No Exchange Of E-greetings On New Year Eve In Kashmir, Courtesy Internet Gag

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Mubashir Aalam Wani      E-greetings

Srinagar: Unlike previous years, the people of Kashmir couldn’t exchange e-greetings on New Year eve due to the continuous internet suspension in the Valley.

According to the wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the internet services on all platforms in Kashmir since August 5, when the central government announced the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of erstwhile State into two Union Territories—Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

To greet each other on New Year eve, people would have sending e-greetings to their friends, relatives, colleagues and others on different social media platforms including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and others.

Aijaz Nabi, a student from Kashmir University told KNO that people in Kashmir would send greeting cards; messages and videos through internet to their colleagues, teachers and others on New Year eve, but this year, the people couldn’t send the e-greetings to the people due to persisting internet suspension.

Girish Chandra Murmu, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory had stated that the services across Kashmir will be restored in phased manner soon while he made it clear that the services won’t be restored until the services will be improved further.

The suspension of internet services sparked protests in the Valley with journalists, YouTubers and businessmen hitting the streets, demanding immediate restoration of internet services.

It has been learnt that the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, who recently chaired a security review meeting of Jammu and Kashmir has also discussed the restoration of internet services in the Valley.

Pertinently, the government has established internet kiosks across Kashmir for students, traders and others at different places. The government has also established a Media Facilitation Centre (MFC) for Valley scribes.

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