Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

News4u-News Desk- Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for positive identifications and answers about who caused the disaster.

The Dutch government declared a day of national mourning as the country prepared for the arrival of the first bodies in the afternoon.

The crash on Thursday killed all 298 people, most of them Dutch citizens, aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Ukraine and western nations are pressing the pro-Russian rebels who control the crash site to allow an unfettered an investigation, something Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would use his influence to achieve.

Though confident that a missile brought down the aircraft, US officials say Russia’s role remains unclear.

Two military transport planes, one Dutch and one Australian, departed at midday, heading for Eindhoven air base, to be met by Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and hundreds of relatives.

For one grieving mother, the arrival of the bodies marked a new stage of mourning and brought to an end the pain of seeing television images of victims lying in the undulating fields or in body bags being loaded into a train.

“If I have to wait five months for identification, I can do it,” said Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand, whose son, Bryce, and his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers died in the crash, said before setting off for Eindhoven.

“Waiting while the bodies were in the field and in the train was a nightmare.” Dutch government spokesman Lodewijk Hekking said about 60 coffins were expected, but the number wasn’t immediately confirmed.

There was confusion as well about how many of the 282 corpses which the rebels said they have found were on the train which arrived in Kharkiv, a government-controlled city, yesterday.

Jan Tuinder, the Dutch official in charge of the international team dealing with the dead, said that at least 200 bodies were aboard the train and that more remains could be found once the body bags are examined fully.

Wreckage from the aircraft fell on territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists who have been battling the Kiev government since April.

US officials say the plane was probably shot down by a missile, most likely by accident.


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EPFO asks staff to take steps to enforce min pension, wage cap

News4u-Business Desk- Retirement fund body EPFO has asked its field staff to take steps for enforcing government’s decision of raising wage ceiling to Rs 15,000 to cover the organised sector workers under the social security net.

The staff has also been asked to take steps for providing minimum monthly pension of Rs 1,000 under its schemes.

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) office order stated clearly that the gazette notifications regarding the two decisions “are likely to be issued very soon”.

In the Budget 2014-15 speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced that the wage ceiling for coverage of workers in organised sector under social security schemes run by the EPFO would be raised to Rs 15,000 per month, from Rs 6,500, and the minimum monthly pension of Rs 1000 would be provided under the Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 (EPS-95).

According to the office order, the pensionable salary for calculating the pension shall be the average of the monthly pay drawn during the contributory period of service in the span of 60 months preceding the date of exit from the membership of Employees’ Pension Fund.

The EPS-95 scheme provides that a subscribers can be member up to the age of 58 year.

Under the new arrangement, the pensionable salary shall be calculated on pro-rata basis for the period up to the date of notification - where wage ceiling is Rs 6,500, and for the subsequent period where the wage ceiling is Rs 15,000 per month.

Similarly the (PF) withdrawal benefits shall be based on weighted of wages at different wage ceilings.

The office order further asked the field staff to obtain fresh option for contribution on higher basic wages than prescribed basic wage ceiling.

At present, certain employees are drawing more basic wages than wage ceiling of Rs 6,500 per month and opt to contribute on their higher basis wage.

As per the circular, the fresh option to contribute on higher wages in view of new wage ceiling, is to be exercised in six months.

All those members who would not opt for higher contribution afresh, there contribution over the new wage ceiling would be diverted to their PF account along with the declared rate of interest.

The EPFO order also state that the minimum pension for members, widow(er)/nominee/dependent parent shall be Rs 1,000 per month and accordingly the minimum children and orphan pension will also increase proportionately to Rs 250 and Rs 750 respectively.

According to the EPFO estimates, raising of wage ceiling would bring 50 lakh more workers under the coverage of social security schemes run by EPFO and entitlement of Rs 1,000 monthly pension would benefit 28 lakh pensioners immediately including five lakh widows.


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Typhoon Matmo batters Taiwan, nine hurt

News4u-News Desk- Typhoon Matmo pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and downpours on Wednesday, leaving nine people injured, shuttering financial markets, and interrupting rail and air transportation.

