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I&B Ministry institutes Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has instituted a new award called Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) from year 2019 to recognise contribution made by media in spreading awareness about Yoga and for promotion and commemoration of International Yoga Day, held every year on 21 June.

Key Highlights

  • About: Union Ministry of I&B instituted 1st Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) from 2019 onwards to acknowledge positive role and responsibility of media in disseminating outreach of Yoga in India and abroad.
  • Eligible: AYDMS will be conferred to Media Houses engaged in Print Media and Electronic Media (including Television & Radio).
  • Coverage Duration: Media campaigns on yoga from 10 June to 25 June coverage will be considered for International Yoga Day Awards.
  • Jury: Six-member jury will assess contribution of Media in popularising of Yoga.
  • Prize: AYDMS will comprise a special medal, plaque and trophy and a citation.
  • Categories: A total of 33 awards will be given to media houses including 11 each for print media, TV and radio channels for excellent coverage given to Yoga. Sammans will conferred in all 22 Indian languages (mentioned in Schedule 8 of constitution) and English under categories such as-
  1. Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers.
  2. Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television.
  3. Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio.
  • Award Ceremony: Tentatively the award ceremony for AYDMS will be held in July, 2019 at which all honours will be announced.
  • Importance: Practice and propagation of Yoga has led to ‘Healthy life, Healthy living, Wellness and Prevention of Disease’ globally. Yoga not only acts as India’s soft power throughout the world but is also India’s gifts to world. With Yoga being universally acknowledged by United Nations (UN) and being practiced globally in over 200 countries on 21st June every year, it has now become mantra of New India.

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14th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit held in Mecca

The 14th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia was hosted by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

Key Highlights of Summit

  • Agenda: The official agenda of meeting was to address ‘current issues in Muslim world’ and ‘recent developments in a number of OIC member states. Also, amid soaring tension between Iran and the US and its Gulf allies the OIC summit discussed the regional security issues. The Mecca summit supported Palestinians and backed Saudis in Iran standoff.
  • Background: In December 2017, The United States President Donald Trump broke the decades of established protocol by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In May 2018 US embassy was transferred from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The suit was soon followed by Guatemala.
  • Political leaders and heads of state from Islamic nations unanimously condemned countries including United Sates decision of making “illegal and irresponsible decision” to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • In a joint statement at OIC summit in Saudi Arabia, the leaders called on countries  that have moved their embassies to Jerusalem (by recognizing it as Israel’s capital) to rethink their strategy and which OIC considered as a serious violation of international law and international legitimacy.

About Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

  • It was established in 1969 by 24 member states and presently has 57 member states from four continents.
  • Members: Out of total 57 member states the organisation has several significant non-Arab member states, like Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. The 22 members of the Arab League are also part of OIC. It has five observer members, including Russia and Thailand.
  • With a collective population of more than 1.8 billion, it is the second largest intergovernmental body after the United Nations (UN).
  • Objective: As per OIC charter, it aims to preserve Islamic values, safeguard and defend national sovereignty and independence of its member states and also to contribute to international peace and security.
  • OIC states itself as ‘the collective voice of the Muslim world’ and works towards protecting interests of Muslim world.
  • Summit: OIC holds an Islamic Summit once every three years at which heads of state discuss ways to achieve OIC’s charter’s objectives and make policy decisions that concern its member states.
  • OIC has permanent delegations to the UN and the European Union (EU)
  • Its official languages are Arabic, English and French.

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