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Meghalaya Pushes Forward with Gambling Legalization

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Meghalaya Pushes Forward with Gambling Legalization

For years, India hasn’t been the most gambling-friendly country, except for a few states. People in India indulge in online gambling as there is no law that specifically declares online gambling to be illegal. So, many players choose to play in online casinos. Some of the best casinos operating in India are listed at onlinecasinoexperts.in. But things have been different on the land-based gambling front.

A few states, such as Sikkim and Goa already run legal land-based casinos as the Indian government has left it to the states to decide if they want to legalize gambling of any form. The new to join this group is Meghalaya. It is now preparing policies and guidance that will let lawmakers create binding legislation, which will offer private operators to launch interactive betting and gambling options.

The picturesque state is all set to bring in casinos and gaming for tourists to increase their revenue. James PK Sangma, the taxation minister, has stated that the government has come up with a Gaming Act after which the Gaming Rules 2021 will facilitate issuing licenses to the operators for conducting games of chance and skill-based games.

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Undoing the Old Ways

The process began with the Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Ordinance 2021. Since then, it is slowly being worked on. The law states that Meghalaya needs to overturn the 1970 Meghalaya Prevention of Gaming Act, which primarily forbids any and all gambling in the territory.

James PK Sangma, a Meghalayan Government Minister is in talks with different business representatives who will be able to guide the choice of iGaming and betting legalization and create a solid base for future growth in the state. The local people of Meghalaya appear to be taking well to gambling.

The people are open to different types of gambling experiences. So, they will be happy to try out poker, horse betting, sports betting, fantasy sports, lottery, rummy, and casino. The lottery might be the most popular game segment for the locals who are looking to place a legal bet. The UK India Business Council is interested in the initiative taken to localize gambling in Meghalaya. Kevin McCole is the managing director of the UK India Business Council. He has welcomed the efforts made by the legislator to turn this dream into a reality.

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Aim to Increase the Revenue

The Law and Taxation Minister has said that many states that have legalized gambling are seeing a positive impact not simply in regards to the GST revenue but also in regards to generating many employment opportunities from the tourism industry in the state.

But, for now, the state is only going to allow the visitors and the tourists to participate in betting and the games. Only when you provide valid proof that you are traveling from another country or state will you be able to take part in gambling.

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Meghalaya has been one of the first states in India to have legalized archery-based gambling where bettors could predict the last two digits of the total arrows hitting the target. Now, it is going to be the third state in the northeastern part of the country to legalize gambling. Nagaland and Sikkim have allowed regulated betting and gaming businesses.

According to the report, Meghalaya has been one of the most gaming-friendly and gambling-friendly states in the country. It had attained a score of 92.58 on 100, where 100 stands for complete legalization of gambling. The report shows that the legalization of gambling will lead to a proliferation of tax revenue, employment, and sports integrity.

Kevin McCole has said that he applauds the forward-thinking approach of the Meghalaya government to license the game of chance in the state as it will help in increasing the revenues and bring more jobs to the state. A regulated market offers protection and safeguards for players. These safeguards aren’t available in the unregulated sector.

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He also stated that the regulated, as well as the unregulated sector in India, will keep growing significantly. Thus, there are robust reasons to work towards the growth, which is taking place under a regulated umbrella.

Opportunities for the Indian Market

When it comes to gambling legalization and regulation, India is still quite fragmented and details on the status of the gambling industry are also scarce. Illegal gambling is quite prevalent, but the exact numbers aren’t known. 

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The gambling market in India is worth about $60 billion every year, and out of this, a minimum of $30 billion is believed to be bet through gambling websites that are not regulated or authorized. By legalizing gambling in Meghalaya, it will become much easier to create jobs for the people of Meghalaya. This, in turn, will contribute to the state’s budget and address issues, such as problem gambling.

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IIT-Kanpur's Class of 1974 pledges Rs 10.11 crore for their alma mater

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IIT-Kanpur's Class of 1974 pledges Rs 10.11 crore for their alma mater

The Class of 1974 from IIT-Kanpur has pledged Rs 10.11 crore for supporting various activities at the institute. The Golden Jubilee Reunion of the batch held from February 23-25 witnessed over 80 alumni in attendance, showcasing their enduring dedication to the institute.

Expressing gratitude, Prof. S. Ganesh, Director of IIT-Kanpur, highlighted the alumni’s commitment to supporting research endeavours and initiatives benefiting students. The generous pledge will be utilized to enhance infrastructure, R&D facilities, and academic activities, under the name ‘The Class of 1974 Batch Legacy Fund’.

Prof. Kantesh Balani, Dean of Resources & Alumni at IIT-Kanpur, commended the Class of 1974 for setting a new benchmark in supporting their alma mater. The pledge reflects a collective vision for promoting excellence at the institute and enriching opportunities for students and faculty. The three-day celebratory event allowed alumni to reminisce, reconnect, and reaffirm their commitment to IIT-Kanpur’s pursuit of excellence.

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Kashmiri activist Yana Mir accuses Delhi Customs of 'harassment' at IGI Airport

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Kashmiri activist Yana Mir accuses Delhi Customs of 'harassment' at IGI Airport

Kashmiri activist Yana Mir recently accused Delhi Customs of harassing her during a checking at IGI Airport. Mir, known as Kashmir’s first female vlogger and journalist, felt offended and described her treatment as less than welcoming, contrasting it with her perception in London as an “Indian media warrior”.

According to Mir, her reception at Delhi airport involved questioning about her shopping bags and demands for receipts. While Mir insisted she was not seeking special treatment, Delhi Customs maintained that their staff remained courteous throughout the process, following routine bag scanning procedures for international passengers.

Delhi Customs responded to Mir’s allegations by asserting that bag scanning of international passengers is a standard procedure, and Mir’s luggage was eventually scanned after she initially refused to cooperate. They emphasized the importance of treating all passengers equally, regardless of their status or profession, and shared surveillance footage to support their claims.

Mir’s experience at the airport highlighted a discrepancy between her treatment in London and Delhi. While Mir felt offended and criticized the lack of courtesy and professionalism, Delhi Customs maintained that their staff remained courteous and that Mir did not cooperate initially, leading to her luggage being scanned ultimately with the help of airline staff and Customs officers.

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PM Modi, top Union ministers, UP CM mourn loss of 'beacon of Indian music'

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PM Modi, top Union ministers, UP CM mourn loss of 'beacon of Indian music'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deep condolences on the demise of ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas, calling him the “beacon of Indian music”. The PM highlighted Udhas’ contribution to music and the impact of his soulful melodies on generations. Udhas passed away in Mumbai at the age of 72 after battling cancer.

PM Modi shared his sentiments on Twitter, saying, “We mourn the loss of Pankaj Udhas Ji, whose singing conveyed a range of emotions and whose Ghazals spoke directly to the soul. He was a beacon of Indian music, whose melodies transcended generations.” The PM acknowledged the void left by Udhas in the music world and offered his condolences to the family and fans.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed their condolences in Hindi, praising Udhas’ melodious voice and the impact of his ghazals on listeners. Their heartfelt tributes reflected the deep sorrow felt by the music industry and fans at the loss of a legend. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also offered his prayers for the departed soul.

Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, paid tribute to Udhas, highlighting the singer’s four-decade-long career that enriched the music industry with memorable gazals. Thakur acknowledged Udhas’ contribution to Indian music and expressed his condolences to the family, friends, and followers of the late singer. The music world mourns the loss of a maestro whose legacy will live on through his timeless melodies.

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