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Gambling rackets cracked down in Indian city

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The police in the city of Bhubaneswar, the capital of the Indian state of Odisha have busted illegal gambling units that were functioning in the city.

The city’s deputy commissioner of police, Anup Kumar Sahoo, has said the combing operations regarding illegal gambling units were sent to all police stations, ahead of the upcoming festival season in these parts. “We have asked police stations concerned to keep a watch on such activities within their jurisdiction. We will also launch a special drive in the festive season to crack down on gambling units,” he said.

Gambling dens continue to thrive in the city despite the police cracking down on such units. This year, the cops have busted around a dozen such rackets in Bhubaneswar and the outskirts.

Residents apprehend that gambling units were likely to increase from the festive season starting from Ganesh Puja this month. “Earlier, the units used to operate clandestinely at night, but now they are not hesitant to run their business even in the morning. The police must intensify patrolling in the morning,” said a shop owner near Bhubaneswar station.

The police said these gambling dens not only attracted illiterate persons, but also petty businessman in the hope of earning quick bucks. Sources said a number of such rackets were operating at Malisahi, Bhubaneswar railway station, Baramunda bus terminal, Unit-I and Unit-II.

Most of the rackets target passengers arriving in trains and buses as victims are in a hurry and often reluctant to lodge police complaints, the police said. In 2017, the cops busted 18 rackets in Bhubaneswar, a figure far below compared to the number of units operating.

“The unit members deliberately ensure that the victims initially win some money and later entice them to invest huge sums. Once the pump in huge cash, the gamblers make him lose and if the victims demand their money back, the gang members threaten them,” said a police officer.

 

Source: Telegraph India

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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Goa CM Says Casinos are Essential for Tourism in the State

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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has assessed the importance of casinos in the state and told that they are a very important part of the tourism industry as they attract tourists.

“During one of the media interviews, I was asked whether I support casinos. Casinos are one of the important parts of tourism as they attract tourists… of course, it is there,” Sawant said.

“We are getting direct and indirect revenue from the tourism industry. Now it depends on the stakeholders how to grow the industry, while the government can provide necessary infrastructure for them. We want to make it 100%,” Sawant added.

The Government of Goa has recently announced plans to ban residents from entering casino floors. However, the authorities did not set any timeline for the implementation of such a controversial measure.

“I am of the opinion that Goans should not be allowed in casinos. The Goa Gambling Policy makes it clear that casinos are allowed only for tourism purpose and not for Goans to visit. We have to sit and fix a date to ban Goa residents from casinos. They would be barred from entering offshore and onshore casinos,” Sawant said.

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Osaka City Planning Council Agrees to Change Yumeshima as Commercial Zone

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The Osaka City Planning Council has agreed to change Yumeshima island to a commercial zone from its current status as an industrial or semi-industrial zone. The change in status of the zone is to promote Yumeshima as an international tourist hub and develop an integrated resort (IR).

“We will guide reasonable land usage for the purpose of creating a new international tourism hub on the coastal area. It is easily accessible from the city and it is possible to secure a large amount of land,” the Council said.

Yumeshima, an artificial island in Osaka Bay, will host the World Expo 2025. Japan is planning to develop integrated resorts before the World Expo 2025. The development of Yumeshima will be worth around JPY 95.4 billion. The city will extend its Osaka Metro Central Line and will connect Yumeshima to the city.

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Chinese Gambling Employees Leave Cambodia as Ban Comes into Force

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More than 10,000 Chinese citizens employed in the online gambling industry in Cambodia have been reportedly leaving, following the banning of gambling in the country.

Local news outlets from the Cambodian city of Sihanoukville, a coastal casino hub, reports that a large number of Chinese employees have left the area. The Cambodian government has announced that all online-gambling operations in the country will be banned with effect from early 2020. Almost all the gambling websites, conducting illegal operations, employ Chinese citizens. Most of their customers are also Chinese.

It may be noted that gambling is illegal in China. But many Chinese nationals engage with illegal gambling websites from neighboring countries. Even the Cambodian government’s ban on online gambling is said to be under pressure from China. There are also reports that China pressurizing the Philippines to ban all kinds of gambling in the country.

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