Yoga Current Affairs - 2020

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Yoga Science Meet, Farmers Science Congress held at Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru

The Indian Science Congress was inaugurated by PM Modi on January 3, 2020. On the sidelines of the event, the Farmers Science Congress was conducted for the first time. The event also witnessed the Yoga Science Meet.

Farmers Science Congress

The Farmers Science congress was conducted for the first time in 107-year history of the Indian Science Congress. The event highlighted importance of innovational practices in agriculture. The conference is significant as the current era is shifting from becoming self-sufficient in production to nutritional security. The importance of programmes such as ARYA were stressed at the event.

ARYA

ARYA is Attracting and Retaining of Youth in Agriculture. It is being implemented by the ICAR. The programme aims at bringing the youth under Agriculture sector. This is to prevent the increase in migration of youth from rural areas to urban. It also aims at making them entrepreneurs by empowering them to take up agriculture and its allied services to gain employment.

Till now around 5,000 youths have been brought under the programme.

Other Highlights

The event also stressed upon the following

  • Development of nano-fertilizers and nano-pesticides by ICAR in order to promote organic farming.
  • Around 56 models of integrated farming have been developed that will be promoted by NABARD and linked to rural development programmes.
  • Farmers Innovation Centres and Innovation Funds are to be set up.
Themes

The Farmer Science Congress was held under 3 different themes namely.

  • Farmers innovation on integrated agriculture and entrepreneurship to double farmers’ income
  • Climate change, bio-diversity, conservation.
  • Agrarian distress, farmers empowerment and rural bio-entrepreneurship.

Yoga Science Meet

The Yoga Science Meet was organised on January 6, 2020. The meet discussed how Yoga helps insulate from diseases. Also, the meet explained yoga postures and therapies.

GoI to confer first “Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman”

On January 7, 2020, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will confer “Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman” to 30 media houses. The award is being presented for the first time. The aim of the award is to acknowledge positive role of media in disseminating outreach of Yoga.

Highlights

The awards are to be provided in the categories of Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television (8 awards), Best Media Coverage of yoga in Radio (11 awards), Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers (11 awards).

The awards were announced for the first time in June 2019. GoI has been pushing Yoga practices since 2014. In September 2014, during his United Nations General Assembly address proposed the idea of celebrating International Yoga Day every year. A resolution was passed by the UN following this and now International Day of Yoga is being celebrated every year on 21 June.

Why June 21?

June 21 is the day of Summer Solstice. During summer solstice, north pole gets tilted towards the sun. In other words, sun begins to move from north to south. According to Yoga, this time is the best time for meditation. This is mainly because, the exposure of sun rays on the earth is the longest and hence positive energy is at the highest according to Yoga. June 21 is also the longest day of the year.