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Kashmiris Snap Up Cell Phones

People in Indian-administered Kashmir have been lining up in their thousands to register for mobile phones after a ban was lifted on civilians using wireless technology in the troubled region. Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee announced the move in his independence day address last Friday. No sooner had the weekend ended, than the massive demand for the new service became apparent. Mile-long queues formed in the two biggest towns, Jammu and Srinagar, with people hoping to register for one of 52,000 cell phone connections. The restive Himalayan region may be home to the highest battlefield in the world – but until now, its people have been amongst the least hi-tech in India. Full Story

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