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Gambling apps: a super casino in your pocket

Gambling apps: a super casino in your pocket

Technology
Getty ImagesIt was the offer from the gambling company which he is convinced started his addiction. If he deposited up to £300, they'd match it.James - not his real name - says: "That was basically the initial hook that got me into slot machines."Gambling on the internet and particularly on smartphones, using apps, you in effect have a super casino in your pocket."I've never actually been in a physical bookmaker's shop."In three months, James went from gambling a hundred pounds a month to five thousand pounds in a day. When he finally stopped, he was 80 thousand pounds in debt."For a time it ruined my life - up until the point that I was seriously considering suicide. Basically, I had ruined myself financially"Personal dataJames wanted to understand his relationship with the gambling compa...
GST may not burn a hole in your pocket, but you will have to tighten purse strings

GST may not burn a hole in your pocket, but you will have to tighten purse strings

Finance
What we buy, how we buy and why we buy are questions that have for long fascinated anthropologists. But GST is expected to add a new twist to the tale of Indian consumerism. Under the new taxation regime fruits, vegetables, pulses, wheat, bread and rice are exempted from taxation even as chips, biscuits, butter, tea and coffee are attracting higher taxes. So, would that make families to make healthier choices at the supermarket? Cited as the "single largest taxation reform" in independent India, GST is set to change taxation for every sector — from real estate to vehicles to consumer durables to branded goods to luxury items. For a middle class family that earns between Rs 50,000-Rs 80,000 a month, the impact on the monthly budget will not be more than a few hundred rupees. For those ...