10,000 people perform Yoga at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh

10,000 people perform Yoga at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh

A record 10,000 enthusiasts joined and practiced yoga on the International Yoga Day at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. Earlier the record turnout was around 5,000 last year. Mumpy Dey, teacher of Indian Culture at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre or IGCC, conducted the Common Yoga Protocol. Demonstration of yoga asanas were also performed by yoga students of the IGCC and other yoga institutes in Dhaka.

In Pakistan, Yoga Rises Above Its Indian Origins

In Pakistan, Yoga Rises Above Its Indian Origins

Yoga is immensely popular in all cities of Pakistan; a yoga teacher named Shamshad Haider claims to run 50 yoga clubs in Punjab, and International Yoga Day has been celebrated in Pakistan for three years in a row. Yoga is practiced all the way from Chitral in the north to Karachi in the south. There’s a whole crop of younger teachers now equipped with training from India, Thailand and Bali, as well as from yoga schools in North America and Britain. Teachers at swank studios in Karachi attract students through Facebook pages and affiliations with the International Yoga Alliance.

Bollywood blockbuster “Three idiots” is set for a sequel

Bollywood blockbuster “Three idiots” is set for a sequel

One of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time, Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots is all set for a sequel. Released in 2009, the film has a cult following of its own and an entire generation of youngsters growing up with it. 3 Idiots remains one of most popular films even in its many TV re-runs. The director is currently working on the script of the sequel of Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi-starrer. Hirani was asked a question while promoting his upcoming film Sanju.

Anukeerthy Vas from Tamil Nadu is Miss India 2018

Anukeerthy Vas from Tamil Nadu is Miss India 2018

Miss Anukreethy Vas from Tamil Nadu was declared the winner of the 55th edition of Femina Miss India 2018 pageant held at Dome, NSCI Stadium whereas Miss Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana and Miss Shreya Rao from Andhra Pradesh bagged the first and second runner up positions respectively.

The winners were crowned by the previous year winners, Miss World 2017, Manushi Chillar, Miss United Continents 2017, Sana Dua and Miss Intercontinental 2017, Priyanka Kumari for the respective titles to the end of the event.  Anukreethy Vas who hails from Tamil Nadu is a 19-year-old student pursuing BA in French from Loyola college and her interest lies in modeling and acting. Vas will go on to represent India on international beauty pageants.

With Delhi schools denying them admission, Rohingya girls find ways to educate themselves

With Delhi schools denying them admission, Rohingya girls find ways to educate themselves

After the Indian government made the Aadhaar Card (National ID card) mandatory for school admissions, the little access the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar had to education in Delhi eroded. Schools stopped admitting their children and yet, they are pulling themselves by the bootstraps to educate their boys and girls, write Ayesha Khan and Tahira Noor in The Citizen.

Sri Lankan army cultural troupe adds “Kathak” to its repertoire

Sri Lankan army cultural troupe adds “Kathak” to its repertoire

The highly acclaimed Sri Lankan army dance troupe, made up of men and women soldiers, has added to its extensive repertoire, the North Indian classical dance form  “Kathak”. Inspired by Army chief Lt.Gen.Mahesh Senanayake, who was enchanted by the vigor and grace of Kathak while he was on training in India, the dance troupe has worked hard to imbibe the sensuousness and the intricate footwork characteristic of the dance form. This was amply evident in the troupe’s debut performance last Friday at the Kaliashwaram Hindu temple in Maradana in Central Colombo.  The dancers’ fast, intricate and rhythmic footwork combined with graceful movements had the audience in raptures.

Unique composition of mother’s milk reduces food sensitivity among infants

Unique composition of mother’s milk reduces food sensitivity among infants

The unique composition of a mother’s breast milk may help to reduce food sensitivity in her infant, report researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine with colleagues in Canada. The findings, publishing in the June 15 issue of Allergy, further highlight the health role of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), which are not found in infant formula. 

Sri Lanka was a pioneer in ice manufacturing in South Asia

Sri Lanka was a pioneer in ice manufacturing in South Asia

Ice manufacturing in colonial Sri Lanka in the second half of the 19 th.century was a landmark in South Asian history.  The Sri Lankan ice making industry was the first and the earliest in the region. The name of the pioneering company has changed several times over the years. Today it is known as Elephant House. Of course, Elephant House is no longer limited to the manufacturing of ice. It is known for its ice creams and aerated drinks, writes anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai.

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