SHIMLA-16 June, 2019

Yoga a small imitative to manifold sustained positive effects on physical, mental, and spiritual health: CM

Chief Minister presides over International Yoga Day Celebration in Netherland

Yoga is a small initiative which has manifold sustained positive effects on the physical, mental, and spiritual health at large. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing the people after inaugurating the 5th International Yoga Day 2019 organized by the Embassy of India by lighting the lamp at Dam Square, Amsterdam in Netherlands today. Chief Minister was the Chief Guest of this mega event held at Dam Square, the main centre of Amsterdam. This is the biggest International Yoga Day celebrations ever seen in the Netherlands. The celebration was organized by the Embassy of India in association with yoga enthusiasts of the Netherlands. It was a whole day wellness festival with group yoga demonstrations, meditation sessions, music, dance, and vegetarian as well as vegan food.

Chief Minister said that International Day of Yoga was celebrated throughout the world for first time on 21st of June in 2015 on the earnest call given by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to the United Nations General Assembly on 27th of September in 2014 during his address to the UN General Assembly. He said that today over 170 countries including USA, China, Canada, etc. were participating in the event. He said that today everybody has conviction about Yoga practices towards the prevention of disease, maintenance and promotion of health. Millions and millions of people across the globe have benefitted by the practice of Yoga and it was blossoming and growing more vibrant with each passing day, he said.

Shri Jai Ram Thakur said that the word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’, which means union of the individual consciousness or sole with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. It is a system of raising our ability to enhance and realize our ultimate nature and exploration of the very mechanics of life, it is gift to the humanity to lead a happy and healthy life, he added.

Representatives of Dutch armed forces participated in the Traditional Yoga session. Dutch Ministry of Defense has introduced yoga exercises for armed forces to enrich their training program and reduce stress.

Over 3000 persons gathered in front of the Royal Palace on dam square in the heart of the capital city of the Netherlands to mark International Yoga Day.

It was for the first time the Dam Square was host to a public event related to India. The Square is the historical centre of Amsterdam with the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), the Madame Tussauds Amsterdam and the National Monumenterected in 1956 for the victims of World War II. Special permission for the same was provided by the City of Amsterdam at the request of the Indian Embassy. Representatives of the Royal Dutch army also joined the celebrations for the first time. They participated in the group common yoga protocol session and also led the public in a special yoga workshop. Dutch Ministry of Defense has introduced yoga exercises for armed forces to enrich their training program and reduce stress. Yoga is taught weekly at various barracks and yoga instructors have been recruited to strengthen the physical and mental fitness of soldiers.

A unique addition to the program this year was also the promotion of Indian handicrafts through a ‘Made in India’ display featuring live demonstrations by five national award winning master artisans from India throughout the day

In a parallel venue called The Yoga Hut, competitions in sun salutations and yoga pose challenges were held along with special sessions on therapeutic yoga etc. A Stall put up by the Maharishi Ayurveda Centre provided advice on yoga, wellness and healthy living while five special food trucks provided vegetarian and vegan food as well as vegan ice cream for the participants and onlookers.

A short film produced by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department was also screened on the occasion.

Ambassador of India to Netherlands Shri Venu Rajamony welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion.

International Cricket Star Suresh Raina, Dutch actor, model and photographer Ms. Micky Hoogendijk, Mr. V.K. Arora, Chariman and Managing Director of LT Foods and Dr. Deepak Mittal, Chairman, International Tractors Ltd. took part in the opening ceremony.

Industries Minister Shri Bikram Singh, Additional Chief Secretary cum Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi , Additional Chief Secretary Industries, Manoj Kumar, Director Industries Hans Raj Sharma, Special Secretary Abid Husain Sadiq, Principal Private Secretary to Chief Minister Vinay Singh, representatives of CII, Himachal and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

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A delegation led by Chief Minister Met Vishavraj Jageja

The high level delegation of the State Government led by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur met Vishavraj Jadeja, a known face in ice skating and director of Ice World at Amsardram in Netherlands yesterday evening and discussed the possibility of development of Shimla Ice Skating Rink. The project would be developed on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode through transparent bidding process.

The development of all weather ice ring at Shimla would make it capable to host national and international tournaments in ice skating and boost tourism to large extent.

Later, they met representatives of TAKARA Bio Inc and discussed in investment opportunities in biotech sector in Himachal Pradesh. TAKARA bio inc showed keen interest in investments in the State. Such facilities would ensure long life and quality control of products for food processing.
They also met members of Omnivent to discuss the storage solutions for potatoes and other fruits for supply to large companies for processing facilities. Omnivent is already present in Himachal Pradesh and wants to expand the technologies advanced storage facilities.

