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Article 370: A Year On, How Internet Restriction Affected Kashmiri Youth

Article 370: A Year On, How Internet Restriction Affected Kashmiri Youth

Amid internet blockade last year, many young Kashmiri felt ‘like caged birds who weren’t allowed out’. Not only the communication crisis affected their psyche, but also their careers, ventures and projects.

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J&K Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu Resigns

J&K Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu Resigns

Murmu was appointed as the first L-G of Jammu and Kashmir last October after the formation of the new Union Territory under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019..

Another August 5 & People in Kashmir Remain Locked Indoors

Another August 5 & People in Kashmir Remain Locked Indoors

Curfew-like restrictions remained enforced across Kashmir on Wednesday, the first anniversary of revocation of semi-autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Article 370 Abrogation and Pak Response

Article 370 Abrogation and Pak Response

Islamabad may have observed August 5 as ‘Yaum-i-Istehsal’ for Kashmir with a special song for the occasion but far from restoring Article 370, New Delhi is looking forward to holding the next round of elections in J&K

Kashmir After 8/5

On the Other Side of the Wall

Does Security Trump Citizens’ Rights?

Way Forward

Way Forward

To start with New Delhi can start a political outreach to Kashmir and later on reach out to Pakistan for a resumption of long stalled dialogue

August 5

Back to Politics?

India-China Talks

August 5, 2019: ‘When No News Came from Home’

August 5, 2019: ‘When No News Came from Home’

On this day, last year, snapped communication channels tormented many Kashmiris studying, working outside the valley. A student from Srinagar studying journalism in Punjab narrates how the day became a timeline of trauma, nightmares and anxiety for Kashmiri students far from home

5th August and a Lover’s Predicament

Beware of Fraudsters Who Can Easily Make You Victim While Sipping Coffee

Six Top Reasons To Be Optimistic About Covid-19

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SRINAGAR WEATHER

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Article 370: A Year On, Mess in Kashmir’s Mainstream

Article 370: A Year On, Mess in Kashmir’s Mainstream

Despite making Gupkar Declaration as their collective fight for J&K’s special status, Delhi sent the local unionists to detention centres and altered equations on ground zero for them. A year later, they’re yet to talk some serious business.

LOCAL View all

J&K Govt Abolishes, Reorganizes Engineering Wings of Various Deptts

J&K Govt Abolishes, Reorganizes Engineering Wings of Various Deptts

A dozen in-house engineering wings in various departments abolished; SIDCO, SICOP to stop work for others. PWD, PHE, RDD and PDD to be the main construction deptts.

25,000 Non-Local Workers Return To J&K

We Want People To Become Their Own ‘Bhagyavidhaata’: LG

GOC Briefs LG On Kashmir Situation

CITY View all

Raj Bhavan Cancels ‘At Home’ On Aug 15

Raj Bhavan Cancels ‘At Home’ On Aug 15

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor will not host ‘At Home’ function on August 15 at the Raj Bhavan this year in view of coronavirus pandemic..

LG Calls for Measures to Restore Ecosystem of Dal Lake

KU Postpones MBBS Exams

Highway Robbery Gang Busted, 1 Held With Dummy Gun

WORLD View all

Investigators Focus On Possible Negligence In Deadly Lebanon Explosion

Investigators Focus On Possible Negligence In Deadly Lebanon Explosion

Investigators probing the deadly blast that ripped across Beirut focused Wednesday on possible negligence in the storage of tons of a highly explosive fertilizer in a waterfront warehouse.

Malaysian Police Raid Al Jazeera Office Over Documentary On Migrants

Hundreds Of Peru Women, Girls Gone Missing During Virus Lockdown

After UAE, Saudi Arabia To Use Dogs To Sniff Out Covid-19 At Airports

LIFE & TIMES

Gardening Has a Relationship With Sky

Gardening Has a Relationship With Sky

Without the aquatic plant coverage of summer, the water court mirrors the sky and amplifies its winter role. The colour of the air is different, and as clouds move across the sky, they move from one edge of the frame to the other.

Team Of Elite Contact Tracers Shows World How To Beat Covid-19

Team Of Elite Contact Tracers Shows World How To Beat Covid-19

We step in when there's a chance of large-scale transmission and our main work is to find the connecting links between cases and prevent a flareup.

Herbal Beauty Tips for Summer

Herbal Beauty Tips for Summer

Summer skin care is more than just using a sunscreen while going out in the sun. The skin needs special attention as sun rays have harsh effects on all skin types. The sun can become rough and dull during this weather.

This Town Brings World To Its People As Virus Stops Travel

This Town Brings World To Its People As Virus Stops Travel

With virus travel restrictions preventing summer holidays abroad, Lithuania's capital is offering a low-cost alternative by mimicking the look and feel of different countries at weekends.

