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Indian media: Problems in Bihar blasts investigation

Indian officials are investigating multiple blasts at the Mahabodhi temple
Image caption Indian officials are investigating multiple blasts at the Mahabodhi temple

Media are highlighting the problems affecting the investigation into Sunday's multiple blasts at India's holiest Buddhist shrine.

The team conducting investigations into the nine explosions at the Bodh Gaya temple complex in the eastern state of Bihar has made no major breakthrough so far, reports say.

"Poor quality of the footage of the 16 functional CCTVs installed in one of Buddhism's holiest shrines has complicated the job of the investigators still looking for a breakthrough," the Hindustan Times says.

The Indian Express adds that the security cameras installed inside the temple complex have not been of much use to the investigators as only one of them was able to record the explosion and the movement of a possible suspect.

The Times of India says investigative agencies have been "unable to draw any conclusions about the group responsible for the terror attack".

"It is too early to say anything. There is no clear cut evidence of involvement of any particular group. We don't have a clear lead yet," the paper quotes a member of the investigation team as saying.

Moving on to business news, the continuing fall in the value of the rupee against the US dollar has sparked fears of higher inflation and price rise.

The rupee touched a new low of 61.21 to the dollar on Monday. It has depreciated almost 13 % against the dollar since May and is the "worst performing currency in Asia", says The Times of India.

"In the short term it will hurt all Indians as businesses, including those in electronics and automobiles, hike prices to make up for the cost of higher inputs," it says.

Concerned over the fall, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to meet business leaders on 29 July to discuss steps to boost the economy, the Hindustan Times reports.

'Hacking capital'

The southern city of Bangalore, also known as the country's software capital, seems to be turning into a haven for hackers, the Deccan Herald reports.

The city saw a three-time rise in such cases (hacking incidents) in 2012 compared to the previous year, the paper adds, citing a study conducted by the National Crime Records Bureau.

Meanwhile, Muslim clerics in Delhi could soon earn higher salaries, reports The Indian Express.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday asked religious body Wakf Board to work out a formula to implement a hike in the salary of Imams every year, the paper adds.

Elsewhere, Indians are among the top five foreign nationals to buy property in the United States, the NDTV website reports.

The report - 2013 Profile of International Home Buying Activity - which looked at a 12-month period ending in March 2013, says India figures in the list of top five along with Canada, China, Mexico and the UK, the website says.

And in what could raise serious questions over privacy, security camera footage of couples getting intimate on late-night Delhi Metro trains has reached international pornographic websites, reports the Hindustan Times.

"A leakage of this scale from its central control room, if found true, could embarrass the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) and raise a big privacy issue," the paper says.

In some good news for sports fans, teenage star Shiva Thapa has become the youngest boxer from the country to win a gold medal at the Asian Championships held in Amman on Monday, The Times of India reports.

The Indian contingent overall won one gold, two silvers and a bronze at the event.

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