Yoga Current Affairs - 2020

6th International Day of Yoga led by PM Modi to be held in Leh

The Major national event for the 6th International Day of Yoga is to be held in Leh, the capital of Ladakh on 21st June, 2020. The event is to be led by PM Modi.

Highlights

Since 2015, PM Modi leads a mass demonstration of Yoga every year on the International Day of Yoga. This year, the Yoga demonstration is to be different as it is being held at higher altitudes. More than 15,000 to 20,000 people are expected to participate in the event.

International Day of Yoga (IDY)

The IDY is being celebrated since 2015. The idea was introduced in the United Nations in 2014. Today more than 200 countries observe IDY. It is also called the World Yoga Day.

Why June 21?

As June 21 is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere, this day has been chosen. This is also when the earth shifts towards Summer Solstice. The event has great significance in Yogic Science.

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.