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Market Branded Kashmir Handicraft that Turn Buyer’s Head: Mufti

Stresses upon GI Registration, price tagging of genuine products ; Asks KCC&I to identify persons who sell fakes

SRINAGAR – Laying stress upon branding of 'Kashmir Handicraft', Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today called for a concerted effort to overcome challenges in better... more

KO Analysis

While the Chief Minister is right in emphasizing about branding products from Kashmir , but it appears that the most important and significant aspect of Kashmir Handicrafts has been ignored. The production and making of Kashmiri handicrafts has, over time, essentially hollowed... more

Police says, ‘slain militant was involved in killings of Hurriyat activists, former militants’

SRINAGAR:  A militant and an army soldier were killed while a jawan was injured in a fierce gunfight in Ladoora area of Rafiabad in Baramulla district on Wednesday, police said.

“After... more

Local News

RAJOURI: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Ms Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said the Assembly elections of 2014 have set the momentum for change in Jammu and Kashmir and... more
Students accuse authorities of forcing them to appear as private candidates SRINAGAR: In a clear violation of the recent government order, where the Government instructed... more

Regional News

New Delhi: A day-long nationwide strike Wednesday impacted normal life in various parts of the country with coal production, banking operations and transport services being... more
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought a response from the Centre on an expert committee's recomendations filed on a plea alleging that the current alignment of the... more

City News

Dr Farooq Runs Out Of Gas, Applies For Subsidy
SRINAGAR: Former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah is in the midst of a controversy in the wake of his recent application for LPG subsidy, which was criticised by his rivals... more
Noted Sociologist Dabla Passes Away
SRINAGAR: Noted scholar and former Head of Kashmir University’s Sociology Department, Prof Bashir Ahmad Dabla, passed away on Wednesday. Born on 9th July 1954, Prof Dabla did... more

Sports

SRINAGAR: District Youth Services and Sports, Srinagar, is organizing U-19 boys football championship under the patronage of the DG, Jehangir Mir which is... more
SRINAGAR -- Team Ahmed Resort on Tuesday announced a 27-member squad for the Khyber Downtown Champions League (KDCL) under the captaincy of Syed Sagar. A board... more

News in Pictures

Guns and Kashmiris: Never too afar-Revival of a craft dating back to Mughals-Pix Aabid Bhat
Guns and Kashmiris: Never too afar-Revival of a craft dating back to Mughals-Pix Aabid Bhat
Guns and Kashmiris: Never too afar-Revival of a craft dating back to Mughals-Pix Aabid Bhat
Guns and Kashmiris: Never too afar-Revival of a craft dating back to Mughals-Pix Aabid Bhat
Guns and Kashmiris: Never too afar-Revival of a craft dating back to Mughals-Pix Aabid Bhat
Contractual employees of J&K Health Department under NRHM staging protest in Srinagar to press government to regularise their services.-Pix Aabid Bhat
Non migrant Kashmiri Pandits under the banner of Hindu Welfare Society Kashmir staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar in support of their demands including minority status and employment package for them.- Pix Aabid Bhat
Senior separatist leader and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah addressing a press conference in Srinagar.-Pix Aabid Bhat
The Asia's largest fresh water lake, Wullar, has since times immemorial, has acted as a surrogate mother for Kashmiris who have been deriving sustenance from it long before its touristic potential was known. Abid Bhat/Kashmir Observer
The Asia's largest fresh water lake, Wullar, has since times immemorial, has acted as a surrogate mother for Kashmiris who have been deriving sustenance from it long before its touristic potential was known. Abid Bhat/Kashmir Observer

World News

VIENNA: Austrian police have found 24 Afghan refugees in a small truck, whose doors and windows were welded shut. Austrian media outlets said on Wednesday that police officers, who found the truck on Monday night, rescued the refugees, aged between... more
PARIS: Kidnapped, beaten, sold and raped: the Islamic State group is running an international market in Iraq where Christian and Yazidi women are sold as sexual slaves, a teenager who escaped told AFP Tuesday. Jinan, 18, a Yazidi, was captured in... more

Business

Export finest quality apple for better returns: Fruit growers told
Trucks from other States also made available to ferry fruit smoothly SRINAGAR: Minister for Horticulture, Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri Wednesday chaired a high level joint meeting... more

Technology

With only limited space on most Indian smartphones, what happens when everyone goes app-only?
APP WARS India’s largest e-commerce company is going app-only in Sep-tember, but will all its potential customers have the capacity to keep its app on their phones? MAYANK JAIN India’s largest e-commerce company is going app-only next month. It’s a... more

Editorial

AFTER nine days outside the state for a speculated medical check-up and some rest, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed returned to Valley on Tuesday. Though he resumed his... more

Opinion

(Beyond Headlines) NOT long ago, Pakistan was looking down the precipice. The country, marred by sectarian strife and religious extremism, was declared a basket case, which... more

Letters

Media particularly the print media is more powerful than a chief minister. It has its own domain that a common man cannot overrule. However, it has the obligation to... more

Features

Trans Asia News TEHRAN: Iran's most expensive movie,  Muhammad, which chronicles the childhood of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), opened nationwide in Iran on Thursday, winning... more

Interviews

Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 131 hotels in 65 locations across India and with a global... more

Reviews

‘The Wonders of Ṭarīqa Kasnazāniyya Brought to India’
(Sufi Way) Most people today do not believe in karāmas (wonders). Many of those who do think of them mainly as narratives whose characters are righteous men and women who... more

Heads & Tails

ARE all militaries as stupid as this or do they get far too much money using animals for war, which is reprehensible But the military constantly thinks up new ways in which... more

Bazar Observer

When Cafe` Coffee Day (CCD), India’s most popular and the fast growing coffee cum fast food chain opened its first outlet in Srinagar in December 2009, very few people could anticipate the massive customer base it would gain over a short span of time.
When Cafe` Coffee Day (CCD), India’s most popular and the fast growing coffee cum fast food chain opened its first outlet in Srinagar in December 2009, very few people could... more