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Shah credits PM for taking yoga to the world

first_imgNew Delhi: Crediting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his lieutenant and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Yoga is now the signature of Indian culture globally.While addressing a gathering in Rohtak in Haryana on the occasion of the International Yoga Day on Friday, Shah said, “Yoga is acting as an Ambassador of India, attracting the world towards Yoga and the country’s old age culture.” He further praised PM Modi’s efforts in this move and it is being performed simultaneously in about 200 countries, the minister added. “Addressing the UN General Assembly on December 11, 2014, PM Modi presented our heritage before the world. Within 70 days of putting the proposal of observing June 21 as Yoga day, 177 countries accepted it. As a result of it, the whole world is celebrating International Yoga Day,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaHe was the chief guest at poll-bound Haryana’s state-level function of the 5th International Yoga Day. It is also celebrated to raise global awareness about the benefits of the ancient Indian practice. Without naming anyone, Shah said there are some who point fingers by saying what will be gained by doing yoga for a day. “I want to humbly tell those pointing fingers that today, on this occasion, in 200 nations crores of people who are doing yoga will help inspire millions of children, who will take a pledge to connect yoga with their life,” he added. In the past when India was under foreign rule, including by the British, yoga was restricted to saints and seers, the ruling BJP president further mentioned. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahMoreover, he expressed gratitude to saints and seers as also to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Ramdev for popularising this ancient Indian practice. Expressing happiness on a large number of people taking to yoga, the home minister said he is surprised to see a gathering of 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh attending early morning yoga camps of Ramdev. “I want to express gratitude and thank all those who have helped promote yoga and make it as a revolution,” he said. Shah also congratulated the Khattar government for setting up a Yoga Council in the state. He highlighted the benefits of the ancient Indian practice for overall well-being, saying yoga keeps body and mind healthy. Yoga is showing the world the way towards a healthy life, he said. “Yoga is the symbol of India’s ancient history and diversity which is showing the world the way towards a healthy life,” he tweeted after the event. Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister Manohar Lal described Yoga as an ancient practice and said that the present State Government has taken several steps for the promotion of Yoga in the State. He said that yesterday only, the State Government has constituted Yog Parishad so that the people of all walks of life adopt Yoga in their life and ensure their physical, mental and spiritual development. The celebrations were held at 80 places in Haryana. On the occasion, apart from Khattar, state minister Anil Vij, Manish Grover, senior BJP leader Anil Jain, BJP MP from Rohtak, Arvind Sharma, state BJP chief Subhash Barala, Chief Secretary D.S Dhesi and other senior officers of the district administration also performed various yoga ‘asanas’ including ‘Kapal Bhati’, ‘Anulom Vilom’ and ‘Bhramari Pranayama’. slast_img read more

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Some 18 million newborn deaths a year in SouthEast Asia are preventable

“Scaling up interventions with good quality care around the time of childbirth and during the first days after birth can substantially prevent complications and infections in new-borns, which are the main causes of new-born deaths,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Sing stressed in Delhi, as health partners signed a pledge to reduce such deaths.The pledge calls for increasing the health workforce – doctors, nurses and specially midwives – which remains critically low in much of the region, below WHO’s target of 23 per 10,000 people, as well as mobilizing sufficient funding and accessing hitherto unreached populations. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank, Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), led by WHO, pledged to jointly support the accelerated reduction in newborn deaths by ensuring equitable access to life-saving interventions for mothers and babies.Dr. Khetrapal Singh said each preventable death should be accounted for. Countries should review maternal and newborn deaths to improve health services to prevent such deaths.New-born deaths account for more than 50 per cent of the regional mortality of children under five, and remain a major factor for South-East Asia not achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing under-five deaths by two thirds by the end of this year.The region accounts for 30 per cent of global newborn deaths with Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal as the high-burden countries.The agencies pledged to address underlying factors like health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and highlighted the importance of investing more in early childhood development and adolescent health. Dr. Khetrapal Singh noted that the region made significant progress in reducing under-five deaths, which dropped by 64 per cent from 118 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 43 per 1,000 in 2015, but reduction in new-born deaths was slower at 55 per cent, from 53 per 1,000 to 34 per 1,000.WHO has set up a Technical Advisory Group of 12 eminent global and regional experts to support countries in South-East Asia. The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals seek to reduce new-born mortality to 12 per 1,000 live births by 2030. read more

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