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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

Aim Of Admin Is To Eradicate Unemployment In J&K In Five Years: LG

Aim Of Admin Is To Eradicate Unemployment In J&K In Five Years: LG

The aim of the Jammu and Kashmir administration is to eradicate unemployment in the union territory in the next five years, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Saturday..

Central Leadership Will Decide On Participating In PAGD: J&K Cong

Central Leadership Will Decide On Participating In PAGD: J&K Cong

The Jammu and Kashmir Congress on Saturday said it would take a call on participating in the Peoples' Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) after consultations with the party's central leadership, even as it asserted that there is a need to have a common platform to fight for the rights of the people of the erstwhile state..

Religion and Secularism: A Misleading Dichotomy

Religion and Secularism: A Misleading Dichotomy

No one is arguing that one’s religion is beyond questioning and yet it is pertinent to reiterate that the freedom of enquiry can be exercised in ways that do not have to be necessarily hostile or hurtful to a particular community.

Kashmir & Fourth Industrial Revolution

G20 Interfaith Forum Advocates Political Space for Faith Leaders

Are You the ‘Loud Minority’?

Srinagar Sero-Survey

Srinagar Sero-Survey

The government will have to run an aggressive awareness campaign about the disease. It has to also work towards involvement of the community by charging village, locality elders, mosque managements etc to ensure people follow the safety precautions.

New Land Laws

Bringing Tourists Back

Reviving The Economy

Kashmir and Women in Law

Kashmir and Women in Law

Women lawyers working in Kashmir, particularly face stereotyping in the kind of briefs they get. Even when they’re on an equal footing of merit and experience with their male counterparts; they’re still mostly entrusted with family matters and rarely with anything having to do with other civil and criminal matters.

Resisting Dismemberment

Rabi’ul-Awwal and Celebrations Around the World

Major Challenges In Implementation Of NEP 2020

IN FOCUS

SPECIAL REPORT View all

New Job Rules Will Make Working Women More ‘Vulnerable’, Activists Fear

New Job Rules Will Make Working Women More ‘Vulnerable’, Activists Fear

Already grappling with paucity of platforms to register their grievances in the valley, Kashmiri women are now predicting more inconvenient time in the men-dominated workplaces following new amendments in retirement rules..

LOCAL View all

Congress Stages Protest In Jammu Against New Land Laws

Congress Stages Protest In Jammu Against New Land Laws

The JK of the Congress staged a protest here on Saturday against the new land laws notified for the UT and said the central govt should not test the patience of peace-loving citizens by "snatching their land and jobs"..

Prominent Religious Cleric Mushtaq Veeri Released

Hunter’s Body Recovered In North Kashmir’s Pattan

Grenade Attack On CRPF Camp In Budgam

CITY View all

Dr Farooq ‘Barred’ From Visiting Dargah, NC Aghast

Dr Farooq ‘Barred’ From Visiting Dargah, NC Aghast

The NC on Friday said that authorities in JK prevented its president Farooq Abdullah from leaving his residence to offer prayers at the Hazratbal shrine here on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi..

PDP’s Protest March Foiled, Several Leaders Detained

Two Out Of Five Srinagar Residents Have Covid-19 Antibodies: Sero-Survey

LG Inaugurates Water Sports Centre at Nehru Park 

REGIONAL View all

Malabar Naval Exercise To Take Place From Nov 3-6 In Bay Of Bengal

Malabar Naval Exercise To Take Place From Nov 3-6 In Bay Of Bengal

The first phase of the Malabar naval exercise featuring navies of India, the US, Japan and Australia will take place from November 3 to 6 in the Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam coast, officials said on Friday..

Kerala, Goa And Chandigarh Best Governed States And Union

India, China To Hold Another Round Of Military Talks Next Week

Can Excessive Media Reporting Hinder Justice, HC Asks Centre

LIFE & TIMES

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.

6 Tips to Take Care of Your Wooden Furniture

6 Tips to Take Care of Your Wooden Furniture

Good quality furniture lasts a lifetime. But, no matter how good the quality of wood is, it is susceptible to abrasion, scratches, and wear and tear, due to constant use..

Why Some People Don’t Play By The Rules Amid Pandemic

Why Some People Don’t Play By The Rules Amid Pandemic

Lockdowns and social distancing measures introduced around the world to try and curb the COVID-19 pandemic are reshaping lives, legislating activities that were once everyday freedoms and creating new social norms..

Being Out In Nature Could Improve Children’s Health

Being Out In Nature Could Improve Children’s Health

Researchers have found that social activities can help cement the bond between children and nature.

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. .

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.

HEALTH View all

Medical Insurance Online: Tips to Ensure a Convenient Purchase!

