GUWAHATI, June 21 - The North Eastern States celebrated the International Day of Yoga today. PTI and our Correspondents report:
IMPHAL: The fourth International Day of Yoga was widely observed in Manipur on Thursday. Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, accompanied by Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen, led the observance in the State with a brief round of yoga performance at the Raj Bhavan here. Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Health Minister L Jayentakumar attended a similar function along with officials at the Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium here in the morning.
Governor Dr Heptulla urged people to take the pledge to practise yoga every day. She added that yoga is beneficial for the body as well as the soul.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Singh said that yoga is an ancient discipline globally accepted as a scientific system for the maintenance of health and life.
Meanwhile, the staff of the Manipur Legislative Assembly under the supervision of Speaker Y Khemchand also observed the day by holding a yoga performance. The Assam Rifles units in Manipur coordinated the participation of Central armed police personnel and their families at a State-level event on the occasion.
ITANAGAR: The people of Arunachal Pradesh, led by Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (retd) and Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday celebrated the fourth International Day of Yoga (IDY) with great enthusiasm.
Despite inclement weather, yoga enthusiasts, including men, women and children, from all walks of life, thronged the celebration venues across the State in large numbers to perform different yoga asanas.
Joining the IDY celebration organised by the State Police at the 1st APP Bn ground at Chimpu here that marked the end of the State-wide observance of the Wellness Month (May 21-June 21), Chief Minister Pema Khandu appealed to everyone to embrace and practise yoga and make it a part of their daily life.
Khandu, while commending the Arunachal Pradesh Police for organising the Wellness Month for the welfare of police officers, personnel and their families, assured all possible support from the State Government to the �police reforms� being initiated by the Director General of Police SBK Singh. The Chief Minister also released a souvenir, Wellness First, published by the police department and later, took part in a tree plantation programme at the 1st APP Bn compound.
Meanwhile, participating in the IDY event at the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) campus at Rono Hills, Doimukh, Governor Brig BD Mishra (retd), in his address, advised all to take up yoga on a daily basis for healthy living. It is good and beneficial to all, he added.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, while attending the IDY celebration at the Indira Gandhi Park here, called for introduction of yoga in the schools across the State for promotion of the ancient Indian tradition.
SHILLONG: The fourth International Yoga Day was celebrated in Shillong on Thursday with yoga sessions held in different parts of the State. Governor Ganga Prasad attended the yoga day celebrations at the Sri Aurobindo Institute of Indian Culture. Health and Family Welfare Minister AL Hek participated in the Yoga Day function at the Laban Sports Club.
Several other organisations and educational institutions observed the day on their respective premises. Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar, chief of the Eastern Air Command (EAC), was present at the celebrations held in the EAC headquarters at Upper Shillong. Senior officers, air warriors, personnel of the Military Engineering Service and civilians residing in the EAC campus participated in the event along with their families.
The day was also celebrated at the North Eastern Sector of the CRPF in Shillong. More than 100 officers and men participated in the event in which CRPF IGP Prakash D was present.
The BSF frontier headquarters (Meghalaya) also celebrated the International Yoga Day by organising an event in which more than 3,000 men in uniform, including officers and jawans, participated.
The day was also celebrated at the NEIGRIHMS. NEIAH Director Prof (Dr) PK Goswami was the chief guest. Faculty members, students and employees of the NEIGRIHMS participated in the yoga session held on the occasion. A yoga laboratory in the Department of Physiology was also inaugurated.
Kohima: Nagaland on Thursday joined the rest of the country in celebrating the Yoga Day by holding a series of programmes by government departments, security forces and educational institutions, reports PTI.
The main event was held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium where Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution CR Chaudhury along with Governor PB Acharya and Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton led the gathering in a breathing exercise and guided meditation.
Gangtok: The fourth International Day of Yoga was celebrated in Sikkim on Thursday with Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling leading hundreds of people in undergoing the physical fitness exercise, reports PTI.
A special yoga camp was held at Paljor Stadium where Chamling led hundreds of people comprising old and young to perform various asanas under the guidance of an instructor.
The Chief Minister said that yoga was an invaluable gift of India�s ancient tradition. He urged the people to adopt yoga in their daily lives for a healthy mind and body.