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By NewsGram Staff Writer

After helping the flood victims in Bosnia, a team of British Sikhs is in Nepal to help the bereft people in building their homes and providing them with food and medicine.

The members are from the Punjab-based voluntary organization Khalsa Aid.

“We have raised 250 shelters till date and the target is to raise an equal number of structures,” said Kanwar Singh of Khalsa Aid.

The team of Khalsa Aid reached Nepal within 12 hours of the first quake in the country on April 25.

“In the next 48 hours we all arrived here from Britain,” Kanwar Singh added.

A builder by profession and volunteer of the charity, Jim Winkworth is in charge of the reconstruction work in Nepal.

“We are raising structures with new material or stuff retrieved from the debris,” Winkworth told IANS.

“The charity daily holds community kitchens in and around Kathmandu, providing food to over 8,000 people,” said Amanpreet Singh, project co-ordinator.

Singh recently came in Nepal from Bosnia, and he said that if needed they might extend the project in this land-locked country.

Khalsa Aid is an international non-profit aid and relief organization founded on the Sikh principles of selfless service and universal love. It was established in the year 1999 and helped in providing relief assistance to the victims of disasters, wars and other tragic events around the world.

The organization has provided 10 tonnes of relief material, comprising food, water purification tablets, medicines and tents for the quake victims.

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Nepal Prepares to Introduce Yoga in School Curriculum

Yoga, which has been gaining popularity in Nepal, is regarded as essential element for a healthy and balanced life

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Yoga, which has been gaining popularity in Nepal, is regarded as essential element for a healthy and balanced life. Pixabay

The preparation of new school curriculum, which will include yoga, in Nepal is in the final stages, Neplese Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel has said.

The government was revising the school curriculum to make it more practical and to contribute to public health, Pokharel said here on Friday. “Considering the high importance, we will include subjects like ayurveda, medicinal herbs and natural treatment in the school curriculum,” he was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

The government is preparing to introduce these subjects in Grade 8 to 12. These subjects will also be part of a three-year diploma course under the Institute Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training.

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The government was revising the school curriculum to make it more practical and to contribute to public health, Pokharel said here on Friday. Wikimedia Commons

Yoga, which has been gaining popularity in Nepal, is regarded as essential element for a healthy and balanced life.

ALSO READ: Yoga Shapes your Mind, Body and Soul: Shilpa Shetty

Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli said yoga and meditation were solutions to fight growing anger and hatred in the world. “People are suffering from greed, aggression and selfishness. To free from such negativity and reach a balanced mental state, yoga and meditation are the solutions,” he said.

Referring to yoga developed in the Himalayas thousands of years ago by sages, he said Nepal could set up an international meditation centre. Oli said there was no place in the world to understand meditation better than the Himalayas due to its pristine and sacred water, air and environment. (IANS)