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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..

TOP STORIES View all

J&K Reports 63 More Covid-19 Deaths, 3677 New Cases

J&K Reports 63 More Covid-19 Deaths, 3677 New Cases

Jammu and Kashmir reported 3677 fresh covid-19 cases even as 63 people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, officials said on Saturday..

Corona Curfew In J&K Extended Till May 24

Corona Curfew In J&K Extended Till May 24

The Jammu and Kashmir Administration on Saturday extended till May 24 the curfew imposed across the union territory to curb the spread of coronavirus..

Begging Menace in Kashmir? 

Begging Menace in Kashmir? 

Political uncertainty and conflict ruling the valley from last three decades has not decreased the inflow of panhandlers across the tunnel irrespective of gender and age from hinterlands of other parts of country to our valley. Unfortunately, there seems to be no check on the movement of these mendicants even in the times of a pandemic

The Fatal Flaw: The Slow Descent Into Covid Crisis In India

RBI’s Inspection Reports Under RTI

Yet Another Eid Under Lockdown

Covid Hope

Covid Hope

One could hope that the daily caseload declines to manageable levels in the weeks to come, making it possible for the government to ease up the restrictions and reopen the economy.

Saudi Push

Vaccination Is The Key

Preparation Is The Key

Ramazan 2021 in Review: Our Readers Share Their Experience

Ramazan 2021 in Review: Our Readers Share Their Experience

With the second coming of the second wave of covid-19, Ramazan also arrived with its unparalleled blessings in April 2021. However, the threat of covid-19 kept increasing which brought with it challenges to both life as well as livelihood.

Celebrations in Covid: Enjoy this Eid with Family at Home

QuarantEid: Ideas to Celebrate Eid in Isolation

Here’s How To Host Unwanted/Unavoidable Guests This Eid 

IN FOCUS

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Meet Kapil Raina, The Kashmiri Pilot Who Enabled Flights To Medina

Meet Kapil Raina, The Kashmiri Pilot Who Enabled Flights To Medina

Before his daughter, Tanvi Raina, became the first Kashmiri woman to earn the prized commercial pilot license, Kapil Raina’s skill to navigate through sketchy skies and roaring clouds earned him the title of ‘King of Clouds’ awarded by Dr Farooq Abdullah, former chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir..

LOCAL View all

10-Kg IED Recovered In South Kashmir’s Pulwama: Police

10-Kg IED Recovered In South Kashmir’s Pulwama: Police

An improvised explosive device (IED) weighing 10 kg was recovered in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Saturday, with police claiming to have foiled a plan by the militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Son Exhausts Father’s Money On PUBG, Escapes From Home

2 Drug Peddlers Arrested After Fleeing From Police Custody In Bandipora

South Kashmir Preacher Detained Two Days After Eid Speech 

REGIONAL View all

Record 4,205 Covid-19 Deaths In Single Day In India, 3.48 Lakh New Cases

Record 4,205 Covid-19 Deaths In Single Day In India, 3.48 Lakh New Cases

India saw a record rise in COVID-19 deaths with 4,205 fresh fatalities taking the country's death toll to 2,54,197, while 3,48,421 new coronavirus infections were reported, according to the Union Health Ministry data..

34 Teachers Die Due To Covid In 18 Days At AMU

Tablighis Perform Last Rites Of 560 Covid Victims In Tirupati

Covid-19: India Records 3,66,161 Fresh Cases, 3,754 More Fatalities

WORLD View all

Saudi Arabia Should Better Bomb Israel than Yemen: Houthi

Saudi Arabia Should Better Bomb Israel than Yemen: Houthi

A senior Yemeni leader has urged Saudi Arabia to stop bombing his impoverished country and instead shift focus to Israel where unarmed Palestinians were being slaughtered by the Jewish state..

This Is The Imbalance Of Power Between Israel & Palestine In Real Terms

Muslims to Celebrate Eid al-Fitr Amid Covid-19 Measures

World Could Have Prevented Covid-19 Catastrophe: Expert Panel

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..

HEALTH View all

SMHS Hospital Nursing Staff Reiterate Commitment To Healthcare In Covid

SMHS Hospital Nursing Staff Reiterate Commitment To Healthcare In Covid

On the International Nurses Day, the SMHS Nursing Staff has reiterated their commitment to healthcare in this deadly pandemic while celebrating the day with Covid-19 patients.

2nd Jab Of Covid Vaccine Must If You Get Infected After First Dose: DAK

More Children Contracting Covid-19: Expert

Covid Antibodies Last 8 Months After Infection: Study

ENVIRONMENT View all

Glacier Melt Is Speeding Up, Raising Seas: Global Study

Glacier Melt Is Speeding Up, Raising Seas: Global Study

Nearly all of the world’s glaciers are losing mass at an ever increasing pace, contributing to more than a fifth of global sea level rise this century, according to unprecedented research released on Wednesday..

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

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

Coordinated Approach Necessary To Conserve Kashmir Water Resources

TRAVEL

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..

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"..

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

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..

Bomb Kills At Least 25 People Near School In Afghan Capital

Kashmir Through Pages: Five Upcoming Books To Watch Out For

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

RTI on RBI Inspection

RTI on RBI Inspection

It is hoped that J&K Bank will also make the list of big loan defaulters public. There are many big shots who took hundreds of crores from this bank and fled the country. Their names should be made public soon..

Save Kashmir By Staying Home This Eid

Al-Quds Day: The Last Friday of Ramazan

OTV

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..

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..

CAREERS View all

DPS Srinagar Student Bags Prestigious US Scholarship

DPS Srinagar Student Bags Prestigious US Scholarship

A class 12th student of Delhi Public School Srinagar, Maleeha Zehra, has secured admission in the prestigious Georgetown University, School of Foreign Services, Qatar on a full scholarship..

May Edition Of JEE-Mains Postponed Due To Covid-19 Situation

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

Whatsapp Scraps May 15 Deadline For Accepting Privacy Policy Terms

Whatsapp Scraps May 15 Deadline For Accepting Privacy Policy Terms

WhatsApp has scrapped its May 15 deadline for users to accept its controversial privacy policy update and said not accepting the terms will not lead to deletion of accounts..

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

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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