On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to all my respected Islanders. I am happy that the Festival of lights is being celebrated across Andaman and Nicobar Islands along with rest of the Country, by its people irrespective of caste, colour and creed which is a strong re-affirmation of the Island's secular traditions. Diwali marks victory of good over evil and is an occasion to reinforce bonds of brotherhood in the society.

Port Blair, Nov. 12: The Food Safety Department, A&N Islands has been carrying out comprehensive special drives in various food vending establishments with special emphasis on mithaiwalas, halwais, bake houses and bakery shops during this festive season. During this week the Food Safety Officials inspected 273 food vending premises and collected 320 samples of milk and milk based sweets  and other sweets for  sample testing.

Port Blair, Nov. 12: A meeting of District Disaster Management Committee (DDMA), South Andaman District was convened at Conference Hall of DC Office, South Andaman Port Blair on 12.11.2020 at 10.00 am under the Chairmanship of Shri Suneel Anchipaka, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman to discuss the Crisis Management Plan submitted by CISF Unit ISTRAC/ ISRO, Dollygunj, Port Blair.      

Port Blair, Nov. 12: An event was organised on 12th Nov 2020 at the premises of Seva Niketan, Child Care Institute, after the week long festivities conducted by District Administration to mark the celebration of Children’s Day. The Deputy Commissioner South Andaman Shri Suneel Anchipaka graced the occasion as the Chief Guest along with Shri Hari Kallikkat SDM, South Andaman as the Guest of Honour.

Port Blair, Nov. 12: The State President, BJP, Shri. Ajoy Bairagi has wished the Islanders on the occasion of Dhanteras and Diwali.

Every year we celebrate Dhanteras and Diwali with much fanfare but this year due to COVID-19 restrictions we will have to change our ways of celebrating these festivals. Bairgai has asked Islanders to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols as announced by the Govt. to keep them, their families and the society safe. He reminded the Islanders of the two golden rules of maintaining ‘2 gaj ki doori’ and wearing of the face mask when in public.