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India to restore internet in IoK after five month blackout

SRINAGAR: Internet services were being partly restored in Indian occupied Kashmir on Saturday after more than five months curfew and communications blockade by the Narendra Modi-led government.
The Jammu and Kashmir home department earlier said in a notification internet access will be restored but the people will only be able to access only 301 government-approved websites that include international news publications and platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.
The notification further stated access shall be limited only to the whitelisted sites and not to any social media applications.
However, mobile phone data access will also be restored, but limited to slower second-generation (2G) connections, the notification stated.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government had imposed a communications blackout in early August after it stripped the occupied territory of its partial autonomy.
India also imposed a curfew, sent in tens of thousands of extra troops and detained dozens of Kashmiri political leaders and others, many of whom remain in detention, drawing criticism abroad.
Since August, freedom of movement in the heavily-militarised occupied territory has been gradually restored as has cellphone coverage, but apart from at a handful of locations, there has been no regular internet access.
Modi’s government said that the blackout was for security reasons, aimed at restricting the ability of militants to communicate.
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