Dec 30, 2008

India - SMS services restored in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar/Jammu, Dec 27 (IANS) SMS services on mobile telephones were restored in Jammu and Kashmir Saturday after a five-month ban, according to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) officials.

The services were suspended Aug 1 when the Amarnath land allotment agitation was at its peak. Authorities had banned SMSes saying agitators were spreading provocative messages and rumours to fuel communal tensions over the land dispute.

In the Kashmir Valley, one of the first SMSes making rounds Saturday was 'Khul ja SIM, SIM', congratulating mobile subscribers for the restoration of the services.

A BSNL spokesman in Jammu said that soon after the services were restored the first message the subscribers circulated was 'Congratulations, SMS is back'.

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