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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

Militant Killed in Chrar-e-Sharif Encounter

Militant Killed in Chrar-e-Sharif Encounter

A Jaish-e-Muhammad militant was killed by government forces in an overnight encounter in Chrar-e-Sharif area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, officials said Tuesday..

Srinagar Jolted: Was it a Quake? 

Srinagar Jolted: Was it a Quake? 

Before any official would comment social media exploded with plethora of posts some suggesting an earthquake and some a massive explosion. The reason it was not instantly taken as earthquake was because quakes don't usually strike with a bang and don’t create sound. The bang was heard far and wide..

Repeal of Article 370 and its Discontents

Repeal of Article 370 and its Discontents

Revocation of Article 370 and subsequent constitutional measures have served to dilute the political centrality of the Muslim majority Kashmir Valley. Power, both at a political and a psychological level, has shifted to minorities in the newly created union territories – Hindus of Jammu in J&K and Buddhists of Leh in Ladakh.

Business Subsistence Package: Relevance, Adequacy and Impact

Fracturing a People

What About Education?

Story Versus State

Story Versus State

Journalists in the Kashmir Valley have been doing their jobs against tough odds. The long troubled situation, more so, the ongoing turmoil, has made it ever more difficult to report. The profession of journalism as a whole is in a crisis here

Elusive 4G

Don’t Reopen Schools

Change Tack On Kashmir

Remedies For NH-44 During Landslides— Part 2

Remedies For NH-44 During Landslides— Part 2

It is important to map, understand, and work on a remedial planning to make the NH-44 traveller friendly and safe, which could be possible if the road is widened, properly maintained and closely monitored.

A Year of Silent Houseboats

What I Didn’t Know About Kashmir

The Humane Story of Prophet Muhammad

IN FOCUS

TOP STORIES View all

SRINAGAR WEATHER

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Batamaloo Gunfight: ‘No Tweet, Probe Can Get My Mother Back Now’

Batamaloo Gunfight: ‘No Tweet, Probe Can Get My Mother Back Now’

A fortnight after attending her son’s wedding, a Batamaloo woman is resting in her grave. She became yet another conflict casualty after stepping out of her house for an early morning bakery shop routine..

LOCAL View all

HC Asks Govt To Facilitate Detained Sopore Youth’s Exam

HC Asks Govt To Facilitate Detained Sopore Youth’s Exam

A person under detention cannot be prevented from taking the exam unless there are pressing circumstances, the JK HC on Tuesday directed govt to facilitate appearance of a young detainee from Sopore in the 12th class examn.

Drone Dropped Arms Seized In Jammu

Ladakh Parties Announce Boycott To Seek Constitutional Safeguard

Art-370 Should Be Restored For Peace In J&K: Farooq

CITY View all

Woman’s Killing In Batmaloo Unfortunate: DGP

Woman’s Killing In Batmaloo Unfortunate: DGP

Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Tuesday termed very unfortunate the killing of a civilian woman during an encounter in the Batamaloo area.

Militants Attack CRPF Party In Nowgam

Public Warned Against Use of Synthetic Food Colours

Agro-Meteorologists Open Chapter At SKUAST-K

REGIONAL View all

China Started LAC Build-Up After Doklam Stand-Off: Report

China Started LAC Build-Up After Doklam Stand-Off: Report

China has started construction of at least 13 entirely new military positions including three air bases, five permanent air defence positions and five heliports near LAC in the aftermath of the Doklam standoff.

India, Pak Spar Over Kashmir At UN

India’s Covid-19 Tally Races Past 55 Lakh; Recovery Rate Rises To 80.86%

Centre Blames Tablighi Jamaat For Covid-19 Spread 

WORLD View all

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

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

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday took down its guidance warning on possible airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus, saying that the draft recommendation was posted in error..

‘Facebook Vows To Restrict Users If US Election Descends Into Chaos’

Russia Launches Kavkaz-2020 Military Drills, Featuring Forces From Iran

Iran Says US ‘Isolated’ As World Powers Dismiss Sanctions

LIFE & TIMES

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.

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.

BUSINESS View all

FinCEN files: Big Banks Let $2 Trillion ‘Dirty Money’ Move Around World

FinCEN files: Big Banks Let $2 Trillion ‘Dirty Money’ Move Around World

The FinCEN files show that the world’s biggest banks have allowed criminals to move “dirty money” around the globe. In total, these reports flagged more than $2 trillion in transactions, according to BuzzFeed News..

Package To Help Revive Businesses: Kashmir Inc

LG Announces Rs 1350 Cr Package To Help Business Sector

J&K Bank CMD Interacts With High Density Apple Entrepreneurs

ENVIRONMENT View all

HC Order Removal Of Solid Waste From Wular Lake

HC Order Removal Of Solid Waste From Wular Lake

Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Municipal Committee, Sopore, to take steps for removal of municipal Solid Waste forthwith which has been dumped within the demarcated area of the Wular Lake..

Wildlife Populations In Free Fall As Forests Cut To Grow Food

J&K Glaciers Melting At ‘Significant’ Rate, Study Finds

Dal Polluted On ‘2 Vital Parameters’ Near Nehru Park, RGSC: PCB

TRAVEL

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..

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.

INTERVIEW View all

Frequent Lockdowns And Delayed Treatment Making Kashmiris ‘Toothless’

Frequent Lockdowns And Delayed Treatment Making Kashmiris ‘Toothless’

In a candid chat with Kashmir Observer, dental surgeon Dr. Sheikh Shahid details how his tribe is replacing pain with relief, frown with a smile, and discomfort with ease in the current testing times when escalating anxiety is only disturbing one’s oral health..

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

Interview | Shah Faesal: ‘I Want To Move On And Live A Productive Life’

REVIEW View all

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

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

Late cop-governor Ved Marwah’s 12-year-old book, “India in Turmoil”, makes more sense than generic garbled opinions on Kashmir; however, a lot is left to be read in between the lines..

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

Book On Tragedy Of Ashura Published After Over 500 Years  

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

“Addiction” an overused word

“Addiction” an overused word

Addiction can be defined as a physical or psychological dependence on a substance – most usually a psychoactive substance..

Let’s Pledge To Wear Kashmiri Fashion This Winter 

The Menace of Unemployment in J&K

MEDIA View all

Journalist Summoned Over Story, Beaten in Police Station

Journalist Summoned Over Story, Beaten in Police Station

“It was the first time I had ever been hit. As I stood there in a fog of shock, I somehow and vaguely rationalized this assault as the cost of doing journalism in Kashmir.”.

It Is Digital Media Which Needs Regulations: Centre To SC

Photojournalists Thrashed by Forces Near Pampore

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

Google Removes Paytm App From Play Store For Policy Violation

Google Removes Paytm App From Play Store For Policy Violation

Google on Friday said it has removed Paytm app from the Play Store for violation of its policy on sport betting activities..

Account Of PM Modi’s Personal Website Hacked, Later Restored: Twitter

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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