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Why politics may kill formation of smart city in JK?

SRINAGAR: The release of smart city list by the Central government, which does not include Srinagar, has sparked a heated debate in the Kashmir Valley.

Government of India on Friday announced a list of 98 smart cities that would be developed in the country. The state of Jammu and Kashmir... more

SRINAGAR: More than 700 minors in Kashmir Valley have been booked under the Public Safety Act in a clear contradiction with the amendment on 28th March 2013 bringing into effect the Jammu & Kashmir (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2013 which bars the detention of persons under the age... more

PULWAMA: At least 12 army personnel were injured when a shell went off with a big bang during a training exercise at army’s pre-induction school inside an army base in Khrew area of the district.  

The critically wounded seven soldiers were airlifted for advanced treatment soon after the... more

Local News

2100 cases of dog bites reported every month: Official PULWAMA: Stray dogs Saturday attacked half a dozen school-going kids in Lasjan area in the outskirts of Srinagar city.... more
KUPWARA: Police are investigating an alleged molestation bid by a halqa president in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district belonging to the ruling coalition partner People’s... more

Regional News

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan believes the chances of the bilateral series against India are very less, looking at the current political... more
LAHORE: A suspected Taliban militant blew himself up during a police raid in central Pakistan on Thursday, killing his own wife and two children, police said. The... more

City News

ISIS flag-wavers under police radar: Official SRINAGAR: Nocturnal raids in the old city sparked protests and clashes between youth and police on Saturday morning. According... more
SRINAGAR:  Showkat Ahmad Zargar Saturday assumed charge as Municipal Commissioner and after a brief introductory meeting with his staff reviewed various works besides sought... more

Sports

Cricket competitions from 01st Sep SRINAGAR: In the ongoing sports festival inter-group volleyball final was played between ICS Blues and ICS Oranges.  ICS... more
Baramulla lift State level U-19 Tennis Cricket Championship
GANDERBAL: Baramulla boys clinched the State level U-19 Tennis Cricket Championship after beating Poonch by two wickets. Kishtwar giving a tough fight to... more

News in Pictures

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
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
Political rivals Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti came together at Independence day function in Bakhshi Stadium Srinagar -KO Pix Abid Bhat
Political rivals Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti came together at Independence day function in Bakhshi Stadium Srinagar -KO Pix Abid Bhat
Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed inspecting guard of honour at Independence day parade in Srinagar

World News

GENEVA: Satellite images confirm the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra, the United Nations said on Friday, after international condemnation of the act claimed by the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group. The UN Training and... more
CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.  The case against... more

Business

Canon Opens First Canon Image Square in Srinagar
Srinagar: Canon, a leader in digital imaging in India Thursday launched the first Canon Image Square (CIS) in the city of Srinagar. The store was inaugurated by Mr. Andrew... 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

The Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey’s decision to apply for the voluntary retirement has heaved a big rock into the already choppy waters of Kashmir bureaucracy. It has come as... more

Opinion

Contrary to former BJP Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s approach, Modi has his own plans for Kashmir. “JO beet gayee, so baat gayee” (what happened in the past, is over... more

Letters

Respected Sir,        I am a student. I have so far being studying in government schools and have recently passed my senior secondary school examination. While I assume you... 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

A Palestinian Novel Par Excellence
If Poetry Be The Food of Love, Read On The Blue between Sky and Water, places Susan Abulhawa among the Illustrissimi of Palestinian literature. It is a novel one must read,... 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