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Why Cities Of The Future Will Be So Much Better

Soil-free gardens, pollution-free factories moving back to town. City dwellers will see dramatic changes to life and work. Some bumps for sure, but overall good news for urbanites.

In Bremen, Germany
In Bremen, Germany
Petra Kaminsky

BERLINRobotic cars without drivers, the sharing economy, new factories in cities, electromobility, and the re-use of raw materials. These are all trends that city dwellers around the world can expect to see, if they're not already, say researchers with expertise in "future cities."

One example that can already be felt today is the trend towards sharing or renting smart cars, says Professor Hans-Jörg Bullinger. "If we just think a few years down the road, when we get to the train station, we'll be letting our car drive itself to a space in the parking garage or lot. In a controlled parking space, letting a vehicle drive autonomously is no problem," he adds, citing a report published by the Fraunhofer Institute of Labor Economics and Organization in Stuttgart. "And maybe later yet they'll be driving everywhere autonomously."

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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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