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Indian state declines to issue further casino licenses

Niji Narayan

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Manohar Parrikar, the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Goa, has announced earlier there would not be more casino licenses issued in the state. This will hold for both land-based and off-shore casino license application. He also announced there would be a limit of five offshore gaming vessels and all would shift to land in the next three years.

Goa is one of few states in India that have legalised gambling, but gambling has continued to remain controversial for years now. Making the announcements in the state legislative assembly, Chief Minister Parrikar said that the state’s gambling law which was enacted in 2012 would be changed in the next three months. He added that the government will use the powers allowed in the act to cap the number of casinos in a particular area.

In a statement Parrikar said,

We will use these powers capping the number of off shore casinos in Mandovi river to only five which are existing. The sixth casino will not be allowed. We will delete the clause that allows casino on vessel. The off shore casinos will be given an option to move to land in the special entertainment zone where Goans would be banned from entering.

Parrikar added that an offshore casino operator will need to move to land within the permitted time of three years to continue operations. He said that these offshore casinos would eventually be moved to a special entertainment zone within the state and that consultancy firm KPMG had been tasked with the responsibility of identifying the ideal location for the new special entertainment zone.

Parrikar further assured that the long-awaited appointment of a Gaming Commissioner would be done shortly and he who would act as a nodal officer for all matters pertaining to casinos in the state.

The main opposition party, the Indian National Congress, however, said that the promise to make changes to the law was yet another attempt by the government to fool people since it is a policy and hence cannot be enforced as law.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Shantaram Naik stated that an amendment needs to be made in the Section 13A of the Goa Public Gambling Act, 1976 to define offshore casinos and remove loopholes.

The latest government announcements have come in the wake of fierce protests from opposition parties and the public after a newly-licensed sixth offshore gaming vessel MV Lucky 7 ran aground on the River Mandovi after crashing into a sandbank last week. The Coast Guard had to step in for evacuating a few injured crew members.

 

Source: legalgamblingandthelaw.com

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Sasebo Chamber of Commerce Confirms Speakers for August 27th Seminar

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The Sasebo Chamber of Commerce / Nagasaki Marine IR Promotion Council have confirmed speakers for their seminar to be held on 27 August (Tuesday) at the Fuji International Hotel located in Sasebo City. Speakers will include Mr. Brendan Bussmann of Global Market Advisors, Dr. Glenn McCartney of the University of Macau and the Irish and European Chambers of Commerce (Macau), and Mr. Niall Murray, President of the Irish Chamber of Commerce (Macau). The seminar is expected to attract between 50 and 100 participants including local businesses from throughout Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture and the Greater Kyushu Region. Presentations will include overviews on how the private sector should begin to formulate engagement plans with IR operators, as well as best practices with regards to how other Chambers of Commerce engage with both IR operators and the local business communities.

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Southeast Asian Countries Move Against Online Gambling

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Online and phone betting in Southeast Asian countries by punters from China have prompted Beijing to step up efforts to stem cross-border online gambling.

Southeast Asian countries are moving against their lucrative online gambling industries as Beijing clamps down on a practice that has ballooned due to demand from its own citizens.

The Philippine gaming regulator said that it would stop accepting applications for new online gaming operations at least until the end of the year, to review concerns about the burgeoning sector.

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered a stop to new licences for online gambling operations. Existing licenses also will not be renewed upon expiry.

The about-turn in gambling policy in these Southeast Asian nations comes as China steps up efforts against what its minister for public security called “the cross-border online gambling problem.”

In the Philippines, more than 50 offshore gambling companies have permits to operate, over a hundred thousand Chinese workers had surged into Manila to staff the industry and property prices near gaming sites were booming.

Andrea Domingo, the Philippines’ gaming agency chair, while announcing the pause in new licenses emphasised that the practice is legal in the country, but that gaming revenue growth may be flat to slow this year due to China’s campaign.

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Cambodia to Ban the Issuance of Online Gambling Policy and Licenses

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The Cambodian Government has issued a directive to stop the issuance of online gambling policy and licenses, both within and outside of Cambodia.

The government said that the industry had been used by foreign criminals to extort money. The southern coastal city of Sihanoukville has emerged as a particular centre for gambling and many of the dozens of Chinese-run casinos that have sprung up there have online gambling operations.

“The Royal Government of Cambodia will stop the issuance of online gambling policy and licenses, both within and outside of the Kingdom of Cambodia, from the date of signing this directive,” said the directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“Some foreign criminals have taken refuge in the form of this gambling to cheat and extort money from victims, domestic and abroad, which affect the security, public order and social order,” the directive said.

China is Cambodia’s close ally, its biggest donor and investor. It has also been trying to crack down on cross-border gambling, criticising operations in the Philippines that are similar to those in Cambodia.

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