Port Blair, July 2: As part of the month long celebration of 75th Vanmahotsav 2024, an inaugural function was organized at Nature Park Interpretation Center (NPIC) yesterday during which, planting of fruit bearing/medicinal plants seedlings were taken up. Shri Sanjay Kumar Sinha, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (ANI) & Chief Wildlife Warden, A & N Islands planted saplings in the presence of the Senior Officers of the Department of Environment & Forests and the staff and children attached to Capstone Children Home, Bird Line.

Port Blair, July 2: The Warriors fight night was organized by Prime Pro Boxing Promotion National Championship, sanctioned by the Indian Boxing Council (IBC) at Shahpur Jat School Boxing Ring, New Delhi on 30th June 2024. Participants were invited from all corner of Indian States.

Port Blair, July 2: The New Criminal Laws came into force in the country on 1st July, 2024 making it a historic day for the Indian system of criminal jurisprudence. The laws are citizen and victim friendly that are aimed at bringing about greater transparency, accessibility, accountability and quick redressal to the grievances of the public.

One major step in this direction is the introduction of Zero FIR under Section 173 of the Bhartiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita. A complainant can now file FIR anywhere in the country, irrespective of the place of occurrence of crime. This provision will ensure beginning of legal proceedings immediately, without undue delay on the part of the police.

Port Blair, July 2: The One Stop Centre under the Directorate of Social Welfare organized an online awareness session on Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.The session focused on pregnant working women audiences connected from different location of A&N Islands to make them aware of different maternity benefits prior to expected delivery and after.

Dr. Nitin Shakya, Director (SW), detailed the key provisions of Indian Maternity Benefits Act 1961 and Maternity Benefit Amendment Act 2017. He emphasized about the provision in the CCS rules, in which, maternity benefits have been increased from 12 weeks to 180 days. These rights protect women in removing the fear of job insecurity, ensure equal pay during pregnancy and provide financial stability for the mother and child.

Port Blair, July 2: The District Administration, South Andaman in its continuous efforts to contain the encroachments over Government land under South Andaman District has carried out extensive eviction drives at various places.

During these drives, eviction of an unauthorized occupation over Sy.No.441/4 and an area of 0.05 hects was restored at Bambooflat under section 161 of A&N LR&LRR, 1961 and in a similar drive carried out at Garacharma village, fresh encroachment was removed from Govt. land bearing Sy. No 419/P and an area of 200 sq. mtrs was to restored to its original status.