LONGFORM View all

15 Years Later, Low-Intensity Tremors Testing Kashmir’s Shaky Ground

15 Years Later, Low-Intensity Tremors Testing Kashmir’s Shaky Ground

The picturesque landscape shaken by the 2005 earthquake has already witnessed around 40 low-intensity tremors since the start of the catastrophic year of 2020. The recurrent yet unruffled rattles are forcing experts to reveal that Kashmir Valley with petrified past isn’t ready to face any major shake at the present.

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Hoping Against Hope: Half Widows of Kashmir in Lockdown

Hoping Against Hope: Half Widows of Kashmir in Lockdown

At a time when a new book titled ‘Can You Hear Kashmiri Women Speak’ is presenting female voices of the valley, many strife-battered women are silently braving the everyday lockdown trauma in Kashmir. Among them are half widows whose endless wait is escalating due to existential crisis created by lockdowns.

SC Refuses To Entertain Plea Against 100% Domicile Quota In J&K

SC Refuses To Entertain Plea Against 100% Domicile Quota In J&K

The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to entertain a plea challenging legal provisions which provide 100 per cent reservation to domicile of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in public employment.

Why Lockdown?

Why Lockdown?

Most of those supportive of Lockdown 2.0 speak from the point of privilege. No matter what, the government employees will receive their monthly salaries. What about the fruit vendors, daily wagers, transporters, masons, carpenters, painters, salespersons, shopkeepers and others who have to go to work to put the food on the table?

Can a Cobbler’s Son Become an Officer?

13 July 1931

Aru and Its Enchanting Cosmic Energy

School Fees

School Fees

The schools can't charge a full tuition fees, let alone transportation fees for a service they have largely been unable to offer over the past year. Or resort to blackmail to extract it like some elite schools are doing

Protect Livelihoods Too

Martyrs’ Day

After Ladakh Stand-Off 

Period, Pads and Shame in Kashmir

Period, Pads and Shame in Kashmir

Even Islam does not say that the possession of the knowledge of menstruation and vaginal health is forbidden. Islam only asks women to keep away from performing religious functions when their periods are ongoing. The woman has been considered able and free to carry out daily tasks as normal

5 Historians on July 13, 1931: ‘The Uprising Which Shook the State’

Why Risk It? Wear A Face Mask When Stepping Outside

Calm Parents Have A Positive Effect On Kids

IN FOCUS

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SRINAGAR WEATHER

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Seeking Sixth Schedule, Craving Kashmir: Shifting Sands in Cold Desert?

Seeking Sixth Schedule, Craving Kashmir: Shifting Sands in Cold Desert?

Even as Dragon’s reported retreat has prevented Ladakh from becoming a potential war-turf, the public resentment and political rage have created a war cry around Sixth Schedule and restoration of scrapped status in the region now.

LOCAL View all

7 More Covid-19 Deaths Take J&K’s Tally Past 200 Mark

7 More Covid-19 Deaths Take J&K’s Tally Past 200 Mark

Kashmir Valley reported seven more Covid-19 related deaths since overnight, taking the fatality count due to virus to 202 in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday.

Municipal Committee Vice President Abducted In Baramulla

LG Conducts Aerial Survey of Wular Lake

New Transfer Policy for J&K Being Finalized

CITY View all

Deadline For Holding SMC Mayor Election Extended By 3 Months

Deadline For Holding SMC Mayor Election Extended By 3 Months

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have extended the deadline for holding the election to the post of the Mayor of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation by three months.

Covid-19: SKIMS Cancels Sanctioned Staff Leaves, Summer Vacations

Kashmiri Driver Who Was Hurt Saving 20 CRPF Men Awaits Compensation

DGP, ADGP Test Negative for Covid-19

WORLD View all

Iran-China Deal to Ditch Dollar, Bypass US Sanctions

Iran-China Deal to Ditch Dollar, Bypass US Sanctions

On Sunday, The New York Times reported Iran and China were nearing the conclusion of strategic partnership in defiance of the US, saying the deal foresees “a sweeping economic and security partnership.”.

7 Children, 2 Women Killed In Yemen Air Strike: UN Agency

US Navy Battles For 2nd Day To Save Burning Warship In San Diego

China Says US Is Undermining Stability In South China Sea

LIFE & TIMES

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.

