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Sayyid Mirak Kashani: Kashmir’s Spiritual Glory Prophesied In Lahore

Sayyid Mirak Kashani: Kashmir’s Spiritual Glory Prophesied In Lahore

His demise was widely mourned in Kashmir and outside. Grieving people attended his funeral amidst cold weather, ongoing Indo-Pak war and dogfights in Srinagar’s skies..

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All Eyes On PAGD Meeting Today

All Eyes On PAGD Meeting Today

The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of five mainstream parties will hold a meeting on Tuesday to take a call on government of India’s dialogue offer..

NC Upbeat, Says It’s A ‘Good Change’

NC Upbeat, Says It’s A ‘Good Change’

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference (NC) on Monday said it is good that the Centre has realised that "things will not work" in the Union Territory without mainstream regional players..

Conceit and Counterfeit: Degrading Higher Education in Kashmir

Conceit and Counterfeit: Degrading Higher Education in Kashmir

There is a lack of ‘strategic plan’ at the administrative level, research output is substandard, pedagogical approach is outmoded, teacher evaluation process and student feedback and surveys hardly exist, and a highly bureaucratized culture prevails, perpetuating a rule by mediocrities.

Silenced Politics

Afghanistan — The Likely Scenarios

The Two Rivalries that Benefit the Junta in Myanmar

Fingers Crossed

Fingers Crossed

So much is riding on the meeting of political leaders from JK with PM Modi. There is, for once, a hope that the meeting will come up with a roadmap for the elections and the statehood for J&K. It remains to be seen how  Kashmiri parties would approach the meeting.

Hope for Tourism

Expedite Vaccination

A Year After Galwan Clash

Adjusting the Posture

Adjusting the Posture

Another key to mitigating any long-term consequences of the virtual classroom is the scheduling of activity breaks. In school, children are active in between classes, or in their lunch breaks, or even simply walking up the stairs to their classrooms at the start of the day. Parents need to make sure their children remain just as active in between lessons

Cruising the Business World from Home

Covid and Beyond: The Power Of Life Skills

In Memory of a Lost Friend

IN FOCUS

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Three Years of Rundown: The Lost Middle Ground of Kashmir Politics

Three Years of Rundown: The Lost Middle Ground of Kashmir Politics

Exactly three years after the BJP withdrew its support from the “unholy alliance”, the PDP was offered talks by New Delhi and one of its senior party leaders was released. But between 19 June 2018 and 19 June 2021, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s caravan has only scattered like a pack of cards..

LOCAL View all

Leopard Kills 22 Sheep In North Kashmir’s Kunzer

Leopard Kills 22 Sheep In North Kashmir’s Kunzer

A leopard killed at least 22 sheep and injured four others in Kunzer area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, locals said on Tuesday..

Case Positivity Rate Dips To 1.2% In J&K: Govt

Foot-And-Mouth Disease Breaks Out In Budgam Hills

Govt Transfers 16 Officers In J&K

CITY View all

Patient Rush Goes Down By 60 Percent In Srinagar Hospitals

Patient Rush Goes Down By 60 Percent In Srinagar Hospitals

the doctors as well as the paramedical staff dealing with the Covid patients at different hospitals in Srinagar are heaving a sigh of relief as the number of patients being admitted on a regular basis have declined..

LAWDA Starts Lily Extraction from Dal Lake

NC Rues Paucity Of Basic Public Services In Srinagar

DLIC Clears 51 Cases Under ‘Mumkin’ Scheme In Srinagar

REGIONAL View all

India Records Less Than 50k Covid Cases, Lowest In 91 Days

India Records Less Than 50k Covid Cases, Lowest In 91 Days

India recorded less than 50,000 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 91 days, taking the total tally of cases to 2,99,77,861, while active cases fell below 7 lakh after 79 days,.

Ex-Home Minister Seeks Statehood For J&K

Is Covid Wave 2 Over?

Class 12 Evaluation: Concerns Galore; SC Seeks Response From CBSE, CISCE

WORLD View all

Iran President-elect Says Wouldn’t Meet Biden

Iran President-elect Says Wouldn’t Meet Biden

Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi Monday struck a defiant note saying that he would not meet with President Joe Biden nor negotiate over Iran's ballistic missile programme and its support of regional allies.

