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Dec 31, 2018
8:11AM

PM Modi renames Ross, Neil & Havelock Islands in Andaman and Nicobar

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced the renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Port Blair. Mr Modi was addressing a public function at the historic Netaji Stadium in Port Blair this evening. The Prime Minister said, the Ross Island has been renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island would now be known as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.

Mr Modi also released a commemorative stamp, its first-day cover and a 75 rupees coin on this special day. He also announced setting up of a deemed university after Netaji Bose.

After his arrival in Port Blair from Car Nicobar, the Prime Minister visited the Cellular Jail and laid wreath at the Martyrs’ Column in the afternoon. Mr Modi also dedicated the 150 feet high Flag Mast at South Point in Port Blair commemorating the historic event of the hoisting of first Tricolor on Indian soil by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Port Blair on Dec 30, 1943. He paid floral tributes at the statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Mr Modi inaugurated and laid foundation stones for series of projects for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
 
Addressing a huge gathering at the Netaji stadium on Sunday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced and inaugurated a series of projects in energy, tourism, connectivity and employment sectors for Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

This includes 7 Megawatt solar power plant, Solar Village, launching of State Wide Network, Optical Fiber Cable connecting Chennai and Port Blair, plasma regasification plant, upgradation of Ayush and Garacharma hospitals, 50 MW LNG Power Plant, introduction of 20 electric cars, release of book on start-up policy, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Island Industrial Development scheme and Chatham Bambooflat bridge.

The Prime Minister said though the Andaman and Nicobar is located far away, it is in the heart of the government.

Earlier, addressing a public function at the Bishop John Richardson stadium in Car Nicobar, Prime Minister Modi said, the NDA Government is working to ensure employment for youth, education for children, medical care for aged and facilities for farmers. He said, the Government is committed for the development of Car Nicobar.

Mr Modi said, the Central government is making all efforts to make the life of people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands easier.
 
During his visit to Car Nicobar, the Prime Minister laid wreath at the Tsunami Memorial and visited the Tsunami Memorial Museum on Sunday morning. He inaugurated the ITI Arong and interacted with Members of Tribal Council.

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