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Women’s groups have reportedly joined forces in protest against gambling and rummy in clubs, saying it is responsible for domestic violence, marital discord and child labor.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the operation of offshore casinos in River Mandovi has been filed at the High Court of Bombay.

India is often referred to as the sleeping giant of Asia’s gaming industry, due to the potential of its large and rapidly growing middle class. While gambling is still illegal in most states, a new association has been formed to help push for change. 

The Maharashtra government has filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court, saying that online lotteries have been conducted as per rules, tax is being paid, with no infirmities or illegalities.

Forged lottery tickets have found their way to Kochi once again, with local police unable to bust local syndicates.

Union Defence Minister and former Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar has ruled out the removal of casinos, saying they are 'fait accompli' of the Goa government.

Goa's ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has criticized the opposition Congress' idea for an opinion poll on casinos in the state, terming it as a joke.

The Congress in Goa has reportedly demanded an opinion poll on whether the state should continue to have casinos.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has reportedly turned down a proposal sent by the home department to legalize casinos in the state, according to inside sources.

The Bombay High Court has given the Maharashtra government an ultimatum - file an affidavit or close all online lotteries within two weeks.

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