LONGFORM View all

‘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..

TOP STORIES View all

South Kashmir: Army Soldier Killed, 3 Others Injured In Kulgam Blast

South Kashmir: Army Soldier Killed, 3 Others Injured In Kulgam Blast

An army soldier was killed and three others injured in a blast along Srinagar-Jammu highway in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Wednesday, officials said..

Farmers Storm Into Barricaded Delhi, Hoist Flag On Red Fort

Farmers Storm Into Barricaded Delhi, Hoist Flag On Red Fort

Tens of thousands of agitating farmers, on tractors and on foot, many wielding sticks and clubs and holding the tricolour and union flags, broke barriers, clashed with police and entered the capital city from various points to lay siege to the Red Fort..

Failure Of Education

Failure Of Education

The survey can be faulted on many counts. One may ask whether in a nation of 140 crore people, 12,000+ respondents is a representative enough sample. Besides, does the profile of those interviewed include people from different segments of society, in terms of education, gender, caste, class and religion?

The Highway of Hardships 

Future of PAGD

Private Spoon Feeding

Listen to Farmers

Listen to Farmers

The best course for the government is to address the anxieties of the farmers and do everything to assure them that their livelihoods will not be threatened.

Lingering 4G Ban

Ladakh Impasse

President Biden

Parenting: Role and Responsibility

Parenting: Role and Responsibility

One common problem among people is the unnecessary yelling or shouting, whether on other family members or on the children. Regular yelling makes it a nuisance which isn't the way of dealing with things. No doubt, we should always mend the ways of our children, but by love and affection.

Should Women be Paid for Domestic Work?

An Uncanny Trip to Tarsar and Marsar

National Traffic Safety Month: Technology in Smart Traffic Management

IN FOCUS

SPECIAL REPORT View all

KASHMIR In Capital: South Delhi’s Samaritan Shawl-man

KASHMIR In Capital: South Delhi’s Samaritan Shawl-man

In this fifth part of the ‘Kashmir in Capital’ series, Kashmir Observer talks to Basharat Saleem Sheikh, owner of Kashmir Specialities in New Delhi, to find out his story of success from scratches..

LOCAL View all

Kashmiri Politicians Being Persecuted By Centre: Mehbooba

Kashmiri Politicians Being Persecuted By Centre: Mehbooba

Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said the arrest of her party's youth wing president Waheed Para was emblematic of the situation of Kashmiri politicians who she claimed were being "persecuted" by the Centre..

Cold Wave Prevails In Kashmir, Minimum Temperature Below Freezing Point

Kulgam Blast: One Among Injured Soldiers Succumbs

J&K Logs 74 New Cases, One Covid-19 Death

CITY View all

Srinagar Youth Shot At By Gunmen Last Month Succumbs At SKIMS

Srinagar Youth Shot At By Gunmen Last Month Succumbs At SKIMS

A 24-year-old youth from Soura area of Srinagar, who was shot at by unidentified gunmen last month, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, officials said on Wednesday..

Advisor Baseer Khan Unfurls Tricolor at Srinagar

Massive Traffic Snarls Hit Badamibagh-Dalgate Stretch

Advisor Khan Conducts City Tour

REGIONAL View all

Tiktok To Shut Down India Business

Tiktok To Shut Down India Business

Chinese social media firm Bytedance, which owns Tiktok and Helo apps, has announced the closure of its India business following continued restrictions on its services in the country..

UNSC Unable To Address Complex World Issues: India

Protesting Farmers Enter Delhi; Internet Services Suspended

Tractor Parade: Protesting Farmers Enter Delhi Breaking Police Barricade

WORLD View all

US Senate Opens Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

US Senate Opens Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

The US Senate formally opened the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump on Tuesday with the swearing-in of Senate President Pro-Tempore Patrick Leahy to preside over the process..

US Exploring New Bases In Saudi Arabia Amid Iran Tensions

‘UN Rights Chief Seeks Sanctions Against Sri Lankan Generals’

Israel Military Revising Operational Plans Against Iran: General

LIFE & TIMES

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..

‘Right Kind Of Boss May Help Reduce Stress, Increase Engagement In Work’

‘Right Kind Of Boss May Help Reduce Stress, Increase Engagement In Work’

A research study suggested that the right kind of boss can help reduce stress and increase engagement and pro-social behavior in their workers who were anxious about COVID-19..

Specific Brain Circuit Damaged By Social Isolation During Childhood

Specific Brain Circuit Damaged By Social Isolation During Childhood

COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many countries to implement social distancing and school closures, magnifies the need for understanding the mental health consequences of social isolation and loneliness..

Pollution Affects Beauty

Pollution Affects Beauty

Cleansing of the skin assumes more importance in order to get rid of the impurities and pollutants that are deposited on the skin..

BUSINESS View all

Indian Billionaires’ Wealth Rose By 35% During Lockdown: Oxfam

Indian Billionaires’ Wealth Rose By 35% During Lockdown: Oxfam

India's 100 top billionaires have seen their fortunes increase by Rs 12,97,822 crore since March last year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country and this amount is enough to give 13.8 crore poorest Indians..

