News Indian Government Bans Bulk SMS & MMS For 15 Days

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  1. Nicko

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    Limit of 5 SMS per day has been imposed on GSM and CDMA mobile users of India. From August 18, 2012, mobile users can send only 5 SMS per day to the maximum after which the messages don’t get delivered with a prompt indication from the mobile operator.
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    The Ministry of Home affairs has banned bulk SMS and MMS for a period of 15 days, starting today, reports PTI. As per the report, users will not be able to send more than five SMSs and MMSs above 20kb at one go, following the directive. The directive comes after reports of rumors being spread following violence in Assam, leading to mass exodus of people from the North-East region, from Bangalore, Pune and other cities.


    The Union Home Secretary, RK Singh confirmed the development to PTI. The Ministry has advised the Department of Telecommunications to enforce the order through the telecom operators.
    This isn’t the first instance of Bulk SMS being banned for political or security reasons - previously, India’s Election Commission had banned Bulk SMS in Andhra Pradesh, on account of the Assembly by polls in the state. In October 2010, Bulk SMS was banned from 22nd September to 4th of October 2010, due to the High Court’s Ayodhya verdict. At that time, it was to prevent the potential instigation of mob violence. We’re not sure if the ban would also affect server to phone messages. Note that social networks and messaging services use SMS as a bearer to offer updates to users.


    Is This The Right Approach?
    Although, it’s easy to enforce a ban and control SMS's, what about data based messaging services like WhatsApp and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)? Their reach is limited compared to SMS, but they also allow convenient bulk messaging. We’re not sure if this will address the problem.
    Earlier in the day, some members of Parliament also suggested that the government should control social media sites as they’re being used to spread rumors. Previously, Maharashtra Home Minister, RR Patil, and Samajwadi Party MP Ramgopal Yadav, had requested the government to shutdown social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter for a few days to prevent the spread of rumors, according to a report by OneIndia. We feel that the government should use use social media and mass media to spread awareness and dismiss rumors, instead of putting curbs on them.

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  2. Invader

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    yup .. 5 sms it is per day for these 15 days :( .. sad thing ... still watsapp to the rescue :D
     
  3. DaRampage

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    I don't have the luxury of WhatsApp or BBM but still I welcome this move.
    When I had some messages after the Mumbai riots...most people advised to simply ignore such texts...this should be done as a punishment to public for ignoring such text rather than reporting it.

    And btw how much do you expect the success of Govt posting on social sites and people responding to it??
    There will be more comments like "Congress sucks" or "Remove the Govt" than shares.

    Go on FB, search for "India Against..."
    There will be 2 pages at the top of search, India against corruption and India against Congress. Somehow the later page has more no. of people active (talking about this). The mentality has changed and our rival countries are taking advantage of this situation. Incoming news is that most of the SMS were uploaded in Pakistan...from the words of Home Secy.
     
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  4. mrsmohitgamer

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    Ridiculous...."Its seems we are going back to stone age, restricting SMS is certainly not a way to curb the ongoing issue. Rather Govt. should utilize its resources /and intellect in enlightening people about the issue. This is like restricting the freedom of free speech. "
     
  5. ManISinJpr

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    I am sorry mam, but this is the right way to go as the maximum number of people who have migrated and or participated in hate crimes did so after receiving hate messages and social sites..
    there has to be a stop on the negativity, vileness and hate online ! I am slo affected by this all, but I respect the fact that if this is successful there maybe people whose lives will be saved !
     
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    Alright .. despite all the chaos & tragedy the thing that offends me the MOST is this .. People in this country suddenly assume the right to assault & murder eachother just because some SMS/Facebook pages.

    I mean .. does writing a controversial novel or making hate-pages suddenly create justifiable grounds any kind of 'communal' backlash. We all (people,media,govt) will claim violence was triggered due to hate-messages/speech or diktat, Violence should never be acceptable despite what ever the triggering factor.

    The whole.. "oh it was supposed to happen .. these people were bound to do this becoz xyz incited some anger" ..

    Enough for defensive & pacification tactics .. Time to take up some serious deterrent ... Its not the conspirators who trigger/incite such events but the dumb-facks who carry them out are the real threat to this nations fabric. People who think religious tension justifies violence & rioting. Law is the law, no matter what your religion is or how angry you feel or how much your community was insulted .. and the authorities should focus on enforcing just that.

    /rant
     
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  7. DaRampage

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    Good side of this :)
    [​IMG]
     
  8. BANHAMMER

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    What about sexting, this is unfair to US, lol
     
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    harryneopotter NEO is my middle name ! Staff Member

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    waah...didnt realize there was a limit till i came to this thread !
     
  10. mrsmohitgamer

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    Dear !! I think this is not the right way to handle the situation by restricted SMS.What Govt. will do after 15 days??? may be this problem arise again, Govt. cannot banned the SMS service forever. So Govt. should find some other way to stop this nonsense rather than restriction of some kind of services.
     
