Theme of this year's World Yoga Day is 'Yoga for Heart': Naik
    Ranchi, Jun 13 (PTI) Union Minister Shripad Yesso Naik
Thursday said the theme for this year's World Yoga Day is
'Yoga for Heart'.
    Naik, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge)
for AYUSH, said with the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, the entire world is observing Yoga Day on June 21.
    "Yoga has become an important aspect in the life of
the people, which is an honourable achievement for the country
that has given Yoga to the world," he told a press conference
    Naik said the prime minister will be present in the
main event to be held at Prabhat Tara Maidan in Ranchi.
    The Union minister said the objective of the Centre
and the state is to take the message of Yoga to every person
and house.
    He said AYUSH ministry is encouraging every individual
and institutions like educational institutions, business
firms, industry and cultural organisations in this endeavour
of making Yoga a mass movement as people can benefit from
    The minister said 'Pradhan Mantri Yoga Puraskar' is
given for outstanding contribution in promotion and
development of Yoga. Four awards are given in two categories
and this year at least 200 applications have been received.
    He appreciated the Jharkhand government's preparations
for Yoga day under the leadership of Chief Minister Raghubar
    He said that among five cities, Ranchi has been chosen
to organise the main event on June 21, which will be an
historic day for the people of Jharkhand and expressed
optimism that Ranchi programme will prove to be the best among
the previous four events.
    He said about 40,000 people participated in the first
International Yoga Day in Delhi and expected Ranchi event to
draw about 50,000 Yoga enthusiasts.
Earlier, Naik met the chief minister and discussed
about the preparations for Yoga Day. PTI PVR

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