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After 70 days, mobile phones start ringing in Kashmir

The restoration of cellphone services is part of a series of announcements by the administration on easing of restrictions that were imposed around August 5, when J&K was stripped of its special status.

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After 70 days of communication lockdown in Kashmir, postpaid mobile services on the BSNL network were restored in Valley on Monday. (Express photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

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The government had last week announced that postpaid mobile phone services — around 40 lakh in the Valley — would be made operational from noon on Monday. Internet services have not yet been restored. (Express photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

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But hours later, the government re-imposed curbs on SMS services. Around the same time, J&K police said two militants shot dead the driver of a truck from Rajasthan transporting apples in Sindhu Shermal village of Shopian district. (Express photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

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In the morning, when the nearly forgotten ring tones rang again after 70 days of the unprecedented lockdown following the scrapping of the state’s special status, people pulled over to the side of the road to congratulate each other. (Express photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

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For the last ten weeks, the mobile phones had been reduced to alarm clocks or music players. (Express photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

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In Jammu, the communication was restored within days of the blockade and mobile internet was started around mid-August. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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Since August 16, the administration has been easing restrictions in a phased manner. Partial fixed-line telephony was resumed in the Valley on August 17 and by September 4, nearly 50,000 landlines were declared operational. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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According to sources, the continuance of the mobile services would depend on how the security situation in the Valley unfolds. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)