Port Blair, Dec. 29: Hon’ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) in presence of Shri. Jitendra Narain, IAS, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration launched the Janbhagidari Programme on Evaluation of schemes and Vegetable Seed Mini-Kit Distribution Programme at Community Hall, Gram Panchayat Chouldari. The Secretaries; Head of Departments; State, Block and Panchayats staff of Rural Development and Agriculture Departments were present  during the event. Self Help Group members of Ferrargunj and Prothrapur Blocks who will be participating in the evaluation drive were also present during the launch event.

Port Blair, Dec. 29: In the saga of India’s freedom struggle, 30 December 1943 holds a special place etched in time. It was on this day that a national flag was hoisted for the first time on Indian soil, at Port Blair. It is also significant is that Netaji escaped British surveillance from Kolkata on 16 Jan 1941 and stepped back on Indian soil after nearly three years, at Port Blair Aerodrome on 29 Dec 1943 at 11:30 am and unfurled a National flag the next day.

Port Blair, Dec. 29: The District Congress Committee President, Shri. V.K Abdul Aziz has requested the Secretary (Transport) to start one pollution testing centre at Bambooflat.

In a letter to Secretary (Transport), Aziz highlighted the difficulty faced by residents of Bambooflat in coming at Port Blair for conducting "Pollution Under Control Test". He mentioned that the process is very time consuming and it is not possible to complete the process in a day.

Port Blair, Dec. 29: The Member of Parliament, Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Chief Secretary of A & N Administration direct the concerned departments to open atleast one pollution testing centers each at Baratang, Kadamtala and Billiground areas so that people of these regions can get pollution test done for their vehicle, without any trouble.

Port Blair, Dec. 29: The Food Safety Department, Andaman & Nicobar Administration conducted Food Licensing & Registration drives at Ferrargunj, Shore Point, Haddo, Bathu Basthi, Swaraj Dweep and Shaheed Dweep during the week.