Pakistan, China, US Join Afghan Peace Talks In Kabul

Pakistan, China, US join Afghan peace talks in Kabul
 Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States started a second round of talks on Monday aimed at laying the ground for a negotiated end to almost 15 years of war between US-supported government forces and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.
Representatives from the four countries met in Kabul to revive a peace process that collapsed last summer.
Any further delay by the Taliban “to come to the table for talks now will further isolate them in the eyes of the Afghan people”, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said in his opening remarks.
Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry is in Kabul to attend the quadrilateral meeting. This is the second round of the four-nation dialogue. A previous round of talks took place in Islamabad a week ago.
The ultimate goal of the diplomatic manoeuvring is to get representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban into direct negotiations on the country´s future.
The Taliban, which now controls or contests more territory than at any time since it was ousted by a US-led intervention in 2001, will not attend the talks.
Taliban forces have stepped up their campaign in the last year to topple the Kabul government, which has struggled since most foreign troops left at the end of 2014. High-profile suicide attacks and Taliban territorial gains in Helmand province have underlined how far Afghanistan remains from peace.
Afghanistan’s chief negotiator said last week that the talks on Monday would focus on creating a peace plan to persuade the Taliban to give up violence.
Although the Afghan army and the Taliban are intensifying fighting on the battlefield, a political settlement is seen as the most likely solution to the conflict.


Afghanistan will hold postponed parliamentary elections in October, the chief election official said on Monday. Parliament’s five-year term expired last June, but elections were postponed because of security fears. There were also disagreements on how to ensure a fair vote after a disputed presidential election in 2014. President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree last year extending parliament’s mandate until a vote could be held, with critics questioning whether the extension was legal. The elections will now be held on October 15, Reuters quoted Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, the head of the election commission, as saying.

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4th Coal India Hockey India League receives a full house opening
Bhubaneswar, January 18, 2016: The Kalinga Hockey Stadium today went abuzz with high intensity performances on some foot-tapping numbers as the city got ready to host the opening match of the 4th edition of the Coal India Hockey India League 2016. The glittering opening ceremony was graced by the Honorable Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik as the chief guest, while local celebrities performed to enthrall the audience before the much awaited opening match between home team Kalinga Lancers and Uttar Pradesh Wizards went underway. The other dignitaries present were Shri Debi Prasad Mishra, Industry Minister, Odisha, Mr Sithirta Bhattacharya, Chairman Coal India Ltd and Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, Chairman, Coal India Hockey League unveiled the HIL 2016 trophy.
The opening ceremony kick started with a spectacular performance by Be-Bop aerobatic dancers followed by dance performance of popular Bollywood numbers from Archita and Sabyasachi Mishra. The six team annual club based hockey league, the flagship event of Hockey India – the apex body governing the sport in the country and sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) is scheduled to be played across six venues in India from 18th January – 21st February 2016. The six Franchises battling for supremacy in the richest field hockey league in the world are Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Delhi Waveriders, Kalinga Lancers, Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Dabang Mumbai and defending champions Ranchi Rays.
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Danza: “Con la boca abierta”

