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Int’l Yoga Day being observed

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KATHMANDU — International Yoga Day is being observed across the country on Tuesday with different programs.

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations endorsed the proposal to observe June 21 as International Yoga Day.

Speaking at a program organized by the IYD Main Organizing Committee in the Capital to mark the IYD, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today said that yoga is an integral part of our life for healthy body and sound thoughts.

The PM claimed that yoga originated in Nepal, referring to the traditional form of exercise practiced by our ancestors and scholars since years ago.

Saying that yoga is an asset of all, he thanked those who initiated for the recognition of yoga by the United Nations.

Similarly, Education Minister and coordinator of the IYD Main Organizing Committee Giriraj Mani Pokharel said that yoga should be spread at school level as well.

Also, Health Minister Ram Janam Chaudhary urged all to practice yoga every day.

Likewise, Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae read out the message sent from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the day.

Also on the occasion, PM Oli, his wife Radhika Shakya and Deputy Prime Ministers, ministers, lawmakers and high level officials practiced yoga for one hour.

Meanwhile, the PM honored Uttam Moktan for setting a new world record in ‘Yoga Marathon’. Moktan received Rs 51,000 in cash.

Moktan has been recognized by Guinness World Records for practicing yoga continuously for 50 hours and 15 minutes on December 17-19, 2015.

Similarly on the occasion, the PM launched three books on yoga (‘Tapai Ko Lagi Yoga’ authored by Dr Raju Adhikari, ‘Bichar Kranti’ published by Patanjali Yog Peeth Nepal and ‘Yoga Sandesh’ (Yoga for peace and harmony) by Nepal-based Indian embassy).

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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