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Google responds to notice from GoI

India: Google has amended its maps to show the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir as part of India. The correction came in response to the notice issued by Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications and IT, Government of India (GoI), for showing Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as part of the neighbouring country.

After Pilot noticed the lapse, the ministry wrote to the website that maps available through www.google.com/insights showed certain parts of J&K as part of a different country. The notice said that wrongful depiction of Indian map could attract action under Sections 69A and 79 of the IT Act.

This is not the first time the internet giant has hit the headlines for map goof-ups. It can be recalled that in 2005, Google Earth featured a political map of the sub-continent showing PoK as a part of Pakistan. Even in October 2009, it angered the Indian government by showing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of China.

Source: Times of India