CW GAMES WATCH: Sonia Gandhi to attend CWG grand opening ceremony – India conscious of its responsibilities but rather shoddy in working according to schedules, time management and plans well beforehand ?!!
From OneIndia News
New Delhi, Sunday, October 3, 2010, 9:54: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will be present at the grand opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games 2010, on Sunday, Oct 3, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
Sources said the Sonia Gandhi was expected to take her place in the “royal box” where Prince Charles and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be seated.
“Sonia Gandhi is conscious of her responsibilities and intends to attend the grand opening ceremony,” sources said.
The Congress chief would also like to give a big hand to hundreds of school children and artists who will showcase their talents at ceremony.
There is no word yet on AICC general secretary, Rahul Gandhi’s plans to attend the CWG opening ceremony.
Around 7,000 men, women and children will take part in the opening ceremony which is divided into 6 sections: Rhythm of India, Swagatam, Tree of Knowledge, Yoga, Great Indian Journey and AR Rahman’s rendition of the CWG anthem “Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto”.
Commonwealth Games 2010: opening ceremony diplomatic row averted – much ado about nothing except a few perceived miffed ego’s ?!!
The Prince of Wales will formally announce the Commonwealth Games in Delhi to “be open”, but it will be the Indian president Pratibha Patil who welcomes athletes and then declares the Games “to begin” after a diplomatic row threatened to engulf the Game’s opening ceremony this Sunday, Oct 3.
From UK Telegraph
By Jaqcuelin Magnay
Published: 10:15AM BST 28 Sep 2010: The Indian government has been keen to have a prominent role ever since the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, announced that she would not be attending the Games, and instead sending Prince Charles as her representative.
A statement from Clarence House made clear that Prince Charles would declare the Games open, but Indian media continued to report the elevated status of the president.
“Both the Prince of Wales and the President of India will have a prominent role in the opening ceremony in Delhi,” a Clarence House spokeswoman said.
“The Queen has asked the Prince of Wales to represent her at the opening of the Commonwealth Games.
“We cannot be specific about the choreography but the Prince will read out the Queen’s baton message, ending by declaring the Games open.”
But Indian sources say it has taken several months to determine the two forms of opening and beginning the Games to satisfy protocol demands from both countries.
Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cornwall is due to arrive in Bangalore today for a four-day stay at an holistic spa before flying into Delhi for the opening ceremony.
Sources have told the Indian Times that the Duchess will attend with family and friends and be exposed to yoga, mediation, ayurveda and eat south Indian satvic food.
Glitches in, kisses out at Games – Home ministry warns of long lines and checking problems – problems that will ultimately solve itself with greater social consciousness and dignity, but a good pointer none-the-less ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
New Delhi, Oct. 2: Please bear with the glitches, if any.
If this has been the unofficial theme of the Delhi Commonwealth Games, the home ministry gave it another outing today as it came up with a raft of guidelines for spectators a day ahead of the opening ceremony.
You may have to wait in long queues, the ministry warned visitors to the various Games events, since all the electronic card-readers may not work. Security personnel may therefore need to check the tickets and accreditation cards manually.
“In case of manual check, wait in the queue may get longer. You are advised to kindly put up with the inconvenience patiently,” say the guidelines.
Sources said the reason the e-readers at the venue entrances may not be able to read the tickets or accreditation cards is that the data banks had not been transferred into the machines.
The accreditation cards are part of the elaborate security arrangements, meant to ensure that the police have the identities of all the spectators. The fans have had to pay for their tickets through their banks, and each ticket-holder has been issued an accreditation card that carries personal details.
But the Games organising committee has been late in issuing accreditation cards and passes to several ministry officials and police officers, prompting the police to issue temporary accreditation cards to them yesterday.
Union home secretary G.K. Pillai had to move around with such a temporary card at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium where he attended a rehearsal yesterday.
A senior home ministry official sounded exasperated as he complained that though he had received the cards for himself and his family, he was still waiting for the passes to the opening ceremony that would have their seat numbers.
“If I am an invitee, how can I and my family members stand at the venue for two hours to watch the proceedings?” a senior official asked.
If the organising committee has been a little tardy in issuing cards and passes, it has been generous in issuing advice. The dos and don’ts it has released for spectators ask them to “be prepared and dress appropriately according to the weather forecast”, while banning them from bringing umbrellas into the stadiums.
“Do not question, argue or misbehave with any police officer on duty. Do not show any dissent,” the committee says. “Follow directions in respect of venue code of conduct and house rules.”
The last, sources explained, is euphemism for “don’t kiss in public”.