Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday celebrated ‘International Yoga Day’ for the second time in Chandigarh. He joins over 30,000 thousand people in a blissful manner to perform yoga in the Union Territory. President Pranab Mukherjee urged people to make make yoga an integral part of life as it promotes better health and brings harmony.
Around 57 ministers, including cabinet ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani and Manohar Parrikar, led the event at various places across the country.
The second International Yoga Day saw a much larger participation across the country than its first edition. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had said on Saturday that 191 countries would celebrate International Yoga Day. Narendra Modi said that from next year onward we will give two awards on Yoga Day, want to honour those working to popularise Yoga. He asserted to make Yoga a part of life just like you have made mobile phones a part of your life. He further said that it can also beneficial to control diabetes. – Indiatoday reported.
According to the reports, Over 96,000 people had registered themselves to take part in the Chandigarh event. Of this, over 30,000 were picked, including 10,000 each from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana. At least 7,000 security personnel, including 4,000 paramilitary jawans and 3,000 officers of Chandigarh Police, were guarding the venue in the city where prohibitive orders have been issued at several places.