Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Northeast states observe International Yoga Day

With the rest of the country, the eight Northeast states also observed International Yoga Day.
ASSAM: Assam marked the International Yoga Day with sessions across the state, with the governor and the chief minister participating at different sessions, along with people from all walks of life, from security personnel to school students.
Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi and his wife Prem Mukhi joined yoga enthusiasts at the Raj Bhavan in Guwahati for a session in the morning hours.
Mukhi urged the people to adopt yoga as a routine for a healthy life.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition which PM @narendramodi spearheaded to make it a global phenomenon,” he tweeted.
Terming yoga India’s unique way to remain fit, the governor added, “It has immense potential in enhancing the physical & mental well-being of humankind, making one’s life healthy. On this day, I would like to urge everyone to include Yoga in their daily life for attaining overall health.”
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma attended a programme on the occasion at Dibrugarh and was joined by a couple of his Cabinet colleagues, MLAs, senior officials and hundreds of participants.
While expressing his delight over joining the session, Sarma also prayed for the safety of the flood-affected people of the state.
He tweeted: “Happy to take part in #InternationalYogaDay at Dibrugarh. I take this opportunity to thank our visionary PM Adarniya Shri @narendramodi ji for his endeavour in yoga getting official global recognition and making it a part of our daily life.”
“We took out a few moments to remember and pray for safety and well-being of the flood-affected people in Assam,” he added.
Sarma also praised the efforts of AYUSH Minister and former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal for his efforts in organising 100-day celebrations of this year’s International Yoga Day.
Assam Police also organised yoga sessions at different venues, with director general Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta stating on the micro blogging site that over 10,000 personnel participated in these sessions.
“Not 5, not 10 or 100… 10,000+ @assampolice personnel came together today morning for one purpose, all across the state and created magic. On this International Yoga Day, we wish you a very happy and healthy life,” Mahanta tweeted.
ARUNACHAL PRADESH: Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day of Yoga in 45 different locations of the state.
Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju led the event at Dong in Anjaw district, bordering China.
It is the eastern-most village in India, near the point where borders of India, China and Myanmar meet. Dong receives the first sunrise in India, thus earning it the nickname ‘India’s Land of the Rising Sun’.
Rijiju appealed to the people to embrace yoga for well being and celebrate a healthy life. He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his idea of mass demonstration of yoga on this day at 75 iconic locations across the country.
The Ministry of Ayush is observing International Day of Yoga at 75 iconic locations across the country.
The theme of this year’s celebration of the day is “Yoga for Humanity”.
State Governor Brig Dr B D Mishra (Retd) led the event at Raj Bhavan here.
Speaking on the occasion, the governor said that yoga is many thousand years old wellness pursuit of Indian origin and practised by ancient intellectuals and sages for physical, mental and spiritual upliftment.
He said that yoga provides harmony of the body and mind and enables the practitioners to imbibe peace of mind, good health and positive attitude.
Mishra said that on the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and subsequent to his laudable address in the UN General Assembly on September 17, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly on December 14, 2014 with overwhelming support of its members, declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga (IDY).
The governor appealed to the people to regularly practice yoga and further stressed on motivating the younger generation to gainfully practice it.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu joined the event at Tawang Monastery in Tawang, the border district along with monks, ITBP personnel and students.
SIKKIM: Sikkim celebrated International Yoga Day at the iconic Enchey Monastery in Gangtok on Tuesday, reports East Mojo.
The main event at Enchey Monastery saw the attendance of visiting Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest Ashwini Kumar Chaubey alongside Governor Ganga Prasad and Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay.
The misty early morning weather didn’t dampen the spirit of the large gathering, as the 8th anniversary of Yoga Day was celebrated on the theme ‘Yoga for Humanity’. MoS Ashwini Kumar Chaubey, who reached Gangtok on Monday evening, imparted the various benefits of yoga during the occasion.
In his address, Chaubey said, “The efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promote Yoga has been inspirational all over the world. Since 2015, the global proposal for Yoga Day to be celebrated on June 21, the major contribution towards global recognition of Yoga had been the achieved. Yoga helps us to realise that the entire world is one family. We are coming out of our homes and making Yoga a community event, such that everyone has similar ideology and mindset towards yoga. During the pandemic, yoga was seen as a major contributor in boosting people’s immunity against the virus. Even the doctors and nurses were suggestive of how yoga and breathing exercises can help them during the pandemic.”
