Reportage February 27th

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Hong Kong-based Indian Yoga teacher breaks World Record; Reception Ceremony of the Launch of Eurasian Economic Union; National Day of Kuwait.

Indian Yoga master breaks Guinness World Record in Hong Kong

Mr. Yogaraj C.P. (which literally means “King of Yoga”) created a new Guinness World Record by performing more than 1500 asanas (types of yoga position) for 40 consecutive hours from 13th Feb to 15th Feb. Mr. Yogaraj, who reclaimed the title as the record holder, has been teaching Yoga in Hong Kong for 12 years and bringing yoga to students in City University and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Speaking at a media briefing a day before the attempt, Mr. Yogaraj said he was inspired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who played a crucial role making June 21st the “International Yoga Day” in UN. He also expressed his gratitude toward the Indian Consulate and community in Hong Kong for providing financial support and assisting with logistics and media coverage of the event.

When asked about the difference between yoga culture in Hong Kong and India, Mr. Yogaraj noticed that most yoga students in Hong Kong treat the practice as mere exercises to tackle stress issues. The desire to promote the more spiritual side of yoga was also a main factor motivating Mr. Yogaraj to take on the attempt.

So here is our new GWR holder – a celebrated Yoga teacher who wants to evoke a bit of meditation on the hustle and bustle in our city, and was backed by a Government that is eager to protect and promote its culture abroad. Together they will bring more excitements on this year’s International Yoga Day.

 

Cover photo: Mr. Yogaja (left) at the media briefing with Consul General Mr. Prashant Agrawal (right) and Deputy Consul General Mr. Bharath Kuthati (middle)

1. Indian Pride
1. Indian Pride
2. Mr. Yogaraj (middle) receiving Guinness Book of World Records (GWR) certificate from the GWR adjudicator Mr. Dong Cheng (right) with Mr. Agrawal’s presence.
2. Mr. Yogaraj (middle) receiving Guinness Book of World Records (GWR) certificate from the GWR adjudicator Mr. Dong Cheng (right) with Mr. Agrawal’s presence.
3. Mr. Yogaraj doing a variation in head stand
3. Mr. Yogaraj doing a variation in head stand

 


Eurasian Economic Union Launching Reception

As Hong Kong looks to the North, Eurasia is embarking on with an eastward wind of economic integration.

On Feb 12th 2015, the Russian Consulate and the Kazakhstan Consulate in Hong Kong co-hosted a reception at Dorset House in Taikoo Place, commemorating the launch of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) on Jan 1st 2015. Both Russian Consul-General Mr. Vladimir A. Kalinin and Kazakhstan Consul-General Mr. Nurzhan Abdymomunov were present to offer hospitality to distinguished guests including leaders from the Hong Kong and Russian political and business community as well as the consul generals of various countries.

The EAEU is a regional formation building on the original Customs Union with a hope of creating a common market similar to its European counterpart. It currently has four member states including Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia, covering an area of more than 20 million square kilometres with a population of over 176 million people. If China and Hong Kong establish formal communication mechanism with the regional grouping, this can be a good complement to the security-oriented Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in the long run.

A new powerhouse reshaping the political and economic landscape of the continent? Probably not considering the members current conditions. But just as the EU has come a long way to its current position, there are always hopes that economic integration can bring about something more – something beyond borders and national identities.

 

1 & 2. Russian Consul-General Mr. Vladimir A. Kalinin (above) and Kazakhstan Consul-General Mr. Nurzhan Abdymomunov (below) delivering their welcome remarks to guests

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3. Vodka toast: Mr. Kalinin (left) with the Head of European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao Mr. Vincent Piket (right)
3. Vodka toast: Mr. Kalinin (left) with the Head of European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao Mr. Vincent Piket (right)
4. Mr. Abdymomunov (right) receiving Consul-General of the Philippines Ms Bernardita L. Catalla (left)
4. Mr. Abdymomunov (right) receiving Consul-General of the Philippines Ms Bernardita L. Catalla (left)

 


Kuwaiti National Day

Consul General of Kuwait Mr. Khaled Al-Mutairi warmly welcomed guests who arrived at the Island Shangri-La to celebrate the Kuwaiti National Day on Feb 25th. The ballroom was decorated to create a perfect match of traditional and modern Arabic elegance. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam was the guest of honour. Other distinguished guests included consul-generals, business and community leaders, Secretary for Education Eddie Ng, Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing, Police Commissioner Andy Tsang, and the heads of LegCo and Exco Jasper Tsang as well as Lam Woon-kwong who both kept a rather low profile at the event. A cheerful night for all after a long Budget Day!

 

1. Pyramid of macarons with drawings such as the Kuwaiti national flag
1. Kuwait Style – Pyramid of macarons
2. Consul-General of Kuwait Mr. Khaled Al-Mutairi (left) greeting the US Consul-General Mr. Clifford Hart (right)
2. Consul-General of Kuwait Mr. Khaled Al-Mutairi (left) greeting the US Consul-General Mr. Clifford Hart (right)
3. Mr. and Mrs. Tse congratulating Mr. Al-Mutairi and his wife on the National Day
3. Mr. and Mrs. Tse congratulating Mr. Al-Mutairi and his wife on the National Day
4. Mr. Al-Mutairi receiving Chief Secretary Carrie Lam
4. Mr. Al-Mutairi receiving Chief Secretary Carrie Lam
5. Happy National Day to Kuwait! In fact, it was the 7th day in the Lunar Calendar - Happy birthday to all!
5. Happy National Day to Kuwait! In fact, it was the 7th day in the Lunar Calendar – Happy birthday to all!
7. Carrie Lam with Mr. Al-Mutairi and other senior staff from the Consulate General of Kuwait
7. Carrie Lam with Mr. Al-Mutairi and other senior staff from the Consulate General of Kuwait
8. John Tsang gave out his candies, and so did Kuwait
8. John Tsang gave out his candies, and so did Kuwait