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Updated: September 23, 2010 01:36 IST

Bulk SMS, MMS banned ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Sandeep Joshi
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Policemen take part in a march as part of security arrangements ahead of the Allahabad High Court's verdict on the Ayodhya title suits, in Ghaziabad on Wednesday. The government has banned bulk SMS and MMS for three days in view of the verdict.
Policemen take part in a march as part of security arrangements ahead of the Allahabad High Court's verdict on the Ayodhya title suits, in Ghaziabad on Wednesday. The government has banned bulk SMS and MMS for three days in view of the verdict.

Mobile telecom services providers asked to ban all bulk SMS and MMS service till Saturday

The Centre on Wednesday banned all bulk SMS and MMS across India for next 72 hours with immediate effect in view of the impending verdict on Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits by the Special Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, scheduled for Friday.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, has directed all mobile telecom services providers to ban all bulk SMS and MMS service across India till Saturday, which could be extended further if the need arises.

For individuals, bulk SMS would be above 10 per day, while for companies it could be 100 or more.

The Home Ministry has asked the Department of Telecom to issue such directions following apprehensions from the intelligence agencies that anti-social elements and rumour-mongers could use SMS and MMS services to create tensions and disrupt peace in the country, particularly in communally-sensitive cities and towns.

A senior Home Ministry official said intelligence and law enforcement agencies would also be monitoring the flow of SMS and MMS for the next three days, and anyone found guilty of creating tensions would be severely dealt with.

Mobile operators have also been asked to keep a watch on the flow of SMS and MMS and keep government agencies informed so that prompt and proper action can be taken.

Recently, similar ban was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after security agencies found that people were using SMS and MMS to fuel trouble in the Valley. It was found that people used bulk SMS and MMS as a mode to inform people about processions and to circulate disturbing pictures of violence and unrest in the State.

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If something happens in India if we always BAN bulk sms or mms, is it the right choice for Indians??? It is very patty indeed for the Govt.of India to ban whenever somethings happen.Are the govt.does'nt have any other option more than this.??

from:  Gangte
Posted on: Oct 4, 2010 at 12:58 IST

this is not fair i can understand that it should be stop but how many days..........there is no rules for stopping many days it can be stopped?we should know that many business affected by this stopping bulk sms...............

from:  Vimal Jaiswal
Posted on: Oct 4, 2010 at 08:06 IST

I think is best Decision for the people of india....

from:  Amit
Posted on: Oct 3, 2010 at 16:01 IST

It was good step .
but when will be the service resume??

from:  TUSHAR
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 12:16 IST

Ayodhya verdict a new Ray of hope
After 60 years of long wait finally the High Court verdict on Ayodhya is out, we have already seen enough of bloodshed, hatred and also those who roasted their tandoori chickens on our burning houses, now time has come when we all sensible people stand up and say enough is enough, building our nation and providing bright future to our kids is more important.

Now when the verdict is out, let us put all these fighting hardliners aside and show the world a new India an example of brotherhood and peace.

For me my religion and beliefs are important but at the same time equally important is my friend’s religion too, with whom I work daily, who stands beside me in my bad times, who are worried if I am in trouble, Though we are from different religion its makes no difference, as a social being it’s our duty to respect each other’s religions and care for them.

Here is a golden opportunity to prove that we are good & civilized people and not barbarians, we all come together and build world’s largest and most beautiful architecture on this disputed land (Ram janmabhoomi/Babari Masjid) where Ram and Rahim I mean temple and mosque reside in the same building and we people from different religion go and pray with pride, The structure be so grand that world forgets Taj Mahal & Eiffel tower, We make it our nation’s biggest pride, entire world should come to witness this grand legend of brotherhood, each country should learn a lesson of unity and harmony from India this will make us proud and our country proud

Asif Patel, Belgaum, Karnataka

from:  asif patel Belgaum
Posted on: Oct 1, 2010 at 00:30 IST

This is undoubtedly a sane thing to do. thumbs up!!

from:  Manu
Posted on: Sep 30, 2010 at 23:57 IST

Qaumi akta ki jhakak aur behtarin faisala.

from:  Rafiqul Haque
Posted on: Sep 30, 2010 at 23:46 IST

it is a political decision not legal

from:  ansar ali prodhan
Posted on: Sep 30, 2010 at 20:25 IST

"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
-Jonathan Swift

from:  Vipull
Posted on: Sep 30, 2010 at 16:22 IST

I feel that it is necessary to ban bulk SMS for time being which can be used as a weapon to spread rumours. At the same time onus is on media too to behave in a very responsible manner. India has moved on since 1992.Indulging emotionally in this issue can lead anyone to nowhere. We can no longer live in past and jeopardise our national growth which is far more important than building mandir or masjid.

