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Free food grain scheme extension till November : PM Modi

PM Modi addressing Nation

Keeping the pandemic in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced the extension of a key government scheme for free food grain to more than 80 crore poor people till November.

PM Modi’s announcement came during his address to the nation as the country’s coronavirus disease (Covid-19) tally surged beyond 5.66 lakh.

“This time of festivals also increases needs and expenses. Keeping all these things in mind, it has been decided that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana should now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja, that is, by the end of November,” PM Modi said in his sixth address to the nation since the coronavirus pandemic started.

“More than Rs 90,000 crore will be spent in this expansion of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojna. If you add the expenses of the last three months to it, then it becomes almost one and a half lakh crore rupees,” he added during the virtual address.

PM Modi said that “hardworking farmers and honest taxpayers” have helped push the government’s food scheme as he thanked them for their efforts.

“Today, if the government is able to provide free food grains to the poor and the needy, the credit goes to two sections. First, the hardworking farmers of our country and second, the honest taxpayers. I thank you from my heart,” he said.

PM Modi also urges people of the country to continue to follow the rules of WHO, wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining the distance of two-yard. He also stressed not to be careless about these rules.

“With this resolve, we 130 crore countrymen have to work together with the resolution to work and move forward. Once again I pray for you and urge all of you to be healthy, keep following the two-yard rule, use gamchas, and mask always. Do not be careless,” he said.

“Earlier, we were very cautious about masks, maintaining a two-yard distance, washing hands several times a day for 20 seconds,” the Prime Minister said.

He also appreciated that the ruled were followed by the government, local body entities, and citizens of the country.

“The rules were followed very seriously during the lockdown. Now governments, local body entities, citizens of the country need to show the same vigilance again,” he added.

India reported 18,522 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, slightly lower than Sunday’s record of 19,906, according to the Union health ministry Tuesday.

India is behind only the United States, Brazil, and Russia in total cases with more than 566,000 infections. More than 16,800 people have died in the country.

Tiktok caught spying on iOS 14 users’ data

TikTok app – for which many campaigns are running over the social media to boycott the use of this Chinese app- was recently caught spying on people who were using iOS 14, mainly developers and selected users. Complete access to the update will be made available to users by Fall 2020, Apple had noted.

The short video-making Chinese app had stated in the past that it would stop the practice of reading content on user’s clipboards However, quite recently it was again found that the app is snooping on the Apple users and was caught red-handed a report on Telephraph stated.

This could be figured out by a software update by Apple for iOS 14 that sends notifications to users whenever an app is found accessing their data.

The alarms for apps getting access to data were raised before the release of iOS 14. Research by Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk found that many popular apps were snooping on user content without their consent. The report noted that the text left in the clipboard or the pasteboard could be inconsequential but it could contain sensitive data like user’s passwords, etc.

Every time the user opens an app, it gets access to their data. This could be gaming apps or social media apps.

Along with Tiktok other apps like AccuWeather, Overstock, AliExpress, Call of Duty Mobile, Patreon, and Google News also accessed user’s data from their clipboards, Telegraph noted.

iPhone users and software developers who received notifications were enraged with this and described the app’s behavior as “creepy” and “extremely shady,” the report stated.

A spokesperson for TikTok issued a clarification quoted by The Telegraph. He said that the app’s behavior was triggered by a feature designed to identify repetitive, spammy behavior. Further, he assured of the privacy of the users and transparency of the working of the App.

“Following the beta release of iOS 14 on June 22, users saw notifications while using a number of popular apps. For TikTok, this was triggered by a feature designed to identify repetitive, spammy behavior. We have already submitted an updated version of the app to the App Store removing the anti-spam feature to eliminate any potential confusion,” the spokesperson said.
“TikTok is committed to protecting users’ privacy and being transparent about how our app works,” he added.

It is however not clear if the company removed the feature for Android devices as well and for how long the feature had been in place. It also did not give any clarification if the user’s data from the clipboard was used by the app.

A report by MacRumors stated that a download of the new update confirms that TikTok no longer appears to be accessing the clipboard.

