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

UN, US Encouraged By India, Pak Truce Pact

UN, US Encouraged By India, Pak Truce Pact

Top UN leadership has welcomed the announcement by militaries of India and Pakistan to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors, with UN chief Antonio Guterres expressing hope that this “positive step will provide an opportunity for further dialogue ..

Kashmir Residents Along LOC Hope For Peace

Kashmir Residents Along LOC Hope For Peace

The announcement by India and Pakistan to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors has rekindled hope for a peaceful future among border residents in Jammu and Kashmir who have been living under constant fear of firing and shelling..

The Dilemma Of India’s One-China Policy

The Dilemma Of India’s One-China Policy

India’s geographical proximity to China would ensure that the immediate costs and implications of any alteration to One-China policy would have to be borne by India than the US. Such costs can include a hardening of Chinese attitudes towards India and a no-holds barred approach from the PLA on the LAC.

Cement Concrete Roads In J&K

Exit the Dragon?

State Finances: J&K Economy From The Rear View-Part II

Khan’s Talks Offer

Khan’s Talks Offer

For a durable peace in the region, India and Pakistan have to find a way to get together. This requires statesmanship on both sides. And this will only be possible if there's willingness on the part of the neighbours to resolve their issues.

Talks With Taliban

Battleground Bengal

Talks Needed

Online Job Portals and Job Seekers

Online Job Portals and Job Seekers

Unemployment rate in J&K is surging. Yet, youth here is trying to find employment in companies across the globe especially in the Gulf countries. Sometimes, they even drop by the office or leave emails even if the jobs aren’t advertised. This should be an eye opener for websites that style themselves as job seeker’s paradise.

Underwhelming Tourism Infrastructure In Kashmir

Fat Phobia and Diet Culture 

Mental Health And Emotional Well Being In Children

IN FOCUS

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Cult-Breaker ‘Captain’ from Kashmir is New Rising Start-up Star

Cult-Breaker ‘Captain’ from Kashmir is New Rising Start-up Star

After getting a special mention in the recent Forbes India list, Ruhan Naqash, the co-founder of MyCaptain, is eyeing to touch more lives while working to break the manacled mindset obsessed with a rat race..

LOCAL View all

Two Militant Associates Held In North Kashmir’s Hajin: Police

Two Militant Associates Held In North Kashmir’s Hajin: Police

Jammu and Kashmir police Friday claimed to have arrested two militant associates of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group in Hajin area of Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Friday, police said.  .

UN Chief Guterres Encouraged By India, Pak Ceasefire Announcement

LG Orders Withholding Salary Of Director SWD

No Traffic On Highway Today

CITY View all

Dal Lake Figures Among 12 Swachh Iconic Places

Dal Lake Figures Among 12 Swachh Iconic Places

Dal Lake has figured among 12 Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) initiative of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) launched by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti..

Kumar For Transforming Srinagar Into Modern, Sustainable City

Mayor SMC Reviews Preparedness For Opening Of Schools

ED Conducts Multiple Raids In Srinagar

REGIONAL View all

RSS Chief Advocates ‘Akhand Bharat

RSS Chief Advocates ‘Akhand Bharat

Advocating the need for"Akhand Bharat" (undivided India), RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, on Thursday, said countries such as Pakistan, which broke away from India, are now in distress..

Will Bring Law To Stop ‘Kidnapping’ & Conversion Of Hindu Girls: Guj CM

Mamata Rides Pillion On Electric Scooter To Protest Fuel Price Hike

Motera Stadium: Yechury Joins Meme Fest, Says It’s A ‘Pawri’ Of Cronies

WORLD View all

US Attacks ‘Iranian-Backed Military Infrastructure’ In Syria

US Attacks ‘Iranian-Backed Military Infrastructure’ In Syria

The United States military Friday said it carried out attacks on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed forces. The Iran backed forces are deployed in Syria to counter Daesh threat to sacred Islamic shrines..

First US Military Action Under Biden Draws Criticism

Saudi Crown Prince Implicated In Khashoggi Murder, US Finds: Report

Over 300 Girls Missing After Gunmen Raid Dorm In Nigeria

LIFE & TIMES

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..

‘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..

BUSINESS View all

J&K Bank CMD Meets Chairman Hinduja Group

J&K Bank CMD Meets Chairman Hinduja Group

Prakash P Hinduja, Chairman of Hinduja Group (Europe) - one of leading business conglomerates with a global footprint across 38 countries, held a meeting with Chairman and Managing Director J&K Bank R K Chhibber at Delhi..

9 Kashmir Products Get GI Tags to Fight Counter Branding 

LG Picks Top IRTS Officer For Industrial Outreach in J&K

Sonamarg Thrown Open For Tourists

SPORT View all

J&K Cricket Team Loses To Haryana By 13 Runs In Vijay Hazare Trophy

J&K Cricket Team Loses To Haryana By 13 Runs In Vijay Hazare Trophy

The JK cricket team on Thursday fell short by 13 runs while putting on a valiant effort to chase down Haryana’s total of 308 runs in the Vijay Hazare Elite Group E match played at the famed Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata..

