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Defence Secretary Lauds the Efforts of CG in Maintaining High State of Vigil in the Islands

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 28: Indian Coast Guard Station Mayabunder, the first CG Station in the North Andaman Islands was commissioned by Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, IAS, Defence Secretary in the presence of Air Marshal  PK Roy AVSM, VM, VSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command, Inspector General Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, Deputy Director General, Indian Coast Guard and Inspector General VSR Murthy, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) and senior officials from the A&N Administration.

The station is a parmicgt of ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen Maritime and Coastal Security and the assets based at Mayabunder will help augment patrolling along the Northern Group of Islands for safeguarding Indian maritime interests.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, Defence Secretary lauded the efforts of the Indian Coast Guard in maintaining a high state of vigil in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands resulting in apprehension of a large number of poachers and saving of precious human lives during SAR operations. He further said that the implementation of the Coastal Surveillance Network project would be a major milestone in ensuring near gap-free radar surveillance of these Islands.

Air Marshal PK Roy AVSM, VM, VSM, Commander-in-Chief ANC, in his address during the Commissioning Ceremony, stressed the need for maintaining continuous vigil of this strategically important archipelago.  He further stated that the Coast Guard had initiated several far-reaching measures to augment force levels and manpower to meet existing and future maritime challenges.

Coast Guard Station Mayabunder will function under the administrative and operational control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) through the Commander Coast Guard District Headquarter-9 located at Diglipur.   Commandant (JG) Umed Singh has been appointed as the Commanding Officer of the station.

Port Blair, Dec. 28: Under the intervention of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), exposure visit are being organized in batches for the students along with escort teachers to various places of historical and scientific interest as per the curriculum of the students.

The second batch consisting a total of 197 boy students (75 ST Boys and 122 urban deprived boys) from all 09 educational blocks were selected and flagged off by Shri D N Singh, Secretary (Education) today from the auditorium of Govt SSS Mohanpura, Port Blair. On this occasion the Secretary (Edn) blessed the students and encouraged them to enjoy the trip at maximum level. He also stressed for taking care in respect of their health and safety.

The contingent left to Chennai today by M V Nicobar.

On this occasion DR. R. Dev Das, SPD (SSA) blessed and emphasized the children to take this as a golden opportunity for developing creativity and innovation through these visits and he gave proper guidelines to the students and escort teachers for care taking.

Dr M Ayyaraju, SPO, SSA also extended his blessings to the exciting and thrilled student participants.

The group is being accompanied by 18 escort teachers. Shri Wilfred Richfield and Shri Paneer Selvam have been designated as the tour manager. On completion of the tour the group shall return on 04/01/2013 to Port Blair. The Coordinator of exposure visit Mr. Shaji Thomas, APO (Quality), State Project Office (SSA) ensured all arrangements for the safe tour to mainland.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 28: It was the day, dominated by the mighty teams of Odhisha and Punjab, in the ongoing National School Football Championship being conducted at Port Blair. The football lovers witnessed another highest scoring match, when the stronger Odhisha team shattered the dreams of CBSE team by defeating it by 15 goals at Netaji Stadium today.

It was all through one sided match, and the Odhisha boys had the total control on the ball. Subasa Pradhan scored 6 goals alone for his team. With this defeat the CBSE team made exit from the 58TH SGFI National Championship. In its first league match too the CBSE team was defeated by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan team by 14 goals yesterday.

In a very interesting match played at the FIFA Ground in JNRM Campus, the Punjab team won its match against Indian Public School Conference by 4 goals. The winners demonstrated some classic skills of high class football. The boys looked very strong in their defence and at the same time their strikers didn’t miss the opportunity of scoring goals.

Though the IPSC did show some fight, but they seemed inexperienced of playing the major tournaments. Captain Vikramjeet Singh of Punjab scored 2 goals and gave the impression that Punjab is also a force to reckon with.

Among other matches played today, Uttar Pradesh defeated Lakshdweep by a solitary goal, and the Rajasthan team won its match against Chattisgarh by 1-0.

Tomorrow five matches will be played.

Tomorrow’s Match Schedule

1.    Madhya Pradesh vs Karnataka         6.30 AM     Netaji Stadium

2.    Uttar Pradesh vs Tamil Nadu        8.00 AM    Netaji Stadium

3.    Vidya Bharti vs Puducherry            1.30 PM    Netaji Stadium

4.    Chandigarh vs Daman Diu            2.30 PM    JNRM

5.    Goa vs Uttarakhand                3.00 PM     Netaji Stadium

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 28: The First Lady of these Islands, Smt. Bhawanee Singh today inaugurated the Athithi Milk Farm, a project for procurement and marketing of milk through Self Help Groups (SHGs) from different parts of the Islands facilitated by Yuva Shakti, an NGO and supported by NABARD at a function at Dugnabad. The First Lady lit the ceremonial oil lamp to inaugurate the milk farm and congratulated Yuva Shakti for launching the project for ensuring availability of fresh and quality milk to the people on affordable price. She also handed over loan amount to the tune of over Rs 6 lakhs from Yuva Shakti to some of the SHG groups on the occasion.

The Chairperson SSWB, Smt. Ratna Kannan appreciated the initiative of the NGO by involving women SHGs which will not only ensure availability of quality milk but generate employment for women. 

The GM, NABARD, Shri Athirstavel lauded Yuva Shakti for taking up the project which will ultimately benefit the Islanders. The Director CARI, Dr. S Dam Roy assured all possible help and assistance from CARI for the women SHG members while Shri JN Raja, General Secretary, Yuva Shakti presented the project profile.

Earlier, welcoming the chief guest and others present on the occasion, the President-cum-CEO Yuva Shakti, Shri Mohanraam Kumar highlighted the activities of Yuva Shakti, specially the initiatives taken for the welfare of women through SHGs. The function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by the Member Secretary, Yuva Shakti, Shri PS Raja.

Port Blair, Dec. 28: A delegation of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association led by its General Secretary Shri D. Ayyappan, met the Chief Engineer, APWD today and discussed the issue relating to the construction of residential accommodation for government employees in the islands. 

It was brought to the notice of the Chief Engineer by the General Secretary that there is acute shortage of government quarters at various outstations.  It was further brought to the notice of the Chief Engineer that hundreds of employees are waiting for residential accommodation from general pool at Port Blair. The General Secretary demanded that adequate provision for construction of sufficient number of quarters of different types may be made in the 12th Five Year Plan to tide over the situation. The Chief Engineer was also requested to undertake renovation/repair of all the old quarters.  

The delegation also discussed various pending issues of the employees working in the APWD.  The Chief Engineer assured the delegation that the issues raised by the Association will be considered favourably.   

Among the members of the delegation were (1) Shri Yoganathan, Secretary, APWD Sub-Committee of the Association and Shri Vasanth Sekhar, Central Executive Committee Member of the Association.

Port Blair, Dec. 28: The Study Centre of IGNOU at Hut bay was established in the year 2006 as a ‘Special Study Centre’. Since its inception the centre is trying to enhance in terms of enrollment and other activities to strengthen the Student Support Services with minimal facilities.

To further strengthen the Student Support Services, this year the Study Centre participated in the Bharat Nirman Public information Campaign. The main objective of the IGNOU is to reach out the people at the grass root level by keeping its goal of “Reaching the Unreached”.

IGNOU being a distance Education University was the only one represented the ODL system at Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign. IGNOU has thanked the Press Information Bureau and Education Department for the opportunity. Many people had approached the information centre and availed knowledge about the ongoing  programmes  offered by the Open University.

Port Blair, Dec. 28: The Hon'ble Lt. Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands will pay tribute at the Netaji statue, 1857 Memorial, Aberdeen Memorial and National Memorial Cellular Jail on December 30, 2012. The Lt Governor will also hoist the National Flag at the Memorial of 30th December, Netaji Stadium to commemorate the flag hoisting by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the year 1943.

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Deborah Bags 2 Gold and 1 Silver While Martha Secures Silver Medals

Port Blair, Dec. 27: Once again the Girl Cyclists from the Islands have shown their talents at the National Level. In the ongoing National Track Cycling Championship at New Delhi, Deborah bagged two Gold and Two Silver medal in different categories of events.

The communication received from the President A&N Cycling Association Shri. Md. Iqbal informed over phone that the first Gold came in the 500 Junior Time Trial and the second Gold in the Scratch Race. The duo of Debroah and Martha secured Silver medals in the Team Sprint Race.

In the Individual Events Deborah clinched one Silver in the 500 mtrs Time Trial, while Martha got one Bronze medal.

The SAI Cycling Coach Mr. S. Sengupta appeared confident of improving the medal tally while talking over phone. He said that the girls are trying hard to convert the Silver into Gold medals, in their next round of competitions.

The National Track Cycling Championship is being conducted by the Cycling Federation of India at Smti. Indira Gandhi Velodrome, New Delhi.

Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, KVS and Haryana register their first win

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 27: In the second day of the Prestigious 58th SGFI National School Football Championship today, some exciting matches were played. The highest scoring match was played between Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Central Board of Secondary Education. The KVS made the match one sided and scored 14 goals while the looser team couldn’t even open their score card. Amit of KVS scored 5 goals alone.

The match played between Haryana and Indian Public School Conference at the newly developed Play Field at JNRM Campus, seemed a balanced one. Both the teams displayed their footballing skills superbly. The IPSC looked threatening at times, but the goal keeper of Haryana, Vikram prevented them to convert their attempts into goals. The Captain of the Haryana team Prateek Singh Shah then capitalizing an opportunity scored the solitary goal of the match. Maharashtra too won its match against Puducherry by 1-0.

In another match played at Netaji Stadium Chattisgarh defeated Andhra Pradesh by 3-0. Earlier in the day the match between Tamil Nadu and Delhi was tied by 1-1. The last match played today was an exciting one, between Kerala and Karnatka. The Karnataka team took the lead in the first half by scoring a goal, but the Kerala boys came back strongly in the second half and scored the equalizer. Few minutes before the end of the play the Karnatka team scored the second goal but Kerala displayed some brilliant skills and levelled the score with 2-2.

Hundreds of football lovers turned up today at both the venues to enjoy the interesting games.

Tomorrow’s Match Schedule

6.30 am    Gujarat    V/s    Daman Diu            Netaji Stadium

8.00 am    Uttar Pradesh    V/s    Lakshadweep    Netaji Stadium

1.30 pm    Rajasthan    V/s    Chattisgarh          Netaji Stadium

2.30 pm    Punjab    V/s    IPSC                      JNRM

3.00 pm    Odisha    V/s    CBSE                  Netaji Stadium

Port Blair, Dec. 27: The 15 members Island School Sqay Martial Art Team consisting of 13 boys of different weight categories & age U-14,U-17 & U-19 Boys  and Island School Table Tennis Team consisting of  08 members of U-17  Boys and Girls of Directorate of Education along with 04 Officials have proceeded to New Delhi today  on 27th December 2012 by the sailing of MV Nicobar to participate in the 58th SGFI National School Sqay Martial Art and Table Tennis Championship 2012 to be held at New Delhi from 2nd January  2013 to 08th January 2013.

