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Telangana Government Issues Amendments to Limit Social Evils of Online Rummy Card Games

The recent ordinance issued regards online gaming as an offence

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Addiction to card games like Rummy. Pixabay
  • Many people in Telangana are developing an addiction to online Rummy games
  • Amendments are being made in the Telangana Gaming Act to reduce this addiction
  • The recent ordinance issued regards online gaming as an offense 

Hyderabad, July 8, 2017: The Telangana government has issued an order to examine the occurrence of social evils due to online Rummy card games. The Telangana Gaming Ordinance, 2017 was issued after certain changes in the provisions of the Telangana Gaming Act,1974 had been made.

In Telangana, many people, especially young are destroying their own family life because of their addiction to online rummy games as told by the state government and they have issued this order to arrest social evils caused by it.

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The ordinance which was issued on 8th July says, “It has been considered necessary to arrest the social evils caused by online Rummy by issue (of) certain modifications in the provisions of the Telangana Gaming Act,1974 to realize the said objective.”

The government has issued another order about one month back to make amends in the Gaming Act. As per the Telangana State Gaming Ordinance, 2017, “Rummy cannot be regarded as a skill game as it is partly based on skill and partly on luck or chance.”

The recent order of June 17, includes the online term along with others such as “mutka” or “satta” in the gaming definition. This ordinance regards online gaming as an offense. It said, “any person who opens, keeps, operates, uses or permits to be used any common gaming house or online gaming, or conducts or assists in conducting the business of any common gaming house or advances or furnishes money for gaming wherein, shall be punishable….”

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter: Hkaur1025

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Indian Rummy: Why is it a Game full of Entertainment and Intellectual Skills?

Rummy is the 3rd most popular card game in India

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Rummy is one of the most popular card games in India. Wikimedia
  • India has a history of popular card games such as “Ganjifa”
  • Rummy is the 3rd most popular card game in India, just after “Teen Patti” and Poker
  • The game helps to enhance individual skills

June 28, 2017: Card games are all-time favorite indoor games. All of us have played cards at some point in our life and enjoyed the same. India is a country which has had a culture of playing cards as a source of entertainment for a long time and cards has been an integral part of most social and family gatherings where people get the opportunity to exhibit their skills to attain wealth. This culture has been rejuvenated with the latest 13 cards game of Indian Rummy.

The online presence of this game has had a great impact on our gaming life. The rules of the game vary across the regions but its popularity has been on an exponential growth since the game came online.

Here are a few interesting facts about this popular card game:

  • The name ‘rummy’ may have its origins from the game ‘Rum Poker’ in the UK, where ‘rum’ stands for ‘odd’ or ‘peculiar’ gradually evolving into today’s “Rummy.
  • The game is believed to have originated from the Spanish card game ‘Conquian’ played by the Royals in the 19th century. However, there are disputes about the game’s origins as some believe it to be a variation of French poker.
  • The game is the 3rd most popular game in India just after “Teen Patti” and Poker.
  • Being an intellectual game, Rummy not only provides the joy of winning but also helps you enhance your skills. Skills like memory power, adaptability, strategizing, prediction, risk management, fast and accurate observations etc. can be achieved easily through this game.

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  • Online Rummy has become so popular that thousands of users are logged in at any time and you can play it 24*7. You can access the gaming portals via your mobile, tablet or laptop.
  • The different designs of certain cards make the game even more interesting. If you have a closer look, you will observe that the Jacks from each set will have a different hair style, some with a moustache and some without it. Similarly, the Queen of Diamonds is the only one who is smiling while the others have a stern or melancholic look. In the case of King, the weapons they hold vary between an axe and sword.
  • The game is believed to have 20 variations across the different regions it is played. Then there are sub-variations as well. One can easily assume about 100 variations in this game.

These interesting facts about this popular Indian card game might have aroused your interest in the game if you are not a player already. Just login online and enjoy this refreshing game with your family and friends!

