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File photo: Image for representation.(Hindustan Times)

Chennai-Port Blair flight carries passengers instead of cargo, airline faces action

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 08:48 PM IST
The budget carrier’s flight was scheduled as a cargo flight but the airline booked passengers and operated it as commercial flight.
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Fishermen and women return to their homes in Port Blair, in India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007.(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)
Fishermen and women return to their homes in Port Blair, in India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007.(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

Great Andamanese tribe hit by Covid-19

By Agencies | Port Blair
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 09:19 AM IST
Six of the 10 have recovered and are in home quarantine, officials told AFP, while the rest are undergoing treatment at a local hospital.
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According to official data, an internet speed of 400 gigabyte (Gb) per second will be provided in Port Blair and 200 Gb per second in other islands.
According to official data, an internet speed of 400 gigabyte (Gb) per second will be provided in Port Blair and 200 Gb per second in other islands.

At launch, PM Modi hails optical fibre project

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 01:37 AM IST
On December 30, 2018, the Prime Minister had laid the foundation for the 2,312-kilometre-long submarine optical fibre cable project connecting Chennai and Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.The project has been implemented at a cost of Rs 1,224 crore.
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Prime Minister Modi said that the efforts of the government will establish the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago as a prominent place on the global tourist map within the next decade.(PTI PHOTO.)
Prime Minister Modi said that the efforts of the government will establish the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago as a prominent place on the global tourist map within the next decade.(PTI PHOTO.)

Submarine optical fibre cable will transform lives in Andaman and Nicobar: PM Modi

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 11:14 PM IST
PM Modi earlier on Monday morning inaugurated the submarine optical fibre cable connecting Chennai and Port Blair, via video conferencing. He had laid the foundation stone for this project in December 2018 at Port Blair.
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PM Modi on Monday inaugurated submarine optical fibre cable that will connect Chennai and Port Blair.(ANI Photo)
PM Modi on Monday inaugurated submarine optical fibre cable that will connect Chennai and Port Blair.(ANI Photo)

PM Modi inaugurates submarine optical fibre cable connecting Chennai, Port Blair

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 11:07 AM IST
PM Modi had tweeted to say it’s a very special day for the residents of the islands. He also said that the OFC will provide “high-speed broadband connectivity and a big boost for the local economy”.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Chennai and Port Blair via video conferencing on Monday.(PTI PHOTO.)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Chennai and Port Blair via video conferencing on Monday.(PTI PHOTO.)

PM Modi to launch submarine cable connectivity for Andaman & Nicobar on Aug 10

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2020 06:16 PM IST
Small and medium trade enterprises will also benefit from opportunities in e-commerce with the new connectivity in place, and educational institutions will utilise the enhanced bandwidth for e-learning and knowledge sharing. Business Process Outsourcing services and other medium and large enterprises too also benefit from better connectivity.
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File photo: Supreme Court of India.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Supreme Court of India.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court cold-shoulders top CBI officer for defying 18-month-old transfer order

By Abraham Thomas | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 08:48 AM IST
Ajay Kumar Bassi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) with the CBI was ordered by the agency to go to Port Blair on January 11, 2019.
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In Kolkata, text messages were sent to parents, asking them to keep their children at home if they had flu-like symptoms. Staff members of institutions were given the same advice. (Image used for representation).(SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)
In Kolkata, text messages were sent to parents, asking them to keep their children at home if they had flu-like symptoms. Staff members of institutions were given the same advice. (Image used for representation).(SAMIR JANA/HT PHOTO.)