Before the departure of the team to mainland a blessing ceremony was organized at Andaman Club in which all the participants and parents were present.

During the blessing ceremony Shri.V Ranjith Kumar, Asst. Director (PE/Sports) appreciated the young budding talents for getting such golden opportunity to represent these Islands in the National level Championship and wished for better performance in the 58th National School Sqay Martial Art and Table Tennis  championship.

The details of the players are as follows.

S. No.    Name of the Student     Class    School    Event

1    J. BALAJI YUWAN PRAKASH    VII    SSS VKV    Sqay Martial Art

2    C.MANIKANDAN    VIII    SSS Carmel    Sqay Martial Art

3    R.DINESH    V    SSS Carmel    Sqay Martial Art

4    M.AKASH    VIII    MS  St. Marys    Sqay Martial Art

5    T.SURESH KUMAR    X     SSS Nirmala    Sqay Martial Art

6    M.PRAVEEN    VIII    GSSS School Line    Sqay Martial Art

7    C.HARIDAS    X    SSS Carmel    Sqay Martial Art

8    SANJIV    IX    GSSS Boys    Sqay Martial Art

9    NAVIN KUMAR NAG    XI    GSSS Boys    Sqay Martial Art

10    V.ARSU    XII     GSSS Bathubasthi    Sqay Martial Art

11    BIDDUT ROY    XII    GSSS RBV    Sqay Martial Art

12    P.ZECHERAIAH    XI    GSSS Boys    Sqay Martial Art

13    AMAR BISWAS    XII    GSSS RBV    Sqay Martial Art

14    AYUSH KUMAR SINGH    VII    SSS St Marys    Table Tennis

15    M.MANISH KUMAR    X    GSS RBV    Table Tennis

16    BIJAY SARKAR    IX    GMSSS Sitanagar,Diglipur    Table Tennis

17    N PARICHAY    X    SSS KV-I    Table Tennis

18    PEARLY NICHOLASY    IX    SSS Carmel    Table Tennis

19    AKANSHA SINGH IX    IX    SSS Carmel    Table Tennis

20    K BHUBARTHI    X    GSS Dairy Fram    Table Tennis

21    RUNA LAILA KHATOON    VII    GSS Protharapur    Table Tennis

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Port Blair, Dec. 27: The results of the election of Works Committee of Mill Division, Chatham was out today. Out of 10 seats, 8 were won by INTUC, one was jointly won by BJP and DMK while one was declared as tie, which was later bagged by the INTUC through lottery.

Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President INTUC has congratulated the winners on the occasion. Meanwhile the Managing Committee of the Forest Employee3s Progressive Union and the State Committee, DMK, A&N Islands have congratulated Shri C. Vellaswamy on being elected to the works committee.

Port Blair, Dec. 27: The Electricity department will carry out urgent maintenance and line clearance works on main transmission lines from Bambooflat 20 MW IPP Power House to Garacharma Sub-Station (Panther-I & Panther-II) on 29.12.2012. Due to this reason, there shall be one hour rotational load shedding in Port Blair and South Andaman area on 29.12.2012 from 0800 hours to 1400 hours on as and when required basis. 

In addition to this, the power supply will remain suspended in some of the areas as per schedule for dismantling of old 4-pole RCC structure and commissioning of new 11 KV ABS at Nayagaon.

29.12.12 (Saturday): Part of Nayagaon, Doctor’s Colony, Fisheries Colony and GPRA Colony - 0800 hrs. to 1300 hrs.

One hour rotational load shedding in Port Blair and South Andaman areas on as and when required basis 0800 hrs. to 1400 hrs.

03.01.13 (Thursday):  Part of Nayagaon, Doctor’s Colony, Fisheries Colony and GPRA Colony - 0800 hrs. to 1300 hrs.

Port Blair, Dec. 27: The Director of Census Operations, N K Sharma has called upon the media and NGOs to give wide publicity among the general public and the data users about the released census data on various categories, so that they can use it for various purposes. 

Inaugurating the two day sensitization workshop on Census Data Dissemination held at BRAIT, Dollygunj this morning Sharma said, “The Census is the bank of data. It is beneficial for different developmental activities of the government and other agencies”.

He said that the Census data collected are vital for the planning for development at various levels. The biggest administrative exercise of the world, the Indian Census was started way back in 1872 and the present census is the 15th in the series. However, the Census works got started in the islands only in the year 1901 and hence it is the 12th one in the A & N islands.

He further informed that the house listing data on houses and house hold amenities was released by the directorate in February this year, followed by the release of provisional population totals – rural and urban distribution.

Sharma also revealed that the finalization of Census 2011 pertaining to these islands is in process and it will be released very soon along with the other states and UTs of the Country. 

Dr S C Chathurvedi, Associate Professor of Geography, JNRM College in his power point presentation revealed many interesting data on these islands. He said the total population of the islands as per the 2011 census is 379944, comprising 202330 males and 177614 females. He also informed that the islands recorded a remarkable literacy rate of 86.27%  which is much higher than the national average of 70.04%.

Briefing on the remarkable achievements made in different fields such as provisions of infrastructure and basis amenities across the islands, he said the administration provided electricity connections to 86.3% households, whereas more than 89 % households use banking facilities.  The increase in the usage of banking services is due to the government‘s directions to disburse the payments under developmental programmes such as MGNREGA, Pension Payments etc. through the banks only, he added.

He also made a mention that safe drinking water is provided to 85 % population of these islands. 

Earlier, the Deputy Director of Census Operations, Yesodharan briefed on the Census 2011 operations carried out across the islands.  He informed that the challenging task population census has been conducted in the islands in two phases as House listing and Population enumeration. The first result of 2011 census was released on 31st March, 2011 as paper 1 of 2011.

A number of representatives from the NGOs, officials from various departments and media persons had attended the workshop.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 27: The Bharatiya Janata Party had organized a Candle Light Procession on 26th Dec 2012 in memory of victims of Tsunami tragedy. The candle light procession started at 5.45 P.M. from Dr. Syama Prasad Mukharjee Bhavan and concluded at the Tsunami memorial.

Shri. R. Mohan, State President, B.J.P., Shri. Bisnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri. C.H. Babu, Port Blair City District President B.J.P., Dr. Jijith Rekh, Port Blair City District Prabhari, B.J.P., along with hundreds of party workers participated in the rally and offered floral tribute at the Tsunami Memorial as a mark of respect to the departed souls.

Port Blair, Dec. 27: Three training programmes on Rodent management were organized by All India Network Project on Rodent Control and Out Reach Centre of Central Agricultural Research Institute supported by NABARD, Port Blair at R. K. Gram, Milan Gram and Madhupur of North Andaman during 23rd to 25th December, 2012 to sensitize the paddy farmers. The programmes were inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Gram Pradhan of each village.

Dr. Ajanta Birah, Principal Investigator, All India Network Project on Rodent Control and Senior Scientist of CARI explained about methods of rat management including bund trimming and weed free cultivation to minimise rodent menace, employment of indigenous trap and in high infestation area application of rodenticide etc. 

Mr. K. Sakthivel, Scientist of CARI gave a brief introduction about the role of rodents in island agriculture. The practical demonstration of rodent bait preparation and its use was also done. Altogether, 40 farmers of R. K. Gram (30 male and 10 females), 34 of Milan Gram (32 male and 2 female) and 55 of Madhu Pur (30 male and 25 female) participated in three training programmes and interacted with the Scientists of CARI.  Mr. S. Prashant and Mr. Sudhanshu Halder, Agriculture Assistants, from Department of Agriculture also participated in the trainings.

The training programme was organized under the plan and guidance of Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CARI and Dr. S. K. Zamir Ahmed, Coordinator, ORC, Diglipur. Gram Pradhans of all the three villages also appreciated the efforts of Director, CARI for organizing the training programmes in three clusters of villages as a follow up of the demand of paddy farmers on Rodent Management of the area.

Mr. Shiv Kumar, Technical Assistant, ORC welcomed the gathering while Mr. V. Harish, SRF proposed the vote of thanks.

Port Blair, Dec. 26: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, PCC has requested the Director General of Police, A&N Islands to change the convoy timings on the Andaman Trunk Road. Sharma has placed a request that the timing of the convoy especially the last from Middle Strait to Port Blair be changed to 3.30 pm instead of three. He informed that the residents of North & Middle Andaman and also adjacent areas are facing problems due to the timings, which most of the time is due to sudden break down of their vehicles or sudden attack of physical disorders or otherwise. The same is being experienced by the tourists, he said.

In his letter to the DGP he has stated that the timing is not suitable for the tourists who want to return on the same day to Port Blair after visiting Mud Volcano and Lime Stone Cave at Baratang and also the general public of North & Middle Andaman and adjacent areas.

As in many cases it has found that for delay of a minute or two to reach to Middle Strait, passengers are forced to miss the convoy. They get stranded at the spot as there is no suitable place for night halt, Sharma said.

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Spectacular Cultural Programmes by the School Students Enthral Audience

                 

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Port Blair, Dec. 26: The Prestigious 58th SGFI National Football Championship for the boys under 19 began today at Netaji Stadium today. The Students of the different schools presented spectacular cultural programmes, which kept the audience spell bound. The participating teams presented impressive March past.

Addressing the inaugural function, the Chief Guest, Secretary Education Mr. D.N Singh said that the mega tournament extends opportunity to the players of different states and UTs to share a common platform and thus the bond of National Integration gets strengthened.

The special guest on this occasion the Member of Parliament Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray on the occasion expressed his happiness for organising the event and said that it’s matter of pride for the Islanders that the National Championship is being hosted by the Islands for the sixth time. He wished the visiting teams a memorable stay here. The MP stayed back for the entire inaugural match and later met the teams in person.

Earlier welcoming the guest the Chairman of the Organising Committee and the Director Education Dr. R Dev Das said that the best players from the Championship will be selected, who will be representing India in the forthcoming World School Soccer Championship to be held in France next Year. He informed that apart from the Netaji Stadium, this time the matches will be held in the newly developed Play field at the JNRM campus also. The guests released the Souvenir of the Tournament.

