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How and why India called off talks with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: India informed Pakistan on Monday, 18 August, that it was calling off the August 25 Foreign Secretary-level talks scheduled in Islamabad, because the Pakistani high commissioner to India- Abdul Basit met Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah on Monday, despite being asked not to.... more

SRINAGAR: In a scathing attack on incumbent Cabinet Minister from Congress Party Sham Lal Sharma for his advocacy of a Hindu Chief Minister for Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference Thursday said that Congress party has stooped so low that it has now started to play divisive, negative and... more

SRINAGAR:  A pall of gloom descended in a North Kashmir village after a mother and her son were electrocuted while another person suffered cardiac arrest after a electric wire which has snapped was lying on the road side.

Reshma Begum, 50, of Kralpora village in Kupwor was in the market... more

Local News

SRINAGAR: Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Member of Parliament, Muzzafar Hussain Baig has said the game is up for the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir... more
Badharwah: Pollution in air and water has been acknowledged as most disastrous and harmful for human life because human beings directly consume air and water. The Government... more

Regional News

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could find itself in an embarrassing spot. Academics, especially historians and political scientists,... more
JAIPUR: Its that time of the year again when the creme-de-la-creme from one of India’s premier educational institutions- the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS)... more

City News

Int'l Film Festival of Kashmir concludes
SRINAGAR: The “blessed and fertile” land of Kashmir has inspired Turkish Filmmaker Selma Koksal to come all the way from Istanbul to participate in the International Film... more
SRINAGAR: The National Book Trust (NBT) is going to organize the NBT Srinagar Book Fair at Exhibition Ground, Kashmir Haat, Srinagar from August 23 to 31, 2014.  The Fair... more


‘We’ve a Rich Pool of Talent’
He started out as a footballer at a tender age and represented the State and many other prestigious clubs as a pro, and in a career that spanned over two... more
RIO DE JANEIRO: The nation whose attacking soccer has thrilled the world for generations was left heart-broken after Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany... more

News in Pictures

JKLF organized a solidarity sit-in for Kashmiri political prisoners in Pratap park on Wednesday
Sleuths of Jammu and Kashmir Police parading in Bakhshi Stadium on the eve of India's 68th Independence Day. Photo/ Mushtaq Reshi
Sleuths of Jammu and Kashmir Police parading in Bakhshi Stadium on the eve of India's 68th Independence Day. Photo/ Mushtaq Reshi
Policemen stand guard in the middle of deserted Lal Chowk, the Srinagar's trade hub. Photo/ Mushtaq Reshi
Due to scorching weather, locals boys desert the premises of Jenab Sahab, the grandiose mosque-cum-shrine situated near Anchar Lake in Soura. The compound remains abuzz in pleasant weathers. Photo/ Azaan Shah
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chatting with J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during a function in Leh
Nomads offering prayers at a makeshift mosque near Kousar Nag in South Kashmir- Pix Shafqat Nabi
A Kashmiri nomad offering prayers at Kousar Nag situated in upper reaches of South Kashmir- Pix Shafqat Nabi
Kousar Nag spring in Kulgam district of South Kashmir narrowly escaped a major controversy in August- Pix Shafqat Nabi
Heavenly Kongwatan meadow is the base camp for Kousar Nag track.Pix Shafqat Nabi

World News

File photo of slain Hamas commanders Raed al-Attar, Mohammed Abu Shammala and Osama Abu Atah
GAZA - An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a clear sign of its intention to hit the group's armed leadership days after a ceasefire failed. Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammed... more
DAYRABUN - Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali has nine children to feed but he can't focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq often consume his mind.... more


Srinagar: Reliance customers in city centre Lal Chowk and adjoining areas besides in Leh (Ladakh) are having a harrowing experience in their bid to remain connected with the... more


LONDON: Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand "emotional contagion" in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. For one week in 2012 -- and without the explicit consent or... more


It is revealing that Muslim regimes in the Middle East that eagerly give billions to takfiri militants to kill fellow Muslims are completely silent about zionist killings of... more


Working out a viable relationship with Pakistan is in India’s vital national interest. But the wholly bogus nature of the Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif bonhomie on the occasion... more


The concept of education for Roman philosopher Seneca was fundamentally having an honest life. Let me explain to esteemed readers of the Kashmir Observer the concept of a... more


SRINAGAR: Thousands of fasting Kashmiris Friday rallied in parts of Srinagar and other major towns in order to express solidarity with Palestinian people who have been under... more


Mridu Rai
Irfan Me'raj in conversation with Mridu Rai Q: You were supposed to deliver the first ‘Pt Rughonath Vaishnavi Annual Talk’ but the authorities sought permission from... more


The study of languages is critical in understanding not just our past or the present, but what it holds for our futures. Tariq Rahman’s monograph explores the genesis of the... more

Heads & Tails

Most of the human body’s abilities are still hidden from us. Where do sudden bursts of energy come from when a woman in a panic can lift a car? How can one person learn... 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