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Kashmiri Scholar in Wilderness: Where’s Hilal?

Kashmiri Scholar in Wilderness: Where’s Hilal?

100 days after he went missing in the woods of Naranag, a Kashmiri scholar’s case remains an unsolved mystery..

TOP STORIES View all

China Says It Does Not Recognise UT of Ladakh

China Says It Does Not Recognise UT of Ladakh

Amid the ongoing military standoff with India along the Line of Action Control (LAC), China on Tuesday declared that it does not recognise the Union Territory of Ladakh and called it "illegally established" by India. A belligerent China also said it was opposed to India building military infrastructure in the border areas..

Never Accepted China’s 1959 LAC Definition: MEA

Never Accepted China’s 1959 LAC Definition: MEA

India on Tuesday categorically rejected China''s "so-called unilaterally defined" Line of Actual Control(LAC) of 1959, and asked the neighbouring country to refrain from advancing an "untenable" interpretation of the de-facto border..

Future of Kashmir Politics

Future of Kashmir Politics

For the BJP acting tough with Kashmir wins it more popular support. And in the remaining four years of its power the party thus seems set to take its project to remake Kashmir in its own image to its logical conclusion.

Women Should Fight For Balance Not Equality

India’s 1991 Moment for Agriculture Sector — Again?

Kashmir, Tibet and A Lurking Dragon

Time To Unlock

Time To Unlock

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.

Time to Wage Peace

Hope On Indo-China Front

India-Pak Face-off at UN

Religious Knowledge’s Careless Dissemination

Religious Knowledge’s Careless Dissemination

Our youth devoid of the necessary tools feel equipped enough to debate complex nuanced issues only to confuse each other causing a whole disservice to the religious scholarly tradition.  

Feeling Low In The Lockdown? Here Is Yet Another Explanation

Farm Bill And Its impact On Jammu & Kashmir

Physical Disability and Depression

IN FOCUS

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Lament over Lawyer: ‘He Would Receive Threats in Front of His Family’

Lament over Lawyer: ‘He Would Receive Threats in Front of His Family’

A day after losing their assertive son to assassins, family members of the fallen advocate assembled at their ancestral hometown in north Kashmir’s Tangmarg area. Amid shrieks and cries, slain Babar Qadri was paid tribute with moist eyes..

CITY View all

Relatives Burst Firecrackers, Bridegroom Booked

Relatives Burst Firecrackers, Bridegroom Booked

Police on Tuesday booked a bridegroom after firecrackers were burst during his marriage ceremony on Monday in Batamaloo area, in violation of the government orders..

Man Posing As Police Officer Arrested In Srinagar

KP Leader’s Fast-Unto-Death Stir Enters 9th Day

Junaid Mattu Expelled from JKPC

WORLD View all

Kuwaiti Ruler Sheikh Sabah Dies At 91

Kuwaiti Ruler Sheikh Sabah Dies At 91

Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait who drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation's top diplomat to push for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War, died Tuesday. He was 91..

China Holds Simultaneous Military Drills In Four Seas, Again

Threat To Evacuate US Diplomats From Iraq Raises Fear Of War

Afghan Peace Negotiator Urges New Era In Ties With Pakistan

LIFE & TIMES

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.

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

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

On this day, last year, snapped communication channels tormented many Kashmiris studying, working outside the valley. A student from Srinagar studying journalism in Punjab narrates how the day became a timeline of trauma, nightmares and anxiety for Kashmiri students far from home.

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.

BUSINESS View all

Govt Launches e-MARG Online Payment To Contractors 

Govt Launches e-MARG Online Payment To Contractors 

Principal Secretary, R&B Department, Shailendra Kumar, today launched e-MARG online payment to contractors for maintenance of PMGSY Roads here at the Civil Secretariat..

J&K Bank Holds 82nd AGM Of Its Shareholders

Let’s Fix Responsibility For NPAs In Bank: Navin To Officers

Fake Currency Notes Worth Rs 1 Crore Deposited In RBI

SPORT View all

RCB Beat MI In Thrilling Super Over game

RCB Beat MI In Thrilling Super Over game

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians in a thrilling Super Over contest in the Indian Premier League on Monday after the match was tied during regulation 20 overs..

