OLYMPIC TORCH

  • Sochi Olympic torch reaches Dagestan in Russia January 28, 2014

    The Olympic torch has wound its way amid heightened security through more than 100 cities in the relay leading up to next month's Winter Games in Sochi. ...
  • Amitabh Bachchan carries London Olympic torch July 26, 2012

    London: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan carried the London Olympic torch in London on Thursday, a day before the opening ceremony of the Games. The actor was a part of the relay team which carried the torch. Bachchan, 69, had already tweeted that he would be carrying the torch in London on...
  • Amitabh Bachchan to carry Olympic torch in London July 26, 2012

    Mumbai: In what will be a rare honour for India, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has been invited to carry the Olympic torch on the final leg of its relay on Thursday. An overwhelmed Big B, tweeted about the impending event, OK !! HERE IT IS : Have been invited by London...
  • Amitabh Bachchan to carry Olympic torch July 25, 2012

    London: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will carry the London Olympic torch in London on Thursday, a day before the opening ceremony of the Games. The actor will be part of the relay team which will carry the torch. Bachchan, 69, tweeted that he would be carrying the Torch in London on Thursday...
  • Balle balle, 'langar' for Fauja's Olympics Torch July 12, 2012

    London: Thousands of vegetarian meals will be served along the route of Olympic Torch Relay to celebrate the 101yearold Londonbased marathon legend Fauja Singh, who will carry the torch on July 21 when it reaches Newham, near the Olympics Stadium. Over 15 gurdwaras have joined hands to organise the 'langar' along...
  • 2012 Olympic torch lit in Ancient Olympia May 10, 2012

    Ancient Olympia, Greece: The London 2012 Olympics torch was kindled by the sun's rays in ancient Olympia on Thursday, sparking a relay that will culminate with the lighting of the Olympic stadium's cauldron at the Games opening ceremony on July 27. On a warm and sunny day at the site of...
  • Canadian PM gives Olympic Torch model to Akshay November 17, 2009

    Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar has been nominated as the sole torchbearer to represent India at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games to be held in Vancouver, Canada. On Monday afternoon, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper did the honours at a ceremony held in Mumbai. Akshay is the only actor on the...
  • Delhi yet to give green signal to Olympic relay April 3, 2009

    New Delhi: This would perhaps be the last time the Olympic torch relay touched Indian shores. It is ironic that a relay symbolising peace and hope was drawn into a political battle, as proTibet activists tried their utmost best to disrupt the route of the Beijing Olympic torch all over...
  • IOC scraps international torch relays March 27, 2009

    New Delhi: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has scrapped all future Olympic torch relays. The torch relay for both the Winter and Summer Games will now be confined to inside the boundaries of the host countries. IOC took the decision after the controversyridden journey of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch Relay. The...
  • Chinabased Indian woman runs in Olympic torch relay July 7, 2008

    New Delhi: Business executive Meena Barot on Monday created history by becoming the only Indian to take part in the Olympic torch relay in China, a moment she called the "most beautiful" in her life. Cheered and clapped by thousands of Chinese and a handful of expatriates, Barot, 36, who...
  • Olympic torch in Lhasa under tight security June 21, 2008

    New Delhi: The Olympic torch will pass through Tibet's capital Lhasa before strictly vetted crowds on Saturday. The torch arrived on Saturday in a tense Tibet under tight security and surveillance. Officials claim that proindependence activists are trying to sabotage the relay. The Lhasa leg of the relay has been drastically shortened...
  • Olympic torch relay downscaled after quake hits China May 14, 2008

    Beijing: The Olympic torch relay will be simplified, downscaled and open with a minute of silence Wednesday when a leg starts in the southeastern city of Ruijin, a symbolic gesture to thousands who died in a massive earthquake in central China. The announcement on Tuesday by Beijing Olympic organizers was a...
  • Heights of adventure: Olympics torch reaches Mt Everest May 8, 2008

    Beijing: A team of Chinese climbers on Thursday carried the Olympic flame to the 8,848m summit of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. State television broadcast live pictures of the climbers reaching the summit and displaying the Olympic flame in several special highaltitude, windproof torches on the summit of Everest in...
  • On top of the world: Olympic torch reaches Mt Everest May 2, 2008

    New Delhi: After travelling around the world the Olympic torch is now on a 100day tour of China ahead of the games that begin on August 8 which began on the top of the world. The torch landed in Hong Kong on Wednesday and was taken up to an advance camp...
  • Torch run in Seoul disrupted by protests April 27, 2008

    Seoul: A North Korean defector tried to set himself on fire to halt the Olympic torch relay through Seoul, while thousands of police guarded the flame Sunday from protesters blasting China's treatment of North Korean refugees. Hundreds of China supporters waving the Chinese flag greeted the torch, throwing rocks at antiBeijing...
  • Protests dog Olympic torch run in Bangkok April 20, 2008

