Indian media: Cricket trouble

Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Image caption The Sahara group has been sponsoring India's national cricket team for more than a decade

Leading business group Sahara India's decision to withdraw from the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament is dominating headlines in the Indian media.

The group, which owns the Pune Warriors team, said it would also quit as the sponsor of the national side as it felt "betrayed" by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Most newspapers see Sahara's withdrawal as a "severe blow" to the credibility of the BCCI which is already grappling with spot-fixing allegations in the IPL.

"With cricket already facing a crisis of credibility, the BCCI has been hit with a financial challenge," the Hindustan Times says.

The Indian Express says the withdrawal is "another setback" for the board and The Economic Times feels the news has "added to the woes of the Indian board".

Meanwhile, members of the IPL team Rajasthan Royals - still trying to get over the arrest of three of their bowlers last week over allegations of spot-fixing - are set to take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday for a place in the finals of the IPL, reports The Hindu.

Besides cricket, the sacking of Phaneesh Murthy, one of India's leading IT executives, by the outsourcing firm iGATE for allegedly "failing to report a relationship he had with a fellow employee", has also been making the headlines.

"The twice-born, middle-class Brahmin boy from Malleswaram, Bangalore, has now twice fallen for the same vice: sexual misconduct with women at the workplace," says The Times of India.

"By his sheer star-wattage and brilliance, he managed to resurrect his career after he was fired by Infosys in 2002. However, after the current sex scandal, it's hard to see a second comeback for Phaneesh Murthy," the paper adds.

Mr Murthy has denied the charges against him: he said they were "completely baseless" and that he had informed iGATE about his "personal relations" with the female employee.

Meanwhile, severe summer heat and high temperatures continue to trouble most parts of northern and central India with Delhi witnessing this summer's hottest day at 45.1C (113F) on Tuesday.

Frequent power cuts have also made it difficult for residents to deal with the blistering heat, reports the Hindustan Times.

"With temperatures soaring high, doctors say, the number of cases of heat exhaustion and diseases like typhoid, gastroenteritis and food poisoning have gone up significantly," the Times of India reports.

In international news, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang continued his visit to India on Tuesday and charmed business heads in Mumbai by starting his address with a "namaste", India's traditional greeting, The Times of India reported.

Mr Li also met the family of Dwarkanath Kotnis, a young Indian doctor who treated wounded and plague-stricken Chinese soldiers on the battlefront during the Sino-Japanese war of the 1930s, the Deccan Herald reported.

'Sheer grit'

The grit and determination of Arunima Sinha, who "climbed her way into history books by becoming the first Indian amputee to conquer Mount Everest", was praised by DNA.

Ms Sinha was pushed out of a train while resisting a criminal two years ago. So grave were her injuries that doctors had no option but to amputate her left leg below the knee, the paper adds.

"Everyone was worried for me. I realised I had to do something in my life so that people would stop looking at me with pity," the paper quoted her as saying.

Finally, there is some good news for those who want to see a greener Delhi.

"The Delhi government is looking to set up a helpline to register complaints against illegal tree felling, which they hope to have in place within 20 days," The Indian Express reports.

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