Port Blair, July 1: Continuing its crackdown on the illicit liquor, Handia and illegal sale IMFL, the district police of North & Middle Andaman has been conducting regular searches in jungles. In the just ended month of June, the teams of various police stations, headed by SHOs and sub-inspectors conducted 34 such search operations in the jungles. In these search operations, around 4500 litres of Lahan and Handia was destroyed. The strict vigil over the history sheeters and known bootleggers has also been identified. All the history sheeters are regularly being checked by the beat staff, making it hard for them to be involved in any illegal activity.

Port Blair, July 1: The vaccination drive is continuing smoothly in A&N Islands. As per data available, a total of 1,79,963 beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far in A&N Islands, out of the target beneficiaries of 2, 81, 603 (approx.). A total of 52,105 eligible people in the age group of 18 to 44 years have been vaccinated till date. A total of 2358 people were vaccinated today in A&N Islands.

Port Blair, June 30: A&N Islands is a standalone Territory and the Administration is trying its level best to restrict the entry of corona virus in our Islands from mainland by conducting RTPCR tests of the flight passengers on their arrival for the safety of the Islanders. This was stated by the Secretary (Health), Shri Ram Niwas Sharma briefing media on COVID-19 situation in A&N Islands in the conference hall of IP&T today. The Administration is focusing on the fivefold strategy of Testing, Tracking, Treating, COVID Appropriate Behavior and Vaccination. As per the directions of Chief Secretary, A&N Administration the testing facility in the Islands are given utmost importance with two third of the tests have been conducted through RTCPR while one third through RAT.

The Department of Environment & Forests, A&N Administration, is celebrating the 72nd Van Mahotsava in the monsoon month of July 2021.

Van Mahotsav- the festival of plantation owes its origin to the great visionary Late K.M. Munshi, the then Union Minister for Food & Agriculture who launched the programme in 1950 with the slogan “Tree means water, water means bread and bread is life”. The benevolent services rendered by trees and forests in supporting the life on Earth and their contribution in mitigating the ill effects of soil erosion, air pollution, global warming, climate change etc. deserves not only our respect but also our obligation to protect and conserve them for our posterity.

Port Blair, June 30: To take stock of the impact of the second wave of Covid-19 and to assess the preparedness to combat the anticipated third wave of Covid-19 and also to review the medical facilities available in various places in the islands, the Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, along with Shri V. Candavelou, Commissioner–cum–Secretary (Health) and Dr. Omkar Singh, Director of Health Services today visited North & Middle Andaman.