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Thousands gather to celebrated third International Yoga Day in Washington D.C.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The third annual International Day of Yoga was celebrated on June 17, 2017 at Sylvan Theater on the National Mall in Washington DC. Nearly 2000 people from all walks of life attended the event and participated in these celebrations with great enthusiasm.

The programme started with screening of the video messages from Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble External Affairs of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Hon’ble Minister of State for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Naik. Emphasising the increasing relevance of Yoga in this day and age, the Prime Minister explained Yoga’s role as a means of experiencing and achieving holistic life in a balanced way, while the External Affairs Minister underlined the role of Yoga in relieving stress.

Then the following dignitaries shared the stage with Ambassador Navtej Sarna. Ambassador of Srilanka, Ambassador of Myanmar, Representatives from Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of Singapore and Jay Jalisi, Maryland State Delegate

Ambassador Navtej Sarna addressed the gathering. Welcoming the participants, Ambassador Sarna noted that the practice of Yoga is totally devoid of any political or communal motives and is dedicated to well-being of the humanity at large, as it leads to a state of mental and physical equilibrium.

The participants also included officials and representatives from the State Department, DC Govt, Smithsonian Institutions, World Bank, academic institutions, Think Tanks, representatives of various Embassies, local representatives of Indian news media and other key local organizations.

Many leaders from the United States issued proclamations and felicitation messages to support and commemorate the Third International Day of Yoga and spread awareness about Yoga. These included Governor of Maryland, Governor of Virginia, Senator Mark Warner, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Mayor of Washington DC.

Indian Embassy presented this event in collaboration with ‘Friends of Yoga’, a group of organizations which support and promote Yoga and community organizations to celebrate the Third International Day of Yoga. The event featured a musical montage of photos of the two previous Yoga Day events followed by guided Yoga session based on ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ video created by Government of India. The Yoga session concluded with Sanskrit Shaloks and Shantipath, the text for which was displayed on the Jumbo LED screen.

Following Government of India’s initiatives and plans for celebration of International Day of Yoga, Embassy has been organizing various yoga related curtain-raiser events to welcome and promote the International Day of Yoga. The Embassy is collaborating with Yoga organizations in the region to present events at the Capitol Hill, World Bank, Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Heartfulness Institute, John Hopkins University in Washington DC and other places.

If you enjoy practising yoga, you might want to consider becoming a qualified yoga teacher. To find out more information about a range of yoga teacher training courses, go to SiddhiYoga.com.

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Why Congress passed a South Asian specific heart health bill

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PALO ALTO, Calif. (Diya TV) —  It’s well known in the South Asian diaspora that cardiac issues are commonplace. But new research is shedding light on how prevalent it is and why it’s a topic scientists are efforting to understand better.

South Asians face cardiac issues at four times the rate of the general population according to Stanford Medicine and studies suggest South Asians have two to three times higher risk of coronary artery disease when compared to other ethnic groups.

Thus, South Asians often face heart related procedures at a relatively young age and are also more likely to lose their life from heart attacks.

“When you look at data coming out of both India and elsewhere, South Asians have higher risk even at younger ages,” said Dr. Abha Khandelwal of Stanford’s South Asian Translational Heart Initiative (SSATHI).

“The heart attacks are happening about eleven years earlier on average than any other ethnic group.” 

In July 2022, Congress passed H.R. 3771, the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act of 2022, co-sponsored by Seattle-area Rep. Pramila Jayapal. 

The bill authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to “establish programs that support heart-disease research and awareness among communities disproportionately affected by heart disease, including the South Asian population of the United States.” 

During a press conference broadcasted by Diya TV celebrating the passage of the bill that was attended by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Jayapal said “this is an issue that affects every single district across the country and it was really great to have such a big bipartisan vote.”

For Stanford’s Rajesh Dash, this effort is personal. The Indian American doctor has seen the epidemic first-hand, personally and professionally.

About 2 years ago, a few colleagues of mine and myself had recognized that we all have a family history of early heart disease. A lot of people in our families have died at early ages and have had heart problems their whole life.”

There are standard recommendations made by medical practitioners to reduce the risk of heart ailments – exercise more, have a better diet, stop smoking and manage stress.

But SSATHI officials point out genetics also play a role. So risk factor screenings and research programs like theirs that call for additional heart testing and genetic risk evaluation are additional options to consider.

SSATHI patient Jaswant Tawdekar says with all the risk factors involved, one shouldn’t put their checkups on the backburner, even if they ‘look’ like the picture of health.

“A lot of people think if they are lean they might not have any issues at all. But that’s not the case with South Asians.”

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FBI: Amity CEO Ridhima Singh, others accused of major healthcare fraud

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The FBI says, CEO Ridhima Singh of Amity Home Health Care is among the 28 people, that include doctors and nurses, accused in the scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the Bay Area’s largest home health care provider, Amity Home Health Care, with involvement in a kickback scheme that led to $115 million in tainted claims. The complaint said medical professionals received $8 million worth of bribes disguised as payroll, phony medical directorships, reimbursements, entertainment or gifts, in what the Department of Justice said was simply “a cash for patients scheme.”

The man accused of stabbing and killing 62 year old Parmjit Singh in Tracy made his first court appearance. 21 year old Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads of Tracy pleaded not guilty of homicide during his arraignment. Police are still investigating the motive behind the crime.

And Priyanka Chopra & her husband Nick Jonas were named by People Magazine as their pick for ‘Best Dressed of the Year.’

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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PM Modi’s Houston reception sold out, 50,000 to attend

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — “Howdy, #Modi!”, the community event in Houston next month featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sold out, with more than 50,000 people registering for the program. This community summit will be at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans football team. The expected crowd will be the largest for a foreign leader in the United States other than for Pope Francis.

The Indian government has begun to ease restrictions in most areas of Kashmir, with barricades being lifted to allow more freedom of movement of people and traffic. Markets remained shut and phone and internet services are still suspended. Large security measures are also still in place. Students are being asked to return to school, but most classrooms are still mostly empty.

With a lot of narratives online about what’s going on in Kashmir, we asked Indian Counsel General in San Francisco, Sanjay Panda, to give context and sort out fact from fiction.

Fire Eye, an American-based cyber security firm says hackers broke into a leading India-based healthcare website, stealing nearly seven million records containing patient and doctor information. Fire Eye did not publicly name the website, but says the cyber criminals are mostly China-based and are selling the stolen data underground.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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