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    y not create filters.. learn from situations.. monitor .. like most civilised people would do.. rather than pushing the whole country to their whims and fancies.. sms or no sms.. can they stop whatsapp or other such apps.. or will they block facebook as well.. or take the whole country offline.. they'd be better of making databases.. inducing filters .. and doing all of this silently so those instigating,unaware, wudnt even bother about looking for alternate avenues

    peace out
     
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    our govt is stupid, they cannot even think about anything that can be done properly.
     
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    exactly and we are sitting ducks tolerating this nuisance :)
     
  14. mrsmohitgamer

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    like a democratic country of India, this ban system is really make question whether we are actually in democratic country?
     
  15. mrsmohitgamer

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    This is not a good move by government by any means:
    First of all by doing this it showed that it was panicking
    No counsellors , mediators or any public figure is present at the exit points to calm the north east peoples.
    No immediate action or curbing activities from any state so far , so as to bring a pause to the rumour.
    The companies, colleges, others institutions should be asked to explain the situation and retain them.
    The people back home in the Assam shoud be safe and their belongings should be protected.

    No notifications by politicians calling people to stay as they were will not solve the issue, Government should step up and do the neccessary and act accordingly,but I never see that happening from the government.
    And regarding the sms, there should be mechanism to track the prohibited words and that sms should be banned or tacked upon, banning the sms will create many communication lapses in many organisations as their operations were interdependent with this mode of communication.
    Need some logical thinking from the government, this move is childish.
     
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    we dont live in a Democratic country.. we live in an Opportunistic country... where each idiot jumps at the slightest opportunity.. to emphasise hw he can change the system.. at his will and fancy.. u got sibBAWL.. Owl Gan-dhi.. MMS and who not trying to carve their own niche.. MMS is probably the greatest invention of this generation.. The best robot in the world.. India shud be proud of it.. even the frickin japs cant make one of his calibre
     
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    What you'll think to implement any such thing doesn't require time?
    They did it for 15 days so that they can make and implement a good system until then. We think that we are too smart and Govt. is dumb, actually those people are 100 times smarter than us.
    And anyone of you got any problem with the govt. go make your own party...those people are so intelligent that they joined public service and started stealing from our pockets w/o us getting the knowledge about it until now. So you think you got an idea, that idea would have been already discarded and a better idea might be under implementation. You never know.
     
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    my dear brother.. my dear dear brother .. had they been doin anything else apart from stealing such instances wud not have arisen.. any and every govt steals from the public.. but the prob with this is that they have forgotten the limits.. if they wanted to implement any technology of any sort they wud have done it instead of sibbawl baling over banning facebook over antipatriotism.. they wud /cud have done lotsa things the list of which is endless.. .. the fact is they are imps.. bunch of imps.. and good for nothing buffoons whom we have hastily elected.. but they kno their time has come.. so they are doing nthin except hoarding cash
     
  19. BANHAMMER

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    not really, govt is stupid because
    1. it has no understanding of technology, kapil sibal wanted to give some cheap-ass device, which failed on so many levels that it it biggest flop in the history of mankind. He doesn't understand that hardware is not the issue in such devices, software and corresponding maintenance is.
    2. The current govt system is sitting on top of nepotism and acquaintances and who can lick madam's soles. Madam personal achievement are totally unknown. In this country our Previous PMs have a history of high education, political influence, good oratory, going jail for national cause, social work, being editor of principal newpapers etc. Dr. MMS is one of the greatest economist of his decade, but he as a leader of democracy has been a disaster.
    3. People like our CWG head has DIGEST a lot of money, but they are still roaming around and heading the top sports bodies in our country.
    4. People like pawar are head of cricket associations, what are his qualifications for that job. Not to mention his daughter being a big scamster.
    5. Even if they get chargesheet, they still roam free,viz animal husbandry case, fodder scam, st kitt's case, bofors case, coffins case, hawala case and there are many
    6. We have enough evidence that a lot of black money is lying in different swiss banks, but no action is taken. We have enough power to make them release all the details and thus jump on throats of these people to extradite this money back to india.
    7. When it comes to distribution of frequency spectrum to different operators in india,our govt screwed everything over and not to mention people liek our telecom minister digesting millions of rupees.
    8. Govt has not yet executed the major terrorist criminal we have in our cells, what are they wating for? someone to break him from the prison? or when we run out of funds for keep him captive?
    9. This entire fiasco is resultant of our govt ignoring issues with assam and north east. A long time Gen JJ Singh released a statement that if given a free hand, he can wipe out entire disturbance from north east, but our govt runs nexus with these groups and local politicians and thus there is no way they want to stop this issue.
    10. Every action taken by our govt is always and without fail always taken to clean up the mess, they never ever have any preventive measure in place.

    SO YES, our Govt is stupid. very very stupid.
     
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