Mallika Sarabhai: My mother Mrinalini Sarabhai has just left for her eternal dance.

Mallika Sarabhai, said in a Facebook post announcing the death of her mother.
My mother Mrinalini Sarabhai has just left for her eternal dance.
Mrinalini Sarabhai today passed away on  21 January 2016.She the celebrated Indian classical dancer, choreographer and instructor. She was the founder director of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, an institute for imparting training in dance, drama, music and puppetry, in the city of Ahmedabad. A winner of distinguished awards and citations in recognitions of her contribution to art. She has trained over 18,000 students in Bharatnatyam and Kathakali

Hotel or guesthouse likely target of attack in Kabul: U.S. DoS
Khaama Press | 20th January
“The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that as of mid-January 2016, militants were planning to attack an unknown hotel or guesthouse frequented by the international community in the Shar-e-Now area of Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan,” a statement released by U.S. Embassy in Kabul says.
Eight killed, dozens injured in Taliban attack on Tolo TV employees
Afghanistan Times | 20th January
A suicide bomber, riding an explosive-filled car, targeted a mini-bus of a private TV channel on Wednesday evening in the capital city, Kabul. At least eight people were killed and 28 others injured, sources told Afghanistan Times. The mini-bus was carrying broadcaster staff of TOLO TV when came under the attack. The target was bus of the Kaboora Production, part of the Moby Group, a media company running TOLO channel, the country’s popular private TV channel, Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said. TOLO TV confirmed that the attacker targeted its bus.
BBIN discusses collective water management, moots rail agreement
Bdnews24| 20th January
The sub-regional grouping of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) that earlier inked a motor vehicle agreement is now considering working together in water resources management, power trade, and the establishment of railway links.
Tight airport security delays RMG export, import in Bangladesh
The Financial Express| 20th January
Bangladesh’s garment industry is struggling with delays to both imports and exports as security measures at Dhaka’s airport are beefed up after several countries expressed concern.
Bangladesh denied AIIB membership
Dhaka Tribune| 20th January
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said China-sponsored Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has rejected Bangladesh’s request for membership. He made the statement while addressing a press conference at the ministry on Wednesday afternoon about his recent visit to China.
Don’t get bogged down by party politics: PM tells people of Shumar in Pemagatshel
KUENSEL | 20th January
Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay told the people to worry about bringing developments to their gewogs and not by party politics. “Don’t think about Druk Phuensum Tshogpa or People’s Democratic Party and don’t differentiate,” Lyonchoen said.
Bhutan-Japan friendship offer launched
KUENSEL | 20th January
Japanese tourists are entitled huge discounts in June, July and August. This is the highlight of Bhutan-Japan Friendship offer that was launched simultaneously in Thimphu and Tokyo, Japan yesterday to commemorate 30 years of close diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Housing Minister Dr. Muizzu: Bridge project is the highest priority project for China
Sun Online| 20th January
Housing Minister Dr.Mohamed Muizzu has said that the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge being built between Malé and Hulhulé is the highest priority project by China.
Maldives minister says hopes easy funding for major projects via China-led bank
Haveeru Online| 20th January
The recently inaugurated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will be a great boost to procure finance for major development projects of the Maldives, stated housing minister Dr Mohamed Muizzu on Wednesday.
India welcomes Maldives’ medical leave for jailed ex-president
Haveeru Online| 20th January
