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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

Two Militant Commanders Killed In Anantnag Encounter

Two Militant Commanders Killed In Anantnag Encounter

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commanders were killed in an overnight encounter with government forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said..

DNA Confirms 3 Slain Shopian ‘Militants’ Were Labourers

DNA Confirms 3 Slain Shopian ‘Militants’ Were Labourers

The DNA samples of three men who were killed in an alleged fake encounter with the Army in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district in July have matched with their families from Rajouri, a senior police officer said on Friday..

Gatekeepers or Cheerleaders?       

Gatekeepers or Cheerleaders?       

The content in TV news media specifically is driven by an inclination to place sensation above sense in the quest for appraisals. The race for higher TRPs has made news media a mock epic.

The Withering of Arab League

Repeal of Article 370 and its Discontents

Business Subsistence Package: Relevance, Adequacy and Impact

Hope On Indo-China Front

Hope On Indo-China Front

A pragmatic way out to resolve the lingering stand-off is through negotiations, even if it takes time. With winter approaching it will be in the interest of both the countries to reach an understanding that also holds on the ground. But this can only happen if Beijing approaches the dialogue seriously.

India-Pak Face-off at UN

Story Versus State

Elusive 4G

Physical Disability and Depression

Physical Disability and Depression

I seek my inspiration not from people who consider me less than them but from people who’ve done far better even as they had physical disabilities.

Of Slogans

Remedies For NH-44 During Landslides— Part 2

A Year of Silent Houseboats

IN FOCUS

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Quintessential Kashmiri Hospitality’s New Tastemaker

Quintessential Kashmiri Hospitality’s New Tastemaker

After Covid momentarily clouded his venture, Shopian boy’s resilience saw him getting his brand new café in the city of Srinagar—where new-age eateries are slowly creating a food court competition—back on rails and rhythm..

CITY View all

Bail Plea Of 60-Year-Old Rape Accused Rejected

Bail Plea Of 60-Year-Old Rape Accused Rejected

The father of a 17 year old girl had registered a complaint that a 60 year old man identified as Nazir Khuru of Pamposh Colony Noorbagh area of Srinagar has outraged the chastity of his daughter..

Another Soldier ‘Detained’ With 2 Girls At Srinagar Airport

Efforts On For Seeking UNESCO Heritage Tag For Mughal Gardens: Khan

Humour Mills Go On Overdrive After Late Night Boom In Srinagar

REGIONAL View all

Pak PM Assails New Delhi For Kashmir Moves

Pak PM Assails New Delhi For Kashmir Moves

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday assailed Indian government and its moves to cement control of Kashmir, calling India a “state sponsor of hatred and preju­dice against Islam.”.

PM Modi To Address UNGA Today

Covid-19 Tally In India Crosses 58-Lakh Mark

Ladakh Stand-Off: Disengagement Requires ‘Reciprocal Actions’, Says MEA

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

CAG Pulls Up JKPCC For Poor Performance, Not Finalising Accounts

CAG Pulls Up JKPCC For Poor Performance, Not Finalising Accounts

JKPCC Limited came up for sharp criticism from the CAG for its poor performance and failure to finalise its accounts amid sharp decline in the value of works from Rs 364.19 cr in 2012-13 to Rs 250.65 cR during 2016-17..

US Economy Suffered $16 Trillion Drag Due To Racism: Report

Reduce The Gap Between Industries And Institutes: Samoon

J-K Posted Revenue Surplus Of Rs 7,595 Cr In 2017-18: CAG

HEALTH View all

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

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

“Poor are not getting vaccinated against the flu and cost is the barrier. One flu vaccine costs Rs 1680. High cost of the vaccine keeps it out of reach for poor people.”.

Additional 120 Bedded Block Coming Up at B&J Hospital

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

WHO Endorses Protocol For Coronavirus Herbal Medicine Trials

ENVIRONMENT View all

Significant Improvement In Air Quality During Lockdown: CPCB Report

Significant Improvement In Air Quality During Lockdown: CPCB Report

Significant improvement in air quality was observed during the coronavirus-induced lockdown due to restricted anthropogenic activities, but such air quality management strategies come with considerable economic costs..

HC Order Removal Of Solid Waste From Wular Lake

Wildlife Populations In Free Fall As Forests Cut To Grow Food

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

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

‘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

Rise and Risks of Unemployment

Rise and Risks of Unemployment

Unemployment is the root cause of many problems. It doesn’t merely af­fects an individual, but has the poten­tial to harm the economic, social and mental health of a community..

Society’s Hypocrisy about Rape

“Addiction” an overused word

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

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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