In the inaugural Match the team of Andaman & Nicoabar Islands defeated the team of Uttrakhand by 3-1 in an exciting encounter. Both the teams looked equal in the beginning and the first half of the game went goalless. In the second half Shahrukh Ahmed of the visiting team scored a superb goal and put his team ahead. The local boys then came back strongly and succeeded in scoring 3 goals. The football lovers got the opportunity to witness high class football. For the winners Captain Russel scored one goal and Dinesh scored two.

Tomorrow six matches are scheduled to be held at both venues. This time 25 teams are participating in the National Football Championship.

Earlier addressing the team managers and coaches of the different teams in the coordination meeting held at Andaman Club yesterday, the Chairman of the Organising Committee and the Director of Education Dr. R. Devdas said that all the basic facilities have been ensured for the teams. He called upon the teams to ensure fair play during the Championship. The player learns values of life in a play, which shapes his personality, he said. Dr. Devdas, cutting the cake on this occasion, wished the teams a Merry Christmas.

Speaking on the occasion the Director Sports Mr. Lucas Robert requested the teams to cooperate for the smooth conduct of the National event. The observer deputed by the SGFI for this National Championship Mr. Chacko Joseph informed that the best players will be selected from this Championship, who will be representing India in the forthcoming World School Football Championship, to be held in France in April next Year. Appreciating the organising team, he said that the Islands have set very high standards in organizing the National Championship in the past many years, and bagged the Best Organisation Award for the last two consecutive years.

The Organsing Secretary and the Vice President of SGFI Mr. V. Ranjit Kumar informed that the best possible facilities have been ensured for the visiting teams. He said that the ANIIDCO has come forward to provide milk for the boys, while the Municipal Council has agreed to provide the refreshment to the players during the matches. Mr. Ranjit said that the Ex- Star footballer Bhaichung Bhutia is expected to come to Port Blair for the inauguration of the newly developed football field at JNRM Campus. 

Proposing the vote of thanks the Assistant Director Dr. R.N. Prasad appealed to all the teams to cooperate in making this tournament a grand success.

Renowned veteran Sportsmen from the Islands Mr. Norender Lall Saha, Mr. S.V. Bhakta, Mr. Joy Kumar Roy and Mr. Abdul Azeem were also present in the meeting.

                 

Car Nicobar, Dec. 26: Tsunami Day was observed with great dedication and devotion today 26th Dec, 2012 at the Tsunami Memorial, Jayanti Village, Car Nicobar. A large gathering including the Chairman, Tribal Council, Vice Chairman, Deputy Vice Chairman, 1st Headsmen of all villages and govt. servants gathered to pay homage to the souls who had lost their lives in Tsunami of 2004.

As a mark of respect to all who lost their lives in the Tsunami, a two minute silence was observed. Wreaths were placed and candles lit at the Memorial by the visiting dignitaries and people who had gathered. An all religious prayer was also organised as a mark of respect to the departed souls.

Port Blair, Dec. 26: An all religious prayer was held at the Tsunami Memorial situated at the Andaman Water Sports Complex, Port Blair to mark the 8th anniversary of Indian tsunami that had killed endless people on Dec. 26th 2004. Floral tributes were paid to the departed souls by the Chief Secretary (I/c) Shri Jalaj Srivastava which was followed by other dignitaries.

Port Blair, Dec. 26: General Body meeting (GBM) of the Andaman Science Association was held on 15th December, 2012, in conference hall of the Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair which was attended by Scientists, faculty members and officers from the different organizations like, CARI, ZSI, BSI, NIOT, Pondicherry University, JNRM, ASI, AYUSH, CPR and Salim Ali Centre of Port Blair.

The General body meeting chaired by Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CARI, Port Blair  discussed on the various agenda items for smooth functioning of Andaman Science Association. The introductory remarks with various activities of the Andaman Science Association were presented by Dr. A.K. Singh.The General body elected the  executive council for the period of two years with  Dr. S. Dam Roy,  Director CARI as the President, Dr. D. R. Singh (CARI) and Dr. P. M. Mohan (Pondicherry University) as Vice President, Dr. TVRS Sharma, Emeritus Scientist as Facilitator of the Association, Dr. A.K. Singh (CARI) as General Secretary, Dr. M. Sankaran (CARI) and Dr. S. Jaya Kumar (JNRM) as Joint Secretary and Dr. Jai Sunder (CARI) as Treasurer. The General Body also nominated Councilors of the association representating scientific, research, teaching and extension departments/ organizations of A & N Islands.  Dr. B. Gangwar, presently Project Director, IFSR (ICAR), Modipuram was nominated  as Editor-in-Chief, beside Editorial board for the Journal of the Andaman Science Association comprising of the experts from life sciences, agricultural and social sciences were constituted.

After the election, Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director CARI and President of the Andaman Science Association(ASA) addressed the august gathering  highlighting  the history  and the   activities carried out by the Association. He also  pointed out the key issues related to the Scientific communities, particularly who are working in these remote islands and also  importance of conducting research in these fragile island having   unique  biodiversity . He also informed that ASA will provide an appropriate platform for the scientist, teachers, researchers and development personnel who are working in these islands to articulate their work in the workshop, seminar, group discussion  etc and bring out the same in public domain through publication in  Journal of Andaman Science Association.  The GBM was coordinated  by Dr. A. K. Singh, Sr. Scientist, which  concluded with  vote of thanks proposed  by  Dr. M. Sankaran, Sr. Scientist  of  CARI.

Port Blair, Dec. 26: In surprise checks conducted by Port Blair Municipal Council from December 14 to 22, 2012, 13.30 kgs of plastic carry bags, which were being used by the shopkeepers for commercial purpose have been seized.

The commercial establishment owners have once again been cautioned not to use the plastic carry bags for any purpose failing which action will be taken as per Rules against such establishments.

Power supply will remain suspended in some of the areas on 29.12.2012 from 0730 hours to 1300 hours for erection of four-pole structure at Aberdeen Bazar.

The areas to be affected by power disruption are Mohanpura, Babu Lane, Aberdeen Bazar from Ratnam Market to Taxi Stand, Aberdeen Police Station and part of Gurudwara Lane.

Power supply will remain suspended in some more areas on 29.12.2012 from 0800 hours to 1600 hours for rectification of faulty ABC cable by PGCIL.

The areas to be affected by power suspension are Ograbraj, Mithakhari, Namunaghar and Dandaspoint.

To facilitate line clearance work under Ferrargunj Site Office, power supply will remain suspended in Hopetwon, Bambooflat, Stewartgunj, Wimberlygunj, Shoal Bay, Mathura, Brindavan, Ferrargunj, Ram Nagar to Jirkatang also on  29.12.2012 from 0800 hours to 1400 hours subject to weather condition.

                 

Andaman Chronicle Wishes A Happy Christmas to All Its Readers. May this festival of joy bring peace and prosperity in our lives!

                 

On the happy occasion of Christmas Eve in this Territory, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Hon’ble Member of Parliament  has extended his prayer and wishes to the people, to have a joyous, happy, peaceful and prosperous life.

He prayed that the festival may bless us to be united to serve for the cause of each other’s prosperity and welfare.

Meanwhile, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President PCC and all leaders of Congress party have wished a Merry Christmas to the Islanders. “We should follow the footprints of Lord Jesus Christ who has always loved the downtrodden, poor and ailing persons. Jesus has told to be away from doing sins but not from the sinners”, Sharma said.

In a message, Shri PB Murugan, Chairperson, Port Blair Municipal Council has also wished the Islanders a warm and happy X-Mas.

                 

Hut Bay, Dec. 24: The first ever Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign in Little Andaman concluded today at Hut Bay.  Addressing the Valedictory function held at Government Model senior secondary school ground at  Hut Bay, the Chairperson of Andaman and Nicobar State Social Welfare Board, Ratna Kannan lauded the initiatives taken by the Press Information Bureau in organizing such a mega information campaign in  the remote island, Little Andaman. 

Complimenting the efforts taken by  various departments to put up their stalls, she said she visited all  the stalls at the venue and was much impressed by the exhibits put up  to educate the people at grass-root level on different welfare schemes  of the government.  She also stressed the need to organize such exhibitions in the remote and far-flung areas for a longer period instead of mere five days.  She is hopeful that such campaigns will be of immense helpful to the people to get the benefits under various welfare programmes meant for them.

Briefing on various welfare programmes being implemented through the Social welfare Board, she called upon the people to approach the Social welfare board to avail the benefits under such programmes.

The Panchayat Samiti Pramuk, Smt Namita Mistry was the guest of honour on the occasion.  Panchayat Samiti Up –Pramuk, Jogga Rao, the Deputy Chief Engineer, ALHW, T N Krishnamurthy, Executive Engineer, U K Singh  and the Tehsildar, Jivraj Kissan, besides Panchayat Pradhans of Hut  Bay and Netahi Nagar participated in the programme.

During the five day long campaign, various contests, Bharat Nirman Marathon, Bicycle races for men and women, awareness rally, rural sports etc. were held to enlighten the people on the Bharat Nirman Progamme.

Later the Chief Guest, Ratna Kannan presented the trophies to the winners of Bharat Nirman Marathon held today, besides the trophies to the winners of Bicycle race in men and women categories a number of prizes to the winners of various inter –school contests in senior secondary, secondary and elementary school levels.  She also presented the mementos to the PRI members, officials of various government departments, Central media units in recognition of their role in making the campaign a success.

Speaking on the occasion, the Nodal officer (PIC), Dhanasekaran informed that the Public information Campaign has been organized in  association with the Andaman and Nicobar Administration and Central Media Units to inform and educate the people at grass root level and thereby empowering them with the required information on the  government programmes and welfare schemes.

The valedictory function concluded with the colourful cultural programmes presented by the school students depicting the themes of national integration and rural development. 

                 

Hut Bay, Dec. 24: A maiden Bharat Nirman Marathon was flagged off from R K Pur market on Sunday as part of the five day long Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign. The Pradhan of R K Pur Panchayat, Asamanjan Haldar flagged off the half Marathon covering 21 kms. early morning amidst a large number of gathering enjoying the chilled weather and drizzling.

The picturesque village, R K Pur witnessed such a Marathon with more than 100 participants for the first time in its history. This Marathon has been organized on the theme “Taking Rural India forward” with the messages on the significant role of Central flagship programmes in achieving the goal of Bharat Nirman. A number of defence personnel also took part in this Marathon along with the tribals and local people.  Most of the runners maintained their speed at proper level throughout the length of the race. Owing to favourable weather condition, they could complete the Maraton in lesser time than expected.

All along the route, special assistance booths were set up at a distance of every 5 kms. to offer pure water and any other assistance for the participants. At various vantage points, people in large number gathered on both sides of the road and cheered up the runners. An ambulance also escorted the runners along with the vehicles of the organizers to provide emergency medical assistance. The most beautiful pristine beaches situated on the Marathon’s route, unfolded the scenic beauty of mother nature with ever green rain forests and white sand in the backdrop of blue sea.

