SkyCity has been given the go-ahead to expand its gaming operations in return for building a more than $402 million convention centre in Auckland. A bill on the transaction passed its third reading in Parliament on Tuesday, with 61 votes to 59. SkyCity will have its casino license extended until 2048 and gets the right to 230 more gaming machines and 52 more tables. SkyCity says the extra gambling concessions won’t come into effect until it signs a building contract, probably in September 2014. The convention centre is planned to be built by 2017.
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Singapore police have busted at least two illegal gambling operations in the past week, while across Asia authorities have moved to stamp out illicit activities, from raids on premier league matches in India, to illegal number forecasting in Malaysia.
The Puducherry union territory government has urged the union government to ban online gaming platforms and mobile apps, describing it as a necessity to protect the mental health of vulnerable people.