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)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.