India welcomed Maldives Wednesday for allowing jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed to travel abroad for treatment. Jailed former president Nasheed departed to the UK on Monday for medical treatment.
Myanmar ethnic minority MPs receive Suu Kyi boost
AFP / Mizzima | 21st January
Aung San Suu Kyi’s victorious opposition party nominated three ethnic minority politicians Wednesday for prominent roles in the country’s new parliament, a boost to a demographic who have long complained of exclusion. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) swept up nearly 80 percent of the seats in elections last November, beating out many ethnic minority parties who had been expected to do well on their home turf in the country’s restive border regions.
Deal or no deal, major forces set to vote for bill
The Kathmandu Post | 21st January
A majority of ruling parties as well as the main opposition, Nepali Congress, have issued whips to their lawmakers for compulsory participation in the Legislature-Parliament meeting on Saturday, which is scheduled to endorse the First Amendment to the Constitution of Nepal “with or without a deal” with the Madhes-based parties.
Government agencies found involved in smuggling of fuel: NHRC
The Kathmandu Post | 21st January
The National Human Rights Commission has said it has found that government agencies were “facilitating” smuggling of petroleum products from India. After a month-long monitoring of Tarai districts bordering India, the national rights body has concluded that petroleum products are being smuggled from across the border in collusion with security forces and local administration.
Gunmen attack Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, 21 killed
The Nation | 20th January
At least 21 people have been killed and over 60 injured as unidentified gunmen stormed inside Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. According to Waqt News, firing followed blasts, with eyewitnesses claiming that five blasts were heard. Pakistan Army personnel undertook the rescue operation.
Breakthroughs made in identifying Bacha Khan University attackers: DG ISPR
DAWN | 21st January
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Lt Gen Asim Bajwa on Wednesday said major breakthroughs had been made in identifying the terrorists who attacked the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda earlier in the day. The ISPR chief said the terrorists’ phone calls had been traced and analysed, and that two cell phones had also been recovered from them.
Investment climate is getting better: Shehbaz Sharif
Pakistan Observer | 21st January
The Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that China is the most reliable friend, which always stood with Pakistan and helped it in all respects. He said that investment climate is getting better with every passing day due to best policies of Punjab government and all possible facilities are being provided to foreign investors.
PM assures Hambantota will not be a Chinese navy base
Colombo Gazette|20th January
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while speaking to NDTV on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, assured that the Hambantota port will not be made a Chinese navy base
Sri Lankan President instructs to complete resettlement of displaced in six months
Colombo Page|20th January
At a special discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat, the President instructed the relevant officials to complete the resettlement of over 44,000 remaining war-displaced people in the Northern Province within six months.
Fifth India-Sri Lanka Army to Army Staff Talks begin in New Delhi
Colombo Page|20th January
India-Sri Lanka Army to Army Staff Talks (AAST), which has been organized for the fifth consecutive time, began in New Delhi on Wednesday (20) and will continue until Friday (22). The talks will focus on a wide range of matters in administration, logistic, training and sports.
Iran delegation arriving in Sri Lanka next month to discuss resuming petroleum sales and trade
Colombo Page|20th January
Ministry of Industry and Commerce said in a statement that a high level delegation from Iran will arrive in Colombo as early as February 23 to start crucial joint trade talks as Iran now looks forward to re-commence petroleum and petrochemical sales to Sri Lanka while also opening its markets wider to Ceylon Tea and apparels.