from:  manit
Posted on: Sep 30, 2010 at 10:58 IST

'to forgive is divine'. This is d best way of peace and 2 unite together and face the world wid unity which makes our strength ..
Never carry grudge ma friends. Make happy 2 all

from:  Krunal patel
Posted on: Sep 30, 2010 at 01:26 IST

When will service start working again?

from:  Jay
Posted on: Sep 29, 2010 at 20:08 IST

tats vry gud decision takn...

from:  deepika
Posted on: Sep 29, 2010 at 19:30 IST

I think Everybody is trying to make the situation worse but nobody trying to solve.

from:  Sachin Khot
Posted on: Sep 28, 2010 at 18:43 IST

Our government is doing a nice job.....

from:  Satyendra
Posted on: Sep 28, 2010 at 14:23 IST

There is nothing to fear but fear itself -- Franklin D. Roosevelt. With that I arrest my case.

from:  Kiran
Posted on: Sep 28, 2010 at 03:31 IST

by reading all these thing daily is very tribal,because of this band many poor people are suffering .who will thing about the poor people.why the people are not thinking about them .the issue of Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid should be solved soon.if they want build then give some place to build but Jammu and Kashmir people should maintain peace life , never ever think of giving Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan.the people who are staying India should our all Indian brother and sister, and their life should be delegated to India .life is gift of god so enjoy the life,see the beauti of nature try to love is small ,so help other and take blessing other u can enjoy the life.try develop the country ..fight about terror attack .fight for corruption will be ur u can enjoy it..god bless .v all are one ..jai hindi ..jai bharath .I AM PROVED TO BE AN INDIAN..

from:  rohit
Posted on: Sep 26, 2010 at 14:24 IST

Government Banned 72 Hrs of Bulk Sms Services & MMS Service.... Its not only to solve its need to ban the total sms services fro mobiles & also Yahoo messenger services... This decisions is like after long battle they bring tail of rat.....

from:  Kiran
Posted on: Sep 25, 2010 at 23:41 IST

It was nice step .
but when will be the service resume??

from:  dilip
Posted on: Sep 25, 2010 at 09:03 IST

It seems that the only action that the govt. can take is to ban things - like the Blackberry issue - while the govt has put all kinds of equipment and technology to check what activity one does. By banning anything, the govt. disallows the culprits from commiting a crime...instead they should be allowed to, and then apprehended and made examples of! No FACE Covering, No Court time. It should be direct punishment, and considering everything (communication) can now be traced, I doubt it's not technically possible. We have so many bans and precautions but still terror seems to have a stronghold in our country!

from:  Ankit Goenka
Posted on: Sep 24, 2010 at 15:04 IST

in between will i be able to get the mms later that someone has sent to me?

from:  Denvia
Posted on: Sep 24, 2010 at 02:15 IST

Now the ayodhya verdic pushed back to 28th, sms services are gonna be banned for few more days whuch is frustrating for families who use bulk sms to communicate with each other. i feel sorry for them. why should this be service banned anyway. If US was under threat, they would not have banned any communication. if India infrastructure is as good as we claim then there should be no need to ban sms service.

from:  Ishika
Posted on: Sep 24, 2010 at 01:20 IST

That's a very good decision of the government for a society

from:  Mahesh Patel
Posted on: Sep 23, 2010 at 11:57 IST

It really seems like an Appropriate action under the circumstances and from the past experiences. But, I have a fundamental question. Will this be considered as a "partial" emergency situation? The reason I am asking is, during late 70s, the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Gandhi imposed an Emergency, print-media (may be radio) news censorship was imposed and today's 72 hr SMS and MMS ban seemed to be somewhat similar situation. I hope somebody will clarify my doubt.

from:  Sateesh Peddini
Posted on: Sep 23, 2010 at 04:13 IST

I think it is very good decision for peace and avoid the any bad creativity

from:  surender dhaka sikar
Posted on: Sep 22, 2010 at 23:15 IST

it may be postponed the voilence but how much it will work. let us wait for dicision which can set peace. there is requirement to stop politics on ishwar-allah. i hope that it will work

from:  bhaskar singh
Posted on: Sep 22, 2010 at 23:12 IST

It is good decision

from:  Nadeem
Posted on: Sep 22, 2010 at 23:11 IST

How can they do that??!!! 10 sms's per day z far too little to survive on!!!!

from:  Anubhav
Posted on: Sep 22, 2010 at 22:44 IST

I dont understand how people get encouraged by just an SMS

from:  Raghu
Posted on: Sep 22, 2010 at 22:41 IST

good step

from:  anwer
Posted on: Sep 22, 2010 at 22:24 IST

It is one of the nice measure to prevent communal violence. We also pray to god that all thing goes normal, without any violence.

from:  Ankit Anand kharia
Posted on: Sep 22, 2010 at 22:13 IST

i think it is a better decision which would be taken seeing this situation

from:  ved
Posted on: Sep 22, 2010 at 22:08 IST
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