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Should the Indian Government Regulate Gambling in the Country?

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Indian Government Regulate Gambling

All over the world, gambling remains to be one of the most popular pastimes across various cultures and regions. This is especially true in a country like India wherein activities like horse race betting or slots games are rampant. It’s considered by most of the population to be a perfectly legitimate form of casual recreation. Aside from that, India is also considered one of the most technologically competent and advanced nations playamo partners is the leading gambling online platform in the world. This is important to note because the online gambling industry has been experiencing substantial growth, especially over the past few years.

However, currently, gambling is technically not allowed in India. The Public Gambling Act of 1867 is a central law that disallows the practice of gambling in the country. However, it’s important to note that this piece of legislation was enacted back in 1867 and many of its detractors will argue that it’s rather outdated. In fact, the language in the law is so vague that it technically only doesn’t allow for gambling when it comes to games of chance. Therefore, games that require a certain level of skill don’t technically qualify for the prohibition. This is how many individual states in India have circumvented Federal law and have allowed the operation of state-legal gambling houses and establishments.

Currently, despite all the legal restrictions, the Indian gambling market is thriving and is one of the biggest in the world. Technically, if the law is to be taken at its word, then gambling in all shapes and forms as we know it today should be illegal. However, many citizens in India still manage to engage in gambling on a daily basis. To this day, no private citizen in India has ever been charged for violating gambling laws in terms of participating in gambling activities. This is why there is a substantial call for the Indian government to not just legalize gambling but also regulate it. Currently, all of the money that circulates within the gambling market in India can’t be accounted for by the Indian government due to its illegality. According to a 2010 KPMG report, it’s estimated that the gambling market in India is worth around US$60 billion. With that kind of cash floating around the black market, it’s becoming more and more compelling for the Indian government to start taxing the flow of this money.

Aside from that, there’s an argument to be made for the employment opportunities that the gambling industry would be able to generate for Indian citizens. It doesn’t just have to do with dealers or floor managers who directly deal with customers. Gambling houses and casinos could also create jobs for custodians, security personnel, culinary personnel, and hospitality employees. Naturally, this would boost the middle class and the greater economy of India as well. This is a very compelling argument when you take into consideration the fact that millions of people in India are unemployed. Unfortunately, unemployment still remains to be one of the most pressing issues in India today.

With regards to the path forward, the first and most immediate step that the Indian government could take is to amend the constitution so as to recognize gambling as a legal activity from the perspective of the state. The constitutional amendment is necessary so that any legislation made by parliament will not be deemed unconstitutional or ambiguous. Next, the government should look to establish regulatory bodies that will directly oversee and manage the operations of gambling institutions within the country. Of course, whatever follows should also be subject to budgetary allocations that are provided by the government for the purposes of improving this economic sector.

Ultimately, given that some states in India already have legalized gambling structures, it’s not too hard to see how the rest of the states could follow. It’s really just a matter of fixing constitutional amendments so as to accommodate more progressive gambling legislation in the future. At the end of the day, there are many reasons why it’s a good idea for India to actually regulate its gambling activities.

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Bypolls results: INDIA bloc sweeps 10 seats, 2 for BJP, independent 1, across 7 states

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said three out of four seats were of BJP which have now been won by TMC.

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The Opposition bloc INDIA swept the by-elections winning 10 out of 13 seats, while the BJP won only two seats across seven states. The independent candidate, Shankar Singh, won the Rupauli seat in Bihar’s Purnea, defeating JDU’s Kaladhar Prasad Mandal by a margin of 8,246 votes.

In Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Mohinder Bhagat has won the Jalandhar West Assembly seat, defeating his rival, BJP candidate Sheetal Angural, by a massive margin of more than 37,000 votes. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) is leading on 4 seats in West Bengal.

The by-elections in 13 Assembly constituencies across seven States concluded on July 10. The Assembly seats included Badrinath and Manglaur seats in Uttarakhand; Rupauli in Bihar; Raiganj seat, Ranaghat Dakshin seat, Bagda and Maniktala seat in West Bengal; Vikravandi in Tamil Nadu; Amarwara in Madhya Pradesh; Jalandhar West in Punjab and Dehra, Hamirpur and Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh.

