LONGFORM View all

Light After Darkness: Kashmiri Pellet Victim’s Fight for Education

Light After Darkness: Kashmiri Pellet Victim’s Fight for Education

As pellets once again returned to haunt Kashmir near a Shopian gunfight site, the victims of the duck-hunting guns continue to grapple with the enforced darkness. But one pellet-affected boy is showing the way by fighting his victimhood with the light of education..

TOP STORIES View all

Snowfall, Rains In Kashmir Valley For Third Day

Snowfall, Rains In Kashmir Valley For Third Day

Intermittent snowfall and rains continued at most places in Kashmir for the third day on Wednesday, officials said. The weather office has forecast mainly dry weather from Thursday till next week..

Avalanche Warning Sounded In 11 Districts

Avalanche Warning Sounded In 11 Districts

An avalanche warning was issued in 11 districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday in view of heavy snowfall in the higher reaches in the last three days, officials said..

Political Representation of Persons with Disabilities

Political Representation of Persons with Disabilities

Among other marginalities, disability is the one least discussed. Persons with disabilities, no doubt, have been given certain concessions and relaxation in different walks of life, but they still depend on the so called “normal” people to represent them politically.

PAGD’s Rise & Capitulation: A Political Deja Vu

After the DDCs are Elected

PAGD and Past’s Specter

Roshni Probe

Roshni Probe

It's important that the scheme and the investigation is not politicized. And also that it is not seen as a part of the attempt to execute the ideological agenda of the ruling party. Unfortunately, the invalidation of Roshni scheme and the investigation into it is inviting both the accusations.

Lingering Stand-off

Illegal mining

Congress Pusillanimity

COVID-19 Vaccine: Where Do We Stand?

COVID-19 Vaccine: Where Do We Stand?

On an average we are seeing 50,000 new cases with around 550 deaths a day. The status of JK has been improving slowly with around 650 new cases per day with 4 to 5 deaths. Fortunately, the mortality in our part of the world has been around 1.5 %, which is much lower than what was reported in Europe and America.

Aquatic Orb: Fisheries in J&K

Why Hate the Beloved?

Receding Reading Public

IN FOCUS

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Distress After Demolition: Homeless Tribals Fear For Future

Distress After Demolition: Homeless Tribals Fear For Future

As the recent controversial forest clearance drive fanned new tensions in the region with the likes of former chief minister making a quick jungle trip to plead the case of the tribals, the homeless gypsies fear for the next season when they will be returning to their summer pastures..

LOCAL View all

LG Calls For Free And Fair DDC Elections in J&K

LG Calls For Free And Fair DDC Elections in J&K

LG Manoj Sinha on Wednesday directed the officials in JK to maintain neutrality and ensure free and fair DDC election and by-elections for Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies..

Forces Face Human Shield Allegations In Pulwama

New Land Law Will Check Roshni-Like Scams: Jitendra Singh

PM Reviews Progress on Pakal Dul Hydro Electric Project in J&K

CITY View all

Ex Bureaucrat Moves SC Against Scrapping Of Roshni Act

Ex Bureaucrat Moves SC Against Scrapping Of Roshni Act

Former chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Mohammed Shafi Pandit on Wednesday filed a special leave petition before the Supreme Court challenging a high court verdict scrapping the Roshni Act..

Maulana Abbas Ansari Bereaved

DC Reviews Dastgir Sahab Urs Arrangements

Kalbe Jawad Calls On Bukhari

REGIONAL View all

‘India Inducts US Predator Drones On Lease, Can Be Flown In Ladakh’

‘India Inducts US Predator Drones On Lease, Can Be Flown In Ladakh’

The Indian Navy has inducted two Predator drones from an American firm on lease for carrying out surveillance in the Indian Ocean Region and which can also be deployed along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh..

Tributes Pour in After Death of Islamic Scholar Kalbe Sadiq

‘Remember Abbottabad’: India Derides Pak’s ‘Dossier Of Lies’ To UN Chief

Delhi’s Air Quality Slips To ‘Severe’ Due To Slow Winds

WORLD View all

When And How Will COVID-19 Vaccines Become Available Around The World

When And How Will COVID-19 Vaccines Become Available Around The World

Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have already started manufacturing their vaccines. This year, Pfizer said it will have enough to inoculate 25 million people, Moderna will have enough for 10 million people..

UAE Halts New Visas To Citizens Of 13 Mostly Muslim States

Syrian Army Says Israel Hits Southern Damascus In Second Strike In Week

Biden Transition Formally Begins As Trump Says He Will Cooperate

LIFE & TIMES

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..

