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Indian media: Tales of survival from flood-affected Uttarakhand

The India Army continues to rescue people from the flood-affected areas in Uttarakhand
Image caption The India army continues to rescue people from the flood-affected areas in Uttarakhand

Media in India are reporting rescue efforts and tales of survival amid despair from the flood-affected areas in the northern parts of the country.

The Times of India tells the story of a group of pilgrims who covered 72km (45 miles) on foot in the rough terrain of the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand to arrive at a safer place.

Vijender Singh Negi, 36, held on to a bell in the Kedarnath temple for nine hours in gushing neck-deep waters before he was saved, reports the Hindustan Times.

The Indian Express reports "the story of the most daring rescue operation" in Uttarakhand.

"In the register of daring rescue operations the armed forces have undertaken so far in Uttarakhand, the evacuation of about 1,500 pilgrims from a narrow valley in Jungle Chatti stands out. Not just for the perfect coordination between the army and the air force, but also the extraordinary risks involved," the paper says.

In another report, the paper describes how an army captain is performing his duty as a rescue worker while also searching for his missing brother.

Bringing hope amid the gloom is a heart-warming story of generosity shown by children working as rag-pickers, The Hindu reports.

The children collected 20,000 rupees (£217; $335) from their meagre earnings and requested Badhte Kadam (Marching Forward) - a non-governmental organisation working with poor children in northern states - to deposit the money in the national flood-relief fund, the paper adds.

Moving on to foreign affairs, India has promised to give a share of its civilian nuclear trade to the US, The Hindu says.

Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid gave the assurance during talks on Monday with the visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived on Sunday on a three-day visit.

'Love-struck tiger'

Meanwhile, PM Manmohan Singh and the ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi have reached Indian-administered Kashmir to inaugurate developmental projects in the state.

Mr Singh is due to launch a railway line which will link the Kashmir valley to the Jammu region on Wednesday, the NDTV website reports.

Security has been tightened in the state after militants attacked an army convoy and killed eight soldiers on the eve of Mr Singh's arrival, reports The Economic Times.

Meanwhile, a Mumbai court has ruled that Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will face a charge of culpable homicide for a hit-and-run incident 10 years ago, The Hindu reports.

Khan could now be sentenced to 10 years in jail if found guilty in the accident in which one person was killed, it adds.

The paper, in another report, tells an inspiring story of Hungarian dancer Eniko Bobis, who is using dance to spread awareness about violence against women in the northern town of Varanasi.

And finally, a "love-struck" tiger named Nandan has returned to his zoo in the eastern state of Orissa after escaping a few weeks ago, The Asian Age reports.

Zoo authorities captured Nandan, known as a "gentleman" tiger, when he tried to walk into the enclosure of a tigress after his brief adventure, the paper reports.

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