Port Blair, Aug 13: In a move to improve the students’ career prospects, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved a proposal to allow students to pursue two degree programmes at the same time. One of the degrees has to be in the regular mode (college / University) and the other either in open and distance learning or online.  A student can pursue two degrees in different streams as well as from different institutions. S/he may also opt for the same institution, provided it offers multiple mode of learning. For more details visit UGC website.

Andaman & Nicobar Administration Needs to Take Public Representatives in Confidence to Contain the Virus Spread

Port Blair, Aug 11: There has been a backlog in testing COVID-19 samples, which is now a matter of great concern for the islanders. In most of the news cases, the swab samples are taken after the patients show signs and symptoms. Unfortunately the test results are received only after a gap of 5 days and in many cases it goes upto 7 days.

Port Blair, Aug 11: The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration to implement the directions given by the Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public  Grievances  & Pensions, Government of India regarding regularisation of absence period of Government servants from duty, which has happened due to nationwide lockdown. 

Port Blair, Aug. 11: The District Magistrate, South Andaman today issued guidelines for movement of persons during the lockdown to be implemented from 11th Aug 2020 – 18th Aug 2020. According to the guidelines issued:

Port Blair, Aug 11: The residents of Bambooflat and adjoining areas have always been demanding for a standby boat at the jetty to shift emergency cases to Port Blair’s GB Pant Hospital. It’s a very old demand since the place is isolated and in order to reach Port Blair by road, any person has to travel for atleast an hour. On certain occasions, heeding to the requests of the residents, the Directorate of Shipping Services had stationed standby boats at the jetty during night, to meet such challenges. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially after the lockdown has been announced, there are no standby boats, which has been affecting the people badly.