As Covid Ravaged World, Billionaires Got Richer By $3.9 Trillion: Oxfam

J&K Govt To Esb Jan Aushaudi, AMRIT Stores Everywhere

Jammu, Valley Get New Projects Under PMFME Scheme

SPORT View all

DPS Srinagar Shines At District Skiing Championship

DPS Srinagar Shines At District Skiing Championship

In the District Skiing Championship organized by Winter Games Association of JK on 19 January 2021 at Gulmarg, DPS Srinagar bagged a rich haul of medals including six gold medals and one bronze medal..

Kulgam Girls to Learn Skiing in Gulmarg  

India-England Tests In Chennai To Be Played Behind Closed Doors

Meet Footballer Adnan Ayoub, The Young Midfield-Maestro Of Kashmir

HEALTH View all

Vaccine Only Way To End Covid-19 Pandemic: DAK

Vaccine Only Way To End Covid-19 Pandemic: DAK

In order to get back to normal, we need enough people to get vaccinated. The sooner we get more people vaccinated, the sooner we start reliving our lives, said DAK president..

Bharat Biotech Asks People With Fever, Pregnant Women To Avoid Covaxin

Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Healthcare Workers Worrisome: DAK

People With Allergies Can Take Covid-19 Vaccine: DAK

ENVIRONMENT View all

Across The World, Ageing Dams Pose Growing Threat: UN Report

Across The World, Ageing Dams Pose Growing Threat: UN Report

Over a thousand large dams in India will be roughly 50 years old in 2025 and such aging structures across the world pose a growing threat, according to a UN report..

Govt Starts Rolling Out Forest Rights Act In J&K

Govt Moots Extensive Training for Implementing Forest Rights Act, 2006

Water Bodies In J&K To Get ‘Unique Identification Number’

TRAVEL

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..

Suspension Of Scheduled Int’l Passenger Flights Extended Till Jan 31

Suspension Of Scheduled Int’l Passenger Flights Extended Till Jan 31

The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till January 31, aviation regulator DGCA said..

‘Sick Man Of Europe’: UK Cut Off Over Fears About New Covid Strain

‘Sick Man Of Europe’: UK Cut Off Over Fears About New Covid Strain

The United Kingdom was on Monday shut off from much of Europe after its closest allies cut transport ties due to fears about a new strain of the coronavirus..

Vistara Allows Passengers To Book Tickets Directly On Google

Vistara Allows Passengers To Book Tickets Directly On Google

Vistara said on Friday that the passengers could now directly search and book tickets on its flights using Google..

Airlines Warned About Mishaps As Planes And Staff Return To Service

Airlines Warned About Mishaps As Planes And Staff Return To Service

The unprecedented number of aircraft grounded as coronavirus lockdowns blocked air travel - at one point reaching two-thirds of the global fleet - has created a spike in the number of reported problems..

Leh-Jammu Flight Operations Resume

Leh-Jammu Flight Operations Resume

Flight operations between Leh and Jammu, capital cities of union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, have resumed after remaining suspended for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Friday..

IndiGo To Refund All Passengers By Jan 31 For Flight Cancellations

IndiGo To Refund All Passengers By Jan 31 For Flight Cancellations

IndiGo on Monday has said it will refund all customer credit shells, which were created when flights were cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year, by January 31, 2021..

Many Indians Keen On Going To UK To Get Covid Vaccine: Travel Agents

Many Indians Keen On Going To UK To Get Covid Vaccine: Travel Agents

Travel agents have started receiving enquiries from Indians who want to travel to the UK as soon as possible to get the COVID-19 vaccine that was approved on Wednesday by the British government..

Now, Domestic Flights Upped To 80% Of Pre-Covid Levels: Govt

Now, Domestic Flights Upped To 80% Of Pre-Covid Levels: Govt

The cap on the number of domestic flights that Indian airlines are permitted to operate was increased from 70 per cent to 80 per cent of their pre-COVID levels today, said Civil Aviation Minister..

UAE Halts New Visas To Citizens Of 13 Mostly Muslim States

UAE Halts New Visas To Citizens Of 13 Mostly Muslim States

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Turkey, Syria and Somalia, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park..

Hong Kong Bans Air India Flights For 5th Time Over Covid-19 Cases

Hong Kong Bans Air India Flights For 5th Time Over Covid-19 Cases

Hong Kong has banned Air India flights from Delhi till December 3 after a few passengers on its flight tested positive for the novel coronavirus post-arrival earlier this week, an official said..

INTERVIEW View all

Police Much Free in Governor Rule: Former Top Cop

Police Much Free in Governor Rule: Former Top Cop

Former Director General of Police, SP Vaid in a chat with Kashmir Observer talks about the security situation of the valley in detail..

INTERVIEW: ‘Kashmir Has Far Better Eye Care Than Other States’

Modern Kashmiri Architecture Lacks Professional Guidance: Top Architect

REVIEW View all

Horror Fiction to Read in Winters 

Horror Fiction to Read in Winters 

Winter's isolating nature pushes us into a solitude that's often craving for more. Sometimes its dreariness also makes us yearn for some adventure and the outside world only compliments tales of a certain kind..

