India’s growing love for poker; A Made-in-India footwear brand
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In today’s newsletter, we will talk about
- India’s growing love for poker
- Made-in-India footwear brand Abros
- A fuel station run by women convicts
Here’s your trivia for today: The chemical element uranium was named after which planet?
While the gaming industry and the government debate over whether it counts as a skill-based or chance-based game, poker continues to attract more players in India. The game’s compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) is estimated at nearly 16.9% and is projected to reach $346 million in size by 2030, as per data by Custom Market Insights.
Currently, 28 startups in India are dedicated to hosting poker games, as per data from. The largest such platform is .
- In 2022, the real-money gaming segment accounted for 77% of India's gaming sector revenues amounting to Rs 13,500 crore, as per a FICCI-EY report.
- The growth momentum of poker startups is now under serious threat with the recent decision of the GST Council to impose 28% GST on bets, especially in the realm of online gaming.
- Five states in India—Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat, and Arunachal Pradesh—have outright banned such games.
In FY23, Abros Sports International sold 60 lakh pairs of footwear, generating a revenue of Rs 328 crore. With its entry into the Middle East, the two-and-a-half-year-old company now has its sights set on making it a Rs 1,000 crore business.
Abros says it has made its pricing suited for the mass market, striking a balance with the quality of the products. Its range of sports shoes starts at Rs 699 and goes up to Rs 3,299, adhering to the norms set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
The perfect fit:
- Abros has its roots in a 30-year-old family business–Narmada Polymers–that specialises in soles manufacturing.
- The brand has a wide reach across India, with a network of 16,000 retailers and 70 to 75 distributors. Additionally, it sells through -commerce platforms like Myntra, Amazon, Flipkart, Nykaa, and its own website.
- The company opened 11 exclusive stores in FY23 across Delhi, Alwar, and Jaipur in FY23. In the current fiscal, it has plans to open 15 more such stores.
On August 10, the Tamil Nadu Department of Prisons and Correctional Services launched a first-of-its-kind fuel station run by women convicts from the Special Prison for Women, Puzhal. Thirty women serving time at the prison have begun working at the petrol retail outlet for a 12-hour shift from 6 am to 6 pm, after which male convicts take over for the night shift.
A better tomorrow:
- A note from the Departments of Prisons said the women prisoners employed at the petrol bunk—named ‘Freedom Filling Station’ on the Ambattur-Puzhal road in the outskirts of Chennai—will earn Rs 6,000 per month each from this job.
- Amaraesh Pujari, DGP, Prisons and Correctional Services, Tamil Nadu, said the initiative is aimed at de-stigmatisation of women convicts and an opportunity to help them reform, rehabilitate and reintegrate with society.
- In India, only 15 states/union territories have women-only jails. The country has a total of 32 such establishments with a capacity of 6,767 inmates. However, the number of female prisoners in India at the end of the year 2021 was 22,918.
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The chemical element uranium was named after which planet?
Answer: Uranus. The element was discovered in 1789 by German chemist Martin Klaproth, who isolated an oxide of uranium while analysing samples from a silver mine in the former Kingdom of Bohemia, located in current-day Czechia. He named his discovery “uran” after the planet Uranus.
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