Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

PM leads yoga day amid rain

India-International-Y_Verm The International Yoga Day was celebrated with gusto across the world with at least 180 countries conducting the event. AP
Andrew Cummings | 28 June, 2017, 03:39

Chief Minister N Biren stated that it is the contribution and achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Yoga which spreads the message of peace and prosperity has been popularised across the world.

Yoga has also played a big role in bridging India with the world, he claimed.

The Prime Minister said he is glad to see several Yoga institutes take shape over the last three years, and noted that the demand for Yoga teachers is increasing. At GMDC ground, 54,522 participants of different age and size stretched and twisted together, snatching Delhi's record for the maximum number of people simultaneously performing yoga at one place. "Today the world is practising yoga without any religious bias".

Addressing the crowd, Shah said, "Within 42 days of our PM sending a proposal to the United Nations to mark June 21 as International Yoga Day, 117 nations came forward to support the same. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness", Mr. Modi said in his brief address. "If 1.25 billion Indians and people across the world attain this state of well-being, humankind will be able to tide over problems borne out of human thoughts", he said.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined 50,000 people in an outdoor yoga session in Lucknow.

On International Yoga Day, Modi performed yoga with 100 students for about 20 minutes in Lucknow.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and cabinet ministers were also be present at the event. NIT-P invited yoga experts from Haridwar, whereas Central University of South Bihar organized a yoga session in the morning followed by a workshop for the students and a debate contest. Principal VS Ojha said, "Our students and employees participated in the event with enthusiasm and gave their best shot". He also expressed his gratitude to those who waited hours in the rain to perform yoga with the Prime Minister.

In his speech earlier, Adityanath thanked Modi for picking Lucknow as his venue for performing yoga on the third IYD.

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