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With the emergence and development of technological devices, almost everything can be done online, including gambling. Online gambling has become prevalent nowadays, and people around the globe are enthusiastically participating in it. Some Asian countries, for example, are legally hosting online gambling because of the demand.
Contrary to what the media shows, online gambling, in reality, has numerous positive impacts and benefits both on the individual and the state. Besides increasing the employment rate, it can also revitalize your country's economy by contributing more significant tax revenue to the state and the local governments. Casinos also pay taxes for regulations and licenses, which is beneficial to the country.
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Because of these advantages, countries in Asia, including some respective states in India, approved online gambling. With more than 300 million Indians who love participating in online gambling, it is predicted by some analysts that the country's gambling revenue in 2025 could go up to $10.2 billion. That's a considerable amount, and India is not the only Asian country with increasing gambling revenue each year. There are others, including:
The Philippines is one of the Asian countries that offer online gambling platforms and services. There are numerous accessible online gambling sites and casino apps that pay real money in the country. Some online gambling sites include 22bet Casino, 888casino, 20BET Casino, bCasino, King Billy Casino, etc.
Since gambling is legal and regulated in the Philippines, it was reported that the country generated gross gaming revenue of Php2.16 billion (US$44.6 million) in 2020. In 2017, PAGCOR, or the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, collected a gambling revenue of $1.6 billion from the legal gambling operations in the country.
In 1849, the Portuguese government legalized gambling in Macau to generate revenues for the government. Since then, more than 200 gambling houses in the region were required to pay regulations and gambling rent. A reason why Macau is called the "Gambling capital of the world," "Monte Carlo of the East," and the "Las Vegas of the East."
The gambling and gaming industry in Macau shares 50% of the region's economy. The revenue generated from this industry reaches up to $29 billion in 2019, mostly coming from games of fortune, such as poker, baccarat, roulette, etc. In 2020, $3.4 billion of gambling revenue was generated despite the coronavirus outbreak.
Although gambling is legal in Macau, there are no existing regulations for online gambling and online casinos. But that does not mean that the people in Macau are prohibited from participating in online gambling. They can still bet online, but only with credible foreign-based online casinos and gambling sites.
Online gambling has become prevalent nowadays, and people around the globe are enthusiastically participating in itPixabay
In Japan, only several gambling activities are legal. These gambling activities include horse race betting and motorsports betting. Pachinko, a machine game, is not considered a gambling game, but it generated a market revenue of 3.7 trillion Japanese yen in 2016. Since race betting is legal in Japan, it also generated an annual turnover of approximately 2.8 trillion Japanese yen in 2019.
Hong Kong is one of the particular administrative regions of China that permits gambling, specifically horse race betting, football betting, lottery, and other sports betting that Hong Kong Jockey Club operates. Hong Kong Jockey Club is the most prominent taxpayer of the Hong Kong government, with a revenue of $21.7 billion from 2016 to 2017.
Having complete control of horse race betting in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Jockey Club holds the record of generating the world's most significant horse race gambling turnover. Compared to France, its closest rival, which had a $2 million gambling turnover in 2009, Hong Kong generated $12.7 million in gambling turnover per horse race in the same year.
Singapore is known for its best casinos, such as the Marina Bay Sands, the Resorts World Santosa, and the Aegean Paradise Cruise, in Asia. It is also open for online gambling if only done through gambling operators, namely Singapore Pools or Singapore Turf Club. The Resorts World Santosa, under the casino operator Genting Singapore Ltd, generated $52.1 million net profit in 2020.
Since casino gambling is legal and regulated in Singapore, the country has started taking casino entry tax for Singapore citizens. In 2020, the gaming revenue of Singapore had reached up to SGD700.8 million, while the non-gaming revenue had reached GD299.4 million.
The legalization of gambling has always been debatable in most parts of the world, especially in Asia. Some Asian countries, including Macau, Malaysia, and Singapore, do not have regulations on online gambling. Still, residents from these countries can participate in online betting on online casinos and gambling sites from foreign countries, such as India.
With this, India can expect an increase in revenue, especially if the country legalizes and regulates online betting. The legalization is still debatable in the country despite the numerous benefits it can bring to India's economy.
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High drama was witnessed in Kanpur Dehat for over an hour when a man, upset over his wife's alleged affair with a local man, climbed the tower with his children and threatened to commit suicide. The incident took place on Monday near Gandhi Nagar in Akbarpur, when the man threatened to commit suicide after throwing his kids down from a height of nearly 40-feet. Chaos prevailed around the area and the locals informed the police that rushed to the spot.
After about half-an-hour of convincing, the police managed to bring him and his children down. The man told the police that his wife's affair was going on with his neighbor. He had complained to the police, but no action was taken. Police said that as per the man, his wife had developed an illicit relationship with a man, living nearby their house. "As per the man, in his absence, his neighbor visited his house often. He said that he had reprimanded his neighbor many times, but to no avail," said the police.
