Bryan Adams New Delhi Concert Canceled Due to Security Concerns
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:34:17
Bryan Adams' concert in New Delhi was canceled due to security reasons. Now, ahead of his live performance in Kathmandu Saturday, two groups are slugging it out with each other amidst allegations of money-grabbing over the venue. Drama. Political strife. Unrest. Ut oh.
While tickets – priced from NRS 2,000 to NRS 6,000 – are said to have been sold out and Kathmandu police announced its plans to deploy 500 cops and an additional 200 volunteers at the Dasharath Rangashala stadium in Kathmandu, the new twist comes from the two groups associated with the stadium: Nepal's National Sport Council and the National Sports Council Workers' Association.
Both the Council and Association are accusing each other of having demanded money from the organizer of the concert, ODC Network Nepal, which is working in tandem with JPR Events. Both sides have held press conferences to air their views. The Association was off the mark first, saying two influential Council officials had asked the organizers for NRS 1 million for the use of the venue. On Tuesday, the Council refuted the allegations, saying the Association had taken NRS 500,000 from the organizers to let them use the stadium for the concert without informing it.
There is no sports minister to arbitrate with the new Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal unable to expand his four-member cabinet even almost a fortnight after becoming premier due to rows with his own party men as well as his allies, the Maoists. Finally, Khanal signed a new agreement with the Maoists Tuesday and according to party sources, agreed to give them 11 key ministries. With the second agreement in less than two weeks, the Maoists are finally to join the government by this week, party sources said.
However, with Khanal's own party colleagues opposing his new agreement with the Maoists, the political row is not likely to be resolved even with the Maoists joining the government. And as for the Bryan Adams concert, besides the feud between the two groups and reports that the Council has received five letters asking for scrapping the show, there's one more hurdle: the weather. After an unusually dry and cold winter, Nepal began having showers from Tuesday, courtesy the westerlies. It has led to snowfall in the mountains and a halt to domestic flights and left the capital drenched, cold and bedraggled. While the Met Office promised sunny days from Friday, it remains to be seen how fit the venerable open-air stadium will be for the show-stopper event that is also being regarded as a boost for Nepal's national campaign to bring 1 million tourists this year.
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