The marathon culminated at the Bharat Nirman venue at Hut bay.  A Hut bay resident, Gulab Ram came first by finishing the race in a record time of 33. 14 minutes, while Sushila from Hut bay was declared as winner in the women’s category.  To encourage the participation of more rural women in the race, the race has been conducted as a Mini Marathon of 5.5 kms. with the participation of about 33 women, mostly tribal girls.

The chief guest of the valedictory function, Ratna Kannan awarded the trophies to the winners of this maiden Marathon in Little Andaman.

                 

Hut Bay, Dec. 24: A half daylong seminar on Power to the People at Grass roots was held at R K Pur community hall on Saturday last.  The RTI activist and the Deputy Chief Engineer of Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour works (ALHW), T N Krishna Murthy delivered key note address in the seminar.

In his address the DCE elaborated on the important provisions of the land mark RTI act to ensure power to the people at grass roots by making the public administration more responsive to their genuine needs and demands.

A youngest RTI activist from Andamans, a 7th class student of Kamaraj school at Port Blair also addressed the gathering on how he used the RTI as a powerful tool to redress his grievance in a record period.  He narrated his experiences with the government departments dealing with construction and maintenance of roads after having filed an application under RTI to seek information on the damaged condition of the road in his locality.  Following the receipt of his application, the departments swung in to action and called the boy for personal hearing to ascertain the exact location of the damaged road.

Srijith identified the location with the help of google map on website and then everything turned on very fast.  Within a month’s period, even before the expiry of the 30 days deadline for RTI reply, the damaged road got repaired and opened for traffic. Thus, the young RTI applicant succeeded in making the administration responsive to his basic need and proved that every Indian citizen has a right to have all the basic amenities.

After his brief presentation, the young RTI applicant asked the participants why can’t they use RTI to ensure their rights, when even a young boy like him achieved his goal through RTI.

The Nodal officer of PIC, Dhanasekaran, the R K Pur Panchayat Pradhan, Asamanjan Haldar among others also spoke on the occasion.

A number of rural people including considerable number of women attended the seminar and actively participated in the quiz contest held as part of the seminar.  The Directorate of Field Publicity, a media unit of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting awarded five prizes to the winners of the contest.

Port Blair, Dec. 24: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, PCC met the Lt Governor today and requested him to consider early disbursement of the payments of ATI workers. He also requested the Lt. Governor to pursue the matter of early clearance of balance loan assistance of Rs 5.50 Crores to the Forest Corporation with the Finance Minister. The Lt Governor has assured to look into the matter.

                 

 

                 

 

Port Blair, Dec. 23: There is at present no scheme available for providing liveries or cash reimbursement in the Electricity Department for eligible employees, stated the Minister of State (Independent Charge) Shri J. Yotiraditya M. Scindia while replying to a question raised by the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray at the floor of the Parliament.

The Member of Parliament vide his Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 2118 had desired from the Minister of Power, whether the Electricity Department of A&N Islands makes cash reimbursement for the cost of uniform, rain coat etc. at par with the Education Department, which makes cash reimbursement against the supply of uniforms to the students.

Answering to the question the Minister of State, Shri Scindia stated, “No Madam, based on information furnished by the Electricity Department of A&N Administration, it is stated that earlier, the department provides liveries containing uniform and rain coats in kind to the eligible employees and not cash reimbursement.

‘There is at present no scheme available for providing liveries or cash reimbursement in the Electricity Department for eligible employees’.

 

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 23: The date for the Environment Education Camp for the middle school students at ANET base, North Wandoor has been set aside for the 30th of December, 2012. The last date for registration is the 26th of December, 2012. A registration fee of Rs. 50/- will be charged per participant. Lunch will be provided at the base. Please make your own arrangements for transport.

Itinerary For The Camp – Reporting time at the ANET base, North Wandoor – 08:45am, Orientation and Introduction – 09:00 am, Nature treasure hunt – 11:00 am, Lunch – 01:00 pm.

Mangrove walk and wade - Get a grasp of this strangely unique and beautiful landscape while you walk over completely saturated earth, with roots emerging all around you and a strange odour permeating the air and you will suddenly become aware of the plentiful life teeming around you and their interactions and dependence on each other. This habitat supports over thirty species of mangrove plants and numerous creatures; marine, terrestrial, aerial and arboreal, with fascinating adaptations. This is a silent and peaceful experience and provides the ideal space for detailed observation… birds feeding or roosting… perfectly camouflaged monitor lizards… various species of crab… hordes of juvenile fish. Molluscs of all shapes and sizes clinging to exposed roots, etc. This habitat serves as a nursery, breeding ground, feeding spot and home for creatures from the sea, land and sky.

Film screening – 04:00 pm, Departure at 05:30 pm.

 

 

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 23: Government Senior Secondary School, Sabari, Middle Andaman observed “National Mathematics Day 2012”. The theme for this year’s celebrations selected by the school was “Learn Mathematics without Fear”. Various programmes were conducted to observe the day in a meaningful manner.

In speedy Arithmetic’s, Kr Anil Varghese of X B bagged the first position. In Knowing the numbers Kri Shiny Rebekah, X A and in Mental Calculation Kr Prem Kumar X A bagged the prizes. Similarly in Formula writing Kri Priya of IX B bagged the prize. In SUDUKO solving Sweety Toppo X B, Abhishek IX A and Nagraj X A bagged the first three positions.

Earlier Principal of the school highlighted the importance of celebrating the day and mentioned that the year 2012 was declared as National Year of Mathematics in fond memory of the great Indian Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan- and every year his birthday on December 22 is observed as National Mathematics Day. He appealed to the students to remove the fear associated with learning Mathematics from their minds.

Shri Bency Joy, Mathematics teacher of the school coordinated the whole program. He briefly explained about the importance of the day and said that it is necessary now to give up the long-drawn misconceived idea of regarding Mathematics as a difficult and hard-to-learn subject.

 

Port Blair, Dec. 23: The Prestigious 58th SGFI National School Football Championship for boys U-19 is scheduled to be organized by the Directorate of Education at Port Blair from 26th Dec. 2012 to 3rd January 2013. The Opening Ceremony of the mega event will be on 26th Dec. 2012 at 2.30 pm at Netaji Stadium.

The matches will be played at Netaji Stadium and JNRM Football field from 26th Dec. 2012 to 3rd January, 2013 while the Opening Ceremony which would include Colourful Cultural /Mass drill /Dance and inaugural match between A & N Islands and Uttarakhand will be held on 26th Dec.2012. This time apart from the team of  A & N Islands 24 teams from different States and UTs will be participating in this mega event.

Names of the States and UTs are as under: (1) Goa (2) Uttarakhand (3) A&N Islands (4) Vidhya Bharati (5) Maharashtra (6) Puducherry (7) Madhya Pradesh (8) Kerala (9) Karnataka (10) Odisha (11) K V S  (12) C B S E  (13) Punjab (14) Haryana  (15) I P S C  (16) Rajasthan (17)Andhra Pradesh (18) Chattisgarh (19) Chandigarh (20) Gujarat (21) Daman Diu  (22) Uttar Pradesh (23) Lakshadweep (24) Tamil Nadu and (25) Delhi.

The Closing Ceremony, grand Finale and Prize distribution is on 3rd January, 2013 at Netaji Stadium.

Hon’ble Lt. Governor has consented to be the Chief Guest during the Closing Ceremony and the First Lady will be the Guest of Honour during the ceremony.

 

 

 

                 

Wimberlygunj, Dec. 23: The Final Match of the “LOTE- Knockout Football Tournament” was played between A.K. Brothers, Lal Bijan and Yuva Sangh, Wimberlygunj. In this thrilling encounter A.K. Brothers defeated ‘Yuva Sangh’ Wimberlygunj by 2-1 in the extra time.

The Chief Guest on the occasion Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament of Andaman & Nicobar Islands distributed the prizes and Winner Trophy of the tournament. Shri. Ray assured the participant teams and villagers that he will persuade the matter of development of the Mini Stadium, Wimberlygunj with the administration.

Ray has also promised that he will donate his one month salary to the NGO – LOTE for conducting such programme in the future. The Award function was also graced by Shri. A.P. Jabir, Pradhan, G.P, Manarghat and Shri. Abdul Aziz, Pradhan, G.P, Stewartgunj besides other dignitaries.

 

 

 

Port Blair, Dec. 23: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, A&N Islands will be celebrating Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee’s birthday as Good Governance Day on 25th Dec. 2012. On the occasion a blood donation camp will be held at Tiranga Park from 10.00 am onwards.

 

 

 

Port Blair, Dec. 23: The Vanvikas Employees Association, VanVikas Officers Association and Forest & Plantation Development Corporation Employees Union in a joint meeting held at Gandhi Bhavan on 22nd December have recorded their full faith in the leadership of Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, INTUC and accepted as their helmsman, said a communication from the Secretary to the President PCC today.

The communication further said that Haja Moideen, Assistant Engineer (C) from Officers Association, Lally Baby, General Secretary, VVEA and Shukat Ali from Workers side have stated the pathetic conditions of the employees and workers of the Corporation and told that, for not getting full salary and wages,  it has become a tuff job to walk on the road due to over burden of loan taken by them to maintain their distressed family members.

They have also recorded that the employees are suffering for no fault of them in AN Islands, when the Lt Governor of AN Islands is also one of its share holders and hoped that he will also come forward to safeguard them in their days of distress from starvation and frustration.

The Secretary to President PCC explained that all of them have requested to the local Congress Supremo to influence Smti Sonia Gandhi, the Chairperson UPA Government to come forward to help them in their days of heartache. They have also told that in case the problems of the Corporation is not sorted out before election, then, their problems may again be considered from the beginning and thus, there will be no end of it and the employees will die of frustration.

All the employees who were present in the meeting have requested to get immediate release of balance 5.50 crores loan assistance so that they can get their salaries and pay off their debts and lead a life of prestige.

Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma on the occasion stated that after his taking over the issues of Forest Corporation he has achieved 80% of success and rest 20% he will bring soon to the Corporation employees.

He has also assured to contact the Home Minister so that the loan assistance is released early. In the meeting the Forest and Plantation Development Corporation Employees union affiliated to the INTUC was reconstituted and the union unanimously elected Kuldeep Rai Sharma as President, Smti Viyay Lakhsmi and Shoukat Ali as Vice Presidents, KP Aboobakar (GS, INTUC) as General Secretary, Maheshwar Rao as Jt Secretary, Smt Paromita Bhattacharya & M Subramaniam (Katchal) as Organising Secretaries, Harikrishna, Samba Murthy, Teknath Sharma, S Krishna Rao, Smti M Sini and Smti Kamalawati as executive members.

