PM Narendra Modi to lead Yoga Day celebrations in Ranchi, Rajnath Singh in DelhiWhile the Prime Minister will lead the nation in celebrating the occasion by participating in a mega event in Ranchi, Amit Shah will be in Rohtak and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 00:29 IST All necessary arrangements were being made at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi, amid tight security, officials said | File PhotoTop government functionaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, and other senior BJP leaders will attend International Yoga Day events across the country on Friday.While the prime minister will lead the nation in celebrating the occasion by participating in a mega event in Ranchi, Shah will be in Rohtak and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president J P Nadda will perform yoga, along with other party leaders and workers, at a park opposite the headquarters of the saffron party on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Marg here.Besides, newly-elected Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will participate in an event to be held on the premises of the Parliament House complex, officials said on Thursday.In Delhi, a host of events have been planned to mark the day celebrated globally on June 21.All necessary arrangements were being made at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, amid tight security, officials said.The defence minister will attend an early morning yoga session at Rajpath, along with New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi and a large number of people.The Delhi BJP would host around 300 yoga sessions across the national capital, in which about 10 lakh people were expected to participate, its chief Manoj Tiwari said.”Senior BJP leaders and Union ministers will take part in 40 big events on International Yoga Day,” he added.Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir will attend a yoga session at the Yamuna Sports Complex in Shahdara.advertisementOther Union ministers who would be attending International Yoga Day events in Delhi were Ravi Shankar Prasad (Hauz Khas), Piyush Goyal (Lodhi Garden), Harsh Vardhan (Kudesia Garden, Civil Lines), Smriti Irani (Dada Dev Ground, Raj Nagar), Thawar Chand Gehlot (Sangam Vihar), Dharmendra Pradhan (Talkatora Garden), Ramesh Pokhriyal (Burari), Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (Ramjas Sports Ground, Patel Nagar) and Arjun Munda (Lado Sarai), among others, a Delhi BJP leader said.The events were scheduled to begin at 6.30 am, he added.Tiwari, who represents North East Delhi in the Lok Sabha, will perform yoga, along with BJP national general secretary Arun Singh and Union minister Purushottam Rupala, at Ghonda in his constituency.All three BJP-led municipal corporations in the national capital have also planned events for the day.The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) will host an event at Qudsia Bagh, near Kashmiri Gate, ISBT, while the south corporation will hold an event at Talkatora Stadium.Also Read | I’m fakir trying to make country strong: Baba Ramdev rubbishes reports of falling Patanjali salesAlso Read | Baba Ramdev demands capital punishment for adulteration in foodAlso Watch | Organise yoga demonstrations on International Yoga Day: UGC to universitiesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySrijit Das Tags :Follow Yoga DayFollow Prime Minister
Rabat – The Moroccan Coalition for the Arabic Language has launched a petition on Avaaz against draft framework Law 51. 17 which makes French the language of instruction for scientific and technological subjects in Moroccan schools.The petition, under the title “For Linguistic Justice,” has generated more than 1,470 signatures.The coalition said that political figures and Moroccan scholars also signed the petition. In a press statement, the coalition said that more than 150 popular political and academic figures launched the petition to amend the framework law.The petition addresses Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, the House of Representatives, the House of Councillors, the minister of education, and heads of parliamentary committees.The signatories of the petition said that they rejected the content of the draft law, saying it contradicts the principles of the Moroccan Constitution and the status of the Arabic language in Morocco.“The coalition plans to launch a popular petition open to individuals and institutions on social networks before resorting to other measure to mobilize all the energies and competencies of the community to demand the amendment of the law framework.”The draft law stresses the importance of having students master three languages in addition to Arabic.Read Also: Abdelilah Benkirane Slams PJD’s Stance on French Teaching Law, Calls on El Othmani to ResignThe draft law stipulates that students should be proficient in languages such as Tamazight (Berber), which is Morocco’s second official language, as well as in two other foreign languages.Sign another petitionIn addition to the coalition, the University of Education Employees affiliated with the Moroccan National Labor Union (UNTM) called on education employees and the public to sign a petition to condemn the draft law.“The university warned of the consequences” of not abiding by the principles of the Moroccan Constitution because it would be against the “national consensus.”The statement published by UNTM added that the university “emphasized its rejection of this prejudice against the purpose of the Arabic language and its fundamentalism as a basic language in teaching alongside Tamazight language.”The petition supported statements made by former Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, who strongly criticized the law.On Sunday, Benkirane published a video on his Facebook to condemn the law.Benkirane criticized members of his political party, the Justice and Development Party (PJD), telling them that they “have no right to vote on this law.” The move, Benkirane argued, is a serious “betrayal of the principles of the party [PJD] and the Constitution and its vision.”In addition to Benkirane, the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Ahmed Raissouni, defended Arabic. “I am for Arabic teaching, and with it Morocco has been a great country.”Raissouni also put forward English as preferable over French, emphasizing that it is the top language in the world.“If science must to be taught in a foreign language, it must be taught in English. English first, then Spanish, and then French, and Morocco must come out of this monopoly, because the French language monopolizes Morocco, Moroccan intellectuals, thinkers, and students.”The scholar went further, stating, “This bypassed monopoly to rape.”For Raissouni, “Arabic should come first, and then English, and then we can look for a place for French.”He added that students do not fully grasp lessons taught in French and English because their proficiency level is low.