The Week in Review 24 September 2010

The Week in Review 24 September 2010

The possibility of a compromise solution has opened up again in the Ayodhya dispute. On Thursday, the Supreme Court passed a stay order delaying the judgment on the dispute. Its order was prompted by an appeal asking for a deferment of the verdict. The Supreme Court will now hear the appeal for the deferment on 28 September. A special bench of the Allahabad high court was supposed to announce its verdict on Friday afternoon. Ayodhya city had been tense all week, with armed policemen patrolling the streets.

With just days to go before Delhi’s Commonwealth Games, organizers tried to fend off an avalanche of bad news. First, on Tuesday, a footbridge being built near the main stadium fell apart, injuring more than 20 people. The next day, a section of false ceiling at the stadium collapsed, though no one was hurt this time.

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Later, the Commonwealth Games Federation described conditions at the athletes’ apartments as “uninhabitable". That prompted some athletes to announce they weren’t coming. And teams from New Zealand, Scotland and Canada postponed their arrival because of the poor conditions in the living areas. Organizers meanwhile scrambled through the week to clean up the apartments, though the Games Federation said much still needed to be done.

Sun Pharma has announced it has completed picking up a controlling stake in Israel-based Taro. Sun bought an extra 12.7% stake from Taro’s founding family for $39 million. Its total ownership of Taro now stands at 48.7%. Sun’s latest move came soon after an Israeli court cleared the way for it to buy that extra stake.