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‘Why Am I Anxious’: Inside ‘Hope Sessions’ of Kashmiri Troika

‘Why Am I Anxious’: Inside ‘Hope Sessions’ of Kashmiri Troika

Mindful of how the triple lockdown has left many vulnerable, isolated and in danger of participating in the ever dubious drug addiction activities, three young Kashmiri women, including author of this piece, have created a virtual space for the distressed youth of the valley where they freely express themselves and pass through a therapeutic experience..

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J&K Logs Record 60 Deaths, 4788 New Covid Cases

J&K Logs Record 60 Deaths, 4788 New Covid Cases

Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday reported sixty coronavirus related deaths, the highest single-day fatalities, even as 4788 fresh cases of infection were detected across the Union Territory during the last 24 hours..

Life in Kashmir Remains Crippled On Day 10

Life in Kashmir Remains Crippled On Day 10

Normal life remained affected in many areas in Jammu and Kashmir on the tenth day on Saturday with the imposition of the lockdown in the wake of an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, officials said..

United We Live, Divided We Die

United We Live, Divided We Die

If we do not strengthen our coalition parties today, we might not find our way out of this regime’s excesses of power. We might see the same patterns and events repeating. History, after all, has a way of repeating itself.

Sustaining Lockdown 3.0

Gendered Vaccination: Less Women are Getting Vaccinated in Kashmir

Making Our Zakat More Constructive

Preparation Is The Key

Preparation Is The Key

The new "double mutant" strain will be certainly a challenge to the government. It is thought to more virulent than the previous strain. So, along with the vaccine it will be even more important for people to exercise self restraint and observe SOPs.

Runaway Surge

Line of Cooperation

Oh Didi

A Gentle Stroll Through Ramazan

A Gentle Stroll Through Ramazan

We should understand that Ramazan is not a once in a lifetime event. ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’ will  repeat with its promised gusto, probably next year. This year, we would deserve celebrations in a traditional sense only when the virus is brought to its knees and lives of all are secured.

At A Glance: Covid-19 And Mental Health

Jum’atul-Wida: Last Leg of an Opportunity

Ashraf Sehrai: ‘A Long Political Career Comes To An End’

IN FOCUS

SPECIAL REPORT View all

‘Please Save My Father’: Cries For ICU Beds Grow Louder In Kashmir

‘Please Save My Father’: Cries For ICU Beds Grow Louder In Kashmir

One of the rattling visuals of the second wave of Covid in Kashmir came on the night of April 29 when a video of a young man pleading the SKIMS authorities to shift his father “struggling to breath” to critical ward went viral on social media..

LOCAL View all

J&K Bank Offers 250 Oxygen Concentrators To J&K Admin

J&K Bank Offers 250 Oxygen Concentrators To J&K Admin

 Jammu and Kashmir Bank Saturday offered to donate 250 Oxygen Concentrators to the government of J&K UT for use during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis..

Jammu BJP Leader Locks Horns With MoS PMO

Senior KAS Officer Dies Of Covid-19

Minor Boy Killed, Three Injured As Vehicles Falls Into Gorge In Poonch

REGIONAL View all

Over 9 Lakh Patients On Oxygen Support Across India: Health Minister

Over 9 Lakh Patients On Oxygen Support Across India: Health Minister

While 1,70,841 COVID patients across the country are on ventilator, as many as 9,02,291 patients are on oxygen support, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday..

Wake Up From Slumber, Mitigate Covid Challenges: IMA To Health Ministry

Pakistan Imposes Eid Holiday Shutdown As Virus Cases Soar

Afghan Couple Held With Heroin Worth Rs 860 Cr

WORLD View all

Bomb Kills At Least 25 People Near School In Afghan Capital

Bomb Kills At Least 25 People Near School In Afghan Capital

A bomb exploded near a school in a Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 25 people, many of them young students, Afghan government spokesmen said. The Taliban condemned the attack..

Muslim Countries Condemn Violent Israeli Raid On Al-Aqsa Mosque

WHO Approves China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use

Iraq: Fresh Drone Attack Targets Military Base Housing US Soldiers

LIFE & TIMES

Tips to Make Your Furniture Last Longer

Tips to Make Your Furniture Last Longer

It is important to know how to make your furniture last longer before you decide to let go of them. There are a lot of things that need to be considered while choosing the furniture..

Not To Be Sniffed At: Agony Of Post-Covid-19 Loss Of Smell

Not To Be Sniffed At: Agony Of Post-Covid-19 Loss Of Smell

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, doctors and researchers are still striving to better understand and treat the accompanying epidemic of COVID-19-related anosmia — loss of smell — draining much of the joy of life from an increasing number of sensorially frustrated longer-term sufferers like Forgione..