Union Home Minister accuses Congress President indulging in Shallow Politics

Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah made a scathing attack on former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of indulging in “shallow politics”.

“We are fully capable of handling anti-India propaganda but it does pain when a former president of such a big political party does ‘ochhi Rajini (shallow politics)’ at a time of problems,” Amit Shah said in an interview to the news agency.

Rahul Gandhi has been leading the Congress attack on the face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. He even accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of surrendering India’s territory to China using the words ‘Surender Modi’ for him on Twitter.

“It is a matter of self-introspection for him and Congress that his hashtag is being taken forward by Pakistan and China. It is not for me. It is a matter of concern for Congress that the hashtag of their leader is being encouraged by Pakistan and China. You say what China and Pakistan like. And at this time of crisis,” said Shah.

He also said that the government is ready for discussion on the issue in Parliament. “There will be a Parliament (session). If you want to discuss this, we will. Let everything be discussed from 1962 to today. No one is afraid of discussion. But when the soldiers of the country are making efforts, the government is taking solid steps after taking a stand, at that time, making statements that please Pakistan and China should not be done,” said Shah.

Mr. Gandhi’s “Surender” dig was a response to the Prime Minister’s comment at an all-party meet that China has not captured any Indian territory or crossed the border.

“Neither is anyone inside our territory nor is any of our post captured… While we have given a free hand to our armed forces, diplomatically too we have made our stand clear to China. India wants peace and friendship but protecting its sovereignty is supreme,” the Prime Minister had said.

He also took on Congress for not appointing anyone apart from the members of Gandhi family its president. “After Advaniji, Rajnathji, Nitinji, Rajnathji again, I became (party president) and now Naddaji. Is there a member of the same family? After Indiraji, tell me a Congress President who is outside the Gandhi family. What democracy they talk about?” said Shah.

Gandhi and the Congress party have been attacking the government since the June 15 skirmish. On Friday, Gandhi posted a video and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should tell “the truth” as several accounts were saying that China has made incursions in Eastern Ladakh.

His mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused the PM Modi-led central government of “mismanagement” which led to a full-blown crisis on the borders with China.

“True to its character, the government is in denial. The intrusion was detected and reported on May 5. Instead of a resolution, the situation deteriorated rapidly and there were violent clashes on June 15-16. Twenty Indian soldiers were martyred, 85 injured and 10 went ‘missing’ until they were returned,” she said at a virtual meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body.

Today again, the Congress party accused the government on Twitter of “giving in” to intruders.

Maharashtra CM urges Mandals to limit the height of Ganesh Idol due to Pandemic

Maharashtra CM Uddav Thackeray

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday appealed to all Ganesh mandals in the State to restrict the Ganapati idol size to four feet, observe austerity in celebrations, and follow safety norms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exactly after two months, on August 22, the auspicious festival of 11 days Ganesh Utsav will be started.

The freedom fighter of India Lok Manya Bal Gangadhar Tilak turned this private household festival to a public event. We have been celebrating Ganesh Utsav since 1893.

The maximum height of Ganesh idol ranges from 18 to 22 feet in Mumbai. It is a touchy issue. Ganesh festival organizers of Pune, Mumbai had held a meeting with Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday.

Mr. Thackeray said, “Extravagant celebrations and huge Ganesha idols are an attraction of the festival in Mumbai and Pune. But we will have to avoid them at least this year. I have held talks with representatives of mandals from different parts of the State, and we unanimously agreed to celebrate the festival with discipline and safety.”

The maximum height of Ganesh idol ranges from 18 to 22 feet in Mumbai. And a huge number of people assemble every year at the large idols t attend Aarti. Due to the pandemic this year the crowd needs to be controlled even in pandals too.

The CM said it has also been unanimously decided to restrict the height of idols to four feet. “In the case of bigger idols, the manpower required to increases. We need to avoid crowds. We will have to prevent crowds even in pandals. Even the immersion will have to be performed with as few people as possible.”

He said the Dahi handi festival, too, has been canceled this year.