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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Telangana Government likely to introduce “Bike Ambulances” to help patients in Remote areas of the State

It would be used in remote areas, mainly inhabited by tribals and also congested localities in Hyderabad and other cities

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Hyderabad, Dec 29, 2016: The Telangana government will soon introduce the facility of ‘bike ambulances’ to help patients in remote areas of the state.

Health Minister C Laxma Reddy said,” The ‘bike ambulances’ would be used in remote areas, mainly inhabited by tribals and also congested localities in Hyderabad and other cities.”

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According to PTI, the state government will also increase the number of vehicles transporting bodies of the poor from major state-run hospitals to their native places.

However, it will be interesting to see that how does Telangana government manage the bike ambulance and how will the new feature of the state government’s health care initiative unfold.

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

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Why are Americans so fond of their ‘Gun’ culture?

Out 321 million people in USA over 200 million own a legal weapon and there are 88 percent firearms per 100 people in America

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Representational Image People looking for guns in America. (Representational Image). Image source: Wikipedia
  • Gun culture in America is present from the time of American Revolution
  • American constitution allows all its citizens to own and carry a gun
  • US is home to roughly 35 to 50 percent of the world’s civilian-owned guns

America has always taken pride in its gun culture. Guns have been a part of American culture since time immemorial. Guns were used as a means to hunt for food and make money through the fur market, protection from natives and dealing with large predators also required the use of gun.

Guns played a huge part in the American Revolution against the British solider and their freedom. In 1776, when USA gained independence, Americans were allowed to own and use the firearms to keep to protect their newly independent nation from the tyrannical rule of the ‘old world’ and this right became the basis for the second amendment in American constitution.

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Second Amendment

Every law-abiding citizen in the United States is allowed to own or carry a gun. That right comes from the U.S. Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It says: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Ease of ownership

To purchase a gun in the majority of states, a person needs to be of age, pass the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check and fill out a firearms transaction record.

However, background checks are not currently required for private sales, including those conducted at gun shows. Certain people are banned from owning weapons, including convicted criminals, people with mental health illnesses or non-U.S. citizens. But the system has major holes in it.

Availability of ammunition is very high in U.S. Anybody can easily walk-up to a gun shop or supermarkets where ammunition is sold like chocolate boxes and buy it. Any person can buy any amount of ammunition, which will surely look scary to many. Even some banks provide their account holders with a gun on opening a particular type of account.

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The Debate

While many believe that right to own and use a gun is important and people should be able to defend and protect themselves. But it is hard ignore the fact that many people are killed because of guns.

A image captured at Columbine high school.Source: Wikipedia
A image captured at Columbine high school. Image Source: Wikipedia

Like in the case of 1999 Columbine High School massacre,  in which 2 high school boys killed 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 people and 3 more were injured while trying to escape the school. Other than shooting, 2 boys had also planted bombs in cafeteria where the whole thing went down. The pair committed suicide afterwards. This school shooting is considered as the America’s deadliest high school shooting.  After columbine America has also seen 59 more school/university shooting which has occurred due to easy availability of guns and ammunitions.

According to BBC, on an average over 35 people were killed every day because of gun violence in 2015. Out 321 million people in USA over 200 million own a legal weapon and there are 88% firearms per 100 people in America.

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In 2015 alone US has witnessed-

  • 375 mass shooting in which 450 were killed and over 1000 people were wounded
  • 64 school shootings
  • All shooting concluded a total 13,286 people getting killed and 26,819 got injured which is more than 12,570 in 2014

U.S. reality

The debate on guns is a daily topic in USA. But regardless of where one falls, the fact remains that U.S. gun ownership is exceptionally high and growing. According to the Small Arms Survey, the United States has an average of 116 guns per 100 people, although most of those weapons are owned by a minority of citizens.

The National Rifle Association is a non- profit, pro-gun, lobbying group. Their sole purpose is protection of second amendment. NRA is widely known as the pro-gun organizations and is the public face of the pro-gun movement. They are also one of the reasons as to why America has no strict gun law.

The United States is home to roughly 35 to 50 percent of the world’s civilian-owned guns, even though it holds less than 5 percent of the world’s population.

-prepared by Bhaskar Raghavendran (with inputs from VOA), a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter:  bhaskar_ragha

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