Indian media: China border dispute
- 10 July 2013
- From the section India
Media in India are expressing concerns over an alleged "incursion" by Chinese troops into the disputed territory near the two countries' de facto border.
The latest incident comes barely two months after another incursion in the Ladakh sector triggered a 21-day standoff, which was resolved after high-level meetings between the neighbours.
Reports say Chinese soldiers allegedly crossed into the disputed territory and took away an Indian surveillance camera after dismantling it on 17 June.
The Times of India says the incident took place "despite all the 'good atmospherics' generated during the recent visits of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's to India and Defence Minister A K Antony to Beijing.
"China at it again, smashes Leh (border area) sheds, grabs cameras", says a front-page headline in the Hindustan Times.
The paper, however adds that the Chinese soldiers returned the equipment after a meeting between commanders of the two armies.
"The Indian government and the defence ministry kept this as a well-guarded secret. It is not even known whether Mr Antony raised the issue during his recent visit to Beijing," says The Pioneer.
Moving on to business news, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its growth forecast for India to 5.6% for this fiscal year (April to March) in its recent evaluation, reports The Indian Express.
This is slightly lesser than the previous forecast released by the IMF in its report in April, the paper says.
Meanwhile, a UN report says the "skewed" sex ratio in the northern state of Haryana is responsible for the trafficking of girls from other states for forced marriages, The Tribune reports.
"There's a large-scale trafficking of girls from the North-East [India]. These girls are being brought to Haryana for forced marriage and bonded labour," the UN report says.
"The shortage of brides in villages and towns of Haryana and Punjab is often met by these 'on sale' poverty-stricken women, it adds.
In some disappointing news for fans of renowned author Vikram Seth, uncertainty continues over the fate of the much-awaited sequel of his acclaimed novel A Suitable Boy.
Mr Seth has been asked to return the $1.7m (£1.1m) advance, a part of which was paid to him to write A Suitable Girl by a publishing house, NDTV website reports.
The website says the author's agent is said to be in negotiations with the publishing house but there is no certainty over the outcome.
In some positive news, Shaily and Shilpa - conjoined twin girls who were joined at the chest and shared a liver - can now lead separate lives thanks to a successful surgery conducted by a team of 30 doctors in Delhi, The Times of India reports.
And in a case of online fraud, a man is reported to have cheated more than 20 women after befriending them online.
Krishna Venkatesh married three of the women, was engaged to one and was planning to marry yet another time when the police finally caught him, reports the Hindustan Times.
Police say Mr Venkatesh would take money from women on the pretext of expanding his business and then disappear.
In some sports news, the coach of the national hockey team, Michael Nobbs, has been sacked after a series of disappointing performances in international tournaments, the DNA newspaper reports.
However, cricket fans have a reason to cheer as the national team has reached the finals of the ongoing Celkon Mobile Cup Tri-Series tournament in the West Indies.
India entered the final with an impressive 81-run win over Sri Lanka in another rain-affected match in the tournament, cricketnext.com reports.