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Kashmir Unrest: Mobile internet services resume in Jammu

Mobile internet services had been suspended on July 10 in entire Jammu region following unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

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Mobile internet service restored in Jammu. Image Source: www.dailyexcelsior.com
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  • Mobile internet services had been suspended on July 10 in entire Jammu region following unrest in the Kashmir Valley
  • Both call facility and mobile internet services, however, continued to remain suspended in the valley
  • Internet services are working in the valley on fixed landline connections provided by the BSNL

Mobile internet services were restored in Jammu region after 16 days on Tuesday, officials said.

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“The divisional administration reviewed the suspension of mobile Internet services in the Jammu region yesterday and it was decided to restore the same from midnight,” a senior police officer said in Jammu.

Mobile internet services had been suspended on July 10 in entire Jammu region following unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

Mobile services suspended after violence in Valley. Image Source: Indian Express
Mobile services suspended after violence in Valley. Image Source: Indian Express

Both call facility and mobile internet services, however, continued to remain suspended in the valley.

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Limited calling facility is, however, available on post paid mobile phones provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in the Valley while no mobile internet facility is available on these phones.

Calling facility is available on BSNL phones. Image Source: Nimbuzz
Calling facility is available on BSNL phones. Image Source: Nimbuzz

Internet services are working in the valley on fixed landline connections provided by the BSNL. (IANS)

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Will enquire into Facebook demanding users’ Aadhaar details: Minister

The Minister said that he will inquire about the claims and very soon the government will bring data protection law.

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Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said he will “get the entire facts” about social networking site Facebook reportedly demanding new users’ Aadhaar and revert to Parliament.
“I have also seen the news (about Facebook) in media. They have also given a reply that it was not mandatory. But I will get the entire facts on record before I revert to you,” Prasad told the Rajya Sabha in response to a supplementary question on cybersecurity and data protection.
The Minister also said that the government is going to bring very soon a data protection law.
It was reported a few days back that new users trying to sign up for Facebook were asked to enter their name “as per Aadhaar” records.
However, Facebook has already clarified that it was “not collecting” the Aadhaar data and was just running a “small test” to weed out fake accounts.
“There have been a number of reports about a small test we ran in India to help new users sign up for Facebook. Some have interpreted this test as a request for people’s Aadhaar information when you sign up for a Facebook account. This is not correct,” Facebook said in a blog post on Wednesday.
The government will be soon be introducing Data Protection law. Source: Aadhar Card Kendra
The government will be soon be introducing Data Protection law. Source: Aadhar Card Kendra
 “The test, which has now finished, merely includes additional language on the account sign-up page to explain that using their Aadhaar name will help family and friends recognise them.
“We are not collecting Aadhaar data and do not require people to enter their Aadhaar name when they sign up to Facebook,” it added.
Earlier, Prasad said that the government has no plans to make internet availability a fundamental right but the government is “committed to providing internet connectivity to its citizens”.
“As per a report from TRAI, as on June 2017, India has over 431.21 million internet users and with several million new internet users joining every month.
“This has resulted in more and more Indians coming online and using the internet, giving them the freedom to experience and use the internet in every aspect of their lives,” Prasad said in the reply.
“Our ‘Digital India’ programme envisions transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
“The pillars of Digital India programme namely Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity and Public Internet Access Programme address the issue of Internet availability in the country,” he added. IANS