Colour Your Hair, Limit the Damage       

Colour Your Hair, Limit the Damage       

Before going in for colouring, it is essential to know the methods that are available and how they affect the hair. Also, find out about limiting the damage and the latest trends..

WhatsApp New Privacy Terms: What Do New Rules Really Mean For You?

WhatsApp New Privacy Terms: What Do New Rules Really Mean For You?

The announcement that WhatsApp will be getting new rules – and forcing users to agree to them – has spread fear among the people who rely on the messaging app to stay in touch with friends and family..

Masks Block 99.9% Of Large Covid-Linked Droplets: Study

Masks Block 99.9% Of Large Covid-Linked Droplets: Study

Face masks reduce the risk of spreading large Covid-linked droplets when speaking or coughing by up to 99.9 percent, according to a lab experiment with mechanical mannequins and human subjects, researchers said.

Beauty Oils: The Solution for Dry Winter Skin

Beauty Oils: The Solution for Dry Winter Skin

The winter breeze may feel good and enjoyable for many ways but it can rob moisture off your skin and make it prone to dryness and damage making whitish patches appear on your face and limbs..

Bored of Straight Hair? Learn 6 Steps to Style With a Hair Crimper

Bored of Straight Hair? Learn 6 Steps to Style With a Hair Crimper

Crimped hair has always been in fashion; from ponytails and pigtails to half-up dos, you've certainly seen the' 80s crimped hair look make a comeback across various social media platforms..

Emotional Stability Predicts Successful Career Outcomes: Study

Emotional Stability Predicts Successful Career Outcomes: Study

A new study published in Psychological Science has found that the changes during young adulthood indicate personality growth which can be beneficial for career growth..

Zaira Wasim Requests Fans To Take Down Her Pictures From Fan Pages

Zaira Wasim Requests Fans To Take Down Her Pictures From Fan Pages

Former actor Zaira Wasim has requested her fans to remove her pictures from their social media accounts and not share them, saying she was trying to start a new chapter in her life..

Lavish Kashmiri Weddings And Environment

Lavish Kashmiri Weddings And Environment

Our Environment too is getting polluted in a number of ways by anthropogenic activities. It has now become a victim of the fat weddings of Kashmir..

‘Zoom Dysmorphia’ Leading People To Rush For Facial Treatments: Experts

‘Zoom Dysmorphia’ Leading People To Rush For Facial Treatments: Experts

Spending more time on virtual platforms could be affecting self-image of people and leading them to rush for facial treatments they may not have considered months before confronting a video screen, a new phenomenon called ‘Zoom Dysmorphia’, experts say..

Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels Carry Highest Covid Superspreader Risk: Study

Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels Carry Highest Covid Superspreader Risk: Study

The reopening of restaurants, gyms and hotels carries the highest danger of spreading Covid-19, according to a study that used mobile phone data from 98 million people to model the risks of infection at different locations..

Eco Friendly Constructions Helpful in Covid Era: Dr Hiranandani 

Eco Friendly Constructions Helpful in Covid Era: Dr Hiranandani 

Thrust should be given for a total environment friendly structure with minimum usage of the various utilities along with critically controlling the price factor, this is all the more relevant in the wake of the current Global Corona Virus pandemic situation”.

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..

BUSINESS View all

Govt To Negotiate With HCI On Hotel Centaur Take Over

Govt To Negotiate With HCI On Hotel Centaur Take Over

JK government Saturday constituted a five-member committee to negotiate with the Hotel Corporation of India (HCI) to take over the control of much famed hotel Cenatuar located on the banks of Dal Lake.

Govt Allows Cash Payment Of Over ₹2L For Covid-19 Treatment At Hospitals

KCCI Seeks Financial Sustenance For Lockdown Affected Daily Earners

Biz & Industry Revival: Govt Releases Rs 250cr As Interest Subvention 

ENVIRONMENT View all

Glacier Melt Is Speeding Up, Raising Seas: Global Study

Glacier Melt Is Speeding Up, Raising Seas: Global Study

Nearly all of the world’s glaciers are losing mass at an ever increasing pace, contributing to more than a fifth of global sea level rise this century, according to unprecedented research released on Wednesday..

Dal, Nigeen And Other Kashmir Lakes To Be Declared Protected Wetlands

Mountains in J&K Fragile, Glaciers Need To Be Monitored: Panel

Coordinated Approach Necessary To Conserve Kashmir Water Resources

TRAVEL

US Urges Citizens To Return Home From India Through Available Flights

US Urges Citizens To Return Home From India Through Available Flights

The US, which has urged its citizens not to travel to India due to an unprecedented surge in the COVID-19 cases there, on Friday encouraged those in the country to book their tickets to return home through currently available flights..

Australia Borders Could Be Shut Until Late 2022

Australia Borders Could Be Shut Until Late 2022

Australia is likely to remain shut to visitors until late 2022, the country’s trade and tourism minister said Friday, as another global coronavirus surge smashed hopes of a quick reopening..

