J&K says Hello Zindagi as post-paid cell services start

Srinagar: Mobile phones in Kashmir buzzed back to life on Monday, breaking the silence of a 72-day communication clampdown and reconnecting 40 lakh post-paid subscribers to the country, the Valley and their neighbourhoods but without any internet facilities.

Phones started ringing from noon on Monday and people across the Valley quickly dialled out to speak to those they had been unable to since Aug 5. The resumption of the service is only on post-paid connections and only for voice calls and SMS.

Terrorists kill Rajasthan trucker: Two terrorists, including a suspected Pakistani national, shot dead the driver of a Rajasthan truck and assaulted an orchard owner in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, police said. The deceased has been identified as Sharief Khan, they said, adding that the terrorists carried out the attack in Shirmal village in desperation as fruit transportation has picked up in the Valley. Police said “there was a resentment among the locals over the Monday incidents”. One of the terrorists involved in the attack is suspected to be a Pakistani, they said. Initial reports had said that the driver died after his truck was set afire by miscreants.