On the auspicious occasion of Tamil New Year’s Day or Puthandu, I extend my best wishes to everyone.  Tamil New Year’s Day is celebrated on the first day of Chithirai – the first month in the Tamil Calendar and is also known as Varusha Pirappu.  I wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous Tamil New Year and I pray to the almighty that this year brings happiness and joy for everyone.

(Kuldeep Rai Sharma)

Member of Parliament

A&N Islands

Port Blair, April 13: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) admission, both through On-line and Off-line, for the Academic Session July 2021, is going to be closed on Thursday 15th April 2021. For Online admission, log on - onlineadmission.ignou.ac.in/admission and for Offline Admissions, Forms can be collected from Regional Centre Office at Mohanpura during working hours ensuring social distancing norms. For more details, visit IGNOU Website – www.ignou.ac.in or contact IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair, Kannada Sangha Building, Near Syndicate Bank, Mohanpura, Port Blair. Phone: 03192-242888 or 03192-230111, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Port Blair, April 12: A meeting of the South Andaman Teachers’ Branch of Non-Gazetted Government Officers’ Association held at Port Blair on 10th April, 2021 reviewed the unprecedented situation developed after the delegation of power to the Director of Education to sanction leave including casual leave and station leaving permission. The meeting noted with concern that the recent order by the A & N Administration dated 17th March,2021 revoking the power delegated to Head of Offices including Zonal Officers and Principals  to sanction leave and station leaving permission to Group B Non Gazetted employees and delegating the same to the Director of  Education stationed at Port Blair has created unprecedented resentment among members of the teaching community. As per the classification of posts by Govt. of India, various categories of teachers including Primary School Teachers are Group B Non-Gazetted. Further they are posted at every nook and corner of the Islands including isolated inhabitant Islands .Now as per the order all these teachers working under the Education Department have to approach the Director of Education for leave including Casual leave which is meant for emergencies like sudden health problems.

Port Blair, April 12: In continuation of the District Administration’s drive to reach doorsteps of citizen, Shri Suneel Anchipaka, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman along with Superintendent of Police (SA), Assistant Commissioner (SA)/ SDM (SA) and SDPO (SA) visited the citizen residing at South Point and Shadipur. The team requested people above 45 to take COVID vaccination to fight against the COVID -19 pandemic.

5549 Doses Administered in Single Day     

Port Blair, April 12: The second day of ‘Tika Utsav’ has marked the soaring high in COVID19 vaccination coverage in the UT. More than 75 Teams conducted the vaccination campaign in every Island and administered 5549 doses in a single day. Additional mini teams were made to vaccinate people in far flung areas locally.   Elaborate planning and monitoring was done by the A&N Administration and the Health Department. Special monitors were appointed in the level of Secretary and Director to monitor the process. Continuous supply of vaccine was ensured by a team from Health Department.