Deepak kr Saroj has been elected as treasurer. Apart from these, two members, one from North Andaman Project and other from Hutbay projects will also be included as organizing secretaries. Shri MZ Siddiqui, General Secretary of INTUC was also present in the meeting.

 

 

                 

 

                 

 

                  

Port Blair, Dec. 21: A 3-day National seminar on ‘Innovative Technologies for conservation and sustainable utilization of Island Biodiversity’ to mark the centenary year of Indian Science Congress Association was organised by ISCA Port Blair Chapter (CARI) at its auditorium here today. The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM inaugurated the seminar by lighting the ceremonial oil lamp. He also released a book of abstract and a souvenir book on the National seminar. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor stated that the A & N Islands are a global biodiversity hot spot and habitat to some of the unique and rare endemic species found nowhere in the world. Apart from terrestrial ecosystems, the Islands also have rich marine ecosystems, such as mangroves, coral reefs and sea grass beds. The rich marine biodiversity includes different species of marine mammals, variety of corals & sea shells and thousands of other marine life forms.

He further stated that the major challenges to the conservation of biodiversity are the invasion of alien species, habitat destruction, over exploitation and anthropogenic activities. Due to rapid population growth and unsustainable use of living resources, the rich biodiversity of our islands today stands threatened and remedial action is urgently required. The first step in biodiversity conservation is systematic cataloguing, documentation and sensitization of the general public on the significance of conservation.

The Lt Governor also lauded Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) for doing commendable work in documenting the Island bio-diversity and for its contribution in developing modern technologies which are successfully being practiced by the farmers of the Islands.

He further stated that “we have to draw a vision wherein we have to strike a balance between developmental activities for the benefit of the people and preserving the rich bio-diversity in order to ensure that both development and preservation take place side by side”. For this, a Committee comprising of CARI, Forest Department and the Administration will be formed to work out a road map for the preservation of the Islands rich Bio-diversity in the coming years. Development process for the sustainable growth in the Islands will take place keeping in mind the aspect of preserving our ecology, marine bio-diversity, endemic species of flora and fauna in a collective manner with the participation of all concerned agencies”, he said. He further stated that it will be a challenge for the Scientists to augment the capacity of indigenous source of living by introducing new items which might take generations for acceptance. 

In his address, Dr. S. Edison, Former Director, Centre Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), Trivandrum emphasised on the need for utilization of the rich bio-diversity of the Islands by practising the cultivation of tuber crops as food security crops for catering the growing food requirements of the increasing population of the Islands. He also released a book on high yielding varieties of horticulture crops brought out by CARI.  

In his address, Dr. A.K. Singh, Vice Chancellor, RVSKVV, Gwalior stated that the huge tourist inflow, reckless development, over exploitation of resources and climate change can adversely impact the rich bio-diversity of the islands. It is right time, proper preservation measures need to be taken to protect the unique bio-diversity of the islands. He also released a technical book on Noni cultivation on the occasion. 

Earlier, the Director, CARI, Shri Dam Roy welcomed the chief guest and others while Dr. D. R. Singh, Convenor, ISCA Port Blair Chapter and NSCIB-12 proposed the vote of thanks.

 

 

 

                 

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Port Blair, Dec. 21: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM today inaugurated a series of public welfare and infrastructure development projects during a day-long tour to North & Middle Andaman. The Lt Governor inaugurated three bridges which will provide connectivity to remote and dispersed settlements, a key eco-tourism project- ‘Dhaninallah Mangrove Walkway’, a general pool accommodation complex for government servants at Nimbudera and a new OPD Complex at Dr. RP Hospital, Mayabunder.

Immediately after arrival at Nimbutala, the Lt Governor proceeded for Dhaninallah Mangrove Walkway in Shivapuram Panchayat and inaugurated the eco-tourism initiative undertaken by the Forest Department. The 713 mtrs walkway provides unique opportunity to witness diverse mangrove eco-system found in the Islands in a single place.

Thereafter, the Lt Governor inaugurated two steel bridges at TV Kulam at Betapur and Thoratang Nallah at Swadesh Nagar.  The former will connect Shantipur village to the ATR and the latter has replaced a timber bridge on the ATR. The Thoratang steel bridge has been installed in around a month’s time by the APWD by using Army’s technique for building this bridge. The Lt Governor also interacted with the villagers and listened to their grievances. 

The Lt Governor then proceeded to Nimbudera and inaugurated a General Pool Accommodation of 18 Type-II quarters. He appreciated APWD for taking up vital rural infrastructure development projects in remote Islands and for timely completion of these projects. He then proceeded to Prafulla Nagar and inaugurated the RCC Bridge over Prafulla Nagar Nallah. This bridge will provide access to the ATR for the villagers of Prafulla Nagar. He interacted with the people of the area and directed the concerned authorities to expedite the road laying work. With the inauguration of the three bridge projects, a road parallel to the ATR connecting villages of Betapur, Dharampur, Pinaki Nagar, Prafulla Nagar and Basantipur to ATR is taking shape. The inauguration of these bridges besides improving the road connectivity to a great extent would considerably accelerate developmental activities in this part of the Islands.

Thereafter, the Lt Governor visited Dr. RP Hospital at Mayabunder and inaugurated the state of art new OPD Complex. The double storied OPD building will have all modern health-care requirements such as Physiotherapy, ECG, Dental, Gynecology and Ophthalmology apart from other usual health services. In addition, the OPD would make a special provision for Homeopathy and Ayurvedic treatment also.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor reiterated the commitment of the Administration in providing basic facilities to the people of the Islands, especially in remote Islands. “Our first priority is to  ensure that minimum basic amenities such as drinking water, health care services, educational, transport etc. reach the Islanders at various places”, he said. He emphasised on the availability of human resources and better quality of medical treatment to the public. He also directed the health authorities for positing Medical Specialists and creating better health infrastructure facilities in North & Middle Andaman.

The Lt Governor also shared his vision for the 12th Five Year Plan period for the all round development of the N&M Andaman District, which is to provide amenities such as connectivity, treated water supply, power supply and housing in all remote and dispersed settlement, to upgrade the education and health facilities and to provide employment generation through eco-tourism projects such as Dhanninallah Walkway. He stated that N&M Andaman has better potential for tourism development compared to some of the present popular tourism destinations in the Islands and in the days to come, this area will become a major place of tourism attraction. He also laid emphasis on proper upkeep and maintenance of all the newly created assets and ensuring cleanliness of the surrounding areas to preserve the pristine nature of the environment.  

The Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, Smt Madhuri Giri, PRI members of the areas, officers of the Administration and members of the public were present on the occasion.

Later, the Lt Governor held a meeting with PRI members and local head of the Offices and directed them to take initiatives that would provide responsive administration which can positively influence the life of the people of the district. He apprised the PRIs about the planned development of the tourism sector of the N&M Andaman by creating road side amenities along the ATR.   He also directed the Deputy Commissioner (N&M Andaman) to coordinate and work in close coordination with other departments for effective and quick resolution of public grievances. He stated that he would be holding periodical meetings to review the key developments areas and projects of the district to monitor their progress.

 

 

                 

 

                 

 

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 20: TheIndian Coast Guard, Navy and Police team jointly nabbed a total of 145 Myanmarese nationals during 15-17 Dec 12.  On 16th Dec 12, ten Myanmarese were captured from East Island by Police and Naval team and a boat with large numbers of people onboard was sighted moving in southerly direction. 

Immediately the Headquarters Andaman & Nicobar Command launched operation “KHOJ”, and     Coast Guard ship Durgabai Deshmukh and Dorniers were pressed into action in search of the boat. The 10 Myanmarese national were subsequently evacuated by the Coast Guard Interceptor boat C-145.

During initial interrogation of tem Myanmarese it was revealed that they were part of a large group, which left from Dabang, Myanmar on 9th Dec 12 for Malaysia/ Thailand in search of better life and job opportunities. It was also learnt that members had paid approx 1-2 lakh Myanmarese currency to the boat owner for the journey.

The wooden boat had very limited food provisions and no life saving gear. The boat encountered rough weather enroute and they volunteered to get disembarked from the boat due to fear of drowning. While the search for the boat was in progress in the North Andaman, on 17th Dec 12 at 1030 hrs, the Police team nabbed another 68 Myanmarese nationals including one lady and 11 children onboard a black and white coloured boat from Butler Bay Beach in Little Andaman.  These Myanmarese nationals informed that they were also proceeding to some country in search of better life and job opportunities. 

On same day at 1245 hrs Naval Chetak engaged in search of boat in North Andaman, reported sighting of a wooden boat near Flat Island. On receipt of the information Coast Guard Dornier, INS Bangaram and PMF boats were immediately pressed into action. The Coast Guard aircraft sighted a black coloured boat in the Middle Strait.  The position of the boat was passed by the CG Dornier aircraft to Police through DSS vessel Pillow Panja. The Police team successfully captured the 67 Myanmarese nationals including 05 women and 06 children at 1550 hrs on 17th Dec 12.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 20: The Andaman and Nicobar Island’s Environmental Team (ANET) – Centre for Island Ecology, is an environment based agency carrying out research, conservation and educational activities. ANET has been conducting educational programmes where students are taken out on adventure walks through the various island ecosystems, which provide them with opportunities for interactive, hands-on learning.

Learning is through seeing and observing where studio and field activities are included that cover topics from school curriculum and help develop an understanding of the natural world’s processes – patterns, relationships and contexts by observing.

Learning takes place through personal sessions, presentations, discussions and in the field. Students learn best from active engagement and ecological literacy fosters a knowledge and understanding that is essential to sustainable living.

ANET has announced its weekend environmental camp for middle school students of the Andaman Islands. The camp will be held at ANET based at North Wandoor. For more details on the camp intending participants may contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Port Blair, Dec. 20: To protest against the non-disbursement of wages for the month of November 2012 to the workers of A&N Islands Forest and Plantation Development Corporation ltd., the workers and their family members including women and  children organised a Mass Dharna in front of the Corporation office at Haddo on 18th Dec.

Later in the evening, a public meeting was organized at Haddo Junction. Addressing the public meeting Shri B. Chandrachoodan, General Secretary CITU A&N State Committee lambasted the UPA government for imposing burden one after the other on the general public particularly the low paid workers.

Referring to the pathetic condition of the workers working in the Forest Corporation, he said that the NDA government and the UPA governments did not take any concrete steps to revive the activities of the Corporation which had come to a standstill after the Supreme Court verdict in May 2002.

Addressing the meeting, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary, NGGO’s Association said that the central government has failed to settle various issues raised by the central government employees’ organisation before the government. He referred to the refusal of the government to merge 50% DA with Pay and expressed concern over the growing unemployment in the islands following the ban on creation of posts in the government imposed by the central government since 1999.

