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Indian media: Flood's toddler survivor

  • 28 June 2013
  • From the section India
Indian defence personnel assist stranded civilians in crossing a raging river near the Pindari Glacier area of northern Uttarakhand state on 27 June 2013
Rescue workers are still looking for those stranded in flood-hit Uttarakhand

Media in India are describing a two-year old girl survivor as "the face of the flood tragedy" in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

The toddler, described in the newspapers as Gudiya (little doll) or Chhotee (little girl), was found by the rescue workers "alone and in pain" in one of the flood-hit areas of the state.

The girl has multiple fractures in both legs and one in her wrist, the Deccan Herald reports.

"Nature's fury has probably robbed the girl of her parents. She doesn't know their names, nor does she know where her home is," the paper says.

"Chhotee is restless even in her sleep and suddenly gets up asking for her parents… we have to constantly divert her attention so that she doesn't think of her parents or the traumatic events she went through," The Times of India quotes an aid worker as saying.

The paper, in another report, says the official numbers of those missing in the flood-hit state has increased from 350 to 3,000, raising concerns that the death toll may "eventually be much higher than what was earlier estimated".

Moving on to some financial news, newspapers continue to express concern over the falling value of the rupee against the US dollar.

The Times of India says that the decline "should put an end to the government's tendency to repeat the cliche that the fundamentals of the Indian economy remain strong".

Hindi daily Jansatta feels the fall will mostly hit the middle-class families as the prices of daily commodities are likely to soar.

And in some more worrying news for families, the government has decided to double the price of natural gas from April next year.

"The politically sensitive decision will push up the price for everything from food items to public transport," the Hindustan Times says.

Gangster attacked

Meanwhile, newspapers, including The Times of India and the Hindustan Times, are reporting a gun attack on gangster Abu Salem inside a Mumbai prison.

Salem, known as one of the most dreaded figures of the Indian underworld, suffered injuries on his hand when an inmate fired at him on Thursday, reports said.

He is a prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts which killed more than 250 people.

Moving on to some telecom news, Google is set to float helium balloons over rural India in what the company calls "an experiment to provide internet connectivity in isolated areas", The Economic Times reports.

In sports, England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes that his captain Alastair Cook has the potential to break mammoth cricketing records set by Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, The Statesman reports.

Tendulkar has scored more runs than any other batsman in international Test and one-day matches, and also holds the enviable record of making 100 centuries in international cricket.

But Pietersen feels that Cook, 28, has age on his side and can go on to add many more centuries to his existing 30.

The Hindu tells the inspiring stories of some child labourers who took benefit of a government scheme to educate themselves.

"As kids, they stuck labels on matchboxes, mixed sand and cement at construction sites with their little hands… But today, they are doctors and engineers," the paper says.

And finally, one of India's low-cost airlines has decided to hire only airhostesses from now on instead of the "heavier" male flight pursers.

The airline's idea is to lighten the aircraft to reduce fuel burn because of increased operating costs, The Economic Times reports.

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