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CM gave up on his battle of ideas: Hurriyat (G)

Srinagar: Holding on for more than a month, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed today succumbed to pressure from his coalition partner BJP to re-arrest top Hurriyat (G) leader Masarat Alam Bhat who was released amid intense controversy in March.... more

‘Kashmir disputed, India has no legal right to demand allegiance’

Islamabad: Reacting to waving of Pakistani flags on the streets of Srinagar, Pakistan on Thursday termed it the "manifestation of deep and lasting emotional bonds" between the Kashmiris and the Pakistanis.

Reacting... more

Srinagar: In a bid to thwart the march to South Kashmir’s Tral town called by Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani to protest and express solidarity with the familiy of a youth Khalid Wani killed in Army firing, Authorities Friday sealed all the entry and exit points leading towards Tral... more

Local News

Jammu: Civil secretariat and other offices of Jammu and Kashmir government will close in this winter capital city on April 24 and reopen in Srinagar on May 5, as part of "... more
Srinagar:  Member Legislative Assembly Zanskar constituency, Aga Syed Mohammed Baqir Rizvi has expressed his deep concern over the continued flood threat looming in Zanskar,... more

Regional News

Chandigarh: Five engineering students here have developed a GPS based 'safety helmet', aimed at providing timely first aid, in case of any disaster, to workers at... more
Yemen Conflict: Pakistan Shuns Neutrality
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has abandoned its policy of neutrality on the Yemen conflict that was approved by nations parliament, news reports appearing in Pakistani media suggest. "... more

City News

28th SKUAST-K University Council meeting held Srinagar: Chairing the 28th University Council meeting of SKUAST-K, held here at the Raj Bhavan, Governor N.N. Vohra,  today... more
Srinagar: Police on Thursday said they have identified the person who snatched rifle from a paramilitary officer  a few days ago in Tral during clashes but he is absconding... more

Sports

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
Carrom championship begins at Islamia College
SRINAGAR: Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Srinagar, East, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah along with Principal Islamia College, Hawal, Professor, Muhammad Aslam Baba... more

News in Pictures

Mirwaiz Umer Farooq leading a march following Friday prayers against Tral killings-Pix Abid Bhat
Thousands converged at Hyderpora residence of Syed Ali Geelani to listen him after his arrival from Delhi on Wednesday-Pix Abid Bhat
Massive crowds joined funeral procession of slain youth in Tral -Pix Abid Bhat
Thursday Evening on Dal Lake: Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky- Pix Abid Bhat
DC directs intensifying removal of encroachments on Jhelum embankments
A breathtaking view of a Srinagar suburb, enhanced by the bright sun which appeared on the horizon following days of overcast on Tuesday- Pix Aabid Bhat
After long spell of rain and flood fears, a much-needed sight for sore eyes -Siraj Bagh Tulip Garden, was finally thrown open for public on Monday- pix Abid Bhat.
After long spell of rain and flood fears, a much-needed sight for sore eyes -Siraj Bagh Tulip Garden, was finally thrown open for public on Monday- pix Abid Bhat.
After long spell of rain and flood fears, a much-needed sight for sore eyes -Siraj Bagh Tulip Garden, was finally thrown open for public on Monday- pix Abid Bhat.
After long spell of rain and flood fears, a much-needed sight for sore eyes -Siraj Bagh Tulip Garden, was finally thrown open for public on Monday- pix Abid Bhat.

World News

ADEN: Al Qaeda militants have seized a provincial airport in southeast Yemen as relentless Saudi bombing against Anasrullah positions have slowed their advance. “The military unit in charge of security at the facility withdrew without resisting” Al... more
Saddam Aide al-Douri Killed in Tikrit
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi government forces on Friday killed Saddam Hussein's former deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who remained a wanted fugitive since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and who later allied himself with Islamic State militants. Al-... more

Business

NEW DELHI/ INDIA: India today extended its friendly e-tourist visa scheme by including 31 more countries and allowing foreign tourists to avail of the facility at seven more... 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

We have suffered more than you, and you deserve what is happening to you! This sentence pretty much sums up the general mood in more than one country in the Middle East when... more

Opinion

A WAR-TORN world heaved a sigh of relief last month after success was declared at the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Months of tortuous negotiations have ended... more

Letters

Most of the government departments in our state are in dire need of trained and qualified KAS officers at the district level because they would be conversant with the rules... 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