How Kashmiris Are Coping With Lockdown Stress

How Kashmiris Are Coping With Lockdown Stress

Keep that funny bone tickling. You cannot always afford to be damn serious. Sometimes dose of humour is necessary to relieve the burden from your shoulders. Enjoy little joys of life with the warmth of your heart.Know the difference between humour and rumour, amuse and abuse.

Children Will Miss The Power Of Touch

Children Will Miss The Power Of Touch

Humans, of course, do far more holding and touching of our young and we do so over a much longer time. We invest years in holding, hugging, kissing, bathing, and dressing our offspring.

21st Century & Gaming

21st Century & Gaming

Diminishing empathy, pleasure in the pain of others, well-practiced criminal behaviour, decreased capacity for mature decision making, bad physical health, bad mental health, less sleep and bad academic scores are some of the effects of exposure to violent games.

Dal Lake’s ‘Wonder Women’ Playing Crisis-Managers in Lockdown

Dal Lake’s ‘Wonder Women’ Playing Crisis-Managers in Lockdown

At a time when Srinagar Administration is asking people to maintain kitchen gardens, many Kashmiri women are toiling hard in lockdown to maintain traditional vegetable supplies in the city. Braving the vagaries of the weather and harsh life, these women during pandemic have literally become Salvador of Srinagar.

Covid & Polygamy: Pick a Wife’s Name Out of a Hat

Covid & Polygamy: Pick a Wife’s Name Out of a Hat

While the general public is busy taking precautions against the coronavirus and abiding by the requirements of the curfew, there is a segment of polygamist men who have fallen into the clutches of another emerging dilemma – sleeping arrangement for their co-wives.

Ramazan In The Time Of Pandemic

Ramazan In The Time Of Pandemic

We used to put on different faces just to fake around but now things have become so strange and suspicious that even our hypocrisies are concealed by the masks which has become a new norm and necessity. With each heavy breath we take underneath, let’s awake our conscience and sanitise our thoughts. Let’s subdue the scandalous Kurdugulo in us through restrain and fear for Allah..

What is Dirilis Ertugrul and Why Everyone is Watching it

What is Dirilis Ertugrul and Why Everyone is Watching it

The driving force behind Dirilis' popularity may be the the sense of hope and revival against all odds that this story provides. Mired in difficult times like these, Dirilis seems to provides an inspirational balm to a collectively damaged Muslim psyche.

Ramazan in the Midst of a Pandemic

Ramazan in the Midst of a Pandemic

While we must practice social and physical distancing, it does not have to lead to social isolation. We must stay connected. Practice physical distancing and avoid gathering in places associated with Ramazan activities. Physical distancing should be following while distributing ‘Zakat’ during Ramazan.

Social Distancing Works In Absence of Vaccine

Social Distancing Works In Absence of Vaccine

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to minimise social contact between individuals. Indeed, even in less challenging occasions, many of us attempt to stay away from close contact with somebody who is sneezing or coughing to avoid from becoming ill ourselves.

In Pursuit of Perfection

In Pursuit of Perfection

We have this pipe dream about everything…. Perfect life, perfect relationships, perfect career, and perfect amount of money that we need to earn, no matter what. Do you really feel these things make us perfect? .

BUSINESS View all

RBI May Go For Status Quo; Announce Other Measures To Boost Growth

RBI May Go For Status Quo; Announce Other Measures To Boost Growth

The RBI may refrain from cutting the benchmark lending rate on Thursday but can announce other measures like restructuring of loans amid the urgency to revive the coronavirus-hit economy.

Restaurant Offers ‘Covid Curry’, ‘Mask Naans’ To Win Back Customers

As Economy Reopens, Labs Getting Mass Test Requests From Corporates

India’s Economic Recovery At Risk As Covid-19 Surges: Report

HEALTH View all

Silent Hypoxia Killing Covid-19 Patients: DAK

Silent Hypoxia Killing Covid-19 Patients: DAK

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday said many Covid-19 patients are dying due to silent hypoxia, a condition in which patients have extremely low blood oxygen levels.

Covid-19 ‘One Big Wave’, Not Seasonal: WHO

In Coronavirus, Antibodies May Wane, T-Cells Are The New Hero

‘HCQ, Chloroquine Do Not Show Antiviral Effect Against Coronavirus’

ENVIRONMENT View all

HC Seeks Report On Stopping Sewage Flow Into Dal

HC Seeks Report On Stopping Sewage Flow Into Dal

JK HC has directed LAWDA to submit within two weeks action taken by it before Committee of Experts (‘CoE’) regarding measures among others to stop sewage and polluted water flowing into the Dal lake.