    Bangkok: About two hundred China supporters taunted proTibet demonstrators as the Olympic torch was paraded through Bangkok amid tight security on Saturday. Police pushed back several people who tried to advance beyond barricades to counter demonstrations by scores of activists angry at China's human rights record and rule over Tibet. A crowd...
  • IndoChina differences over Tibet to be addressed April 18, 2008

    New Delhi: It seems that all is well after the Olympic Torch ran without any untoward incident and South Block has marked up its brownie points with Beijing. However, experts warn that IndoChina differences over Tibet are still to be addressed. China's security concerns in Tibet have increased many fold and...
  • CNNIBN journo runs with Olympic torch | How it felt April 17, 2008

    Digvijay Singh Deo was the only journalist from India to have run with the flame. ...
  • Short, safe: torch relay ends peacefully April 17, 2008

    New Delhi: Sportspersons past and present, film stars and other celebrities hastily passed the Beijing Olympic flame from one to another Thursday as the tightly orchestrated India run of the torch got over under a cloud of protests from Tibetans elsewhere in the city. India's woman weightlifter Kunjum Rani Devi kicked...
  • Bachchan takes a dig at Gill for torch run remarks April 16, 2008

    New Delhi: Union Sports Minister M S Gill's opposition to politicians and actors carrying the Olympic torch saw superstar Amitabh Bachchan taking a pot shot at the new minister. "He (Gill) is the sports minister. Who will dare to argue with him? They are the government," Bachchan said. Gill had said...
  • Bizarre security norms torch spirit of Olympics April 16, 2008

    New Delhi: That security would be tight at the Olympic torch relay in New Delhi on Thursday was a given but the government is taking the arrangements to levels never seen in the city before. The Government on Wednesday issued an advisory for the relay on Rajpath, points of which are...
  • Tibetans activists try to storm Chinese embassy in Delhi April 16, 2008

    New Delhi: About 100 Tibetan activists tried to storm the Chinese embassy on Wednesdayhours before the Olympics torch reaches the national capital. However, the protestors were whisked away by the police. The activists, under the banner of Tibetan Youth congress, arrived at the embassy at around 1030 hrs IST. They were...
  • Olympic torch tours Chinafriendly Pakistan April 16, 2008

    Islamabad: Pakistan welcomed the Olympic torch Wednesday for what its proChina government hopes will be a festive and troublefree leg of its world tour. Protests against China's human rights record have marred the torch's passage through Western cities, and Pakistan has gone to great lengths to avoid any repeat during its...
  • Warming up for torch relay amid debates and protests April 16, 2008

    New Delhi: Security drills are underway to ensure that the Olympic torch relay in New Delhi goes off smoothly. However, with less than 48 hours to go before the Olympic torch arrives, the police authority is making sure that the Tibetan protestors are kept at bay. Sports Minister MS Gill feels...
  • Mammoth security, but no spirit for Olympic torch relay April 16, 2008

    New Delhi: The Olympic torch ran into trouble in London, was doused in Paris by Tibetan protesters and now its gearing up for the India leg, but even before it gets to Delhi on April 17 it's security has become a big headache for the Capital. A security drill at...
  • Tibetans run mock Olympic torch relay in Delhi April 15, 2008

    New Delhi: Breaking a tight security cordon that has ringed Rashtrapathi Bhavan and its immediate vicinity for the past few days, nearly 20 Tibetans Tuesday staged a mock Olympic torch relay here from the Central Secretariat to the India Gate. Sporting yellow jerseys emblazoned with slogans like 'Stop Killings in Tibet'...
  • Countdown begins: Olympic torch to arrive in New Delhi April 15, 2008

    New Delhi: The Olympic torch is to arrive in the Capital in about a day's time. However, as the countdown to the torch relay begins in the Capital, a dry run with Chinese officials and the NSG is expected along the torch route on Tuesday. In a country where Tibetans have...
  • Week in Pics: Big stories of the week gone by April 14, 2008

    Here's a look at some of the main news stories of the week gone by. ...
  • Olympic torch arrives in Tanzania April 13, 2008

    Dar Es Salaam: The mayor of Tanzania's main city received the Olympic torch from a Chinese official and assured him its run through the East African nation would be smooth. Kenyan Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai said, however, she had pulled out of the torch relay in Tanzania to protest China's...
  • Dalai Lama in favour of China's right to hold Olympics April 11, 2008

    New Delhi: At a brief stopover in Tokyo en route to the US, the Dalai Lama demanded the international community to probe China's handling of protests in Tibet. He also offered to attend the Olympics if the situation improved in the strifetorn region. Blending the tough with the conciliatory, the Dalai...