BHATKAL – Grand welcome program was held at around 12:30 pm for 98 member Common Wealth Game’s Queen Baton Relay team at Bhatkal border when they arrived here from neighbouring Udupi district. The people with great interest greeted the relay team the moment it entered the UK district border.
On this occasion, Uttara Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr. Amar Narayan accepted the baton from the relay commandant V N Singh. Later the baton was circulated among prominent personalities including TMC President Mr. Inayatullah Shabandari, UK District SP Mr. Raman Gupta, Assistant Commissioner Dr. Anuradha, MLA JD Naik, Incharge Tahsildar Gayatri Naik, Block Education Officer Devidas Moger, Tanzeem President Badrul Hassan Muallim, Rabita General Secretary S J Hashim and several others.
It may be noted that, the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) Torch has many hitech features. It is 66.4 cm-high, weighing 1.9 kg, carries Queen Elizabeth’s message for the athletes and it is engraved on a miniature 18-carat gold leaf. It was brought to India through Wagah Border on June 25th by Abhinav Bindra, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist. It is scheduled to reach New Delhi on September 30 after passing through many cities in India.
Reported by: Rizwan Gangavali, Bhatkallys News, 06 September 2010