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No, ANI Did Not Use Old Pictures From New York On International Yoga Day

No, ANI Did Not Use Old Pictures From New York On International Yoga Day

A tweet by Asian News International (ANI) on Yoga being performed outside the United Nations office in New York drew curious responses from many on Wednesday. The news agency tweeted the pictures as part of its coverage of International Yoga Day being observed on June 21st.

However ANI’s tweet at 10.04 am Indian Standard Time (IST) raised questions about the authenticity of the images because of the time difference with New York.  Many including Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari questioned the pictures. Some speculated if Yoga was being done under artificial lights, others said the pictures were fake.

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BOOM also asked ANI if the pictures were file (old) pictures.

The news agency in response tweeted that it had received the pictures at 4 am IST on Wednesday.

BOOM cross checked with the United Nations’ website and found out that a Yoga session was organised on June 20th at 6 pm to 7.30 pm local time. (6.30 pm Eastern Time would be 4 am India time) The UN also has Yoga related events scheduled for June 21st.

Multiple tweets from Syed Akbaruddin, India’s ambassador to the UN confirmed the same.

The wires service agency has gone all out in covering International Yoga Day in contrast with Press Trust of India which has far lesser tweets about the occasion. We counted over 40 tweets from ANI at the time of writing this story.

1. World’s oldest Yoga teacher, India’s oldest Yoga Guru show how it’s done! #YogaDay2017

2. Gujarat: Specially abled, Thalassemia patients and pregnant women perform Yoga in Vadodara. #InternationalYogaDay

3. Union Minister Piyush Goyal performed Yoga at Visakhapatnam’s Swarna Bharati Indoor Stadium. #InternationalYogaDay

4. Army troops of Amogh Division and their families performing Yoga at Indo-Pak border town of Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan #InternationalYogaDay

5. Yoga performed at Head Quarters of Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam on #InternationalYogaDay.

6. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa leads a Yoga session organised in Air Force Station, New Delhi #InternationalYogaDay

7. Yoga in confined spaces onboard a Submarine. #InternationalYogaDay

8. Indian Coast Guard personnel perform Yoga, off West Coast and at Headquarters in Delhi.

9 Yoga being performed outside UN office in New York #InternationalYogaDay

10. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi does Yoga in Noida #InternationalYogaDay

11. Anna Hazare and Union Minister Ananth Kumar perform Yoga in Bengaluru. #InternationalYogaDay

12. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan performed Yoga in Bhopal. #InternationalYogaDay

13. #WATCH Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Amit Shah and Baba Ramdev participate in a Yoga camp in Ahmedabad #InternationalYogaDay

14. Maharashtra Police personnel perform Yoga in Mumbai. #InternationalYogaDay

15. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu performed Yoga in Mumbai #InternationalYogaDay

16. Union Health Minister JP Nadda performs Yoga in Chandigarh. #InternationalYogaDay

17. India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin performs Yoga in New York #InternationalYogaDay

18. #WATCH ITBP jawans doing Yoga at nearly 18000 feet in Ladakh in -25 degrees #InternationalYogaDay

19. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Acharya Balkrishna perform Yoga in Nalbari #InternationalYogaDay

20. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan does Yoga in Bhubaneswar #InternationalYogaDay

21. Yoga onboard aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya #InternationalYogaDay

22. Governor Ram Naik, CM Yogi Adityanath and Dy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya perform Yoga in Lucknow #InternationalYogaDay

23. Chhattisgarh CM Dr. Raman Singh performs #Yoga in Raipur on #InternationalYogaDay

24. NDA Presidential nominee #RamNathKovind ,Sports Minister Vijay Goel,BJP MPs Meenakshi Lekhi & Bhupendra Yadav do Yoga in Delhi

25. LG Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu perform yoga in Delhi #InternationalYogaDay

26. Yoga being performed at the USA embassy in Delhi #InternationalYogaDay

27. PM Narendra Modi leads #InternationalYogaDay celebrations in Lucknow

28. I am happy to see so many Yoga institutes being opened over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing: PM Modi

29. Yoga day celebrations in Baska(Croatia) #InternationalYogaDay

30. Yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high & has connected the world with India: PM Modi #InternationalYogaDay

31. Aaj Yoga jan jan ka, ghar ghar ka hissa ban raha hai: PM Narendra Modi #InternationalYogaDay

32 People perform Yoga in Allahabad’s KP College #InternationalYogaDay

33. Yog jeevan ki ek kala hai, ye hum sab ko jodna sikhaati hai: CM Yogi Adityanath #InternationalYogaDay

34. #WATCH Live Via ANI FB: PM Narendra Modi does Yoga in Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar maidan #InternationalYogaDay

35. PM Modi arrives at Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar maidan #InternationalYogaDay

36. WATCH: PM Modi does Yoga at Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar maidan #internationalyogaday

37. #InternationalYogaDay: Yoga onboard INS Jalashwa & INS Kirch in the Bay of Bengal

38. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Amit Shah and Baba Ramdev participate in a Yoga camp in Ahmedabad #InternationalYogaDay

39. #InternationalYogaDay observed at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in Delhi; EAM Sushma Swaraj also present.

40.  Maharashtra: Transgenders of Kinnar Maa Trust in Mumbai performed Yoga. #InternationalYogaDay

41. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel performed Yoga on the banks of river Indus, at nearly 12000 feet, in Ladakh

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