On the joyous occasion of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal, I convey my greetings and best wishes to all respected Islanders and wish them prosperity, good health,  happiness and harmony. The festivals associated with the harvest season and celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm across the Islands and other part of the country, symbolize our unity in diversity.

Port Blair, Jan 13: More than fifty turtles were found dead in in the North Andaman District on Sunday 10th Jan 2021. The dead turtles were washed away in the shores on a decaying condition and was noticed by the locals first. They were found in Kalipur Beach, Lamiya Bay in Diglipur and also at Karmatang Beach in Mayabunder.

Port Blair, Jan 13: Andaman & Nicobar Islands has received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine today. A total of 6500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine are being supplied by M/s Serum Institute of India to Andaman & Nicobar Islands for vaccination to prioritized beneficiaries in the initial phase of COVID-19 vaccination on 16th January 2021 (including Health Care Workers of State Government, Central Govt. and Armed Forces).

Port Blair, Jan 13: A cargo dinghy loaded with nearly 500 LPG cylinders had capsized near North Bay in the South Andaman. Sources indicate that the accident took place on 9th Jan 2021. One among the two men onboard had gone missing. It is also learnt that the matter was never communicated to the Indian Coast Guard for SAR Operation and was being handled by the local boatmen and Police. Later the Coast Guard had spotted activities near North Bay and upon intimation to the concerned authorities had been roped in.

Port Blair, Jan 13: A delegation led by Ms. V. K. Mariyam Bibi (ex Adhyaksha) ZP, SA, Shri M.K. Sundaram (ex. ZP Member), Shri B.Laxmi Narayan (ex-Up pramukh), Smt. Rasheeda Bibi (ex - Pradhan), Mr. Simson, Mr.Dijo George (Social workers) met The Deputy Commissioner Mr. Suneel Anchipaka, IAS and raised issues pertaining to their respective localities, including restoration of Harbour ferry timings to pre- Lockdown schedule, including Dundaspoint, Bambooflat and Panighat.