GRAPEVINE

Port Blair
23 Oct 2016

Loose cannon:

His own staunch supporters whisper that their man Friday is increasingly becoming edgy and a day is not far when he will start shooting his uncontrollable big mouth.  As of now he has refrained from taking a potshot at the number one and has chosen to chastise the defenceless Babus.  Soon enough he would be audible enough to lambast the number one – the position he would like himself to be adorned with. 

Surgical IT Strike: 

Income Tax department is learnt to have raided a consultancy firm in Garacharama recently. Grapevine has it that a huge undisclosed income has been recovered in the raid.   Earlier last month, IT raids had been conducted on two prominent jewelers in Port Blair.  The IT department had warned the big business houses and others to disclose their incomes before the last date of 30th September to take benefit of the disclosure scheme launched by the GoI. Now when the last date is over, the IT department has launched the punitive raids against all those who have missed the bus.

Tobacco Tumble:

A pro-tobacco lobby seems to be actively canvassing to somehow get the ban imposed by the A&N Administration on consumption and sale of chewable tobacco products withdrawn. A variety of arguments is given in support of the tobacco traders.  The support extended by a senior leader of the saffron hue to the tobacco traders seems to have left the UT big guns jittery. Tobacco sellers and consumers are keeping their fingers crossed.

Andaman Fever:

Diglipur is reported to be in the grip of Andaman fever.  Increasing number of the dreaded disease are known to be reported at medical facilities.  The health department honchos are still unaware of the lurking danger.