Stage set in Goa to welcome New Year

Thousands of domestic and international tourists have arrived in Goa to welcome 2013 and take part in New Year celebrations.

The government has beefed up security in the coastal belt where organizers have scheduled a maximum number of events and for the New Year bash.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar has said that compared to last year there is a 20 percent increase in domestic and international tourist during November and December, 2012.

More than 1,200 police personnel have been deployed in the state and special traffic arrangements have been made to ensure free flow of traffic in the coastal belt of Goa.

The police have decided to deploy its force at churches, places of new year dances, beaches and border check posts. [TOI]