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CCB to seek court nod to deport detained nationals

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BENGALURU: The Central Crime Branch arrested 39 persons, including 22 foreign nationals, after a raid on a late-night party in Marathahalli, east Bengaluru, on Sunday .
Police held the foreigners for not having valid travel documents besides arresting the organizers for holding a party beyond the permissible time limit.

Drugs were found at the venue, a member of the police team said, claiming it was a rave party .

Joint commissioner of police (CCB) M Chandrashekar said: “Invites to the party that began only after 11.30pm were sent on WhatsApp to different patrons. Based on a tipoff, we raided E Zone on Outer Ring Road in Marathahalli and detained over 35 persons, including the party organizers.” Among the arrested were 17 organiz ers. Most of the detained foreign na tionals were from African coun tries. Over 350 persons were present at the party . When police raided the place, they found many among the foreign nationals did not have valid travel documents. The cops also found 50gm of ganja, apart from contraceptives and condoms.

The cops said the detained persons did not cooperate with them and even assaulted a woman constable identified as Pramila. Among the 17 Indians arrested are bartenders, manager, suppliers and cooks. Of the foreign nationals arrested, three are women. “A majority come to India on student visa and overstayed,” a senior police officer said. Police are looking for the owner of the place, identified only as Reddy, who they say is absconding.

CCB is thinking of deporting the de tained foreign nationals, but will approach the court for permission.

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Bengaluru goes Dutch for waste management

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BENGALURU: The Karnataka government signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday with the Netherlands government for waste-to-energy technology to dispose of Bengaluru’s waste.

With an investment of Rs 470 crore, the project will be used to dispose of 600 tonnes of garbage generated in the city.

The project was finalized at a meeting between Netherlands ambassador to India Alphonsus Stoelinga and chief minister Siddaramaiah.

The CM told mediapersons, “The MoU is for the waste management of Bengaluru. The project will yield 7MW of power every day and this power will be purchased by the state government as per rates fixed by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission.”

Later, Bengaluru development minister KJ George said the project will be taken up on a pilot basis, and, if successful, will be implemented in other parts of the city and state.

The project is part of the Dutch initiative after signing an MoU with the government of India to bring waste-to-power technology to the country. The Dutch government has already provided the technology and funding for waste management process to other states, the latest being Goa with a 120-tonne waste-disposal unit.

Stoelinga said the technology ensures there will be no remnants of garbage after conversion of waste to power. As per the Dutch calculations, 60% of waste generated in Bengaluru is organic and can be converted to biomass and once processed, it can generate 7MW.

Under the terms and conditions, the Dutch will provide 70% of the funding as soft loan, along with the technology and the remainder 30% will have to be funded by the company which will participate in a tender process to initiate the project and set it up.

George said the state has already proposed two or three locations for the pilot project on the city’s outskirts.”This time, the disposal will be odourless and will have been processed. The unit will accept mixed garbage for the time being, and it will be segregate at the unit for conversion of organic garbage to power,” he said.

The minister said the biggest hurdle for setting up the plant will be getting clearances from the the central environment ministry and the KSPCB. “We hope to get approvals in the next six months,” he said. Siddaramaiah said George will go there and study the process.

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Tipu Sultan birth anniversary celebrations in Madikeri result in group clashes

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BENGALURU: Mysuru warrior Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary celebrations in Karnataka took a violent turn in Madikeri, 270 km from Bengaluru, following group clashes between those in favour and against the event, resulting in the death of a 50 year-old man while a 22 year- old youth was critically injured.

The Congress government’s decision to officially observe Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary has evoked protests from the BJP and Right Wing activists. The BJP boycotted the official function held in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Tuesday,where Jnanpeeth awardee Girish Karnad and a host of historians and intellectuals participated.

In Madikeri, a 50 year-old person died in the group clashes at Thimmaiah circle. The police was outnumbered by the mob from both sides. Even as the police was trying to bring the situation under control, a 22 year-old youth was injured in a bullet fired from among the protestors. He has been rushed to Mangaluru as his condition is serious.

Unheeding to the protests including a Kodagu bandh on Tuesday, chief minister Siddaramaiah had announced his government would go ahead with the celebrations. “Protests against Tipu Jayanthi celebrations are being fanned by communal forces and the Mysuru warrior’s contributions should have been recognized by the state government much earlier,” he said recently.

Speaking at the official celebrations, Karnad said Tipu cannot be confined to being a political figure as he belonged to the theatre and literary world as well. “What Raja Ram Mohan Roy is to Bengal, B R Ambedkar to Maharashtra, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to Uttar Pradesh, Tipu is to Karnataka. The international airport in Bengaluru should be named after Tipu as Kempegowda was no doubt the founder of Bengaluru, but he was not a freedom fighter,” he added.

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