Update: On August 30, 2012, the Press Trust Of India has reported that the Home Minister has withdrawn the ban on bulk SMSes and MMSes with immediate effect. Ban on bulk SMSes and MMSes withdrawn with immediate effect: Home Ministry. — Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) August 30, 2012 Update: The Indian Government has revised its directive to limit bulk SMS. It has now increased the daily limit of 5 SMS per SIM to 20 SMS per day per SIM. The new rule has come into effect starting 23rd August 23, 2012. The news was first reported by Telecomtalk. Earlier: 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 rumours 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 bypolls in the state. In October 2010, Bulk SMS was banned from 22nd September to 4th of October 2010, due…
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