Port Blair, Nov. 20: As per Indian Meteorological Department’s weather forecast, heavy rain (7-11cm) is likely to occur at one or two places over Andaman Island on Nov. 24. Distant Cautionary Signal No. I hoisted at Port Blair Port.

A story of Ramu and the Vidhut Vibhag Karamchaaris

By Denis Giles

Patting his palm gently followed by a vigorous rubbing, Ramu stuffed his mouth with Baagbaan Kaagaj Paan. Once firmly placed under his tongue, he dusted his palm and looked towards me.

Sir, he said …” I am engaged all day in my farm. I return home by evening to take some rest but I haven’t been able to sleep for the past few months.”

What’s the reason, I asked? Is there anything that’s bothering you?

Spitting out his Paan, clearing his throat, he replied in feeble voice … “most of the days there’s no Batti at home. For hours we spend our lives in darkness. The Batti comes for some time and then it vanishes for the next few hours. The situation continues till the day breaks. “

Hmm, I replied, not knowing how to respond to his situation. Ramu continued his helpless banter sensing my lack of words.

“I tried having a ‘lovely’ from the nearby Bar to get some peace of mind. But it’s a very costly alternative nowadays to get some sleep. The cost of alcohol too has gone sky rocketing in the Islands today. The Bar owner told me that the Islands has been generating a lot of revenue for the nation by increasing the price of alcohol.

“Dhanda manda hai Sir! Batti gull hai, aur daaru maarne ka bhi paisa nahi”,

Port Blair, Nov. 17: The Member of Parliament, Shri. Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands to examine the issue of reservation of B.V.Sc course seats for A&N Islands’ students by scrutinising the proposal of Pondicherry Veterinary College, already pending with A&N Administration and issue necessary instructions so that students can get the admission from the current session itself.

Port Blair, Nov. 17: A meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, A & N Administration, Shri Keshav Chandra, IAS in the presence of Secretary (Power), Director (Power), and Superintending Engineer (Electricity) along with senior officials of Electricity Department today. During the meeting, the power scenario and power disruption issues of Port Blair were discussed.   After detailed discussion and deliberation, various long term and short term solutions emerged along with ongoing exercise/ practice being already carried out by the Department on day to day basis to stabilize power system for maintaining uninterrupted power supply at Port Blair and adjoining areas of South Andaman. The decisions taken in the meeting are as mentioned below:

Port Blair, Nov. 17: N. Damodaran, an entrepreneur from our Andaman Islands has qualified for the Iron Man 70.3 World Championship. Damodaran registered his qualifications for the Iron Man by successfully completing the Iron 70.3 organised in Goa last week.