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India prime minister wants international day for yoga

2 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago September 27, 2014 Sep 27, 2014 Saturday, September 27 2014 September 27, 2014 11:49 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

UNITED NATIONS - India's prime minister wants a day dedicated to yoga called World Yoga Day.

In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the therapeutic powers of yoga and how it could help tackle global problems.

Modi told delegates 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.

Saturday is World Tourism Day among 118 other awareness days established by the U.N. Others include International Day of Happiness, World Soil Day, International Mother Earth Day and International Jazz Day.

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