It was a treat of ‘Dhokla’, ‘samosa’ and ‘pineapple halwa’ for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles when they met President Pratibha Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Prince Charles and his wife Duchess of Cornwall Bowles spent time with the President in her study who apprised the VIP couple about various projects including the “Roshni” under which eco-friendly measures like using solar energy to electrify the Rashtrapati Bhavan, officials said.They later took a stroll in the Mughal Garden and spent some time near the musical fountain where the couple showed their keenness in Ayurveda medicine.The Duchess of Cornwall also shared her experience at Bangalore with the President.The President told the visiting couple, who are here in connection with the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games on Sunday, that there was a scope of surgery in Ayurveda for various ailments.They were later served with various Indian delicacies including Dhokla, Pineapple Halwa, fish finger, aloo-mattar ke samose.Prince Charles was very happy to eat Dhokla and pineapple halwa, a dish introduced in Rashtrapati Bhavan by the President herself.”Prince Charles and his wife informed the President that they loved to have vegetarian dishes,” an official said.The visiting VIP couple will be visiting other parts of the country including Jodhpur and Amritsar.Canada express serious concern about opening ceremonyCanada expressed serious concerns about their athltes’s “well-being being compromised” due to heat factor and logistic issues during Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and said the matter has been taken up at the level of CGF President Mike Fennell.advertisementCommonwealth Games Canada President Andrew Pipe told PTI that he and the officials here would not do anything which could affect the “well being” of the athletes though he said “as of now” his country would take part in the opening ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.”We are concerned of how long our athletes will be out of the Games Village, how long they will stand during the ceremony under this (high) temperature, what are the arrangements for food, drinks and public conveniences to be provided on them. These are very fundamental issues though it happened in every opening ceremony of any big sporting event,” he said.”We are also concerned that the shelter for so many athletes taking part in the ceremony before and after the march past ceremony is small as far as we gather. We have raised all these questions during the chefs de missions meeting today. Other countries, including England and Australia, have also raised the issue.”CGF chief Fennell has assured us that the issues will be sorted out by today itself. The Organising Committee has also assured us the matter will be sorted out,” he added.Pipe, however, denied that the Canadian contingent would not participate in the opening ceremony as has been reported in the British media.”As of now we are taking part in the opening ceremony. We don’t want to do anything which will bring peril to the Commonwealth Games as we consider Commonwealth Games as part of our sporting culture as Canada were among those countries which gave the idea of these Games and we hosted the first edition in Hamilton in 1930.”But at the same time the well being of the athletes are paramount and that cannot be compromised,” he added. Canada were one of the vocal critics over the “unlivable” conditions at the Athletes’ Village of the crisis-hit Games and Pope said the pressure by some countries had “influenced” the urgency shown by the Indian authorities in cleaning up the residential blocks and now the living condition in the Village is what it should be.”The pressure paid off. It influenced the urgency among the Indian politicians and the Organising Committee. We had been telling the CGF that there were some areas of concern and it was fortunate that lots of things have been left for the eleventh hour.”Having said that I am sure the Games will turn out out to be successful. At the end of the day, the Canadians will have happy memories of these Games in terms of the facilities, the people of India and the medals won by our athletes,” he said. . Pipe said Commonwealth Games Canada would not have sent the athletes had the cleanliness issue of the Games Village had not been addressed by the Indian authorities.”We want to play a prominent role in the success of any Commonwealth Games but we could not compromise on the comfort of the athletes who, after all, are the focus of any Games.advertisement”Want cricket-like rivalry with India in CWG”Cricketing contest between India and Australia is considered to be the greatest rivalry after Ashes and the Aussie chef-de-mission wants to enjoy that kind of cut-throat competition at the Commonwealth Games.Steve Moneghetti, who is at the Games Village with the Australian contingent, said it would be interesting to watch Indians taking on Australians in various CWG disciplines such as hockey and shooting in the October 3-14 mega-event.”India and Australia cricket teams are always charged up. I hope other sports (CWG disciplines) also witness the same rivalry. We are very strong in swimming, shooting, hockey, netball, weightlifting and gymnastics. Last time, Indian shooters reigned supreme at Melbourne and this time we, the Australians, for sure (will dominate),” Moneghetti said on the sidelines of his country’s flag hoisting ceremony at Games Village.Asked whether Commonwealth Games will take the limelight away from the ongoing India-Australia series, he said, “May be, but with CWG being such a big event we are here to share the limelight.”The chef-de-mission hoped that the Australian contingent would be able to win over 200 medals in the Games.Games a great challenge but we are up to the task: Delhi PoliceMounting unprecedented security, Delhi Police expressed confidence of a trouble-free Commonwealth Games and asserted that security norms will be applicable to everyone without any discrimination.With “no stone left unturned” to secure Delhi, thousands of armed personnel have been deployed across 41 Games related infrastructure, including 12 competition venues, while Indian Air Force will provide air cover to thwart any terror attack like the 9/11 strikes in the US.”This is the security arrangement which has been laid down after considerable thought, re-thought, examination and re-examination looking for loopholes. It is a multi-layered, multi-dimensional arrangement,” Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal said.Noting that it was a “moment of great challenge” to ensure security for the event, Dadwal told a press conference, “We have a higher security matrix for the Games compared to other events held in the city.”He said there were no specific inputs about any terrorist attack on the Games but the police were keeping a strict vigil over the city.Dadwal said guidelines have been issued on security and the restrictions mentioned in the plan will be strictly followed.Avoid negative publicity, Games will be successful: DikshitCommonwealth Games Organising Committee member and Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit on Saturday asked people to avoid negative publicity and extend support to make the October 3-14 mega-event successful.”There have been a lot of negative publicity which needs to be avoided. People should not keep finding faults and criticizing, instead they should support the administration to make the event successful,” Sandeep, son of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, told PTI.