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Cine: “Remando al viento”

Film screening:
“Rowing with the wind”
Auditorio, Instituto Cervantes, a las 4:30 p.m.
Sinopsis: Dos poetas ingleses, Mary Shelley y Lord Byron, se ven obligados a huir de Inglaterra. Durante el viaje, Mary recuerda cómo conoció en casa de su padre adoptivo al joven y apasionado poeta Shelley, cómo lo amó y cómo se fugó con él. También evoca una cita con Byron en Suiza. Pero, sobre todo, rememora una noche de noviembre de 1816 durante la cual, mientras sus amigos contaban historias de terror, ella daba a luz al legendario monstruo de Frankenstein. (+)
Synopsis: In the summer of 1816, Percy Shelley, his mistress Mary, and her stepsister Claire visit Lord Byron at Lake Geneva. Byron challenges each to write a horror story, and Mary begins her novel, Frankenstein. She imagines the monster becoming real, and for the next six years, as tragedy befalls those around her, she believes the personification of her imagination is the cause. Against this backdrop, Claire has Byron’s baby then is estranged from him and barred from her daughter. Byron and Percy continue their friendship, the one self-centered and decadent, the other wildly idealistic. The Shelleys take up residence near Pisa.
In English with Spanish subtitles. (+)
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Insituto Cervantes, a las 7:00 p.m.Exposición: “Detrás del paisaje” por Miguel Ángel García
inopsis: En el arte, uno de los temas mas frecuentes es sin duda el paisaje. Pero ¿hay que entender éste como un espacio inerte, ideológicamente neutro o como algo dinámico, cambiante, subjetivizado por la mirada del artista y del espectador? En el mundo contemporáneo el paisaje es una construcción mental, intelectual, donde factores culturales y estéticos ayudan a conformar una determinada visión del territorio. Y precisamente porque el paisaje “se construye”, hay que considerar las múltiples lecturas que pueden surgir a partir del mismo espacio físico, los diferentes planos de análisis o intelectualización del territorio, la subjetividad de la mirada. El territorio está formado por elementos, objetos y espacios, está ahí aunque nadie lo mire. El paisaje, sin embargo, es lo que es porque lo miramos de una determinada manera, con una intención intelectual, estética y social. La exposición ‘Detrás del paisaje’ propone detenernos ante una serie de obras que mediante la acumulación de información, el mapeo del territorio o la resignificación de la imagen, bucean más allá de lo evidente y muestran la diversidad de lecturas en un mundo en permanente estado de cambio, enfrentado a sus propias contradicciones.(+)
Exhibition: “Behind the landscape” by Miguel Ángel García
Art statement: In art, one of the most common issues is the landscape. But we must understand this as an inert space, ideologically neutral or as dynamic, changing, subjectivized by the look of the artist and the viewer? In the contemporary world the landscape is a mental and intellectual construction, where cultural and aesthetic factors help the vision of the territory. And precisely because the landscape “constructed”, there are so many readings that may arise from the same physical space, the different levels of analysis or intellectualization of the territory. This is the subjectivity of the gaze. The territory is made up of elements, objects and spaces. It is there even if you are not looking it. The landscape, however, is what it is because we look a certain way, with an intellectual intent, aesthetic and social. The exhibition ‘Behind the landscape’ proposes to stop a series of works by accumulating data, mapping the territory or the redefinition of the image, dive beyond the obvious and show the diversity of readings in a world in permanent state rate. (+)
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Instituto Cervantes, a las 7:00 p.m.Danza: “Con la boca abierta”
Sinopsis: “El cuerpo es un archivo que almacena los recuerdos, emociones y sentimientos experimentados en nuestras vidas. La coreografía Con la boca abierta explora el viaje de la vida a través del cuerpo, el sonido y el movimiento.” (Anish Popli)
Anish Popli ha creado una coreografía a partir de las fotografías de la exposición “Con la boca abierta” de la fotógrafa española Cristina García Rodero, que será interpretada por la bailarina Hannah Katherine Vicent sobre música creada por el compositor Scott Bowley. (+)
Dance: “Open – Mouthed”
Synopsis: “The body is an archive that stores memories, emotions and feelings throughout our lives. The choreography for Open Mouthed explores the journey of life through body, sound and movement.” (Anish Popli)
Anish Popli has choreographed a piece about the photos of the exhibition “Open- Mouthed” by the Spanish photographer Cristina Garcia Rodero, that will be performed by the dancer Hannah Katherine Vincent with music composed by Scott Bowley based also on the same photographs. (+)
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Jaipur Literature Festival, a las 5:15 p.m.Charla: “Las otras Américas y Europa: Literatura más allá de pasaportes y del realismo mágico”
Sinopsis: El escritor español Andrés Barba, el mexicano, Alberto Ruy Sánchez y el británico de origen guayanés, Fred D’Aguiar, dialogarán sobre la literatura en Ámérica y Europa más allá de las fronteras y del realismo mágico. (+)
Talk: “The Other Americas and Europe: Literature Beyond Passports and Magical Realism”
Synopsis: The Spanish writer Andrés Baraba will talk with the mexican Alberto Ruy Sánchez and the British-Guayanese Fred D’Aguiar, about the writing in America and Europe beyond the borders and the magic realism. (+)
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Eighty players make the halfway cut

