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Nov 6, 2010

Books on Obama creating buzz in Delhi and Mumbai

By Rohan Dua

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) – Books on President Barack Obama and his posters bearing his image are selling fast in New Delhi and Mumbai, the two cities he is visiting on a trip to India.

“At least 500-600 customers have been trickling in at our store asking for books on Obama,” the manager at a bookstore in Mumbai told Reuters by telephone.

Oct 16, 2010

Delhi Games organisers welcome probe into irregularities

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi has promised full support to a panel set up to investigate allegations of graft and mismanagement that plagued the recent Commonwealth Games.

“The honourable prime minister has appointed a committee to probe into all matters relating to the Commonwealth Games,” Kalmadi said in a statement on Saturday. “We welcome the initiative and hope that it will be comprehensive.

Oct 16, 2010

Games-Organisers welcome probe into irregularities

NEW DELHI, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Organising Committee chief
Suresh Kalmadi has promised full support to a panel set up to
investigate allegations of graft and mismanagement that plagued
the recent Commonwealth Games.

“The honourable prime minister has appointed a committee to
probe into all matters relating to the Commonwealth Games,”
Kalmadi said in a statement on Saturday. “We welcome the
initiative and hope that it will be comprehensive.

Oct 13, 2010

Indians lose in table tennis but kids ensure full house

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s hopes for singles medals in Commonwealth Games table tennis were dashed on Wednesday but a band of schoolchildren brandishing free tickets ensured a full house at Yamuna Sports Complex.

Sparse attendances blighted the early part of the Oct. 3-14 Delhi Games and organisers responded to public pressure by doling out wads of tickets to local schools, hoping both to boost the atmosphere and expose youngsters to unfamiliar sports.

Oct 10, 2010

‘Ghost town’ Delhi misses out on cycling road events

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Fans were shut out of Sunday’s Commonwealth Games cycling road race after police cut off access to New Delhi’s central districts, once again embarrassing the organisers with yet another event no one was watching.

(For Slideshow: Commonwealth Games Highlights, click here)

It was virtual curfew in downtown Delhi as the cyclists made through some of the city’s British-era landmarks and wide leafy boulevards on a 13.7-km route, dodging past scampering stray dogs and newspapers and plastic bags blowing in the hot wind.

Oct 10, 2010

Games-’Ghost town’ Delhi misses out on cycling road events

NEW DELHI, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Fans were shut out of Sunday’s
Commonwealth Games cycling road race after police cut off access
to New Delhi’s central districts, once again embarrassing the
organisers with yet another event no one was watching.

It was virtual curfew in downtown Delhi as the cyclists made
through some of the city’s British-era landmarks and wide leafy
boulevards on a 13.7-km route, dodging past scampering stray
dogs and newspapers and plastic bags blowing in the hot wind.

Oct 9, 2010

Noisy home support fails to lift Mirza to tennis gold

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sania Mirza, India’s most popular sportswoman, failed to win Commonwealth tennis gold for a fanatical home crowd Saturday as Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova spoiled the party with a 6-3 2-6 7-6 victory.

The top seed kept her composure in the face of fervent support for Mirza, with fans frequently asked to quieten throughout the contest.

Oct 9, 2010

Games-Noisy home support fails to lift Mirza to tennis gold

NEW DELHI, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Sania Mirza, India’s most
popular sportswoman, failed to win Commonwealth tennis gold for
a fanatical home crowd on Saturday as Australia’s Anastasia
Rodionova spoiled the party with a 6-3 2-6 7-6 victory.

The top seed kept her composure in the face of fervent
support for Mirza, with fans frequently asked to quieten
throughout the contest.

Sep 4, 2010

Shunning rock music for spreading Krishna message

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sundar Gopal Das is not your average tech graduate. Unlike many of his peers, Das spends most of his time at a temple in India’s capital, spreading the message of peace.

Das, 27, is a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and gave up a cushy corporate job three years ago to better serve devotees of the Hindu god Krishna.

Sep 1, 2010

Book Talk: Bangalore author Usha K.R. looks beyond IT

By Rohan Dua

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) – For many people, the city of Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, conjures up an image of a metropolis that plays host to the headquarters of some of the world’s biggest software companies.

But dubbing Bangalore “the Silicon Valley of India” has started to irritate local residents and even those who have made it their home as they argue the city in the Indian state of Karnataka is much more than just an IT hub.