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Yoga in India attracting foreign tourists

Haridwar / New Delhi, Jul 04 (ANI): The enchanting surroundings and hymns of the mantras! This provides an ideal location to practice yoga – a way of life which harmonizes the body, mind and spirit. In recent years, yoga has become popular in the West, inspiring an increasing number of people to come and study it in India in traditional settings. Salvatore Eros Gencarelli, a chef based in Italy came to India to practice yoga and achieve spiritual enlightenment. Yoga gains worldwide popularity after the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. To mark the occasion every year since 2015, the Government of India organizes the mega International Day of Yoga across the country. The Government of India runs many institutions in the country which teaches yoga by offering short-term and diploma courses. The Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Ayush, in New Delhi has students from parts of India and abroad. There are several ashrams, retreats and places of yoga across India where foreigners can stay and practice Yoga. Located on the banks of River Ganges in Rishikesh, the Parmarth Niketan Ashram attracts many foreigners. For centuries, India has been a mystical land of meditation and enlightenment where spiritual traditions flourished and still continue to inspire. Yoga is an ancient Indian science of exercise and healing which continues to attract its followers from across the world.  

Mexican mountaineer recounts Nepal earthquake horror from Everest

Kathmandu, April 30 (ANI): A Mexican mountaineer who was climbing up Mount Everest when a deadly 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal returned home to Mexico and recounted his dramatic story of survival as avalanches roared down the massive mountain. The avalanche on Mount Everest killed at least 18 climbers and guides, including four foreigners, the worst disaster on the world's highest peak, at the start of the main climbing season. But Pastor's position on the mountain and the organisation at his camp allowed him to emerge unscathed. Tourism ministry officials in Nepal have estimated that at least 1,000 climbers, including about 400 foreigners, had been at base camp or on Everest when the earthquake struck. Having climbed Everest twice before, Pastor said he had anticipated avalanches but never earthquakes on his trek to the summit.

Julianne Moore 'not good enough' to lead Turkish tourism campaign?

New Delhi, April 1 (ANI): Julianne Moore has reportedly been dropped from becoming the face of Turkey's Tourism Campaign, due to her "poor acting". According to the reports, the Oscar winning actress, had shot a promotional film in Los Angeles last year titled, 'Home Of', where she was seen revisiting her childhood journeys to Turkey, but the Culture and Tourism Ministry rejected her "poor" performance and asked for a re-shoot, which she has refused to do, an online portal reported. Meanwhile, the Turkish Culture and Tourism ministry officials have declined to release any official statement on the 'Still Alice' star's cancellation. There was a loss of 1.5 million dollar due to the cancellation of the 4 million dollar project, revealed the owner of 'Iconisus and I Mean It', the advertising agency behind the campaign. It has also been reported that choosing Moore to become the face of the campaign had caused controversy from the beginning itself and many prominent figures had opposed her role and even slammed her "depressive persona".