Only Teach Counter Violence, Not Krav Maga: Kashmir Combatives

Ex-Australian Cricketer Dean Jones Dies Of Cardiac Arrest In Mumbai

J&K Woman Footballer To Interact With PM Modi In FIT India Dialogue

HEALTH View all

300 Doctors Offering Free Telemedicine Service To J&K Residents

300 Doctors Offering Free Telemedicine Service To J&K Residents

Under the 'Dial a Doctor' programme, more than 300 doctors across the globe and from different specialties and sub-specialties provide voluntary health services to the patients..

Poor Can’t Afford Flu Vaccine, Make it Free: DAK 

Additional 120 Bedded Block Coming Up at B&J Hospital

Top US Health Body Says Coronavirus Is Airborne, Then Retracts Warning

ENVIRONMENT View all

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

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

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has stressed upon innovative and efficient measures for conservation and preservation of world-renowned Dal lake, Wular lake and other water bodies..

Significant Improvement In Air Quality During Lockdown: CPCB Report

HC Order Removal Of Solid Waste From Wular Lake

Wildlife Populations In Free Fall As Forests Cut To Grow Food

TRAVEL

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..

Whopping Loss in Lockdown: Global Tourism Going Kashmir Way?

Whopping Loss in Lockdown: Global Tourism Going Kashmir Way?

The global tourism industry has been under havoc since the onset of the pandemic. But the Kashmir chapter marred by successive lockdowns remains a silent clause in the entire discourse..

In the Heartland of Dardistan

In the Heartland of Dardistan

‘After our two-day stay in Gurez, we braced up to return to the monotony of our lives. On returning, I alighted on Razdan Pass. While taking a deep breath of fresh air in the mountains, I roved around amidst the click-clanking of camera shutters.’.

UN: Global Tourism Lost $320bn In 5 Months From Pandemic

UN: Global Tourism Lost $320bn In 5 Months From Pandemic

The tourism global industry has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, with $320 billion lost in exports in the first five months of the year and more than 120 million jobs at risk.

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..

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

Inconvenience of Income Inequality

Inconvenience of Income Inequality

India is one of the most unequal in­come distribution countries. It would take 941 years for a minimum wage worker in rural India to earn what the top paid executive at a leading Indian garment company earns in a year..

Rise and Risks of Unemployment

Society’s Hypocrisy about Rape

MEDIA View all

Masrat Zahra Receives Peter Mackler Award

Masrat Zahra Receives Peter Mackler Award

Kashmiri photojournalist Masrat Zahra on Thursday received the Peter Mackler prize for courageous and ethical journalism thanks to her coverage of women impacted by decades of unrest in Kashmir..

RSF Hits Out At J&K Cyber Police For ‘Assaulting’ Journalist

IFJ, IJU Ask J&K Authorities To ‘Stop Persecuting’ Journalists

OTV

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"..

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..

CAREERS View all

LG Launches Career Education Platform For Students

LG Launches Career Education Platform For Students

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday e-inaugurated an online process-based, standardised and scalable career education platform for students..

UGC-NET Exam Postponed, To Be Conducted Sep 24 Onwards

KHYEN CHYEN View all

Poshan Mela Showcase Ethnic Food of Kargil

Poshan Mela Showcase Ethnic Food of Kargil

Tai Suru in Kargil hosted 'Poshan Mela' with display of local food by the Child Development Project Office, Kargil Ladakh. The Mela was part of Poshan Abhiyaan 2020..

‘Don’t Fear Food, Packaging’: WHO After China Virus-In-Frozen Food Claim

TECHNOLOGY View all

Messages Are End-To-End Encrypted, Says WhatsApp Amid Alleged Leaks

Messages Are End-To-End Encrypted, Says WhatsApp Amid Alleged Leaks

WhatsApp on Friday said messages sent on its platform are end-to-end encrypted and only the recipient of a message can read the content..

Google Removes Paytm App From Play Store For Policy Violation

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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