Special Report


Southern Focus

As Kashmir assembly begins its stormy budget session, the opposition is united in disorder. The objective is to have some impact on Chief Minister’s election from south Kashmir, reports Masood Hussain Lawmakers cracked jokes



Polluted Board

J&K and Kashmir especially is one of the fragile ecological zones that has emerged as the new crucible of climate change. Its closed environment, massive dependence on fuel and playing host to huge




GUANTANAMO BAY Though considered a jail by Europeans, Delhi wants a replica of Cuba’s Gitmo in Kashmir. State is willing to do it for Rs 7 crore. It will be a “separate high-security



Mohammad Ismail Mir

Kashmir lost its celebrated storyteller, the ‘daastango’ Mohammad Ismail Mir, recently. The deceased was instrumental in keeping the flame of ‘daastangoi’ alive in the state for over half a century. He breathed his



Master Verma

At a time when Pandit Township controversy is snowballing into a major crisis in J&K, a Kashmiri Hindu who stayed put in valley during turbulent nineties when his ilk deserted it has emerged



Kargil Kinematics

Anwar Hussain For any society to develop, the first and foremost prerequisite is a sound education system. The society in discussion remains cut-off from the rest of the state for around five-six months.



Subtle Subtext

Shakir Mir On Friday, during afternoon, news reports came in that two militants have been killed by the security forces during an encounter at famous tourist destination Tangmarg. This is latest in a

The Straight Curve


Own the orphans

Arshid Malik The last more than two and a half decades of Kashmir have been strewn with violence in which scores of thousands of young and old men, women and children have been

Web Exclusive

FinMin Dr Drabu prior to his Budget 2016-17 speech. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)

#Budget 2016-17: Key Features

KL NEWS NETWORK SRINAGAR Dr Haseeb A. Drabu Monday presented second budget as Minister of Finance in the PDP-BJP government. The budget, delayed by over three months due to death of former Chief



Wine Monies

Liquor is an interesting business. For a produce worth Rs 280 crore in 2015-16, the government made Rs 817 crore as taxes. Tragically the drinker paid it all. Kashmir has slightly increased its



Tower-ing Crisis?

Are mobile towers nuisance, health hazard or just a modern tool of connectivity, is debatable. But with more than seven hundred towers in Srinagar city alone, both lifestyle and landscape is changing fast.



Khan in Kashmir

TV actor Imran Khan is a regular in Kashmir nowadays. Thanks to his new travel film Sargoshiyan shot in picturesque valley. Saima Bhat reports Television actor turned Bollywood director Imran Khan, still remembers

Photo Feature

Farooq Ahmad Sheikh Funeral on May 17, 2016 photo by Bilal Bahadur 2

Mid-Night Encounter & A Funeral in Frames

After the mid-night ‘encounter’ resulting in death of a local militant, Kashmir Life’s Bilal Bahadur drove to South Kashmir’s Shopian to cover funeral of the slain militant After joining Hizbul Mujahideen ranks in

Life Story


Managing Life

An unattended high tension wire left young Sajad A Lone handicapped for life. He lost both arms and will to survive. But an angelic intervention from a stranger helped him keep going. Zafar



Khaki Dream

A social worker turned jailer is happy to help make lives of inmates comfortable. Heena Muzzafar reports her journey  In 2012, when Saba Shawl, now 29, cleared Public Service Commission (PSC) exam for



Trip to Valley of Shepherds

Muhammad Raafi Route to Pahalgam never stops fascinating you. It is not only ‘picture perfect’, but equally intriguing, making one feel: whether it is meeting the fate of Punjab. Such is the flip


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.


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Trapped in Traps

By Syed Tajamul Hussain A dot of beauty, history is enough for it Many have left homes to take glimpse of it   Paradise on earth, everyone was singing After trapped in traps,



Broaden Your Horizons

By Mehboob Makhdoomi It fills my heart with joy to see some of our youth qualify competitive exams which are held at the ‘All India level’. It is clear that these people are