Suspension Of Scheduled Int’l Passenger Flights Extended Till May 31

Suspension Of Scheduled Int’l Passenger Flights Extended Till May 31

The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till May 31, aviation regulator DGCA said on Friday..

Italy Tightens Travel Rules;23 Passengers From India Test Covid Positive

Italy Tightens Travel Rules;23 Passengers From India Test Covid Positive

Italy has tightened the rules on people arriving from coronavirus-hit India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, while extending quarantine regulations for Europeans..

Airlines Face $47.7 Billion Loss In 2021: Aviation Body

Airlines Face $47.7 Billion Loss In 2021: Aviation Body

Airlines are forecast to lose $47.7 billion (39.7 billion euros) this year, worse than previously forecast, a global industry group said Wednesday as the sector struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic..

US Advisory: ‘Avoid India Travel, Even If Fully Vaccinated’

US Advisory: ‘Avoid India Travel, Even If Fully Vaccinated’

The US has advised its citizens to avoid travelling to India, even if they are fully vaccinated as there is a 'very high level' of COVID-19 in the country..

Int’l Passenger Traffic Down 89% In February, No Sign Of Recovery: IATA

Int’l Passenger Traffic Down 89% In February, No Sign Of Recovery: IATA

Global airline industry body IATA said international passenger traffic plunged 89% in February compared to the same month last year as COVID-19 infections climbed once more..

Int’l Flights To Remain Suspended Till April 30

Int’l Flights To Remain Suspended Till April 30

The coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till April 30, Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Tuesday..

Night Flights Start From Srinagar Airport, Finally

Night Flights Start From Srinagar Airport, Finally

In a major relief to fliers, the Srinagar International Airport has finally started much awaited night flight operations from the Valley with Go Air becoming the first private player to take off a flight from Srinagar to New Delhi..

Kasheer Through My Eyes

Kasheer Through My Eyes

The scenic view of mighty Jhelum from the hotel room forces you to introspect. The uneasy silence makes you stand between peace and conflict..

Ban On International Flights Extended Till March 31

Ban On International Flights Extended Till March 31

Aviation regulator DGCA on Friday extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flight services till March 31..

‘Airlines Permitted To Fly Only 80% Of Pre-Covid Flights Till March-End’

‘Airlines Permitted To Fly Only 80% Of Pre-Covid Flights Till March-End’

The cap on the number of domestic flights that Indian airlines are permitted to operate will remain at 80 per cent of their pre-COVID levels till March 31 or till the summer schedule begins, said the Civil Aviation Ministry..

International Air Traffic Fell By 90.5% In March-December 2020: Centre

International Air Traffic Fell By 90.5% In March-December 2020: Centre

International passenger traffic fell by 90.56 per cent to 18.55 lakh in March-December period of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to the corresponding period of 2019, Civil Aviation Minister said today..

2020 ‘Worst Year’ In Tourism History As Pandemic Cost $1.3 Trillion: UN

2020 ‘Worst Year’ In Tourism History As Pandemic Cost $1.3 Trillion: UN

The coronavirus crisis cost the global tourism sector $1.3 trillion in lost revenue in 2020 as the number of people travelling plunged, the UN has said, calling it "the worst year in tourism history"..

INTERVIEW View all

Voice of a Generation: In Conversation with Farah Bashir

Voice of a Generation: In Conversation with Farah Bashir

Farah Bashir’s new book, Rumours of Spring, is a memoir of a teenaged girl, who grew with the turmoil. It will be out in April 2021.  She talks to Kashmir Observer in an exclusive interview..

Interview: ‘Govt Can’t Force Us to Sell Mutton On Low Rates’

Police Much Free in Governor Rule: Former Top Cop

REVIEW View all

Khalid Bashir’s Latest ‘Kashmir Discovery’ Setting Records Straight

Khalid Bashir’s Latest ‘Kashmir Discovery’ Setting Records Straight

Extolled for his pioneering work like ‘Kashmir: Exposing the Myth Behind the Narrative’, ‘Kashmir: A Walk Through History’ and ‘Jhelum: The River Through My Backyard’, Khalid Bashir Ahmad is now back with another history text reconstructing the 20th century’s turbulent years of Kashmir..

Kashmir Through Pages: Five Upcoming Books To Watch Out For

Horror Fiction to Read in Winters 

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

Al-Quds Day: The Last Friday of Ramazan

Al-Quds Day: The Last Friday of Ramazan

Since Al-Quds day was first proclaimed, Muslims worldwide have observed this day, drawing attention to the violation of Zionist and desecration of Islam’s third holiest Mosque.

