TOP Government functionaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, and other senior BJP leaders will attend International Yoga Day events across the country on Friday. While the Prime Minister will lead the nation in celebrating the occasion by participating in a mega event in Ranchi, Shah will be in Rohtak and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working President J P Nadda will perform yoga, along with other party leaders and workers, at a park opposite the headquarters of the saffron party on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Marg here. Besides, newly-elected Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will participate in an event to be held on the premises of the Parliament House complex, officials said on Thursday.
In Delhi, a host of events have been planned to mark the day celebrated globally on June 21. All necessary arrangements were being made at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, amid tight security, officials said. The Defence Minister will attend an early morning yoga session at Rajpath, along with New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi and a large number of people. The Delhi BJP would host around 300 yoga sessions across the national capital, in which about 10 lakh people were expected to participate, its chief Manoj Tiwari said.
“Senior BJP leaders and Union ministers will take part in 40 big events on International Yoga Day,” he added. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir will attend a yoga session at the Yamuna Sports Complex in Shahdara. Meanwhile, Yoga guru Ramdev on Wednesday said his organisation Patanjali will organise programmes in one lakh villages across India on the occasion of International Yoga Day on June 21. The Andaman and Nicobar Command will join hands with spiritual teacher Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev to observe the International Day of Yoga, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. Yoga sessions will be conducted in various clusters on Thursday and Friday at Birchgunj, Minnie Bay and INS Utkrosh.
Yoga postures light up UN Headquarters ahead of Yoga Day
THE United Nations Headquarters was lit up with postures of ‘Surya Namaskar’ and the message of ‘Yoga for Climate Action’ as India’s Permanent Mission to the UN kick-started its celebrations for the 5th International Day of Yoga.
On a foggy and rainy evening on Wednesday, yoga postures were projected on the North Facade of the UN Headquarters Building during a special ceremony attended by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu and diplomats and officials from the Indian mission. The North Facade of the UN Secretariat building was awash with ‘Surya Namaskar’ or ‘Sun Salutation’ postures projected against a colourful background. The Surya Namaskar is one of the most popular and significant yoga exercises, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeting about its benefits in a special video made for the occasion of Yoga Day this year.