150 days after telecommunication services were suspended in Kashmir, the government restored broadband internet services in state-run hospitals and SMS facilities on mobile phones from Tuesday midnight.
Internet services, landline and mobile phones were snapped across Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of August 5, the day Narendra Modi led BJP government decided to end the special status and divided the state into two union territories.
Postpaid mobile and landline calling services were restored in phases, except mobile internet.
However, internet and pre-paid mobile services in Kashmir are yet to be restored.
A digital rights group, Access Now, reports that the internet shutdown in the region was the longest in a democracy.
Meanwhile, the Kashmir Press Club demanded immediate restoration of internet services across the state, and the end of government gag on free and fair press.
Thousands of people including three former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are still under detention.