India leader proposes International Yoga Day

2014-09-27 21:16
India's prime minister Narendra Modi. (Saurabh Das, AP)

India's prime minister Narendra Modi. (Saurabh Das, AP)

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United Nations - India's prime minister is proposing a new addition to the lengthy list of annual UN observances: World Yoga Day.

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extolled the therapeutic powers of yoga and said it could help tackle global problems.

Modi told delegates on Saturday that yoga could, "bring a change in our lifestyle and create awareness in us, and it can help in fighting against climate change".

The Indian leader has a reputation as an ascetic. He's in the midst of a nine-day fast dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga.

The UN already has 118 awareness-raising days of observance.

Saturday is World Tourism Day. Among others in the calendar: the International Day of Happiness, World Soil Day, International Mother Earth Day and International Jazz Day.

Read more on:    un  |  narendra modi  |  india  |  religion

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