The man had complained to the police, but no action was taken. | Pixabay
The man had also lodged a complaint with the police but no action was taken. On the other hand, Akbarpur police said that on the basis of the complaint, action for breach of peace has been taken against the neighbor accused of luring his wife. Circle officer (CO) Akbarpur Arun Kumar said that the police are trying to sort out the issue. "Whatever action is appropriate will be taken," the official added. (IANS/SP)
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The US forces continued their bombardment of buildings and institutions in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, as part of their alleged manhunt of Islamic State (IS) fugitives, state news agency SANA reported. The US forces are shelling buildings and public institutions on Tuesday in the vicinity of the Sina'a prison in the Gweiran neighborhood in Hasakah "on the pretext of hunting down IS militants who fled the prison," said SANA.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has slammed the US airstrikes as civilian casualties have been reported. | Wikimedia Commons
The shelling came in tandem with waves of raids by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to homes in the surrounding areas, rounding up many civilians and taking them to unknown locations, the state news agency added. On January 20, IS inmates inside the Sina'a prison, which is controlled by the SDF, started a riot that was coordinated with IS militants from outside, who detonated the prison's gates with two booby-trapped vehicles, succeeding to free some prisoners.
The incident triggered clashes between IS and the SDF as well as US airstrikes on the areas, where the IS fugitives could have sought shelter in, Xinhua news agency reported. The clashes and airstrikes are still ongoing as the SDF has so far failed to contain the situation and storm the prison. The Syrian Foreign Ministry has slammed the US airstrikes as civilian casualties have been reported. Hasakah province is largely controlled by the US-backed SDF, while certain areas, particularly in the city of Qamishli, are still under the control of the Syrian government. (IANS/ MBI)
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The circulating avian influenza outbreaks, including in India, do not seem to pose the 'high' risk but surveillance and biosecurity measures are necessary to reduce spillover risk between poultry and wild birds, a UN-backed scientific task force said. Throughout the past autumn and current winter in the northern hemisphere, multiple avian influenza outbreaks, caused predominantly by the H5N1 HPAI virus, plus other subtypes, including H5N8, have occurred in India, the UK, the Netherlands and Israel with the ever recorded mortality of the Svalbard barnacle geese in Solway Coast.
The Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds, co-convened by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on Monday recommended that surveillance and biosecurity measures are reinforced to reduce spillover risk between poultry and wild birds. The Task Force has convened and produced recommendations and guidance for authorities and managers of countries affected or at risk. Wild birds, including globally threatened species, are victims of HPAI viruses causing avian influenza. Affected sites also include areas of international relevance for conservation such as protected wetlands.
More than 2,400 migratory water birds died in the Pong wetlands in Himachal last year because of avian influenza. | Unsplash
It is essential that authorities with responsibility for animal health apply the One Health approach for communicating and addressing avian influenza. That means recognising the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment and acting with a coordinated and unified approach. The Task Force reminds authorities of their international obligations to ensure their response to the pathogenic virus does not include the culling of wild birds, nor actions that would cause damage to natural ecosystems, especially wetlands.
Ruth Cromie, who coordinated the work of the Task Force and the production of the statement, said: "Avian influenza represents a One Health issue threatening health across the board. The highly pathogenic viruses are still relatively new in wild birds and this winter's high levels of mortality remind us of their vulnerability and that working to promote healthy wildlife benefits us all." H5N1 is currently the avian influenza lineage most found in Africa and Eurasia in both poultry and wild birds. The wide range of wild birds affected include wildfowl, waders, gulls, cranes, grebes, herons, pelicans, gamebirds, corvids and raptors (diurnal and nocturnal), in addition to sporadic cases in mammals such as red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) and harbor Phoca vitulina and grey seal Halichoerus grypus.
Consider occupational exposure, e.g. those working on poultry culling operations. | Unsplash
In terms of human health, the currently circulating H5N1 HPAI viruses do not seem to pose the same zoonotic risk as the 'original' Asian lineage H5N1 (clade 2.2 and their derivatives plus clade 220.127.116.11b H5N6 viruses currently in China). In general, the risk can be considered low, recognising that some agencies now consider occupational exposure, e.g. those working on poultry culling operations, as low or moderate. In India, several instances of bird flu were reported in 2021. More than 2,400 migratory water birds, and almost half of them being endangered bar-headed goose, died in the Pong wetlands in Himachal Pradesh last year and that avian influenza (H5N1) was the cause.
Besides the bar-headed goose, the other species that died were the shoveler, the river tern, the pochard and the common teal. An 11-year-old boy died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi last year due to avian influenza, country's first fatality. India reported the first outbreak of avian influenza in 2006. RSPB Scotland is calling for an emergency local moratorium restricting shooting on the Solway for the rest of the wildfowling season. It calls for urgent action to reduce the devastating impacts of avian influenza. New statistics from the most recent counts show that the UK is this winter experiencing the worst outbreak of this deadly disease on record, with migratory geese which 'over winter' on the Solway being the hardest hit.
According to RSPB Scotland, the latest population counts of the Svalbard barnacle goose show a drop in numbers from 43,703 in November last year to 27,133 in this month's count. This represents a decline of 38 per cent in the Svalbard breeding population of this species from winter 2020-21. CMS Executive Secretary Amy Fraenkel said: "Through late 2021 and early 2022 there have been numerous outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, with severe impacts on migratory birds. "The CMS Secretariat responded by convening the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds together with the FAO. We are pleased to share its advice and key recommendations for countries affected or at risk, and look forward to continuing our collaborative work to minimize risks to humans, poultry and wild populations of migratory birds." (IANS/SP)
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