India Wins 3rd Test Against England By Ten Wickets

2nd Edition Of Khelo-India Winter Games To Begin At Gulmarg From 26 Feb

Gujarat’s Sardar Patel Stadium Renamed After PM Narendra Modi

HEALTH View all

Dir SKIMS Specifies Five S’s As Cause Of Heart Attacks

Dir SKIMS Specifies Five S’s As Cause Of Heart Attacks

Director SKIMS also a famed cardiologist Dr. AG Ahangar Wednesday pointed to five S’s — Salt, Sugar, Sedentary Lifestyle, Smoking, Stress- as reasons for growing heart attacks in the Kashmir valley.  .

3-Month Gap Between Oxford Vaccine Jabs Gives Better Efficacy: Study

WHO Authorises Astrazeneca’s Covid Vaccine For Emergency Use

Kashmir’s 83% Healthcare Workers Opt Out Of Covid-19 Vaccine: DAK

ENVIRONMENT View all

Biodiversity Council Discusses Strategy For Biodiversity Conservation

Biodiversity Council Discusses Strategy For Biodiversity Conservation

The first meeting of J&K Biodiversity Council was Thursday held here at Van Bhawan, Jammu under the Chairmanship of Principal Chief Conservator Forests/HoFF & Chairman Biodiversity Council, J&K, Dr. Mohit Gera..

Orientation Programme To Conduct Census of Migratory Birds Held

Uttarakhand Glacier Burst Shifting Focus on Kashmir’s ‘Melting Ice’

Div Com Reviews Progress On Manasbal Lake Development Project  

TRAVEL

‘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..

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..

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

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

Shrinking of Wular Lake

Shrinking of Wular Lake

Lack of understanding of the values and functions of Wular Lake, wetlands have led to conversion of its large area. Agri settlements, willow plantations and govt sponsored programmes have led to shrinkage of the lake..

Qaleen Bafi: The Wilting Art of Kashmir

Don’t Put a Price on Brides 

MEDIA View all

Facebook Signs Pay Deals With 3 Australian News Publishers

Facebook Signs Pay Deals With 3 Australian News Publishers

Facebook announced on Friday preliminary agreements with three Australian publishers, a day after the Parliament passed a law that would make the digital giants pay for news..

In Shock Move, Facebook Blocks News Access In Australia

‘Disappointed’: As China Bans Broadcasting Of BBC, Company Responds

OTV

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..

Fire In Fuel

Fire In Fuel

As fuel prices continue to soar, it has already breached previous records of the hike in Jammu & Kashmir, where the people have been dealing with a staggering economy over the past two years. Now, the surge is further burning a hole in the common man’s pocket and at same time resulting in outrage..

Kashmir’s Melting Ice

Kashmir’s Melting Ice

A ‘warning sign’ as experts and environmentalists are calling it, Uttarakhand tragedy has created a sense of disquietude among all the Himalayan regions including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, where receding glaciers, fast tracked hydropower projects and lack of robust environmental impact assessment process, people fear, could become conducive to a disaster like Chamoli or even worse..

HOKH SYUN; Winter Speciality of Kashmir

HOKH SYUN; Winter Speciality of Kashmir

Once a survival tactic during harsh winters; Hoak Syun or the sun-dried food has over the years become a winter tradition that not only adds richness to its exquisite food culture but also evince a unique local practice famous all over the world..

Young Demise: Fading Heartbeats of Kashmir

Young Demise: Fading Heartbeats of Kashmir

As yet another young Kashmiri lost his life to a sudden cardiac arrest on 9 February 2021, the traumatic trend has only become haunting for the valley. Already multiple heart attacks this winter rang alarm bells in Kashmir with specialists blaming lifestyle choices, harsh climate and stress for the young deaths in Kashmir..

Highway Hassles

Highway Hassles

Watch how the closure of Srinagar Jammu Highway; the arterial link that connects Kashmir with rest of the world is throttling the already tottering economy of the valley and leaving the local population helpless and desperate as they stare at soaring prices, massive losses and trade failures.  .

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..

CAREERS View all

CBSE Board Exams To Begin On May 4

CBSE Board Exams To Begin On May 4

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced on Tuesday the schedule for classes 10 and 12 board exams which will begin on May 4..

KIIT on Track to Achieve Record Placement for 2020-21 Graduating Batch

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

Conveyed To Indian Govt Our Commitment To Protect Privacy: Whatsapp

Conveyed To Indian Govt Our Commitment To Protect Privacy: Whatsapp

WhatsApp said it has conveyed to the Indian government that it remains committed to protection of privacy of personal conversations across the country..

How Smartphone Apps Extract Your Data Via Location Tracking

CULTURE View all

Revealing Reminiscence:  Baithak(s) of Heritage Kashmiri Houses

Revealing Reminiscence: Baithak(s) of Heritage Kashmiri Houses

In Kashmir Diwan Khana usually refers to a large room/ hall located on any of the floors (mostly ground/ top) used to entertain guests and host ceremonies like weddings. Also known as Baithak, the larger ones in the mohalla would be used by neighbors lacking such large spaces..

Wooden Constructions Suit Kashmir in View of Seismicity: Prof Talat

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