Chandigarh To Host PM Modi On International Yoga Day

   |  Updated: May 04, 2016 14:02 IST

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Chandigarh To Host PM Modi On International Yoga Day
Highlights
  • PM Modi will attend International Yoga day celebrations in Chandigarh
  • The United Nations listed June 21 as International Yoga Day in 2014
  • The first International Yoga Day was celebrated in New Delhi last year
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be joining hundreds of people in Chandigarh on the occasion of International Yoga Day celebrated on June 21, 2016.

Haryana's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij remarks, “The governments of Haryana and Punjab and the Chandigarh administration would jointly host International Yoga Day in Chandigarh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be present for this occasion." The event, being organised by the central government, is likely to be held at the sprawling Capitol Complex in Sector 1.

"More than 10,000 people from Haryana would participate in the event. The participants would include school and college students and teachers, Home Guards and police personnel," Vij mentioned.

The United Nations listed June 21 as International Yoga Day in 2014. The first International Yoga Day was celebrated in New Delhi last year with PM Modi leading thousands of yoga enthusiasts. The celebrations were presided over by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj  and were also broadcasted at the Times Square, the global crossroad in the heart of Manhattan.
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The idea for declaring an International Day of Yoga at the United Nations was proposed by Prime Minister Modi while addressing the 69th General Assembly session in September 2014. He had indicated that June 21, one of the two solstices, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere, has special significance in many parts of the world, and could be considered for adoption as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations each year.

Following Modi's UN address, the Permanent Mission of India convened three rounds of consultations with all 193 member states of the United Nations. A final text of the Resolution, on which all the participating countries agreed, was reached on October 22, 2014.

This year, the government plans to celebrate it on a grand scale by issuing a common protocol of asanas and various other events to attract more people.They are also planning to organize a Yoga Olympiad to popularize the practice among students.

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