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Indian media: Li Keqiang's visit

PM Manmohan Singh with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang
Image caption Indian PM Manmohan Singh (L) discussed border issues with visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit and spot-fixing allegations in cricket are dominating the front-page headlines in Indian newspapers.

Most newspapers are highlighting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "plain speaking" with Mr Li on the border dispute, trade and water-sharing.

The Times of India says Mr Singh sought "greater transparency" from Beijing on building dams on trans-border rivers.

The Indian Express refers to the recent tensions in the border region of Ladakh with its lead headline: "PM takes tough line on incursion issue."

Mr Singh told the Chinese premier "that peace and tranquillity on the boundary was at the foundation of this relationship, and must be maintained", the paper adds.

On trade, the Hindustan Times notes that PM Singh has sought greater access for Indian products in the Chinese market to reduce the trade deficit.

But in his article in the same paper, analyst Jayadeva Ranade warns against relying too much on China.

"Delhi must remember that China has, on several occasions, already demonstrated its readiness to use trade and economic ties to pressurise countries on issues that it perceives affect its sovereignty and territorial integrity," Mr Ranade writes.

On a lighter note, The Times of India notes that Mr Li surprised people by opting for a vegetarian meal at Mr Singh's dinner on Sunday evening and impressed many with his personality.

"Indian guests reported that they had come prepared to meet a starchy Chinese leader but found Mr Li to be eminently likeable, open and engaging," the paper says.

Spot-fixing

Newspapers are also discussing the latest measures unveiled by the Board for Control of Cricket India (BCCI) to stem the "fixing rot" in cricket.

"Board tightens control, sets snoops on players," reads the headline in the Hindustan Times.

The paper adds that the board's new guidelines suggest that players' agents will now have to be accredited with the board, access to players will be limited and each IPL team will be assigned an anti-corruption official.

The arrest of a former domestic cricketer over fixing allegations also finds its way into the top news stories of the day.

The Indian Express reports that the Delhi police have arrested three more people, including a former cricketer, over spot-fixing in IPL matches.

The Hindu says the Rajasthan Royals will formally file a police complaint against three of its players who were arrested last week by the Delhi police over their alleged role in spot-fixing.

Blazing heat

Meanwhile, a severe heat wave has hit north India with temperatures nearly touching 50C (122F) in some parts of the country, reports say.

On Sunday, the capital, Delhi, sizzled at 44.6C, the season's hottest day so far. And it seems there will be no respite from the heat in the near future.

The NDTV website says dry heat may continue in the coming days in many parts of the country including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and Rajasthan.

But far away from the blistering heat, two 21-year-old Indian students have become the first twins to climb Mount Everest.

Nunshi and Tashi Malik were among the 135 people to reach the summit of the world's highest peak on Sunday, The Times of India reported.

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