Camus Over A Cup of Tea

Why Hate Preacher’s New Film Will Inflame Passions

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

‘Highway of Hardships’

‘Highway of Hardships’

Srinagar-Jammu highway is in a pathetic condition right now. It is much worse than what it used to be 30 or 35 years back..

Internet and Education

Whatsapp Privacy Debacle 

MEDIA View all

Demise of Wadi Ki Awaz Editor Widely Condoled

Demise of Wadi Ki Awaz Editor Widely Condoled

Owner of Urdu daily ‘Wadi ki Awaz’, Ghulam Nabi Shaida passed away at his Srinagar residence on Monday night. His death has been widely condoled by media, social and political organizations..

GN Shaida: ‘Wadi Ki Awaz’ Falls Silent

Top Journalist Who Became News Herself

OTV

Frozen Waters of Kashmir

Frozen Waters of Kashmir

Beyond the captivating photo-op gusto, the life on the iconic Dal Lake is shuddering with bone-numbing cold at the moment. Fabled bids on the frozen surface apart, the water-borne natives are currently coping with the harshest winter they’ve witnessed in years.    .

Shocking Knife In Kashmir’s Rising Crime Graph

Shocking Knife In Kashmir’s Rising Crime Graph

When a friend-turned-fiend committed a brute crime in Srinagar’s Khanyar area on December 11, the sensational stabbing shocked the snowbound valley and started the otherwise shrugged conversation about the felonry in Kashmir..

Vintage Woes Of Winter Wonderland

Vintage Woes Of Winter Wonderland

Beyond the dreamy picture created by the merrymaking sightseers and tourists in snowbound Kashmir, the natives had to endure another hostile winter bereft of basic facilities..

KO Explained: J&K DDC Poll Results

KO Explained: J&K DDC Poll Results

Kashmir Observer spoke to experts who analyse the poll results in context of Kashmir politics. Among other things, they deconstruct the current Lotus-Article political complex in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir..

Eyeing for Vision

Eyeing for Vision

Watch how the ophthalmologists in Kashmir are gaining both confidence and acceptance from the people for using newer technology and performing advanced treatments that people would earlier seek from other states..

Sufi Girls Of Kashmir: Defying The Odds

Sufi Girls Of Kashmir: Defying The Odds

Watch the story of an all girls Sufi music group of Kashmir which defied the gender specifications and carved out a unique space for women in the traditional Sufiyana mousiqi of Kashmir; that has for generations been dominated by men..

Joinery on Wheels- A Story of Hope

Joinery on Wheels- A Story of Hope

Watch the inspiring story of Arshid Ahmad Wani, a wheelchair-bound carpenter who rose above his disability and empowered himself. He started a joinery unit and became an inspiration for many who fail to look away from their problems and start over again..

Wedding Wizard

Wedding Wizard

From an aspiring corporate honcho to his family's heir apparent, Bin Yamin Gulzar created a niche as the first wedding planner of Kashmir in the sweltering summer of 2010. Decade later, his high-end initiatives, including his Haveli Regale, are making him second to none new-age mover and shaker in Kashmir hospitality sector..

War Till Victory: SKIMS Vs Covid-19

War Till Victory: SKIMS Vs Covid-19

Since its foundation, SKIMS has been grappling with the perilous perceptions. But fear psychosis apart, SKIMS today is leading the Covid fight back response in Kashmir with staggering results..

Zaafran – Red Gold of Kashmir

Zaafran – Red Gold of Kashmir

Watch the harvest of Saffron, world’s most expensive spice in the Kashmir valley  .

CAREERS View all

Students of KISS: A Case Study 

Students of KISS: A Case Study 

Islam Ekka's younger daughter Reshma had a lot of interest to study. Often, she used to implore her father to help her study. But the hapless father could ill afford her studies. Life took for the better when , Reshma's father came to know about KISS.

Dilemma in Career Choices 

KHYEN CHYEN View all

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

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

The Food Safety Department has asked all the business operators to stop usage of cooking oil with Total Polar Compounds (TPC) above 25 percent..

KASHMIR In Capital: Old Delhi’s Delicacy Maker

TECHNOLOGY View all

Cyber Police Issues Advisory On Morphed Obscene Videos 

Cyber Police Issues Advisory On Morphed Obscene Videos 

The Cyber wing of JK police in response to growing concerns related to morphed obscene videos has issued an advisory and directed people not to engage in video calls with unknown users..

India Asks Whatsapp To Withdraw Changes To Privacy Policy

CULTURE View all

Wooden Constructions Suit Kashmir in View of Seismicity: Prof Talat

Wooden Constructions Suit Kashmir in View of Seismicity: Prof Talat

Prof Talat said that wooden houses are best suited for a place like Kashmir since the Himalayan region falls in a high seismic zone..

Amar Singh College Gets 2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award

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