Andaman and Nicobar Islands ‘a tropical rainforest canopy’
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of Island of Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, having a tropical rainforest canopy, mixed with Indian, Malaysian, Myanmar flora elements to endemic floral strains. About more than 2,000 varieties of plant species have been found here, and out of which 300 are endemic and the rest do not found in mainland of India. The Southern part of Andaman has a profuse forest with mostly ferns and orchids vegetation. The Middle part of the Island harbors mostly deciduous forests and that ends in North Andamans that is characterized by the wet evergreen forest, with plenty of woody climbers. The present forest coverage in Andman and Nicobar island is claimed to be 87% of the total land area.
BSNL ‘will floats undersea cable in Andaman and Nicobar islands’
BSNL has decided to floats optical fiber cable under sea to connect the Andaman and Nicobar islands with mainland of Chennai that cost around 900 crore to lay the submarine for Optical Fibre. This move was taken to boost and improve the internet connectivity in the islands. This project was approved by the Cabinet in this September and will be funded by the USOF (Universal Service Obligatory Fund). This fund are used to improve the telecom services in the rural areas, especially in the areas where return on investment is low. Presntly the Andaman and Nicobar islands are currently connected through the satellite medium very soon it will be connected through a submarine cable that will connect Chennai to Port Blair, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Havelock, Kamorta and Great Nicobar and provide fast an reliable Internet connection.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is observed every year on 01st December, since 1988. The theme for this year on World AIDS Day 2016 is to put your Hands Up For HIV PREVENTION, This campaign will raise awareness and cover all the aspects of HIV prevention. Andaman and Nicobar AIDS Control Society has decided to observe this day in the Islands, by organizing the various competitions in the schools and colleges in the Island.
ANTCC lambasts on Modi government
The Andaman and Nicobar Pradesh Congress Committee, has supported the ongoing agitation launched by the All India Congress Committee, to expose the BJP led Modi government and try to gain the politically motivated mileage on demonetization, by organizing a protest at the Tiranga Park, Port Blair on 28th November to observe “Jan Aakrosh Diwas” along with the rest of India. All the Leaders of Pradesh Congress Committee, Mahila Congress, Congress Seva Dal, District Congress Committee, City Congress Committee, Youth Congress and general public from the unorganized sector like farmers, fishermen, small traders, vegetable vendors, daily wage earners and many more gathered in large number to support the protest against demonetization of currency and raised slogans against the BJP and Modi Government.
Place to Explore ‘Diglipur’
Diglipur which is approximately 300km away from the Capital city of Port Blair and situated in the Northern part Andman. Diglipur is famous for its rare experience eco-friendly tourist to explore and enjoy the Pristine beauty of nature which is surrounded by marine life and Oranges orchid. Saddle peak the highest peak or point in the island is here where the Andaman only river Kalpong flows here and enjoy the peace and innocent beauty here.
GOI focus on the ‘development of island tourism’
NITI Aayog has decided that it’s a time to take an initiative for the holistic development of islands in Andaman and Nicobar as well as in Lakshadweep Islands under the Concept Development Plan to boost the tourism economy sector in the Island.A Request for Qualification (RFQ)-cum-Request for Proposal (RFP) document has been prepared and uploaded on the website of NITI Aayog for engagement of a suitable consultant to facilitate preparation of Concept Development Plan and Detailed Master Plans for five Andaman & Nicobar Islands as well as five Lakshadweep Islands.
Did you know?
There are total 349 Islands in the Andman and Nicobar territory having an area of 8,250 sq km. Out of these only 38 are permanent and properly inhabited and the rest are barren and covered by forest. The islands extend from 6°N to 14°N, North latitudes and from 92°E to 94°E, East longitudes. The Andamans group of Island is separated from the Nicobar group by a channel called Ten Degree Channel, that is 150 km wide. The Andaman group consists 325 islands while the Nicobar has only 24 islands.