Matmo, packing gusts of up to 173 kilometres per hour, slammed into the east overnight, becoming the first tropical storm to make landfall on the island this year, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The storm’s powerful winds tore off roofs and uprooted trees, including one in Taipei that crashed into a taxi, injuring its driver and a passenger.

Emergency officials said a further three people were injured in the capital and four elsewhere, either by falling trees or flying debris, bringing the total hurt to nine.

Typhoon Matmo had slightly weakened before it crossed the island to enter the Taiwan Strait and head for China’s southeastern Fujian province this morning.

It was located around 180 kilometres south of Matsu, a Taiwan-controlled island off Fujian, at 0830 IST, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Typhoon Matmo dumped up to 0.6 metres of water in the east and the mountainous areas in the southeast, the bureau said.

Despite moving away from the island, the typhoon “is forecast to spark more rains in the mountainous areas of the southeast and residents there need to keep taking precautions”, an official at the bureau warned.

Financial markets, offices and schools were shut down due to the typhoon, which also led to the cancellation of 171 international and 24 domestic flights, and the interruption of all rail services to and from the east.

Some 5,400 residents living in the mountainous areas prone to landslides were evacuated.

As many tourists were evacuated from Green Island and Orchid Island, two popular scenic spots off the southeastern Taitung county, yesterday.

The local government said shipping services between the two islets and Taitung had been suspended from yesterday for three days.

Last year, Taiwan was battered by Typhoon Soulik, whose torrential rains and powerful winds left two people dead and at least 100 injured.


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Bangalore rape case: School chairman arrested

News4u-News Desk- Chairman of the city school where a six-year old girl was allegedly raped, evoking public outrage and triggering protests, has been arrested.

Rustom Kerawalla, Chairman of Vibgyor High School, was arrested under various sections of IPC, Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), Bangalore Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters.

Police have invoked section 201 of IPC (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender) against Kerawalla, he said.

This is the second arrest after that of Mustafa, skating instructor as the main accused, on Sunday.

The delay in nabbing the culprits and taking action against the school management had evoked widespread criticism, leading to protests in the city and elsewhere in the last one week.

The incident had happened on July 2 and the complaint was lodged on July 14, while the first arrest came six days later.

As public anger grew, the government had effected a reshuffle at the top police echelon on Monday, transferring Raghavendra Auradkar and bringing in Reddi in his place as Police Commissioner.

The main accused was sacked at a school earlier for “gross misconduct” with girls, the institution had disclosed, with Vibgyor High School coming in for criticism for not checking the background of its staffer.

Mustafa, who joined Vibgyor High School in 2011, was arrested on Sunday, with police saying they had found pornographic content relating to children in the laptop recovered from him.

Karnataka government has also written to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations Board to derecognise the school.


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Uproar in both Houses over Shiv Sena MPs alleged misbehavior

News4u-News Desk- Both houses of Parliament witness disruption over Shiv Sena MPs alleged misbehavior with catering staff at Maharashtra Sadan at Delhi; meanwhile, Congress, BSP, NCP and other political parties demand action against the guilty.

As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, several Opposition membes raised the issue and termed it as violation of religious beliefs.

Members from Congress, RJD, Trinamool Congress and AIMIM were on their feet raising the issue. PDP members too were seen waiving a paper but they could not be heard in the din.

AIADMK members were seen waiving a copy of an an English daily but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked them not to raise the same question every time.

The Speaker said the members should allow the Question Hour to proceed smoothly and she would allow the issue to be raised during Zero Hour. She said Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Shiv Sena’s Anant Geete had met her separately.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the issue could not be raised as “nobody knows the facts” and before raking up the issue the facts should be ascertained. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House when the issue was raised.

After the Speaker’s assurance, the House proceeded with the Question Hour.

It was reported that a group of around 11 Shiv Sena MPs, apparently angry over not being served Maharashtrian food, allegedly misbehaved with the catering superviser. In the Rajya Sabha, Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) raised the issue when the House met for the day but Chairman Hamid Ansari said the issue can be raised during Zero Hour.