Kensville Golf & Country Club, Ahmedabad, January 20, 2016: Bengaluru’s Syed Saqib Ahmed (76-71) and Delhi’s Wasim Khan (73-74) led the field after round two of the PGTI’s Final Qualifying Stage for the 2016 season being held at the Kensville Golf & Country Club near Ahmedabad. The two golfers were tied for the lead at three-over-147.

Wasim Khan made three birdies against a bogey and two double bogeys in his round of two-over-74.

“I played well today, hit it close on a number of occasions and also rolled in a long birdie putt on the ninth. However, the two three-putts that led to double bogeys were a big setback. It was a tough scoring day since the pin positions were tricky and it was also windy. It’s great to be the joint halfway leader. I’ll now look to finish the week with some good scores,” said Wasim.

Syed Saqib Ahmed, who shared the lead with Wasim, shot the day’s only sub-par round. His one-under-71 featured four birdies and three bogeys.

Patna-based amateur Aman Raj, Noida golfers Arjun Singh Chaudhri and Raju Singh and Gurgaon’s Kunaal Bhatia were all tied third at four-over-148.

The halfway cut fell at 15-over-159. The top eighty players made the cut.

At the end of round four on Friday, the top 35 players (+ ties) will earn full cards for the 2016 PGTI season.

Delhi Waveriders edge past Jaypee Punjab Warriors
Tuesday, 20 January 2016, Chandigarh: The Delhi Waveriders today defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors 5-4 in a high energy match played at Chandigarh in the 4th Coal India Hockey India League. The third match of the league unlike the last match played at the same venue yesterday, witnessed an attacking game with goals raining from both the ends, ensuring the spectators enjoyed every minute of the match.
The new scoring system has kept all the teams on their toes adding excitement to the already fast game of Hockey. This came to display once again today as the third match of the 4th Coal India Hockey India League began with Delhi Waveriders pressing hard on Jaypee Punjab Warriors from the very first minute. The attacking game of the visitors soon showed results when Yuvraj Walmiki scored a field goal in the 9th minute giving Delhi Waveriders an early lead of 2-0. The visitors could not hold on to their lead as the hosts Jaypee Punjab Warriors struck back with an equaliser in the very next minute through Matt Ghodes. The game there after saw numerous unsuccessful penetrations into the opponents circle from both the sides, until the 24th minute when Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty corner to give the Waveriders a hard fought lead of 3-2 in the game.  The visitors pressed harder and were again rewarded with their second penalty corner in the 28th minute which too was converted beautifully through Mark Pearson giving the Delhi Waveriders a comfortable two goal (4-2) lead in the game. The hosts pressed hard on the counter and successfully converted a penalty in the 29th minute through Christopher Ciriello, to lag behind at 3-4 at the end of the first half.
The second half began on an attacking note with the Delhi Waveriders striking in the 36th minute through a penalty corner conversion from Rupinder Pal Singh extending their lead to 5-3. Jaypee Punjab Warriors tried many attempts thereafter to reduce the gap but could not capitalise on the opportunities that came their way. Even a penalty corner conversion in the 54th minute through Jake Whetton could not help them much as the match came to an end with Delhi Waveriders defeating Jaypee Punjab Warriors 5-4.
The Coal India Goal of the Match award of INR 50,000 was presented by Mr. Binay Dayal, Director – Technical, CMPDI to Yuvraj Walmiki of Delhi Waveriders, while Jake Whetton from Jaypee Punjab Warriors won the Most Entertaining Player of the Match award. Rupinder Pal Singh from Delhi Waveriders walked away with the Man of the Match award of INR 50,000 while his team mate Mandeep Singh won the INR 25,000 Hero Emerging Player of the Match award.


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