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Are The Arab Perceptions About India Changing?

Are The Arab Perceptions About India Changing?

When a series of concerted tweets from Arab handles began denouncing attacks on Muslims in India two weeks ago, many people were struck by the unfamiliar nature of the development. Never before have Arabs been concerned with India's internal politics .

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60-Year-Old Srinagar Man Dies Of Covid-19, Toll Rises To 35

60-Year-Old Srinagar Man Dies Of Covid-19, Toll Rises To 35

A 60-year-old man from Noorbagh area of Srinagar died of Covid-19 on Thursday taking the death toll due to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir to 35, officials said.

Modi, Trump Discuss Sino-India Border Row in Ladakh

Modi, Trump Discuss Sino-India Border Row in Ladakh

The border standoff between India and China, the ongoing civil disturbances in the US and need for reforms in the WHO were among a host of issues that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump discussed during a telephonic talk on Tuesday.

Indo-Nepal—Strained Ties

Indo-Nepal—Strained Ties

The relations between India and Nepal, have taken a nosedive for the worse, during the last fortnight. The immediate provocation is the long-standing territorial issue surrounding Kalapani, a patch of land close to the Lipulekh Pass on the India-China border

There Are No Fewer Challenges In Online Education

Pain of Muslims, KPs is Braided: In Reply to Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Letter

How COVID-19 Could Re-Shape Our World

A Pandemic Tests India’s Federal Credentials

Do Good Grades and Marks Matter?

Decisions of Kashmir University and Student Sufferings 

Life and livelihood

Life and livelihood

The vital sectors of our economy like tourism, horticulture, handicrafts have been hit hard. So, perpetuating the lockdown is not an option. What the administration can do and which is eminently possible is to create more awareness about social distancing norms

Galwan Stand-off

Lockdown 5.0

NC Rumblings

Reopen the Economy

Fight Covid-19, Not People

Remember Your Brethren in Distress

4 June: International Day of Pains of Innocent Children

4 June: International Day of Pains of Innocent Children

On 19 August 1982, in a special session on the question of Palestine, the United Nations General Assembly decided on 4 June of each year to celebrate "the International Day of the Suffering of Innocent Children", the day aimed at acknowledging the pain suffered by children worldwide  

Rising Cases Of Online Bullying Amid Lockdown

Thej Kaad – A Unique Festivity

Backstory of Ladakh’s Galwan Valley and the legend of Rassul Galwan

Shattered Tourism Industry Of Kashmir

The Unsung Heroes of Covid-19

What I Learned From Chaiwallas and Autowallas of Kashmir

In Focus

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Srinagar WEATHER

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Despite ‘Cherry on Top’, Kashmiri Growers Frown Over ‘Fruitless’ Season

Despite ‘Cherry on Top’, Kashmiri Growers Frown Over ‘Fruitless’ Season

Even as growers are getting vocal for local and administration mulling to start the historic 86-km-long Mughal Road exclusively for cherry shipments, the concerns caused by COVID curbs are making the growers cheerless currently.

CITY View all

7 Policemen Put Under Quarantine in Srinagar

7 Policemen Put Under Quarantine in Srinagar

Seven policemen of Nowhata police station in Srinagar were placed under quarantine after a man who was arrested here earlier this week tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Wednesday..

Top Doctor Fighting Covid-19 in Kashmir Tests Positive

Catch J&K Artists Live At ‘Qaraar’ Concert

HC To Consider Sagar’s PSA Plea

REGIONAL View all

India’s Covid-19 Tally Reaches 2,16,919 With Record Spike Of 9,304 Cases

India’s Covid-19 Tally Reaches 2,16,919 With Record Spike Of 9,304 Cases

Coronavirus cases in India saw a record single-day jump of 9,304 cases on Thursday pushing the total tally to 2,16,919, while the death toll climbed to 6,075 with 260 new fatalities.