Sitaram Yechuri (CPM) said members be allowed to raise the issue during Zero Hour. “He has raised it, we will allow it in Zero Hour,” Ansari said asking members to resume their places so that the Question Hour can be taken up.

“Take it up in Zero Hour,” he said following which members resumed their places and listed business was taken up.

V Maitreyan (AIADMK) sought to raise reports of Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) allegedly exerting pressure on the collegium headed by then Chief Justice of India R C Lahoti in June 2005 to confer permanent status to a Madras High Court Additional Judge who was under corruption cloud.

“I have given a notice for suspension of Question Hour,” Maitreyan, showing a copy of the newspaper which carried the report, said.

Ansari asked him to take it up in Zero Hour. “Don’t show any newspaper… we all read newspapers. You don’t have to educate us,” he said.


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Nifty hits new lifetime high of 7,809.20 on capital inflows

News4u-Business Desk-The National Stock Exchange index Nifty on Wednesday scaled a new record-high of 7,809.20 points, led by a rally in IT, tech, auto, oil & gas, banking and pharma stocks on sustained foreign capital inflows amid robust corporate earnings.

The 50-issue index regained the 7,800-level for the second time this month by surging 41.35 points, or 0.53 per cent, to trade at an all-time high of 7,809.20, surpassing its previous intra-day high of 7,808.85 touched on July 8.

Brokers said market sentiments were upbeat on sustained capital inflows and widespread buying by retail investors after several bluechip companies came out with better-than-expected first quarter earnings.

Besides, progress of monsoon, positive economic data and global cues buoyed the trading sentiments, they said. Major gainers which supported the Nifty to scale lifetime high were Infosys, Bank of Baroda, Reliance, GAIL, Sun Pharma and Jindal Steel.

Further, a firm trend at other Asian bourses influenced the trading sentiments here, they said. The benchmark BSE Sensex also climbed 162.84 points, or 0.62 per cent, to trade at 26,188.64, just shying away from its lifetime high of 26,190.44 reached on July 8.

The gauge had rallied nearly 1,019 points in previous six sessions.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 412.03 crore yesterday, as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.66 per cent while Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.16 per cent in early trade.


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Russia trained, equipped rebels who shot down MH17: US

News4u-News Desk-Senior US intelligence officials said Russia trained and equipped separatists responsible for the shooting down of MH17 with a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine, but noted that the rebels may have targeted the plane presuming it to be a Ukrainian military jet.

The officials released some of the sensitive intelligence informations, including satellite images, to a select group of reporters yesterday claiming them to be evidences that Russia had trained and equipped rebels responsible for the attack, The Washington Post reported.

The United States and Ukraine have blamed Moscow and Russia-backed separatists for the tragic incident that killed all 298 people on board Malaysia Airline MH17. Russia has denied its direct involvement.

According to the daily, intelligence officials cited sensors that traced the path of the missile, shrapnel markings on the downed aircraft, voice-print analysis of separatists claiming credit for the strike, and a flood of photos and other data from social-media sites.

The officials ruled out the possibility that Ukrainian forces were responsible for the attack, saying Ukraine had no anti-aircraft missile system within range of the Malaysian flight at the time it was struck.

“We are seeing a full-court press by the Russian government to instruct affiliated or friendly elements to manipulate the media environment to spread Russia’s version of the story.

“What this looks like again is a classic case of blaming the victims,” the official was quoted as saying by the daily.

The Post said US spy agencies have not reached any conclusions on the motive for the attack.

But they did noted that the reaction among separatists recorded on social media indicates they believed they were targeting a Ukrainian military transport plane.

Acknowledging that the US intelligence agencies were not aware that an SA-11 system was in eastern Ukraine until the attack happened, the officials declined to answer questions about whether warnings about Russian military buildup over the past month had been shared with international aviation authorities, the daily reported.

They also declined to provide details on the satellites and other sophisticated sensors that enabled them to trace the path of the missile, citing concerns about compromising secret US capabilities.