Coronavirus: Kolkata Port Trust monitors Bangladeshi vessels; Bengal’s biggest school defers results

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2020 10:26 PM IST
Between January 27 and March 12, as many as 8,145 crew members and passengers of 441 vessels, including 350 passengers of a ship from Port Blair, were screened, the statement said. So far, only one crew member reported fever but he tested negative and was subsequently released from quarantine.
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A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court in Delhi on Wednesday hauled up the agency for not conducting a lie detector or psychological test on its former special director Rakesh Asthana(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court in Delhi on Wednesday hauled up the agency for not conducting a lie detector or psychological test on its former special director Rakesh Asthana(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)

Court asks CBI why Rakesh Asthana was not put to polygraph test

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2020 04:10 AM IST
CBI special Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal also directed that the first Investigating Officer of the case, Ajay Kumar Bassi, to be present during the next hearing on February 28 to explain the case diary.
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Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, with Navy spokesperson, Commander Vivek Madhwal, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, with Navy spokesperson, Commander Vivek Madhwal, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)

Repelled Chinese vessel in Sept, says Navy chief

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2019 06:03 AM IST
According to marinetraffic.com, a ship tracking and maritime intelligence website, the Shi Yan 1 is 60 metres long, 26 metres wide and has a gross weight of 3,071 tonnes. The website tracked the Chinese-flagged vessel’s current position to the South China Sea.
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The 27-year-old American citizen John Allen Chau was feared killed by the islanders and buried at the shore on November 17, 2018.(Photo: Reuters)
The 27-year-old American citizen John Allen Chau was feared killed by the islanders and buried at the shore on November 17, 2018.(Photo: Reuters)

John Allen Chau: 1 year on, time adds intrigue to Andaman mystery

By Prawesh Lama | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 12:55 AM IST
Chau, who worked for All Nations, an evangelical group based in Kansas City that introduces Christianity in the remote corners of the world, was so obsessed with the island that he broke a series of laws and did not hesitate in putting his own life in danger.
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Vikram Sampath(Photo: Sanjeev Nair)
Vikram Sampath(Photo: Sanjeev Nair)

‘The Cellular Jail should be a place of pilgrimage’

By Navneet Vyasan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 04:42 PM IST
Says author Vikram Sampath, whose new book charts Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s journey from a small village in Maharashtra to the heart of the Indian independence movement
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On rummaging the vessel, 57 suspicious gunny bundles were found aboard, the Coast Guard said.(Photo: Twitter /@IndiaCoastGuard)
On rummaging the vessel, 57 suspicious gunny bundles were found aboard, the Coast Guard said.(Photo: Twitter /@IndiaCoastGuard)

Indian Coast Guard seizes ketamine drug worth Rs 300 cr from Myanmarese ship

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2019 06:10 PM IST
The Coast Guard, in a coordinated sea-air operation on Thursday, apprehended the ship off the Car Nicobar islands.
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The tribunal said it found that the primary reason for Verma’s supersession was that he had been given a letter of severe displeasure (LoSD) after being found guilty of a serious supervisory lapse in 2005 involving the security of the navy’s War Room.(HT FILE)
The tribunal said it found that the primary reason for Verma’s supersession was that he had been given a letter of severe displeasure (LoSD) after being found guilty of a serious supervisory lapse in 2005 involving the security of the navy’s War Room.(HT FILE)

AFT: Admiral Verma superseded justifiably

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2019 04:20 AM IST
AFT said while Verma had not been able to make out a case of mala fide or bias against him, the government was able to prove that he had been superseded because of justifiable reasons.
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India won a historic gold medal at the Junior Track Cycling World Championships.(Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com)
India won a historic gold medal at the Junior Track Cycling World Championships.(Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com)

Esow Alben-led India bag historic cycling gold

By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2019 11:05 PM IST
Esow, Ronaldo and Rojit dominated the 250m, steeply banked wooden track as the five-day tournament got underway at the Oderlandhalle velodrome in Frankfurt.
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Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, who challenged the appointment of his junior Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next navy chief, withdrew his petition from the Armed Forces Tribunal on Monday with the liberty to file a fresh plea
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, who challenged the appointment of his junior Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next navy chief, withdrew his petition from the Armed Forces Tribunal on Monday with the liberty to file a fresh plea