HC, NGT Seek Status Report On Dumping Of Waste In Wullar Lake

Positives of Pandemic: Clean Air, Clear Sight, Crystal Water in Kashmir

‘Without Historical Precedent’: Climate Change Turns Lakes Green In US

TRAVEL

No International Flights Till August 31: DGCA

No International Flights Till August 31: DGCA

Aviation regulator DGCA on Friday said the suspension of scheduled international flights to and from the country has been extended till August 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic..

Air Travel Expected To Not Recover Before 2024

Air Travel Expected To Not Recover Before 2024

Global air passenger traffic will not return to pre-COVID levels until 2024, a year later than previously projected, as international travel curbs remain in place in most countries due to the coronavirus.

Passengers Await Refund On Cancelled Flight Tickets

Passengers Await Refund On Cancelled Flight Tickets

The airlines have failed to refund for the cancelled flights to the passengers even after a gap of four months. Many passengers allege that the airline companies were resorting to dilly-delaying tactics and mischief to grab their money..

Airline Flies Empty A380 To Nowhere So Pilots Don’t Lose Licenses

Airline Flies Empty A380 To Nowhere So Pilots Don’t Lose Licenses

Airlines are taking extreme measures to survive the pandemic, with Asiana Airlines Inc. flying the world's biggest commercial plane more than 20 times, going nowhere and carrying no passengers.

COVID-19: Airlines Down On Knees Pleading For Help From Passengers

COVID-19: Airlines Down On Knees Pleading For Help From Passengers

Airlines are pleading for help from their clients as they face paying customers back for flights cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic that could starve them of cash, the industry said Wednesday.

Aru and Its Enchanting Cosmic Energy

Aru and Its Enchanting Cosmic Energy

Four years after my first visit, there is little that has changed about the hamlet. Nestled among the hills, it looks straight from those story books, read years ago at school.

US Bans Pakistan International Airlines Flights Over Pilot Concerns

US Bans Pakistan International Airlines Flights Over Pilot Concerns

The US Department of Transportation said it has revoked permission for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to conduct charter flights to the United States.

Covid-19: Indian Dozes Off At Dubai Airport, Misses Repatriation Flight

Covid-19: Indian Dozes Off At Dubai Airport, Misses Repatriation Flight

A 53-year-old Indian worker in the UAE has missed a special repatriation flight after he dozed off at the Dubai International Airport, a media report said.

Scheduled International Flights Suspended Till July 31: DGCA

Scheduled International Flights Suspended Till July 31: DGCA

The aviation regulator DGCA said on Friday it was extending the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country till July 31.

PIA Halts Operation To Europe After EU’s Ban On Its Flights For 6 Months

PIA Halts Operation To Europe After EU’s Ban On Its Flights For 6 Months

Pakistan’s scandal-hit national carrier on Tuesday announced to discontinue its operation to Europe after the EU’s aviation safety agency banned its flights for six months over safety concerns.

International Commercial Flights To Remain Suspended Till July 15: Govt

International Commercial Flights To Remain Suspended Till July 15: Govt

The aviation regulator DGCA said on Friday it is extending the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country till July 15.

Dubai To Allow International Travellers From July 7

Dubai To Allow International Travellers From July 7

Dubai on Monday announced that it would allow international tourists from July 7. The emirate also announced that foreigners with residency visas will be allowed to visit from July 22.

Saudi Faces Perilous Haj Call As Virus Spikes

Saudi Faces Perilous Haj Call As Virus Spikes

Saudi Arabia is expected to scale back or call off this year's Haj pilgrimage for the first time in its modern history, observers say, a perilous decision as coronavirus cases spike.

High Court Permits Airlines To Allow Passengers On Middle Seats

High Court Permits Airlines To Allow Passengers On Middle Seats

The Bombay High Court on Monday permitted all flight operators to allow passengers to occupy middle seats in flights.

INTERVIEW View all

‘A Long-Term Kashmir Solution Has To Be Mainly Political In Nature’

‘A Long-Term Kashmir Solution Has To Be Mainly Political In Nature’

Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd), the former GOC-in-Chief of the Indian army's Northern Command holds strong views on Kashmir. In an exclusive chat with Kashmir Observer, he talks about the fallouts of Article 370 abrogation, the military management of Kashmir, and the need for the political process..

‘Kashmir’s Educational Scenario Is Really Endangered’

‘Rajiv Gandhi Paid a Price For Believing In Farooq Abdullah, Modi Won’t’

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Why Ertugrul Strikes A Big Chord In Kashmir

Why Ertugrul Strikes A Big Chord In Kashmir

For young Kashmiris, however, the drama’s appeal lies partly in its use of the Islamic idiom and traditions ostensibly for a positive portrayal of Muslims as a counterpoint to stereotypical depictions in sections of Western media..

A Farewell Not Up To The Mark

‘Unknown’ Hall of Fame: A Collective of Creative Writers of Kashmir

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Role of a Social Activist          

Role of a Social Activist          

A social activist is likely to be a good professional with a profound knowledge regarding various issues of society.