Corporal Punishment — Taking the Debate Forward

Tough Times Call For Strict Measures

MEDIA View all

Elements Masquerading As Journalists Obstructing Hospital Work: KPC

Elements Masquerading As Journalists Obstructing Hospital Work: KPC

Kashmir Press Club on Saturday expressed concern at some unknown social media users entering hospitals with mics masquerading as journalists..

KPC Urges Media Persons To Follow SOPs For Safety During Pandemic

Cross LOC Study Lists Challenges Confronting Journalists

OTV

Vicious Virus : Second Coming

Vicious Virus : Second Coming

Kashmir’s coronavirus crisis is deepening, with overburdened hospitals, dearth in the covid-19 essential supplies and the surge in the death toll, amidst the second wave of infections..

Saving The Golden Hour

Saving The Golden Hour

To save the ‘golden-hour,’ U.S based NGO, KASHMER is saving lives in Kashmir by providing critical care in ambulances; normally seen only as a transport vehicle to prevent pre-hospital mortalities..

Forest Rights Act

Forest Rights Act

Months after the eviction notices and demolition drives, the administration is now holding outreach programmes and tours to make people aware about FRA as well as to prepare assessment reports on its implementation. Forest dwellers, on the other hand, are waiting to return to their summer houses with a hope of a new beginning..

Suffering : The Plight of Paper Art

Suffering : The Plight of Paper Art

Dented by discord and diminished demand, prominent Papier-mâché art has now become only a means of survival for its Kashmiri artisans previously hailed for their “golden hands”. While the new generation remains reluctant to enter the field, the veterans fear the imminent fading of the paper art. This documentary gives you an inside look of centuries-old Papier-mâché’s present day plight and picture..

Pending Report

Pending Report

A recently tabled Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report not only highlighted the failure of many government departments in following the roadmap for the development in the region but has also pointed out the inadequate response of J&K government to the audit reports..

Derailed Drive

Derailed Drive

Sudden circular from RTO Kashmir recently paved way to a massive crackdown against the non-JK number vehicles in the valley. Seeking re-registration and additional tax within a set period of time has only created a new distress wave in Kashmir.  .

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Who Let The Dogs Out?

As a pack of strays pounced on a Pulwama kid and mauled him to death recently, the outcry over canine terror has once again reverberated in the valley..

Down The Drain

Down The Drain

Post-2014 deluge, springtime showers are perpetually spreading the flood scare making people of Kashmir paranoid about the gauge meters. Part of problem is compounded by ineffective drainage system and unscientific waste disposal. This Kashmir Observer Explained tries to map the menace when drainage is already overflowing due to drizzle..

Kashmir’s Mutton Matter – KO Explained

Kashmir’s Mutton Matter – KO Explained

Triggered by the revision of the mutton prices by the government, mutton retailers and butchers have closed their shops across the valley. The closure has not only put an halt to mutton; a go-to-food for most of the Kashmiris but also led to a whopping loss of Rs. 400 crore in just 4 months. Here is the matter explained..

Resonance – The Sound Of Synthesis

Resonance – The Sound Of Synthesis

Blending homemade folk music with fusion, Kashmir’s contemporary melody-makers are floating musical alliances to create a distinct sound in the market. Following the same trend, these young Kashmiri artists are reviving traditional musical instruments by making beat-boxing known to the valley..

CAREERS View all

DPS Srinagar Student Bags Prestigious US Scholarship

DPS Srinagar Student Bags Prestigious US Scholarship

A class 12th student of Delhi Public School Srinagar, Maleeha Zehra, has secured admission in the prestigious Georgetown University, School of Foreign Services, Qatar on a full scholarship..

May Edition Of JEE-Mains Postponed Due To Covid-19 Situation

KHYEN CHYEN View all

‘Food Routes’ Opens In Srinagar To Serve Delicacies

‘Food Routes’ Opens In Srinagar To Serve Delicacies

A youth from Noorbagh area of Srinagar opened up a food venture namely ‘Food Routes’ in Gojwara area of old city on Friday..

Directive to Food Biz Operators: Stop Using Cooking Oil With Higher TPC

TECHNOLOGY View all

Whatsapp Scraps May 15 Deadline For Accepting Privacy Policy Terms

Whatsapp Scraps May 15 Deadline For Accepting Privacy Policy Terms

WhatsApp has scrapped its May 15 deadline for users to accept its controversial privacy policy update and said not accepting the terms will not lead to deletion of accounts..

Facebook: Hackers Scraped Data Of 533m Users In 2019 Leak

CULTURE View all

Two-Day Workshop On ‘Present Day Theatre In Kashmir’ Concludes

Two-Day Workshop On ‘Present Day Theatre In Kashmir’ Concludes

The two-day workshop titled "Present Day Theatre in Kashmir" organized by the Kashmir Press Club concluded Sunday with a live stage performance of a play by noted theatre director Arshad Mushtaq..

Revealing Reminiscence: Baithak(s) of Heritage Kashmiri Houses

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