India’s Defence Secretary Tests Positive For Covid-19

Can Govt Confirm No Chinese Soldier Has Entered India, Asks Rahul Gandhi

India, Pak Troops Exchange Fire Along LoC

WORLD View all

US Protests Defy Curfews As Trump Faces Backlash For Violent Crackdown

US Protests Defy Curfews As Trump Faces Backlash For Violent Crackdown

Protesters defied curfews across the United States Tuesday as leaders scrambled to stem anger over police racism while President Donald Trump rejected criticism over his use of force.

‘I Can’t Breathe’ Word Of All Nations Oppressed By US:Ayatollah Khamenei

China Warns Britain Interfering In Hong Kong Will ‘Backfire’

Donald Trump Gets Sued

LIFE & TIMES

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.

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? .

Over Parenting, Under Parenting- How We Make Children Suffer

Over Parenting, Under Parenting- How We Make Children Suffer

Life of people who lived earlier was much simpler and easier than our lives are today. As our lifestyles changed, our needs, desires, modes of expression changed as well and so did the issues between parents and children

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Virtual Meetups Replace Coffee Shop Meetings For Matrimonial Prospects

Virtual Meetups Replace Coffee Shop Meetings For Matrimonial Prospects

"Mujhe rishta pasand hai" (I agree with this alliance) is more likely to be heard over virtual meetings and online dates than in coffee shops and restaurants.

Divorce: A Decadence and Acrimonious Parting

Divorce: A Decadence and Acrimonious Parting

Marriage may be seen as a contract, a status, or a combination of two opposite sexes.In matrimonial contract, if a spouse refuses or shows inability to perform the obligations stipulated in the contract may constitute a ground for divorce of a spouse.

As People Stay Home, Earth Turns Wilder And Cleaner

As People Stay Home, Earth Turns Wilder And Cleaner

As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily..

Springtime Amidst Corona!

Springtime Amidst Corona!

We are not the only people in the world under lockdown now. 8 billion people are also indoors in solidarity with us. The reason of isolation, lockdown or incarceration can be different but every single soul is feeling the pain of our lockdown. .

BUSINESS View all

Kashmiri Traders, Industries Seek Economic Package To Revive Businesses

Kashmiri Traders, Industries Seek Economic Package To Revive Businesses

Local traders and industries of Kashmir Wednesday demanded a comprehensive economic package to revive businesses in the J&K, saying they have suffered losses since August last year.

Private Transporters Suspend Truck, Tanker Services In J&K

India’s Credit Rating Cut Puts It One Step Away From Junk

Cabinet Approves Stimulus Package, New Definition For MSMEs

SPORT View all

Australia Announce Summer Schedule With Full Series Against India

Australia Announce Summer Schedule With Full Series Against India

Cricket Australia on Thursday confirmed that India will make the trip Down Under starting October this year for a financially critical assignment comprising four Tests, ODIs as well as T20 Internationals.

Covid-19: Cricket Australia To Test Using Disinfectant On Balls

IPL Wipeout May Cause India 4K Crore In Losses

Real Kashmir Coach And Family To Return To Scotland Today

HEALTH View all

People Living On Higher Altitudes Less Vulnerable To COVID-19: Report

People Living On Higher Altitudes Less Vulnerable To COVID-19: Report

Researchers have found that populations living in higher altitudes, especially 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) above the sea level, significantly report lower levels of coronavirus infections than their lowland counterparts.

Chinese Scientists Believe New Drug Can Stop Pandemic ‘Without Vaccine’

‘Major’ Mental Health Crisis Looming From Pandemic: UN

Scientists Decode How COVID-19 Disease Kills People

ENVIRONMENT View all

Football Pitch Of Rainforest Destroyed Every Six Seconds: Study

Football Pitch Of Rainforest Destroyed Every Six Seconds: Study

Vast tracts of pristine rainforest on three continents went up in smoke last year, with an area roughly the size of Switzerland cut down or burned to make way for cattle and commercial crops.