Taliban Say ‘Islamic System’ Only Way To Afghan Peace, Women’s Rights

UN Warns Of Worst ‘Cascade Of Human Rights Setbacks In Our Lifetimes’

Israel Foreign Minister Yair Lapid To Visit UAE In First Official Visit

LIFE & TIMES

Should World Stop Shaking Hands After Covid? What Experts Say

Should World Stop Shaking Hands After Covid? What Experts Say

Banished at the start of the pandemic, the handshake is making something of a comeback, thanks to vaccinations and the lifting of social restrictions -- but "pressing the flesh" faces an uncertain future..

Leaders Who Listen To Employees Have More Resilient Teams, Research Show

Leaders Who Listen To Employees Have More Resilient Teams, Research Show

Leaders who encourage their employees to learn on the job and speak up with ideas and suggestions for change have teams that are more effective and resilient in the face of unexpected situations..

All You Want to Know About Black Fungus

All You Want to Know About Black Fungus

The widespread reports of mucormycosis suggest that it is not coming from a single contaminated source and does not have a single explanation. It is an evolving condition that will unfold in the coming days.

Pregnancy During Covid Lockdown: How Pandemic Has Affected New Mothers

Pregnancy During Covid Lockdown: How Pandemic Has Affected New Mothers

Preparing for childbirth can be joyful and exciting, but COVID-19 restrictions disrupted many women's prenatal care and forced some mothers to deliver their infants, without partner or family support..

World Bee Day: What Will Happen If Bees Go Extinct?

World Bee Day: What Will Happen If Bees Go Extinct?

While bees are most commonly known for honey, these intelligent creatures are also behind most of the food we love – fruit, veg, chocolate and even coffee..

Single-Use Covid Face Masks Set New Global Recycling Challenge

Single-Use Covid Face Masks Set New Global Recycling Challenge

Researchers in Australia want to transform single-use Covid masks into road material. In the United States, the protective gear is recycled into benches. And in France, they are reborn as floor carpets for cars..

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..

SPORT View all

Sports Departments Celebrate 7th International Yoga Day Across Valley

Sports Departments Celebrate 7th International Yoga Day Across Valley

The Jammu & Kashmir Sports Council and the Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS) on Monday celebrated the 7th Internation Yoga Day by holding multiple events at different places across Kashmir Valley..

J&K Sports Council Allows More Non-Contact Sport Activities

BCCI Appoints 2 BJP Spokespersons In 3-Member Panel To Run J&K Cricket

Coca-Cola Lose USD 4 Bn After Ronaldo Moves Bottle and ‘Endorses’ Water

HEALTH View all

Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Lower Sperm Count: Study

Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Lower Sperm Count: Study

COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna do not harm male fertility, suggests a study which found the levels of sperm in participants remained at healthy levels after they got two doses of the mRNA preventive..

Pfizer, AstraZeneca Protect Against Delta Variant: Study

AstraZeneca’s Antibody Cocktail Fails to Prevent Covid: Study

Novavax Covid Vaccine, To Be Made By Serum Institute, Shows 90% Efficacy

ENVIRONMENT View all

Govt Sanctions Rs 200 Cr For Wullar Lake Conservation

Govt Sanctions Rs 200 Cr For Wullar Lake Conservation

Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmad on Monday said the Jammu and Kashmir administration has sanctioned Wullar Action Plan for Rs 200.00 crores for conservation and management of Wullar Lake.

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Eco-sensitive Zone Of Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary Notified

NGO Cleans, Revives Four Lakes In Srinagar

Wetland Conservation: Govt Sets Up Technical, Grievance Panels

TRAVEL

Saudi Arabia Allows Women To Register For Haj Without Male Guardian

Saudi Arabia Allows Women To Register For Haj Without Male Guardian

Saudi Arabia has announced that women can now register for the annual Haj pilgrimage without a male guardian (mahram), Al Arabiya News reported on Monday..