Real Eid is in Helping Poor

Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Businesses

MEDIA View all

Press Freedom Violations in Kashmir Unworthy of a Democracy: RSF

Press Freedom Violations in Kashmir Unworthy of a Democracy: RSF

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday slammed the government of India over its alleged press freedom violations in the newly carved out Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

IAS Officers to Coordinate Media Visits to J&K on Aug 5 Anniversary

UN Body Concerned Over Criminal Proceedings Against Kashmiri Journalists

OTV

Kashmiri Artist’s ‘Canvas Therapy’

Kashmiri Artist’s ‘Canvas Therapy’

Meet Sheikh Zameer, 38, a Kashmiri artist who uses his canvas as a therapy for distressed minds. The artist recently conducted an open painting exhibition in Baramulla with the motive "to help youngsters to overcome the lockdown-induced depression"..

Tremors on Kashmir’s Shaky Ground

Tremors on Kashmir’s Shaky Ground

The landscape shaken by the 2005 earthquake has already witnessed around 40 low-intensity tremors since the start of 2020, forcing experts to paint the ill-preparations on the ground.

Kashmir- The Locked Garden

Kashmir- The Locked Garden

It is yet another summertime in Kashmir. Flowers are in full bloom. But Kashmir's iconic gardens are locked and deserted. There are no visitors to delve into nature’s ambience. While gardeners remain busy pruning shrubs and hedges, mowing and cutting grass as if waiting for gates to open..

EID MUBARAK: KPs Came Together to Greet Their Valley Brethren

EID MUBARAK: KPs Came Together to Greet Their Valley Brethren

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, many Kashmiri Pandits from different parts of the world came together to wish their Muslim brethren of the valley a happy festival. Among them are some prominent KP faces, known for their creative craft and contribution.

How To Protect Yourself Against COVID-19

How To Protect Yourself Against COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus introduced to humans for the first time.

Unravel Kashmir | Chapter 1 | Trailer

Unravel Kashmir | Chapter 1 | Trailer

OTV unravels the development and divergence of the psychology of youth in Kashmir. We bring to you the real stories of the conflict from real people. #StraightOuttaKashmir, featuring Ali Safuddin, Mu'Azzam Bhat and Ovais Ahmad..

Unravel Kashmir | Young Minds in a Conflict Zone

Unravel Kashmir | Young Minds in a Conflict Zone

This episode provides an insight into the psychological upbringing of Kashmiri youth living in a conflict zone. The very aim of this documentary in particular, and the whole series in general, is to unravel unheard stories from real people who witness turmoil conflict and its nuances on a daily basis..

Case Reopened: Fake Drug Mafia in Kashmir

Case Reopened: Fake Drug Mafia in Kashmir

Kashmir Observer reopens the case of fake drug market in Kashmir, which kills thousands of people every year. Dr. Nisar-Ul-Hassan in an exclusive interview exposes the widespread spurious drug mafia network in the valley..

Caught in the Crossfire

Caught in the Crossfire

Our reporters traveled to Uri and Poonch the two areas which have been battlefields in all the three wars two countries fought since their independence..

Kashmir’s Beloved Root Vegetable Has Made A Comeback

2014 Floods ravaged Kashmir and one overlooked consequence was the loss of Nadru. To the delight of Kashmiris Nadru grew again in 2018 thanks to local farmers..

CAREERS View all

16 From Erstwhile J&K State Crack UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019

16 From Erstwhile J&K State Crack UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019

At least sixteen aspirants from erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state have cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil service exam-2019.

Foreign Students Weigh Studying In Person Vs Losing Visas

KHYEN CHYEN View all

Restaurateurs Say Centre’s New SOPs Will Make Business ‘Unviable’

Restaurateurs Say Centre’s New SOPs Will Make Business ‘Unviable’

The govt, in a long anticipated move, has given restaurants the nod to open their doors but many owners say the cap on the number of customers will make their operations unviable.

Shades Of ‘Greens’ From Kashmir’s Emerald Spring Palette

TECHNOLOGY View all

China Launches Rover To Mars In Space Race With US

China Launches Rover To Mars In Space Race With US

China launched a rover to Mars on Thursday, a journey coinciding with a similar US mission as the powers take their rivalry into deep space.

Tech Colonialism and Data Sovereignty

CULTURE View all

Period, Pads and Shame in Kashmir

Period, Pads and Shame in Kashmir

Even Islam does not say that the possession of the knowledge of menstruation and vaginal health is forbidden. Islam only asks women to keep away from performing religious functions when their periods are ongoing. The woman has been considered able and free to carry out daily tasks as normal.

Shadi Lal Kaul: The Veteran Actor Who Brought Smiles to Gloomy Kashmir

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