Shri D. Lakshman Rao presided over the meeting.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 20: As part of Navy Week activities, a cancer screening and preventive medical camp was organised on 16th Dec 2012 at INHS Dhanvantari for families of Service personnel of Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The camp was inaugurated by Mrs. Rama Pillai, Vice President, Defence Wives Welfare Association, Andaman and Nicobar Region.

Surgeon Captain RJ Singh, Commanding Officer, INHS Dhanvantari addressing the gathering on the occasion emphasized the need for ensuring consistent and the best preventive health care for the families of men in uniform, who selflessly guard our frontiers.

An interactive lecture on breast and cervical cancer was delivered by Surgeon Commander AK Pillai, a senior eminent Gynecologist of Indian Navy. Various health concerns of women of different age groups were discussed during the session.

The camp was conducted at OPD Complex, INHS Dhanvantari. A team of doctors from INHS Dhanvantari consisting of specialists and general medical officers conducted the day long camp. Screening facilities for breast and gynecological cancer with facilities for USG examination, Pap Smear etc. were arranged during the camp.

INHS Dhanvantari conducts the cancer screening camp every year as part of health promotion and positive health campaign at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Such camps help in early detection of cancers of breast, cervix etc which account for a large number of fatal cancers in Indian women which can be prevented by timely detection and appropriate treatment.

Port Blair, Dec. 20: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray has condoled the death of Shri B.M. Jolly, F/o Shri Vishal Jolly, State Vice President, BJP aged 72 years, R/o Bambooflat who passed away today at G.B. Pant Hospital. The MP prays to the Almighty to give strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss.

Meanwhile Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, PCC and all leaders of the Party have also mourned the untimely death of Shri Bjrijmohan Jolly, father of Shri Vishal Jolly, State Vice President, BJP.

Port Blair, Dec. 20: On 19th Dec. 2012 an unidentified dead body in highly decomposed condition was found in the sea shore of Shoal Bay No. 19. On this a case has been registered at Police Station Bambooflat.

The descriptive roll is: Height about 5’ 7”, age about 40 years, wearing deep blue colour cotton shirt and light blue colour banyan. The body is kept in the cold mortuary of G.B. Pant Hospital after conducting autopsy for identification.

General public has been requested to identify the body, if identified to inform over phone nos. 233077, 258019, 258411 & 100.

Port Blair, Dec. 20: International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) will be conducting a Quiz Competition on Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana for the students of Class VIII to XII based on the teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON. Each school can send as many participants as they want.

An objective written test will be held on the 23rd January 2013 and the finals would be held on the 27th January. The venue for the same would be announced in due course.

The finall winner will get a grand proze of a return air ticket to Malaysia from Chennai to visit ISKCON Centres in Kuala Lumpur and Pengang, including accommodation at the centre. There are many more prizes to be won other than participation certificate for all who appear in the written test.

Study materials and copies of the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana would also be provided at a minimum cost, while the registration cum entry fees of Rs. 100/- would be charged from all participants and an Audio CD of The Bhagavad Gita will be given free of cost to all who register.

The last date of registration is 31st Dec. 2012. For more details intending participants may contact H.G. Krishna Chaitanya Das (9474266568/ 9679508108) or Abhijit Agarwal (9933219606/ 9434280290).

 

Port Blair, Dec. 20: Victory Youth Club has been organising sports and cultural events every year with an aim to imbibe good culture among the youth. This year the sports event was inaugurated on 19th Dec. 2012 by Shri John Robert Babu, State Yuva Congress President at a function held at Dairy Farm.

Addressing the gathering, Robert appreciated the efforts of the club to encourage healthy habits through sports and performing arts. He wished all success to the club.

Shri S Rama Rao, General Secretary informed the gathering that this sports event will continue upto 14th January, 2012 wherein various indoor and outdoor games like Badminton, Cricket, Carrom, Kabaddi etc. will be played in between the players of  various clubs. The club has also arranged various competitions like Rangoli, musical chair etc. for women folks while fancy dress competition, quiz competition for children was also organised.

Shri K Mohan Rao, President of the club has informed that for last 10 years, the club is involved in arranging such sports events to promote sports in the rural areas and to develop healthy minds and body. The club will also be organising a Marathon race on 23rd December, 2012 from Dairy farm junction to Ranchi Basti-Lambaline and back. 

Shri G Laxman, Cultural Secretary said that there will be cultural programmes during the Marathon where artists will be able to perform before the audience.

Shri Sabestian Tirkey, State General Secretary, Pradesh Youth Congress was also present on the occassion.

 

 

                 

 

                 

 

Administration committed for the welfare of people of remote Islands and rural areas: LG

                 

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Hut Bay, Dec. 19: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM today launched the five-day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign (PIC) at Govt. Model SS School, Hut Bay in Little Andaman in presence of the First Lady of the Islands, Smt Bhawanee Singh. The Lt Governor also visited the stalls and appreciated that important information pertaining to various welfare schemes implemented for the benefit of the people have been displayed in the stalls. The campaign has been organized by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) in association with the A&N Administration and Central Media Units with an aim to make people aware of various schemes of the Central and State government, being implemented in the Islands. About 35 departments and government and non-government agencies have put-up their stalls at the venue.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Lt Governor expressed happiness that the Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign have been organized for the first time in Little Andaman which aims at changing the face of rural villages so as to improve the quality of life of the people living in rural areas by improving the infrastructure facilities and generating employment avenues.

He further stated that after the tsunami tragedy, the Administration focussed on rehabilitating the tsunami affected people by constructing permanent houses and rebuilding a more robust infrastructure. The disaster management preparedness was upgraded to meet any disaster like situation and upgrading of the security infrastructure is continuing through police, forest and defence organisations by equipping them with modern and high speed boats to improve the coastal security, he said.

In the rural development sector during the last five years, an amount of Rs 450 crore was provided to PRIs as grant-in-aid for augmenting the infrastructure and other services to improve the quality of life in rural areas. 140 Kms of new roads were constructed and 19 Kms pipeline were laid besides constructing 15 Panchayat Bhawans and 89 Community assets. MGNREGA scheme is being successfully implemented and under Indira Awas Yojna, 770 houses were constructed, 319 Self-Help Groups and 857 individual swarojgaris were assisted under SGSY Scheme. 931 elected representatives were sponsored for training in different fields so that they can implement the vision of changing the face of rural areas. 

Describing fishing and tourism industry as the two vital sectors being given special attention to generate income for the local people, he stated that there has been continuous increase of tourist inflow into the islands.  “Our emphasis is to convert the islands as best eco-friendly destination in the world and to fully utilise the fishing potential”, he said. 

The Lt Governor further stated that the public distribution system is also being streamlined for providing direct cash subsidy to the beneficiaries. In order to improve the island to island connectivity, 10 new vessels were inducted during last five year plan and 10 newly constructed pontoons were deployed. Various development initiatives resulted in providing permanent government employment to about 6000 persons and the administration is committed to create job opportunities by self help schemes, skill development programmes and for reserving jobs for the local children in projects under PPP mode. 

Referring to the Prashasan Aapke Dwar initiatives launched by the District Administration by holding camps in the rural areas, he stated “our ultimate aim is to provide delivery of services to the door steps of our people. 10 Common Service Centres were initially set up in the urban areas and 12 in rural areas of South Andaman District and by August 2013, we will cover both the remaining districts”. This will get further impetus when the submarine optical fibre cable project is completed to provide good bandwidth. This project will solve all our communication problems particularly of remote islands and will pave way for establishment of IT Industries for generating employment for our youth, he said.

In his introductory address, the Nodal Officer (PIB), Shri A. Dhanasekaran stated that during the 5-day campaign, various activities such as farmers meet, fishermen meet, awareness programmes, health camps, rallies etc. will be organized.

Earlier, welcoming the chief guest and others, the Director (IP&T), Shri Amit Satija stated that Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign is organized for the first time in Little Andaman, which will enlighten the people on various flagship programmes of the government implemented for the benefit of the rural population. The function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by the Pramukh, Panchayat Samiti, Little Andaman, Smt Namita Mistry. 

Port Blair, Dec. 19: Acting on information furnished by the Special Branch CID, the staff of the CID Unit has apprehended two persons who were trying to sell elephant tusks, at the entrance of link road connecting Foreshore Road to Megapode.

On 17th Dec. 2012 on receipt of credible information about the trading of four Elephant tusks, a special team comprising of S.I. M.K. Kumar, Jerome Peter, Sameer Ahmed, Sumit Kumar Nag and S.I Sanjay Kumar & Sasi Kumar of Special Branch CID conducted successful raid at the entry point of link Road connecting Foreshore Road to Megapode Nest.

In the raid a car bearing Reg. No. AN 01 F 5220 was checked and four pieces of elephant tusks were recovered from the possession of Mr. Mani Shanker Bairagi, & Mr. Shyamal Das. They failed to produce any license/ permit/ declaration for possession/ trading/ transportation of elephant tusk, as such all four pieces of elephant tusks along with car bearing Reg. No. AN o1 F 5220 were seized u/s 50/51 Wild Life Protection Act, 1972. All the above persons were detained for committing offence under Wild Life Protection Act 1972.

Further, the tusks were sent to Zoological survey of India for confirmation. Zoological Survey of India has confirmed that the seized property alongwith detained persons were hand over to forest officials for further action.

The general public is requested to provide credible information pertaining to any illegal activities on the following telephone Numbers – 232586, 233307 and 100. The identity of the informer will be kept secret.

Port Blair, Dec. 19: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray has apprised the Lt. Governor that at present the Havelock Islanders are facing with utmost crises of Diesel & Petrol needs. The supply of diesel /Petrol in Havelock are ceased due to non – transportation of the same from Port Blair.

In the past Diesel & Petrol were transported in Dhingies to Havelock but the same has been withdrawn and hence the present crises.

The MP thus made a request to the LG to intervene in the matter and give urgent directions to the concerned departments to resolve the issue.

Port Blair, Dec. 19: The Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair is organizing a National Seminar on “Innovative Technologies for Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Island Biodiversity” on 21st December, 2012 at its Garacharma Research Complex. 

Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Bhopinder Singh, Lieutenant Governor, A & N Islands will be the Chief Guest and shall inaugurate the seminar at 10.00 A.M. in the conference hall of CARI on 21st December, 2012.   Dr. A.K. Singh, Vice Chancellor, RVSKVV, Gwalior will preside over the function and Dr. S. Edison, Former Director, CTCRI, Tiruvananthapuram will be Guest of Honour. 

Directors of various ICAR Institutes at mainland and Development Departments of A & N Islands, Scientists from mainland & Islands will be participating in the seminar.

