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Yoga to be made compulsory in all schools of Haryana: Khattar

During zero hour period, yoga practice will be held in all schools and it will be treated as an integral part of the sports training programme, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said while unveiling the new sports policy ‘Haryana Physical Activities and Sports Policy-2015’ on the
birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, here on Monday.

“Appropriate techniques will be introduced to help sportspersons improve their flexibility, concentration and mental strength which are pre-requisites for high quality performance.

“One yoga centre in all district sports stadia will be opened as an integral part for training and practice,” he said.

The Chief Minister also said municipal bodies and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) would construct yoga practice halls in their areas of jurisdiction.

Special coaching of physical education teachers in yoga will be organised. The Education Department will include yoga as a subject in the curricula of all degree and diploma-level programmes of physical education.

The International Day of Yoga would be celebrated on June 21 every year. Besides Yoga camps, yoga competitions will be organised at various levels for different segments and age-groups, the Chief Minister said.

Chandigarh may be the first Indian smart city, hints Jaitely

Chandigarh could be the first Indian smart city as the government moves to create many hi-tech cities in the country. Referring to the NDA’s proposal to set up 100 smart cities in the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “The first Indian smart city to be created probably could be Chandigarh. There are  satellite cities around Chandigarh which are being created.” 

Elaborating on his point, he said Gandhinagar is an example of a smart city and towns like Noida and New Raipur are attracting foreign investments. “Noida and Greater Noida on the outskirts of Delhi, New Raipur in Chhattisgarh ... these are recent experiments we have made and good experiments we have made. Foreign capital is available to them (since) we have opened up the sector,” the Minister said on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit here.
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