Barely a day after its start, Asia's largest electronic dance music festival Sunburn had its share of controversy on Saturday when the Goa Police arrested a music reveller from the venue at Vagator, 20km from Panaji, for possessing drugs.youtube.com Saurabh Agarwal, a residence of Raipur, Chhattisgarh, was arrested from the Sunburn venue by sleuths of the Anti-Narcotics Cell during a routine raid at the festival.youtube.com Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap said the youth was arrested with 10 gm of charas inside the venue. The Goa Police had issued various guidelines including the installation of CCTV cameras and strict frisking of revellers, he said. Meanwhile, Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar, in a controversial remark, said drugs is sold freely not just in Goa but across the world. Parulekar's opposition to the hosting of event at Candolim had resulted in shifting of the venue to Vagator. Over 1.5 lakh music revellers are expected to attend the three-day music event. An amalgamation of music, entertainment, food and shopping, Sunburn was ranked by CNN in 2009 as the 9th Best Festival in the World.
Danielle McLaughlin, 28, was found dead on Tuesday morning after attending Holi celebrations in southern Goa. Her family will then be able to take her body home which is currently being sorted by the British Consulate. Tavares said yesterday: 'She died of compression of neck and suffered cranial cerebral damage. There was also wounds showing there was rape. It comes as it emerged that Ms McLaughlin may have met her alleged killer a year ago and amid claims he told police he was not alone when the backpacker was killed. Officers are now understood to be quizzing three other suspects.
Backpacker Ms McLauilin, who arrived in Goa on February 23, had been at Agonda beach and Patnem beach with friends during her first fortnight in the state. Yesterday it emerged that Bhagat has told police that he was friends with Danielle and the pair had first met on her previous visit a year ago. Taveres added: 'We suspect Vikat tried to sexually assault her as he has injury marks on groin area and thighs. They do not look like nail marks but they are deep cuts. It seems the deceased struggled to get off his grip. But we cannot tell you anything until the post-mortem report is out.
Only the report would confirm if she was raped or sexually assaulted. We are still interrogating Vikat. He has been maintaining that he killed her with a broken beer bottle but not speaking up further.youtube.com He is not telling the reason for the murder. We also found the shards of the same near her body at the crime spot. But it is unclear if they were drinking together. Vikat has told us that they knew each other as Danielle had visited Goa last year and became friends with him. But she used to call him brother. They would hang out but had never gone out of the area (Canacona) together. It was more like a local knowing a foreigner. We are yet finding out where all she had gone before the incident and who all were with her.
Vikat had tried to name a few men before but later said he was all alone with her before her last. We are investigating all angles and interrogating suspects. In further police interviews, Bhagat has reportedly revealed that he was not alone when Danielle was killed. Police are now quizzing three other suspects. Danielle arrived in [https://www.goa.biz/goa-beaches/ north goa beaches] on February 23 and stayed at Arambol beach in Pernem, northern Goa, but she left for Cancona last Sunday with a British friend. She checked into a hotel in Agonda and on Monday is understood to have left the friend at about 1pm to meet friends from a previous visit to Goa - believed to be Bhagat.
As they moved around the Palolem beach area, they went to a beach bar which was holding a party to celebrate the Holi festival where they began drinking. It is claimed the pair even had a row with a bar owner at about 9.30pm as they bought bottles of beer. They were then seen leaving together on Bhagat's scooter. A floral tribute in the shape of a heart is left at the murder scene earlier this week. Police revealed earlier this week that they had arrested a suspect named as Vikat Bhagat (pictured) who they said was a petty thief.
After her body was found, police were told by other party goers that Bhagat had been spotted with her and when they found the footage of the pair, they arrested him. They then reportedly found her clothes packed in a bag dumped near Bhagat's home. She had been at the La La Land restaurant in the Dreamcatcher resort at about 5.30pm on Monday afternoon and was reportedly seen sitting with two or three men and was not drinking. A local said: 'We didn't pay her much attention as it is a common sight to see foreigners with Indian men.youtube.com But she is believed to have then left with Bhagat and drank at several bars before reportedly heading to the Leopard Valley nightclub. On February 22 Ms McLaughlin revealed she was 'off on another adventure' to Goa.
