Port Blair, Nov. 20: Shri M. Vinod, President Andaman Association of Tour Operators along with all its members have expressed deep condolence on the sudden demise of Shri. Samikannu, aged 83 years, Resident of Garacharma, who breathed his last yesterday night at Port Blair. 

Port Blair, Nov. 20: In 1985, by an Act of Parliament, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established as a Central University to meet the educational needs of millions of people; thus emerged as ‘People’s University’. The success of IGNOU in reaching the ‘unreached’ sections of India is a great achievement in higher education of our Country.  The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been accorded A++ grade by NAAC.

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.

Port Blair, Nov. 20: As part of the celebration of World Fisheries Day-2022, the Department of Fisheries of Fisheries will be organizing a technical workshop on ‘Fisheries & Aquaculture Development of A&N Islands’ and a felicitation session to recognize the best performed Fishers/Fish Farmers/Fish Vendors/Entrepreneurs /Fish processors and Field officials in the conference hall of Industries Department tomorrow (Nov. 21) at 10 am. 

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”,