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IT ministry gives no timeline for restoring 4G in J&K at Parliamentary panel meet

Panel members questioned IT ministry for failing to lay down protocols on internet shutdown 7 months after SC order. The ministry, meanwhile, said 5G will be rolled out by March 2021.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.
Kashmir journalists protest

SC quoted jurist Ronald Dworkin in passing. Kashmir 4G order shows it must read him in full

Given the broad consensus in India on national security, currently raised to the level of a frenzy, it is understandable that judges do not wish to be alienated.
File photo of Kashmir police | Commons

J&K Police issues ad asking people to flag ‘inflammatory’ social media messages

In an advertisement published in local newspapers Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir Police urged people to become 'peace-makers', and also announced rewards.
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Social media ban lifted in J&K after 7 months but internet speed to remain at 2G

The J&K administration, however, reiterates that existing restrictions on mobile data services will remain.
Niti Aayog member, V.K Saraswat | ANI

VK Saraswat, India’s top scientist who thinks Kashmiris use internet only for ‘dirty films’

Ex-DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat, a member of the NITI Aayog, was quoted as saying the internet shutdown in J&K did not have a significant economic impact.
File photo of Srinagar | ANI

Kashmir apex trade body condemns Saraswat’s ‘dirty films’ remark, demands his immediate removal

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Sheikh Ashiq said VK Saraswat's comments maligned Kashmiris and he had no right to do so.

Only ‘dirty films’ were being watched in Kashmir, NITI Aayog member justifies internet ban

NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat said that the suspension of internet in Kashmir Valley has not had any effect on business.
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After SC, how Tripura High Court added muscle to freedom of speech & expression

In two judgments on 9 and 10 January, Tripura High Court upheld freedom of speech and expression — specifically in relation to social media — under Article 19.
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India lost at least $1.3 billion to internet shutdowns in 2019

India suffered the third-highest loss after Iraq and Sudan after Internet access remained shut for over 4,000 hours last year.

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Empty Sheikh Zayed Road during lockdown in Dubai | Bloomberg

What ails Arab economies is older than Covid-19

Dependence on oil and natural-gas exports and an over-reliance on Europe and US as trade partners have made it difficult for the region's integration into the world economy.
A freshtohome advertisement

Bengaluru-based startup FreshToHome raises $121 million from investors, including US govt

FreshToHome is one of the largest players in the $94 billion Indian fish and meat market, processing some 1.5 million orders a month and about $85 million in annual sales.


A file photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the 2+2 dialogue in Washington in December 2019. | Photo: ANI

The 3 foundational agreements with US and what they mean for India’s military growth

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, the last of the key foundational agreements between India & US, was signed Tuesday. LEMOA was signed in 2016 and COMCASA in 2018.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.