Financial authorities in India reportedly will require payment card companies such as MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc. to provide regular financial reports of suspicious international transactions. The Indian government wants to reduce money laundering, according to press reports. Government and payments officials were unavailable for immediate comment. India's government recently amended the existing Prevention of Money Laundering Act, adding casinos, card issuers and funds-transfer companies to the law, which is designed to help prevent illegal foreign currency from circulating in the country. The original law, enacted about three years ago, previously applied only to banks.

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