Indian media: Social media worries

The Delhi High Court has asked Facebook to protect children from online abuse
Image caption The Delhi high court has asked Facebook to protect children from online abuse

Media in India are highlighting a court's concerns over the growing number of children on social networking websites like Facebook and Google.

The Delhi high court on Monday asked the government to frame a law to protect children from online abuses, reports say.

"Why don't we have a law on the lines of Children Online Privacy Protection Act in the US? We are lagging behind while the world has moved ahead. We should change according to the need of the time. Government has to do something," the Hindustan Times quotes the judge as saying.

The court also asked Facebook and Google to consider posting a "warning note" on their homepages as a measure to raise awareness about the issue.

"You (Facebook) can write on the home page in bold letters that children below 13 are not allowed. There is no harm in doing this," the court told the lawyers of the social-networking website.

Facebook and Google say "protective measures" are available on their websites, but admit that they cannot physically verify the age of the users, reports The Economic Times.

Meanwhile, rules to regulate the sale of acid have been tightened, the DNA newspaper reports.

The move comes after the Supreme Court last week expressed concerns over acid attacks on women, the paper adds.

In business news, newspapers say the government's approval of foreign direct investment in some key sectors, including telecommunications, has come out of a "desperation" to boost the struggling economy.

"The measures are aimed at attracting foreign capital, critical for trimming a yawning current account deficit that has rattled the government after the rupee's unabated slide over the past few weeks," says The Times of India.

The Hindustan Times feels that "foreign investment would help prop up the rupee, generate jobs and boost incomes at a time when cutting interest rates is looking difficult".

Ancient shrine damaged

Meanwhile, India's top archaeological body says huge cracks have developed in the ancient Kedarnath temple in the flood-hit northern state of Uttarakhand, the Deccan Herald reports.

The Archaeological Survey of India says restoration work will begin after a full assessment of the damage.

Elsewhere, authorities have released two sketches of a suspect they want to question in connection with the multiple blasts that hit one of India's holiest Buddhist shrines in the eastern state of Bihar on 7 July, The Hindu reports.

The National Investigation Agency, which is probing the blasts, says eyewitnesses saw the suspect walking around the shrine in Bodh Gaya dressed as a Buddhist monk.

In sports news, members of the Indian hockey team have been asked to improve their English-language skills so that they are able to respond to foreign coaches and understand situations better while playing abroad, The Times of India reports.

"I believe it's necessary for our players to improve their understanding of English. It's not only because you need to interact with a foreign coach sometimes but also if you want to communicate with foreign players," the paper quotes team official Roelant Oltmans as saying.

And finally, mobile phones, laptops and cameras top the list of items people leave in the Delhi Metro, The Statesman reports, citing a study.

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