Major Project For Conservation Of Environment Initiated In Srinagar

Iran Brings Back Dying Lake From Brink

How Will Lockdown Affect India’s Water & Sanitation System

TRAVEL

‘Many Factors To Be Addressed Before International Flights Begin’

‘Many Factors To Be Addressed Before International Flights Begin’

Several factors like the lockdown in metro cities and the ban imposed by various countries on the entry of foreigners need to be addressed before resuming international passenger flights in India.

DGCA Asks Airlines To Keep Middle Seats Vacant

DGCA Asks Airlines To Keep Middle Seats Vacant

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday asked airlines to allot seats in flights in such a manner that middle seats are kept vacant to the extent possible.

As Flying Returns, Airlines Seek To Quell Fears Over Cabin Air

As Flying Returns, Airlines Seek To Quell Fears Over Cabin Air

Jet manufacturers and airlines are launching an urgent initiative to convince nervous travellers that the air they breathe on planes is safe.

Covid-19: ‘Most Viruses, Other Germs Do Not Spread Easily On Flights’

Covid-19: ‘Most Viruses, Other Germs Do Not Spread Easily On Flights’

Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has said in its COVID-19 guidelines.

562 Stranded Kashmiris Return Home In Six Flights

562 Stranded Kashmiris Return Home In Six Flights

Over five hundred Kashmiris stranded in various parts of the country reached Valley on Monday in six flights, as the domestic flight operations resumed today, two months after Pan-India lockdown was imposed on March 25 to fight coronavirus pandemic.

Srinagar Airport to Receive 13 Flights Daily From Monday

Srinagar Airport to Receive 13 Flights Daily From Monday

The Srinagar International Airport will operate as many as 13 inbound and outbound flights from Monday, after a break of nearly two months since the pan-India lockdown imposed by Modi-government began on March 25.

Srinagar Airport Gears Up For Flight Resumption

Srinagar Airport Gears Up For Flight Resumption

After remaining closed for air traffic for nearly two months, the Srinagar International Airport is all set to reopen, as over a dozen inbound and outbound flights are likely to return on the runway on May 25.

Govt Issues Guidelines For Domestic Flight Operations

Govt Issues Guidelines For Domestic Flight Operations

The govt on Thursday issued detailed guidelines for airlines, airports, passengers and other stakeholders on issues ranging from control on air fares to restrictions on number of bags.

Domestic Flights To Resume From May 25: Govt

Domestic Flights To Resume From May 25: Govt

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday domestic scheduled commercial passenger flights will resume in a calibrated manner from May 25.

Airlines to Govt: ‘Yes, Our Aircraft Are Ready To Fly Again’

Airlines to Govt: ‘Yes, Our Aircraft Are Ready To Fly Again’

With the possibility of resuming domestic flights soon, airlines in India have submitted their aircraft’s airworthiness report to the country’s aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).

COVID-19: Pak To Resume Domestic Flights From Tomorrow

COVID-19: Pak To Resume Domestic Flights From Tomorrow

Pakistan will resume domestic flights in a phased manner from Saturday after the government eased some of the restrictions imposed following the outbreak of the COVID-19.

International Tourism Could Decline By 60-80% In 2020,Says UN

International Tourism Could Decline By 60-80% In 2020,Says UN

International tourism could decline by 60-80 per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the revenue loss of $910 billion to $1.2 trillion.

Air, Train Travel Unlikely to Resume From May 3, Reports Say

Air, Train Travel Unlikely to Resume From May 3, Reports Say

Air India has stopped taking bookings on all flights on Sunday amidst reports that restrictions on air and train travel may continue beyond May 3, when the 40-day lockdown in India to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic comes to an end..

Air Travel Aggregators Start Refund To Passengers For Suspended Flights

Air Travel Aggregators Start Refund To Passengers For Suspended Flights

The online air travel aggregators have started giving cash refund to passengers who booked tickets between March 25 and April 14 for their travel plan.

