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MANILA TIMES (Philippines), REUTERS, BBC NEWS (UK), NEW YORK TIMES (USA)

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MANILA - The death toll from a typhoon that swept through the Philippines archipelago jumped to 238 on Wednesday with hundreds missing, reports Reuters.

At least 156 people are known to have died in the Compostela Valley province alone, when Typhoon Bopha struck Mindanao Island, local officials told the BBC.

Eighty-one other people were killed in the nearby province of Davao Oriental and 15 in other areas, according to the army and the civil defense office.


Rescuers have reached most areas, but have had difficulty getting to some isolated communities, said BBC. Dozens of people are still missing reports the Manila Times.

Typhoon Bhopa struck the Southern Island of Mindanao Tuesday, toppling trees and blowing away homes with 210 kilometer per hour gusts.

Rains flattened entire villages and damaged roads and bridges, reports the New York Times. In some towns, 95% of the buildings were destroyed.

The storm has weakened and is now heading to the South China Sea. The Philippines are hit by more than 20 powerful tropical storms every year, but Bopha struck remote communities off the usual storm path, that are not accustomed to such strong typhoons.

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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

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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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