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CWG: Nagaland in “reconsider your need to travel” category
New Delhi, SEPT 29 (IANS):
Published on 30 Sep. 2010 12:41 AM IST
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Even as Australia issued a fresh travel advisory regarding India, union sports minister M.S. Gill Wednesday said strict security arrangements have been made for the Commonwealth Games and there is nothing to worry.
“There are foolproof security arrangements for the Games and there is nothing to worry about,” Gill told IANS.
In its updated travel advisory, Jammu and Kashmir has a “do not travel” warning, the northeastern states of Nagaland, Tripura, Assam and Manipur have been clubbed under the “reconsider your need to travel” category.
The department of foreign affairs and trade website said: “Terrorists may also be planning attacks against Indian political and security interests. We also continue to receive reports about possible terrorist attacks in markets frequented by foreigners in New Delhi.”
“Supreme Court as well as the famed Lotus temple are all subject to possible terror attacks. The Indian parliament and Red Fort are also on the list of places that could be terror targets along with hotels in New Delhi and Mumbai,” it said.
Asked about security, the minister said: “It is a huge factor in a crowded event, whether it is sports or anything else. Everyone is happy with security. Sometime because of heavy security, the athletes can have a problem coming in and going out. We are trying to maintain a balance.”
When asked about the fresh Australian advisory, Gill said: “I have spoken to the Scottish minister, Canadian minister and the Australian minister and all of them are satisfied with the security arrangements.”
“In fact, I have been told by some of the foreign delegates that they faced problems because of stringent security arrangements at the Games Village and venues,” he added.
“I have spent almost two hours in the village and spoke to teams from at least 13 countries. Honestly, all of them said they are feeling very comfortable and are glad to be here,” the minister told reporters.

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