Vice Admiral Bimal Verma withdraws supersession plea

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 11:36 PM IST
Bimal Verma, who heads the Andaman and Nicobar Command in Port Blair, would have been the senior-most officer in the navy on May 31 when Admiral Sunil Lanba retires.
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Verma, who heads the Andaman and Nicobar Command in Port Blair, would have been the senior-most officer in the navy on May 31 when Admiral Sunil Lanba retires.(HT Photo)
Verma, who heads the Andaman and Nicobar Command in Port Blair, would have been the senior-most officer in the navy on May 31 when Admiral Sunil Lanba retires.(HT Photo)

No word from govt on complaint, says Verma’s lawyer

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2019 12:20 AM IST
Verma moved the AFT on April 25 for the second time after the government named Admiral Singh as the next navy chief in March. The defence ministry was asked to take a decision on Verma’s complaint by May 15.
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“He has approached the AFT again as the 10- day period ended on Monday and the ministry hasn’t responded to his complaint,” said the second person.(HT Photo)
“He has approached the AFT again as the 10- day period ended on Monday and the ministry hasn’t responded to his complaint,” said the second person.(HT Photo)

Superseded Vice-Admiral Verma moves tribunal for second time

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 12:00 AM IST
Verma had petitioned the AFT against his supersession earlier too, but was asked to withdraw his plea and raise matter with the defence ministry first.
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Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) of the CBI, AK Bassi, on Friday told the apex court through his lawyer that he has not been receiving his salary from the department after he refused to take on his new posting in Port Blair.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) of the CBI, AK Bassi, on Friday told the apex court through his lawyer that he has not been receiving his salary from the department after he refused to take on his new posting in Port Blair.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Not getting salary, CBI’s AK Bassi, who probed Rakesh Asthana, tells Supreme Court

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 10:17 AM IST
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) of the CBI, AK Bassi, on Friday told the apex court through his lawyer that he has not been receiving his salary from the department after he refused to take on his new posting in Port Blair.
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Due to the fresh grounding of the planes, the airline, which is negotiating with its partner Etihad for additional cash infusion, has cancelled as many as 19 flights to/from Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Port Blair and Bengaluru.(REUTERS File)
Due to the fresh grounding of the planes, the airline, which is negotiating with its partner Etihad for additional cash infusion, has cancelled as many as 19 flights to/from Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Port Blair and Bengaluru.(REUTERS File)

Jet Airways grounds 3 more planes owing to rental payments; cancels 19 flights

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2019 05:41 PM IST
With three more planes taken out of operations, the number of aircraft on ground due to non-payment of lease rentals by Jet Airways now stand at six in the last two days.
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The ministry of civil aviation has banned Indigo and GoAir from flying Airbus A320neo aircraft having Pratt and Whiney engines to Andaman and Nicobar islands’ capital Port Blair.(REUTERS)
The ministry of civil aviation has banned Indigo and GoAir from flying Airbus A320neo aircraft having Pratt and Whiney engines to Andaman and Nicobar islands’ capital Port Blair.(REUTERS)

Indigo, GoAir banned from flying Airbus A320neo aircraft to Port Blair

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2019 10:59 PM IST
The ministry of civil aviation has banned Indigo and GoAir from flying Airbus A320neo aircraft having Pratt and Whiney engines to Andaman and Nicobar islands’ capital Port Blair.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Marina Park in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dec 30, 2018, to mark the 75th anniversary of the hoisting of tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Marina Park in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dec 30, 2018, to mark the 75th anniversary of the hoisting of tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.(PTI)

Modi must get credit for mainstreaming the nationalist narrative

By Anirban Ganguly
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2019 07:53 AM IST
By paying obeisance at the Cellular Jail to revolutionary nationalists, PM Modi rekindled a deeper sense of gratitude.
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In this file photo taken on September 8, 2007 shows the coast line of South Andaman Island near Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.(AFP)
In this file photo taken on September 8, 2007 shows the coast line of South Andaman Island near Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.(AFP)

‘Orange’ alert for Andaman due to cyclone ‘Pabuk’

