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Quick Edit | Do not disturb

Quick Edit | Do not disturb
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First Published: Wed, Jul 14 2010. 12 04 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Jul 14 2010. 12 04 AM IST
As part of the crackdown on misuse of mobiles in Kashmir, the government is planning to make phone firms and their management answerable in cases where SIM cards have been provided without verification. Given that 65% of SIMs in the state are supposed to be unverified and the government has set a seven-day deadline to rectify the situation, phone operators may simply settle for mass disconnections rather than entertain the prospect of getting dragged to court.
Now, if only the authorities could display a similar rigour when it comes to unsolicited phone calls and text messages offering once-in-a-lifetime deals in real estate and the like that waste subscribers’ time and money. Given that all the initiatives of the telecom regulator to curb the nuisance have failed, perhaps it’s time to get a little draconian and threaten the phone firms’ chief executives with jail time for SMSes that make unwanted sales pitches.
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First Published: Wed, Jul 14 2010. 12 04 AM IST
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