“We could not organize the annual pilgrimage of warkaris. Such actions are an example of Maharashtra’s commitment to social work and discipline,” he said. Dahi handi organizers such as Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik have donated 1 crore to anti-COVID-19 fund instead, he said.

“We have to celebrate the festival with discipline and safety, and crowding has to be avoided at all cost,” he said.

The tallest of the Ganesh murtis ranges between 18 to 22 feet in Mumbai, where the annual festival draws a huge crowd. “Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have to celebrate Ganeshutsav simply. Devotion to the Lord Ganesha is more important…

Physicists spot a new class of neutrinos from the sun

Neutrinos from the sun’s second-most prominent nuclear fusion process have been spotted in the Borexino detector (inside shown with light-detecting sensors).

Neutrinos spit out by the main processes that power the sun are finally accounted for, physicists report.

Similar to an electron a Neutrino is a subatomic particle but Unlike an electron, it has no electrical charge. The mass of a neutrino is also very small, which might be even zero.

Neutrinos are one of the most abundant subatomic particles in the universe because they don’t have much interaction with the matters.

Two sets of nuclear fusion reactions predominate in the sun’s core and both produce the lightweight subatomic particles in abundance.

Scientists had previously detected neutrinos from the most prevalent process. Now, for the first time, neutrinos from the second set of reactions have been spotted, researchers with the Borexino experiment said June 23 in a talk at the Neutrinos 2020 virtual meeting.

“With this outcome, Borexino has completely unraveled the two processes powering the sun,” said physicist Gioacchino Ranucci of Italy’s National Institute for Nuclear Physics in Milan.

In the sun’s core, hydrogen fuses into helium in two ways. One, known as the proton-proton chain, is the source of about 99 percent of the star’s energy. The other group of fusion reactions is the CNO cycle, for carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen — elements that allow the reactions to proceed. Borexino had previously spotted neutrinos from the proton-proton chain. But until now, neutrinos from the CNO cycle were MIA.

“They’re top of everybody’s list to try and identify and to spot,” says physicist Malcolm Fairbairn of King’s College London. “Now they think they’ve spotted them, which is a major achievement, really an extremely difficult measurement to make.”

Located deep underground at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy, Borexino searches for flashes of light produced as neutrinos knock into electrons in a large vat of liquid. Researchers have spent years fine-tuning the experiment to detect the elusive neutrinos that herald the CNO cycle. Although difficult to observe, the particles are plentiful, Borexino confirmed. On Earth, around 700 million neutrinos from the sun’s CNO cycle pass through a square centimeter each second, the researchers report.

The result, presented for the first time at the virtual meeting, must still clear the hurdle of peer review in a scientific journal before it is fully official.

The property that reveals the abundance of elements present in an object that are heavier than hydrogen and helium is known as Metallicity property. Studying these particles could help reveal how much of the sun is composed of elements heavier than hydrogen and helium. That’s because the rate at which CNO cycle neutrinos are produced depends on the sun’s content of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. Different types of measurements currently disagree about the sun’s metallicity, with one technique suggesting higher metallicity than another.

In the future, more sensitive measurements of CNO neutrinos could help scientists disentangle the problem.

The CNO cycle is even more important in stars heavier than the sun, where it is the main fusion process. Studying this cycle in the sun can help physicists understand the inner workings of other stars, says Zara Bagdasarian, a physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the Borexino Collaboration. “It’s very important for us to understand how the sun works.”

Limericks

A young girl cherry

There was a young girl Cherry,
she wanted to dance and shake her belly;
she decided to slim herself down;
suddenly broke her crown,
Oh! that poor girl Cherry.

Slippy cat

There was a slippy cat named Silk,
she had her eyes on my milk;
I became quite wise,
why don’t you try some mice,
This is how she was bilked.

Foodie Rudy

There was a boy Rudy,
Who was a big foodie;
Even in his dreams,
He always used to think about the creams;
Suppose this was the only his duty.

Chocolate river

If there were a river of chocolate,
I put them in my bag when it coagulates;
I share them with my friends,
Till they end;
By this, we would never get isolated.

A young girl Rose

There was a young girl Rose,
Who used to have a big nose;
Every time she lied,
Her nose became thrice;
Oh! that poor girl Rose.