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 12:48 PM IST
Cyclonic storm “Pabuk” is approaching the archipelago and currently hovering over the Andaman sea and the neighbourhood, they added.
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An Indonesian cargo vessel from Aceh, laden with 150 tonnes of commercial goods, docked at Port Blair in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands Friday. (Representational Image)(AFP)
An Indonesian cargo vessel from Aceh, laden with 150 tonnes of commercial goods, docked at Port Blair in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands Friday. (Representational Image)(AFP)

Indonesian ship brings cargo to Port Blair

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2019 12:08 PM IST
The vessel’s cargo includes construction materials such as sand, rocks and cement, handicrafts and coconut products arranged by the Aceh Chamber of Commerce.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, on Saturday at the start of a busy domestic schedule as he shrugs aside the Bharatiya Janata Party’s recent electoral reverses and renews contact with his constituents in an early start to the campaign for next year’s Lok Sabha elections.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, on Saturday at the start of a busy domestic schedule as he shrugs aside the Bharatiya Janata Party’s recent electoral reverses and renews contact with his constituents in an early start to the campaign for next year’s Lok Sabha elections.(PTI)

PM Narendra Modi to visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi today, busy domestic schedule ahead

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Varanasi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2018 08:55 AM IST
Before travelling to Varanasi, Modi will stop in Ghazipur, where he will release a commemorative postage stamp on Maharaja Suheldeo and address a public rally. The PM’s rally in Ghazipur is being seen as an effort by the BJP to woo the Rajbhar community there, which revers Maharaja Suheldo.
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The Modi government’s decision comes over a month after West Bengal BJP vice-president Chandra Kumar Bose, who is related to the freedom fighter, had written to the PM urging to him to rename the Andaman & Nicobar Islands as the ‘Shaheed and Swaraj Islands’.(AFP file photo)
The Modi government’s decision comes over a month after West Bengal BJP vice-president Chandra Kumar Bose, who is related to the freedom fighter, had written to the PM urging to him to rename the Andaman & Nicobar Islands as the ‘Shaheed and Swaraj Islands’.(AFP file photo)

Andaman’s most-visited islands to be renamed during PM Modi visit

By Ananya Bhardwaj | The Print, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2018 02:47 PM IST
The Modi government is continuing with its name-changing spree, with the government now deciding to rename Havelock Island to Swaraj Dweep, Neil Island to Shaheed Dweep and Ross Island to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island.
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Authorities have been struggling to figure out how to recover the body of 26-year-old John Allen Chau, who was killed by North Sentinel islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his body on the beach.(REUTERS)
Authorities have been struggling to figure out how to recover the body of 26-year-old John Allen Chau, who was killed by North Sentinel islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his body on the beach.(REUTERS)

Police map area of island where US man was killed, spot Sentinels

By Associated Press | Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2018 08:33 PM IST
During their visit to the island’s surroundings on Friday, investigators also spotted four or five North Sentinel islanders moving in the area from a distance of about 500 meters (1,600 feet) from a boat and studied their behavior for several hours, said Dependra Pathak, the director-general of police of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where North Sentinel is located.
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An American self-styled adventurer and Christian missionary, John Allen Chau, has been killed and buried by a tribe of hunter-gatherers on a remote island in the Indian Ocean where he had gone to proselytize, according to local law enforcement officials.(REUTERS)
An American self-styled adventurer and Christian missionary, John Allen Chau, has been killed and buried by a tribe of hunter-gatherers on a remote island in the Indian Ocean where he had gone to proselytize, according to local law enforcement officials.(REUTERS)

Shields, medicines, gifts: How US tourist prepped for Sentinel Island trip

By Tanmay Chatterjee and Prawesh Lama | New Delhi/Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2018 10:21 AM IST
Chau was attacked with arrows and died in his second attempt to reach the North Sentinel Island on November 16. The previous day he had tried to enter the island, which is out of bounds for visitors, but retreated when a young boy attacked him an arrow.
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