LONGFORM 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.

TOP STORIES View all

First Time Since 1947, Martyrs’ Day Observed Sans Govt

First Time Since 1947, Martyrs’ Day Observed Sans Govt

For the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, no official function was held to commemorate Martyrs' Day observed on July 13 every year in memory of those killed in firing by soldiers of Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh in 1931.

SC Refuses To Entertain Plea For Covid Restrictions On Amarnath Yatra

SC Refuses To Entertain Plea For Covid Restrictions On Amarnath Yatra

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking restrictions on devotees in the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage this year due to COVID-19 pandemic, saying the issue has to be left with the local administration to look into.

13 July 1931

13 July 1931

It is widely believed that the Kashmir conflict has its roots in the Partition of India in August 1947. This view perpetuates the understanding of the conflict as one between India and Pakistan. However, recognising that the roots of the conflict lie in an earlier history indeed

Aru and Its Enchanting Cosmic Energy

Twenty20: The Unforgettable Y-Ear — When Care Became Curse

A Kashmiri Aesthete on Twitter Lite

Martyrs’ Day

Martyrs’ Day

The withdrawal of the government patronage of the day has made people more conscious of its historic and symbolic significance. If the government doesn't review its decision, July 13 is likely to grow in its symbolic significance with time

After Ladakh Stand-Off 

Bring The Tourists Back

Back From The Brink

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

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

As a day of remembrance, Kashmir’s Martyrs Day this year paints a different picture due to altered equations in the valley post abrogation of Article 370, removal of 13 July from the list of state holidays and obviously the ‘invisible enemy’ looming large in Kashmir

Why Risk It? Wear A Face Mask When Stepping Outside

Calm Parents Have A Positive Effect On Kids

When A Vibrant Kashmir Is Painted In Radical Colours

IN FOCUS

TOP STORIES View all

SRINAGAR WEATHER

SPECIAL REPORT View all

Madhosh Balhami: ‘A Chronicler of Collective Pain’

Madhosh Balhami: ‘A Chronicler of Collective Pain’

From his folk-singing days to a poetic prison period, a quintessential bard from Balhom Srinagar cemented his place as Kashmir’s unconventional couplet-maker over the years. But after losing his treasure-trove to a firefight in 2018, the poet turned platonic and began writing eulogies.

LOCAL View all

LG E-inaugurates 10 Power Projects

LG E-inaugurates 10 Power Projects

Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu Monday e-inaugurated 10 power projects worth Rs 19.51cr for Districts- Srinagar, Shopian, Anantnag, Budgam and Kulgam.

Section 144 Imposed In Budgam

Will De-Recognize Private Schools Violating Fee Orders: Govt

Boy ‘Mistakenly’ Consumes‘ Poison’, Dies

WORLD View all

Coronavirus Has Worsened Global Hunger Crisis: UN Report

Coronavirus Has Worsened Global Hunger Crisis: UN Report

Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations.

Yemen’s Houthis Say Saudi Oil Facility Hit In Overnight Attack

Taliban Kill 11 In Assault On Afghan Intelligence Compound

Nelson Mandela’s Daughter Zindzi Dies At 59

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.

BUSINESS View all

Panel Extends Provisional Validity of Industrial Units in J&K

Panel Extends Provisional Validity of Industrial Units in J&K

The CS Monday said that in view of COVID-19 outbreak coupled with exodus of labour force, the amnesty relief being provided would facilitate establishing of industrial units at various industrial estates of JK.

Smriti Irani Rolls Out 49th IHGF Digital Fair

40th India Carpet Expo ‘Virtual Exhibition’ From Aug 21

National Bank Provides Rs 462 Crore For 139 Projects In J&K Last Fiscal

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.

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

Books Transport Us to New Worlds

LETTERS TO EDITOR View all

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

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

Being abroad I saw how administration and Government officials take care of the public but here it is totally opposite. I realise here they are treating humans as animals and they don't bother to listen.

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

Give Us Access To High-Speed Internet

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

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..

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.

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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