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‘Why Am I Anxious’: Inside ‘Hope Sessions’ of Kashmiri Troika

‘Why Am I Anxious’: Inside ‘Hope Sessions’ of Kashmiri Troika

Mindful of how the triple lockdown has left many vulnerable, isolated and in danger of participating in the ever dubious drug addiction activities, three young Kashmiri women, including author of this piece, have created a virtual space for the distressed youth of the valley where they freely express themselves and pass through a therapeutic experience..

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J&K Gears Up To Battle Coronavirus Challenge

J&K Gears Up To Battle Coronavirus Challenge

Concerned over the spike in coronavirus cases, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday restricted the ceiling on social gatherings to 100 people and also announced the postponement of Class 11 examination..

SMHS, Allied Hospitals Stop OPD, Surgeries

SMHS, Allied Hospitals Stop OPD, Surgeries

Amid spurt in covid-19 cases, the Principal Government Medical College Srinagar on Saturday ordered that all routine OPDs/ elective surgeries shall be stopped till further orders in all its associated hospitals..

Children of Lesser God

Children of Lesser God

Corona may appear in the world in waves for the next five years or more, but it isn’t for our politicians and our religionists. It is merely for us, children of a lesser god.

J&K’s Socio-Economic Irony

Deadly Tourism 

Public Hearings on FRA Implementation

Afghan Endgame

Afghan Endgame

The conflict in Afghanistan is now so much enmeshed with the regional rivalries and the issues that it appears improbable that there would be long term stability in Kabul unless steps are taken to get the regional countries co-operate to end the forty year long bloodshed in the country.

Grim Covid situation

As Tourists Arrive

More Killings

Fasting and Health in Ramazan 

Fasting and Health in Ramazan 

Islamic fasting is different from these diet plans because in Ramazan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The calorie intake of Muslims during Ramazan is typically at or slightly below the nutritional requirement guidelines.

The Shadows Of Childhood On Your Mental Health 

World Health Day: Health Care for People with Disabilities

Autism Day: Everything You Need to Know

IN FOCUS

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Amid Strained Ties, ‘Invest in Turkey’ Billboards Surface in Srinagar

Amid Strained Ties, ‘Invest in Turkey’ Billboards Surface in Srinagar

A number of hoardings asking Kashmiris to “Invest in Turkey” have come up in Srinagar amid strained diplomatic ties between India and Turkey. These hoardings have come up at a time when Kashmiris are 'facing hounding' for their Turkey trips.

LOCAL View all

Virtual Hearing Of Court Cases Till April 30

Virtual Hearing Of Court Cases Till April 30

Jammu and Kashmir High Court extended by the end of this month its order regarding virtual hearing of cases amid surge in Covid-19 upsurge..

200 Posts Notified For Persons With Benchmark Disabilities

Covid-19: Ceiling On Social Gatherings Restricted To 100 In J&K

Two Electrocuted In Kathua

CITY View all

717 Travelers in Kashmir Tested Positive in One Week

717 Travelers in Kashmir Tested Positive in One Week

Oficials from the Health Department said that 3 per cent of the COVID-19 positive cases are being reported among the air travellers which is an increasing trend as compared to last year..

Ahdoos Hotel Shuts After Owner, Several Staffers Test Covid Positive

SMHS Hospital Closes OPD Again As Covid-19 Cases Surge

Lawlessness At Law College: Ragging Triggers Protest, Vandalism

REGIONAL View all

Record 2.34 Lakh Fresh Covid Cases In India, 1,341 Deaths In India

Record 2.34 Lakh Fresh Covid Cases In India, 1,341 Deaths In India

A record single-day rise of 2,34,692 cases and 1,341 fatalities have pushed India's COVID-19 tally to 1,45,26,609 and the death toll due to the viral disease to 1,75,649, the health ministry said on Saturday..