Children Will Miss The Power Of Touch

Children Will Miss The Power Of Touch

Humans, of course, do far more holding and touching of our young and we do so over a much longer time. We invest years in holding, hugging, kissing, bathing, and dressing our offspring.

21st Century & Gaming

21st Century & Gaming

Diminishing empathy, pleasure in the pain of others, well-practiced criminal behaviour, decreased capacity for mature decision making, bad physical health, bad mental health, less sleep and bad academic scores are some of the effects of exposure to violent games.

Dal Lake’s ‘Wonder Women’ Playing Crisis-Managers in Lockdown

Dal Lake’s ‘Wonder Women’ Playing Crisis-Managers in Lockdown

At a time when Srinagar Administration is asking people to maintain kitchen gardens, many Kashmiri women are toiling hard in lockdown to maintain traditional vegetable supplies in the city. Braving the vagaries of the weather and harsh life, these women during pandemic have literally become Salvador of Srinagar.

Covid & Polygamy: Pick a Wife’s Name Out of a Hat

Covid & Polygamy: Pick a Wife’s Name Out of a Hat

While the general public is busy taking precautions against the coronavirus and abiding by the requirements of the curfew, there is a segment of polygamist men who have fallen into the clutches of another emerging dilemma – sleeping arrangement for their co-wives.

Ramazan In The Time Of Pandemic

Ramazan In The Time Of Pandemic

We used to put on different faces just to fake around but now things have become so strange and suspicious that even our hypocrisies are concealed by the masks which has become a new norm and necessity. With each heavy breath we take underneath, let’s awake our conscience and sanitise our thoughts. Let’s subdue the scandalous Kurdugulo in us through restrain and fear for Allah..

What is Dirilis Ertugrul and Why Everyone is Watching it

What is Dirilis Ertugrul and Why Everyone is Watching it

The driving force behind Dirilis' popularity may be the the sense of hope and revival against all odds that this story provides. Mired in difficult times like these, Dirilis seems to provides an inspirational balm to a collectively damaged Muslim psyche.

Ramazan in the Midst of a Pandemic

Ramazan in the Midst of a Pandemic

While we must practice social and physical distancing, it does not have to lead to social isolation. We must stay connected. Practice physical distancing and avoid gathering in places associated with Ramazan activities. Physical distancing should be following while distributing ‘Zakat’ during Ramazan.

Social Distancing Works In Absence of Vaccine

Social Distancing Works In Absence of Vaccine

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to minimise social contact between individuals. Indeed, even in less challenging occasions, many of us attempt to stay away from close contact with somebody who is sneezing or coughing to avoid from becoming ill ourselves.

In Pursuit of Perfection

In Pursuit of Perfection

We have this pipe dream about everything…. Perfect life, perfect relationships, perfect career, and perfect amount of money that we need to earn, no matter what. Do you really feel these things make us perfect? .

Over Parenting, Under Parenting- How We Make Children Suffer

Over Parenting, Under Parenting- How We Make Children Suffer

Life of people who lived earlier was much simpler and easier than our lives are today. As our lifestyles changed, our needs, desires, modes of expression changed as well and so did the issues between parents and children

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Virtual Meetups Replace Coffee Shop Meetings For Matrimonial Prospects

Virtual Meetups Replace Coffee Shop Meetings For Matrimonial Prospects

"Mujhe rishta pasand hai" (I agree with this alliance) is more likely to be heard over virtual meetings and online dates than in coffee shops and restaurants.

SPORT View all

Test Cricket Returns As Rain Affects England V West Indies

Test Cricket Returns As Rain Affects England V West Indies

Int'l cricket returned Wednesday after a four-month absence with England and the West Indies managing just 82 minutes of play in a rain-hit opening day of the first test.

Messi Unwilling To Renew Barca Contract: Report

Shashank Manohar Steps Down As ICC Chairman

Meet Zahid Manzoor, A Special Kid With Special Talent

ENVIRONMENT View all

HC, NGT Seek Status Report On Dumping Of Waste In Wullar Lake

HC, NGT Seek Status Report On Dumping Of Waste In Wullar Lake

Kashmir High Court has issued notices to government of India and J&K administration seeking directions for removing garbage dumped on the banks of Wular Lake, Asia’s largest fresh water lake, in north Kashmir.