Mary a fairy

There was a girl Mary,
She wanted to fly like a fairy;
After trying so well,
She always used to fail;
Still, she was not ordinary.

Big Hat cat

There was a pussy Cat,
Who had a big hat;
carrying so many mice in it,
she was very happy and fit;
This is how she enjoys her meat.

Water crisis

Water is one of the important resources for living beings on earth. 97% of Our earth is surrounded by water. The human body is also made up of 70% water. Due to Industrialization, growing population, and agriculture, the need for water has become high.

Today, billions of people are living without safe water. ‘Safe water’ is shorthand for a ‘safely managed drinking water service’: water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.

Due to the non-availability of safe water to around 2.1 billion Indian population they are at risk of Cholera, Diarrhea, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, and many other diseases cause due to consuming contaminated water.

India is currently ranked 120 among 122 countries in the water quality index.

Globally, close to four billion people live in water-scarce areas, where, for at least part of the year, demand exceeds supply, said the report by non-profit organization ‘WaterAid.’

This number is expected to go up to five billion by 2050, said the report titled ‘Beneath the Surface: The State of the World’s Water 2019,’ which will be released today, to mark World Water Day.

By 2040, it is predicted that 33 countries are likely to face extremely high water stress – including 15 in the Middle East, most of Northern Africa, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Spain. Many – including India, China, Southern Africa, USA, and Australia – will face high water stress.

Due to the increased needs of water in every sector of the economy, its sustainable management is essential.

Since Ancient, Indian have adopted many traditional methods of water conservation. They believed that forest conservation is equal to water conservation. 

Today, The government is also running many water conservation camps to make people aware of the necessity and scarcity of this essential natural resource.

Foresting is one of the oldest ideas of conserving water. We should plant the trees as much as possible.

Rainwater harvesting system helps in conserving the rainwater and make it useful for other purposes. Industries should also keep an eye on the overusing of water and unnecessary wastage of it.

Without fixing the agriculture water scarcity can’t be fixed. Wheat and rice are two major water-guzzling crops.

“Rice is the least water-efficient grain and wheat has been the main driver in increasing irrigation stress. Replacing rice and wheat with other crops like maize, millets, sorghum mapped to suitable geographies could reduce irrigation water demand by one-third,” said the report.

Replacing wheat and rice depends on the ecology condition and amount of water available in that particular area.

Reasons why we need to conserve water-

  • 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home
  • One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty
  • More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation
  • Globally, 80 percent of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in rural areas
  • Women and girls are responsible for water collection in eight out of ten households with water off-premises
  • For the 68.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, accessing safe water services is highly problematic
  • Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams
  • Around four billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world’s population – experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year
  • Over 800 women die every day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth
  • 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030

By changing our daily habits –

In our daily lives, we unknowingly waste a tremendous amount of water. We waste it in taking a long shower, cleaning our toilets beyond its necessity level, While brushing our teeth without realizing the tab is open when we don’t even need it, Washing hands while applying soup for a long time, washing our courtyards with so much water, washing clothes with much water and many more daily habits.

 We should realize these habits, try to conserve water, and don’t waste it as much as possible.

This is the necessity of today to conserve water otherwise our future generation won’t be able to get a little amount of water which we are now getting easier.

Are you consuming Bad fats?

Fats are not always harmful to the human body. Like other essential nutrients for the human body, fats are also important but everything in a huge amount will affect our body negatively.

There are two types of fats good fats and bad fats

Good fats are unsaturated fats and omega 3s are healthy for our body they boost our energy level, fight fatigue, improve our mood, and even help in weight loss.

while bad fats such as saturated fats or trans fats are responsible for our weight gain, fatigue, raise cholesterol which ultimately causes many serious cardiovascular diseases, cancer, obesity, and diabetes.HDL cholesterol is the “good” kind of cholesterol found in your blood.LDL cholesterol is the “bad” kind. The key is to keep LDL levels low and HDL high, which may protect against heart disease and stroke.

