Special Report


Fake Cartel

Little did police know that recovery of fake currency worth Rs 3500 will help them bust a trans-LoC cartel that has serving army man its kingpin. Tasavur Mushtaq reports the chain reaction that



Lease of Life

Interestingly the official website of Jammu and Kashmir tourism shows Tosa-Maidan, a vast meadow in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, a must visit tourist destination. The website claims that the 3 mile long and



Of Coaching Centers

Enam  Lone As a society, we, nowadays, are plagued with many a menace. And for every single one of them, we have been having elaborate and in-depth debates, analysis and criticism, emanating from


Fayaz Ahmad Bhat

Fayaz Ahmad Bhat

In 1900, L Frank Baum wrote the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and 39 years later, American Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer converted it into a wonderful musical fantasy film. The Wizard of Oz has remained a popular

The Straight Curve


A digitized version of me

Arshid Malik “You are digitally almost invisible,” a very close acquaintance of mine informed a week ago. I was absolutely startled by this promulgation of sorts. “Digitally invisible” – what on earth was




SRINAGAR Attributed to oversight and clerical mistake, it obviously is an interesting development: while Dr Farooq Abdullah’s assets have increased by 455 percent in five years, his age has grown by 10 years!

News Makers


News Makers

FOUND: State government has come across fresh cases of 76 new substandard drugs facing the Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCP) to cancel licenses of some manufacturers. The drugs include the largely-consumed drugs

News Notes


News Notes

Ending LEASE As the 50 year lease period of Tosa Maidan meadow to army in Central Kashmir’s Budgam is coming to an end and the government still indecisive about the relocation of army



Journalist turned politician, Tahir Syed with his new chief Mehbooba Mufti

‘Paper’ Tigers!

Is journalism a launching pad for politicians? Or are the two professions embedded eternally? As election fever grips valley, Bilal Handoo takes a look at some of the recent switchovers and the buzz that


Ghulam Nabi Azad with his son during a poll campaign in Udhampur constituency.

A Bilateral Battle

There are 24 people in fray for Udhampur-Doda seat, one of the largest Lok Sabha constituencies in J&K. But the real fight is between Congress and the BJP, reports R S Gull Udhampur


Pre-Partition era shrine of an unknown saint in Fattowal in Kapurthala district, Punjab.

Exploring Punjab

By: Shams Irfan A friend of mine who has lived most of his life outside Kashmir and currently resides in Germany would often say that best journeys are those which bring you home.

Photo Feature

As per Sonum Lotus,  weather is likely to improve from Tuesday.

Downpour Dangers

The incessant rains had a momentarily hiatus on Monday in some parts of valley but streets and roads in summer capital have been left water-logged. The fresh rainfall has triggered landslides in many


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Pandit Peer

The age-old tradition of faith-healing has survived both modernity and conflict. Faith-healers cutting across religious lines still command following that baffle professionals. Bilal Handoo profiles one of the last surviving Pandit faith-healer who


Farooq Ahmad Bhat

The death at clinic

A paramedic working in old city’s Gousia Hospital was found hanged in his own clinic at Babademb in the first week of April. The death which appeared a case of suicide for scores



Ab Ki Baar, Modi Ki Haar!

Irtif Lone Well, as a Koshur, these elections don’t make much sense to me, and the least who comes to power and who sits in opposition in the Indian parliament. For me and



Time to choose the trailblazer!

Rakshanda Ali What is the cost after all? The fluctuating finance markets—that determine: who is, to live, by the ‘aid’? And live, only to repay IMF’s loan, as former Zamibian President once put

Young Artist

Young Artist

Fahad Mubarak s/o Mubarak Ahmad Shah of Homshalibugh (Yaripora), Kulgama is a 4th standard student at EFF EMM School Islamabad. He drew this cartoon for Kashmir Young Life.


Picture courtesy: Web

Mother, I don’t need their scholarship!

Muntaha Amin A treacherous journey had ended. I was finally home along with mates. They had shown us door—as we cheered for greens! We were told: cheering for greens is sedition. They left



Kicking a Passion

More than cricket it was football that once ruled hearts in Kashmir. Safwat Zargar meets one such enthusiast who runs a football club in Ganderbal from his own pocket to keep the passion

Life Story


Love of Music

For over three decades Nisar Ahmad Dar enthralled audiences with western musical in one of radio Kashmir’s most loved programme. An ardent music lover he is all set to launch his first solo