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How The Pandemic Hooked A Nation On Teleworking

In France more than anywhere else, employees seem to find it difficult to give up teleworking to come back to the office. They have more or less valid reasons to hesitate. But employers also have their own.

Even with the country reopening, many in France want to continue working from home.
Even with the country reopening, many in France want to continue working from home.
Jean-Marc Vittori

PARIS — There's a new wave of anxiety growing inside companies. It's been one month since France lifted its lockdown, and management teams are having a hard time convincing employees to come back to the office. Though the message to begin to return to normal is repeated, offices remain sparse, and meetings continue to take place via Teams, Webex or Zoom — the latter being now worth more than $50 billion on the stock market.

The head of Medef, France's leading employers' association, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, has even requested a ruling from the state: "The government must tell the French that it is time to go back to work," he explained to Les Echos. Shortly afterwards, President Emmanuel Macron proclaimed the reopening of the country "which will notably allow a more widespread return to work," adding that "we will therefore be able to rediscover the pleasure of being together, of fully returning to the job."

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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