Specific Brain Circuit Damaged By Social Isolation During Childhood

Specific Brain Circuit Damaged By Social Isolation During Childhood

COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many countries to implement social distancing and school closures, magnifies the need for understanding the mental health consequences of social isolation and loneliness..

Pollution Affects Beauty

Pollution Affects Beauty

Cleansing of the skin assumes more importance in order to get rid of the impurities and pollutants that are deposited on the skin..

Study Reveals Writing By Hand Makes Kids Smarter

Study Reveals Writing By Hand Makes Kids Smarter

Results from several studies have shown that both children and adults learn more and remember better when writing by hand.

Mankind In Dire Need of Inner Peace: Iran Leaders Envoy

Mankind In Dire Need of Inner Peace: Iran Leaders Envoy

Islam considers protecting ones body as a religious duty and following the safety guidelines and protocols as proposed by the medical experts to combat the pandemic as a religious obligation, Agha Mahdavipour said..

Keep Your Skin Healthy While Washing Your Hands 

Keep Your Skin Healthy While Washing Your Hands 

Ironically, by over-washing our skin, we can develop dry cracks in the skin giving bacteria an entry point into our bodies and can lead to various other skin conditions..

Battery-Powered Face Mask Seeks To Fight COVID And Foggy Glasses

Battery-Powered Face Mask Seeks To Fight COVID And Foggy Glasses

A South Korean company has invented a battery-powered filtered face mask designed to reduce annoying problems associated with conventional designs, such as breathing difficulties and fogged-up glasses..

Idea of Karbala

Idea of Karbala

Karbala is a passionate yearning of Islamic Ideal. It is spiritual and strenuous longing of seemingly elusive values of purity, piety, equity and liberality.

BUSINESS View all

Hiring Recovers In India To Climb 30% In September: LinkedIn

Hiring Recovers In India To Climb 30% In September: LinkedIn

Hiring in India recovered by 18 per cent to climb 30 per cent (on-year) in September, as businesses and companies continue to reopen, global professional services platform LinkedIn has said..

Musk Now 2nd Richest In World, Surpasses Gates

1537 MFPUs Coming Up In Horticulture Sector

Jobs Market On Rebound, Pre-Covid Levels Likely By Year-End: Top Firm

SPORT View all

Six Pakistan Cricketers Test Positive For Covid, Training Put On Hold

Six Pakistan Cricketers Test Positive For Covid, Training Put On Hold

Six touring Pakistan cricketers have tested positive for COVID-19 here, New Zealand Cricket announced on Thursday, alleging a breach of the bio-secure protocol by the visitors who will not be allowed to train.

Argentine Soccer Great Diego Maradona Dies At 60

J&K Signs MoU with Suresh Raina Cricket Academy

Days Are Numbered, Focussing On Disciplined Batting: David Warner

HEALTH View all

Mutations Not Making Coronavirus Able To Spread More Rapidly: Study

Mutations Not Making Coronavirus Able To Spread More Rapidly: Study

The COVID-19-causing coronavirus is mutating as it spreads around the world in the pandemic, but none of the mutations currently documented appears to be making it able to spread more rapidly..

Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke Doubles In Winter: DAK

DAK Seeks Free Covid-19 Vaccine For All

WHO Advises Against Remdesivir For Coronavirus Treatment

ENVIRONMENT View all

Dying Waters of Shairbagh Anantnag

Dying Waters of Shairbagh Anantnag

This famous and beautiful place is losing its charm and glory now. If steps are not taken to restore its glory and charm, this famous place will soon become history and we would be forced to mourn in regret..

Polythene Ban: HC Seeks Appearance Of Top Officials

Govt To Implement Forest Rights Act In J&K

Wildlife Board Set Up In J&K

TRAVEL

Hong Kong Bans Air India Flights For 5th Time Over Covid-19 Cases

Hong Kong Bans Air India Flights For 5th Time Over Covid-19 Cases

Hong Kong has banned Air India flights from Delhi till December 3 after a few passengers on its flight tested positive for the novel coronavirus post-arrival earlier this week, an official said..

How Are Travel Insurance & COVID-19 Connected In The New Normal?

How Are Travel Insurance & COVID-19 Connected In The New Normal?

If you are making plans to fly abroad in the time ahead, buying traveler’s insurance should be one of your top priorities. Particularly if you have the elderly accompanying you on the trip..

UAE Suspends Visit Visas For People From Pakistan, 11 Other Countries

UAE Suspends Visit Visas For People From Pakistan, 11 Other Countries

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday temporarily suspended the issuance of new visas to visitors from Pakistan and 11 other countries until further notice, the Foreign Office said..

