Yoga a ‘source of inner strength’ during pandemic: Modi Jun 22, 2021 0 349 12345 dpa New Delhi Yoga has become a source of strength for people amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday during a virtual address on the occasion of International Yoga Day.“When Covid emerged, no country was prepared. At this time yoga became a source of inner strength. Yoga helps in self-discipline, it inculcated faith in people that they could fight this virus,” Modi said.Modi said frontline health workers had told him that they had made yoga a tool in fighting the virus and that experts recommended yoga’s breathing exercises, or pranayama, to strengthen respiratory systems.Television footage showed ministers in the Modi government doing yoga poses at their homes and security forces and paramilitary personnel practising yoga - some on desert dunes with camels standing by and others on a battleship in the high seas.In the years before the pandemic Modi and his ministers would lead big yoga events.India was collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) to launch a mobile app with yoga training videos in different languages, Modi added.Yoga, an ancient discipline first practised by Hindu sages thousands of years ago, is one of India’s biggest cultural exports, with millions of practitioners worldwide. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India starts free COVID vaccination for all above 18 but glitches remain Jun 22, 2021 0 354 Hong Kong’s Apple Daily facing closure after arrest of executives Jun 22, 2021 0 349 Philippines U-turns on face shields Jun 22, 2021 0 6761 Iran’s Raisi rules out meeting US President Biden dpa Tehran Iranian president-elect Ebrahim Raisi has declined any meeting with US President Joe Biden so long as US sanctions remain in place, and also spoke out against a full renegotiation of the 2015 nuclear deal that .. Lapid to be first Israeli foreign min to visit UAE dpa Tel Aviv Israel’s new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is to become the first to visit the United Arab Emirates, with a trip planned for next week. The head of the Yesh Atid party is to travel to the Gulf state for a two-day visit .. HK’s strict visa rules to hit relations: Taiwan dpa Taipei Taiwan’s government on Monday condemned Hong Kong for imposing strict visa rules on Taiwanese officials, a move it says will worsen diplomatic relations. The criticism came a day after the withdrawal of seven .. Turkish Constitutional Court agrees to rule on ban of pro-Kurdish HDP dpa Istanbul Judges at Turkey’s Constitutional Court unanimously accepted on Monday a case regarding the possible ban of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), state news agency Anadolu ..