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India backs EU resolution at WHO for impartial, independent and comprehensive probe in Corona crisis

Newdelhi:18/5/20: India has backed a European Union resolution seeking a probe into the response of World Health Organization during the Coronavirus crisis around the world.

It calls for an impartial, independent and comprehensive probe at the earliest to review the experience gained and lessons learnt from the WHO-coordinated international health response to COVID-19. The resolution has been presented to the World Health Assembly which is holding its virtual session by teleconferencing in Geneva today.

Total 120 nations including Australia, EU, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Korea, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and UK have sponsored the resolution.

World Health Assembly meeting is significant as it comes at a time when concerns have been raised over the role and response of WHO in tackling the challenge of COVID-19. US has announced stopping of funds for WHO Corona virus and sought independent inquiry into the response and origins of Corona virus.

The Resolution on COVID-19 Response says that the nations are deeply concerned by the morbidity and mortality caused by COVID-19 pandemic, its negative impacts on physical and mental health and social well-being. It also expresses concern over the negative impacts on economy and society and the consequent exacerbation of inequalities within and between countries.

World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The Health Assembly is held every year in Geneva followed by the meeting of its Executive Board.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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