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Ban on local TV channels lifted in J&K

india Updated: Sep 02, 2008 14:09 IST

The Jammu & Kashmir Government has lifted the nine-day ban on local television channels after the operators gave an undertaking that they will abide by the regulations of Cable Television Act, an official spokesman said in Srinagar on Tuesday.

District Magistrate, Srinagar in an order passed last evening, the spokesman said, lifted the ban on local cable television channels from telecasting news and current affairs programme.

The order allowed the channels to air these programmes subject to the operators abiding by the regulations of Cable Television Network Act, 1965.

District Magistrate, Srinagar Kachoo Asfandyar Khan in exercise of powers under section 11(I) of the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act 1995 banned on August 24 telecasting of all news and other items which are inflammatory in nature and thereby disturbing the peace and tranquility of general public.

Although the channels had been allowed to air entertainment programmes, the operators decided to only flash the magistrate's order on their screens.

Four days after the ban, the cable operators, who have the bulk of market share in the Valley, decided to pull plug on the national news channels as well.