 When we hear cholesterol it always has a bad impression in our mind. We think it is not good for our body but as like other nutrients cholesterols are also important in a sufficient amount for our body, until it doesn’t become bad for the health. 

Most of the foods that contain these types of fats are solid at room temperature, such as:

  • butter
  • margarine
  • shortening
  • beef or pork fat

 Most saturated fats are animal fats. They’re found in high-fat meats and dairy products.

Saturated fat sources include:

  • fatty cuts of beef, pork, and lamb
  • dark chicken meat and poultry skin
  • high-fat dairy foods (whole milk, butter, cheese, sour cream, ice cream)
  • tropical oils (coconut oil, palm oil, cocoa butter)
  • lard

Eating too much-saturated fat can increase blood cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels.

Traditionally, doctors have linked higher saturated fat intakes with increased heart disease risks. This idea has been called into question more recently.

Short for “trans fatty acids,” trans fat is generated synthetically and appears in foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. These are the worst fats for you. You might find trans fat in:

  • fried foods (French fries, doughnuts, deep-fried fast foods)
  • margarine (stick and tub)
  • vegetable shortening
  • baked goods (cookies, cakes, pastries)
  • processed snack foods (crackers, microwave popcorn)

Like saturated fat, trans fat can raise LDL cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol. Trans fat can also suppress high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels or “good” cholesterol.

Essential fatty acids- These are the fatty acids can not be synthesized. There are two types of essential fatty acids-

  1. Linoleic acid (Omega 6)
  2. Alpha linoleic acid 

 Linoleic and Linoleic acids are the essential fatty acids that are derived from foods containing Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. 

Alpha Linoleic acid is a type of omega-3 fatty acid. The best source of Omega- 3 is oily fish. It can also be derived from other marine sources, such as algal oils. ALA, on the other hand, is mainly obtained from nuts and seeds.

Here are the amounts of omega-6s in 100 grams (3.5 oz) of the following foods:

  • Soybean oil: 50 grams
  • Corn oil: 49 grams
  • Mayonnaise: 39 grams
  • Walnuts: 37 grams
  • Sunflower seeds: 34 grams
  • Almonds: 12 grams
  • Cashew nuts: 8 grams

Here are the amounts and types of omega-3s in one serving of the following foods:

  • Salmon: 4.0 grams EPA and DHA
  • Mackerel: 3.0 grams EPA and DHA
  • Sardines: 2.2 grams EPA and DHA
  • Anchovies: 1.0 grams EPA and DHA
  • Chia seeds: 4.9 grams ALA
  • Walnuts: 2.5 grams ALA
  • Flaxseeds: 2.3 grams ALA

Anything that we consume in our diet should be healthy along with the taste.

Next time do check whether you are consuming something which is not good for your health…

References-

1. Siri-Tarino, P.W., et al., Saturated fatty acids and risk of coronary heart disease: modulation by replacement nutrients. Curr Atheroscler Rep, 2010. 12(6): p. 384-90.

2. Hu, F.B., Are refined carbohydrates worse than saturated fat? Am J Clin Nutr, 2010. 91(6): p. 1541-2.

How to manage personal finances

Finding out “why”


This is the first step in planning your budget. The reasons could be you want to minimize your spending habits or you have a debt repayment plan and to be debt-free or want to save for any of your long term goals. This step is very necessary because without deciding the purpose of your financial budgeting you can’t plan a proper budget.

Priorities setting


After deciding your whys you need to set your priorities according to your priorities. It is about finding out what’s important to you then controlling the habits of spending and saving to achieve the “why”.
These include your long term and short term goals and syncing them in the order of your priorities. Like you are going to marry soon so you want to buy a house in the future or if there is a couple who wants to plan their children’s higher education expenses, so priorities should be decided at this level.

Track your spending habits


This is the most important step while planning a budget. Spending habits as if you are spending on the unnecessary things in your life. Check your monthly expenses yearly expenses and try to figure out which is unnecessary for you and cut out them.

Choosing the method

with the 50/30/20 rule, 50 % of your take-home pay goes towards your needs. 30% should go towards your wants or discretionary income. Remaining 20% of your take-home pay should go to your savings. for example, if your income is 50000 then 25000 should go towards your need like housing utility, insurance, groceries. 15000 should go towards your wants and the remaining 10000 should go towards your savings.

