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Essar pays protection money to Maoists

WASHINGTON:  A leaked US diplomatic cable has said the Ruias-led Essar Group, which has mining interests in Chhattisgarh, pays protection money to Maoists to safeguard its operations in the state, a claim dismissed as baseless by the company.

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Efforts on to save Rajiv’s assassins

CHENNAI: Three convicted men facing the gallows for involvement in the assassination of former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi on Monday moved court to stay their impending execution, while pleas, demonstrations and even suicide threats erupted across Tamil Nadu in an attempt to get the trio a reprieve.

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HC dismisses Yeddyurappa’s bail plea

BANGALORE: Spelling more trouble for former chief minister, Mr B S Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka High Court on Monday dismissed his anticipatory bail plea while a Lokayukta court ordered filing a charge-sheet against him in connection with alleged irregularities in land de-notification.

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HC asks UP, Noida Authority to file counter affidavit

ALLAHABAD: The Allahabad high court on Monday asked the UP government and Noida Authority to file their counter-affidavits on hundreds of petitions filed by Gautam Buddh Nagar district farmers, who have challenged acquisition of more than 3,000 hectares of land for development of Greater Noida and Noida Extension areas.

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