Port Blair, Sept. 15: GST Jagrukta- a GST awareness programme was held in the Seminar Gallery and Conference Hall of Tagore Government College of Education, Port Blair today. The seminar was inaugurated by Smt. Veditha Reddy, IAS, Commissioner, UTGST Department, A&N Islands. She emphasized on creating a general awareness on GST relating to different trades amongst the business community. Discussions were held on various issues of GST compliance and the legal provisions of the offences and penalties enacted under GST Act, 2017. The Tax Officers and Assistant Commissioners presented talks on objectives and challenges for GST implementation in A&N Islands. A special focus was given on penal and legal provision for violations of GST Law viz. fake invoices, undervaluation of sales, import of goods without valid documents, non-payment of tax in a timely manner, conducting business without taking proper GST registration.

Port Blair, Sept. 15: The last date for submission of online application forms for admission to Two Years B.Ed. Degree Programme for the academic session 2023-24 in Tagore Government College of Education, Port Blair has been extended up to 26th September 2023 due to non-receipt of results from Pondicherry University. Desirous candidates can now submit their online application up to 26th September 2023 via URL http://collegeadmission.andaman.gov.in.

Port Blair, Sept. 15: The President, Nicobar Youth Association, Mr. Rayhaan Pasha along with the Village Chief and Member Tribal Council, Kamorta Mr Aslam Majid paid a courtesy call to the new Director General of Police, A&N Islands, Shri Devesh Chandra Srivastava, IPS.

Port Blair, Sept. 15: Considering the high rates of suicides in the islands, a special drive against suicide namely "AASHA - LET'S SAY YES TO LIFE" has been launched. The first session was held at VKV School, Port Mout and was presented by Shri. Arshdeep Singh Panwar, DANIPS, SDPO Bambooflat.

About 60 students from class 10th to 12th and staffs of VKV Port Mout were sensitized about the importance of mental health, factors that contribute to suicidal thoughts, warning signs that may lead to suicide, how to seek help, where to seek help, how to overcome failures etc.

Recently there has been a sudden surge in impersonation of senior Government Officials even Elected Representatives etc. of the Union Territories through WhatsApp. These scammers using photographs/profiles of high ranking officials and individuals as well as various other dignitaries, initiate conversations with Government employees/private individuals pretending/impersonating and making various excuses with request for money and/or to ask them to purchase items/gifts online for them.