Port Blair, Dec. 31: The dusk of the passing by year has brought jubilations for the Sports loving Islanders. The uncertainty and the anxiety of the day turned into some delightful moments in the evening. The reason was obvious.

The Andaman Nicobar team has entered into the Quarter final, proving its abilities against the mighty opponents. Around three thousands football fans were waiting for the start of the most crucial match of the Island’s team at the FIFA ground in the JNRM Campus this afternoon. The Goa team utilized the Psychological advantage of being the defending Champion from the very first moment. They made several attempts but the excellent Goal keeping of Ambrose of the island’s team prevented Goa to succeed in their mission. The first half passed without any goals.

The Andaman team made a remarkable recovery in the second half and the strikers started developing attacks on the opponents. Captain Russel marshalled his strikers beautifully and some fine attacks were made. The outstanding dribbling skills of Apolonius and the strong defensive tactics of Rufas Freer were close to perfection and the crowd enjoying every bit of the game. The second half was dominated entirely by the Island’s team. Thousands of football fans stood up on their feet, the moment referee blew the last whistle. The match ended in a draw, and the Andaman team has qualified for the quarter final, with the advantage of having better goal average in the league round.

The other teams which qualified today for the quarter finals are Maharashtra, Kerala and Delhi. In the day’s first important match Maharashtra defeated Vidya Bharti by 5-0. Karan Chauhan scored 3 goals alone for the winners. In another match played at Netaji Stadium this afternoon, Kerala outplayed Madhya Pradesh by 3-0. Sujas scored 2 goals and Sujit scored one for Kerala. Delhi secured its berth in the quarter final, defeating Uttar Pradesh by solitary goal in the last league match of the 58th SGFI National School Football Championship.

Schedule of Quarter Final Matches


01/01/13    1.00 pm    RAJASTHAN    V/S    DELHI              Netaji Stadium

01/01/13    3.00 pm    PUNJAB    V/S    GUJURAT                      Netaji Stadium

01/01/13    5.00 pm    MAHARASHTRA    V/S    ODISHA            Netaji Stadium

01/01/13    2.30 pm    ANDAMAN & NICOBAR    V/S    KERALA  J N R M

Port Blair, Dec. 31: The A&N Police has conceptualised and put together 'The Museum of the Japanese Occupation' near the Police Lines to highlight the history of those three dark years of suffering.

It was felt that mainlanders and tourists are totally ignorant even of the fact that the Imperial Japanese forces had occupied these islands. Even young Islanders have sketchy or no knowledge about that period.

The Museum was put together in the record time of sixteen days at a nominal cost as a labour of love. Regimental funds of the A&N Police were used for the purpose.

Entry of the public and tourists will be free of charge. The Museum will be jointly inaugurated at 5 P.M. on the 1st of January, 2013 by Shri Gauri Shankar Pandey and Shri Ahmad Mujtaba, who are the sons of Martyrs shot by the Japanese at Humphreygunj and are living encyclopaedias of the history of the islands.

Schools have been requested to organise visits to the museum for their students in the coming days. Contribution of any relevant exhibits and suggestions for improvement will be welcome. The museum can be visited between 10 A.M. and 6 P.M. on all days of the week.

Andaman Chronicle Wishes a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2013 to Our Esteemed Readers!

Port Blair, Dec 15: Firing practice by Naval Coast Battery will be carried out from Ross Island (110 40.6 Min North 920 46 Min East) in seaward direction from 1 pm to 3 pm on Dec 24, 2008.

Port Blair, Dec 15: The meeting of District Planning Committee (DPC) for South Andaman District to discuss the Annual Plan 2009-10 of various Departments of A & N Islands began today in the conference hall of Zilla Parishad. The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman and Chairperson, DPC addressed the Committee meeting.
On the first day, plan proposals/schemes related to the Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Fisheries, Co-operation, Industries, Police & Fire Services, Jail, Labour, Employment & Training, Health, Education, Technical Education, Transport, Environment & Forest and Science & Technology were discussed.