CCG Paints Grim Picture Of Kashmir Situation

No Hajj Without Two Vaccine Doses: Hajj Committee

Delhi Becomes Worst Hit City in India After COVID-19 Surge

WORLD View all

Worldwide Covid-19 Death Toll Tops A Staggering 3 Million

Worldwide Covid-19 Death Toll Tops A Staggering 3 Million

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India..

Cyprus Hosts UAE-Israel Meet In ‘Changing’ Mideast

How Quitting Afghanistan Presents Fresh Challenges For US

Russia To Ask 10 US Diplomats To Leave In Retaliation

LIFE & TIMES

Tips to Make Your Furniture Last Longer

Tips to Make Your Furniture Last Longer

It is important to know how to make your furniture last longer before you decide to let go of them. There are a lot of things that need to be considered while choosing the furniture..

Not To Be Sniffed At: Agony Of Post-Covid-19 Loss Of Smell

Not To Be Sniffed At: Agony Of Post-Covid-19 Loss Of Smell

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, doctors and researchers are still striving to better understand and treat the accompanying epidemic of COVID-19-related anosmia — loss of smell — draining much of the joy of life from an increasing number of sensorially frustrated longer-term sufferers like Forgione..

Colour Your Hair, Limit the Damage       

Colour Your Hair, Limit the Damage       

Before going in for colouring, it is essential to know the methods that are available and how they affect the hair. Also, find out about limiting the damage and the latest trends..

WhatsApp New Privacy Terms: What Do New Rules Really Mean For You?

WhatsApp New Privacy Terms: What Do New Rules Really Mean For You?

The announcement that WhatsApp will be getting new rules – and forcing users to agree to them – has spread fear among the people who rely on the messaging app to stay in touch with friends and family..

Masks Block 99.9% Of Large Covid-Linked Droplets: Study

Masks Block 99.9% Of Large Covid-Linked Droplets: Study

Face masks reduce the risk of spreading large Covid-linked droplets when speaking or coughing by up to 99.9 percent, according to a lab experiment with mechanical mannequins and human subjects, researchers said.

Beauty Oils: The Solution for Dry Winter Skin

Beauty Oils: The Solution for Dry Winter Skin

The winter breeze may feel good and enjoyable for many ways but it can rob moisture off your skin and make it prone to dryness and damage making whitish patches appear on your face and limbs..

Bored of Straight Hair? Learn 6 Steps to Style With a Hair Crimper

Bored of Straight Hair? Learn 6 Steps to Style With a Hair Crimper

Crimped hair has always been in fashion; from ponytails and pigtails to half-up dos, you've certainly seen the' 80s crimped hair look make a comeback across various social media platforms..

Emotional Stability Predicts Successful Career Outcomes: Study

Emotional Stability Predicts Successful Career Outcomes: Study

A new study published in Psychological Science has found that the changes during young adulthood indicate personality growth which can be beneficial for career growth..

Zaira Wasim Requests Fans To Take Down Her Pictures From Fan Pages

Zaira Wasim Requests Fans To Take Down Her Pictures From Fan Pages

Former actor Zaira Wasim has requested her fans to remove her pictures from their social media accounts and not share them, saying she was trying to start a new chapter in her life..

Lavish Kashmiri Weddings And Environment

Lavish Kashmiri Weddings And Environment

Our Environment too is getting polluted in a number of ways by anthropogenic activities. It has now become a victim of the fat weddings of Kashmir..

‘Zoom Dysmorphia’ Leading People To Rush For Facial Treatments: Experts

‘Zoom Dysmorphia’ Leading People To Rush For Facial Treatments: Experts

Spending more time on virtual platforms could be affecting self-image of people and leading them to rush for facial treatments they may not have considered months before confronting a video screen, a new phenomenon called ‘Zoom Dysmorphia’, experts say..

Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels Carry Highest Covid Superspreader Risk: Study

Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels Carry Highest Covid Superspreader Risk: Study

The reopening of restaurants, gyms and hotels carries the highest danger of spreading Covid-19, according to a study that used mobile phone data from 98 million people to model the risks of infection at different locations..

Eco Friendly Constructions Helpful in Covid Era: Dr Hiranandani 

Eco Friendly Constructions Helpful in Covid Era: Dr Hiranandani 

Thrust should be given for a total environment friendly structure with minimum usage of the various utilities along with critically controlling the price factor, this is all the more relevant in the wake of the current Global Corona Virus pandemic situation”.

Tech To Tell Mood Of Colleague, Improve Taste Of Food By 2030: Report

Tech To Tell Mood Of Colleague, Improve Taste Of Food By 2030: Report

A large number of employees expect that technology will enable people to sense the mood of their colleagues, improve the taste of canteen food and other senses by 2030..

BUSINESS View all

RTGS To Remain Unavailable For 14-Hr On Sunday Due To Technical Upgrade

RTGS To Remain Unavailable For 14-Hr On Sunday Due To Technical Upgrade

The RTGS for high-value transactions will remain unavailable for 14 hours from midnight of Saturday due technical upgrade to further improve the disaster recovery time of the system.

J&K Bank Financial Services Opens Branch In Anantnag

E-bidding For Liquor Licenses To End Monopoly: Excise Commissioner

Govt Has Adopted 5-Pronged Approach For Transformation Of Tourism: LG

ENVIRONMENT View all

Dal, Nigeen And Other Kashmir Lakes To Be Declared Protected Wetlands

Dal, Nigeen And Other Kashmir Lakes To Be Declared Protected Wetlands

 The Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam Wednesday chaired the maiden meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Wetland Authority to chalk out strategy for conservation and management of wetlands..

Mountains in J&K Fragile, Glaciers Need To Be Monitored: Panel

Coordinated Approach Necessary To Conserve Kashmir Water Resources

Make Geo-Tagged Boundary Pillars In Wular, Other Lakes: JKWRRA

TRAVEL

Int’l Passenger Traffic Down 89% In February, No Sign Of Recovery: IATA

Int’l Passenger Traffic Down 89% In February, No Sign Of Recovery: IATA

Global airline industry body IATA said international passenger traffic plunged 89% in February compared to the same month last year as COVID-19 infections climbed once more..

Int’l Flights To Remain Suspended Till April 30

Int’l Flights To Remain Suspended Till April 30

The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till April 30, Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Tuesday..

Night Flights Start From Srinagar Airport, Finally

Night Flights Start From Srinagar Airport, Finally

In a major relief to fliers, the Srinagar International Airport has finally started much awaited night flight operations from the Valley with Go Air becoming the first private player to take off a flight from Srinagar to New Delhi..

Kasheer Through My Eyes

Kasheer Through My Eyes

The scenic view of mighty Jhelum from the hotel room forces you to introspect. The uneasy silence makes you stand between peace and conflict..

Ban On International Flights Extended Till March 31

Ban On International Flights Extended Till March 31

Aviation regulator DGCA on Friday extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flight services till March 31..

‘Airlines Permitted To Fly Only 80% Of Pre-Covid Flights Till March-End’

‘Airlines Permitted To Fly Only 80% Of Pre-Covid Flights Till March-End’

The cap on the number of domestic flights that Indian airlines are permitted to operate will remain at 80 per cent of their pre-COVID levels till March 31 or till the summer schedule begins, said the Civil Aviation Ministry..

International Air Traffic Fell By 90.5% In March-December 2020: Centre

International Air Traffic Fell By 90.5% In March-December 2020: Centre

International passenger traffic fell by 90.56 per cent to 18.55 lakh in March-December period of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to the corresponding period of 2019, Civil Aviation Minister said today..

