Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Monday, 16 November 2009 11:50

India faces uprising over mobile phones

Written by Nick Farell


Image

Anti-terrorism measure creates terrorism


A move
by the Indian government to ban prepaid mobile phones in a bid to stop terrorism is back-firing. The move was to stop terrorists using untraceable prepaid mobile phones from being used by Terrorists to plan their raids.

But in the Indian-controlled Kashmir region impoverished residents depend on prepaid connections for inexpensive communication. Apparently the move has led to angry protests amid warnings it put thousands of jobs at risk and jeopardised peace efforts in the disputed territory between the Indian government and Muslim separatists.

The Indian government announced last month that no new cards would be issued beginning November 1. Home Minister P. Chidambaram said last week during a visit to Jammu-Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state said that it had reconcile the security of the country. India has shut off the internet and international calls in Kashmir for a year after a string of attacks it blamed on militants supported by Pakistan.

Mobile phones were first allowed in the territory in 2003 and the telecommunication industry quickly filled the vacuum, with giant companies like Airtel Bharti, Tata Indicom and Vodafone as well as the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam opening more than 50,000 retail outlets across the region.

Basheer Ahmed Dar, the chairman of the regional telephone owners association, said 20,000 jobs were in jeopardy when the ban goes ahead. Hundreds of activists from the pro-India People's Democratic Party demonstrated against the decision in Srinagar, accusing the government of discrimination. Members of trade organisations took to the streets this week.

There are 3 million prepaid card subscriptions in the region, according to the Home Ministry. The cheaper cards are highly popular among young people. The government has promised that it will review the ban once security concerns are addressed, but since there is no sign of Pakistan and India becoming chums and world terrorism ending it seems a long way away.

Nick Farell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments