Top News

KATMANDU: The most powerful earthquake to hit Nepal in eight decades killed about 800 people, left hundreds trapped under rubble and reportedly took the lives of more than a dozen foreigners on Mount Everest.

The 7.8-magnitude temblor struck at 11:41 a.m. local time on Saturday, centered... more

A 'mega earthquake' is likely to strike the Himalayas this century, causing catastrophic landslides and floods and killing more than 40,000 people, Indian and US geologists have warned.

Scientists from the National Geophysical Research Institute of India and Stanford University, United... more

Srinagar: Kashmir Valley Saturday observed a shutdown against the detention of senior pro-freedom leader Masarat Aalam Bhat under Public Safety Act (PSA) while clashes between youth and government forces erupted at several places.

The call for shutdown was given by Hurriyat Conference (G... more

Local News

SRINAGAR,: Minister for Public Works, Floriculture and Gardens and Parks Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari Saturday asked National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to start round... more
SRINAGAR: The Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Science Technology, Mr. Sajad Gani Lone stressed upon sheep rearers and dairy unit holders to come forward for increase... more

Regional News

NEW DELHI: At least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in India on Saturday due to the massive earthquake that had its epicentre in Nepal. Prime Minister... more
KOLKOTTA: With the Met Department predicting a "below normal monsoon" this year that is likely to affect the agro and allied industries, Minister of State for Finance Jayant... more

City News

SRINAGAR, APRIL 25: In connection with the Darbar Move, the Traffic Police Department has made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of vehicular traffic in Srinagar City... more
Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today  hailed the court judgment in which four persons convicted in brutal rape and murder of Tabinda Gani of Langate Kupwara were... more

Sports

KOLKATTA: Kashmir FC recorded their first win of the 2nd leg with a fantastic comeback victory against United sports in the Round 9 of I-league Division 2nd at... more
JAMMU: In a function held here today at the Raj Bhavan this evening, Governor Mr. N.N. Vohra, felicitated the sportspersons from the State who had won medals... more

News in Pictures

Bakerwal girls carry lamb as they pose for a photograph outside their temporary camp on the outskirts of Srinagar.- Pix Abid Bhat
Bakerwal girls carry lamb as they pose for a photograph outside their temporary camp on the outskirts of Srinagar.- Pix Abid Bhat
A bakerwal woman prepares bread inside her temporary camp on the outskirts of Srinagar.-Pix Aabid Bhat
Kashmiri Pandit Asha Jee who won the Panchayat elections from the Wussan block Tangmarg being garlanded by Muslim supporters- File pix
The water-level of the river at Ram Munshi Bagh was 1,585.5 mts (0.65 mts above danger level) with steady trend at 6 PM Tuesday
Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh with JKLF leader Yasin Malik at a token hunger strike in Srinagar
Scene of protest in downtown city following re-arrest of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam..-Pix Aabid Bhat
Scene of protest in downtown city following re-arrest of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam.-Pix Aabid Bhat
Scene of protest in downtown city following re-arrest of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam.-Pix Aabid Bhat
Scene of protest in downtown city following re-arrest of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam.-Pix Aabid Bhat

World News

ISTANBUL:  Thousands of Turks and Armenians from around the globe have commemorated in Istanbul the centenary of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Events organised by Turkish and foreign nongovernmental organisations were... more
BAGHDAD:  At least 15 security personnel were killed and 22 others wounded when three suicide car bombers struck the positions of border guards on Saturday at a border crossing point with Jordan in Iraq, a security source said. The incident occurred... more

Business

Tourism Deptt to organize similar mega event in JK in 2016 Jaipur: In a bid to promote tourism products of J&K at global markets, a team of J&K tourism lead by... more

Technology

New Delhi: Internet giant Google has created a crisis map with updated satellite imagery to facilitate rescue operations in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir. “Our hope is that this will help rescue agencies, volunteers and others involved in rescue... more

Editorial

Religious extremism and militant ideology are the two greatest challenges that the nation of Islam faces today.  Researchers believe that Muslim scholars with hard-line views... more

Opinion

There was widespread joy in Indian Kashmir when, on April 20, three top separatist leaders came together on the same platform — Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and... more

Letters

It takes one hour to reach Lal Chowk from any place in the city that includes downtown also. Too many cars and public transport on 60-year-old roads have made peoples’ lives... more

Features

In my previous article (Understanding the Science of landslides-Part I, Kashmir Observer April 03) I had discussed various causes for a landslide. Today, I will discuss some... more

Interviews

Mumbai-based Rochelle Potkar, a fiction writer, a storyteller and a poet, whose works have appeared in several Indian and international publications, says in the light of the... more

Reviews

The Book of Gold Leaves is a ‘melancholy’ story
It’s about art, it’s about love, it’s about culture, it’s about nostalgia and it’s about Kashmir. The Book of Gold Leaves is the second book by the author after The... more

Heads & Tails

The Ugly Facts About Beauty Care
Beauty products that are routinely creamed onto faces, rubbed into hair and splashed over bodies contain toxic ingredients that are known to cause severe allergic reactions,... 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