In Himachal Pradesh, Kamlesh Thakur, wife of Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, has won the Dehra constituency. The Congress has secured the Nalagarh seat as well, while the BJP managed to win the Hamirpur seat.

On the by-elections in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said three out of four seats were of BJP which have now been won by TMC. Thanking the people of Bengal, she said this victory is the victory of the people.

Addressing a press conference, Congress leader Pawan Khera said that these by-elections which were held on 13 seats are very important. For the second time in one and a half months, the people of the country gave a strong message to the BJP, he added.

He said the message was very clear in the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress leader also spoke about the by-poll result in Uttarakhand and said the party has won both its seats, Badrinath and Manglaur. In Himachal Pradesh, Congress won 2 out of 3 seats, he further said.

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Baba Ramdev joins celebration, dances with the groom at Anant Ambani-Radhika Merchant wedding

The four-day celebration starts with traditional Hindu wedding rituals like haldi, mehndi, and sangeet and will be followed by a magnificent reception over the weekend.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev was among the guests at the grand wedding of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant, held at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai on Friday. The Yoga guru was accompanied by his close advisor, Acharya Balkrishna. Ramdev has been seen dancing in a video shared on social media with the groom as a Barati.

Anant Ambani, the youngest son of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani, married his childhood sweetheart Radhika Merchant this Friday. The event was an over-the-top affair, attended by global celebrities, business tycoons, sports personalities and politicians. The wedding rituals, which included exchanging garlands and walking around the holy fire, began on Friday and went on past midnight.

The celebrations took place at the Ambani-owned Jio World Convention Centre and the family home. The wedding marked the height of months of events, featuring performances by pop stars like Rihanna, Rema and Justin Bieber. The four-day celebration starts with traditional Hindu wedding rituals like haldi, mehndi, and sangeet and will be followed by a magnificent reception over the weekend.

The guest list comprises prominent personalities such as former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Boris Johnson, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin H. Nasser, and celebrities like Adele, Lana Del Rey, Drake, John Cena Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Law Roach, and David Beckham. Almost each and every international guest wore traditional Indian attire designed by major Indian fashion designers.

Anant Ambani, 29, is responsible for the corporation’s renewable and green energy creativities and also runs a 3,000-acre animal rescue centre named ‘Vantara’ in Jamnagar, Gujarat, the family’s hometown. The bride, Radhika Merchant, 29, is the daughter of pharmaceutical tycoon Viren Merchant and serves as the marketing director for his company, Encore Healthcare.

The wedding celebrations are expected to continue through the weekend, with a grand reception planned to cap off the festivities.

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Jammu and Kashmir: Home Ministry amends Reorganisation Act to boost LG power

In the Transaction of Business Rules, sub-rule 2A has been inserted after sub-rule (2) in rule 5.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has amended the rules of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act to give more power to the Lieutenant Governor. The MHA notified the amended Rules under Section 55 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 inserting new Sections giving more power to the LG.

According to the information, only the transaction of Business Rules has been amended. Nothing new has been provided in these rules. It is already mentioned in the State Reorganization Act (SRA) of 2019. The current amendment to rules is just a clarificatory in nature flowing from the existing provisions of SRA 2019.

In the Transaction of Business Rules, sub-rule 2A has been inserted after sub-rule (2) in rule 5.

With the amendment, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir will exercise more power on matters of transfers and postings of all-India service officers like the IAS and IPS, police, law and order as well as the appointment of judicial officers, as per the official notification. 

President Droupadi Murmu approved the amendments in the rule exercising the powers conferred by Section 55 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, (34 of 2019) read with the Proclamation dated October 31, 2019, issued under Section 73 of the Act, as per the notification issued by the MHA. 

The notification further said that the President has made the rules further to amend the Transaction of Business of the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Rules, 2019. These rules may be called the Transaction of Business of the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (Second Amendment) Rules, 2024, the notification suggests further. 

The amendments came into force on July 12, the date of the publication in the Official Gazette; a move in anticipation of the speculated assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.  

Reacting to the Amendment, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said another indicator that elections are around the corner in J&K. This is why a firm commitment to laying out the timeline for restoration of full, undiluted statehood for J&K is a prerequisite for these elections, he added.

The people of J&K deserve better than a powerless, rubber-stamp CM who will have to beg the LG to get his/her peon appointed, he asserted.

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