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21.06.2018

THE HEADLINES,

  • International Yoga Day being celebrated world over today; Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads the celebrations in Dehradun; Says Yoga has become one of the most powerful unifying forces of the world.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind to observe Yoga Day in Suriname, along with his counterpart.
  • One policeman killed and two injured, as terrorists attack their vehicle in the outskirts of Srinagar.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.
  • Reversing his earlier policy US President Donald Trump orders to end separation of immigrant families detained at Mexico border.
  • And in FIFA World Cup, Uruguay and Russia enter Round-of-16; Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco crash out.

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The fourth International Yoga Day is being celebrated across the globe today. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led thousands of people in performing yoga asanas, in the main event organised at Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. He called upon people to make Yoga a movement and a part of their lives. Mr. Modi said Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world and has become a biggest mass movement.

 

"Yoga day has become one of the biggest mass movement in the quest for good health and well being, from Tokyo to Toronto, from Stockholm to Saupaulu yoga has became a positive influence in the lives of millions."


Mr Modi said, Yoga has been a part of Indian tradition and it integrates the people. He said, Uttarakhand is the Yoga Bhumi and it has been the center of yoga for decades.
Mr Modi said yoga has shown the world the path from illness to wellness. He said instead of dividing, Yoga unites, instead of further animosity, yoga assimilates and instead of suffering, Yoga heals.


"आज की आपाधापी और तेज़ भागती जिन्दगी में योग मन, शरीर, बुद्धि, आत्मा को जोड़कर व्यक्ति के जीवन में एक शांति की अनुभूति कराता है। यानि योग व्यक्ति, परिवार, समाज, देश, विश्व और संपूर्ण मानवता को जोड़ता है।"

Our Dehradun correspondent reports that, people in large numbers took part in the Mega event with zeal and enthusiasm:

"Yoga demonstration with Prime Minister started this morning at 7:00 AM at FRI lawns. People from different walks of life with enthusiasm have been started arriving in wee hours to participate in Yoga, in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Governor K.K. Paul, Union and Minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat were also present on this occasion. Chief Minister welcomed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanked him for selecting the state capital as the host of the main event of International Yoga Day. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Dehradun."

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu participated in the  celebrations in Mumbai.

Several Union Ministers are also taking part in the celebrations in different parts of  the country.

            In the national capital too, various events were held to mark the occassion. Here is a report:

"Mass  Yoga demonstration programmes  were organized at various places in Delhi including Rajpath, Nehur Park, Lodhi  Garden, Lal  Quila and Yamuna sports complex. The yoga event at Rajpath  was attended by   Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and others. Information and Broadcasting Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore participated in the Yoga session in Shahdara. Around two thousand Delhi Police personnel also took part in the yoga session at Thyagraj sports complex. Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for the International Yoga Day  in the capital. With Dipendra, SANJEEV JASROTIA, AIR News, Delhi."

In Jammu & Kashmir, Yoga Day is being celebrated at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Srinagar. A senior police official told AIR that hundreds of participants from NCC, Police and Police Public School, Srinagar, are participating in the event.

In Rajasthan, state level yoga function is being organised at Kota where around 2 lakh people are taking part in an attempt to enter a world record.

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice originated in ancient India. In 2015, United Nations General Assembly unanimously announced 21st June as the International day for yoga to raise awareness about the benefits of practicing yoga. Mr. Modi in his UN address in 2014 proposed the idea of International Yoga day.

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Vishwas Mandalik from Nasik and the Yoga Institute in Mumbai have been selected as recipients of  the Prime Minister's award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of yoga for the year 2018. AYUSH Ministry in a statement said, the selection was done from among 186 nominations received under different categories. The winners would be felicitated with a trophy, certificate and a cash award of 25 lakh rupees each.

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President Ram Nath Kovind will observe the Yoga Day in Suriname along with his Suriname counterpart Desire Delano Bouterse today. This will be the first time that heads of two countries will together participate in the International Yoga day. He invited every one to join him for yoga to observe International Yoga day today.

Mr Kovind arrived in the Suriname capital Paramaribo yesterday on the second leg of his three-nation tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba.

The President held bilateral discussions with his Suriname counterpart yesterday. The two leaders discussed matters of mutual interest and cooperation followed by delegation level talks. The two sides agreed to expand the bilateral agenda especially in areas of economic relations, cultural cooperation and development partnership.

