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Mufti Breaks Silence, Says Trying for Common Ground with BJP

‘Will never sell the mandate; JK interest paramount for govt formation’

SRINAGAR: Breaking his silence over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP) patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Saturday asserted that his party would not sell its mandate for the sake... more

SRINAGAR: The army Saturday said the imposition of ban by Pakistan on Jamat-ud-Da’wah (JuD) led by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was an ‘important announcement’ and the events post-ban would be monitored.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a blood donation camp in Badami Bagh cantonment... more

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Saturday expressed displeasure over Pakistan government’s decision to ban Jamat-ud-Dawah led by India’s ‘most wanted’ Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

The Pakistan Government recently said it has banned several outfits in the country... more

Local News

ANANTNAG: Years after the main building at Sherbagh was declared unsafe by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the authorities shifted back the Maternity and Child... more
Srinagar: A shutdown was observed in central Kashmir’s Pakharpora town of Budgam district after a party of Special Operation Group (SOG) allegedly thrashed students in the... more

Regional News

Defence deals to be centre stage of Obama visit
New Delhi :Barack Obama will be the guest of honor at India’s Republic Day parade on Jan. 26. On display will be the country’s military hardware, much of which dates from the... more
India Muslim population up by 24%:Census
NEW DELHI: The latest census data on the population of religious groups, set to be released shortly, shows a 24% rise in the Muslim population between 2001 and 2011, with the... more

City News

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry Saturday expressed concern over the handling of the Jahangir Chowk–Ram Bagh flyover and Khushhalsar filling.  “As... more
Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik Saturday alleged New Delhi has subjected people of Jammu Kashmir to worst kind of oppression and... more

Sports

Parvez Rasool: No Ranji side can take J&K lightly anymore
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) cricket has been steadily clambering up the performance graph over the past few years. The state side had qualified for... more
JAMMU: The Director General of Police, K. Rajendra today declared open the 5-day 60th National School Games (NSG) in the sports discipline of Badminton.  The... more

News in Pictures

Security has been heightened with armedmen deployed on houses surrounding Bakhshi stadium ahead on Jan 26- Pix abid Bhat
Kashmiri students participate in a rehearsal for Republic Day parade at Bakshi stadium in Srinagar.pix Abid Bhat
In Chattabal Ittehadul Muslimeen took out a protest march- Pix Mushtaq Reshi
In Anantnag Umate Islamia organized a protest after Friday prayers- Pix sameer Rahmani
Protesters burning the effigy of French cartoonist who sketched the carricature of Prophet of Islam (Pbuh) inviting the world wide Musim ire- Pix Abid Bhat
Police fires teargas at the anti-French protesters in downtown Srinagar on Friday- Pix Abid Bhat
Cops checking an auto rickshaw amid heightened security in Srinagar ahead of Jan 26- Pix Mushtaq Reshi
Hundreds of residents of remote Mulshulla and adjoing villages in Budgam district underwent medical checkup during a day long free health camp organized by Kashmir Observer Foundation on Tuesday. Pix farooq Shah
An elderly resident of remote Mulshulla village in Budgam district receiving treatment at a free medical camp organized in the village by KO Foundation. Pix Farooq Shah
Hundreds of residents of remote Mulshulla and adjoing villages in Budgam district underwent medical checkup during a day long free health camp organized by Kashmir Observer Foundation on Tuesday. Pix farooq Shah

World News

ISIS beheads Japanese hostage, offer swap for remaining one
BEIRUT: A video has reportedly appeared on the internet showing one of the Japanese hostages held by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) rebels. He claimed his companion was executed and said the Islamic State want him swapped for a female... more
Iran Foreign Minister On Rare Visit To Saudi
RIYADH: Iran's foreign minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for a rare visit to the regional rival, bringing condolences after the death of King Abdullah, television pictures showed. Saudi officials greeted foreign minister Mohammad Javad... more

Business

Kashmir Inc Concerned over Poor Show at German Fair
SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Chamber of  Commerce & Industry (Inc) has expressed concern over poor response to the Kashmir businesses at Domtex Hannover- 2015 fair in Germany.... 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

The latest Charlie Hebdo cover is a talking point across the world. The French satirical weekly, which was attacked by gunmen and 12 people were killed, including its editor... more

Opinion

If recent events on the India-Pakistan border are an indicator then Obama’s presence at the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi is more inclined to escalate, not lower,... more

Letters

I do not like to send my son anymore to Ration Ghat for receiving ration as per quota already fixed by the CAPD following September floods and would prefer to purchase rice... more

Features

Being in tune with our "self" is the key to happiness and satisfaction. AS stress overwhelms us for a greater part of our daily lives, it is essential to switch off external... more

Interviews

‘Education is all about character development’
Born in Mumbai, Father Ivan Albert Perera, after his ordination to priesthood worked in various parishes of the Diocese of Jammu-Srinagar for nineteen years in Jammu region.... more

Reviews

A dramatised excerpt from the story of the day Sonia Gandhi prepared to turn down the post of Prime Minister of India in 2004.
IN the afternoon of 15 May, after having been elected unanimously as the leader of the Parliamentary Party, Sonia Gandhi addresses her MPs. “Here I stand in the place... more

Heads & Tails

Now that one mythology has been put to rest – of the world ending on December 21st- let me attempt to disabuse you of some beliefs that have survived time. * Bats Fly into... 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