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Cherry blossoms spread tranquility in Mizoram

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Mizoram has become the third state in India’s northeast to get a Cherry Blossom Avenue, with Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla planting a sapling of the flowering tree at the New Secretariat Complex in Aizawl.

“The cherry blossom is a symbol of peace, prosperity and tranquility and has brought peace in countries where it has been planted,” Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director of the Imphal-based Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), he said.

The IBSD, a national institute under the central government’s Department of Biotechnology, launched Cherry Blossom Avenues in Manipur and Meghalaya last May.

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The purpose behind Cherry Blossom Avenue

The beautiful cherry blossom tree unlike the cherry fruit, blooms in full glory,it is so majestic to look at and blooms only for short period.

“Just as people go all the way to Holland to watch tulips flowering, cherry blossoms can also be a huge tourist attraction,” said Sahoo, who is now in mission-mode to launch Cherry Blossom Avenues across the northeast.

The tradition of planting cherry blossoms (called sakura in Japanese) started in Japan. The Sakura Festival started during third century and continues to be a huge tourist attraction.

To convey the message of peace, the Japanese have been planting cherry blossoms across different countries of the world. Sahoo explained, is that the cherry blossom actually originated in the Himalayas but did not get popularised in the Himalayan nations like India, Nepal and Bhutan.

“When I was invited to IIM-Shillong in 2014 while I was a professor in Delhi University, I noticed a cherry blossom tree from my hotel room,” he said.

“It was the first cherry blossom I saw in India. I thought if cherry blossom can bring prosperity to Japan and many other countries, why can it not for India, especially in the northeast”, he added.

According to Sahoo, cherry blossom plantation can give a big boost to the economy, especially in the tourism sector, in the northeast by generating large-scale employment.He also pointed out that one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the UN adopted in September last year is “peace, justice and strong institutions”.

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Kota creates world record with 2 lakh people performing yoga

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Jaipur, June 21: Rajasthan’s Kota established a world record on Thursday when around two lakh people performed yoga at one place on the occasion of the International Yoga Day.

The event took place in the presence of yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia at the RAC ground.

Speaking to IANS, an officer, Hariom Gurjar, said: “We have created a Guinness record as this is the first time these many people performed yoga together at one place.”

He explained that counting of the participants was done with the help of bar codes given to each contestant.

A total of 4,000 volunteers were present on the occasion and a drone centre was set up to keep an eye on the ground. People started reaching the RAC ground from 5 a.m.

A certificate was given to Vasundhara Raje Scindia, District Collector Gaurav Goyal and Baba Ramdev by two Guinness Book of World Record officials who came from London to monitor the proceedings.

Baba Ramdev tweeted that more than two lakh people performed yoga on the International Yoga Day.

“Yog is the best way for the students to de-stress themselves. Thousands of students have joined #YogainKota, the education capital of Rajasthan,” he tweeted.

Earlier, the Chief Minister called for maximum participation from people to set up a world record on the occasion.

Till date, Mysore shares the record where around 55,506 people performed yoga simultaneously at one place on International Yoga Day.

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Rahul says PM fast asleep, FM breaking news on Facebook

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New Delhi, June 21: Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched a blistering attack on the Narendra Modi government and the  RSS  for extending the invisible hand that caused tremendous damage to the  Indian economy.

The Congress president posted a tweet on country’s economic situation saying the country’s Finance Minister has been breaking news on the micro-blogging site Facebook while the national economy is on the brink of collapse.

The Congress president attacked Rashtriya Swayamsewak Singh, the ideological parent of the BJP and said that “the brightest have fled the sinking ship and the invisible hands of the RSS has steered the economy onto the rocks as the Captain who took the Demonetisation decision is fast asleep.”

The Congress leader took to Twitter to share the present economic scenario

”Ex ? FM is locked in his room, breaking news on FaceBook.

BJP Treasurer has the keys to the Indian Economy.

The brightest flee the sinking ship, as the “invisible hand” of the RSS steers it onto the rocks.

Meanwhile, Captain DeMo is fast asleep.

It’s crazy out there !” he tweeted.

Rahul Gandhi said, ”The FM is locked in a room,” adding that it was a breaking news on the micro-blogging site” as Arun Jaitley has been hospitalised due to his kidney ailment

The Indian economy is on a downward spiral due to mismanagement of the BJP,  the Gandhi scion said that ”the BJP national treasurer was actually running the economy”.

 

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On International Yoga Day, Kangana Ranaut performs Yogasanas in London

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New Delhi, June 21: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Thursday celebrated International Yoga Day in London, where she is currently shooting for her upcoming film ‘Mental Hai Kya’.

Pictures and video of Kangana performing yoga at London’s Hyde Park have been shared by the actress’ official fan club on Instagram.

“Kangana Ranaut shows her dedication towards yoga on International Yoga Day 2018 and encourages everyone to adopt yoga as a lifestyle and a way to spiritual awakening,” read the caption.

In another post, the actress actually amused everyone in the video as she practiced some Yogasanas like a pro.

“Kangana Ranaut practicing the ancient science of yoga on International Yoga Day. The key to practice yoga is patience & stillness,” the post read.

And after watching the video, we must say, she indeed performed some of the most toughest exercises.

In one of the videos, Kangana is seen perforiming a perfect and a flawless backbend while in the other she performs a generic stretchting Yoga exercise. One must not forget the cute thumbs up she showed to the fans after completing the yoga exercises.

On this International Yoga Day, Seems Kangana became the first bollywood celebrity to wish her fans a happpy yoga day.

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