Delhi prohibits naming more public works after Gandhi-Nehru dynasty

Across the length and breadth of India one cannot help but stumble into things named after the country's most famed dynastic family. There are Indira Gandhi airports, Rajiv Gandhi roundabouts as well as parks, schools and hospitals honouring the Nehru-Gandhi clan. One suspects many of them have been named by ministers and officials seeking to please the current members of the first family. But enough is enough. The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, who was appointed to his position by Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv's widow, has issued a message to ministers that no more government schemes are to be named this way.

Miley all smiley after finding gold in the gloom

On the sixth and final day of the Commonwealth Games swimming programme, the water in the pool at the Dr SP Mukherjee Aquatic Complex was so murky it would have been no great surprise had some Nessie-like creature popped its head out from the gloom. There was something of a Caledonian nature in it. True Scottish grit.

Pool water 'not to blame' for illness

Canadian swimmer Ryan Cochrane leads home South Africa's Heerden Herman and Australia's Ryan Napoleon in the second heat of the men's 1,500 metres freestyle yesterday.

Adlington wins second gold but 'Delhi belly' costs Halsall medal

Rebecca Adlington does not plan to put her feet up just yet.

Delhi Diary: 09/10/2010


2.30pm England in table tennis final

Paul Drinkhall was the hero for England in yesterday's thrilling semi-final victory against India. They now face a strong Singapore team in today's final.

Delhi belly hits England's dream of making a big splash in the pool

Halsall collapses after only getting bronze in strongest event as sickness also threatens Adlington's hopes

England claim gold in Delhi

England's Fran Halsall and Liam Tancock and Scotland's Robbie Renwick all claimed gold as the Home Nations enjoyed a successful second day of competition at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Delhi's poorest watch from afar as Games open in dazzling style

In the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the lights were so bright, the effect was literally dazzling. As the Commonwealth Games opened last night in Delhi, drummers drummed, huge puppets danced, and light sabres in the shape of sitars reached into the sky. "I declare the Games open," said Prince Charles. "Let the Games begin," followed India's President, Pratibha Patil. More than 65,000 spectators cheered.

Inside Lines: Why I doubt these 'shame Games' will go Delhi-up

The Commonwealth Games, which get under way today, are the first I have missed in 40 years, thanks to a pending knee operation. "Aren't you glad not to be going to this one?" I am asked. Actually no. I'd love to be there despite dire warnings of them going Delhi-up. This is not to make light of the problems that have surrounded the shambolic prelude and for that I believe a lax Commonwealth Games Federation are as much to blame as the corruption and inefficiency to which the Indian government seems to have turned an uncaring eye. But I believe that the likelihood of a major catastrophe such as a terrorist attack is remote. Simply because there is the anticipation of one. Having experienced the atrocity that befell the Munich Olympics in 1972, when 11 Israelis were massacred by Black September, I doubt whether Delhi will be as horrendous as many fear once the running, jumping and splashing begins. As a top security adviser to the IOC once privately pointed out, terrorism is about the element of surprise. Militants strike where it is least expected, not where it is. Of course, this does not lessen the necessity for the tightest security or stop the odd nutter doing something daft. The best security in the world cannot cater for that, as witnessed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. But security in Delhi will be paramount. The Commonwealth Games have always had their share of drama, and Delhi won't be an exception. But I suspect after all preceding controversies, there will be a sense of relief when they happen, and all involved will return home safe and sound, better for the experience.

Editor-At-Large: These costly games are all about ego and do nothing for sport

International sport has become the costly badge of entry to a premier league of nations. Today, an elaborately choreographed ceremony will take place in Delhi, marking the official opening of the Commonwealth Games. Hosting these events is the ultimate accolade for modern politicians. It means you're a top dog; your country can be taken seriously as a world power.

England eager for Commonwealth Games action

England chef de mission Craig Hunter is looking forward to the sport commencing at the Commonwealth Games after a fraught build up in Delhi.

Pakistani athletes win symbolic victory for their trip to Taj Mahal

Determined that Commonwealth Games' athletes and delegates should get the most out of their trip to India, organisers are arranging trips to the Taj Mahal, putting on special trains that will whisk the visitors to the World Heritage site in the morning and bring them back in the evening. Except perhaps, for the delegation from Pakistan.

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Inside Lines: Doomsday Delhi boosts Aussie hopes for 2018

If Delhi is a disaster, who would want to stage a future Commonwealth Games (apart from Glasgow in 2014)? Step forward Hambantota, a tiny port on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka, with a population of 15,000, as one of only two bidders for the 2018 Games. A tad ambitious, surely, for a place still recovering from the effects of Sri Lanka's civil war and the 2004 tsunami. Yet it has surprisingly declared itself as the other candidate alongside Australia's Gold Coast, where the mayor, Ron Clarke, is one of the world's finest former distance runners. Hambantota has the dubious backing of India, but more significantly of China, who have invested £973 million in its redevelopment as one of the region's economic and sporting hubs, with a 37,000-seater cricket ground being built for next year's World Cup. The Commonwealth Games Federation will choose between the two bids at their West Indies gathering in November 2011, but after Delhi's doomsday scenario the Aussies must be feeling rather chipper.

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