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CM felicitates people on the occasion of Sant Kabir Jayanti

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has felicitated the people of the State of the occasion of Sant Kabir Jayanti.

In is felicitation message, Chief Minister said that 15th century revolutionary saint, poet and social reformer, Sant Kabir propagated oneness of the Supreme Being across all religions. He said that Sant Kabir wrote couplets and devotional songs extolling the greatness of the Almighty that pervades all things, adding that his teaching were more relevant today.

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With enhanced facilities, tourism activities get boost in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh has emerged as one of the favourite destination for the domestic and overseas tourists in the past few years and keeping this in view, the state government is endeavouring to provide best facilities and add more attractions to facilitate the tourists at the famous destinations. The emphasis has been laid on developing prominent places like Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Dharamshala, Janjehli, Kasauli and Dalhousie which are full of natural wonders and most visited by the tourists.

Once the summer capital of British India, Shimla is one of the most popular hill destinations that retains its colonial heritage with grand old buildings besides being blessed with all the natural bounties. Known as 'the 'Queen of Hills', Shimla now has more and better facilities for the tourists that includes ample parking, quality accommodation options and sufficient availability of potable water.

Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam Ltd. (SJPNL) is lifting 45 to 50 million litre water per day (MLD) to the town as compared to 28 MLD average during last year which is more than sufficient to meet the demand of local residents as well as tourists. Keeping in view the tourist inflow on weekends, the water lifting is also being increased to 55 to 60 MLD so that the tourists get ample water. In order to augment the water availability at Gumma source by 10 MLD, a new water supply scheme to link river Satluj at Chaba with Gumma has also been established.

With enhancement of facilities at nearby places like Nature Park at Craignano, Mashobra and Naldehra, Fagu, Kufri, Chail etc., the tourists now have more options to spend extra days in the town. The Craignano Nature Park offers different kind of flowers, tree house, pristine deodar, rhododendron and oak forest while adventure parks at Kufri and Fagu are delight among the tourists. Besides, one can also enjoy the nature walking trail amid cool weather of hills at Mashobra, Naldehra and Chail.

A new lift with additional capacity connecting the cart road to the Mall road has been installed in the town to facilitate the tourists. The State Police has also deployed special police personnel's at prominent places in order to guide/help tourists. Now the town also has a new parking's for more than 1000 vehicles capacity which facilitates the tourists. In addition to this the government has earmarked additional areas in the town for parking of tourists vehicles. The famous Jakhoo Temple has been connected with a rope way. Shimla is also well connected with air service with Delhi and Chandigarh.

Apart from Shimla, another prominent destination Mcleodganj and other places in periphery in Dharamshala town have also been developed. For those interested in adventure sports, Dharamshala offers a vast range in the form of paragliding at Bir-Billing, trekking at Triund and to Dhauladhar range.

Similarly, Kullu-Manali are also the most famous destinations among the tourists that offers the thrill of river-rafting, paragliding and other adventure activities in Solang Valley. The area also offers trekking opportunities to hard core trekkers who intend to go on to easy treks and can even reach areas of Great Himalayan National Park and reach Lahaul-Spiti also. For the tourists wishing to witness snow all round the year, the administration has made special arrangements for their visit to Rohtang Pass, 51 kilometers away from Manali. Now the tourists can avail the online permit facility for the vehicle which would be allowed to go to the 13,050 feet high pass.

The Kullu-Manali valley has been attracting Bollywood in the past and many popular Hindi films have been shot here in its beautiful locales.

Apart from regular air services between Delhi, Shimla, Kullu and Dharamshala, now helicopter service under UDAN scheme from Chandigarh to Shimla and further from Shimla to Kullu and Dharamshala has now been made operational and bookings can be done online at portal: www.pawanhans.co.in.

In Chamba district, hill stations of Dalhousie and Khajjiar are also favourite destinations of the tourists. At Khajjiar, the tourists have the option for trekking and hiking. The scenic valley of Janjehli and Kamru Nag Lake in Mandi district, Chail and Kasauli in Solan district, Churdhar peak and Sri Renuka ji in Sirmaur are among the other beautiful destinations in the State, which are being developed on priority.

The state government is also making efforts to establish an international airport at Nagchala in Mandi district which would help in attracting more tourists to the state.

Keeping in view the immense eco-tourism potential of the state, the government has taken initiative to encourage this sector as well for which a master plan would be prepared in consultation with the experts wherein provisions for encouraging private investors will be incorporated.

The government is also encouraging home stay units in the state as it not only promotes tourism but also provide respectable employment opportunities to the people.

Himachal government has also sent a proposal to the Government of India for starting water transport and other activities in Chamera, Kol Dam, Larji and Gobindsagar lake. This will not only promote water transport and water sports in the state, but also create employment opportunities for the local youth.