The officials also released the missile path which showed that it was fired from “a geographic area” controlled by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The missile followed the near-vertical flight path characteristic of an SA-11 launch.

“We did pick up a launch. We were able to have the ability to track this specific launch,” an unnamed official was quoted as saying.


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Day of mourning for MH17 victims

News4u-News Desk-The Netherlands has declared on Wednesday a national day of mourning for the 193 Dutch victims of the flight MH17 crash, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a statement.

The first bodies recovered from last week’s disaster over rebel-held Ukraine, in which 298 people died, are due to arrive in the Netherlands at 1400 GMT on Wednesday, where they will be met by relatives.

King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima and Rutte will also be present at Eindhoven airport for the arrival of the bodies, which will be marked by a minute’s silence, the statement from the justice ministry said.

Flags on public buildings around the country will fly at half mast, Rutte said. Representatives of some of the 10 other nations whose citizens were killed in the crash will also be present.


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Ishant, Bhuvneshwar climb up ICC rankings chart

News4u-Sports Desk-India’s historic win at Lord’s, only their second at the home of cricket in 82 years, has seen Indian players Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane make noticeable improvements in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings, released on Tuesday.

Ishant, who took a match-winning seven-wicket haul in the team’s 95-run win in the first Test against England, jumped three places to return to the top-20 of the Test bowlers’ chart for the first time in three years.

Ishant, who is now 20th, now trails off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (11th), the highest-ranked India bowler, by 139 ratings points.

The 24-year-old Kumar, in his maiden Test at Lord’s, returned with productive overall match figures of 6/103, with all his six scalps coming in the first innings. He has vaulted 12 places to claim 34th position with team-mate Ravindra Jadeja in 28th position.

In the Test batting chart, Vijay rocketed 11 places to claim a career-best 19th spot following his contributions of 24 and 95 in the first and second innings respectively.

Vijay, 30, is the third India batsman behind Cheteshwar Pujara (eighth) and Virat Kohli (14th) to feature inside the top 20, a list that is led by South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

Rahane, 26, who scored a masterly 103 in the first innings, has gained 11 places on the table and is now sitting in the 35th position.

Meanwhile, despite ending up on the losing side, there was some positive news for the England camp with pace spearhead James Anderson and some of the young guns continuing to make upward movement.

Anderson, who picked 4 wickets in the first innings and 1 in the second leaped 5 places to be ranked 8th in the Test bowlers chart led by South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

Ben Stokes, who took five for 91, claimed 11 places to rise to 41st position. Liam Plunkett also jumped 5 spots to be ranked 45th in the list.

Amongst England batsmen to head in the right direction, Joe Root has gained one more place and is now in 15th position following scores of 13 and 66.

Gary Ballance, who stroked 110 in England’s first innings, moved inside the top-50 by rising 23 places to claim 47th spot. All-rounder Moeen Ali has earned 16 places ato be placed 83rd.

India, who are ranked fourth in the Test team list led by Australia play their second Test against the hosts in Southampton starting July 27.


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India aims top three finish in Glasgow Commonwealth Games

News4u-Sports Desk- The unprecedented success achieved in the last edition would be hard to replicate this time after the dropping of a few disciplines but upbeat after getting back in the Olympic fold, a 215-strong Indian contingent would nonetheless seek a top-five finish in the 20th Commonwealth Games which begin in Glasgow on Wednesday.

India finished second behind Australia with a record 101 medal haul in New Delhi in a Games marred by corruption scandals and construction delays but praised for the stunning success in terms of delivery of the event and performance by the athletes.

The Delhi CWG triggered an ascent in sports achievements with another record-breaking show in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou where India won 65 medals.

Two years later, the country won six medals in London, almost half of the individual medals won in the entire Olympic history.

But in Glasgow, the most realistic target for India would be a third-place finish with the top spot expected to go either to Australia or England.

