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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Around 12 newspapers from both sides of Kashmir will share news and views through the Internet; the decision being one of its kind.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed during a meeting which included 29 journalists and newspaper owners. The news that would be exchanged during this meeting would essentially include apolitical content. The aforesaid meeting had taken place in Islamabad.

“We will have a news pool first for joint use of content. A MoU will be signed later to have regular coverage,” said Shujaat Bukhari, editor of the Srinagar-based Rising Kashmir, as quoted in The Hindu.

Such an interaction is first of its kind, where journalists from both the sides of Kashmir will be interacting on a common ground after a period of 70 years. The arrangement would also result in garnering direct information, said Ejaz Abbasi, president of the PoK-based Kashmir Journalist forum, as quoted in the leading daily.

The PoK government has decided to back the initiative. “We welcome any measure aimed at connecting the divided parts of Jammu and Kashmir,” said PoK Prime Minister Chaudhury Abdul Majid, a leader of the Pakistan People Party, reported in the daily.

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About 88% Indians Feel That Lockdown Should Be Extended Further: Poll

The poll which included response from 40,000 app users revealed that 92 per cent of the respondents feel private sector should be allowed testing of COVID-19 in order to augment testing facilities for the respiratory disease

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Lockdown is the best way to practice social distancing and curb the spread of the coronavirus. Pixabay

As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to increase in the country, at least 88 per cent Indians feel that the 21-day nationwide lockdown, scheduled to end on April 14, should be extended further, a new poll said on Thursday.

The findings showed that 88 per cent of the respondents are refraining to order food online during the lockdown period, according to the survey by news platform Inshorts.

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The poll which included response from 40,000 app users revealed that 92 per cent of the respondents feel private sector should be allowed testing of COVID-19 in order to augment testing facilities for the respiratory disease.

“Lockdown is the best way to practice social distancing and curb the spread of the coronavirus,” said the survey.

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As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to increase in the country, at least 88 per cent Indians feel that the 21-day nationwide lockdown, scheduled to end on April 14, should be extended further, a new poll said on Thursday. Pixabay

The Odisha government on Thursday decided to extend the lockdown period till April 30 to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. It also decided to keep the educational institutions closed till June 17. Odisha is the first state in the country which extended the lockdown period by another 15 days.

The total tally of novel coronavirus cases in India reached up to 5,734 on Thursday. Of these, 5,095 are active cases, 166 are dead, one has migrated, while 472 people have been discharged after recovery.

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Maharashtra is the worst affected state so far with 1,135 active cases, 117 cured and discharged and 72 have died. (IANS)

 

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