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

J&K Records 52 Pc Turnout In First Round Of DDC Polls

J&K Records 52 Pc Turnout In First Round Of DDC Polls

In the first electoral exercise in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370, nearly 52 percent voter turnout was recorded on Saturday in the staggered polls to district development councils. Reasi in Jammu recorded the highest voter turnout of 74.62 percent while Pulwama in south Kashmir witnessed the least voter participation at 6.7 percent..

Imprints of Kashmir Polls: ‘Welfare, Restoration, Tunnel…’

Imprints of Kashmir Polls: ‘Welfare, Restoration, Tunnel…’

For the first time since the abrogation of Article 370, District Development Council (DDC) polls saw return of the major electoral exercise in Kashmir for a triangular contest being fought for “development” versus “restoration”..

Post-pandemic Economics at G-20 Summit

Post-pandemic Economics at G-20 Summit

On the question of navigating the pandemic collectively, the G20 correctly indicated that the "unprecedented" financial and humanitarian costs can be best challenged through an even stronger focus on COVID-19 related health, economic, and social exigencies faced by developing countries at present.

Why Isn’t Kashmir on OIC Agenda?

Conversion Ordinance   

Why JKNC Should Introspect to Redeem and Reinvent Itself

Stemming Renewed Covid Surge

Stemming Renewed Covid Surge

While the union government will need to take measures to steer the nation through this critical period, the onus is also on the ordinary people to exercise the safety precautions to ensure the infection is held in check.

Roshni Probe

Lingering Stand-off

Illegal mining

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

Dark Times: Power Cuts Getting Worse in Kashmir This Winter

Dark Times: Power Cuts Getting Worse in Kashmir This Winter

As unscheduled and prolonged power cuts have darkened the valley this early winter, the chief engineer of the power department says the fresh curtailment schedule, with lesser cuts than previous year, will be issued within three days..

LOCAL View all

Polling Booths ‘Changed Overnight’ At Some Places: NC

Polling Booths ‘Changed Overnight’ At Some Places: NC

NC General Secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar Saturday alleged that ‘designated’ polling booths were ‘changed’ overnight at many places in Kashmir during the first phase of DDC elections..

SEC Bans Exit Polls Till DDC Elections End

AC Approves J&K Communication and Connectivity Infrastructure Policy

39.69% Votes Polled Till 1 PM In 1st Phase Of DDC Elections In J&K

CITY View all

Non-Local Found Dead In Chattabal

Non-Local Found Dead In Chattabal

An 80-year-old mentally-challenged man was found dead on Saturday in Chattabal area of Srinagar, officials said..

SMC Mayor Junaid Mattu Joins Apni Party

Mirwaiz Family Bereaved

First Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Conducted At SKIMS

REGIONAL View all

Vicious’ Media Campaign Against Me: Umar Khalid Tells Court

Vicious’ Media Campaign Against Me: Umar Khalid Tells Court

Umar Kahlid alleged before a Delhi court on Saturday that there has been a vicious media campaign against him in various newspapers and on TV channels about his alleged role in the north east Delhi riots..

Traffic Hit On Key Delhi Roads As 2 Borders Closed Amid Farmers’ Protest

India Discusses Opportunities To Work With UAE In A ‘Changing World’

Pakistan Cabinet Approves Chemical Castration Of Rapists

WORLD View all

Iran’s Supreme Leader Vows Revenge After Top Nuke Scientist Assassinated

Iran’s Supreme Leader Vows Revenge After Top Nuke Scientist Assassinated

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has vowed revenge and to continue the country's "scientific" activities after the killing of the country's chief nuclear scientist, as top Iranian officials pile blame on Israel..

US, Germany Used Second Swiss Firm Too For Spying On Govts: Report

US Imposes Sanctions On Russian And Chinese Companies

Iran’s President Vows Revenge Over Slain Military Scientist

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

India’s Economy Contracts By 7.5%, Enters ‘Technical Recession’

India’s Economy Contracts By 7.5%, Enters ‘Technical Recession’

India’s economy contracted by 7.5% in the July-September quarter following a record slump of 23.9% in the previous three months, pushing the country into a recession for the first time in its history..

J&K Bank Banking Associate Exams To Begin From Jan 1

Mission Youth, J&K Govt Inks MoUs with BSE to Spread Financial Literacy

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

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

UAE Halts New Visas To Citizens Of 13 Mostly Muslim States

UAE Halts New Visas To Citizens Of 13 Mostly Muslim States

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Turkey, Syria and Somalia, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park..

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.

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

OTV

Wedding Wizard

Wedding Wizard

From an aspiring corporate honcho to his family's heir apparent, Bin Yamin Gulzar created a niche as the first wedding planner of Kashmir in the sweltering summer of 2010. Decade later, his high-end initiatives, including his Haveli Regale, are making him second to none new-age mover and shaker in Kashmir hospitality sector..

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..

CAREERS View all

Scholarships This Week

Scholarships This Week

Kashmir Observer in association with Buddy4Study.com presents scholarships available for the meritorious students of Jammu and Kashmir..

KIIT DU: Humanity, Compassion & Innovation

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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