The Games will see 4,500 athletes from 71 nations of the erstwhile British empire compete for the top honours with superstar sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica and middle and long distance king Mo Farah of England expected to set the Hampden Park Stadium ablaze.

A total of 261 medal events across 18 sports will be contested across 11 days in the third-biggest multi-sporting event after Olympics and Asian Games. The Games will also include the highest ever number of para-sport events with 22 gold medals up for grabs across five sports.

India, which has sent 215 athletes in 14 sports, its largest ever after 2010 Delhi CWG, will be hit hard by the scrapping of archery and tennis from Glasgow Games and the reduction in the number of medal events in shooting and wrestling.

The country had won a combined 12 medals from archery and tennis in 2010 while bagging 14 medals from the 18 events dropped this time from shooting.

Greco-Roman category in wrestling, from which India won eight medals in 2010, has also been done away with in Glasgow.

With several of the shooters, who had given 30 medals in 2010, also not in peak form, India’s medal tally is expected to reduce drastically from the 101 (38, 27, 36) in 2010 and anything above 60 can be considered an achievement.

Finishing second in Glasgow ahead of England, whose athletes are competing under near home-like conditions, is unlikely for India.

The country had finished second in 2010 after winning one gold more than England which though had bagged 31 more medals.

England will also be hurt less than India on account of scrapping of archery and tennis and pruning down of the number of events in shooting and wrestling. Moreover, they did not send many of their top athletes in 2010 because of the 2012 London Olympics.

India and Canada, which has sent a 265-strong team to Glasgow, it’s largest ever for a non-home Commonwealth Games, are expected to fight it out for the third place.

Canada will not be hit hard by scrapping of disciplines as they won just three medals in Greco-Roman wrestling in 2010 while they had a small presence in shooting.

Scotland, which is hosting its biggest ever sporting event and third CWG on its soil, is also expected to do well in front of their home crowd who are also set to watch the likes of Bolt, Farah, women’s 100m Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and English cycling champion Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, in action.

The fight for the top spot will, however, be intense with England likely to challenge Australia’s reign at the top of medal table since 1990. Both Australia and England will each be represented by over 400 athletes.

Australia topped the medal count at 2010 Delhi Games with 177 medals (74, 55, 48) against England’s 142 (37, 59, 46) but two years later, Britain won the battle that really counted, clinching 29 gold medals in London Olympics while Australia managed seven, sparking fierce recriminations Down Under.

India, which has more than half of the total two billion population of the Commonwealth countries, has returned with nearly 30 medal winners of the last Games with the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Vijender Singh, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Krishna Poonia, Ashish Kumar, Achanta Sharath Kamal set to prove their mettle once again.

As usual, shooting is still expected to contribute a major chunk of medals for India despite 18 events being dropped in Glasgow since the last edition.

In Delhi, shooting had given 30 out of 101 medals India won and this time also, the country would look up to the likes of star marksman Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Vijay Kumar, Heena Sidhu to deliver once again.

India will also find its medal count getting reduced due to scrapping of Greco-Roman wrestling (seven events) from which the country had won four gold, a silver and two bronze. But, India still is expected to win at least 10 medals from wrestling.

Olympic medallists Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt will lead the campaign and both, though fighting in new weight classes due to tweaking of categories by world governing body FILA, would be looking for gold in 74kg and 65kg freestyle respectively.

In hockey, the Olympic sport which is most sentimentally attached to the people, India is expected to win at least a medal either from men or women.

Indian men won a silver in 2010 CWG after a humiliating loss to Australia in the final and this time they will have to beat either New Zealand or England in the semifinals, if they reach that stage, to make it to the title round.

In women’s hockey, India will first hope to finish in the top two in their group with higher-ranked New Zealand and South Africa in the fray.

India are also set to lose out medals in athletics, which yielded 12 medals, including two gold, last time. With lack of preparation ahead of the Games and most of the track and field athletes struggling for form, the country may not even reach the half-way mark in the blue-riband sport of the multi-sporting event.

The country may expect four to five medals in athletics with the likes of defending women’s discus throw champion Krishna Poonia and Vikas Gowda (men’s discus throw) and young Arpinder Singh (men’s triple jump) among contenders.

