which are currently brewing in the country.
In May this year, the Central Government set up an inter-ministerial committee with the task to study global best practices on online gaming regulation, consult experts, and elaborate recommendations for a broad framework of laws to regulate online gaming in India on a national level.
The panel was mandated to examine a number of issues such as compliance burden and ease of doing business, creation of a level playing field, as well as gamer protection matters concerning the risks associated with gaming including addictions and problem gambling.
Another panel, an eight-member Group of Ministers (GoM) presided by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K. Sangma, was established in May 2021 with the mandate to examine GST applicability and valuation issues concerning levy of services provided by online gaming, casino, lottery and horse racing operators.
In May this year, the GoM submitted its report with recommendations for GST policy updates including a uniform levy for all gaming varieties at a rate of 28 percent over the full ticket value of all transactions. Concerning casino gaming, the suggestion was to charge GST on the full value of chips purchased by a player, but subsequent bets, including those made from winnings, not to be charged.
Based on input from Goa Industries Minister Mauvin Godinho, the GST Council at its 47th meeting held in June did not adopt the GoM recommendations and directed the panel to reexamine its report. The GoM has scheduled its final report to be delivered in August, after failing to reach consensus in July.
It remains to be seen how the work of both panels will be finalized and adopted by legislators and what the effects will be on the functioning and scope of India’s offline and online casino gaming industry.
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