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Karnataka mining baron Janardhan Reddy arrested again
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the anti-graft watchdog Lokayukta (ombudsman) on Friday arrested Karnataka mining baron and former BJP minister Gali Janardhan Reddy for his alleged involvement in the illegal export of iron ore from Belekeri port on the state's west coast.
 
"Reddy was taken into custody under the Prevention of Corruption Act in the case of illegal export of iron ore that was also illegally mined in Bellary district between 2008-10," an SIT official told reporters here.
 
Reddy, 48, has been on bail since January in other illegal mining cases the CBI filed against him in Hyderabad and Bengaluru since 2011. He was interrogated at the state secretariat's annex building a day after his accomplice Madhu Kumar Verma was quizzed on Thursday.
 
The state government had directed the SIT to probe the illegal export of 50,000 tonnes of iron ore by mining firms under Reddy's patronage and his aides, including two lawmakers, transporters and a few middlemen.
 
After interrogation by SIT sleuths, Reddy was taken to a state-run hospital at Yelahanka in the northern suburb under escort for medical check-up.
 
"We will produce him (Reddy) in a local court later for judicial remand and further interrogation as part of the investigation into the multi-crore scam," the official said.
 
Reddy, a member of the state legislative council, secured bail from the Supreme Court on January 20 after languishing in Hyderabad and Bengaluru jails since his arrest on September 5, 2011, when the BJP was in power in this southern state.
 
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20 Indians among 170 taken hostage in Mali hotel
There are 20 Indians in the five-star hotel in Mali's capital Bamako where gunmen on Friday took 170 people hostage, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
 
"#MaliAttack: Acc'g to current info there are 20 Indians staying in the hotel. Our Amb is continuously in touch with them & monitor'g sitn," Swarup tweeted.
 
The Radisson Blu hotel chain said two armed men locked in 140 guests and 30 of its employees.
 
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Gunmen hold 170 hostage at Mali hotel, three killed
At least three people were killed on Friday as gunmen took 170 people, including 20 Indians, hostage inside a five-star hotel in Mali's capital city Bamako.
 
"#MaliAttack: Acc'g to current info there are 20 Indians staying in the hotel. Our Amb is continuously in touch with them & monitor'g sitn," external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
 
The Radisson Blu Hotel chain said two armed men locked in 140 guests and 30 employees, CNN reported.
 
The victims comprised two Malian citizens and a French national, authorities said.
 
Two to three attackers with AK-47s arrived at the hotel in a vehicle or vehicles with diplomatic plates around 7.00 a.m. (local time), said Olivier Saldago, a spokesman for the UN Mission in Mali.
 
The gunmen then entered the hotel and began shooting at people.
 
The hotel was host to a large delegation for the peace process, Saldago added.
 
Malian soldiers along with UN troops have surrounded the hotel.
 
They freed a few hostages, including three UN staff members, according to ORTM, the state television.
 
No group immediately has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
 
Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has cut short his trip to Chad for a summit. He is expected to arrive in Bamako later in the day.
 
The Radisson Blu Hotel is about 15 minutes away from the Bamako Senou International Airport. 
 
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