Port Blair, April 7: Shri Naresh Chander Lal from A&N Islands was felicitated byNatrang’ on 6th April 2013 at Natrang Studio Theatre, Jammu. Lal was felicitated by Natrang Director, Shri Balwant Thakur with the presentation of a shawl.

Speaking on the occasion Balwant Thakur said that we are honoring ourselves by felicitating an artist who has come all way from Andaman & Nicibar Islands to J&K. This is a humble effort of Natrang to culturally bridge J&K with the distant Andaman Nicobar Islands. The one and the only National School of Drama graduate from Port Blair, Naresh Chander Lal is a known film maker in addition to the accomplished theatre director.

After graduating from National School of Drama, Lal created a group ‘Andaman People Theatre Association’ and produced many plays of social concerns and virtually introduced the people of the island to this mesmerizing art of theatre. He has also trained many actors and artists of the area and created a new movement of theatre in the islands. Later he started producing films. His first film ‘Runway on the Sea’ shot him to national fame. Later he produced ‘Beyond the Horizon’ and lately his film ‘Gandhi Aur Mahatma’ won accolades in many film festivals. Through his films he brought the Andaman Islands in the national/ International limelight. He mainly had the thrust to popularize the tourism potential of the islands in which he succeeded as well.

Speaking further about his association with him, Balwant Thakur said that since last four years they have been meeting together in the General Council of National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, New Delhi where Naresh Chander Lal represents Andaman & Nicobar islands and he represents Jammu & Kashmir and have been sharing larger cultural concerns of the country.  Balwant Thakur further hoped that Naresh Chander Lal will in future extend the horizons of his film making to Jammu & Kashmir and will invite artists from here to showcase J&K to the people of islands. Lal was also presented Natrang’s Internationally Dogri play ‘Ghumauee’ and in return copies of all Lal’s three films was presented to Natrang.

Naresh Chander Lal expressing his gratitude to Natrang said that Natrang has not honored him but has honored the whole population of Andaman and Nicobar islands. He will carry this message of love, warmth and affection to them and will make all efforts to strengthen this cultural bridge further between J&K and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Prominent among those who attended this exclusive function included Vijay Bhatt, Neeraj Kant, Anil Tickoo, Madan Rangeela, Subash Jamwal, Suraj Ganjoo, Sumeet Sharma, Mohd. Yaseen, Aarti Rajput, Sajra Qadir, Rahul Singh, Ankush Lakhnotra and Vishal Sharma.

Port Blair, April 5: The A&N Islands Khadi & Village Industries Board has been awarded the prestigious ‘National Award’ for its outstanding performance under Khadi & Village Industries sector during the year 2011-12. The prestigious award has assumed great significance as it coincides with the Silver Jubilee Year celebration of the Board.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee gave away the award to the Director of Industries, Shri M.N. Murali at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 3rd April 2013.

Following the receipt of the award, the Secretary (Industries), along with the Director and Executive Officer (A&N KVIB) today called on the Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, at Raj Niwas with the award. The Lt Governor has congratulated and appreciated the efforts of the A&NI KVIB and advised the Board to continue the good work towards reduction of unemployment problem in the Islands and other initiatives.

The award was conferred to the A&NI KVIB considering the outstanding performance at National level (Non-NE) for successful implementation of Khadi & Village Industries Programme in the Islands and on the recommendation of the Khadi & Village Industries Commission, Mumbai.

Rotational Power Cuts from 6th April

Port Blair, April 4: Following the announcement made by M/s Suryachakra Power Corporation Ltd. Bambooflat on shutting down of 10 MW capacity DG set from 6th April 2013, the Electricity department has issued an advisory to the consumers of the department and the general public for a judicious use of electricity, especially during peak hours.

In a press note by the Superintending Engineer, Electricity Department, it was mentioned that Suryachakra has intimated that only 5 MW Power will be available out of 20 MW DG sets w.e.f. 06.04.2013 due to shutting down of 10 MW capacity DG sets as they did not undertake timely overhauling of their DG sets.

This will result in a shortage of about 4 MW capacity of power during peak hours and the department is trying level best to minimize the impact of this shortage. It has also been informed that during evening hours rotational load shedding for minimum possible duration shall be carried out w.e.f. 06.04.2013.

The SE, Electricity Department has appealed to one and all, to consume electricity judiciously and stop indiscriminate use of energy-intensive equipments such as Air Conditioners, Electric heaters, Fridge, Geysers etc., especially during peak hours (05.00 PM to 10.00 PM) in order to restrict the peak demand so that the duration of the load shedding could be minimized to the maximum possible extent. Further, it was also requested to avoid use of decorative lightings in front of Houses, Shops and Govt. Buildings especially during the peak hours.