Port Blair, Dec. 19: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) announces admissions To Management programmes (MP), through an entrance test (OPENMAT-XXXIII ), to be held all over the country on 24th February 2013. The University invites applications for admissions to the following degree/diploma programmes in Management: Master in Business Administration (MBA), Diploma in Management (DIM), PG Diploma in Management (PGDIM), PG Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM), PG Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM), PG Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM) and PG Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM). Candidates with graduation in any discipline with 50% marks (for general category) and 45% for reserved category OR Bachelor’s degree with three years of supervisory/ managerial/ professional experience OR Professional degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Medicine/Architecture/ Law/ Pharmacy OR Professional qualifications in Accountancy/ Cost and Works Accountancy/Company Secretaryship OR Masters degree in any subject are eligible to apply.

The admission to the above programmes is based on the clearance of the entrance test ( OPENMAT-XXXIII). However, candidates who have successfully cleared the entrance test conducted by institutions like CAT, MAT and state level tests need not appear in Openmat-XXXIII. The cut-off percentage for these candidates shall be decided by the University, subject to a minimum of 40%. The University will not accept the score of examining bodies in terms of percentile. Non-graduates (10+2 or equivalent) with six years of managerial/ supervisory/ professional experience are eligible to apply for DIM only. The last date to apply for these programmes is extendd upto 10th January 2013. The filled in form must reach the Registrar (SED), IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi- 110068, by registered post or speed post. Student handbook and prospectus can be obtained from Port Blair Regional centre of IGNOU by paying Rs.500 in cash at the respective sale counters. Last date for receipt of request for prospectus by post is 26th December 2012. However, it can also be downloaded from the website www.ignou.ac.in and sent along with a DD/ IPO of Rs.550.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 19: Group discussion on ‘Animal Science Research’ was organized by Animal Science Division on 17.12.2012 at CARI, Port Blair to prepare roadmap for implementation of Animal Science research priorities envisaged for XII Five Year Plan. The meeting was attended by eminent experts in the field of Animal Science from various parts of India: Dr. B.B. Mallick, Former Vice Chancellor, WBUAFS, & Director, IVRI, Izatnagar, Dr. S.P.S.Ahlawat, Former VC & Director, IVRI, Izatnagar, Dr. B.K. Joshi, Director, NBAGR, Dr. R.N.Chatterjee, Director, PDP, Hyderabad, Dr. M. Gajendragad, Director, PD, ADMAS, Bangaluru, Dr. Puniamurthy, Prof. & Head, UTRC, TANUVAS, Tamil Nadu, Dr. M.K. Tamuli, PS, NRC Pig, Guwahati, Mr. Rajendra Kumar, ANIIDCO, Mr.G. Athirstavel, General Manager NABARD, Port Blair, Dr. Ashok Gupta, SVO Dept. of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Heads of Division, CARI, Programme Coordinator & Subject Matter Specialists of KVK participated in the meeting.

Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CARI speaking on the occasion highlighted the status of Animal Science Research and vision envisaged for the XII Five Year Plan to improve the productivity of Island Livestock and Poultry for self-sufficiency. During the discussion.

Dr. A. Kundu, Head, Animal Science Division and Chairman, organizing committee presented the current status of Animal Science Research, technologies, package of practices, veterinary health care and diseases of zoonotic importance and proposed for future line of Animal Science Research and priorities of XII Five Year Plan.

Experts discussed various strategies on Conservation and genetic improvement of the precious indigenous germplasm  of Andaman and Nicobar Islands such as Nicobari fowl, Nicobari pig, Andaman local and Teresa goats, maximizing fodder availability to improve the milk production of these islands,  development of least cost feeding strategies to augment production of livestock and poultry, ethnoveterinary medicine practices, disease control strategies and post harvest processing of livestock and poultry produce. NABARD and ANIIDCO presented the existing field problems which were also discussed and researchable issues were assured to take up in a collaborative mode. Establishment of Bio-security measures and Quarantine facilities at A&N Islands was also discussed at length.

The Director, CARI, in his concluding remarks briefed the proposed strategies suggested by experts for its implementation to accomplish Animal Science Research Priorities for XII Five Year Plan. Dr.T.Sujatha, organizing secretary proposed vote of thanks.

 

Port Blair, Dec. 19: The Admissions for One Year Diploma in Computer Applications, Business Accounting and Multilingual DTP Course run by National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language has commenced for the January Session. The Course is jointly conducted by NCPUL, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India and NIELIT (Formerly DOEACC), Ministry of IT, Govt of India.

The last date for submission of application is 29th December 2012. The course fee is Rs 250 per month. Only 40 seats are available. Applicants can get the prospectus-cum application form from Islamic Welfare Society, C/o Islamic Guidance Centre, Goal Ghar or contact: 9434276498 or 9932081771.

Port Blair, Dec. 18: Instances have come to notice where foreign nationals wish to access the Southern group of Islands, due to a misconception that Campbell Bay is open for foreign Tourists. It is brought to the notice of general public, Hotel/Resort owners and Tour Operators that as per Circular No. 215 of Ministry of Home Affairs, (Foreigners Division), the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, being the restricted area under the Foreigners (Restricted Area) Order, 1963, no foreigner can enter or stay in the Southern Islands without obtaining a permit from the competent authority. At present, foreigners can visit the following places for thrity days after obtaining a Restricted Area Permit from the competent authority which is extendable for a further 15 days.

Day & Night visits allowed: i. Municipal Area, Port Blair, ii.  Havelock Island, iii.  Long Island, iv.    Neil Island, v. Mayabunder, vi. Diglipur, vii. Rangat

Only day visits allowed: viii. Jolly Buoy, ix.   South Cinque, x.  Red Skin, xi. Mount Harriet and xii.  Madhuban

The matter of opening of more locations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for promoting tourism has been under active consideration of the Government of India for quite some time. It has now been decided to open the following additional places for foreign tourists in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: -

A. Places opened subject to special permission of the UT Governments) for day & night

(i)  Entire Island of Middle Andaman, Excluding the tribal reserve area.  (ii) All Islands in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National ark except Boat, Hobday, Twin Islands, Tarmugli, Malay and Pluto (Night halt in these Islands subject to special permission of the UT Governments). (iii) Entire Island of South Andaman excluding the           tribal reserve. (iv) Baratang Island. (v)  North Passage Island. (vi) Little Andaman Island excluding the tribal reserve.

B. Places opened for day visit only. (i) Ross Island. (ii) Narcondum Island. (iii) Interview Island. (iv) Brother Island. (v)  Sister Island. (vi) Barren Island – restricted to visit on board vessels only with no landing ashore.

All hotel/resort owners and Tour Operators are requested to advise the foreign nationals not to proceed to the Nicobars or Southern group of Islands (beyond Hut Bay) unless expressly authorized by the Government.

                 

Hut Bay, Dec. 18: The remote island Little Andaman is fully prepared to host the first ever mega Bharat Nirman Public information Campaign from 19th of this month. The islands Lt Governor Lt General Bhopinder Singh will inaugurate this five day long campaign tomorrow at 11 am.  The Islands Chief Secretary, Anand Prakash will be the guest of honour.

In the sprawling school ground at Hut Bay in Little Andaman witnessed hectic preparations for the PIC, which is aimed at empowering the people with the information on various development programmes and welfare schemes meant for them.  About 35 departments and government and non-governmental agencies will put up their exhibitions at the venue to highlight the achievements made under various central flag ship programmes, besides the strides developments witnessed in different fields in the recent years. 

During this five day long campaign, various programmes including seminars, workshops, awareness programmes, rural sports, Bharat Nirman contests and rally will be held in different villages of Little Andaman.

The major attraction of the festival is that the Rural film festival to mark the centenary celebration of Indian cinema being organized for the first time in the remote island in association with Directorate film festival. The film festival opens with the RTI Anthem, followed by the screening of first Indian silent movie, Raja Harischandra by the veteran film maker Dada Saheb Phalke.  A  recent hit film in Hindi Zindagi Na Milegi Tubara will also be screened. This Little Andaman Film festival assumes more significance in view of the fact that there is not even a single cinema hall in the entire group of islands.The Chairman of Inter Media Publicity coordination committee will inaugurate the film festival at ALHW auditorium

This mega campaign begins with the Bharat Nirman Rally will be flagged off by Subha Gupta, Director of Field Publicity, a media unit of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Kolkta at 6.30 am tomorrow. As part of the campaign, Bicycle race for men and women, Bharat Nirman Marathon with the theme spread the awareness of central flag ship programmes across the islands, rural sports, health camps, farmers meet, fisher men meet will be held in different venues.

As part of the campaign, a workshop on Right to information and transparency in Public administration will be held at ALHW hall on 21st of this month, while the seminar on the role of SHGs in women empowerment will be organize at Acani Church hall on 22nd of this month. Another seminar on Power to the people at grass roots will be held at RK Pur community hall on the last day of the campaign.

This  campaign evokes much expectations among the local populace, as it is the first ever campaign being jointly organized by the Press Information Bureau and Andaman and Nicobar administration in association with the Central Media Units including All India Radio, Doordarshan and Directorate of Field Publicity, Directorate of Film Festival and Directorate of Field Publicity.

The Nodal officer of the PIC , Dhanasekaran informed that the Bharat Nirman Programme envisages provision of services to the people at their door steps. This five day campaign in the remote island of Little Andaman is the part of the innovative media strategy developed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting towards this direction.

                 

Car Nicobar, Dec. 18: The 10 days long Basket ball camp for the students and youth of Car Nicobar concluded today at Bishop John Richardson Stadium. An exhibition match was played on the occasion in which the young players displayed their skills effectively. The performance of the young trainees didn’t seem that they are new to the game. Every bit of the moment was enjoyed by the spectators and Carnic-A defeated Carnic-B by 35-33.

The Chief Guest on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner of Nicobar district, Shri P. Jawahar in his address lauded the players for their interest shown in learning the game in the camp. He said that the Children of this part of the Islands are equally talented in Basket ball too. He hoped that the young talented players will show their skills in the State Level Tournament also and bring laurels.

Jawahar also felt the need of conducting such camps in the other Islands like Kamorta and Campbell Bay. He appreciated the Department of Sports and Education for conducting such camps in rural areas effectively and successfully. 

Earlier welcoming the Guests, the Education Officer Mrs Sangeeta Chand said that the camp was conducted for the Children of Malacca, Lapathy, Mus, Tamaloo and Tapoiming schools but the village youth were also extended this facility of specialized coaching given by the Basket ball Coach from the Netaji Stadium, Shri G. Nagesh. She said that the children showed great interest in learning the game and to maintain the continuity and rhythm of the students, it is proposed to provide the basic facilities to all the Senior Secondary Schools, so that students can practise Basket Ball at their school itself.