There are various methods of budgeting like zero-sum budget, anti budget, money flow, etc. Find out which one is best for your according to your spending and priorities.

live with your Budget


There is no use of the method you have decided if you don’t implement it in your life. create a spreadsheet use pen and paper for creating the spreadsheet or you can use many digital tools that are available online for the same like Mint, Clarity money, Tiller money, You need a budget, Digit, Qapital, etc.

Updating the Budget regularly


Review, Revise, Improve
There is no rule for improving your budget. It is up to you your personal satisfaction with your spending habit.
You pick up a budget applied and then not satisfied with the can savings then you can revise your budget again make it do some improvements accordingly again apply and see the result.
Here are a few helpful things to keep in mind while updating the budget-
Slash expenses- If in your budget you are finding yourself overspending then see where you can cut those expenses.

Create seasonal budgeting-

Besides the main budget, a seasonal budget for holiday and summer season should also be maintained.

Link existing habits with new ones-

If you have added some more new spending habits then link that with your existing ones.

Set dates to review and tweak-

You should always review your budget whether you are happy with it or not.

Get help if you need

MMI offers free budget counseling to anyone struggling with the management of the budget.

‘It is a day of universal brotherhood’- PM Modi on International Yoga Day, Mysuru celebrates Yoga indoors, on Terrace

International Yoga Day celebration at Mysuru Palace on Terrace.

Addressing the nation on Sunday 21 June 2020 PM Narendra Modi said this is the day of unity as yoga binds everyone together. “It is a day of universal brotherhood.”

“The theme of International Day of Yoga this year is ‘Yoga at home, Yoga with family’. Today, we will stay away from all social gatherings and do yoga with our family. When family members come together in practicing yoga, it spreads energy in the entire house,” said PM Modi.

“The world is taking the need to practice yoga more seriously in the wake of Covid-19. Yoga has many asanas (poses) to boost our immunity. These asanas strengthen our muscles and metabolism. Coronavirus attacks our respiratory system, and pranayama (breathing exercise) is the best exercise to keep ourselves safe,” the Prime Minister said, urging people to include pranayama in their daily routine.

“Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet. It does not discriminate, goes beyond color, race, faith, and nations. Anyone can embrace yoga – all you need is some time and space,” PM Modi said.

He ended the address with Sanskrit verse: Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu (may all beings be happy and free).

For the first time since June 21, 2015, Yoga Day is being celebrated digitally. This year’s theme is ‘Yoga at home and Yoga with family.’

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly had declared June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, months after PM Modi had proposed the idea.

PM Modi had urged people, in a video message on Thursday, to observe the day from the confines of their homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yoga celebration at Mysuru Palace

Due to the Pandemic outbreak, PM Narendra Modi could not attend the Yoga performance at Mysuru.

Still, the program was conducted at the palace premises under the aegis of the Yoga Federation of Mysuru with the representative from the local AYUSH department.

The program was live-streamed on Social media to encourage the public to perform yoga, where 24 Asanas were performed apart from Pranayama and Dhyana.

“Instead of the single venue outdoor mass yoga session, they can celebrate performing yoga at a time staying in their homes. We hope the people cooperate and support the initiative in the light of pandemic,” he said, in a video message.

At least one lakh people are expected to perform yoga from their homes to celebrate the occasion, he said.

Pratap Simha, Mysuru MP, in a video message, said people could do ‘asanas’ of their choice staying indoors. “We wanted to break the record held by yoga guru Baba Ramdev on the yoga day show this year in Mysuru by attracting a gargantuan crowd. But the pandemic stopped us from making it happen,” he recalled.

“We had sought permission from the Deputy Commissioner tp perform in front of the palace and live to stream the event on social media to popularise yoga. So, in terms of reach, if surpassed our earlier efforts’, said Ganesh Kumar, one of the yoga instructors conducting the event.

Those performing yoga on June 21 in their homes will get a certificate acknowledging their participation.