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British mother of killed teenager writes anguished letter to India

The British mother of a teenage girl raped and killed in Goa six years ago has written an anguished letter to the chief minister of the Indian holiday state begging for justice. Fiona MacKeown has sent a request for the case to be fast-tracked to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, suggesting that the people who killed her daughter Scarlett Keeling were politically connected. Keeling's bruised and half-naked body was found on the popular Anjuna beach in February 2008, when she was 15 years old.

Rescuers race to find 20 still trapped in India building collapse

Indian rescuers were racing Sunday to try to save up to 20 people still feared trapped in the ruins of a partially-constructed building that collapsed "like a pack of cards". Rescuers have so far pulled 13 bodies from the residential building that crumbled mid-afternoon on Saturday while poorly paid daily-wage labourers were working on the site in a coastal village in the tourist state of Goa.

Building collapse kills 11 in India's Goa, many feared trapped

CANACONA, India (Reuters) - At least 11 workers were killed and many feared trapped when a half-built apartment block collapsed in the Indian resort state of Goa, police and media said on Sunday, the latest disaster to draw attention to safety standards amid a construction boom. The three-storey building in Canacona, just over 4 km (two and a half miles) from the popular Palolem beach in the western state, India's smallest, collapsed on Saturday.

Death toll rises to 13 in India building collapse

The incident and others like it in India's recent past highlight shoddy construction, corruption and violations of the building code, amid burgeoning demand for housing.

Six dead, dozens trapped in Indian building collapse

Six labourers were killed and more than 40 were believed trapped when a building under construction collapsed in a coastal village in the Indian tourist state of Goa on Saturday, police said. "We have recovered six bodies from the site," Shekhar Prabhudesai, local superintendent of police, told AFP, adding that more than 40 construction workers were feared trapped under the wreckage. str-pmc/st

India's Goa bans local people from casinos

Authorities in Goa have decided to ban local people from entering the holiday state's casinos, which from March will only welcome tourists. Goa's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the amendment to the state's gambling act, which will come into force on March 1, prohibiting locals from entering either onshore casinos or those on ships in Goan waters.

Briton held over record drugs bust in Indian resort

Indian police in the holiday resort state of Goa Thursday said they had arrested a British man after their biggest ever drugs seizure, worth 20.5 million rupees ($330,000). Gary Baird, 45, was arrested on Wednesday for illegally possessing more than four kilograms of amphetamine, said police superintendent Karthik Kashyap. "The accused had come to deliver the narcotics to a customer," he told reporters, adding that Baird had visited Goa several times in recent years and was staying in a hotel.

India's Goa bars foreigners from beach shack jobs

The Indian holiday state of Goa says it has banned foreigners from working in beach shack bars and restaurants after receiving several complaints of discrimination against domestic tourists. The policy stops any foreigner from owning, running or even working in beach shacks serving food and drink, irrespective of whether they hold Indian employment visas.

Party's over with Goa to ban dance bars

India's popular holiday state of Goa has announced a ban on dance bars, further restricting the party scene in a destination once famous as a raver's paradise. The state has progressively tightened controls on nightclubs and outdoor parties over the last few years after a series of high-profile crimes including the rape and murder of a British teenager in 2008. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, elected in the southwestern state last year, has made cleaning up Goa's palm tree-lined beaches a priority to make them more family-friendly.

Goa says no to India's first Playboy club

The holiday state of Goa has decided to reject a proposal for India's first Playboy club on one of its beaches following complaints that it would promote prostitution, local officials said on Monday. A local lawmaker threatened to go on hunger strike last week if the nightclub was allowed to open on Candolim Beach, but it was ultimately rejected on a technicality. Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, told a state assembly session in state capital Panaji that Playboy's application had failed because it did not meet requirements to set up a beach shack.
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