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Hours Left for Opening Ceremony of Common Wealth Games-News

Postby dilip » Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:30 pm

An Insight Into the Preparations for the Ceremony
After months of uncertainty and controversies, the day of reckoning has arrived for the Commonwealth Games.

The opening ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday, to be marked by a multicrore cultural extravaganza, dance, music and fireworks, should boost the sagging spirits of the organisers and the common man alike.

With the tickets priced high — the lowest denomination at Rs. 1,000 — most of the Delhiites have resigned themselves to watching the spectacle live on television.A Rs. 40-crore aerostat, adding to the ambience at the Nehru Stadium, would provide additional novelty to Sunday's show, which has been developed by a creative team headed by Bharat Bala and supported by Shyam Benegal and Prasoon Joshi.

About 7,000 men, women and children will dish out a show of India's cultural heritage in a gala Commonwealth Games opening ceremony with the icing on the cake being Maestro A R Rahman's performance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.

Singer Hariharan will perform the ‘Swagatam’ song which will welcome the Commonwealth countres to India with school children forming the ‘namaste’ on the ground. The tree of knowledge segment will showcase India's ‘guru shishya’ tradition with folk dancers and musicians taking centre stage. A yoga performance will raise the bar while the great Indian journey will showcase the spirit of India.

The grand finale will be Oscar winner AR Rahman performing live and while the magic unfolds the athletes will for the first time witness the ceremony from the stands. Australia will lead out the teams while hosts India will be led out by Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra.


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Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, accompanied by President Pratibha Patil. The couple are in India to attend the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Photo:Hindu
With most of the tickets already sold out, the two-hour ceremony, scheduled from 7 p m, will start with President Pratibha Patil and Britain's Prince Charles expected to declare the Games open in front of a packed stadium of 65,000 capacity tomorrow.

Thick Security Cover - Hindu News

Thousands of armed security personnel were on their toes today securing the capital for the Commonwealth Games as helicopters patrolled the skies and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles scanned the ground.

A virtual security fortress ahead of the opening of the sporting event, Delhi was full of snipers, commandos on ’Light Armoured Troops Carrier’ (LATC) and specially trained men from paramilitary personnel along with Delhi Police personnel.

Round the clock, personnel at the sophisticated C4i control room at the Police Headquarters here rummaged through live feeds from over 3,000 CCTVs installed across the city ensuring that nothing escaped their eyes.

A “multi-layered, multi-dimensional” security blanket, as City Police Commissioner Y. S. Dadwal put it, was thrown around the city with police vans surveying the nook and corner of the capital.

The security plan prepared for the mega event, which will see participation of 8,500 athletes from 71 countries competing in 17 events, also envisages expert groups to tackle chemical, biological, radio-active or nuclear attacks.

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Postby dilip » Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:26 pm


Coverage by Ten News Channel



Coverage by Ten News Channel
The theme song of Delhi 2010 performed by the finest singers Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shiamak Davar and Shreya Ghoshal.


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