Jul 2018
Jul 2018

On ‘Yoga Day,’ PM Modi inaugurates luxury nature center in upstate NY

Above, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating YO1 luxury nature care center in Monticello, NY, via video link from New Delhi. Below, Subhash Chandra, Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group chairman, center, at the inauguration. India’s Consul General in New York Sandeep Chakravorty is at far left while TV Asia chairman and CEO H R Shah is fourth from right.

While celebrating the “International Yoga Day,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated via video link “YO1 Luxury Nature Cure Centre” in Monticello in the Catskills in upstate New York on June 21. YO1, the first-of-its-kind nature cure destination in the US, is the brainchild of Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group Chairman Subhash Chandra.
Modi’s telecast was viewed at YO1 by Chandra, US and local lawmakers and several prominent members of the Indian American community, including leading hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal and TV Asia chairman and CEO, H R Shah.
In his address, Modi said he hoped that yoga can become a “binding force” for the world, asserting it has no religion and contributes to the physical and mental well-being of individuals.
Modi appreciated the opening of the YO1 center, saying that it will create about 2,000 direct and indirect jobs in the area, adding that the facility will also work to bring the benefit of yoga to patrons and contribute significantly to the wellness movement in the US.
Chandra said the launch of the center was a dream come true for him. The center, he added, was built as a state-of-art facility and will be a wellness destination offering therapies based on ancient Indian yoga and Pranayam.

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Photos: Gunjesh Desai

Jun 2018

Netflix’s India docuseries recognized by TV Academy in the US

Netflix’s docuseries, “Daughters of Destiny: The Journey of Shanti Bhavan,” which chronicles the lives of five Indian girls from impoverished families brought up at the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in Tamil Nadu, is among the recipients of the Television Academy’s 11th Annual Television Academy Honors, which celebrates and recognizes programming that creates awareness, enlightens, educates and/or positively motivates audiences.
Established in 2008, the prestigious award is separate and distinct from Emmy’s recognition of television excellence.
The Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project is a residential education program built to uplift children from India’s lowest socioeconomic class. The school’s children come from families earning less than $2 a day, who have been trapped in poverty for generations.
Indian American businessman Abraham George founded the school in 1997, and his son, Ajit George, now serves as the director of operations of the innovative school.
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Maharashtra CM Fadnavis interacts with CEOs; attends community reception in NY

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Author provides insight into the ‘Lost Heritage of Punjab’

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Amb. Nikki Haley visits Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in TX

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Indian Consulate, TV Asia host curtain-raiser to mark International Yoga Day 2018 in the US

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