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The Life and Times of Agha Ashraf Ali

The Life and Times of Agha Ashraf Ali

I first met Agha, as he is widely known, on a July visit to his cozy Rajbagh home. The octogenarian educator was in high spirits and rare form: accusing me, the imperialist American, of most if not all of the world’s problems; brushing aside challengers for talking “rot;” and jovially lording over his kingdom like a knighted duke. .

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LG Stresses On Zero Tolerance For Corruption in J&K

LG Stresses On Zero Tolerance For Corruption in J&K

Spelling out the contours of his model of governance, newly appointed Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, has stressed on zero tolerance for corruption in the union territory and called for the promotion of youth-centric programmes, an official said here on Saturday..

Kashmiri Intellectual Agha Ashraf Ali No More

Kashmiri Intellectual Agha Ashraf Ali No More

Born on 18 October 1922 in Khanqah-e-Sokhta, Nawa Kadal in Downtown Srinagar, Agha Ashra was widely known as a public speaker. He spoke widely on history, education, culture and contemporary politics. Agha was an ardent advocate of human rights of Kashmiris.

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In Search Of Vaccine

In Search Of Vaccine

With the total number of cases in India of COVID-19, mounting to around two million with about 40,000 deaths the situation has assumed alarming proportions. The situation in Kashmir valley is also very scary. We really need an early breakthrough in the form of an effective and safe vaccine

August Stared At Us, Aghast

Article 370 Abrogation and Pak Response

Kashmir After 8/5

A Year Without School

A Year Without School

The best way out for the govt under the circumstances would be to restore 4G so that the students could properly study online. But for reasons that carry little conviction with people, the govt has consistently refused to do so for the past one year

Way Forward

August 5

Back to Politics?

Agha Ashraf Ali: ‘A Truly Renaissance Figure’

Agha Ashraf Ali: ‘A Truly Renaissance Figure’

‘There were few like him in Srinagar or anywhere. An extraordinary intellect, who could quote from Ibni Khaldun with as much ease as reciting verses from the Isho Upanishad!’

Big B et tu?

Kashmir’s Social Animals and Covid-19 

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

IN FOCUS

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SRINAGAR WEATHER

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A Year After Article 370: ‘We Are Totally Paralyzed’

A Year After Article 370: ‘We Are Totally Paralyzed’

According to the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), the economy has suffered a loss of about Rs 40,000 crore since 2019. The KCCI in its earlier report, released last year claimed that 4,96,000 jobs have been lost in 120 days since August 2019..

LOCAL View all

Border Row: India And China Hold Major General-Level Talks

Border Row: India And China Hold Major General-Level Talks

Talks between senior army commanders of India and China were underway on Saturday to take forward the disengagement process along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Congress Leader Questions Murmu’s Resignation As J&K LG

Panchayat Bypolls After Covid Situation Improves: CS

Spate of Resignations After Killing of BJP Sarpanch 

CITY View all

Illegal Constructions: CB Teams Visit SMC Office, Examine Documents

Illegal Constructions: CB Teams Visit SMC Office, Examine Documents

Taking forward inquiry into mass allegation of illegal structures including shopping malls in Srinagar, teams of Crime Branch Kashmir on Saturday visited SMC office here and are “examining documents..

CB Starts Probe Into Illegal Structures, Shopping Malls In Srinagar

Family Files Report After Youth Goes Missing

Raj Bhavan Cancels ‘At Home’ On Aug 15

REGIONAL View all

Covid-19: Centre Asks States, UT’s To Test Grocery Shop Workers, Vendors

Covid-19: Centre Asks States, UT’s To Test Grocery Shop Workers, Vendors

The Union Health Ministry has asked states and UTs to take up coronavirus testing of grocery shop workers, vegetable and other vendors, stating if undetected they can potentially spread the infection.

G C Murmu Sworn In As CAG

Air India Plane With 191 Passengers Splits Into Two After Landing

Army, IAF Told To Maintain High Level Alertness Along LAC

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.

5th August and a Lover’s Predicament

5th August and a Lover’s Predicament

In the afternoon, came the news of scrapping of Article 370. For the first few weeks, the silence was maddening. The radio just kept relaying congratulatory news about people celebrating the abrogation of Article 370..

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.

HEALTH View all

Here’s How Common Cold Infection May Train Body to Recognise Covid-19

Here’s How Common Cold Infection May Train Body to Recognise Covid-19

The immune system’s memory helper T cells which recognise the common cold virus and help the body fight it off, also identifies some parts of the novel coronavirus, according to a study whose findings may explain why some people have milder Covid-19 cases than others..

Not Everyone In Coronavirus-Hit Family Prone To Disease

Silent Hypoxia Killing Covid-19 Patients: DAK

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

ENVIRONMENT View all

Kashmir, Jammu & Ladakh May See Temp Rise Of 7 Degrees By 2100: Study

Kashmir, Jammu & Ladakh May See Temp Rise Of 7 Degrees By 2100: Study

Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh may witness a temperature increase of up to 6.9 degrees Celsius by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a study which warns that the glaciers in this Himalayan region could shrink by 85 per cent if the projections come true..

LG Calls for Measures to Restore Ecosystem of Dal Lake

HC Seeks Report On Stopping Sewage Flow Into Dal

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

TRAVEL

US Lifts Travel Advisory, India Remains On List

US Lifts Travel Advisory, India Remains On List

The US has lifted the highest level of its global health travel advisory for Americans due to the coronavirus pandemic and restored the previous country-specific system.

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.

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

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

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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