Dance: “Open-Mouthed”
El Instituto Cervantes, en colaboración con la India Art Fair, tienen el placer de invitarle al estreno de:                         “Con la boca abierta”
una creación coreográfica de Anish PopliHannah Vicent y sonora de Scott Bowley, a partir de las fotografías de la exposición homónima de Cristina García Rodero, eljueves 21 de enero a las 7:00 p.m. en el Instituto Cervantes de Nueva Delhi (48, Hanuman Road. Connaught Place).
“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) (+)
Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the India Art Fair, have the pleasure to invite you to the premiére of thedance performance:
                             “Open – Mouthed”
choreographed by Anish Popli and  Hanna Vicent, and music by Scott Bowley, on the homonymous exhibition byCristina García Rodero, on Thursday 21st January at7:00 p.m., at the exhibition gallery of the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi (48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place).
“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) (+)
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Oxford Bookstore, N-81 Connaught Place, a las 7:00 p.m.“La Sección de Libros en Español”
La Embajada de España en India en colaboración Oxford Bookstore, tienen el placer de invitarles a descubrir la nueva sección de libros en español, comisariada por el Instituto Cervantes, en la librería Oxford Bookstore de Connaught Place.“The Spanish Book Section”
The Embassy of Spain in India in collaboration with Oxford Bookstore, have the pleasure to invite you to discover The Spanish Book Section, curated by Instituto Cervantes, at Oxford Bookstore Connaugh Place.
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Instituto Cervantes, Sala de exposiciones, a las 7:00 p.m.Exposición: “Detrás del paisaje” por Miguel Ángel García 
Sinopsis: 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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Jaipur Literature Festival, Baithak, 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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Alliance Française de Delhi
invites you to the opening of the exhibition
Portraits from within
Installations by Mario D’Souza
Wednesday, 20th January 2016, 6:30pm
Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française de Delhi
72, Lodi Estate, New Delhi – 110003
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“Celebration of forms to represent my life in France and in India. A combination of two ideas to weave a rich language of cultures”. – Mario d’Souza
Born in Bangalore (India) in 1973, having lived in France for a decade or so, settling around the area of Menetou-Salon, in a house planted in the middle of a vineyard, Mario d’Souza was able to undertake within himself and for himself the necessary cross-fertilization and fusion of cultures and experiences with no obvious affinities in order to produce, over the past two or three years, a truly personal body of work in which thought, sensitivity, intuition, sensuality and even eroticism (admittedly underlying but present everywhere), blend into pleasure into a sort of hymn to life.
The exhibition is on view from 21st Jan till 6th Feb, 2016 everyday from 11am to 7pm
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CPR is pleased to invite you to a seminar on
South Asian Constitutionalism
Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Mark Tushnet, Madhav Khosla, Upendra Baxi, Niraja Gopal Jayal, Gilles Verniers, Osama Siddique, Prashant Jha, Arun K Thiruvengadam, Aparna Chandra
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
A seminar on South Asian constitutionalism to celebrate the recent publication of Mark Tushnet and Madhav Khosla’s Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia(Cambridge University Press 2015). The event will involve legal scholars and political scientists focusing on some of the themes covered in this book, in particular the ongoing political tensions and their legal manifestation across South Asia.Session I: 3.00 – 4.30 PM
Opening Remarks and Moderator: Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School
(1)    Upendra Baxi, University of Warwick
(2)    Niraja Gopal Jayal, Jawaharlal Nehru University
(3)    Gilles Verniers, Ashoka University
Coffee: 4.30 – 5.00
Session II: 5.00 – 7.00 PM
Moderator: Madhav Khosla, Harvard University
(1)    Osama Siddique, Law and Policy Research Network, Lahore
(2)    Prashant Jha, The Hindustan Times
(3)    Arun K. Thiruvengadam, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
(4)    Aparna Chandra, National Law University, Delhi
Closing Remarks: Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Centre for Policy Research
The event is in partnership with, and is sponsored by, the South Asia Institute, Harvard University.

Uttar Pradesh Wizards win nail biting opener against Kalinga Lancers
Monday, January 18th, Bhubaneshwar: Hockey lovers in Bhubaneshwar experienced a nail biting finish to the  opening match of the 4th Coal India Hockey India League today at the Kalinga Stadium, where Uttar Pradesh Wizards defeated Kalinga Lancers 8-6. Kalinga Lancers, who held their fort well for most of the game, gave way to the visitors conceding a crucial goal in the dying moments of the fourth and final quarter.  The opening match also marked the application of the new scoring system to Hockey where every field goal is equal to 2 goals.
The first half opened to a flurry of attacks from both Kalinga Lancers and Uttar Pradesh Wizards. The first team to break the deadlock in the match was Uttar Pradesh Wizards, when Joulie Wouter capitalized on the first opportunity and converted a field goal in the 9thminute to give the visitors the first ever goal in the new look Coal India Hockey India League giving them a 2-0 lead. Kenneth Bain soon followed Joulie in the goal scoring tally with another field goal in the 14th minute taking the UP team to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter. The hosts fought back hard and scored on the counter attack through a much needed field goal from Pradeep Mor, finishing the first quarter trailing by two goals to the visitors at 4-2.
The second quarter saw a charged Kalinga Lancers where the team left no stone unturned to score. Their efforts were duly rewarded when through a field goal from Australian Glenn Turner in the 29th minute levelling the score at 4-4. There after the lancers kept pressing hard in the opponent circle and their efforts saw results when Glenn scored for the second time in the 37th minute to give the home team a much needed lead of 6-4 in the match.
The third quarter was a mix of attacks and defence from both the teams and saw no goals being scored. The fourth and final quarter began with Uttar Pradesh Wizards pressing hard to equalize but the lancers were too strong with their defence. The visitor’s efforts showed results in the 60th minute from a field goal by Edward Ockenden, levelling the score at 6-6. The final blow of the match for the home team came when Uttar Pradesh Wizard’s Akashdeep Singh struck a goal in the added time of the 4th quarter to give the visitors an incredible win in a really high scoring opener of the 4th edition of the Coal India Hockey India League.
The Man of the Match award for INR 50,000 went to Kalinga Lancers Glenn Turner, while The Coal India Goal of the Match Award for INR 50,000 was won by Uttar Pradesh Wizards Joulie Wouter. The Hero Emerging Player of the match award of INR 25000 went to Kalinga Lancers Dipsan Tirkey.
The next match of the 4th Coal India Hockey India League will played between the Jaypee Punjab Warriors and defending champions Ranchi Rays in Chandigarh on 19th January, 2016.


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