Port Blair, Dec. 30:  The vaccination drive is continuing smoothly in A&N Islands. As per data available, a total of 5,92,465 beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far in A&N Islands. A total of 486 people were vaccinated in South Andaman District today.

Port Blair, Dec. 29: The Member of Parliament, Kuldeep Rai Sharma has demanded development of Model Fishermen Village at Durgapur in Diglipur Tehsil under Central Sponsored scheme and allotment of land to the eligible beneficiaries.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, the Member of Parliament mentioned that some extent of land was allotted by the Administration at Durgapur during the year 2012 and thereafter in the year 2014 the committee constituted for the purpose has identified total 30 numbers eligible beneficiaries and recommended their names for onward action for their settlement in the land under the scheme. However, as per fishermen no further action was taken in this regard.

Port Blair, Dec. 29: In the saga of India’s freedom struggle, 30 December 1943 holds a special place etched in time. It was on this day that a national flag was hoisted for the first time on Indian soil, at Port Blair. It is also significant is that Netaji escaped British surveillance from Kolkata on 16 Jan 1941 and stepped back on Indian soil after nearly three years, at Port Blair Aerodrome on 29 Dec 1943 at 11:30 am and unfurled a National flag the next day.

Port Blair, Dec. 29: Hon’ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) in presence of Shri. Jitendra Narain, IAS, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration launched the Janbhagidari Programme on Evaluation of schemes and Vegetable Seed Mini-Kit Distribution Programme at Community Hall, Gram Panchayat Chouldari. The Secretaries; Head of Departments; State, Block and Panchayats staff of Rural Development and Agriculture Departments were present  during the event. Self Help Group members of Ferrargunj and Prothrapur Blocks who will be participating in the evaluation drive were also present during the launch event.

Port Blair, Dec. 29: The Member of Parliament, Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Chief Secretary of A & N Administration direct the concerned departments to open atleast one pollution testing centers each at Baratang, Kadamtala and Billiground areas so that people of these regions can get pollution test done for their vehicle, without any trouble.