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Indian media: Nawaz Sharif for better neighbourly ties

Image caption Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif says he is keen on improving ties with India

Media in India are discussing Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statement on improving ties with Delhi.

Mr Sharif, in an interview to a Turkish television channel, says he is committed to a "serious sustained and constructive engagement" with India, The Times of India reports.

"I have always given high priority to good relations with India for the sake of durable peace in the region. We are keen to have a comprehensive dialogue with India for the resolution of all issues including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir," the paper quotes Mr Sharif as saying.

The interview comes ahead of a possible meeting between Mr Sharif and Indian PM Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York next week.

The Hindustan Times says Mr Sharif's "pro-India remarks were largely welcomed in Pakistan, where most expect that relations will improve with Delhi in the coming months".

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has also expressed hope that India and Pakistan would discuss ways to address the tension at the Line of Control (the de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir) during the PMs' meeting, reports the Zee News website.

Claimed by both countries, Kashmir has been a flashpoint for more than 60 years.

In domestic news, the Delhi Metro has ordered a probe following a TV station's allegations that some of the rail network's staff were extorting money from couples looking to spend "intimate moments" in rooms at the stations, the Zee News website says in another report.

The televised report showed cleaning staff allegedly demanding 500 rupees ($7.9; £4.9) from a reporter posing as a man looking for a room for himself and his female friend, the report adds.

Anuj Dayal, the Delhi Metro's spokesperson, says "very stern action" will be taken if anyone is found involved in such incidents, the website says.

Meanwhile, The Hindu reports that a doctor in the southern city of Chennai used Google Glass to stream a live video of a surgery to remote locations.

The report says this is possibly the first time the device has been used inside an operating theatre in India.

Sculpture's 'long journey'

In good news for arts lovers, a unique 10th-century sculpture will be on display in the Indian capital after making its journey back from Paris, reports The Times of India.

The 4.5ft (1.4 metre)-tall Vrishanana Yogini, the sculpture of a female deity with a buffalo-shaped head, weighing nearly 400kg (882lb), will be exhibited in Delhi from 19 September to 6 October .

The sculpture was stolen from a village temple in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh before falling into the hands of an art collector in France.

It eventually found its way home after it was donated to the Indian embassy in Paris, says the report.

Staying with arts and entertainment, a short film showcasing the trials and tribulations of the Kashmiri Pandit community is to be shown at an international film festival in Los Angeles, The Tribune reports.

Directed and produced by Siddhartha Gigoo, The Last Day depicts the plight of the community which was forced to move out of Kashmir when militancy began in the late 1980s, it adds.

In sports news, India's good show at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest continues with Bajrang winning a bronze medal in the 60-kg freestyle category, reports the NDTV website.

The wrestler beat Mongolia's Nyam-Ochir Enkhsaikhan 9-2 to clinch the medal, it adds.

And finally, a tiger at the Panna reserve in the central state of Madhya Pradesh is under watch after being bitten by a rabid dog, reports The Indian Express.

"A rabid dog bit the tiger in an almost unheard-of occurrence that triggered panic among veterinary doctors and authorities at the reserve," the paper adds.

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