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India to preside over World Health Assembly after 19 years

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

At 68th Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), in Geneva, Minister of Health & Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda will assume the Presidency of WHA. It will be 19 years since India headed the high decision making body of the World Health organisation (WHO).

“Health minister JP Nadda will preside over the 68th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) at Geneva as India assumes the presidency of the WHA, the high-decision making body of the WHO, after a gap of 19 years,” an official statement said.

Key issues of global interest including anti-microbial resistance, air pollution and health, global health emergency, preparedness and surveillance, global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property, and research and development in neglected tropical diseases will be taken up at the session.

The minister will also participate in various bilateral and multilateral meetings with China, the Netherlands, the US, the UK, Russia, South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil and others, apart from attending the session.

To mark the occasion, J P Nadda and Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO will jointly inaugurate a photo exhibition “Yoga for All, Yoga for Health” prior to the session.

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WhatsApp Makes Changes in India After Deadly Attacks

The firm said it will also remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages

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India is WhatsApp's largest market. Pixabay

WhatsApp has announced changes for its 200 million users in India following the spread of viral messages via the app that resulted in deadly mob attacks.

India’s government has threatened to take WhatsApp to court, saying “…the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability.” The information technology ministry said, “If they remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action.”

Satish Bhaykre, 21, who was beaten by a mob due to a fake WhatsApp text, poses inside his house on the outskirts of Nagpur, India, June 23, 2018.
Satish Bhaykre, 21, who was beaten by a mob due to a fake WhatsApp text, poses inside his house on the outskirts of Nagpur, India, June 23, 2018. (VOA)

The Facebook-owned messaging app said it will limit Indian users’ ability to forward messages, allowing only five contacts at a time to receive them.

The firm said it will also remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages.

Also Read: Government Pressure: Whatsapp to Limit Message Forwarding In INDIA

Both moves are designed to make stop the mass forwards that have resulted in the mob attacks.

India is WhatsApp’s largest market. (VOA)

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