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Indian media: Cricket win dedicated to flood victims

India's Shikhar Dhawan has dedicated his good performance to the flood victims
Image caption Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan has dedicated his award to the flood victims

Media in India are celebrating the cricket team's Champions Trophy win amid continuous coverage of the devastating floods in the northern parts of the country.

The Indian team were jubilant after securing a five-run win over hosts England in a thrilling ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday night, but the cricketers did not forget the flood victims.

Indian websites, including Zee News and NDTV, say opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan "made a touching gesture" by dedicating his "golden bat" award to the hundreds who have died in the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

"I would like to dedicate my performance to the people who have lost their lives back home due to the flood. My prayers are with them," Zee News quoted him as saying.

The Cricketnext.com website says the win will restore the credibility of cricket in India, which took a serious hit following allegations of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League tournament in May.

"To come to England on the back of the IPL-6 spot-fixing controversy which threatened to seriously unravel the credibility of Indian cricket, win two warm-ups and then remain unbeaten in the Champions Trophy is a big achievement," the website says.

Meanwhile, newspapers are also praising the "spirited role" of the members of the public in the ongoing flood-relief work in Uttarakhand.

The residents of the Bhagori village - mostly shepherds, peasants and weavers - are generously giving whatever food they can afford to the stranded tourists, the Hindustan Times reports.

"We are grateful to these villagers who are keeping us alive when the government here seems to be dead," the paper quotes a tourist as saying.

The youth in the Hargaon village have built a temporary bridge over the gushing waters to save more than 5,000 people who were stranded on the other side of the river for five days, reports the Hindi paper Dainik Jagran.

In contrast, The Tribune and The Indian Express are criticising politicians for their "one-upmanship" and an apparent lack of coordination between the government departments involved in the rescue work.

Kerry in India

Moving on to foreign affairs, newspapers are discussing US Secretary of State John Kerry's three-day visit to India.

The Asian Age and the Deccan Herald say Mr Kerry, after arriving on Sunday, sounded confident of solving trade-related issues between the two countries, and also supported India's enhanced role in Afghanistan.

The Deccan Herald also reports that Muslim clerics from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh have offered to launch a polio vaccination awareness drive in Pakistan amid the Taliban's threats and attacks against health workers in that country.

But all is not well with India's own anti-polio drive as an 11-month-old boy in Maharashtra has succumbed to what is called vaccine-derived polio virus, the paper says in another report.

Experts say this rare condition occurs when the virus in the vaccine mutates to cause paralysis. The case, however, is not likely to threaten the polio-free status that India was recently awarded.

Meanwhile, official figures suggest a crime was committed on Indian trains every 25 minutes in the last three years, the Hindustan Times reports.

And finally, some Delhi colleges have decided to end the separate admission quota for hockey players "due to the waning interest in the game", the Indian Express reports.

"India's national game has taken a beating as a sport in the Delhi University, with prominent colleges such as Hindu and Hansraj deciding to not hold hockey trials for admission under the sports category," the paper says.

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