Airlines Allowed Up To 60% Pre-Covid Domestic Flights Till Feb 24: Govt

Airlines Allowed Up To 60% Pre-Covid Domestic Flights Till Feb 24: Govt

Indian airlines can operate maximum 60 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic passenger flights till February 24 next year due to the prevailing coronavirus situation, the Civil Aviation Ministry has said..

With Everest on Mind, Young Hikers Sparking Adventure in Kashmir Heights

With Everest on Mind, Young Hikers Sparking Adventure in Kashmir Heights

Kashmiri trekkers keen to unravel the treasures hidden in the majestic mountains of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir are fulfilling the dreams of peak lovers by conducting summits in the highest frozen heights..

DGCA Extends Suspension Of Scheduled Int’l Passenger Flights Till Nov 30

DGCA Extends Suspension Of Scheduled Int’l Passenger Flights Till Nov 30

The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till November 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Wednesday..

Kashmir Witnessing Growing Trekking Footfall In Fall

Kashmir Witnessing Growing Trekking Footfall In Fall

Celebrated ‘Autumn in Kashmir’ is not only making ‘Aatish-e-Chinar’ dotted landscape enchanting for sightseers, but also, for a change, making the frosty heights of the valley compelling for trekkers..

Indians In UAE Can Book Flight Tickets To India Without Embassy Reg

Indians In UAE Can Book Flight Tickets To India Without Embassy Reg

Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will no longer be needed to register with the Indian Embassy for travelling to India and can book directly with Air India Express, the airline said on Monday..

J&K Eyes Travellers From Bengal To Revive Its Tourism Industry

J&K Eyes Travellers From Bengal To Revive Its Tourism Industry

The JK govt has sent senior officials to Kolkata to interact with tourism industry stakeholders, including tour operators, and pitch opportunities for them in the UT as COVID-19 restrictions ease across the country.  .

Cancelled Flights: DGCA Issues Refund Rules After SC Order

Cancelled Flights: DGCA Issues Refund Rules After SC Order

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has issued detailed guidelines for refund of fares for flights cancelled during Covid-19 lockdown after the Supreme Court recently decided on the issue..

Miracle of Hussain

Miracle of Hussain

Pilgrimage to Karbala and Najaf and other sacred places was prohibited by the regimes succeeding Umayyads who perpetrated the tragedy of Karbala. Abbasid caliph Al-Mutawakkil even levelled the sacred grave in 850-851 and persecuted anyone visiting it..

PM Modi’s Visit To 58 Countries Since 2015 Cost The Centre Rs 517 Crore

PM Modi’s Visit To 58 Countries Since 2015 Cost The Centre Rs 517 Crore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited 58 countries since 2015 and a total expenditure of Rs 517 crore was incurred on them, the government said..

AirAsia Strengthens Mumbai-Srinagar Connectivity

AirAsia Strengthens Mumbai-Srinagar Connectivity

The airline expanded its network by commencing operations on these new sectors from 19th Sept 2020 with fares starting from ₹5,192 and continues to deliver on its goal of providing connectivity between various cities.

Travel Bug Hits People, Digital Skills To Boost Recovery: Google

Travel Bug Hits People, Digital Skills To Boost Recovery: Google

After living months in isolation during the pandemic, the travel bug has hit millions of people and according to Google.

INTERVIEW View all

‘We Are Fighting Logistical Nightmares and Misplaced Perceptions’

‘We Are Fighting Logistical Nightmares and Misplaced Perceptions’

Senior journalist Sajjad Haider, who was elected the President of Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) talks about the challenges media in Kashmir is faced with and also busts frequently peddled misconceptions and mistruths in this freewheeling interview.

Frequent Lockdowns And Delayed Treatment Making Kashmiris ‘Toothless’

Interview: ‘The Ghosts of Past Still Haunting Masses in Kashmir’

REVIEW View all

A New Language of Theistic Aesthetics: After the ‘Halal Love Story’

A New Language of Theistic Aesthetics: After the ‘Halal Love Story’

For the liberal lens of perception, who see the Kerala Muslim community with dogmatic presumptions, this is the time to remove such strong prejudices..

Rare Books Stolen By ‘Mission: Impossible’ Gang Returned To Owner

‘The Butterfly of Paradise’ Authored by 10th Std Student Released  

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

Are You Becoming A Twitter Troll?

Are You Becoming A Twitter Troll?

We have had a rich legacy of intellect and wisdom, we should strive hard to continue with the rich heritage our forefathers left, in that direction we should strive hard to teach our teenage youth the basic human decency.