Covid-19: Saudi’s Bar Overseas Hajj Pilgrims for 2nd Year

Covid-19: Saudi’s Bar Overseas Hajj Pilgrims for 2nd Year

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday this year's hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic..

Global Airline Body Says ‘Travel Pass’ App To Go Live In Weeks

Global Airline Body Says ‘Travel Pass’ App To Go Live In Weeks

The head of global airline body IATA said on Thursday a digital travel pass for Covid-19 test results and vaccine certifications would go live in the coming weeks following a testing phase..

US Taking ‘Very Close Look’ At Vaccine Passports For Travel

US Taking ‘Very Close Look’ At Vaccine Passports For Travel

The United States said Friday it is seriously considering creating a vaccine passport for Americans traveling abroad..

Suspension Of Scheduled Int’l Passenger Flights Extended Till June 30

Suspension Of Scheduled Int’l Passenger Flights Extended Till June 30

The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till June 30, aviation regulator DGCA said on Friday..

European Union Likely To Reopen Borders To Vaccinated Travellers: Report

European Union Likely To Reopen Borders To Vaccinated Travellers: Report

EU member states agreed Wednesday to reopen the bloc's borders to travellers who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, European sources said..

US Urges Citizens To Return Home From India Through Available Flights

US Urges Citizens To Return Home From India Through Available Flights

The US, which has urged its citizens not to travel to India due to an unprecedented surge in the COVID-19 cases there, on Friday encouraged those in the country to book their tickets to return home through currently available flights..

Australia Borders Could Be Shut Until Late 2022

Australia Borders Could Be Shut Until Late 2022

Australia is likely to remain shut to visitors until late 2022, the country’s trade and tourism minister said Friday, as another global coronavirus surge smashed hopes of a quick reopening..

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

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

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

Italy Tightens Travel Rules;23 Passengers From India Test Covid Positive

Italy Tightens Travel Rules;23 Passengers From India Test Covid Positive

Italy has tightened the rules on people arriving from coronavirus-hit India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, while extending quarantine regulations for Europeans..

Airlines Face $47.7 Billion Loss In 2021: Aviation Body

Airlines Face $47.7 Billion Loss In 2021: Aviation Body

Airlines are forecast to lose $47.7 billion (39.7 billion euros) this year, worse than previously forecast, a global industry group said Wednesday as the sector struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic..

US Advisory: ‘Avoid India Travel, Even If Fully Vaccinated’

US Advisory: ‘Avoid India Travel, Even If Fully Vaccinated’

The US has advised its citizens to avoid travelling to India, even if they are fully vaccinated as there is a 'very high level' of COVID-19 in the country..

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..

INTERVIEW View all

Of Gupkar, GoI, Great Game: In Conversation With Ajai Sahni

Of Gupkar, GoI, Great Game: In Conversation With Ajai Sahni

In an exclusive chat with Kashmir Observer, Dr.Ajai Sahni, a security expert, talks about the political current in Kashmir, the momentous move in Afghanistan and the rise of the dragon..

Make Comedy Great Again with Mohsin Tariq’s Kashmiri Meme Reloaded

Kashmiri Singer’s ‘Song of Hope’ Becoming New Pandemic Ballad

REVIEW View all

Khalid Bashir’s Latest ‘Kashmir Discovery’ Setting Records Straight

Khalid Bashir’s Latest ‘Kashmir Discovery’ Setting Records Straight

Extolled for his pioneering work like ‘Kashmir: Exposing the Myth Behind the Narrative’, ‘Kashmir: A Walk Through History’ and ‘Jhelum: The River Through My Backyard’, Khalid Bashir Ahmad is now back with another history text reconstructing the 20th century’s turbulent years of Kashmir..

Kashmir Through Pages: Five Upcoming Books To Watch Out For

Horror Fiction to Read in Winters 

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

Need for Urgent and Rapid Implementation of WHO and FSSAI Guidelines

Need for Urgent and Rapid Implementation of WHO and FSSAI Guidelines

Studies by WHO and the lancet medical journal reveal that 15,735,95 deaths in India are caused by an inadequate diet..

