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Are The Arab Perceptions About India Changing?

Are The Arab Perceptions About India Changing?

When a series of concerted tweets from Arab handles began denouncing attacks on Muslims in India two weeks ago, many people were struck by the unfamiliar nature of the development. Never before have Arabs been concerned with India's internal politics .

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‘Prepare For War’: Chinese President Directs Army

‘Prepare For War’: Chinese President Directs Army

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday ordered the military to scale up the battle preparedness, visualising worst-case scenarios and asked them to resolutely defend the country's sovereignty.

Ladakh Face-off: PM Discusses Situation With Top Military Brass

Ladakh Face-off: PM Discusses Situation With Top Military Brass

In the midst of escalating border tension between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a meeting with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs with a focus on bolstering India's military preparedness.

Decisions of Kashmir University and Student Sufferings 

Decisions of Kashmir University and Student Sufferings 

Students aren’t able to join online classes on the one hand and on other the university is planning to hold examinations of present semesters on the basis of online classes, which majority of the students are either not able to attend due to low speed or in many cases due to absence of internet.

Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra Responds to Arbeena & Asif

Pakistan: The Tyrannical Hold Of Religious Lobby

Is There A Meaning To This Pandemic?

Rising Ideological Intolerance

Count Your Blessings In Times Of Crisis

The Political Economy of Class and Social Power in Kashmir

Fight Covid-19, Not People

Fight Covid-19, Not People

In the ongoing fight against the pandemic, the security efforts have thus become more prominent than the healthcare related measures. It is almost as if the government thrives in strengthening the curbs on people, no doubt for valid reasons.

Remember Your Brethren in Distress

New Domicile Rules

Ease the Lockdown

Mounting Economic Loss

Civilian Deaths

Stimulus Package, At Last

In Focus

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Srinagar WEATHER

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Long Faces of Lockdown Festival: Somber Eid in Kashmir

Long Faces of Lockdown Festival: Somber Eid in Kashmir

Shut shops, padlocked mosques, and absence of the signature festive vibes marked the Eid celebrations in Kashmir Valley, where back-to-back death dispatches once again haunted the natives caught in the searing strife.

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Youth Held Over Deadly Ganderbal Attack

Youth Held Over Deadly Ganderbal Attack

Police have arrested a youth over last week’s deadly attack on the BSF in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district that left two paramilitary men dead, reports said Tuesday.

Omar Denies Political Reasons For His Delhi Visit

Police Arrests 3 ‘Stalkers’ In Awantipora

3 Injured In Explosion In Tosa-Maidan In Budgam

REGIONAL View all

What’s Happening At Border: Rahul Asks Govt

What’s Happening At Border: Rahul Asks Govt

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asked the government to come clear on what is happening at the border with China in Ladakh and be more transparent.

Pakistan’s Covid-19 Tally Soars To 57,705

Top Army Commanders To Deliberate On Situation In Eastern Ladakh

Lockdown Has Failed, Centre Must Spell Out Reopening Strategy: Rahul

LIFE & TIMES

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.

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..

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.

Divorce: A Decadence and Acrimonious Parting

Divorce: A Decadence and Acrimonious Parting

Marriage may be seen as a contract, a status, or a combination of two opposite sexes.In matrimonial contract, if a spouse refuses or shows inability to perform the obligations stipulated in the contract may constitute a ground for divorce of a spouse.

As People Stay Home, Earth Turns Wilder And Cleaner

As People Stay Home, Earth Turns Wilder And Cleaner

As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily..

Springtime Amidst Corona!

Springtime Amidst Corona!

We are not the only people in the world under lockdown now. 8 billion people are also indoors in solidarity with us. The reason of isolation, lockdown or incarceration can be different but every single soul is feeling the pain of our lockdown. .

From Kashmir to Italy- How Family Stories Bind Nations

From Kashmir to Italy- How Family Stories Bind Nations

Now, the whole family seems to have discovered a new world. However, the question remains about its sustainability. What after the internet is resumed and lockdown revoked? Will the world be a different place?.

