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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif a day after his swearing-in in May

The decision to call off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan has more to do with the BJP’s domestic agenda and less to do with the Narendra Modi government’s... more

NEW DELHI: Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit Wednesday reiterated that Kashmiri people are the prime party to Kashmir dispute and his meeting with pro-freedom leaders of Kashmir was legitimate.

He said that Pakistan has been meeting them  (separatist leaders) for the... more

SRINAGAR: Terming the situation in Pakistan unfortunate, Huriyat Conference (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday said that democracy must survive in Pakistan and destabilization of the region cannot be accepted.

The amalgam has said that the leaders heading the agitation are not... more

Local News

SOPORE: Journalists operating in North Kashmir’s Baramulla and Sopore towns Wednesday alleged that Army is forcing them to reveal their sources and mode of function in their... more
Srinagar: In a landmark decision taken on 6th December 2013 in the meeting of Mission Steering Group (MSG), headed by the then Union Health & Family Welfare Minister, (... more

Regional News

Pak MPs escape as Qadri supporters attempt NA blockade
ISLAMABAD: Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade Parliament on Wednesday after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with Prime... more
Soldier’s body found after 18 yrs in Siachen
NEW DELHI/AGRA: The forbidding ice deserts of the Siachen glacier- considered, the coldest, highest and most expensive battlefields in the world, have been hiding one of... more

City News

SRINAGAR:  Police on Wednesday detained a top government official for cheque fraud. Official sources said that a local businessman, Sajad Ahmad Bhat from Rajbagh, Srinagar... more
Srinagar:  Three residential houses housing wholesale stores were partially damaged in fire that broke out in Kokar Bazar area of city centre Lal Chowk on Saturday. Police... 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

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
Kashmiri nomads traverse through breathtaking Kousar Nag range in South Kashmir- Pix Shafqat Nabi

World News

BAGHDAD: Militants released a video apparently showing the beheading of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria, in the most direct retaliation yet to US air strikes against them in Iraq. The video, in which the Islamic State (IS) group also... 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:   Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Monday elected KHARA President Showkat Chowdhary as its new Chairman unanimously for the next term for the year 2014-2016. Nine... 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


The Indian Govt recently called off its Secretary level talks with Pakistan. The move came in the backdrop of the Pakistani High Commissioner in India meeting leaders of... more


The Middle East is today caught up in the vortex of the worst violence to visit the region in years. Were Huntington to land in the Middle East today, he would be inclined to... more


India cannot disentangle from her responsibility by calling off the foreign secretary level talks because Pakistani Ambassador met with the leadership of the Kashmiri... 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