2020 ‘Worst Year’ In Tourism History As Pandemic Cost $1.3 Trillion: UN

2020 ‘Worst Year’ In Tourism History As Pandemic Cost $1.3 Trillion: UN

The coronavirus crisis cost the global tourism sector $1.3 trillion in lost revenue in 2020 as the number of people travelling plunged, the UN has said, calling it "the worst year in tourism history"..

More Than Half Of World’s Airline Pilots No Longer Flying: Survey

More Than Half Of World’s Airline Pilots No Longer Flying: Survey

More than half of the world's airline pilots are no longer flying for a living amid the plunge in demand during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey, and those that are still flying feel less valued by their employers..

Suspension Of Scheduled Int’l Passenger Flights Extended Till Feb 28

Suspension Of Scheduled Int’l Passenger Flights Extended Till Feb 28

The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till February 28, aviation regulator DGCA has said on Thursday..

Kargil To Be Developed As Adventure Tourism Destination

Kargil To Be Developed As Adventure Tourism Destination

Union Minister of State (IC) Tourism and Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated National Tourism Day at Ice Hockey Rink Biamathang in Kargil on Monday..

Soaring Air Fares: CB Tightens Noose Around Ticketing Agents

Soaring Air Fares: CB Tightens Noose Around Ticketing Agents

  Srinagar: The Crime Branch of police on Saturday.

UN Agency Predicts ‘Prolonged Depressed Demand’ For Air Travel In 2021

UN Agency Predicts ‘Prolonged Depressed Demand’ For Air Travel In 2021

The UN aviation agency on Friday predicted "prolonged depressed demand" for air travel and more financial troubles for airlines, following a year of fewer flights and big losses blamed on the pandemic..

UAE’s Flag Carrier Suspends Tunisian Pilot For Refusing To Fly To Israel

UAE’s Flag Carrier Suspends Tunisian Pilot For Refusing To Fly To Israel

The United Arab Emirates' flag carrier has suspended a Tunisian pilot for refusing to fly a plane to the Israeli-occupied territories, in a controversial move that has prompted condemnation in the Arab world..

INTERVIEW View all

Voice of a Generation: In Conversation with Farah Bashir

Voice of a Generation: In Conversation with Farah Bashir

Farah Bashir’s new book, Rumours of Spring, is a memoir of a teenaged girl, who grew with the turmoil. It will be out in April 2021.  She talks to Kashmir Observer in an exclusive interview..

Interview: ‘Govt Can’t Force Us to Sell Mutton On Low Rates’

Police Much Free in Governor Rule: Former Top Cop

REVIEW View all

Kashmir Through Pages: Five Upcoming Books To Watch Out For

Kashmir Through Pages: Five Upcoming Books To Watch Out For

The new literature on the Valley elucidates on recent major shifts as it also delves on few untold lessons in history..

Horror Fiction to Read in Winters 

Camus Over A Cup of Tea

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

FRA Benefits to Deserving 

FRA Benefits to Deserving 

The rights under FRA should be given to poor and economically weaker sections of society only. Media has to play an important role to expose any such wrongdoings with regard to FRA implementation..

Ramazan: A Lesson in Sensitisation Towards PWDs    

No Experts for Waste Management 

MEDIA View all

Each Dept To Have Nodal Officers For Media Reports

Each Dept To Have Nodal Officers For Media Reports

LG has directed the authorities in Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory to nominate nodal officers in each administrative department for responding to media reports pertaining to their department..

Kashmir Media Anguished Over IGP’s Remarks

Info Deptt Officials Inspect Newspaper Offices

OTV

Suffering : The Plight of Paper Art

Suffering : The Plight of Paper Art

Dented by discord and diminished demand, prominent Papier-mâché art has now become only a means of survival for its Kashmiri artisans previously hailed for their “golden hands”. While the new generation remains reluctant to enter the field, the veterans fear the imminent fading of the paper art. This documentary gives you an inside look of centuries-old Papier-mâché’s present day plight and picture..

