4G: Govt extends ban on high-speed internet till September 30

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday decided to continue high-speed internet services in Udhampur and Ganderbal districts till September 30 while extending 4G internet ban in all 18 other districts of the Union Territory. According to an order issued by Principal Secretary, J&K home department, Shaleen Kabra, the directions were reviewed by the review committee on August 21 and September 1. “The committee, while taking note of the assessment made by the law enforcement agencies that no reports of misuse of high speed internet services in the districts of…

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Supreme Court seeks centre’s response on plea seeking contempt charges over Internet curbs in J&K

The Supreme Court had said in its May 11 order that indefinite suspension of the internet is not permissible and that these curbs will have to follow principles of proportionality. The Supreme Court has sought response from the Centre on a petition filed by a group of media persons. The petition accuses Centre of contempt for not conducting periodic review of its orders suspending telecom services in Jammu and Kashmir. The apex court has given the Centre a week’s time to file its response. Appearing for the Centre, Attorney General…

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High-speed internet ban extended till July 8

Yet again, the Jammu-Kashmir administration on Wednesday, extended its ban on the high-speed internet till 8 July 2020, limiting it to 2G speed only. Moreover, it stated that 2G speed internet has been provided to post-paid sim cards and provided to pre-paid sim cards after verification of norms. The government has maintained that the continued ban was in place to prevent infiltration attempts and curbing fake news, adding that neither education or COVID-related activities have been hampered. J&K: High-speed internet ban extended till July 8 SC asks Centre to examine…

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Global Internet Shutdown score is not good news for Kashmir

The Stanford University study says that Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and J&K account for nearly 75% of all recorded shutdowns in India, while J&K alone comprises about 47%. Internet shutdowns in Kashmir, perhaps, remain the missing pages in the narrative of a Digital India. A country attempting a digital revolution, while also globally leading the internet shutdown track record, undisputedly, reflects the irony in the world’s largest democracy. According to a study at the Stanford University (Of Blackouts and Bandhs: The Strategy and Structure of Disconnected Protest in India), India has…

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Down for hours, Facebook, Instagram suffer a major global outage

Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday suffered a major global outage. Users were unable to access the two platforms on their smartphones as well as on desktop. Messenger is also down for several users. Some users complained that they could not log into their Facebook accounts. Instagram and Messenger users also faced similar problems. Some also complained that the News Feed was not refreshing at all. WhatsApp is also partially down for some users as they are unable to access some key features such as voice notes. Facebook said it was…

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Today World Wide Web turns 30

Today, the web completed 30 years on Earth. Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW) on March 12, 1989 at CERN, a research organization near Geneva. CERN is now giving users access to the first website created. The first website can be accessed through the URL “info.cern.ch” which also happens to be the original address. Titled “World Wide Web”, the website has hyperlinks to different documents related to the web. Here, users can find out what is hypertext, a summary of the project, software products and help with the…

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Indo-Pak tensions reach cyberspace, several websites hit

Hackers from Pakistan attacked over 90 Indian government websites and critical systems within hours of the Pulwama suicide strike by a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist in which 40 soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed, senior officials in the security establishment said on condition of anonymity. “There was an unusual surge of activity, attempts to breach systems,” one of these officials added. So ferocious was the attack that India had to resort to “offensive measures” in the cyber domain to counter them, a second official said. The officials added…

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So far 52 times Cyber curfew imposed in Jammu & Kashmir

The militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir has earned the dubious distinction of witnessing the highest number of internet shutdowns in the country. Under the standard operating procedures, the area-specific internet shutdowns in Kashmir are usually ordered by the authorities to avoid a law and order problem following encounters. Locals, however, consider these measures as an infringement of their rights. A website internetshutdowns.in which keeps track of internet shutdowns across India, claims the internet services were shut down for a total 112 times in J&K from 2012 to 2018. As per the…

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Vodafone, Idea completes merger, creates India’s largest mobile operator

The merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India has been completed, creating India’s biggest telecom service provider with over 408 million subscribers, the two companies said on Friday. A new board has been constituted for the merged entity “Vodafone Idea Ltd’ with 12 directors (including six independent directors) and Kumar Mangalam Birla as its Chairman. The board has appointed Balesh Sharma as the CEO, the companies said in a joint statement. The combination will have all India revenue market share of 32.2% and take the numero uno slot in nine…

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Gmail will soon let you send emails with an expiry date

Google recently confirmed it is working on redesigning its popular Gmail service. However, it’s not just the design that will be new as it looks like the service will get new features as well. One of the features has been unearthed by TechCrunch. The report says that Gmail will also be getting the ability to self-destruct an email. As seen in the screenshot shared by the report, the email after a specified time becomes unreadable. Users can send an email with an expiry date by clicking on the small lock…

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