Port Blair, Jan. 19: In what can be termed as a major boost for Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the proposal of the Administration to allow seafarers holding Near Coastal Voyage (NCV) Certificate of Competency to travel to Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia received in-principle approval and the drafting of the multilateral agreement to be executed with these countries through the Ministry of External Affairs along with negotiations for the same is likely to start shortly.

Proposed Amendments Appear to Curtail the Power of Elected and Enhance Power of Govt. Officials: Jolly

Port Blair, Jan 19: Former State President BJP-ANI, Shri Vishal Jolly has raised objection against the proposed amendments in A & N Islands Grant-In-Aid to Panchayati Raj Institutions Rules, 2021 through a letter addressed to Lt. Governor, ANI, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Secretary, RD, PRI&ULB and Director, RD, PRI &ULB.

Jolly raised the following preliminary objections with respect to the manner in which the proposed amendments have been introduced in the public domain:-

Port Blair, Jan 19: Various tourism associations of Andaman & Nicobar Islands have recently met to discuss the problems that have arisen after the District Administration came out with Order No. 30, closing all tourist spots in the islands. The associations include Andaman Island Scuba Diving Association, Havelock Boat Operator Association, Island Marine Life Boat Association, Baratang Tourist Fiber Boat Owners Association and Havelock Paryatak Seva Sangh. The meeting decided to brief the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration about the circumstances that have arisen after the Order was issued and to request the CS regarding considering re-considering the Order in the interest of tourism stakeholders.

Port Blair, Jan 19: There has been surge in positive cases of COVID -19 in South Andaman District in the recent times.

In order to ensure compliance to the containment measures of isolation and social distancing in the South Andaman District to control any surge of the cases of COVID-19-Variant of Concern (VoC), “OMICRON” Shri Suneel Anchipaka, IAS, District Magistrate, South Andaman Districthas issued home quarantine order for passengers arriving at Little Andaman from Port Blair.

Port Blair, Jan 19: The villagers of Bambooflat Panchayat 02 poured out their problems and issues before the District Congress Committee President, Mr. V.K Abdul Aziz during an interaction programme organised on Wednesday night.