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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

Celebrating International Day of Yoga 2016 at the renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna

Colombo, 15 June, (

The High Commission of India is pleased to announce the completion of renovation of the famous Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna. To commemorate this special occasion, Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India will join, through digital video conferencing, H. E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, at the renovated Duraiappah Stadium on June 18, 2016 to dedicate it to the people of Sri Lanka. The International Day of Yoga 2016 will also be celebrated on the occasion, with the participation of thousands of Jaffna residents.

The Stadium, named in honour of a former Mayor of Jaffna, the Late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by the Government of India at a cost of SLR 145 million. The renovated Stadium will benefit about 50,000 students from different schools and educational institutions in the Northern Province by providing modern infrastructure for sports and recreational activities. It will also encourage the overall development of youth of the Northern Province and in Sri Lanka at large. This project is part of the highly successful development partnership between India and Sri Lanka.

Yoga is a part of the shared cultural heritage of India and Sri Lanka. Following the declaration of June 21 as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014, the first International Day of Yoga was celebrated with great fanfare in Sri Lanka in 2015.

The dedication of Duriappah Stadium is a befitting occasion to organize a mega yoga event to celebrate the second International Day of Yoga. Numerous other yoga events are being organized across Sri Lanka by the High Commission of India in Colombo and by Assistant High Commission in Kandy and the Consulate General of India in Hambantota.

- Asian Tribune -

A former Mayor of Jaffna, and Member of Parliament -   Late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah,
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