ENVIRONMENT View all

Iran Brings Back Dying Lake From Brink

Iran Brings Back Dying Lake From Brink

Images from northwest Iran in recent years have told a grim environmental story: of a vast lake in retreat, of a beached ship and piers that jut out onto arid salt flats. But against the odds, one of the world’s largest salt lakes is now coming back to life

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How Will Lockdown Affect India’s Water & Sanitation System

Fight Climate Change Like Coronavirus: UN

Poplar Felling Draws Mixed Reactions in Kashmir

TRAVEL

Srinagar Airport Gears Up For Flight Resumption

Srinagar Airport Gears Up For Flight Resumption

After remaining closed for air traffic for nearly two months, the Srinagar International Airport is all set to reopen, as over a dozen inbound and outbound flights are likely to return on the runway on May 25.

Govt Issues Guidelines For Domestic Flight Operations

Govt Issues Guidelines For Domestic Flight Operations

The govt on Thursday issued detailed guidelines for airlines, airports, passengers and other stakeholders on issues ranging from control on air fares to restrictions on number of bags.

Domestic Flights To Resume From May 25: Govt

Domestic Flights To Resume From May 25: Govt

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday domestic scheduled commercial passenger flights will resume in a calibrated manner from May 25.

Airlines to Govt: ‘Yes, Our Aircraft Are Ready To Fly Again’

Airlines to Govt: ‘Yes, Our Aircraft Are Ready To Fly Again’

With the possibility of resuming domestic flights soon, airlines in India have submitted their aircraft’s airworthiness report to the country’s aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).

COVID-19: Pak To Resume Domestic Flights From Tomorrow

COVID-19: Pak To Resume Domestic Flights From Tomorrow

Pakistan will resume domestic flights in a phased manner from Saturday after the government eased some of the restrictions imposed following the outbreak of the COVID-19.

International Tourism Could Decline By 60-80% In 2020,Says UN

International Tourism Could Decline By 60-80% In 2020,Says UN

International tourism could decline by 60-80 per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the revenue loss of $910 billion to $1.2 trillion.

Air, Train Travel Unlikely to Resume From May 3, Reports Say

Air, Train Travel Unlikely to Resume From May 3, Reports Say

Air India has stopped taking bookings on all flights on Sunday amidst reports that restrictions on air and train travel may continue beyond May 3, when the 40-day lockdown in India to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic comes to an end..

Air Travel Aggregators Start Refund To Passengers For Suspended Flights

Air Travel Aggregators Start Refund To Passengers For Suspended Flights

The online air travel aggregators have started giving cash refund to passengers who booked tickets between March 25 and April 14 for their travel plan.

Govt Asks Airlines To Refund Tickets Booked During Mar 25-Apr 14

Govt Asks Airlines To Refund Tickets Booked During Mar 25-Apr 14

The Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday said the passengers who had booked flight tickets during the first phase of lockdown for travel up to May 3 must get a full refund from the airlines.

IndiGo to Resume Flights from May 4 in Phased Manner

IndiGo to Resume Flights from May 4 in Phased Manner

India’s largest airline IndiGo is ready to restart operations in a curtailed manner from May 4 and will temperature screen all passengers before boarding..

Domestic, Int’l Passenger Flights Suspension To Continue Till May 3

Domestic, Int’l Passenger Flights Suspension To Continue Till May 3

The Civil Aviation Ministry on Tuesday said all international and domestic commercial passenger flights will remain suspended till midnight of May 3.

My Encounters with Fellow Kashmiris at Hajj

My Encounters with Fellow Kashmiris at Hajj

Hajj transforms a person completely, and we should thank Almighty for choosing us for this journey instead of screaming, complaining, fighting and debating while standing on such a revered and pious land.

Saudi’s Urge Muslims To Defer Hajj Plans Over Virus

Saudi’s Urge Muslims To Defer Hajj Plans Over Virus

Saudi Arabia's hajj minister has asked Muslims to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage amid uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic..

