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Internal: Death of India's Telegram Service - 12 Jul 2013
Internal: Death of India's Telegram Service - 12 Jul 2013
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July 12, 2013
S. R. Gaur, 55, works inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian...
New Delhi, India
S. R. Gaur works inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi
S. R. Gaur, 55, works inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Kamla Devi, 55, an employee who has served for 30 years, cries as she talks about her career, inside...
New Delhi, India
Devi, an employee who has served for 30 years, cries as she talks about her career, inside the Central...
Kamla Devi, 55, an employee who has served for 30 years, cries as she talks about her career, inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Files are stacked next to a clock inside a storeroom at the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July...
New Delhi, India
Files are stacked next to a clock inside a storeroom at the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi
Files are stacked next to a clock inside a storeroom at the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Madhu Bindal, 60, an employee who has served for 34 years, poses for a photograph inside the Central...
New Delhi, India
Bindal, an employee who has served for 34 years, poses for a photograph inside the Central Telegraph...
Madhu Bindal, 60, an employee who has served for 34 years, poses for a photograph inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Vironika, 55, an employee who has served for 33 years, poses for a photograph inside the Central Telegraph...
New Delhi, India
Vironika, an employee who has served for 33 years, poses for a photograph inside the Central Telegraph...
Vironika, 55, an employee who has served for 33 years, poses for a photograph inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Chelladurai, 52, works in the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities...
Mumbai, India
Chelladurai works in the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai
Chelladurai, 52, works in the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
An employee poses with a Morse code telegraph machine at the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July...
Mumbai, India
An employee poses with a Morse code telegraph machine at the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai
An employee poses with a Morse code telegraph machine at the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
A computer screen shows a telegram message inside the central Telegraph office in New Delhi July 10,...
New Delhi, India
A computer screen shows a telegram message inside the central Telegraph office in New Delhi
A computer screen shows a telegram message inside the central Telegraph office in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
An employee hands over change to a telegraph sender at the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10,...
Mumbai, India
An employee hands over change to a telegraph sender at the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai
An employee hands over change to a telegraph sender at the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Saurabh Gupta, 34, writes a telegram to his son inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July...
New Delhi, India
Gupta writes a telegram to his son inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi
Saurabh Gupta, 34, writes a telegram to his son inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
An employee sends a telegram appealing to Kapil Sibal, India's Minister of Communication and Information...
Mumbai, India
An employee sends a telegram appealing to Kapil Sibal, India's Minister of Communication and Information...
An employee sends a telegram appealing to Kapil Sibal, India's Minister of Communication and Information Technology, to reverse the decision to close the telegram services at the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Surjeet Kaur, 77, displays a telegram which was sent by her husband on her birthday in 1955, inside her...
New Delhi, India
Kaur displays a telegram which was sent by her husband on her birthday in 1955, inside her house in New...
Surjeet Kaur, 77, displays a telegram which was sent by her husband on her birthday in 1955, inside her house in New Delhi July 9, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Bulbul Tiwari, 73, writes a telegram to her grandchildren inside the Central Telegraph Office in New...
New Delhi, India
Tiwari writes a telegram to her grandchildren inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi
Bulbul Tiwari, 73, writes a telegram to her grandchildren inside the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Ranjit Singh, 83, who served as an employee in the Central Telegraph Office for 33 years, speaks on a...
New Delhi, India
Singh, who served as an employee in the Central Telegraph Office for 33 years, speaks on a telephone...
Ranjit Singh, 83, who served as an employee in the Central Telegraph Office for 33 years, speaks on a telephone inside his house in New Delhi July 9, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Surjeet Kaur, 77, displays a telegram which was sent to her son by her daughter-in-law in 1978, inside...
New Delhi, India
Kaur displays a telegram which was sent to her son by her daughter-in-law in 1978, inside her house in...
Surjeet Kaur, 77, displays a telegram which was sent to her son by her daughter-in-law in 1978, inside her house in New Delhi July 9, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Messenger Om Dutt, 56, rides a bicycle as he delivers telegrams in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15...
New Delhi, India
Messenger Dutt, rides a bicycle as he delivers telegrams in New Delhi
Messenger Om Dutt, 56, rides a bicycle as he delivers telegrams in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Messenger Om Dutt, 56, rides a bicycle as he delivers telegrams in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15...
New Delhi, India
Messenger Dutt, rides a bicycle as he delivers telegrams in New Delhi
Messenger Om Dutt, 56, rides a bicycle as he delivers telegrams in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Messenger Om Dutt, 56, leaves the Central Telegraph Office as he rides a bicycle to deliver telegrams...
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Messenger Dutt leaves the Central Telegraph Office as he rides a bicycle to deliver telegrams in New...
Messenger Om Dutt, 56, leaves the Central Telegraph Office as he rides a bicycle to deliver telegrams in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Messenger Om Dutt, 56, leaves the Central Telegraph Office to deliver telegrams in New Delhi July 10,...
New Delhi, India
Messenger Dutt leaves the Central Telegraph Office to deliver telegrams in New Delhi
Messenger Om Dutt, 56, leaves the Central Telegraph Office to deliver telegrams in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
An employee uses glue as he prepares telegrams to be sent at the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi...
New Delhi, India
An employee uses glue as he prepares telegrams to be sent at the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi...
An employee uses glue as he prepares telegrams to be sent at the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
An employee stamps a telegram inside the delivery section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai...
Mumbai, India
An employee stamps a telegram inside the delivery section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai...
An employee stamps a telegram inside the delivery section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
An employee writes down addresses before dispatching telegrams inside the delivery section room of the...
Mumbai, India
An employee writes down addresses before dispatching telegrams inside the delivery section room of the...
An employee writes down addresses before dispatching telegrams inside the delivery section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
An employee sleeps in the record section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013....
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An employee sleeps in the record section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai
An employee sleeps in the record section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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July 12, 2013
An employee reads a newspaper inside the delivery section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai...
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An employee reads a newspaper inside the delivery section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai...
An employee reads a newspaper inside the delivery section room of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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July 12, 2013
Files are seen stacked up in the record section of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013....
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Stacks of files are seen inside the record section room of the central Telegraph office in Mumbai
Files are seen stacked up in the record section of the Central Telegraph Office in Mumbai July 10, 2013. On July 15 Indian authorities will close the country’s telegram service, once a fundamental part of the country’s communication system, used for everything from taking care of official business to reporting deaths and marriages. With the booming use of mobile phones and the Internet, the historic service that began over 160 years ago has now been in decline for years, and government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has decided to discontinue it. Picture taken July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT TELECOMS)

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