Churnalism in Kashmir

A ‘Meaty’ Business

MEDIA View all

Central Probe Agency Files Money Laundering Case In Fake TV Ratings Scam

Central Probe Agency Files Money Laundering Case In Fake TV Ratings Scam

    Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a money laundering complaint in the alleged TRP.

Journalist Mudasir Ali Passes Away

KEG Shocked Over Death of Young Journalist

OTV

War Till Victory: SKIMS Vs Covid-19

War Till Victory: SKIMS Vs Covid-19

Since its foundation, SKIMS has been grappling with the perilous perceptions. But fear psychosis apart, SKIMS today is leading the Covid fight back response in Kashmir with staggering results..

Zaafran – Red Gold of Kashmir

Zaafran – Red Gold of Kashmir

Watch the harvest of Saffron, world’s most expensive spice in the Kashmir valley  .

The Ugly Lakes of Paradise (Kashmir)

The Ugly Lakes of Paradise (Kashmir)

This documentary dives into the ’almost disappearing’ wetlands of Kashmir. We speak to people who are living around these lakes to see how its deterioration over the last few decades have changed their lives..

NEET Boys of Kashmir

NEET Boys of Kashmir

Watch the success story of the neet boys of Kashmir whose determination and hard-work amidst the perpetual conflict and handicaps became a sight of hope for the young boys and girls across the valley..

Young Entrepreneurs of Kashmir | Ft. Shehla Arif

Young Entrepreneurs of Kashmir | Ft. Shehla Arif

A young bridal wear designer in Kashmir, she is redefining the legacy of traditional bridal trousseau of Kashmir. Shehla is making it modern, yet keeping the ethnic design and nuances intact. The brides of Kashmir are loving it..

Kashmir Apple Grapples With Politics and Pandemic

Kashmir Apple Grapples With Politics and Pandemic

Kashmir has more area under apple cultivation than the world's second largest producer, the US. Kashmir exports 20 lakh metric tons of apple annually and generates Rs 9000 crore revenue per annum..

Talking Point: Srinagar Masterplan (Podcast)

Talking Point: Srinagar Masterplan (Podcast)

Kashmir Observer expert panelists Mr Saleem Beg, Convener, INTACH, and former Vice Chairman LAWDA, Mr Irfan Yasin, deconstructed the Srinagar Master Plan for 2021-2035 in this Kashmir Observer Podcast..

Rajpora, A Village Now Connected To The World

Rajpora, A Village Now Connected To The World

Mobile phone services started in Kashmir in 2003. But it took them 17 years to reach a village in Baramulla district. The inhabitants of Rajpora village are overjoyed as their phones have started buzzing and they don’t have to travel three kilometres any more to catch the signal..

Troubled Waters of Dal Lake

Troubled Waters of Dal Lake

Rendered jobless in the run up to Article 370 abrogation on August 5, 2019, Kashmir’s fabled houseboat community is staring at the existential crisis today. After suffering whopping lockdown losses last year, their new season started on a sour note. The rampaging virus and the subsequent pandemic lockdown further crippled the community, now mulling to change their line of work..

Agha Ashraf Ali (1922-2020)

Agha Ashraf Ali (1922-2020)

Prof Agha Ashraf Ali talks about his life and times in an informal chat with Sajjad Haider, Editor-in-Chief, Kashmir Observer. The video was recorded in the early spring of 2002  .

CAREERS View all

KIIT DU: Humanity, Compassion & Innovation

KIIT DU: Humanity, Compassion & Innovation

KIIT Deemed to be University is unique as it is a student and parent friendly University. 30000 Students from all over India and 55 countries study here and find a home in the University. 95% of the students are from outside Odisha..

Scholarships This Week

KHYEN CHYEN View all

City Hosts Ethnic Food Festival

City Hosts Ethnic Food Festival

The festival is aimed at popularizing the local ethnic cuisine and foods to give the tourists a feel of local culture and ethos besides keeping alive the fast disappearing recipes..

JKTDC Throws Open Ethnic Food Joint Kong Posh At Zero Bridge

TECHNOLOGY View all

WhatsApp Starts Payment Service In India

WhatsApp Starts Payment Service In India

WhatsApp on Friday said it is rolling out its payments services in India after receiving nod from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)..

Facebook Merges Messenger With Instagram

CULTURE View all

Ertugrul, Esra Bilgic And The Frustrations Of Pakistani Men

Ertugrul, Esra Bilgic And The Frustrations Of Pakistani Men

Muslim men from Pakistan who had looked up a Turkish actress on a photo and video sharing platform, felt it their spiritual duty to educate her, or advice her, or berate her - depending on their self-confidence - on the ethics of being a pious Muslim woman..

The Mystery of Okus Bokus

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