EARLY TIMES REPORT
Jammu, Jan 18: Jammu and Kashmir Government has identified 153 websites as "white-listed" and have asked the Telecom service provider to ensure strict compliance of the official order.
"Any violation would be viewed seriously, and operator may have to face consequences, is what the officials have verbally communicated to the operators," official sources here said and added that the operators have been asked to keep the tight lid on the social media websites and ensure that subscribers have no access to the social media sites via mobile internet.
In Kashmir valley, where broadband services have been resumed selectively and on Saturday, 2G mobile internet is restored in Bandipora and Kupwara districts, locals have expressed that only selected number of sites can accessed.
According to official sources, about 153 websites have been included in the government’s “whitelist” and all social media and news websites remain barred. Among the 153 websites on the whitelist are four email services, including Gmail and Outlook, 15 banking websites, including RBI, J&K Bank, PayPal and Western Union, three employment websites, 38 educational websites, including websites of five J&K-based universities and Wikipedia.
Incredible India website and the site for the Amarnath Shrine Board are among the 20 travel websites on the list. Income tax e-filing, passport and UIDAI websites will also be available where broadband services are operational.
Entertainment websites such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotter are among the 11 domains on the whitelist.
Mobile Internet and broadband services have been suspended in the Valley since the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked.
Postpaid mobile phones have become operational in the Valley after 70 days. SMS services were restored on January 1.