India's Ambassador to Suriname Satendar Kumar told our correspondent covering the President's visit, that Indian Diaspora plays a crucial role in strengthening the relations between the two countries.

"Surinam is one country which I called the repository of Indian culture and traditions. They have preserved maintained these traditions including religion, mode of worship, ritualism, social customs, everything so fondly and so well that actually drive our relationship in a way and we have been cooperating on many sectors."

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In Jammu and Kashmir, one policeman was killed and two others injured after unidentified terrorists attacked a Police vehicle at Galander Pampore area in the outskirts of Srinagar last evening. Security sources told AIR that the injured policemen were rushed to the hospital for specialized treatment, where one of the injured policemen, identified as Tanveer Ahmad, succumbed to his injuries.

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Information and Broadcasting Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore said he hoped that senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad would retract his reported statement that government actions killed 20 civilians for every four terrorists in Kashmir.

Mr Rathore was responding to Azad's reported comment that the muscular policy of the government worked mostly against civilians as it killed 20 civilians for every four terrorists.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels last evening. MEA Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said in tweet that the two leaders exchanged views on progress made on the understandings reached during the last India-EU Summit in 2017. He said, India and EU are strategic and natural partners with common values. Before arriving in Brussels, Mrs Swaraj was in Luxembourg where she had a meeting with the Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and other leaders.

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US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep together immigrant families who have been detained at the border with Mexico. Mr Trump reversed his own policy amid heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international community, over the separation of undocumented parents and children. The order states that most families would be kept together under the Department of Homeland Security, except in cases where an adult may pose a threat to a child. It was not immediately clear when Mr Trump's order would be implemented.

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And, now news from the FIFA World Cup:

 "Uruguay and Russia have become the first two teams to reach the Round-of-16. In a Group-A match at Rostov Arena last night, Luis Suarez found the net in the 23rd minute as Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia, 1-0 to ensure that the South American nation as well as hosts Russia progressed to the knock-out stage. The victory also meant that it was curtains for Saudi Arabia and Mohamed Salah-led Egypt, with one group game each still to go. In Group-B, Portugal and Spain recorded 1-0 victories to go at the top of the table and edge closer to the knock-outs. At the Luzhniki Stadium, Portugal dashed Morocco's hopes of securing a place in the pre-quarterfinals after Cristiano Ronaldo's scored his fourth goal of the tournament and became the leading European international goal scorer of all time. (S/B - GOAL - RONALDO) In the other game at Kazan Arena, it was heartbreak for the Iranians who defended admirably before Ramin Rezaeian's attempted clearance ricocheted in off Diego Costa helping Spain to register their first win. Today, in Group-C, Denmark will take on Australia at 5:30 PM, with France facing Peru at 8:30 PM. In Pool-D, Argentina will battle it out against Croatia at 11:30 PM. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, FOR AIR NEWS."

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES

  • The Kashmir crisis and the Governor taking charge in the State is the story that dominates headlines this morning, "Vohra takes charge in J&K, reviews security situation" headlines The Hindu adding "Issues proclamation to impose Governor's rule; Assembly in suspended animation".
  • In related stories, DNA quotes BJP's Jammu and Kashmir In-Charge Ram Madhav as saying "Partnership with PDP was a compulsion". "Now, it's all-out war on J&K terror" leads The Pioneer.
  • On Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian announcing his decision to step-down after nearly four years at the helm The Asian Age writes "Govt's economic adviser quits for personal reasons. To return to academics in US".
  • The Statesman quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi writes "Agri budget doubled to help double farm income by 2022".
  • "Bank of Maharashtra chief, Ex-CMD Booked for 'Cheating' " informs The Economic Times.
  • "US pulls out of 'Hypocritical' United Nations rights council" reports Hindustan Times.
  • Referring to Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Hasan The Asian Age writes "Hassan meets EC to register his party".
  • A day after Delhi Governor Anil Baijal directed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to bridge the gap between the IAS officers and the Delhi Government, DNA writes "IAS officers attend all meetings, CM absent".
  •  And finally, 'Happiness curriculum' in delhi government schools from July. Well, The Asian Age writes that AAP government  has announced the introduction of 'happiness curriculum', from nursery to class eighth in Delhi's government schools from the coming academic session.


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