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Yoga will lead to a new era of Togetherness and Harmony, says PM Narendra Modi

At the 29th edition of International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi explained how he believes yoga will start a new age of harmony

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New Delhi, March 2, 2017: Yoga will lead to a new era of togetherness and harmony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.

Modi made the comments through video conference as the 29th edition of the International Yoga Festival opened in Rishikesh.

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Calling yoga the “journey from ‘me’ to ‘we'”, he said: “Yoga makes an individual a better person in thought, action, knowledge and devotion.

“Yoga expands our limited sense of self to see our families, societies and mankind and extension of our own self.”

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Speaking on the positive impact of yoga and ills of modern lifestyle, Modi said: “There is ample evidence that practicing yoga helps fight stress and lifestyle related issues.”

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The International Yoga Festival is jointly organised by AYUSH, the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh. (IANS)

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“The Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences for the victims of the recent terrorist attack in Strasbourg in France, and said that India stands with France in the fight against terrorism,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.

At least three people were killed and 13 others injured when a man opened fire at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday.

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According to the PMO statement, Narendra Modi also warmly recalled the state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India in March, as well as their recent interaction on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina.

“Le Drian briefed the Prime Minister on recent developments in the bilateral relationship, and French perspective on regional and global issues,” it stated.

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“The Prime Minister welcomed the strengthening of bilateral ties in all spheres, including defence, space, counter-terrorism, maritime security, and civil nuclear cooperation.”

Earlier in the day, Le Drian held delegation-level talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (IANS)