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BJP ministers make Jammu their base, undertake flying visits to Valley,

Elections on the anvil or preferential regional treatment?

SRINAGAR: A clear cut political division of labor appears to have taken hold between coalition partners, the BJP and the PDP. Each coalition partner devotes time to its political constituency instead of the state as a whole. While... more

Khanday Exits, Leaves Admn Headless, Clueless

SRINAGAR:  Iqbal Khanday- after  a stellar bureaucratic career spanning 37 years-stuck to his principled stance and stand over ‘political interference’ in administration and governance formally and finally quit his position as chief secretary of the state. A cross section of the civil... more

SRINAGAR: Barely  four months after Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Limited (CVPPPL) claimed that the Indian Power Ministry has given its go-ahead to them for setting up two power projects—Dulhasti-II and stage second of Uri-I—with cumulative capacity of 940 MW, in Jammu and Kashmir,... more

Local News

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir public service commission (JKPSC) has released the answer keys for the Combined Competitive Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) Preliminary... more
JAMMU: National Conference patron Dr Farooq Abdullah has said that there was “no threat to Bharat” with the growth of the Muslim community. “I don’t know about their (RSS)... more

Regional News

NEW DELHI: Senior IAS officer Rajiv Mehrishi was appointed as Union home secretary in place of incumbent L C Goyal, who sought voluntary retirement after taking over the... more
Law Commission Recommends  New Delhi: The Law Commission on Monday recommended by a majority "swift" abolition of death penalty except in terror-related cases, noting it does... more

City News

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat (G) Monday held its Advisory Body (Majlis Shoora) meeting at its head office Rajbagh which was chaired by its Secretary General Haji Ghulam Nabi Sumji. The... more
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar has warned judicial officers -actively using Facebook - of action under rules of conduct and has termed their... more

Sports

SRINAGAR: Minister for Youth Services & Sports, Information Technology and Technical Education, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari, Monday instructed departmental... more
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

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

A view of the external courtyard of the temple of Baal (also written Bel) in the ancient Syrian oasis city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, pictured on March 14, 2014. PHOTO: AFP
BEIRUT: Islamic State rebels (ISIS) severely damaged the Bel temple in the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world, in a massive explosion on Sunday, activists said.  The 2,000-year-old temple was... more
VIENNA – Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van crammed with 26 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Austrian police said. The two girls and a boy, aged five and six, were found in... more

Business

NEW DELHI: Petrol price was cut by Rs 2 per litre and diesel by 50 paise a litre on Monday, the third reduction in rates this month on fall in global oil rates.  The new... 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

Though by no means calm earlier, the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu has once flared up. On Saturday alone, around eleven civilians, eight of them on... more

Opinion

Every country in the world knows that if you want something from Washington DC, and especially from the US Congress, you better pass through Jerusalem and pay a price ONE HAS... more

Letters

In 2012 APHC (G) Chairman SAS Geelani shot a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in which he stated that -”I am addressing you on behalf of my people, who for last 64... 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