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Top Five Beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman & Nicobar Islands have some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Serene, peaceful and stunning, one will forever be mesmerised the best beaches Andaman and Nicobar islands offer. Here’s a pick of the top five you must go to:

Radhanagar Beach

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Sunset at Radhanagar Beach

Lying on the southern coast of Havelock Island of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Radhanagar Beach is straight out of the picture post card. Lying in the shade of a forest, the beach is washed by the turquoise waters. Feel the powdery white sands on your bare feet, or go snorkelling and diving in the blue waters. Havelock also contains many other pretty beaches that can find a place in any Andaman honeymoon package. Havelock Island is connected to Port Blair by helicopter service, regular ferry and a luxury catamaran.

Kalapathar

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Beautiful coastline of Kalapathar Beach

Catch the scintillating sunrise over the Bay of Bengal at Kalapathar Beach of Havelock Island. Screened off by a thick forest, the beach is a perfect destination for those who love solitude. Not on the regular tourist circuit yet, the Kalapathar beach is about 12km from the jetty in Havelock Island.

Bharatpur Beach

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Scenic Bharatpur Beach

Neil Island of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is bordered by beautiful white sand beaches which have been named after the characters from the Ramayana. The beaches of Neil too can be part of any Andaman honeymoon package. Lying nearest to the jetty is the Bharatpur beach. One of the best beaches where you can indulge in long walks or go swimming. Book a seat in a glass bottom boat to observe the underwater fauna through the crystal clear sea. Colourful fishes playing through an amazing spread of corals and marine flora is a sight you will not forget in a hurry. If you are a solitude seeker, then aim for the Lakshamnpur beach, about two km from the jetty at Neil island. It is also the gateway to some beautiful natural rock formations, including one called Howrah Bridge.

Lamiya Bay Beach
Not often a part of Andaman Nicobar trip, Diglipur, about 12 hours’ drive from Port Blair, is home to the Saddle Peak, the highest point in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Lying along its foothills, is the picturesque yet solitary Lamiya Bay beach. You may also reach Diglipur by boat from Port Blair and Mayabunder.

North Bay

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Lighthouse in North Bay Island

North Bay beach of Andaman & Nicobar Islands rose to fame when the rupees twenty Indian currency note sported a picture of the lighthouse seen here. Its proximity to Port Blair has made it popular with travellers with limited time in hand. Ferry services from Aberdeen Bazar in Port Blair take passengers to North Bay and back in three hours. Apart from its beach, the North Bay is known for its rich coral and marine life. You may go snorkelling here.

Top 5 Places To Visit In Port Blair

Port Blair is a beautiful scenic capital city of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The city hasstunning beaches and delicious food, and it also offers exciting tours for wildlife enthusiasts. Don’t forget the history of the island too. There are tourist places in plenty but we’ve chosen the top 5 attractions in Port Blair which you must visit when you head to islands.

Cellular Jail

The outer facade of the Cellular Jail in Port Blair

Once a symbol of British oppression on Indian freedom fighters, the Cellular Jail today is a National Monument. Completed in 1906, it was originally a seven-block three-story structure built around a central tower. It consisted of single cells (hence the name Cellular Jail) for solitary confinement only.
The Jail Museum (entry and camera charges apply) remains open on all days except national holidays, from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.45pm. Catch the tales associated with the Jail in the Son-et- Lumiere (entry charges apply; online booking available).

Samudrika
Port Blair has several museums providing information on the local flora and fauna of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Among them, Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum) in the Delanipur area contains a large collection of cells, corals and colourful fishes found in the area. It is open from 9am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 5pm on all days except Mondays and holidays.

Tip: The Fisheries Museum and the Zoological Survey Museum are worth a visit if you are interested in knowing more about the marine flora and fauna.

Anthropological Museum
This ethnographic museum throws light on the four Negrito tribes of the Andaman (Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and the Onges) and two Mongoloid tribes of the Nicobar (Nicobarese and Shompens). Open from 9am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm on all days except Mondays and government holidays.

Corbyn’s Cove
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Port Blair, Cobyn’s Cove is like a window to the beautiful sea beaches seen in the Andman & Nicobar Islands. Screened by coconut palm trees, the six km beach on the Bay of Bengal is popular for swimming and water sports. Snake Island, opposite to Corbyn’s Cove is a popular with scuba divers. State tourism department runs the Waves Restaurant and Beer Bar here.

Chidiya Tappu
Chidiya Tappu (28km from Port Blair, connected by frequent bus service) is the southern-most tip of the south Andaman Island. Go birdwatching. Enjoy the scenic sea view and the sunset. Take a look at the Biological Park. But do follow the boards indicating the ‘safe areas’ because there are crocodiles around.

Ho w to get to Port Blair: Multiple airlines fly to Port Blair from various metros. The other option to see Port Blair tourist attractions is to take a ship. Ships ply from the mainland (Kolkata, Chennai, Visakhapatnam) to Andaman & Nicobar regularly.

JEE Main admit card 2018 expected soon; exam schedule, changes in selection pattern and more

It is a must for candidates to carry a hard copy of JEE Main admit card to appear in the examination for admission to engineering programs in NITs and IIITs. Students, who have applied for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2018 conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education

Man arrested for killing wife, daughter in UP

Muzaffarnagar, Mar 6  A man has been arrested for allegedly killing his wife and daughter at Mansurpur village in this district today, the police said.

The body of the woman and the child was found by the side of Delhi-Dehradun national highway near the village last month, SP (city) Ombir Singh said.

Following an investigation, the woman’s husband and his accomplice were arrested.

During investigation, the accused confessed to have strangulated to death the woman and the child, the police officer claimed.

Further investigation into the case is underway, the SP said.

Source: PTI

7th Pay Commission : Wait for salary hike may get longer due to bank frauds, claims report

Around 50 lakhn government employees waiting for a minimum salary hike of Rs 26,000 might have to wait longer as the recommendations of seventh pay commission are likely to get delayed due to unearthing of bank frauds.

A report by Sen Times suggested that revelation of several bank frauds in recent days was delaying the salary hike.

The government had approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in June 2016, it raised the minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month with fitment factor 2.57 times.

However, the employees have been asking to raise minimum basic pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times.

There had been reports that the government was planning to hike minimum pay to Rs 21,000 with fitment factor 3.00 times, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Meanwhile, another report in the Sen Times suggested the government employees, who receive salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5, are expected to receive hike in minimum pay scale to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 from April 1, 2018.

These employees will reportedly see an increase in their fitment factor from 2.57 times to 3.00 times of the basic pay of 6th Pay Commission. An official told the newspaper that FM Jaitley will prefer to pick and choose lower-level employees and pay hike accordingly rather than salary hike for middle-level employees.

Currently, the Central government employees are getting basic pay according to the fitment formula of 2.57 of the basic pay and if this big step is taken, it will come as a massive news for the Central government employees.

Fitment factor is a figure used by 7th CPC with which the basic pay in 6th CPC regime (i.e Pay in Pay band Grade pay) is multiplied in order to fix basic pay in revised pay structure (i.e 7th CPC). Fitment factor formulated by 7th CPC is 2.57.

It is expected that the proposal would be sent to the Cabinet at the start of next financial year.

The Seventh Pay Commission had earlier recommended Rs 18,000 as the basic salary but the employees are demanding it to raise further to Rs 26,000.

Arun Jaitley in 2016 in Rajya Sabha promised to hike pay of the central government employees beyond the suggestion of the 7th Pay Commission.

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