Tourism Ministry celebrates International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2018

Yoga sessions held across major tourist and iconic destinations like Qutub Minar, Taj Mahal

Posted On: 21 JUN 2018 3:04PM by PIB Delhi

The Ministry of Tourism celebrated the International Day of Yoga today, with a plethora of events across the country. In New Delhi, a Yoga session has been conducted from 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM at the Qutub Minar Complex, along with a cycle rally from 6:00 AM starting from the Purana Quila. The event was inaugurated by Smt. Meenakshi Sharma, ADG (Tourism), at the Sun Dial Lawn, Qutub Minar which saw a wide participation from public including more than 30 foreign hospitality guests.

In addition,  the Ministry through its India Tourism offices, organized Yoga sessions and Live demonstrations, across the country, at Major Tourist destinations and iconic locations like, Taj Mahal, Besant Nagar Beach Chennai, Ellora Caves Aurangabad, Sun Temple Konark, Bodhgaya, Sun Temple Konark, Ellora Caves Aurangabad, Assam, Shillong, Somnath Temple Gujarat and many more.




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Income Tax Department filed a complaint before Special Court for Economic Offences, Bengaluru, in which the Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar has been accused of operating a hawala network.

Income Tax Department filed a complaint before Special Court for Economic Offences, Bengaluru, in which the Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar has been accused of operating a hawala network.

Raazi Enters 200 Crore Club

Alia Bhatt-starrer “Raazi” has minted over Rs 200 crore worldwide, announced filmmaker Karan Johar, who has co-produced the film.

Karan shared the news on his Twitter account on Wednesday. “A proud film! Rs 207 crore gross worldwide,” Karan tweeted.

The Meghna Gulzar directorial, which minted Rs 32.94 crore in India on its opening weekend, was distributed internationally by Zee Studios International, releasing in 450 screens across 42 countries, read a statement to IANS.

Based on Harinder Sikka’s book “Calling Sehmat”, the story of “Raazi” revolves around a young Kashmiri girl who gets married to a Pakistani Army officer and becomes a spy to give inside information about the neighbouring country to protect her own.

Co-produced by Junglee Pictures, the film also stars Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapur, Soni Razdan and Jaideep Ahlawat in pivotal roles.

The film was released in India on May 11. (IANS)

How to buy the right yoga mat?

New Delhi: Just like buying the right pair of running shoes is important to avoid injuries, its equally important to identify the right mat to suit your workout style.

Krishna Chandak, co-founder of TEGO and Anushka Parwani, Celebrity Trainer and Founder of Anshuka Yoga Classes and Yogalates, share some points to look out for before choosing a mat.

* Identify a mat that suits your body size, ensure you check for length and width. A mat too thick could make you unstable, making it difficult to hold a pose, while a mat too thin can be an issue if you have a high concern for knees or elbow joint pain. Thicker mats tend to be heavier and can affect portability.

* Thickness is important because the yoga mat has a lot to do with the comfort. If it is too thin then your knees get banged to the ground and it will hurt your knees but also if it is too thick then it is very hard to find that grounding from the ground level. The one advantage that thin mats have over thicker mats is that they are extremely portable especially if you are travelling. While buying a Yoga Mat make sure you have enough space to store it.

* PVC mats generally provide the best stickiness, with least amount of slippage. Check for the texture of the mat which will determine your grip. Look out for a mat with raised, tactile pattern to give boost your confidence during a difficult workout. These surfaces also prevent your mat from skidding on the floor.

* Mats that absorb moisture allowing sweat to seep in deteriorate due to bacterial activity and start flaking faster. This also affects overall hygiene along with malodor. Therefore, look for a closed-cell construction mat which is slightly slippery at first, but is easier to maintain over time. The grip also improves the more you use it.

* It is also important to pay attention to the texture because like the stickiness the texture also allows you to slide and increase or decrease your range of motion. It sort of provides barriers to sliding and is a very big factor of comfort and protection.

* The last thing to consider is the price range. PVC mats which are widely used are much cheaper. However, if you go for mats which have different designs or patterns or the organic ones, then they are priced high. But you also have to consider the lifespan of the mat.

Situation in J&K will improve under Governor’s rule, says Union Minister

The situation in Jammu and Kashmir will improve under Governor’s rule, Union minister Mahesh Sharma said today.

In 2014, the BJP had made arrangements to form a government with the PDP because of the political situation in Jammu and Kashmir and for the benefit of the state, he said.

The Minister of State for Culture and Tourism was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an International Yoga Day event here.

“We kept it (alliance) for three years, but now with the present political situation having changed, the time has come for such a rule (Governor’s rule). A rule where the might of the state can take on terrorists with the help of the people,” he said.

The minister said, “With the imposition of Governor’s rule, the situation in the state will change for the better, and the change is already apparent with the security forces and police working with more confidence now.”

The impact of the change will be felt soon, Sharma said.

The state was brought under the Governor’s rule yesterday, after the BJP withdrew support to the PDP-led government the day before.

Without naming any country, Sharma said, “the entire world knows the role of a country in Kashmir. That country now stands isolated in the entire world.”

On militant activities in Kashmir, he said “We’ll free Kashmir of terrorism and win back the misguided section who happens to be our own countrymen,” he said, describing Kashmir as the “Pride of India”.


Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev conducted Yoga session for the Indian Army at Siachen base camp in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, earlier today. #InternationalYogaDay2018

Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev conducted Yoga session for the Indian Army at Siachen base camp in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, earlier today.