Port Blair, May 8: The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has informed the Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands that due to loss of earning during the period of lockdown, it would be very difficult for the domestic electric consumers to pay the electricity charges for 3 months from March 2020 to May 2020 at a time. He also informed that the Private Commercial and Industrial establishments in these Islands were closed during the entire month of April 2020 as being the part of nationwide lockdown, hence it would be an additional financial burden on these establishments to pay the electricity charges for the lockdown period as no business/commercial activities are carried out.

The MP therefore requested the Lt. Governor to consider to allow the Domestic, Commercial and Industrial consumers to pay electricity charges in 5 (five) equal monthly installments for 3 (three months) of March, April and May, 2020 instead of onetime payment for the entire three months and also waiving off fixed minimum electricity charges for the Commercial and Industrial establishments for the month of April 2020 in view of complete lockdown for COVID-19 pandemic.

Port Blair, May 8: The Bharatiya Janata Party, A&N Islands, through its State President, Shri. Ajoy Bairagi has urged the Director General of Police, A&N Police Department to release all those two as well as four wheeler vehicles, which were seized by the A&N Police during the period of lockdown as a one-time relaxation, with a stern warning of serious legal consequences on any subsequent violations. He has asserted that in most of the cases, people were forced to go out for securing essential commodities, medicines and for other plausible & urgent reasons.

He has further stated that although there may be several persons who have violated the lockdown without any justified reasons at all and he is also mindful of the fact that there cannot be any excuse or concession in law, but considering the worldwide unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19 and the huge devastating consequences thereof in terms of loss of lives, slowdown of economy etc, which we have already suffered; a one-time relaxation of releasing all those vehicles may be given with a stern warning of serious legal consequences on any subsequent violations.

Port Blair, May 8: The Indira Gandhi National Open University has extended the last date for submission of Assignments and online Exam Fee payment upto 31st May 2020 without late fee. For new exam dates, the students are advised to frequently check the University website www.ignou.ac.in. Similarly, the Regional Centre website http:// rcportblair.ignou.ac.in for A&N specific announcements. Students can contact (call through voice attachment file) the RC email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target='_blank' rel=external>This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for individual specific problems, if any.

Concerns Raised Over Mode of Getting Back Stranded Islanders from Mainland India

Port Blair, May 7: With the last Corona Positive case tested negative today, Andaman & Nicobar Islands now remain with no positive cases. This is happening for the second time in the islands that the positive cases have recovered well.

Port Blair, May 7: The Bharatiya Janata Party through its State President, Shri Ajoy Bairagi on 06/05/2020 requested the Hon’ble Lt. Governor, A & N Islands to grant relief package for persons belonging to unorganised sector using accumulated funds from various sources.

Port Blair, May 7: The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has suggested the Lt. Governor to set up a help desk for the islands’ students who are studying abroad.

Port Blair, May 7: The students who are now away from A&N Islands, are not able to read the Press-Releases appearing in local newspapers, radio, TV, cable. Due to the same, many students are sending emails to IGNOU Regional Centre Port Blair.  To reach all those students, the RC has regularly placed the Press-Releases at its site http://rcportblair.ignou.ac.in. Each email question has been answered through Press-Release at site also. Thus, all 51000 students are advised to visit RC website, before sending any email to RC.  All the assignments submitted to the RC email address have been rejected and deleted, due to poor internet in ANI. Only plastic free hand written assignments shall be accepted at study centres, after lockdown period ends.