Andaman And Nicobar Islands

  • BJP retains lone seat of Andaman and Nicobar islands May 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday retained the lone seat of Andaman and Nicobar islands. BJP candidate Bishnu Pada Ray defeated Congress's Kuldeep Rai Sharma by 7,812 votes. The poll battle was practically a straight contest between the Congress, which won the seat continuously until 2004 with the exception...
  • Andaman boat tragedy: Questions on lapses galore, MHA takes cognisance January 27, 2014

    Chennai: A day after a tourist boat capsized off the Andaman coast leaving 21 people dead, the scale of the tragedy is becoming apparent. Preliminary reports suggest the boat which had a capacity of 25-30 passengers was overloaded with almost 48 people on it. The passengers have claimed they were...
  • Andaman administration submits report on boat tragedy to Home Ministry January 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Andaman and Nicobar administration has handed over a report on a boat tragedy that happened on Sunday to the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to sources, the report mentions the time of the accident, the number of casualties and the ex-gratia paid to the victims' families. The sources...
  • Andaman boat tragedy: Police say rescue teams reached on time January 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Andaman and Nicobar DGP has refuted allegations of delay in rescue operations after the tourist boat tragedy on Sunday. DGP Sudhir Yadav told CNN-IBN that the news about delay in rescue operations is wrong. "We got information about this accident at 3:50 pm and at 4:05 pm...
  • Andaman boat tragedy: Eyewitnesses say rescue teams reached late January 27, 2014

    New Delhi: A tourist boat capsized near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday evening in which 21 people lost their lives. Of the 21 casualties, 16 bodies have been identified. The tourist boat identified as Aqua Marine capsized between Ross Island and North bay, about 2 kilometre off the...
  • Najeeb Jung appointed as the new Lt Governor of Delhi July 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Najeeb Jung, vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, has been named the Lt Governor of Delhi, replacing Tejendra Khanna. According to a presidential announcement, former Delhi police commissioner KK Paul has been appointed the Meghalaya governor, replacing Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary. Lt General AK Singh (retd) will be the Lt Governor...
  • Govt halts Navy project in A&N Islands October 5, 2012

    New Delhi: After CNN-IBN reported how missile installations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands could hurt the existence of the endangered bird species Nicobar Megapode, the Enviornment Ministry has rejected the proposal. "The habitat of the megapode should not be disturbed and the missile firing range should not come up in...
  • Andaman: MoD proposals threaten endangered birds July 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The Narcondam Hornbill is found at only one place in the world - Narcondam, in the Andamans. The Nicobar Megapod, a wingless bird, is found in the Tillanchong Sanctuary, again in the Andamans. Both these birds and the fragile ecology of the Andamans are now facing a direct threat...
  • SC bans tourism near Jarawa region in Andamans July 2, 2012

    New Delhi: In a relief to the protected Jarawa tribes of Andaman Islands, the Supreme Court on Monday stopped all tourism-related activities close to the reserve areas in the island. Last month, the Cabinet had approved the promulgation of a law that brings into effect a buffer zone in the 5-km...
  • Law to protect Andaman's Jarawa tribes approved May 31, 2012

    New Delhi: After the controversy over a video showing scantily clad Jarawa tribal women, the government on Thursday approved promulgation of a legislation that provides for imprisonment up to seven years for such crimes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Union Cabinet approved the proposal for promulgation of Andaman and Nicobar...
  • Jarawas now willing to come to the mainstream: MP April 14, 2012

    Port Blair: The members of Jarawa community are willing to come to the mainstream and embrace modern lifestyle, a local MP has said. "It would not be appropriate to suppress the voice of the community and leave them in total isolation," Bishnu Pada Ray told a press meet in Port Blair...
  • Magnitude 5 earthquake jolts Andaman and Nicobar March 2, 2012

