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    Modi's call for International Yoga Day gains pace, 50 nations including China, US support PM's call

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi at UNGA.
    New Delhi, Oct 31: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the world leaders in his UNGA speech to adopt an International Yoga Day as many as 50 countries including US, Canada, China have called for the same.

    As many as 50 countries - US, Canada and China most recently - have signed up for co-sponsorship of a draft resolution which India's UN mission is preparing for declaring June 21 as international Yoga day.

    India's UN mission is preparing a draft resolution to declare June 21 as International Yoga day and nearly 50 countries have signed up for co-sponsorship of the draft.

    The EU members are expected to also join as co-sponsors soon after USA and Canada joining recently.

    Narendra Modi while calling for International Yoga day had said Yoga can change lifestyle and create consciousness and will also help us deal with climate change.

    "Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being," he had said.

    As per TOI report, "The list of co-sponsors includes Asian heavyweights China, Japan, Indonesia and South Korea and also South Africa and Nigeria in Africa. Neighbours such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka were amongst the earliest to sign on. Latin American giants Brazil and Argentina too have committed support."

    The resolution will be submitted soon to the UN secretariat with the government looking to aggressively push for its adoption before the end of this year.

    "Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature," Modi said in his maiden address to the 193-member UN General Assembly in United Nations on September 26.

    Yoga is the 5,000-year-old Indian physical, mental and spiritual practice that aim to transform body and mind.

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