ANDAMANS

  • Quake hits Andaman Sea, tsunami ruled out July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit the Andaman Sea on Thursday but the Met department ruled out tsunami. According to Laxman Singh Rathore, Director General of the Indian Meteorological Department, the earthquake occurred in the Andaman Sea at a depth of 44 kms at 7.10...
  • Was sacked as I tried to ensure fair governance: Former Puducherry LG July 16, 2014

    Puducherry: Days after his removal as the Lt Governor of Puducherry, Virendra Kataria has claimed that he was removed from his post in an unfair manner. He also claimed that he was sacked for ensuring fair and transparent governance. Kataria has accused Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangaswamy of running...
  • 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...
  • BJP wins the only set in Andaman and Nicobar May 16, 2014

    Updates: 5:10 pm: BJP's Bishnu Pada Ray defeats Congress's Kuldeep Rai Sharma by 7,812 votes. 1:48 pm: BJP's Bishu Pada Ray is leading comfortably over Congress's Kuldeep Rai Sharma. 11:31 am: The BJP is leading in the lone seat. New Delhi: The counting of votes begin on Friday for the lone seat of...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Andaman witnesses 70 per cent turnout April 10, 2014

    Port Blair: Turnout for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands was recorded at 70 per cent on Thursday, the election office said. The final percentage might rise, the sources said. The poll battle was practically a straight contest between the Congress, which won...
  • India scours uninhabited jungle islands for lost Malaysian jetliner March 14, 2014

    Indian aircraft combed Andaman and Nicobar, made up of more than 500 mostly uninhabited islands, for signs of a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner that evidence suggests was last headed towards the heavily forested archipelago. Popular with tourists and anthropologists alike, the islands form India's most isolated state. They are best known...
  • Missing jet may have strayed toward Andaman Sea: Malaysian air force March 12, 2014

    Malaysia's military has traced what could have been the jetliner missing for almost five days to an area south of the Thai holiday island of Phuket, hundreds of miles from its last known position, the country's air force chief said on Wednesday. After a series of at times conflicting statements, the...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Andaman & Nicobar Islands votes on April 10 March 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Andaman & Nicobar Islands will vote for Lok Sabha elections in a single phase on April 10. ...
  • 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: Tourism dept responsible, says Narayanasamy January 27, 2014

    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. Minister of State V Narayanasamy has said that tourism department is responsible for the tragedy and strict action will be taken...
  • 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...
  • Boat capsizes in Andaman, 21 dead January 26, 2014

    Port Blair: A boat carrying tourists capsized near Port Blair in Andaman on Sunday resulting in the death of 21 people. According to reports, 43 people were onboard boat Aqua Marine when the incident took place. The boat capsized between Ross Island and North Bay at 4:00 PM. P Jawahar, Deputy Commissioner,...
  • Kejriwal's dharna proved a good training ground for young police officers January 22, 2014

    The Delhi Police may have cursed Arvind Kejriwal for giving them a tough time, but the bizarre protest drama played out by the chief minister in the past couple of days proved to be a good training ground for freshlyminted young police officers. Twentyseven trainee officers of the Indian Police Service...
  • Protiva Gupta's latest is a carefully researched book November 1, 2013

    The Venetian merchant Niccol de' Conti who travelled to India in the 15th century refers to the Andamans as the islands of gold'. Conti, whose travels accounts influenced Genoese map makers and explorers, tells the story of a lake in an island of the Andamans whose waters could turn iron...
  • Andhra, Odisha on high alert as cyclone Phailin nears the coast October 10, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: The Andhra Pradesh government has issued a high alert in view of the cyclone along cyclonic storm Phailin along coastal Andhra and Odisha. After crossing North Andaman Islands, the deep depression over east central Bay of Bengal on Wednesday night intensified into cyclonic storm Phailin, while remaining practically stationary...
  • Cyclone hits Andaman Nicobar islands, Andhra Pradesh on high alert October 9, 2013

    New Delhi/Hyderabad: A cyclonic storm on Wednesday hit the Andaman and Nicobar islands and is expected to reach the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha over the next 4872 hours, the Met department said. According to the meteorological department there was a deep depression area over the North Andaman Sea on...
  • Cyclone alert: Depression crosses Andamans, lying 950 km from Paradip in Odisha October 9, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: A deep depression expected to turn into "a very severe cyclonic storm" over Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday crossed the North Andaman Islands and lay centred over the east central Bay of Bengal, 950 km southeast of Paradip, the latest IMD bulletin said. The deep depression with a wind...
  • Odisha sounds cyclone alert, informs MHA to keep choppers ready October 9, 2013

    With a depression in the Bay of Bengal intensifying and likely to take the shape of a cyclonic storm in the next two days, Odisha government on Wednesday asked the Union Home Ministry to keep helicopters ready for rescue and relief operations. The depression over the north Andaman Sea might intensify...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Andaman amp; Nicobar residents contribute Rs 2.19 cr August 1, 2013

    People of Andaman and Nicobar Islands have contributed over Rs 2 crore to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for Uttarakhand relief and rehabilitation. Officials said the Union Territory's Lt Governor Lt Gen (Retd) A K Singh handed over an amount of Rs 2.19 crore for the Prime Minister's National Relief...
  • 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...
  • 108 Myanmarese detained for crossing into Indian waters March 2, 2013

    Port Blair: A group of 108 Myanmarese nationals were detained after they illegally boarded a barge coming to Mumbai from the neighbouring country, Coast Guard sources said on Saturday. After getting complaints of illegal entry by some unknown people on board barge Ganpati, which was being towed from Myanmar to...
  • India plans missile test ranges in Andhra, Andamans February 28, 2013

    New Delhi: India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will set up missile test ranges in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Andhra Pradesh and the process has been initiated to acquire land, the government said on Wednesday. Defence Minister AK Antony told the Rajya Sabha that the DRDO had proposed to...
  • Rape case filed against Andaman Congress Counsellor January 10, 2013

    Port Blair: A case has been registered against Andaman Congress Counsellor Mahendra Prasad for allegedly raping a minor. SP South Andaman Mandeep Singh Randhawa said police are preparing to arrest Prasad. Prasad is the Congress Counsellor from Port Blair. The Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in Andaman have launched a protest against...
  • 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...
  • Environment Ministry halts Andaman defence project September 6, 2012

    New Delhi: The Environment Ministry has said no to a defence project in the Andamans after CNNIBN reported how it would have threatened the existence of an endangered bird. The Coast Guard was planning to construct a road and a diesel power station to set up a surveillance radar system. This...
  • 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...