Port Blair, Aug 21: Ganesh Puja is very much important for Hindu community. In Andaman and Nicobar Island due to the COVID 19, the islanders could not celebrate Ramnavami, Janmastmi, Lohri and Holi. Recently, A&N Administration issued an order vide bearing No. 919 dated 20-08-2020 from Deputy Commissioner (SA), Deputy Commissioner South Andaman, where it's mentioned that the movement of Pandits alone from home to temple and back is allowed by the Administration between 06.00 am to 09.00 am, immersion of idols and processions shall not be allowed. The MH&FW Bide Z 28015/19/2020-EMR (POT.) dated 04-June-2020 follows.

Port Blair, Aug 21: On the basis of the sighting of the moon, the A&N Hilal Committee has announced that the Holy month of Muharram will start from Friday 21st August and Ashura will be on Sunday, 30th August 2020, a communication from Maulana Alimmudin, President A&N Hilal Committee said here today.

On behalf of Port Blair Municipal Council, Shri N.K.Udhaya Kumar has wished the Islanders ‘Happy Vinayak Chatruthi’. The Chairperson wished that Lord Ganpati visits your homes with bags full of happiness, prosperity and peace. May the grace of God keep enlightening your lives and bless you always. May Lord Ganesha always remove obstacles from your life. Wishing you happiness as big as Ganesha’s appetite, life long as his mouse and moments as sweet as his laddus.

I greet my fellow islanders on the pious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.  May Lord Ganesh guide us all towards a path of progress, peace, happiness and prosperity and save us from all evil forces and give enough strength to fight against this pandemic situation.

Kuldeep Rai Sharma

Member of Parliament

Port Blair, Aug 20: Glaring examples of negligence in health care at the Islands’ only referral hospital have been coming to light. The incidents where in, delayed response for ambulances, unequipped ambulances and no immediate check by the health officials at the GB Pant upon arrival at the hospital is something that can be termed as negligence.

The collapse of GB Pant has been a result of failure in strategic planning by the authorities to combat the present COVID-19 pandemic. People have been pointing out that whatever steps that have been taken to control the pandemic was more focussed on pleasing the centre than for the welfare of the islanders.