Medical Insurance Online: Tips to Ensure a Convenient Purchase!

Medical insurance policies provide people with the assurance that they would get to avail superior quality of medical treatment whenever needed, without weakening their financial savings..

‘Oxford COVID Vaccine Trials Produce Robust Immune Response In Elderly’

J&K To Have 1100 MBBS Seats In Medical Colleges

Convalescent Plasma Less Effective In Treating Covid-19 Patients

ENVIRONMENT View all

Rampant Pollution In Wular Lake Declines ‘Nadru’ Production

Rampant Pollution In Wular Lake Declines ‘Nadru’ Production

Rampant pollution and encroachment in Asia’s largest freshwater lake is taking a heavy toll on the production of Nadru (Lotus Stem) as its production has declined drastically..

Climate Change Drove Early Human Species To Extinction, Study Says

14 Million Tonnes Of Microplastics On Sea Floor: Study

LG for Innovative Measures for Conservation of Dal, Other Water Bodies

TRAVEL

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.

Dubai Suspends Air India Flights For Bringing Covid-Positive Passengers

Dubai Suspends Air India Flights For Bringing Covid-Positive Passengers

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Air India Express flights till October 2 for allegedly bringing passengers with COVID-positive certificates twice during the last couple of weeks..

Air Passenger Traffic Grows Around 25 Pc Sequentially In August: ICRA

Air Passenger Traffic Grows Around 25 Pc Sequentially In August: ICRA

Air passenger traffic in the country logged around 25 per cent month-on-month growth at 26 lakh passengers in August with airlines scaling up capacity by 27 per cent over July..

Cabins And Seats May Look Quite Different The Next Time You Fly

Cabins And Seats May Look Quite Different The Next Time You Fly

Headrest canopies and fabric barriers between seats could start appearing in airplane cabins as the embattled industry tries to ward off the coronavirus..

Ban On International Passenger Flights Extended Till September 30

Ban On International Passenger Flights Extended Till September 30

The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till September 30, said Indian aviation regulator DGCA on Monday..

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 Book Which Seeks To Decode White Collar Crimes

A Book Which Seeks To Decode White Collar Crimes

In “You Just Got Cheated: Understanding White Collar Crimes”, commissioner of Income Tax Sibichen K Mathew seeks to provide insights on the nature of these crimes.

‘India in Turmoil’: Former Top Cop’s Kashmir Take

Review: ‘Kashmiriyat’ | ‘A Brutal Exploitation of Artistic License’

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

Panacea of Procrastination

Panacea of Procrastination

Some of the most prominent causes of Procrastination are peculiar. They include perfectionism and lack of motivation, all at once..

Tenacity of Gupkar Declaration

Dangers of Gaming

MEDIA View all

Kashmir Media Bodies Condemn ‘Continuous Harassment’

Kashmir Media Bodies Condemn ‘Continuous Harassment’

Several media associations on Thursday condemned the “continuous harassment” of media institutions and journalists of the Valley saying that such acts were aimed curbing the freedom of press..

KEG Concerned Over Raid On Newspaper Premises

Editors Guild of India Condemns Sealing of KT Office

OTV

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  .

Cometh Covid, Cometh Comrade

Cometh Covid, Cometh Comrade

Kashmir's Covid Warriors: The outbreak of Covid-19 instilled such a fear in people that they even abandoned their deceased loved ones. Amid this gloomy situation a Srinagar Samaritan emerged on the scene. He came to the rescue of distressed families..

Driving the Dead

Driving the Dead

This 40-year-old Kashmiri ambulance driver has been ferrying Covid-19 victims from hospitals to burial grounds since Kashmir witnessed its first Covid dead early this year.

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"..

CAREERS View all

Learn How To Pass Cisco 200-901 Exam With Dumps

Learn How To Pass Cisco 200-901 Exam With Dumps

The 200-901 DEVASC is the necessary test that you need to take to earn the Cisco Certified DevNet Associate badge that will prove your skills in cloud computing, automation, and infrastructure of networks.

LG Launches Career Education Platform For Students

KHYEN CHYEN View all

Multi-Cuisine Restaurant ‘Lazeez’ Opens At Boulevard

Multi-Cuisine Restaurant ‘Lazeez’ Opens At Boulevard

A new multi-cuisine restaurant and open air café joined the list of new restaurant openings in the month September, adding glamorous vibes to the forever-growing food lovers in Kashmir..

Chaya Inaugurates ‘Urbans Restaurant’ at Gogji Bagh

TECHNOLOGY View all

Facebook Merges Messenger With Instagram

Facebook Merges Messenger With Instagram

Facebook has announced indulging a new update to unify messenger and Instagram through cross messaging..

A Two-Faceted Technological Development

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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