Indian media: 'Anguish' over Kashmir killings

The family members of soldier Vijay Kumar Rai mourning in his home state of Bihar
Image caption Family members of soldier Vijay Kumar Rai mourn his death in his home state of Bihar

Media in India are highlighting the "anguish and pain" of the families of five soldiers killed in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

India's army on Tuesday accused Pakistan over the incident, saying their troops had "entered the Indian area and ambushed" an army patrol in Poonch in the Jammu region.

A Pakistani military official, however, said "no fire took place" from their side

The families are upset over what they call the government's poor compensation policy and "lackadaisical" approach in the border areas.

"I do not want 1m rupees ($16,382; £10,573) as compensation. The cost of my husband's life is not 1m rupees," the Mail Today quoted Pushpa, wife of sepoy Vijay Kumar Rai, as saying.

"Villagers are upset with our government sitting idle after such a big incident. Our soldiers were decapitated not too long ago. We have reasons to be angry," The Indian Express quotes Brijnandan Rai, brother of Sepoy Vijay Kumar Rai, as saying.

A "pall of gloom" has descended on the house of Shambu Saran Rai, one of the five soldiers killed in Kashmir, "with hundreds of people thronging it to voice their solidarity with the family - plus anger and anguish", the CNN-IBN website reports.

Meanwhile, newspapers feel Raghuram Rajan, the new governor of India's central bank, will need a "balancing act" to arrest the rupee's fall and bring investors' confidence back in the economy.

Mr Rajan will take charge of the monetary affairs as the head of the Reserve Bank of India "at a time when the economy is perhaps at its most vulnerable point since the crisis of 1991", the Livemint website reports.

The Hindustan Times, in an editorial, says that Mr Rajan has a "tough balancing act to implement: arrest rupee's slide, cool inflation and spur growth".

The Asian Age feels that Mr Rajan will need much more than his "remarkable academic and financial pedigree" to put the rupee on a "strong dose of adrenalin".

Elsewhere, a father was killed for trying to stop a man from harassing his daughter in Ghaziabad district of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Satish Gujjar intervened when he saw Sushil harassing his daughter, but the move infuriated Sushil so much that he shot Mr Gujjar dead, the NDTV website reports.

Local residents later overpowered the attacker and thrashed him to death, the report adds.

Trouble brewing

The ongoing protest for the creation of a separate Gorkhaland state in the state of West Bengal is "hampering" the export of Darjeeling tea, the Hindustan Times reports.

The protesters have refused to allow the dispatch of tea from the gardens and exporters fear the agitation may result in cancellation of orders from Asia, Europe and North America, the report adds.

The protesters want the new Gorkhaland state to include the hill district of Darjeeling.

Meanwhile, a school in Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh has asked its students to close their Facebook accounts and warned of strict action, including expulsion, if they failed to comply with the order, The Deccan Herald reports.

"Students are misusing the internet. They are wasting time on Facebook and as a result they get very little time for their studies," the paper quotes school chairman Raj Kishore Gupta as saying.

And finally, in a move to "ensure safe sex" for Indians, the health ministry is looking to procure condoms and other contraceptives from private manufacturers since the government-owned Hindustan Latex Limited is not able to meet the demand, the Hindustan Times reports.

The shortage of condoms is "endangering the gains of family planning programmes and checking the spread of HIV-Aids", the report adds.

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