Port Blair, Sept. 14: The Member of Parliament, Shri. Kuldeep Rai Sharma, has expressed profound sorrow over a tragic incident that unfolded in Sitapur village, Rangat region, on the night of September 13, 2023, at approximately 11:45 PM.

In a letter addressed to the Hon’ble Lt. Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, he informed that during this unfortunate event, a tree fell onto a residence, resulting in the devastating loss of a 17-year-old child and causing injuries to other family members. The affected house, owned by Mr. Swapan Mandal, sustained significant damage, further compounded by adverse weather conditions.

Report: Asheem Poddar

Kolkata/Port Blair, Sept 14: Of late, the art lovers of Kolkata and many from places in and around the city had the opportunity of seeing a conglomeration of paintings and sculpture by a group of promising artists under the aegis of an organisation appropriately named 'Mangrove'. It was the Seventh Annual Painting – Sculpture Exhibition’ of this unique organisation held for a week at the ‘New South Gallery’ of the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. Among the participants in the said exhibition were altogether 19 painters, sculptors and cartoonists. Mahananda Gomasta, a well-known artist, who carved out a niche for himself as a sculptor of great repute in Andaman and elsewhere also flew in to take part with his pieces of sculptures in this event.

Diglipur, Sept. 14: Continuing its crackdown on the illicit liquor, Handia, illegal sale of IMFL & illicit drugs, the District Police of North & Middle Andaman with the help of local informers conducted regular raids and searches in jungles.

During the month of August-2023, the teams of various Police Stations, headed by SHOs and Sub-Inspectors conducted raids & massive jungle search operation. In these search operations, around 400 litres of lehan & 51 Kgs Handia were destroyed and also 281 Nos. IMFL bottles of different quantities have been seized and 26 persons were arrested under Excise Regulation cases.

Port Blair, Sept. 14: Shri. Vishal Jolly, National Executive Committee Member-BJP, today met the Chief Secretary, A & N Administration and placed various issues pertaining to the Nicobar group of Islands.

Shri. E. S. Rajesh, District President of Nicobar District- BJP alongwith Shri. Raja, State Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha had recently visited Nicobar Group of Islands and during their weeklong stay over there; they have met the residents and villagers of these Islands. During their stay several issues of these Islands came to light, which were brought to the notice of Shri. Vishal Jolly, who had accordingly placed & highlighted all those issues before the Chief Secretary, A & N Administration today which are indicated herein under:-

To the Ingenious Minds and Dedicated Spirits,

On this Engineer's Day, 15th September 2023, I extend my warmest greetings and heartfelt admiration to all engineers of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, across our great nation and those Engineers who hail from Andaman and Nicobar Islands but are working in different parts of the World. Engineers are the architects of progress, bridging dreams with reality, and ensuring the heartbeat of innovation never ceases.