Kathmandu, Dec. 4 -- The government has proposed legislation giving it sweeping powers to confiscate the personal property of tax defaulting casino operators. The draft Casino Bill, a copy of which was obtained by the Post, will be part of a new Federal Tourism Bill.

In July 2013, the government introduced regulations to keep wayward casinos under a firmer grip. It decided to get tough as the casinos were habitually defaulting on taxes and disregarding the rule barring Nepalis from entry.

In April 2014, the government decided to shut down all casinos not abiding by the Casino Regulations-2013 and terminate the licences of those defaulting on royalties. Subsequently, the gambling houses went to the Supreme Court to have the new regulation ...