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2018-06-21 11:41:02 BdST

Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla and US Ambassador Marcia Benicat along with thousands attending the Yoga Session at Bangabandhu National Stadiumin Dhaka on Thursday, June 21, 2018.Yoga Day celebrations in capital city


Commemorating International Day of Yoga 2018, Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Thursday organised an event at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital where thousands of people from all walks of life wearing blue and yellow T-shirts joined.

The programme included yoga demonstration, a mass yoga session and a lucky draw. Entry to the event was free.

This year, over 10,000 yoga enthusiasts attended it.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, State Minister for Sports and Youth Dr Biren Sikder, Deputy Sports and Youth Minister Arif Khan Joy and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla, among others, were present at the programme.

Diplomats, film celebrities, national players, singers and dancers were also present.

In a Facebook post, the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka wrote, “Great turnout of over 10,000 enthusiastic participants at the 4th International Day of Yoga in Dhaka, Bangladesh, including Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Sports Minister of the Govt of Bangladesh; celebrities; Ambassadors of Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Myanmar, Afghanistan, USA, Vietnam, Switzerland, Vatican, EU; and UNFPA Rep.”

in 2017, there was a record turnout of around 5000 yoga enthusiasts at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city, said the High Commission.

On June 12, several celebrities of Bangladesh joined the Indian High Commission in Dhaka at the curtain raiser of the International Day of Yoga 2018.

The United Nations on December 11, 2014, proclaimed June 21 as the International Yoga Day.

The resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and co-sponsored by a record 175 member states.

All participants received, on the first-cum-first-served basis, free yoga mats, t-shirts and gift hampers and a chance to win attractive prizes in the lucky draw.

Prizes in the lucky draw included a Tata Tiago car, a Bajaj motorcycle, a holiday package to a destination in India, a trip to Delhi for a couple and a hospitality package for a couple in a five-star hotel in Dhaka.

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