On the joyous occasion of ‘Pongal’ and ‘Makar Sankranti’, I extend my best wishes and greetings to the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The festival of ‘Pongal’ marks the start of harvest season, heralding in prosperity, good luck and moments to cherish.

Port Blair, Jan 13: The Andaman & Nicobar Territorial Congress Committee President Mr. Rangalal Halder has requested the Director of Shipping Services and Director of Transport to make requisite arrangements for transportation of all inter-islander students who are stranded at Port Blair to their respective destination by arranging special boats and buses.

Port Blair, Jan 13: The Hindu Rashtra Shakti, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, led by Mr. Rakeshwar Lall, State President, Hindu Rashtra Shakti have extended their heartfelt gratitude towards Shri Suneel Anchipaka, IAS, Deputy Commissioner (South Andaman) for considering the request for permitting general public perform Puja in temple from 0600 am to 1100 am on the eve of Pongal & Makar Sankaranti failing on 14 & 15 - January 2022 follow by SOPs of Social gathering.

Port Blair, Jan. 13: In view of ‘Pongal/Makar Sankranti’ falling on 14th and 15th January 2022, the temples are permitted to be opened from 6 am to 11 am for devotees to perform special pujas in South Andaman.

The President, Hindu Rashtra Shakti, Shri Rakeshwar Lall in a letter to the Lt. Governor inform that the Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC) earlier used to provide Hearse (Mortuary Van) to carry deceased person to North and Middle Andaman region. But the PBMC has withdrawn this service for various reasons (COVID/Shortage staff & Vehicle etc). The decision of PBMC has left many people of North & Middle Andaman totally helpless. Those who hail from financially weak families are worst hit as to carry a deceased person from Port Blair to N & M Andaman in Private Vehicles one has to pay nearly Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 50,000 to private vehicle owners.