ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLAND

  • 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 2530 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 exgratia 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 CNNIBN 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 CNNIBN 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 tourismrelated 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 5km...
  • 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 Londonbased 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 seminaked, 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...
  • Two new videos of 'human safaris' in Andaman February 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Two more videos have surfaced showing the protected Jarawas being made to dance for tourists in exchange for food. The latest videos show something even more disturbing. Men in uniform are heard speaking Hindi and ordering the tribal to perform. Britain's Observer newspaper which accessed both videos said...
  • Jarawas need to be immunised:Minister February 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The government has stressed on the need to immunise members of the Jarawa tribe of Andaman and Nicobar Islands against diseases and genetic disorders to ensure that their numbers do not dwindle further. The 2001 Census put the Jarawas count at 241. The tribe first came in contact with...
  • Two more Jarawas 'abuse' videos surface February 5, 2012

    New Delhi: What are being called 'Human Safaris' and India's shame, two more videos have surfaced showing members of the protected Jarawa tribe being made to dance before tourists in exchange for food. What's even more disturbing is that men in uniform are clearly seen in the video, they can...
  • Andaman Police arrest 2 in Jarawa video case January 24, 2012

    Port Blair: Andaman and Nicobar Police have arrested two persons for allegedly organising a trip of a British journalist to the Jarawa reserve and providing him with the video of dancing seminaked women of the tribe. The police has nabbed photographer Rajesh Vyas and taxi owner Sarjeet Singh, who allegedly organised...
  • Andaman Chief Secy sets new laws for tourists January 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The Chief Secretary of Andaman has said that the licences of tour operators will be cancelled if they come close to the tribal areas. Special laws have been enforced in the Jarawa areas on Andaman Islands as the tour operators have been warned to stay away from the endangered...
  • Jarawa video: Andaman administration in denial January 13, 2012

    Port Blair: In a shocker from Andaman, a video showing women from the protected Jarawa tribe being made to dance for food and for tourists has exposed the dark side of the tourism. While the Andaman administration is downplaying this exploitation of the tribe that number just about 400 saying...
  • Human safaris do happen in Andaman: Tour operators January 12, 2012

    The local administration in the Andamans has denied any violation in the Jarawa tribal reserve, but CNNIBN found a different story. ...
  • Hunt launched to nab man who filmed Jarawa dance January 12, 2012

    Port Blair/New Delhi: A massive hunt has been launched by the Andaman Nicobar administration to nab the persons responsible for videographing seminaked Jarawa tribal women dancing in front of tourists as the Centre sent the footage for forensic analysis. Andaman Police on Thursday registered a case against unknown persons in connection...
  • Jarawa video is violation of Andaman policy: PC January 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said that the video, which shows members of the protected Jarawa tribe dancing for tourists, is violation of policy of Andaman Islands. "Video is violation of Andaman policy. That video was shot 3 or 4 years ago. We have given instruction...
  • Jarawa video case: FIR against unknown persons January 12, 2012

    Port Blair: The Andaman Police have registered a case against unknown people for shooting and uploading the videos of the protected Jarawa tribe. 'The Observer' showed a video of women from the protected Jarawa tribe being made to dance for tourists after cops were paid off. Talking on the issue, Andaman...
  • 15 arrested for intruding into Jarawa areas January 12, 2012

    Port Blair: In separate incidents, 15 people have been arrested under provisions of the Protection of Aboriginal Tribes (PAT) Regulation, 1956 for intruding into Jarawa areas in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. While six persons, all residents of Junglighat, were arrested from a fishing trawler...
  • Jarawa video: Andaman to submit report to Govt January 12, 2012

    New Delhi: The Andaman administration is expected to submit its report to the Home Ministry on Thursday, explaining what happened and who was responsible for the alleged 'human safari'. A British newspaper, 'The Observer', set off a storm after releasing a video, which shows members of the protected Jarawa tribe...
  • 'Shocking' video of Andaman tribe sparks row January 11, 2012

    New Delhi: A British newspaper, 'The Observer' has set off a storm, releasing a video which shows members of the protected Jarawa tribe partially naked, made to dance for tourists in the Andaman Islands. The Centre has ordered an enquiry but the local administration downplayed the issue saying it was...
  • Police say Jarawa video old, Govt orders probe January 11, 2012

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked for a status report on the Andaman tribals after a video of the Jarawa tribe allegedly being forced to dance surfaced. However, the Andaman police has downplayed the video, calling it an 'old one' and blamed the British journalist of forcing...