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SMS services restored in J&K

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

india Updated: Dec 27, 2008 22:33 IST

SMS services on mobile telephones were restored in Jammu and Kashmir on 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".