Katchal, Jan. 3: Miss. Reena Kumari, Silver Medal Winner of IX Junior Asian Rowing Championship- 2013 held at Uzbekistan was felicitated at a grand function organized at GSSS Kapanga, Katchal on 3rd January 2014, where in Donald Samuel, Vice Chief-Captain was the chief guest.

The International Sports Icon and the Sports Ambassador of Katchal Island was welcomed by the students and teachers by the Beating Drums and with grand Applause.

Samuel addressing the gathering, praised the Sports Personality and Presented a Memento, Cash Prize and an Achievement Certificate. He said, Reena Kumari has proved that even in the Remote Tribal Area there is a potential for Talent. If necessary Sports Facilities, right motivation and recognition were created more such students can show their achievements in the International Level. He further stated that, she is a Torch Bearer and a Sport Icon of Katchal Island.

Dr. Johnson, Medical Officer, Dr. Santosh Kumar Rath, Shri. Rangarajan, SHO, Shri. Soundararajan, DM (Rubber Division Katchal), Shri. Muruganantham and Shri. Chandra Shekar were the special invitees and blessed the budding sports personality.

Soundararajan, DM presented a Memento on behalf of Rubber Division, Katchal while Muruganatham, AG Construction, felicitated her with cash award and Chandra Shekar, President, Katchal Settler Association presented her a shawl.


On the occasion Reena Kumari shared her feelings and experience with the students and thanked Shri. Lamuel, PET for promoting her to this level. 

Enhanced Water Storage Capacity Expected to Solve Water Requirements for Next 20 Years

Port Blair, Jan 1: Suneeti Singh, the First Lady of the Islands today inaugurated the Dhanikhari Dam water project at a simple function held at the site today. A plaque was unveiled by the Suneeti Singh, in presence of the Lt. Governor to inaugurate the dam after its height was raised by 5 mtrs.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor, A. K. Singh complimented the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) and the Andaman Public Works Department (APWD) for achieving this important engineering feat. He also extended his ‘New Year’ greetings to the people of the Islands and dwelt at length on various issues pertaining to the Islands.

On the issue of water supply, the LG spoke on various challenges faced by the Islanders, such as connectivity, education and health, infrastructure and employment opportunities for the youth. He also called upon all the government officials, PRIs and others for developing a work culture wherein every individual can set an objective and strive to achieve the same. “We should work with the motto “without fear or favour’, he said.

In his address, B. P. Ray, Member of Parliament said that Dhanikhari water project is a befitting ‘New Year’ gift by APWD to the residents of Port Blair. He urged APWD to take up more such projects for the benefit of the people. 

K. Ganeshan, Chairperson (PBMC) said that with the enhancement of the storage capacity of Dhanikhari Dam, water scarcity faced in the Port Blair town during the summer seasons will be resolved for a long time. He also highlighted the various projects initiated by the Municipal Council for the development of the city and for creating basic facilities and amenities for the city dwellers and thanked the Lt Governor for his efforts and initiatives.     

Earlier, welcoming the chief guest and others, Punya Salila Srivastava, Commissioner-cum-Secretary (APWD) said that the raising of height of the Dhanikhari Dam is an engineering feat taken up by NHPC in association with APWD. With the enhancement of the water storage capacity up to 8555 ml in the dam, water requirements of the Port Blair city will be solved for the next 20 years, she said. She added that APWD is also working on other alternate sources of water and all the projects will be completed in a time bound manner.


The function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri D. Balaji, Superintendent Engineer (APWD).  Chief Secretary, Anand Prakash, Adhyaksha Zilla Parishad (SA), Chairperson (SSWB), public representatives and senior officers of the A&N Administration were present.

Port Blair, Dec. 31: Raj Niwas, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the A&N Islands, will now be thrown open to the school children. The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) A. K. Singh has decided to open the gates of Raj Niwas for school children so that the children of the Islands can get a chance to visit Raj Niwas and learn about the historical building and the rich bio-diversity of the place, which is home to varied species of plants and flowers. A newly developed eco-walk has been added to the attractions of Raj Niwas. According to Raj Niwas children from various schools will be invited to visit Raj Niwas on the last Saturday of every month. The Education Department will work out the modalities in this regard. 


Located in the middle of exquisitely landscaped gardens, Raj Niwas is an example of colonial architecture. It was built in the 1870s as the official residence of the Deputy Superintendent of the Andaman Penal Settlement (later Deputy Commissioner of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands). Having a large variety of horticulture flowers, ornamental plant species and fruits, spices, medicinal plants and vegetables gardens, the Raj Niwas visit will prove to be a good education and motivation for the children. The school children will also get an opportunity to meet the Lt Governor and interact with him.