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Bengaluru, April 28, 2017: The Karnataka government is likely to issue, within three days, an order capping multiplex tickets at Rs 200 within three days as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had proposed in the state Budget.

“The Chief Minister has already given in-principle consent to the proposal to cap multiplex tickets,” state Principal Secretary, Information and Public Relations, M Lakshminarayana said here on Friday.

The delay in issuing the order has triggered a public debate as cinema theatres had started charging whopping prices for the keenly-awaited “Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion”, which hit the screens on Thursday night.

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The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), the apex body of Kannada film industry, has been pushing for implementing the proposal after receiving the complaints of multiplexes collecting exorbitant ticket rates.

“I expect the government to issue the order on capping multiplex tickets by Tuesday since Saturday and Monday are holidays,” said KFCC President Sa Ra Govindu, alleging that the government has been delaying the order by sending the file from one department to another.

But Lakshminarayana denied it.

“It is not done deliberately, but to seek consent from departments which come under the purview of the subject matter,” Lakshminarayana said.

The exhibitors are skeptical about the government’s move to cap movie ticket prices at Rs 200. Last month, Mukta Arts Managing Director Rahul Puri had said the industry would in all likelihood oppose the move, stating that price capping as a concept was against free market.

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“The government has not called for suggestions or objections from public to the proposal of capping cinema tickets at Rs 200. Those affected may appeal in the court against the government order,” said K.V. Chandrasekhar, who owns the two-screen Veeresh theatre here and is a former president of the KFCC.

The proposal in the 2017-18 budget followed the recommendations by a 14-member committee, headed by filmmaker and Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy Chairman S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu. (IANS)

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This deal is part of the Karnataka government's programme to encourage investments in local solar energy operations

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  • Microsoft completed its first renewable energy deal in India
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Microsoft on Tuesday said it completed its first renewable energy deal in India which will help power its new office building here with solar power.

As part of the deal, the tech giant will purchase three megawatts of solar-powered electricity from Bengaluru-based renewable power producer Atria Power.

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This will meet 80 percent of the projected electricity needs at the new facility, Microsoft said.

“Investing in local solar energy to help power our new Bengaluru office building is good for Microsoft, good for India and good for the environment,” said Anant Maheshwari, President.

This deal is part of the Karnataka government’s programme to encourage investments in local solar energy operations, and in line with the larger Indian government goal to ramp up solar power generation to 100 gigawatts by 2022.

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“We are proud to be deepening our long history of partnership and investment in India with this agreement. This deal will help us grow sustainably and supports the growth of the Indian solar energy industry, so that the entire country can more easily and reliably access clean electricity,” Maheshwari added.

This is Microsoft’s first solar energy agreement in India, and one of the first in Asia — the company completed a new solar agreement in Singapore last week.

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Once completed, this project will bring MS’s total global direct procurement in renewable energy projects to nearly 900 megawatts.

“Microsoft, like India, has ambitious commitments to use more renewable energy,” said Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft. IANS