Sri Lankan President, Indian envoy celebrate International Yoga Day

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Messages from Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj were telecast.

People can also share their views, ideas and suggestions in the My Gov Open Forum. In recognition of its global appeal, the United Nations General Assembly had adopted a resolution piloted by India declaring June 21 each year as the "International Day of Yoga".

International Day of Yoga will be celebrated across the world on Wednesday.

"Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action and is not just about exercise but a way to discover the sense of oneness with oneself, the world and nature", the Indian ambassador said.

Though the BKU has asked the people to support the farmers agitation and avoid using highways during the protest period, it said that emergency services like Ambulances and Defence vehicles will not be stopped.

The mass yoga practice is part of the series of activities to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and India and 10 years of their strategic partnership.

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Prime Minister Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has made grand plans for the day.

China has planned to organise scores of events across the country, which officials say will make it the second biggest celebrations of the day in the world after India.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah will perform Yoga in Ahmedabad.

Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, J.P. Nadda, Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan and Piyush Goyal will take part in International Yoga Day functions at Patna, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam respectively.

The Indian High Commission in Pakistan also celebrated the International Day of Yoga with great fervor.

Though Yoga, which originated in India, has become immensely popular over the years in China vying with ancient indigenous physical fitness martial art form Tai Chi, it got an official sanction when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang joined Prime Minister Modi in Beijing in 2015 at a joint event during the latter's visit. It has written letters to different Ambassadors and Embassies and urged to make the event successful.

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