    New Delhi: An earthquake jolted the Andaman and Nicobar Islands late on Thursday night. The quake measuring 5 on the Richter scale struck at 11.23pm. No injuries or damages have been reported. No tsunami warning has been issued. ...
  • Jarawa video: Andaman police arrests constable February 21, 2012

    New Delhi: The Andaman & Nicobar police has arrested a constable in the case of the Jarawa tribes allegedly being exploited. The constable has been arrested for allegedly asking the Jarawa natives to dance for foreign tourists and filming them. The investigation led to the constable after he was identified...
  • Human safaris: UN panel appealed to take up issue February 16, 2012

    London: Amidst concern and inquiries in India, a London-based tribal rights group on Thursday appealed to a UN committee to renew its call to close the key Andaman Trunk Road to stop "human safaris" in the islands. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) had sought the closure...
  • Govt mulling study on living patterns of tribals February 12, 2012

    New Delhi: The government is planning to rope in health and nutrition experts to study living pattern of tribals, including Jarawas of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in an effort to reduce their susceptibility to diseases. Observing that the immunity of tribals and forest dwellers in the country is an area of...
  • Policeman identified in Jarawa video suspended February 9, 2012

    Port Blair: A policeman, identified in the video footage depicting members of Jarawa tribe of Andaman and Nicobar Islands dancing semi-naked, has been suspended. A departmental enquiry has also been initiated against him, police said. "The policeman identified as PC Claton was sitting on the road while Jarawa women were made...
  • Navy's plans to test fire missiles hit hurdle November 7, 2011

    New Delhi: The Indian Navy's plans to test fire missiles from Andaman and Nicobar Islands appear to have hit a hurdle with the Environment Ministry concerned over the impact of the exercise on an endangered bird species found only in the ecologically sensitive area. The Environment Ministry, which is examining a...
  • Earthquake measuring 5.9 jolts Nicobar Islands June 3, 2011

    Chennai: The Nicobar Islands were rocked by an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale at 12.57 pm on Friday, an India Meteorological Department official said. There were no reports of loss of life or property. "It was of moderate intensity, and initially there are no reports of any damage or...
  • Quake measuring 6.0 hits Andaman Islands June 19, 2010

    New Delhi: A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale hit Andaman Islands on early Saturday morning. The earthquake with a latitude of 13.4 degree north and a longitude of 93.0 degree east occurred at 4.39 am, the Meteorological Department said. The quake struck at a depth of 11-kilometre, it...
  • Tsunami alert issued after Andaman earthquake June 13, 2010

    Chennai: A massive earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale struck the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday at 00.56 a.m. with epicentre at 160 km west of Nicobar Islands at the depth of 35 km. The Hyderabad-based Indian Nation Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) issued a 'Tsunami Watch' notice...
  • India detains 'suspect' North Korean sugar ship August 8, 2009

    Seoul: The Indian coastguard has detained a "suspicious" North Korean ship carrying a cargo of sugar off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after a more than six-hour chase, a daily said on Saturday. The MV Musen dropped anchor off Hut Bay island on Wednesday without permission, the newspaper said....
  • 300 migrants killed off Andaman islands December 28, 2008

    Port Blair: About 300 illegal migrants, mostly Bangladeshis, are feared dead after they jumped from a boat and tried to swim ashore in India's remote Andaman islands, the Indian coast guard said on Sunday. A senior coast guard official said they had rescued 88 people from a small boat near...
  • Tsunami kids chase Delhi dreams December 26, 2006

    New Delhi: Two years back, when the deadly tsunami struck India's southern coast, several Good Samaritans stepped in to help the affected people. Among them was the National Tennis Academy, which adopted and brought 12 homeless boys to Delhi. From the beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the pool tables...
  • Quake hits Andaman, revives fears December 23, 2006

    New Delhi: An earthquake of moderate intensity struck in the vicinity of Andaman and Nicobar islands on Saturday. The quake, with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter Scale, hit South Andaman region at 01:21 hours, said the India Meteorological Department. No damage or casualties were reported. The epicentre of the quake...