Positives of Pandemic: Clean Air, Clear Sight, Crystal Water in Kashmir

‘Without Historical Precedent’: Climate Change Turns Lakes Green In US

The Arctic Is On Fire: Siberian Heat Wave Alarms Scientists

TRAVEL

US Bans Pakistan International Airlines Flights Over Pilot Concerns

US Bans Pakistan International Airlines Flights Over Pilot Concerns

The US Department of Transportation said it has revoked permission for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to conduct charter flights to the United States.

Covid-19: Indian Dozes Off At Dubai Airport, Misses Repatriation Flight

Covid-19: Indian Dozes Off At Dubai Airport, Misses Repatriation Flight

A 53-year-old Indian worker in the UAE has missed a special repatriation flight after he dozed off at the Dubai International Airport, a media report said.

Scheduled International Flights Suspended Till July 31: DGCA

Scheduled International Flights Suspended Till July 31: DGCA

The aviation regulator DGCA said on Friday it was extending the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country till July 31.

PIA Halts Operation To Europe After EU’s Ban On Its Flights For 6 Months

PIA Halts Operation To Europe After EU’s Ban On Its Flights For 6 Months

Pakistan’s scandal-hit national carrier on Tuesday announced to discontinue its operation to Europe after the EU’s aviation safety agency banned its flights for six months over safety concerns.

International Commercial Flights To Remain Suspended Till July 15: Govt

International Commercial Flights To Remain Suspended Till July 15: Govt

The aviation regulator DGCA said on Friday it is extending the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country till July 15.

Dubai To Allow International Travellers From July 7

Dubai To Allow International Travellers From July 7

Dubai on Monday announced that it would allow international tourists from July 7. The emirate also announced that foreigners with residency visas will be allowed to visit from July 22.

Saudi Faces Perilous Haj Call As Virus Spikes

Saudi Faces Perilous Haj Call As Virus Spikes

Saudi Arabia is expected to scale back or call off this year's Haj pilgrimage for the first time in its modern history, observers say, a perilous decision as coronavirus cases spike.

High Court Permits Airlines To Allow Passengers On Middle Seats

High Court Permits Airlines To Allow Passengers On Middle Seats

The Bombay High Court on Monday permitted all flight operators to allow passengers to occupy middle seats in flights.

SC Asks Centre To Discuss Ticket Price Refund Issue With Airlines

SC Asks Centre To Discuss Ticket Price Refund Issue With Airlines

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and the airline companies to discuss modalities for full refund of tickets for domestic and international flights.

Airlines To Lose $84 Billion This Year Due To Pandemic: Aviation Body

Airlines To Lose $84 Billion This Year Due To Pandemic: Aviation Body

Airlines are set to lose $84 billion as the coronavirus pandemic reduces revenue by half to mark the worst year in the sector's history.

‘Many Factors To Be Addressed Before International Flights Begin’

‘Many Factors To Be Addressed Before International Flights Begin’

Several factors like the lockdown in metro cities and the ban imposed by various countries on the entry of foreigners need to be addressed before resuming international passenger flights in India.

DGCA Asks Airlines To Keep Middle Seats Vacant

DGCA Asks Airlines To Keep Middle Seats Vacant

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday asked airlines to allot seats in flights in such a manner that middle seats are kept vacant to the extent possible.

As Flying Returns, Airlines Seek To Quell Fears Over Cabin Air

As Flying Returns, Airlines Seek To Quell Fears Over Cabin Air

Jet manufacturers and airlines are launching an urgent initiative to convince nervous travellers that the air they breathe on planes is safe.

Covid-19: ‘Most Viruses, Other Germs Do Not Spread Easily On Flights’

Covid-19: ‘Most Viruses, Other Germs Do Not Spread Easily On Flights’

Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has said in its COVID-19 guidelines.

INTERVIEW View all

Interview: ‘Kashmir Grossly Misrepresented in Bollywood’

Interview: ‘Kashmir Grossly Misrepresented in Bollywood’

A Bollywood actress, who was lately seen throwing her weight behind a film on lost fathers of Kashmir, believes patriotism will always find a place in cinema, even as “Kashmir has been grossly misrepresented and underrepresented by Bollywood”.