She wrote: 'Thank you to all my friends and family for making home so special and always looking after me. Ms McLaughlin's Facebook profile says she had studied at Liverpool John Moores University and was from Buncrana in Ireland. Under the same post earlier this week, which included a sunset landscape picture, a friend wrote: 'Beautiful sunset for a beautiful soul'. Her mother, Andrea Brannigan, said last night her daughter would be 'sadly missed' as 200 locals and foreign nationals gathered in Goa to pay tribute to Ms McLaughlin. On Wednesday. 200 local and foreign nationals attended a vigil to pay tribute to the backpacker. The same day, it emerged that Bhagat was arrested in March 2014 for targeting foreigners in a string of burglaries in the area. One British holidaymaker revealed a thief had sneaked into their holiday villa through a balcony and taken a laptop, two mobile phones and a portable hard drive worth around £1,620. Another told how he had taken a laptop, camera, mobile phone and CDs worth more than £1,100.
GOA, India, July 9 (Reuters) - In 28 years in India's pharmaceuticals sector, Rajiv Desai has never been busier. Most of the last six months on his desk calendar is marked green, indicating visits to the 12 plants of Lupin, India's No. 2 drugmaker, where Desai is a senior quality control executive. Only one day is red - a day off. That's what is needed these days to satisfy the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that standards are being met. Desai said in his office in suburban Mumbai. 70 billion worth of generic drugs sold in the country. Drug companies have spent millions of dollars on training, new equipment and foreign consultants. Yet the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance of the top 20 firms says its members still need at least five more years to get manufacturing standards and data reliability up to scratch.
The case of Lupin, whose shares are down about 27 percent since 2015 compared to a 13 percent drop in the Nifty pharma index, shows why. The FDA is in the next few months expected to clear Lupin's Goa plant, which supplies around a third of its U.S. However, the agency also published a new notice just last week citing issues with data storage at its plant in Pithampur, central India. If companies want to continue to sell into the world's biggest health care market, they must keep constant vigilance. Many in the industry expect to see consolidation among manufacturers after a wave of mergers among U.S. Lupin´s Chief Executive Vinita Gupta told analysts last month. India has its own standards body, the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), which maintains that its quality controls are stringent enough to ensure drugs are safe.
CDSCO head G.N. Singh said in an interview in his New Delhi office. The FDA has taken matters into its own hands and gradually expanded in India to more than a dozen full-time staff. Inspections are frequent and increasingly unannounced. If the agency finds problems, it issues a Form 483 - a notice outlining the violations - which if not resolved can lead to a "warning letter" and in worst case, a ban. Violations range from hygiene, such as rat traps and dirty laboratories, to inadequate controls on systems that store data, leaving it open to tampering. There are also no studies showing that the drugs have harmed anyone in the world.
But by definition, the notices are issued when the FDA finds conditions that might harm public health. Industry watchers say Lupin, which specialises in oral contraceptives and drugs for diabetes and hypertension, is doing better than most. So far none of its infractions have extended to a ban. On a recent visit by Reuters to its Goa plant, blue-uniformed employees could be seen working on giant machines, then making notes in hardbound registers. These are being phased out as Lupin transitions to more secure e-files. Employees are often videotaped to ensure they follow standard operating procedure. Manufacturers have cut back to focus on quality over quantity: five years ago, Lupin was making one billion pills a month at one of its Goa plants.
Now it makes just 450 million.youtube.com Both the company and employees needed to be willing to acknowledge errors, Desai said. The first impulse in the past was often "don't tell anyone", he said. Amol Kolatkar, a production head at the Goa site. As recently as three years ago, training was a "formality", Desai said. Now, when an error is traced to an employee, the entire team undergoes fresh training. Lupin quality control officer, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media. The quality control role is key.youtube.com Amey Chalke, an analyst at HDFC Securities. The companies also have to be willing to spend big.