International Yoga Day: FM Arun Jaitley arrives at camp held by Baba Ramdev at Rajpath

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New Delhi | Updated: June 19, 2016 11:22:26 PM

Ahead of the International Yoga Day, a survey has found that over 53 per cent of corporate firms are opting for yoga sessions at workplace to boost productivity and reduce attrition rate.

Baba Ramdev holds yoga camp at Rajpath, Delhi. (Source: ANI)Baba Ramdev holds yoga camp at Rajpath, Delhi. (Source: ANI)

Ahead of the International Yoga Day, a survey has found that over 53 per cent of corporate firms are opting for yoga sessions at workplace to boost productivity and reduce attrition rate. As per an Assocham survey, around 45.5 per cent of the sample population are suffering from depression or general anxiety. Obesity is the second worrisome disease, with 23 per cent of the employees suffering from it.

As many as 57 Union ministers will spread across the country on Tuesday for the 2nd International Yoga Day programmes, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing the ancient Indian physical exercise in Chandigarh.
The Ministers will be leading various programmes hosted by the government across the country during the mega event, including ten of them concentrating in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh to participate in these events.

Divyangs, a term coined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the differently abled, are also being imparted special training for the mega yoga event on June 21 in Chandigarh, which will see as many as 150 of them take part. Yoga exponent Ramdev will hold a mass session with over 3,000 BSF jawans and officers to mark the International Yoga Day (IYD) on June 21 in Jodhpur.

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9.30 pm: Yoga is neither religious nor political. No one should see politics in this: Venkaiah Naidu

9.10 pm: Baba Ramdev performs yoga as Kailash Kher sings at a yoga camp in Rajpath (Delhi)

8.30 pm: FM Arun Jaitley arrives at the yoga camp held by Baba Ramdev at Rajpath

7.30 pm: Baba Ramdev holds yoga camp at Rajpath, Delhi. Meenakshi Lekhi, Babul Supriyo, Manoj Tiwari also present

7.16 pm: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev pays homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti

6.36 pm: Over 10,000 people from all walks of life today participated in various yoga and meditation sessions near the iconic Tower Bridge here to mark the International Day of Yoga.

6.26 pm: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the ancient discipline is “irrelevant without imposing ban” on sale of liquor across the country and appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to act in this regard.

5.35 pm: Thousands of South Africans gathered at more than a dozen venues across the country today to celebrate the International Day of Yoga that was adopted by the UN General Assembly two years ago.

4.42 pm: The second International Day of Yoga was celebrated across major Australian cities including Canberra and Melbourne with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailing yoga as one of India’s gifts to the world.

4.20 pm: Specially designed balloons have been jointly released by Wuxi city leadership and Consul General on the eve of International Yoga Day celebrations.

4.10 pm: People practice Yoga in Nagpur. Gear up for participation at an event in the city on the International Yoga Day.

4.00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked nations across the globe for their enthusiasm and support to celebrate the ancient Indian discipline, adding that Yoga was so much more than just physical exercise and that it helped in achieving a sense of clarity.

1.54 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he had not anticipated the “enormous enthusiasm” from across the globe for his call which had led the UN to declare June 21 as the International Yoga Day last year, asserting that yoga was much more than a physical exercise.

1.10 pm: Yoga, for ages, has been a very relevant part of our lifestyle, in terms of both health and beauty. Hence this Yoga Day, ace beauty expert Shahnaz Husain shared her Ayurvedic principles of holistic health.

1.00 pm: Asserting that yoga with its cosmic message of universal union established India as the world’s spiritual thought leader two millennia ago, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Sunday urged all to practice the same for physical well-being and spiritual enlightenment.

8.00 am: Continuing their tirade against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government for playing politics over the sacred art of Yoga, the Janata Dal (United) took a shot at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah, saying his ‘body’ was proof that he did not practice yoga and added that he must inculcate the art in his personal life before preaching about its benefits across the nation.

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