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PoK newspapers to share information: An initiative for peace


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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To recall, TikTok crossed the 1 billion downloads milestone in February 2019, taking just under nine months to generate a further 500 million installs

The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

Social video app TikTok has reached 1.5 billion downloads worldwide on the App Store as well as Google Play and India leads the chart with 466.8 million or about 31 per cent of all unique installs.

In 2019, the app accumulated 614 million downloads — six per cent more than it had last year, reported mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower.

India has been a fast adoptor in 2019, driving up 277.6 million downloads so far this year, or roughly 45 per cent of all global installs.

China generated the second largest amount of downloads with 45.5 million, or 7.4 percent, while the US is No 3 with 37.6 million installs, or about 6 per cent, this year.

TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

The figure does not include installs from third-party Android stores in the country, said Sensor Tower.

TikTok with 614 million downloads currently is the third-most downloaded non-gaming app of the year, behind WhatsApp at the top with 707.4 million installs and Facebook Messenger at second spot with 636.2 million.

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Facebook is fourth with 587 million downloads and Instagram at fifth spot with 376.2 million.

To recall, TikTok crossed the 1 billion downloads milestone in February 2019, taking just under nine months to generate a further 500 million installs. (IANS)

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