ED to question Games officals

Publicado  Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Delhi, Oct 20, DHNS & Agencies:

After the embarrassing splurges and financial excesses that went into the Commonwealth Games, the country’s investigating agencies moved into top gear on Wednesday to nail officials not only in the Organising Committee (OC) but also in other government departments for alleged corruption and financial irregularities.
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The investigating authorities, led by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which on Wednesday appeared to close in on some key OC office-bearers and decided to interrogate them in a FEMA case, and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) seized files relating to various construction projects undertaken by the CPWD and DDA, in an effort to expose the immense waste and corruption.
Not a bystander
Not to be viewed as a mute bystander, the Centre directed confiscation of Rs 183 crore bank guarantee furnished by Emaar-MGF, a private building contractor, against whom legal action has already been ordered after irregularities and deficiencies were detected in the Games Village which had become an eyesore following complaints of bad construction and poor hygienic conditions.
The direction means Emaar-MGF, which claims to have built the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, cannot encash the bank guarantee. But refuting charges of construction deficiency, Emaar-MGF said the Commonwealth Games Village was built to the “highest standards of quality and design”. In a statement it said:  “All the pertinent milestones were achieved as per our scope of work.”
The government action came on a day after DDA submitted an interim report to  the Urban Development Ministry in which it said there were “various deficiencies” and “irregularities” in construction of the Village and the builder had exceeded the permissible limits of construction.
BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal, whose premises were searched by Income Tax officials on Tuesday, refuted corruption charges and accused the government of making him a “political scapegoat” and indulging in a “witch-hunt”.
Claiming that his company, Delhi Tents and Decorative, did business worth only Rs 29 lakh in CWG contracts out of the Rs 77,000 crore earmarked for various projects, Mittal said: “I am being made a political scapegoat.”
He said neither he nor any of his family members were involved in CWG projects. About his links with Deepali Designs, which had bagged contracts worth about Rs 230 crore, Mittal said he had joined the company as an independent director in February this year and resigned in July.
“I have not a single share in Deepali Designs. Neither any of my immediate family members has one share in the company. There was a request made to me to join the board of the company as an independent director. I joined in February this year and left in July,” he said.
However, the BJP made no effort to stand by Mittal, with party spokesman Prakash Javadekar saying, “our stand has already been stated. We have nothing more to say.” BJP President Nitin Gadkari had virtually snubbed Mittal in a press conference on Tuesday when, in reply to a question, he said: “Who Sudhanshu Mittal? I don’t know him. We are not concerned with them. Government should take action.”
The party, however, demanded the removal of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to ensure a fair investigation into allegations of corruption. The ED will likely issue summons to OC officials, including Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, in a case of alleged foreign exchange violation related to the Queen’s Baton Relay in London. The sources said the ED wants to confront the officials with certain documents that it has laid hands on.
 Source : Deccanherald

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CWG 2010 Closing Ceremony Video

Publicado  Thursday, October 14, 2010

CWG Closing Ceremony: Roads closed for general traffic

Publicado  Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Delhi:  There are more traffic restrictions in store for Delhiites, courtesy closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on October 14, 2010.
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The Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements for movement of spectators. In order to ensure smooth traffic on the day, the police will impose certain restrictions on many stretches in the city so that spectators reach the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium - the venue for closing ceremony - without inconvenience.
Source : ndtv.com/

CWG: India take 31st gold, tally highest in Games

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NEW DELHI: Shooters Heena Sidhu and Annu Raj Singh won a gold in the 10-metre air pistol pairs event at the Commonwealth Games here Tuesday, taking India's gold tally to 31, the highest the country has earned in the Games' history.

India had won 30 gold medals at the Manchester Games eight years ago.

Of the 31 gold, 14 have come from the shooters at the Karni Singh Shooting Range.

World champion Tejaswini Sawant won the silver in the women's 50-metre prone event and 'Goldfinger' Samresh Jung and Chandrasekhar Kumar Chaudhary got the silver in the men's 25-metre standard pistol pairs' event.

At 13 hours IST Tuesday India's medals tally read: 31 gold, 25 silver and 28 bronze. With 64 gold, 42 silver and 39 bronze Australia remained table toppers. England were third with 28:49:36.

Soumyadeep Roy upset fancied Cai Xiaoli of Singapore 4-1 to enter the semi-finals of the men's singles table tennis event.

