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Updated: September 30, 2010 14:08 IST

Centre extends ban on bulk SMS till October 1

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Hindu and Muslim religious leaders during a peace rally on the eve of Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suits, in Hubli on Wednesday.
PTI Hindu and Muslim religious leaders during a peace rally on the eve of Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suits, in Hubli on Wednesday.

The Centre today extended the ban on all bulk SMS and MMS till Friday in view of the verdict in Ayodhya title suits.

“We have decided to extend the ban by a day in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict, which is to be pronounced today,” a senior DoT official said.

The government is apprehensive that some extreme elements may foment trouble by inciting communal passions during the period and is taking all measures to check any untoward incidents.

“The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has today issued orders in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs to all Mobile Telecom Service Providers in the country that all bulk SMS and all bulk MMS messages shall remain banned in all service areas till September 30,” the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology had said earlier in a statement.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram had recently appealed for peace and caution against rushing to any inappropriate conclusion over the matter.

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