As many as 70,000 school students from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts will perform yogasanas at 40 places on Wednesday to create a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records, according to B. Ramanath Rai, minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada. The last record of highest number of people doing yoga simultaneously entered in the book was in 2005 at a camp at Gwalior, he said.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, the minister said that 27,600 students from 150 schools in Dakshina Kannada would participate in it at 10 places. The remaining students would be from 400 schools in Udupi district. Mr. Rai said that the yogasanas would be conducted for half an hour from 10 a.m.

In Dakshina Kannada, the yogasanas would be conducted at: Sharada Vidyalaya grounds, Mangalore; Swarj Maidan, Moodbidri; Sri Rama Vidyalaya grounds, Kalladkka; Sathya Sai Vidya Kendra, Alike; Ratnavarma Heggade stadium, Ujire; Vivekananda College grounds, Puttur; St. Philomena College grounds, Puttur; Ramakunja school grounds, Ramakunja; Kurunji Venkatramana Gowda school grounds, Sullia; and Kombettu school grounds, Kombettu.

The minister said that the event would be jointly conducted by the Department of Public Instruction, Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Yoga and Moral Education Project, Shantivana Trust. Mr. Rai said that yoga helped in maintaining good health and reducing stress.The Minister for Health and Family Welfare U. T. Khader was present.

Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology B. Ramanath Rai said here on Monday that yoga and daily exercise have helped him in controlling diabetes. Addressing presspersons, the minister said that earlier he was taking tablets for controlling diabetes but has stopped taking them now. Mr. Rai attributed this to yoga and exercise in the mornings. He said that though he could not do all asanas, he did some.