Women’s 4x400m relay quartet has an outside chance for a medal while women’s discus may give another medal with Seema Punia having a chance in a field which has very few world-class competitors.

In badminton, despite the absence of star shuttler Saina Nehwal, India are expected to do well and almost certain to win a medal in men’s and women’s singles. Rising star P V Sindhu is the highest-ranked shuttler in women’s singles and she can win a gold this time.

In men’s singles, with the pulling out of world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, P Kashyap should win at least a medal if not gold. Another Malaysian Wei Feng Chong is now the highest ranked player left in fray at 19th while Kashyap, bronze winner in 2010 Delhi CWG, is ranked two rungs below.

England’s Rajiv Ouseph, who won a silver in 2010 Delhi CWG, is third highest ranker at 27th but he has struggled with his form this season and India’s K Srikkanth or R M V Gurusaidutt has the capability to bag a medal.

Defending women’s doubles champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa may also get a medal though it will be tough for the Indian pair.

The loss in athletics may be compensated by weightlifting which could turn out to be the surprise discipline for India as the medal tally of eight in 2010 may be surpassed this time. The country’s lifters had done exceedingly well in the Commonwealth Championships in November last year.

With weightlifting heavyweight Nigeria coming in Glasgow without much preparation and in the absence of a couple of Malaysian gold winners of last Games, India may get more medals than the eight they won in Delhi though it is difficult to predict the colour of the medals.

Indian boxers may be able to win the same number of seven medals which they bagged in 2010 but unlikely to bag three gold though defending light welterweight (upto 64kg) champion Manoj Kumar (64kg) and 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh (75kg) are taking part in Glasgow.

For the first time, women’s boxing will be introduced in the Commonwealth Games in three weight categories — 51kg, 60kg and 75kg — and the Indians, including former Asian champion L Sarita Devi (60kg) will be in the reckoning for a medal each.

India should also win at least two medals in table tennis. The Indian paddlers had won five medals, including a gold in men’s doubles, in 2010. Veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal, who was part of gold-winning pair in 2010, is again leading the Indian campaign.

Gymnast Ashish Kumar won a silver and a bronze in men’s vault and floor exercise in the last Games in Delhi but it will have to be seen whether he can repeat that performance in Glasgow while the judokas are also hoping to get at least a medal in their sport which returned to the CWG fold after 2002.

Para athlete Prasanta Karmarkar won a bronze in men’s 50m freestyle S9 swimming in 2010 and he is also in the fray again.

Meanwhile, Olympic champions Bolt, Farah and Wiggins headline a host of star names hoping to bury injury problems and selection snubs to strike gold at the Commonwealth Games.

The 20th edition of the Games will officially be opened by Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday with a ceremony at the iconic Celtic Park, the home Scotland’s famous football club Glasgow Celtic.

The Opening Ceremony, to be produced by an international events company Jack Morton Worldwide involved in the Ceremonies for Manchester 2002, Melbourne 2006 as well as the Athens Olympics and the 2010 World Cup, is expected to attract a global audience of more than one billion and is set to feature more than 2,000 volunteers taking part in the event.

Singing stars such as Grammy Award winner rock legend Rod Stewart, host country’s Susan Boyle, Amy McDonald and Julie Fowlis will perform on the night in a three-hour show starting 8pm British Summer Time (00:30 IST) .

The Ceremony will also feature a near 100m wide and 11m high LED screen erected in front of the South Stand at Celtic Park to broadcast images on the night.

Attention will then turn to the action itself with Bolt looking to add Commonwealth gold to his six Olympic and eight World Championship gold medals.

However, the 27-year-old will only be running as part of the Jamaican 4x100m relay team as he missed the Jamaican championships which served as the selection meeting for the Commonwealth Games due to injury.

Double Olympic champion Farah is confident of being fit to run both the 5,000m and 10,000m despite pulling out of the Diamond League event in Glasgow due to abdominal pains.


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