Port Blair, March 15: The International Women’s Day 2021 was celebrated by ISMAT (Islanders Social Movement for Awareness and Training) – a women’s initiative on 13th March  2021 at Ummat Public School, Middle Point, Port Blair. Around 65 women from various walks of life participated along with ISMAT members.

Ms. Anjali Sherawat, Secretary Municipal Council & Urban Development, Director, ANIIDCO was the chief guest for the occasion. The celebration was marked by the felicitation of five “Women of Substance” by the Chief Guest. Smti. Shanta Lachman Singh, Social Activist & Ex. Chairperson Municipal Council, Smt. Ayesha Majeed, Social Worker and Chairperson, Tribal Council, Nancowry, Smti. Nina Thomas, Social Worker from Car Nicobar, Smti. Rasheeda Bibi, Pradhan, Hope Town and Smti Baby Farida, Ex Chair Person, Municipal Council were felicitated by shields and certificates for their selfless contribution to the welfare of people in these Islands.

Port Blair, March 15: The services of vehicle ferry vessel MV North Bay operating between Middle Strait and Baratang was withdrawn on 15.03.2021, due to unforeseen entangling of rope in its propeller. Due to above sudden withdrawal of vehicle ferry vessel, the passenger and vehicular transhipments through the vehicle ferry vessels in the above route got disrupted,  which is deeply regretted by this Directorate. 

Port Blair, March 12: The Andaman & Nicobar Islands today joined the country in its celebration to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ with series of activities. The festivity began with Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon’ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands & Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency paying floral tribute to the heroes of our freedom struggle at the Martyrs’ Column, National Memorial Cellular Jail. Thereafter, the Lt Governor flagged off a Freedom Run from the historic Cellular Jail in the presence of Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Jitendra Narain and other Senior Officers of the Administration, prominent citizens. The Freedom Run witnessed an overwhelming participation of students from schools and colleges besides NYK and NCC cadets holding placards of patriotic quotes. The Freedom Run culminated at the Flag Point.    

Minister Clears that Central Share of Funds Have been Exhausted for the Current Financial Year

Port Blair, March 12: The Minister of Women & Child Development and Textiles, Govt. of India, Smti Smriti Zubin Irani replying to a letter of the Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma on non-release of Government of India’s Share under Anganwadi Service Scheme has cleared that the central share of funds have already been exhausted for the current financial year.

Port Blair, March 12: The Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Superintending Engineer, Electricity Department, A&N Administration to explore the feasibility for laying overhead electrical line with new poles at Nayashaher, Tsunami Shelter area, Guptapara Gram Panchayat. The underground electric line laid by the department years ago are damaged now due to which, power supply to these area is interrupted regularly. The villagers particularly students are facing difficulties for attending their one line classes, e-services and other domestic works etc.