In the women's 10-metre air pistol, India, Australia and Canada were tied for the gold with 759 points each. Canada got the bronze on the basis of lesser number of perfect 10s - they shot 14. India and Australia had 21 each. India bagged the gold on the basis of count-back.

Tuesday evening India will take on England in the men's hockey semi-final. The winner will face world champions Australia who beat arch-rivals New Zealand 6-2 in the morning.

A second dope case, also involving a Nigerian athlete, has been found, Commonwealth Games Federation Mike Fennell told reporters.

"We have had a second anti-doping code violation. Nigeria's Samuel Okon, a 110-metre hurdler, has tested positive for the same Methylhexaneamine substance," Fennell said.

Fennell announced Monday that Nigerian athlete Osayemi Oludamola, who was awarded gold in 100 metres race after Australian Sally Pearson was disqualified for false start, had tested positive for Methylhexaneamine substance.

She has been provisionally suspended. A decision on withdrawing her gold medal will be taken after the results of test of her B sample are received. 


Sources: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

CWG 2010 Closing Ceremony: Closing Ceremony

Publicado  Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 14 is the date for closing of Commonwealth Games. The preparations for the closing ceremony are going on side by side the games. Unity and Solidarity is the theme for the closing ceremony programs. The closing ceremony will be different from the opening ceremony in a way that it will be more fun oriented. The opening ceremony displayed each of the contingents coming separately but in the closing ceremony all the nation’s players will walk in a mixed manner without making any distinction of countries, which is purposefully being done to display the whole world as a family.

The “wow” factor is being anticipated by the spectators and is being promised by the organizing committee. Almost 7,000 artists from all across the country are preparing to display a state of the art show.

The boundaries between the players will go off in the closing ceremony and they will walk all together with an intention to display this whole world that when players came they came as separate countries contingents but when they are going back those barriers and boundaries have vanished and they have become a single family altogether.

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The closing ceremony will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the track and field games are going on. On 13th the stadium will be handed over to the organizing committee. Within 24 hours the stadium has to be converted to a world class theatre to conduct closing ceremony. It is not an easy task without forming sub-committees and clearly defining the task for each of the sub-committee. The artists will be brought to the stadium turned theatre on 14th morning to get a feel and comfort where they have to actually perform.

Source : commonwealthdelhi.com

The great Viv spotted at the CWG 2010

Publicado  Friday, October 8, 2010

The brand ambassador for aggressive style of cricket is now in Delhi as an ambassador for his country Antigua and Barbuda at the CWG 2010. The great Viv who scored his first test hundred in Delhi way back in 1974 says he is simply in love with India.

CWG will change India's sporting scenario, says Richards
"This is an enormous event for India. Sport has changed so many things in our life and I am certain that when you have events like this, it is bound to have a big impact on the sporting scenario in India. This event will certainly change India's image from being a one sport country," he said.
Richards, here for the Games as a brand ambassador of the 25-member Antigua and Barbuda contingent, says he had no doubts on India's ability to organise such an extravaganza.
"I first went to Melbourne to in 2006. I totally enjoyed it and this time I wanted to come and enjoy as well. Such Games are important for smaller countries like Antigua and Barbuda and it gives a big platform for the athletes to perform," Richards told IANS in an interview at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The 58-year-old said he always believed that India will pull through, in spite of delay in getting the facilities ready which led to criticism and doubts about the country's ability to host a multi-discipline international event since the 1982 Asian Games.
"I had no doubts on India. I used to come here as a cricketer and always enjoyed the enthusiasm and the Indian way for life, in terms of loving and enjoying their sport. I was cent percent sure of India's ability, specially Delhi," he said.

Source : MSN

CWG Gymnastics: Ashish wins silver

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New Delhi: Ashish Kumar followed up his historic first-ever medal in gymnastics with a silver in the men's vault at the Commonwealth Games here Friday.

CWG Gymnastics: Ashish wins silver
Ashish, who won a bronze in floor exercises Thursday, was among the favourites to win gold but he had a faulty landing, going for a two and half forward somersault on the second attempt that cost him 0.3 penalty points as also the gold.
Coach Vladimir Chertkhov was delighted by India's progress.
"I am passionate about the game and want to show the Indian government that gymnastics is the most watched event after athletics and aquatics in the Olympics. We now have a strong foundation but need to keep up the good work," he said.
Source: MSN

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