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Grand ceremony marks start of 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games
India is trying to project the image of an emerging and reliable nation but has to try to make people forget organisational nightmares. Human rights activist tells AsiaNews that the Games have come at huge cost in terms of human lives and workers’ dignity.
Commonwealth Games soon to open amid problems and controversy
The athletes’ village is not yet ready. Stadiums and other venues are still unfinished. Security remains a challenge. Many countries are delaying the departure of their delegations; some are even pondering whether to come at all. Catholics should welcome participants with India’s traditional warmth, the bishop of New Delhi says.
Strike in Mumbai and New Delhi airports as modernisation approaches
Picket lines go up and workers clash with police as controversial airport privatisation plan goes ahead.
Commonwealth Games close in New Delhi
A grandiose closing ceremony marks the success of Indian athletes and help people forget the Games’ initial difficulties, delays, incomplete facilities and security problems. Many now hope the Games will signal a new “start” for India.
Wen urges people not to lose faith in the government, which will stop inflation
China’s prime minister speaks on popular radio talk show, answering questions on inflation. Beijing is concerned about inflation and growing dissatisfaction towards the government. Experts say the current situation might lead to unrest, if left unchecked.
Working children: poor families' sole income
In Delhi, child workers are employed to work for more than 10 hours per day for a handful of rupees. Non-governmental organizations rescue them from exploitation but they prefer to return to work.
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