Speaking on Sikkim, the Union minister said that Sikkim is a blessed land as 47 per cent of its area has forest cover. He also praised the Governor and Chief Minister for their efforts in taking Sikkim’s development ahead, asserting that the Central government is with the state in this progress. He praised the Governor for reaching out to rural areas and listening to people’s grievances.
Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay highlighted how the holy Enchey Monastery served as the ideal venue for International Yoga Day. He said, “Sikkim’s peaceful nature, natural biodiversity and clean environment make Sikkim as an ideal place for the propagation of Yoga. Realising on the same, Sikkim’s school and college curriculum have Yoga as one of the important subjects. This has been an attempt at ensuring that Yoga reaches everyone.”
Golay praised various organizations such as Ayush Hospital, other Yoga-related associations and individuals in Sikkim who came forward for the celebration of yoga day.
MEGHALAYA: The Ministry of Minority Affairs and Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India in collaboration with Govt. of Meghalaya today observed the 8th International Day of Yoga 2022 with the theme “Yoga for Humanity”, at the Convocation Hall, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, reports Syllad.com
John Barla , Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs graced the occasion as Chief Guest and James PK Sangma, Health & Family Welfare Minister as Guest of Honour.
Addressing the gathering, Union MoS for Minority Affairs, John Barla said that this year’s celebration holds significance as the country is also celebrating its 75th year of Independence (Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav). Stating that the practice of Yoga should not be confined just for today’s celebration, the Union MoS urged the gathering to make Yoga a part and parcel of their daily routine and to spread the message to each and every household in order to achieve the goal of a fit and healthy India.
Meghalaya Health & Family Welfare Minister, James P. K, Sangma expressed his deep sense of gratitude and honour to be a part of this year’s celebration and said that it is a matter of pride being an Indian as the practice of Yoga originated in India. In today’s world where people tend to ignore their mental and physical health, Yoga holds prominence in addressing the various health issues that plague our society, he said.
TRIPURA: On the occasion of International Yoga Day, the women Jawans of Border Security Force performed Yoga at the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, reports Republic World. The video shared by Border Security Force Tripura on Twitter shows the women jawans in uniform performing Yoga together in coordination at the India-Bangladesh border.
Meanwhile, the troopers of BSF Tripura Sector Panisagar and its battalions marked the 8th International Yoga Day at various locations in Tripura, including North Tripura, Unakoti, and Dhalai district and on the ridges, pristine valleys of Jampui and Sakhan hills. In the video, the BSF troops can be seen performing Yoga at different places in Tripura. The BSF troops also performed Yoga at Neermahal Palace in Tripura along with Pratima Bhoumik, MoS Social Justice and Empowerment, officials and volunteers
MANIPUR: Union Minister of State for Development of North East Region (DoNER) BL Verma on Tuesday practiced yoga along with over 500 people of different walks of life in Manipur Loktak Lake.
Loktak Lake was one of the 75 iconic locations across the country where mass yoga demonstrations were organized along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi through virtual mode as a part of observance of the International Day of Yoga (IDY).
Over 500 people including Yoga practitioners from across the state, students and officials of the Manipur University took part in the yoga demonstration along with the Union minister. The demonstration held at the Boat Stand, Sendra of Loktak Lake was hosted by Manipur University, Imphal under the sponsorship of the ministry of education, government of India under the theme “Yoga for humanity”.
Besides Union minister BL Verma, Thanga AC MLA T Robindro and VC of Manipur University also took part in the demonstration. Yoga helps promote a balanced development of the physical, mental, and spiritual being, said Union minister of state for DoNER BL Verma. He said that Yoga which was practiced by the Rishis (sages) has now been practiced by people of all walks of life across the globe.
“We must thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing up Yoga to the international level,” he said, asserting that it was Narendra Modi that pushed observance of the Yoga day on this day at the international level. The popularity of Yoga is increasing day by day across the globe after knowing the benefits of the Yoga practice, he asserted.
The Manipur chief minister and his cabinet colleagues also took part in the mass demonstration organised in the Indoor Stadium of the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal.
The observation was organized by the directorate of AYUSH, Manipur & State AYUSH Society, Manipur in coordination with the state youth affairs & sports department. (Correspondent)

ITBP personnel practice yoga in a river in Lohitpur, Arunachal Pradesh. (PTI)
Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Chaubey alongside Governor Ganga Prasad and Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay.
Union Minister John Barla and James PK Sangma, Meghalaya Health & Family Welfare Minister.

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