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The Andaman Nicobar Islands is home to several indigenous tribes, including the Jarawa and the Sentinelese | Image by Sajid Ali | ThePrint

Andaman’s Jarawas, Sentinelese face Covid risk as officials monitoring them test positive

Andaman administration to test random samples from the tribes. It is also testing members of the welfare society before allowing them to further interact with the tribes.
Representational image. | A file photo of Nicobar district police explaining the significance of physical distancing to local residents. | Photo: Twitter/@AndamanPolice

Covid surge in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, positivity rate now thrice the national average

Andaman & Nicobar Islands have seen a steady rise in cases over last 10 days, recording second highest Rt value. Administration blames surge on returnees from other states.
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PM Modi inaugurates undersea optical fibre cable project for Andaman and Nicobar Islands

India's first ever undersea optical fibre cable project will provide high speed broadband connections in the union territory at par with services in the mainland.
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2,300-km undersea cable to boost Andamans internet connectivity, PM set to launch project

Project was announced by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in January and was supposed to be completed by June. However, it got delayed due to Covid-19 lockdown.
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Andaman journalist says he was arrested for asking ‘uncomfortable question’ on Covid action

Andaman police chief, however, says journalist Zubair Ahmed posted 'inciting, false and instigating tweet' creating panic among people.
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Andaman & Nicobar Islands hit by series of medium intensity earthquakes in 2 hours

Andaman and Nicobar group of islands are prone to earthquakes, and it is also not unusual for the islands to witness more than two-three earthquakes a day.

Modi govt to give Indian names to Andaman islands: Erasing colonial past or political ploy?

The Modi government has decided to give 'Indian names' to three Andaman islands. Havelock Island will be renamed Swaraj Dweep, Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and Ross Island as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island to honour the freedom fighter. Prime Minister Modi is set to make the announcement on his visit to Port Blair on 30 December, to mark the 75th anniversary of Bose’s historic visit to the islands. ThePrint asks: Modi govt to give Indian names to Andaman islands: Erasing colonial past or political ploy? Why doesn’t govt consider renaming islands to what they were called by the indigenous people? Vishvajit Pandya Anthropologist and author Subhas Chandra Bose wanted to rename the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as the ‘Shaheed and Swaraj Islands’. If the government was genuinely committed to the cause of honouring Netaji’s wishes, then they would go ahead and do so, instead of renaming the smaller islands. But for that, one...
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Modi govt to give Indian names to 3 Andaman islands

Govt to rename Ross, Neil & Havelock islands as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep respectively in tribute to the freedom fighter.
Madhumala Chattopadhyay with a three-month-old Jarawa baby | Madhumala Chattopadhyay/ThePrint

What’s Christianity to those who pray to sky & sea, says first woman to contact Sentinelese

Anthropologist Madhumala Chattopadhyay talks about 'missionary' John Allen Chau's fatal visit to the Sentinelese island. 

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Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
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Singapore, Hong Kong top destinations for dodgy money transactions, followed by China, India

Revelations are based on a leaked trove of documents which detail more than $2 trillion in transactions between 1999-2017, flagged as possible money laundering or criminal activity.


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China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?