April 9, 2011 |
Howard & Sons, an Australian pyrotechnics company, worked overtime before the Commonwealth Games here in October to ensure that the opening and closing ceremony firework displays were a success. When officials with India's Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee didn't help the firm with the paperwork needed to import, store and transport explosives, the company says, it was forced to ship them by air at significant expense. When staff accreditation was delayed and the stadium opened late, the outfit went into overdrive to see to it that the fireworks were properly mounted on the stadium's rooftop and integrated with the music, which for the closing ceremony arrived just 24 hours before showtime.
October 15, 2010 |
The international embarrassment that India suffered in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games ? marred by massive cost overruns, a collapsed bridge and widespread corruption allegations ? has focused attention on a stubborn cultural condition that if not checked, analysts here say, could undercut India's superpower ambitions. An attitude referred to in Hindi as " chalta hai ," which translates to "it goes" but can mean "don't be bothered," "whatever," "it'll do," or "don't fret (such problems as corruption, delays, shoddy quality)
October 4, 2010 |
When the Commonwealth Games kicked off here Sunday night, India relished the spectacle as an antidote to months of bad press over alleged corruption and mismanagement, including headlines about a collapsed footbridge, a tourist shooting and a filthy athletes' village. India has hoped to use the Games to showcase its booming economy and growing international clout in the same way China did with the 2008 Summer Olympics. But the many scandals in the run-up to the Games have left some worried that they would dent the nation's stature rather than elevate it. Some in the news media have dubbed them the "Shame Games.
October 1, 2010 |
The government people came one night in late September and built a partition covered with bright blue plastic sheeting and adorned with cartoonish tiger mascots and "Come Out and Play" slogans. It hid the slum known as Coolie Camp on the airport road where the foreigners pass. Irfana Begum, 40, who collects garbage, must now lug her three-wheeled bicycle over about 300 feet of rocky ground to get to the road and make her living. Begum, a 15-year resident of the slum, squatted in the dirt in a dusty sari, her bare feet adorned with toe rings.
September 20, 2010 |
Two gunmen opened fire Sunday on tourists near one of India's largest mosques, injuring two Taiwanese men before making their escape on a motorcycle, raising security concerns two weeks before India hosts a major international sporting event. The tourists were shot about 11:10 a.m. as they were boarding a bus parked near Jama Masjid, a mosque in New Delhi's crowded, labyrinthine old city, police said, sparking a major manhunt and a security alert in the Indian capital and Mumbai.
September 17, 2010 |
About the only thing beating expectations ahead of the Commonwealth Games here is the mosquito population, helpfully delivering a dengue fever epidemic that is expected to peak just in time for the opening ceremony early next month. The mosquito-borne illness has struck more than 7,000 people across India, including two top cyclists. (The 7,000 athletes and team officials who are about to descend on New Delhi might want to pack some bug spray: Their village is in a prime mosquito breeding area along the fetid Yamuna River.