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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the inaugural session of the PIO-Parliamentarian Conference in New Delhi. 

Welcoming the delegates to the Conference, the Prime Minister said that while many people may have left India over the course of hundreds of years, India continues to have a place in their minds and hearts. He said it is not surprising that people of Indian origin have integrated themselves fully with their adopted lands. He added that while they kept the Indian-ness alive in themselves, they also imbibed the language, food, and dress of those countries. 

The Prime Minister said that it appears as if a Mini World Parliament of Indian origin is gathered in Delhi today. He noted that persons of Indian origin are today Prime Ministers of Mauritius, Portugal and Ireland. He added that persons of Indian origin have also been Heads of State and Heads of Government in many other countries. 

The Prime Minister said that the global impression about India has changed over the last three to four years. He said the reason for this is that India is transforming itself. He said the hopes and aspirations of India are at an all time high. He said signs of irreversible change are visible in every sector. 

The Prime Minister said that PIOs are like permanent ambassadors of India, wherever they reside, and he always attempts to meet them when he is travelling abroad. 

The Prime Minister praised External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj for continuously keeping an eye on issues being faced by Indian citizens abroad. In this context, he mentioned the "MADAD" portal for real time monitoring and response of consular grievances. 

The Prime Minister said that the Government believes that NRIs are partners for India's development. He said that NRIs have an important position in the Action Agenda till 2020, drafted by the NITI Aayog. 

The Prime Minister said that the values of Indian civilization and culture can provide guidance to the entire world, in an era of instability. 

The Prime Minister said that India has very close ties with ASEAN countries, which will be showcased during Republic Day, a few days from now. 

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Sharing a video message in the run up for the 4th International Day of Yoga, PM Narendra Modi expressed happiness over the rising popularity of Yoga all over the world. He termed Yoga as one of the most precious gifts given by the ancient Indian sages to humankind.

He said that Yoga was not just a set of exercises to keep the body fit but a passport to health assurance, a key to fitness and wellness. “Free from illness, a path to wellness –that is the path of Yoga… It makes us better individuals in thought, action, knowledge and devotion”, he remarked.

Adding that Yoga brought about oneness among the mind, body and intellect, he said, “Yoga is the journey from me to we.”

Shri Modi referred to Yoga as the solution to ailments like stress and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hyper-tension and depression.

Asserting that Yoga did not discriminate anyone, he said, “Yoga goes beyond boundaries of age, gender, caste, creed, religion and nations.”

“In a world of excess, Yoga promises restraint and balance… In a world suffering from mental stress, Yoga promises calm… In a distracted world, Yoga helps focus, boosts concentration… In a world of fear, Yoga promises hope, strength and courage”, he said.

Stating that Yoga ensured peace of mind, Shri Modi opined, “People who are at peace with themselves are at peace with others too. Such people build harmonious nations. Such nations build a harmonious world.”

Shri Modi said that with more people embracing Yoga, the demand for Yoga teachers was rising and hence, the next challenge was to produce institutionally trained Yoga teachers and further the reach of Yoga, especially among the youth.