INTERVIEW View all

After Joke, Altaf Bukhari Says, His Political Promotion an ‘Imagination’

After Joke, Altaf Bukhari Says, His Political Promotion an ‘Imagination’

Cooling his heels in the blistering capital where the political mercury is soaring at the moment, Altaf Bukhari is playing it cool and calm, despite his name as the chief of the so-called advisory council—seen as a political local face replacing bureaucratic non-local advisory group in J&K.

More We Remain Silent, More Criminal It Is: Aga Ruhullah

Reading in Lockdown: Kashmir’s Top Bookseller Talks Pandemic Business

REVIEW View all

The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered its Cold War Victory 


The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered its Cold War Victory 


In the nature of a historical narrative and interpretation of America’s foreign policy after the Second World War and then the end of the Cold War, interspersed with lively vignettes, anecdotes and robust analysis, Prof Andrew Bacevich, dissects the hubris and grand follies of the US foreign policy establishment.

How Books Can Liberate You From Pandemic Distress

Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra Responds to Arbeena & Asif

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

Unrest Among Kashmir Youth

Unrest Among Kashmir Youth

The youth of Kashmir, despite facing unemployment and poverty never let the state down at any point. The issue of grave public concern is increasing frustration among the jobless youth of Kashmir.

Appeal to Hon’ble LG

Maternity Deaths at MCH Anantnag

MEDIA View all

J&K Govt Frames Media Policy to Curb ‘Misinformation, Fake News’

J&K Govt Frames Media Policy to Curb ‘Misinformation, Fake News’

The JK govt on Tuesday approved media policy with an aim to thwart misinformation and fake news and keep a check on any attempt to use media to “vitiate public peace, sovereignty and integrity of the country”.

Why Is Police Targeting Journalists Amid Protests In The US?

KPC Condemns Harassment of Journalists

OTV

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..

Caught in the crossfre

Fear Has Returned To Kashmir Villages As India-Pakistan Clashes Resume.  Tensions between the two nuclear armed neighbours are at a boil.Tens of thousands of Kashmiri villagers along the LoC are in distress once again..

Almond Blossom In Kashmir

The early bloom of flowers on Almond trees in the sprawling garden in Shahr-e-Khaas is a source of attraction for nature lovers and tourists, alike.Historians maintain there is no record to suggest who laid the garden.

Badam Wae’r Through An Artist’s Lens

Distinguished artist Masood Hussain dropped the paintbrush for a while.

CAREERS View all

JEE-Mains to be Held From July 18-23, JEE-Advanced in Aug: HRD Minister

JEE-Mains to be Held From July 18-23, JEE-Advanced in Aug: HRD Minister

Engineering entrance examination JEE will be held from July 18-23, while medical entrance exam NEET will be conducted on July 26.

Career Guidance Portal Now Live For J&K Students

KHYEN CHYEN View all

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

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

The much-awaited season of all, when the new blossoms burst forth in vivid colours and the ground is painted green with daisies studded over them, is unquestionably a sight for the sore eyes.

Food Safety, Shopping & COVID-19: What You Should And Shouldn’t Be Doing

TECHNOLOGY View all

Google Takes Down Popular Indian App That Removed Chinese Apps

Google Takes Down Popular Indian App That Removed Chinese Apps

Alphabet Inc’s Google has taken down an Indian mobile application from its app store that allowed users to remove other Chinese apps from their phones.

NASA Scientists Detect Parallel Universe Where Time Runs Backward

CULTURE View all

Muslim-e-Awwal Shahe Mardan Ali: Dr Iqbal On Hazrat Ali

Muslim-e-Awwal Shahe Mardan Ali: Dr Iqbal On Hazrat Ali

21st of Ramazan is the martyrdom anniversary of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the first Imam and fourth Caliph of Muslims.

Home, Oh Sweet Home, How I Yearn for Your Sweet Scent

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