Domestic Flights To Be Grounded From Tonight

Domestic Flights To Be Grounded From Tonight

In an unprecedented move schedule domestic passenger flights in India will stop operating from 11.59 pm on Tuesday. This move is likely to bring the country to a standstill.

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INTERVIEW View all

More We Remain Silent, More Criminal It Is: Aga Ruhullah

More We Remain Silent, More Criminal It Is: Aga Ruhullah

Rumblings in Kashmir’s grand old party arose on May 24, the first day of Eid, when its Budgam face questioned the party’s silent stand on the swiftly taken steps in the erstwhile state of J&K. In a series of tweets, Ruhullah Mehdi, NC’s Chief spokesperson, said while the government was doing a job, the hands and thoughts of local leaders were not tied.

Reading in Lockdown: Kashmir’s Top Bookseller Talks Pandemic Business

A Candid Talk with Kashmir’s ‘Superman’ Doctor

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Maska: Labelling Dream As Delusion

Maska: Labelling Dream As Delusion

In spite of several flaws in the movie, it does contain some emotional and heart-warming scenes such as those showing the bond of local people with Cafè Rustom; their never-ending love for its delicious Bun Maska and Irani Chai.

Books: The Ultimate Stress Busters!

Special Ops: A Spy Thriller Lacking Thrill

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

Al-Quds Day- A Pledge of Allegiance

Al-Quds Day- A Pledge of Allegiance

The continued suffering of Al-Quds reflects the reality of Muslim paralysis. If Muslim’s can not rise on the painful cries from the minarets of their first Qibla how can one expect them to stand up for the meek and voiceless elsewhere.

Eid During COVID-19

Work-Life Balance & Working Women

MEDIA View all

KPC Condemns Harassment of Journalists

KPC Condemns Harassment of Journalists

The Kashmir Press Club on Thursday expressed its concern over the continued harassment of journalists by the police and said that such acts are a clear violation of press freedom.

Curbs, Concealed Cameras, Couriered Chips: How Kashmir Won Pulitzer

Ex-KO Staffer Won Pulitzer: ‘Despite Pressure, Did My Job Honestly’

OTV

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..

Almond Blossom In Kashmir

The early bloom of flowers on Almond trees in the sprawling garden in Shahr-e-Khaas is a source of attraction for nature lovers and tourists, alike.Historians maintain there is no record to suggest who laid the garden.

Badam Wae’r Through An Artist’s Lens

Distinguished artist Masood Hussain dropped the paintbrush for a while.

CAREERS View all

JEE-Mains to be Held From July 18-23, JEE-Advanced in Aug: HRD Minister

JEE-Mains to be Held From July 18-23, JEE-Advanced in Aug: HRD Minister

Engineering entrance examination JEE will be held from July 18-23, while medical entrance exam NEET will be conducted on July 26.

Career Guidance Portal Now Live For J&K Students

KHYEN CHYEN View all

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

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

The much-awaited season of all, when the new blossoms burst forth in vivid colours and the ground is painted green with daisies studded over them, is unquestionably a sight for the sore eyes.

Food Safety, Shopping & COVID-19: What You Should And Shouldn’t Be Doing

TECHNOLOGY View all

NASA Scientists Detect Parallel Universe Where Time Runs Backward

NASA Scientists Detect Parallel Universe Where Time Runs Backward

In a scenario straight out of “The Twilight Zone,” a group of NASA scientists working on an experiment in Antarctica have detected evidence of a parallel universe — where the rules of physics are the opposite of our own.

Google Dumps Dream Of Tech City Where Smart Streets Melt Snow

CULTURE View all

Muslim-e-Awwal Shahe Mardan Ali: Dr Iqbal On Hazrat Ali

Muslim-e-Awwal Shahe Mardan Ali: Dr Iqbal On Hazrat Ali

21st of Ramazan is the martyrdom anniversary of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the first Imam and fourth Caliph of Muslims.

Home, Oh Sweet Home, How I Yearn for Your Sweet Scent

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