Report by: 
Port Blair
29 Dec 2017

ANIIDCO liquor outlets resume cash payments
The move of the ANIIDCO Liquor Outlets in the city to accept cash payments from Thursday has drawn mixed reactions from the urban population. As per reports, all liquor outlets run by ANIIDCO recommenced cash payments besides making available facility for card payments to customers. Immediately after the announcement, tipplers were seen lined up in huge queues to purchase their share of IMFL.
“Purchasing liquor from ANIIDCO using cards was a big  problem  for customers mainly because of connectivity issues. Most of the time, link failure was reported by the outlet staff  forcing purchasers to wait for endless hours. Frequent quarrels were reported earlier and the situation will ease to a great extent,” said a resident of Delanipur. “The initiative of the administration to only allow card payments in ANIIDCO outlets was largely welcomed by women folk in these islands. The system helped poor residents save money as many abstained from standing in long queues at ANIIDCO outlets. The agency should reconsider its decision,” said another resident of Junglighat. When contacted, the General Manager of ANIIDCO refused to comment on the decision to restart cash payments in wine outlets.

WW II Cannon discovered at Shore Point
Rusted old canon, probably from the World War II era, was found at Shore Point area on Thursday. The discovery was made when some construction workers were carrying out excavation works for a temple project. Nearby residents immediately informed the matter to the Police after which the construction work was stalled. Curious residents of Shore Point and adjoining areas visited the site in huge numbers on Friday to have a glimpse of the vintage artillery.