Internet Shutdown

Internet shutdowns are the situations where absolute restriction is placed on the use of internet services. It is mainly due to an order issued by a government body. It can be limited to a specific place, specific period, time or number of days. It is usually done by the government to control rumors and fake news

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After nearly 2 years, 4G mobile internet restored in J&K

05 Feb 2021

After nearly 2 years, 4G mobile internet restored in J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday announced that 4G mobile internet services will be restored across the union territory.

Internet services suspended in Delhi's border areas for two days

30 Jan 2021

Internet services suspended in Delhi's border areas for two days

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday issued a notification saying internet services will be temporarily suspended in Delhi's border areas—Ghazipur, Singhu, and Tikri—the epicenters of the farmers' protests against the newly-enacted farm laws.

Internet shutdowns and the broken dream of Digital India

30 Dec 2019

Internet shutdowns and the broken dream of Digital India

In the wake of protests against Citizenship Amendment Act, the government has become more aggressive with internet shutdowns.

#NewsBytesWeeklyRecap: Light-powered headphones, Realme buds, Facebook's leak, DNA dating, more

22 Dec 2019

#NewsBytesWeeklyRecap: Light-powered headphones, Realme buds, Facebook's leak, DNA dating, more

In the third week of December, the world of tech witnessed plenty of activity, both good and bad.

Apparently, India cuts internet more than any other country

22 Dec 2019

Apparently, India cuts internet more than any other country

In the wake of violent protests against CAA/CAB, the Indian Government has created another concern for people in the country - unexpected internet shutdown.

Internet shutdown? Try these 'offline' messaging apps to communicate

20 Dec 2019

Internet shutdown? Try these 'offline' messaging apps to communicate

In the wake of violent mass protests breaking out against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the government has resorted to shutting down the internet.

#InternetFreedom: India records world's highest number of internet shutdowns

02 Nov 2018

#InternetFreedom: India records world's highest number of internet shutdowns

Internet freedom in India is on the decline, and India topped the world in 2018 in terms of the number of internet shutdowns by government authorities.

#GlobalInternetShutdown: You might not have internet access for next 48hrs

12 Oct 2018

#GlobalInternetShutdown: You might not have internet access for next 48hrs

A global internet shutdown is imminent over the next 48 hours as key domain servers will undergo routine maintenance.

Internet services suspended in Navi Mumbai amid Maratha protests

26 Jul 2018

Internet services suspended in Navi Mumbai amid Maratha protests

Internet services in Mumbai's neighboring Navi Mumbai township have been suspended since early morning today, a police official said.

Jat protests: Haryana prepares for violence even as community divided

26 Nov 2017

Jat protests: Haryana prepares for violence even as community divided

The Jat reservation protests seem to have divided the community into two groups, with many youths opposing planned rallies by All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) chief Yashpal Malik.

First-ever rules allow government to shutdown internet

01 Sep 2017

First-ever rules allow government to shutdown internet

Under new rules issued by the communication ministry, the government now has the legal power to temporarily shut down phone and internet services in the event of a "public emergency" or for "public safety".

Ram Rahim Case: Internet suspended in Punjab/Haryana for 72 hours

24 Aug 2017

Ram Rahim Case: Internet suspended in Punjab/Haryana for 72 hours

A day before the verdict in Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's rape case, mobile internet services have been suspended in Punjab and Haryana.

20,000 head to Panckhula before Ram Rahim Singh rape verdict

23 Aug 2017

20,000 head to Panckhula before Ram Rahim Singh rape verdict

Two days before verdict is to be declared in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, about 20,000 followers have gathered in Panchkula, near the Naam Charcha Ghar in Sector 23, and have pitched tents there.

Is India intolerant? Internet shutdown 29 times in 2017

18 Jul 2017

Is India intolerant? Internet shutdown 29 times in 2017

As per Brookings Institution report, India lost over Rs. 6,548 crore in business due to Internet shutdowns in the past 3 years.

Gujarat: 2 killed in community clashes, situation remains tense

14 Jul 2017

Gujarat: 2 killed in community clashes, situation remains tense

At least two people were killed and several others got injured after violent clashes took place between the Bharwad and Rajput communities in Gujarat on Thursday.

Police arrest Lekhi, BJP MLAs for trying to enter Basirhat

08 Jul 2017

Police arrest Lekhi, BJP MLAs for trying to enter Basirhat

BJP leaders including Meenakshi Lekhi, Om Mathur, Satyapal Singh were arrested by the police as they tried to enter violence-hit Basirhat.

Rupa Ganguly, others arrested while trying to visit violence-hit Basirhat

07 Jul 2017

Rupa Ganguly, others arrested while trying to visit violence-hit Basirhat

Police arrested BJP leaders Rupa Ganguly and Locket Chatterjee while they were attempting to make their way to violence-hit Basirhat.

Basirhat clashes claim first casualty, fresh tension triggered

07 Jul 2017

Basirhat clashes claim first casualty, fresh tension triggered

A 65-year-old man died in communal clashes at Basirhat, the first casualty in the incident.

West Bengal Communal violence: Paramilitary deployed, Internet services suspended

05 Jul 2017

West Bengal Communal violence: Paramilitary deployed, Internet services suspended

In a bid to control communal violence in West Bengal's Basirgat region, CM Mamata Banerjee has ordered to suspend Internet services in the state.

Internet shutdown in Kashmir- No one knows who ordered it

03 Jun 2017

Internet shutdown in Kashmir- No one knows who ordered it

An RTI query by Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) revealed that the internet ban in Kashmir was not ordered by official authorities.

Internet shutdown in Kashmir: To curb violence or dissent?

20 Apr 2017

Internet shutdown in Kashmir: To curb violence or dissent?

The volatile Kashmir has witnessed at least 29 instances of internet shutdown since 2012, with the longest (4-6 months) after Burhan Wani's killing.

Kashmir: Security forces to employ plastic bullets for crowd control

18 Apr 2017

Kashmir: Security forces to employ plastic bullets for crowd control

In an attempt to reduce collateral damage during crowd control in mass violent protests, the government on Monday proposed for non-penetrative plastic bullets to be used as substitutes.