Interview: ‘COVID’s Environmental Impact Shows All Is Not Lost’

Interview: ‘Following CPEC, China Desiring A Greater Role in Kashmir’

REVIEW View all

5 Popular Documentaries That Picture Life in Kashmir

5 Popular Documentaries That Picture Life in Kashmir

Amid barrage of daily videos depicting various aspects of the valley, Kashmir Observer has curated a list of five documentaries for you to understand different hues of life in the region.

Set in Valley, Shot Elsewhere: Kashmir in Web Series

Path to Past: 10 Books on Kashmir History for Summer Reading

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

Let us Fight the PUBG Addiction

Let us Fight the PUBG Addiction

Like any bad habit, addiction to PUBG is difficult to rid oneself of, but is not completely unachievable. There are many ways that can be helpful to overcome the nuisance.

I Was Covid-19 Negative But Was Not Allowed To Go Home

Post 5/8, Indo-Pak Ties Are At A New Low

MEDIA View all

Journalists Protest Against New Media Policy, Demand Its Rollback 

Journalists Protest Against New Media Policy, Demand Its Rollback 

A group of journalists under the banner of "J&K Media Guild" staged a protest against media policy and demanded its immediate rollback..

Withdraw ‘New Media Policy’ for Kashmir: RSF to Delhi

Press Council Of India Seeks J&K Govt’s Reply On New Media Policy

OTV

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..

Unravel Kashmir | Young Minds in a Conflict Zone

Unravel Kashmir | Young Minds in a Conflict Zone

This episode provides an insight into the psychological upbringing of Kashmiri youth living in a conflict zone. The very aim of this documentary in particular, and the whole series in general, is to unravel unheard stories from real people who witness turmoil conflict and its nuances on a daily basis..

Case Reopened: Fake Drug Mafia in Kashmir

Case Reopened: Fake Drug Mafia in Kashmir

Kashmir Observer reopens the case of fake drug market in Kashmir, which kills thousands of people every year. Dr. Nisar-Ul-Hassan in an exclusive interview exposes the widespread spurious drug mafia network in the valley..

Caught in the Crossfire

Caught in the Crossfire

Our reporters traveled to Uri and Poonch the two areas which have been battlefields in all the three wars two countries fought since their independence..

Kashmir’s Beloved Root Vegetable Has Made A Comeback

2014 Floods ravaged Kashmir and one overlooked consequence was the loss of Nadru. To the delight of Kashmiris Nadru grew again in 2018 thanks to local farmers..

Caught in the crossfre

Fear Has Returned To Kashmir Villages As India-Pakistan Clashes Resume.  Tensions between the two nuclear armed neighbours are at a boil.Tens of thousands of Kashmiri villagers along the LoC are in distress once again..

CAREERS View all

Foreign Students Weigh Studying In Person Vs Losing Visas

Foreign Students Weigh Studying In Person Vs Losing Visas

The students from countries as diverse as India, China and Brazil say they are scrambling to devise plans after federal immigration authorities notified colleges this week.

Has Civil Services Exam Become A Herculean Task For Kashmiris?

KHYEN CHYEN View all

Restaurateurs Say Centre’s New SOPs Will Make Business ‘Unviable’

Restaurateurs Say Centre’s New SOPs Will Make Business ‘Unviable’

The govt, in a long anticipated move, has given restaurants the nod to open their doors but many owners say the cap on the number of customers will make their operations unviable.

Shades Of ‘Greens’ From Kashmir’s Emerald Spring Palette

TECHNOLOGY View all

PM Modi Quits Chinese Weibo

PM Modi Quits Chinese Weibo

After govt move of banning 59 Chinese Apps, PM Narendra Modi exits from Chinese social media platform WEIBO also.

‘China Attacks Map, India App’: Netizens React to ‘Digital Strike’

CULTURE View all

Shadi Lal Kaul: The Veteran Actor Who Brought Smiles to Gloomy Kashmir

Shadi Lal Kaul: The Veteran Actor Who Brought Smiles to Gloomy Kashmir

After rumours, came reports of the demise of the legendary Kashmiri theatre artist and TV actor—whose comic roles cheered the cheerless valley during its distressing years. In Shadi Lal Kaul, Kashmir not only lost its beloved Shamasudin, but also the adored actor..

Turkey Turns Iconic Istanbul Museum Into Mosque

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