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Karnataka to ban online gambling, betting

Karnataka to ban online gambling, betting

Bengaluru: After Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the Karnataka government has now decided to impose a ban on online gambling & betting in the state barring lottery and horse racing.

The government announced its key decision on Saturday's cabinet meet. Minister for Law J.C. Madhuswamy explained that the government will amend the Karnataka Police Act in the upcoming session (Sept 13) to ban online gambling.

This has been done as per the directions of the High Court. However, the ban will not include lottery, wagering, betting on horse races, he said.

"The ban includes all forms of wagering or betting including in the form of tokens valued in terms of money paid before or after its issue, electronic means, virtual currency, electronic transfer of funds with any game of chance," Madhuswamy explained.

The government had submitted to the court that it is drafting a bill on banning online betting, gambling in July.

The government also announced that it has earmarked Rs 17.7 crore for the purchase of 50 medicines including Remdesivir, ahead of Covid third wave.

He further said that the cabinet discussed the withdrawal of the night curfew in the state. The cabinet has given authority to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to take a call after discussing with DC's and SP's of districts and experts, he added.

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