Pending Report

Pending Report

A recently tabled Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report not only highlighted the failure of many government departments in following the roadmap for the development in the region but has also pointed out the inadequate response of J&K government to the audit reports..

Derailed Drive

Derailed Drive

Sudden circular from RTO Kashmir recently paved way to a massive crackdown against the non-JK number vehicles in the valley. Seeking re-registration and additional tax within a set period of time has only created a new distress wave in Kashmir.  .

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Who Let The Dogs Out?

As a pack of strays pounced on a Pulwama kid and mauled him to death recently, the outcry over canine terror has once again reverberated in the valley..

Down The Drain

Down The Drain

Post-2014 deluge, springtime showers are perpetually spreading the flood scare making people of Kashmir paranoid about the gauge meters. Part of problem is compounded by ineffective drainage system and unscientific waste disposal. This Kashmir Observer Explained tries to map the menace when drainage is already overflowing due to drizzle..

Kashmir’s Mutton Matter – KO Explained

Kashmir’s Mutton Matter – KO Explained

Triggered by the revision of the mutton prices by the government, mutton retailers and butchers have closed their shops across the valley. The closure has not only put an halt to mutton; a go-to-food for most of the Kashmiris but also led to a whopping loss of Rs. 400 crore in just 4 months. Here is the matter explained..

Resonance – The Sound Of Synthesis

Resonance – The Sound Of Synthesis

Blending homemade folk music with fusion, Kashmir’s contemporary melody-makers are floating musical alliances to create a distinct sound in the market. Following the same trend, these young Kashmiri artists are reviving traditional musical instruments by making beat-boxing known to the valley..

Grades Of Grit

Grades Of Grit

To everyone's surprise, Kashmiri students have once again shown zeal with their performances in the board exams despite facing the odds amidst lockdowns and 2g internet. The bar has been set even higher with the story of Parveen Ayoub whose journey is a perfect example of hard-work and perseverance..

The Resilient Ride

The Resilient Ride

Choosing to call himself “specially-abled” rather than disabled as few people around him think he is, a 23-year-old law student, Sayer Abdullah who lost his right arm in an accident sacredly chases his passion for off-road driving despite the odds..

What’s On Your Mind?

What’s On Your Mind?

Watch the 'charming' story of a young engineer turned mentalist who can steal and influence your thoughts..

CAREERS View all

NEET Postponed In View Of Rising Number Of Covid-19 Cases: Vardhan

NEET Postponed In View Of Rising Number Of Covid-19 Cases: Vardhan

In view of a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance test (NEET), which was scheduled to be held on April 18, has been postponed, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday..

Some of the Best E-Learning Resources to Ace Govt Job Exams in India

KHYEN CHYEN View all

‘Food Routes’ Opens In Srinagar To Serve Delicacies

‘Food Routes’ Opens In Srinagar To Serve Delicacies

A youth from Noorbagh area of Srinagar opened up a food venture namely ‘Food Routes’ in Gojwara area of old city on Friday..

Directive to Food Biz Operators: Stop Using Cooking Oil With Higher TPC

TECHNOLOGY View all

Facebook: Hackers Scraped Data Of 533m Users In 2019 Leak

Facebook: Hackers Scraped Data Of 533m Users In 2019 Leak

Facebook said on Tuesday that hackers "scraped" personal data of some half-billion users back in 2019 by taking advantage of a feature designed to help people easily find friends using contact lists..

Data Of 61 Lakh Indian Facebook Users Allegedly Leaked Online: Expert

CULTURE View all

Two-Day Workshop On ‘Present Day Theatre In Kashmir’ Concludes

Two-Day Workshop On ‘Present Day Theatre In Kashmir’ Concludes

The two-day workshop titled "Present Day Theatre in Kashmir" organized by the Kashmir Press Club concluded Sunday with a live stage performance of a play by noted theatre director Arshad Mushtaq..

Revealing Reminiscence: Baithak(s) of Heritage Kashmiri Houses

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