from India Insight:

Vijender Singh enters the Bollywood ring with ‘Fugly’

June 15, 2014

Vijender Singh, the pin-up boy of Indian boxing, made his Bollywood debut on Friday, starring in a thriller about four youngsters who get into trouble with the police.

from India Insight:

India’s Games shame as countries ask for $70 million in outstanding fees

February 19, 2011

The athletes are long gone, but like the faded posters that are still scattered across New Delhi, the embarrassing legacy of India's Commonwealth Games rumbles on in a widespread corruption investigation and charges of financial mismanagement by foreign contractors who are reportedly still owed $70 million.

from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A week in Pictures 17 October 2010

October 18, 2010

Only days after the world watched the 33 Chilean miners emerge from the bowels of the earth, triumphant, an explosion at another mine, half a world away, is making headlines, but on a much smaller scale. The blast in China is reported to have killed 26 miners and trapped 11, with rescue attempts hampered by coal dust. Last year over 2,600 miners died in industrial accidents in China, whose mining industry is considered the deadliest in the world. The access given to the photographer is quite amazing in the circumstances.

from India Insight:

Where did it go wrong between the Delhi Games and the media?

October 15, 2010

Fireworks explode over the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium during the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in New Delhi October 14, 2010. REUTERS/B Mathur
Delhi closed the 19th Commonwealth Games in spectacular style on Thursday -- a Bollywood finale during which not only the crowd but athletes on the field, TV crews and young helpers swung and shook to the best-of-Bollywood medley.

from India Insight:

Going global in India’s chaotic way

October 13, 2010

Labourers walk on a flyover in front of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi September 25, 2010. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

India is globalising, but not the way much of the world wants.

That rather contradictory thought nagged at me one morning during the chaotic Commonwealth Games here in New Delhi.

from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A Week in Pictures 10 October 2010

October 11, 2010

North Korea opened its doors and the internet to the World's media to allow a glimpse of the parade which marked the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party. More importantly, it gave the world its first independent look at the protege Kim Jong-un. China based Chief Photographer Petar Kujundzic took full advantage of the opportunity.  The warmth of the picture of the women soldiers smiling - a rare glimpse into the world from which we normally only get formal, over compressed and pixelated images.

from The Great Debate (India):

India at the Commonwealth Games

October 5, 2010

Abhinav Bindra (L) and Gagan Narang of India pose after they won gold medals in the men's 10m pairs air rifle shooting competition at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 5, 2010. REUTERS/B Mathur

Here's your chance to congratulate all the athletes who made India proud.

(For Commonwealth Games LIVE Blog, click here)

from India Masala:

8000 people, two billion rupees and one giant balloon

October 4, 2010
"Are you tired," I asked Viraf Sarkari, the man who produced the spectacular Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Sunday. "I am," he replied, "but I don't mind doing it all over again." Sarkari, whose company Wizcraft produced and executed the three-and-half hour show, said it took as many as 8,000 people, hundreds of tonnes of equipment and almost a year of planning to get it right. India won high praise from all quarters for the opening ceremony, the highlight of which was a suspended aerostat (helium balloon), which cost 700 million and was the target of much criticism before the ceremony. "The problem was that people thought it was a 70-crore balloon. It was much more than that. This was a ceremony of surprises and we couldn't reveal everything beforehand." Sarkari estimates the whole event to have cost around two or three billion rupees but said it was a reasonable amount when compared with any other country. "The same technology, the same amount of people, and the same lighting would have cost at least 700 crore rupees if not more in any other country," Sarkari said. "Indians are used to working harder, we think nothing of putting in 16-hour days. We can improvise and make do with what we have," he added. For the Indian Railways sequence, Sarkari said old tempo travellers were used, and at several places, rather than buying new equipment, the team made do with what was available. "It is this ability to work a lot more for a lot less that will take India forward," he added.

cwg3"Are you tired," I asked Viraf Sarkari, the man who produced the spectacular Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Sunday. "I am," he replied, "but I don't mind doing it all over again."

from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A Week in Pictures 3 October, 2010

October 4, 2010

At the beginning of the week I had my doubts that we would actually see pictures from two major events taking place in Asia; North Korea's ruling Workers' Party conference, the biggest held for 30 years intended to push ahead the succession process for Kim Jong-il's son Kim Jong-Un and the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. As it turned out, the pictures from both fronted publications around the world.

from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A Week in Pictures September 26, 2010

September 28, 2010

A tough week for India as athletes began arriving  for the start of the Commonwealth Games. On September 21, a pedestrian walkway outside the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi collapsed; the very next day a portion of the ceiling in the weightlifting arena also collapsed. Social and mainstream media showed pictures of blocked drains, dirty bathrooms, soiled matresses and unfinished work in the athletes' accommodation.  Team members started to pull out of the games, undermining the status of the event. The enormity of the clean-up task seemed insurmountable, this concern beautifully illustrated by Parivartan Sharma's picture of a man sweeping dust in the streets with a hand brush - a seemingly pointless task when CWG president Fennell said that there was still "considerable work to be done". Have a close look at Reinhard Krause's picture of the roof of the weight lifting arena and make your own judgement on the workmanship of the construction.  As someone who has not got a great head for heights I fear for the safety of the workers walking on the roof of the building.