Convince, Don’t Coerce

Be Sensitive Towards Those Who Died By Suicide 

MEDIA View all

Pulitzer Prizes Honour Pandemic Reportage, Racial Justice Coverage

Pulitzer Prizes Honour Pandemic Reportage, Racial Justice Coverage

The Associated Press won two Pulitzer Prizes in photography Friday for its coverage of the racial injustice protests and the coronavirus's toll on the elderly, while The New York Times won the public service award ..

Govt Refuses To Exempt Mainstream Media From New IT Rules

Iftikhar Hussain- A Polymath Virtuoso Loses Battle to Covid

OTV

Kashmir- From Bountiful To Barren

Kashmir- From Bountiful To Barren

Watch how 2000 kanals of paddy land in Budgam district turned barren as water channel irrigating these once fertile lands remained blocked since 2014. Irrigation Dept failed to clear the blockage caused by a landslide more than seven years ago leaving hundreds of farming families in lurch and huge tracts of land barren..

On The Loose

On The Loose

Have Kashmiri leopards undergone behavioural changes after losing their natural habitat? Find out more in this programme of INKISHAF..

INKISHAF on Srinagar Ring Road

INKISHAF on Srinagar Ring Road

Why is Srinagar Ring Road project getting delayed? What're the concerns of the affected farmers? Let's know through this episode of Inkishaf.  .

INKISHAF by Dr. Raja Muzaffar Bhat

INKISHAF by Dr. Raja Muzaffar Bhat

In the backdrop of the recent tentative selection list by the Service Selection Board (SSB), the noted RTI activist from Kashmir talks about the government recruitment organisation’s rise as a revenue-generating body..

Glum Gypsies

Glum Gypsies

Nomads are back in the valley on their six-month-long summer migration. Every year, these rovers along with their herd traverse miles from their winter home in Jammu jungles for Kashmir pasturelands - where they’re facing eviction drives and the second viral wave. Unable to find work in lockdown, they fear for their lives and their centuries’ old caravan culture..

Reluctant Recruits

Reluctant Recruits

Among several final-year nursing students sent to Covid frontlines, two Kashmiri novices are conveying a sense of hesitancy stemming from the devastating impact of the second wave and their inexperience to tackle the health emergency. Watch how the nursing duo getting fearful about the battle they have no idea about..

The Oxygen Drive

The Oxygen Drive

As the second wave of Covid-19 is leaving many people gasping for breath, the rise of community crisis-managers is equally saving the day in the valley. Among them is Manzoor Ganaie of Budgam, Kashmir. Struggling to breathe, this asthma patient is currently shipping oxygen on his oxygen-cylinder-fitted load-carrier for Covid-19 patients in Kashmir..

Vicious Virus : Second Coming

Vicious Virus : Second Coming

Kashmir’s coronavirus crisis is deepening, with overburdened hospitals, dearth in the covid-19 essential supplies and the surge in the death toll, amidst the second wave of infections..

Saving The Golden Hour

Saving The Golden Hour

To save the ‘golden-hour,’ U.S based NGO, KASHMER is saving lives in Kashmir by providing critical care in ambulances; normally seen only as a transport vehicle to prevent pre-hospital mortalities..

Forest Rights Act

Forest Rights Act

Months after the eviction notices and demolition drives, the administration is now holding outreach programmes and tours to make people aware about FRA as well as to prepare assessment reports on its implementation. Forest dwellers, on the other hand, are waiting to return to their summer houses with a hope of a new beginning..

CAREERS View all

KU’s CCPC Hands Over Job Letters To Nine Varsity Students

KU’s CCPC Hands Over Job Letters To Nine Varsity Students

The students from varsity’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Department have been hired by 'Fortune 500' firm for their global life sciences projects and will have to perform their tasks in the work-from-home model for now..

This Summer, FTII Pune Offering 21 Online Courses For Students

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

Internet Outages Briefly Disrupt Access To Websites, Apps

Internet Outages Briefly Disrupt Access To Websites, Apps

A wave of brief internet outages hit the websites and apps of dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies across the globe Thursday..

Fastly Blames Software Bug For Major Global Internet Outage

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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