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Modi enlists yoga for ‘brand India’


Today wasn’t World Yoga Day but World Modi Day, sniped some critics this morning.They said the Indian prime minister stole the show when he rolled out his yoga mat and eased uncomfortably into the lotus position to help break the world record for what is claimed to be the largest yoga session in history. Narendra Modi boasts that he does yoga for an hour every morning but he looked a little stiff as he joined 37,000 other people to perform a series of asanas – yoga positions – on the lawns outside the Indian parliament in celebration of the first UN World Yoga Day.Mr Modi had consistently said he wouldn’t be taking part in the record attempt but in the event he stretched and puffed his way through the 35-minute routine with the rest of them.Some say he simply couldn’t resist the opportunity for an image that will undoubtedly appear in newspapers around the world tomorrow morning.And that’s in keeping with the real spirit of this event, because this is all about public relations.


Asian Lion Panthera leo persica

Mammal Diet: Carnivore Average life span in the wild: 16 to 18 years Weight:300 to 500 lbs (120 to 226 kg) Group name: Pride Protection status:Endangered Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m)   Nearly all wild lions live in sub-Saharan Africa, but one small population of Asian lions exists in India’s Gir Forest. Asian lions and African lions are subspecies of the same species.Asian lions once prowled from the Middle East to India. Now, only 200 to 260 of these magnificent animals survive in the wild. The Gir Forest’s dry teak woods were once a royal hunting ground. Today they are a reserve where the endangered Asian lions are heavily protected. An additional 200 Asian lions live in zoos. Lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides. Prides are family units that may include up to three males, a dozen or so females, and their young. All of a pride’s lionesses are related and female cubs typically stay with the group as they age. Young males eventually leave and may establish their own prides by taking over a group headed by another male.Only male lions boast manes, the impressive fringe of long hair that encircles their heads. Males defend the pride’s territory. They mark the area with urine, roar menacingly to warn intruders, and chase off animals that encroach on their turf. Female lions are the pride’s primary hunters. They often work together to prey upon large mammals.After the hunt, the group effort often degenerates to squabbling over the sharing of the kill, with cubs at the bottom of the pecking order. Young lions do not help the pride hunt until they are about a year old. Lions will hunt alone if the opportunity presents itself, and they also steal kills from hyenas or wild dogs.

MERS outbreak: 2,300-plus quarantined; 1,800 schools closed in South Korea


Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Fears of MERS in South Korea are growing by the day, with more than 2,300 people quarantined as the country grapples with the outbreak.More than 1,800 schools will be closed for several days amid concerns of the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome. They include at least 1,255 schools in Gyeonggi province, the area outside Seoul where the outbreak started and where a South Korean air force member stationed at a U.S. air base has been isolated with the illness.Other closed schools are in the Gangnam region, near the Samsung Seoul hospital — the most affected hospital in the city.In total, 87 people have contracted the virus, and six people have died, according to official numbers.


MERS is in the same family of viruses as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome — coronavirus) as well as the common cold. The virus acts like a cold and attacks the respiratory system, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said. But symptoms, which include fever and a cough, are severe and can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea have also been seen, according to the WHO.