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‘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.

Facebook-Owned-Whatsapp launches digital payments in Brazil

Messaging app to launch digital payment in Brazil

Facebook-owned-WhatsApp has launched its digital payment service WhatsApp-pay in Brazil.

Facebook has acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014. The messaging app had 2 billion users as of February.

It has 400 million users in India. It has been testing its payments service in India-based on UPI – with about a million users. The company had started its Beta testing in India, In 2018.

This WhatsApp-pay allows users to send and receive money online. It will be available on both iPhone and android in the countries Brazil, India, Indonesia, Germany, The U.K., The U.S., and Mexico.

The service is free for consumers, but businesses will be charged a fee similar to what they would pay when accepting a credit card transaction.

Users need to link a credit or debit card to their WhatsApp account, and transactions are secured with either fingerprint or a six-digit PIN.

In a Facebook post on Monday, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Brazil is the first country where it is widely rolling out payments in WhatsApp.

Last year Facebook said “Payments on WhatsApp are beginning to roll out to people across Brazil beginning today and we look forward to bringing it to everyone as we go forward,” the company said in the post.

WhatsApp says its digital payments are an open model that will allow it to add more partners in the future.

In a Facebook post on Monday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Brazil is the first country where it is widely rolling out payments in WhatsApp.

“Today we are starting to launch payment for people using WhatsApp in Brazil. We are making sending and receiving money as easy as sharing photos, adding that small businesses will also be able to make sales right within WhatsApp.”

“To do this we are building on Facebook Pay, which provides a secure and consistent way to make payments across our apps,” He said.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said – ” To start, we will support debit and credit cards from Banco do Brasil, Nubank, and Sicredi on the visa and Mastercard networks and we are working with Cielo, the leading payment processor in Brazil. We have built an open model to model to welcome more partners in the future,” He added.

The company announced that it is making it easy for users to send money to their physically distant loved ones.

“We’re making sending money to loved ones as easy as sending a message, which could not be more important as people are physically distant from one another,” the company said in a blog post.

“Because payments on WhatsApp are enabled by Facebook Pay, in the future we want to make it possible for people and businesses to use the same card information across Facebook’s family of apps.”

since Company has its rivals in the country include Softbank-backed Paytm, Flipkart’s PhonePe, and Google Pay, it has delayed a full-fledged launch in India.