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Indian Naval Landing Craft Utility (LCU) L58, the eighth and last ship of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark IV Class, is commissioned into the Indian Navy at Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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In line with the nationwide launch of the largest vaccination campaign in the world against the COVID-19 pandemic, the first phase of the vaccination drive commenced for Health Care Workers (HCWs) of the Tri-Services Command at INHS Dhanvantari under the aegis of Headquarters, Andaman & Nicobar Command.

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Indian naval ships conduct a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the United States Navy’s USS Nimitz carrier strike group near the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) islands as it transits the Indian Ocean.

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Crew members of Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajveer pose for photo with the seized 1160 kgs of banned Ketamine drug being smuggled by six Myanmarese crew, on Indian waters.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a function to mark the 75th anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, at Marina Park in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a public meeting at Marina Park in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands to mark the 75th anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Cellular Jail in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the premis of Cellular Jail in Port Blair.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting, at Car Nicobar.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting, at Car Nicobar.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to noted freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in the premis of Cellular Jail in Port Blair.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Port Blair. "Thinking about the brave heroes of our freedom struggle, who gave their lives for our freedom", PM Modi posted along with this picture in his instagram account @narendramodi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to those who lost their lives in 2004 tsunami, at a memorial in Car Nicobar.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with people after addressing a rally in Car Nicobar.

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FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez, second left, duels for the ball against Leganes' Dimitrios Siovas during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman celebrates Diwali with the Air Force personnel, at Air Base in Car Nicobar under Andaman & Nicobar Command.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Veer Savarkar Cell in cellular jail at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Veer Savarkar Cell at Cellular Jail, Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman celebrating the Diwali with troops and their families, at the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

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Lt Governor of Andman & Nicobar Admiral (retd.) D K Joshi inspecting guard of honour during his swearing-in ceremony in Portblair.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and the Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Jagdish Mukhi at the inaugural ceremony of a number of shipping projects, at Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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Tourists who were rescued operation by Indian Air Force MI-17 V5 helicopters during at Havelock and Neil Islands, in Andman & Nicobar Islands.

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Some of tourists who were rescued operation by Indian Air Force MI-17 V5 helicopters during at Havelock and Neil Islands, in Andman & Nicobar Islands. Tourists were stuck due to bad weather.

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BJP National President Amit Shah visits Veer Savarkar Cell at Cellular Jail, Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar.

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The Veer Savarkar airport in Port Blair, in the Andamans. Savarkar was incarcerated in the Cellular Jail.

Vice President, Mohd. Hamid Ansari laying a wreath at the Tsunami Memorial at Big Lapathy, in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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File photo of the North Sentinel Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. India used heat sensors on flights over hundreds of uninhabited Andaman Sea islands and will expand its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet farther west into the Bay of Bengal, officials said.

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People gather near the accident spot, where boat was capsized in Andaman and Nicobar Island.

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Rescuers carry a victim after a tourist boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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A rescue helicopter searches for survivors of a tourist boat which capsized in the Bay of Bengal in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The boat was carrying around 45 people comprising tourists.

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Indira Point, Nicobar They used to call it Pygmalion Point and, for a while, India Point, before political exigencies took over. India’s southernmost point lies on the Great Nicobar island of the Nicobar group, which is 540km off Port Blair and much closer to Sumatra in Indonesia (150km as the crow flies). It has half a dozen rivers, including one named after Pygmalion’s Galathea, and it’s not tiny at 1,045 sq km. The critical Colombo-Singapore shipping route via the Malacca Strait passes to the south, and India’s southernmost naval station, INS Baaz, is on Campbell Bay, 45km away. Special permits are required to venture further into tribal areas, but they are awfully hard to come by. andamans.gov.in

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Barren Island, Andamans Just to be clear, the 354m-high Barren Island is an active volcano 135km off Port Blair. Small and not surprisingly uninhabited (apart from an inexplicable population of feral goats), two out of its three kilometres of surface area is comprised of a caldera, the floor of which is still filled with lava flows. Scientists estimate Barren Island is at least 1.8 million years old. Current status: erupting. The diving nearby is divine, with coral gardens and volcanic rocks in fantastically contrasting colours. diveandamans.com, infinitiliveaboard.com

Umeed Mistry

Barren Island, Andaman & Nicobar It’s South Asia’s only active volcano. The waters abound in pelagic life, have some of the great dives.

The Horror! The Horror! Jarawas interacting with tourists

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Videos of Jarawas in the Andamans dancing naked for money and food at ‘human safaris’ organised by tour operators shocks country. The Observer in London had put out story.

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Beach Bums A crowded Andaman beach

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Policies that protect Jarawas at the cost of settlers’ interests have been criticised

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