SMS, voice calls on prepaid mobile connections back in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir Four more politicians released from house arrest

You only watch dirty films,"Saraswat lashed out at a reporter in Ahmedabad who asked him about internet shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir. Besides watching 'Gandi Filmein' (dirty films), you do nothing there", he said according to ANI.

However, no social media website or news site has been mentioned in the said order.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday told the group of union ministers visiting Jammu and Kashmir to spread the message of development among the people not only in the urban areas but also in the villages of the Valley, sources said.

He also listed some significant decisions taken by the government in the last five months, saying this has happened for the first time in history that a whole cabinet is meeting common people at their doorsteps to listen to their grievances and seeking their feedback for effective implementation of different policies and initiatives.

Telecom services were shut in the entire Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre abrogated special status to the erstwhile state and also bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

"The internet suspension aimed to prevent certain elements from misusing information", Saraswat justified.

He called for the issues there to be resolved "democratically". They are spreading venom against the people of Kashmir. Government teachers are getting dues despite strike. "Doesn't this affect economy?" he questioned.

Saraswat made the remarks in Gujarat's Gandhinagar on Saturday after attending the convocation of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology. Then the conversation was over and we were talking about many other things. I apologize if this misquote has hurt the feelings of people of Kashmir. He was quoted as saying, "I have been quoted out of context".

The comments defending the suspension of Internet in J&K drew strong reaction from trade body Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) which demanded his immediate removal for uttering "this nonsense", while CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury also hit out at Saraswat, saying he needs to read the Indian Constitution.

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