After the exciting exhibition match between the Carnic-A and Carnic- B teams, the Chief Guest distributed the basket ball equipments including pole, ring, net and ball to the Heads of Tamaloo, Malacca, Lapathy and Mus Schools. Joyfill was declared the Young Promising Player of the Camp. The Players of both teams were also felicitated.

Proposing the Vote of Thanks, the Block Sports Officer Mr. Birendra Pradhan informed that seeing the interest of the youth for Basket ball, the game is being included in the list of the games defined under the Panchayat Yuva Kreeda aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) in this district. He said that such types of camps of other games also will be organized in this zone. Around 120 students below 14 years of age have benefited from this Camp.

                   

Port Blair, Dec. 18: On the request of the farmers of Kudirampur village to the Director CARI during his visit at Diglipur on 10th Nov. 2012 to participate in the Kudiram Bose Mela, the Out Reach Centre (ORC) of CARI supported by NABARD participated by conducting Kisan Gosti on livelihood options in agriculture and allied fields on 14th Dec. 2012, in association with KVK, ATMA and Dept. of Fisheries during the Kudiram Bose Mela. 

At the Outset Shri. N.K. Sana, Progressive farmer of Kudirampur village welcomed the team and briefed the farmers on the purpose of the conduct of the program. During the programme Dr. S.K .Zamir Ahmed, Sr. Scientist and Coordinator, ORC, highlighted on the role of ORC in imparting livelihood training and demonstration in agricultural and allied fields. He also mentioned about the success got by the farmers by practicing scientific technology in association with the development departments.

Dr Nagesh Ram, PC, KVK, South Andaman informed on the role of KVK for providing livelihood options and also sensitize the participants on the functioning of the KVK at Nimbudera.

Dr. Shailesh Kumar, AFDO, Dept. of Fisheries, spoke at length on the schemes for fishers and requested the fishermen to avail the opportunity extended by the departments.

Shri. Ramesh Kumar, Deputy Director, ATMA, spoke on role of ATMA in supporting youth and farmers in taking livelihood in agriculture and also urged the farmers to take advantage of the Mini Dal Mill, which has been operationalized at Madhupur by the Sagar SHG under the aegis of ORC of CARI.

Shri. Biswa Mistry, Shri. Karthik Mistry, and Shri. N.K. Sana spoke on introduction of Rice Mill so that the quality of Rice is improved and the farmers are able to get good price for their produce.

The participating farmers expressed their happiness in conduct of the Kisan Gosti under the plan and guidance of Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director CARI. Around 75 farmers participated in the program.

Port Blair, Dec. 18: Power supply will remain suspended in some of the areas on 20.12.2012 and 22.12.2012 from 0800 hours to 1400 hours for construction and shifting of transformer structure at Nayagaon, Port Blair.

The areas to be affected by power disruption are Nayagaon, part of Doctor's Colony, Fisheries Colony and GPRA Colony.

                 
                 

Port Blair, Dec. 17: Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development while replying to the Member of Parliament, Shri BP Ray’s question on vacant posts of PGTs stated that no posts of PGTs are lying vacant from 2002 to 2005 but a total of 34 posts of PGTs are lying vacant from 2006-2012.

He further stated that as regards to the proposal of filling up of the vacant posts, the A&N Administration has initiated action to conduct the DPC for filling up of 22 vacancies under Promotion Quota and 12 vacancies under the direct recruitment quota.

Port Blair, Dec. 17: The State President, BJP, Shri R. Mohan has requested the Lt. Governor for construction of exclusive guest house for the inter-island residents at Port Blair.

In his letter to the LG, Mohan said that people from different far flung Islands visit Port Blair in connection with their personal works such as Medical Treatment, Court Cases, Job Interviews or to avail mainland bound vessels etc. These islanders face a lot of problems in finding a suitable accommodation at Port Blair for their short stay at affordable rates. They cannot afford to stay in Private Hotels as it is mainly for tourists and hence charges are exorbitant.

The State President therefore placed his request to direct the concerned authorities to construct a separate guest house or a transit accommodation for the visiting people from Inter Islands.

Mohan said, “We have noticed with appreciation that the inter islands connectivity problems were mostly solved, only because of your intervention to improve the logistics in the sector by developing the newly acquired modern high capacity vessels”.

He thus expected that the LG would initiate necessary action for the benefit of the Inter Island people.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 17: A National Sub-Junior WUSHU Martial art team consisting of 20 players (10 boys and 10 girls) from these Islands left for mainland on 17/12/2012 by ship to participate in 12th Sub-Junior (Boys & Girls) National WUSHU Championship scheduled to be held from 24th to 29th December 2012 at Rajnandgaon, Chattisghar. The team is accompanied by the Coach Shri M.S. Murugan, ASI (IRBn), A&N Police and other officials. The Director of sports, Art & Culture, Shri Lucas Robert, during a brief program today at Netaji Stadium, blessed the players and wished them luck.

                 

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Car Nicobar, Dec. 17: (Report) The Divine day of Christmas is still ahead but the traditional festivity has already begun at Car Nicobar. People have transformed this anxious wait for the day, into Celebration. Christmas carol has already started from the 26th Nov, when the Carol Singing team of Nancowry visited the Island.

The team first visited the Kakana village and was impressed by the hospitality. The local carol campaign kicked off on 4th December, and the first local team of Saint Stephen Church of Kakana village set the trend for others to follow. 

Every Church has been given Schedule of the Carol March.  The team leaves its local church offering prayers and then marches ahead with its melodious songs to the other villages.  It‘s a whole night journey for the team, but the enthusiasm never gets low. The passion for celebration of a Nicobaris gets mingled with the spirit of devotion to GOD and thus the whole Universe seems a global village to him where he feels the warmth of relationship. The choir spreads the message of peace, Brotherhood and humanity through their melodious songs.

Yesterday it was the turn of Malacca village. The Carol party assembled at the St. Mary Magdelene Church in the afternoon, and after offering prayers, the convoy of around 500 devotees left for Kakana village under the leadership of their village captain Mr. Herbert Sen an Ex-National Footballer. 

Meanwhile all arrangements at the Saint Stephen Church had been ensured. Kakana is the village of the Great Generous Captain of Kakana, Late Padmshree Edward Kuchart, who donated his land to the Govt. for developing Air Strip at Car Nicobar. The Carol party was welcomed by the village Captain Gabriel Simon and large number of villagers. After the traditional Prayers in the Church, the Carol team mesmerized everyone present over there with their melodious songs.

One Youth from the visiting Malacca team Rufus told that the best singers of the village get this opportunity to be the part of the carol team. After the visiting choir, the host singers took control of the guitars and expressed their gratitude towards the visitors for coming to their village, through their melodious songs. The musical magic continued for around two hours and then the visitors were invited for the refreshment at the community hall adjacent to the church.

Rufus explained that the ceremony is meant for the distribution of the gifts. The names written on the packets and labels were announced and visitors collected them from the respected member of the host village. The gift packets had only receiver’s, name as giver’s name is never mentioned in the packet. The visitor became curious to find it out who was his well wisher to offer him a gift.

Apart from the packed gifts, livestock were also seen in the gift gallery. Poultry, goats and pigs were also offered as gifts. The strong attachment to their unique culture was clearly reflected. After the gift distribution ceremony the Captain of the visiting team Malacca Mr. Herbert Sen acknowledged his gratitude to the hosts for the hospitality and gifts.

The team then left for their next destination which was Parka, a village adjacent to the head quarter area. It was already 8 pm. There also the same customs were followed. The entire village was present to welcome them. After covering Perka the team proceeded to Tamaloo village. The team returned around 10 AM on the next day after covering Chukchucha, Kinyuka, Mus, Sawai, Arong and Kimius villages.

Port Blair, Dec. 17: Andaman Nicobar Territorial Congress Committee will hold a public meeting at Tiranga Park on 18th December, 2012 at 2 PM under the leadership of Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, PCC where the main achievements of the Party will be placed before the general public. All senior leaders of the Party including Shri Sharma will address the public on the occasion.

Port Blair, Dec. 17: The Directorate of IP&T, A&N Administration is organizing a Photography Competition of exceptional photos during the Island Tourism Festival-2013 scheduled between 5th-15th January 2013.

Accordingly, open entries are invited from the local photographers of these islands for submitting exceptional photos on A&N Islands related to tourism in colour in the size of 24” x 16”.

They are required to provide as many number of photos in CD format and also in print format shot with minimum 10 megapixel camera (with minimum 300 DPI form). The parties should write appropriate caption on the base of the respective photo while submitting the entries.

The best 03 photographs judged will be awarded cash prize of Rs. 20,000/-, Rs 15,000/- & Rs 10,000/- respectively and the some selected photographs will be displayed in the IP&T stall alongwith the credits.

The interested parties should submit their entries in sealed covers to the office of the Publicity Officer, Directorate of IP&T by 10.30 AM of the 27th December, 2012. The selection of the best 03 photographs will be done by a committee on 27.12.2012 and result will be declared in The Daily Telegrams. Entries received after 10.30 AM of 27.12.2012 will not be entertained.

All the entries will be property of the Directorate of IP&T and the Directorate will be utilising the same for promotion of tourism or display purpose at its own discretion.

                 
                 

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 16: The five-day ‘Bharat Nirman’ Public Information Campaign sponsored by the Govt. of India will be inaugurated at Little Andaman by the Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Bhopinder Singh on 19th Dec. 2012.

The Bharat Nirman PIC is a centrally sponsored flagship programme, being implemented by the Press Information Bureau across the country. This is the fifth PIC organised in the islands.

Addressing a press conference this evening at Megapode Nest Resort, Port Blair, Shri A Dhanasekaran, Assistant Director, PIB, Port Blair said that unlike other states where the campaign in organised for 3 days, in the islands with the support of the local Administration the campaign has been extended to 5 days. It would include a rally on 19th Dec. 2012 by the school students and general public at 7.00 am and would conclude with a marathon, being participated by the local populace, school children and defence personnel.

The marathon is being organised for the first time during such campaign. Apart from this a film screening at different venues would also be a major attraction, Dhanasekaran said. There will be films in Hindi, Bengali and Tamil.

There are 70 stalls in the main venue at Govt. Model Senior Secondary School out of which 30 has been earmarked for the local public and self help groups to conduct business activities like food stalls, display and sale of products etc. No outsiders have been allowed to have a stall in the venue, he explained.

The five day campaign will also include a seminar on Women Development with key emphasis on Right to Information Act. The half day seminar will dwell on the topics related to women and also Transparency in Public Administration, which is also the theme of this year’s Vigilance Awareness Programme.

The Assistant Director further said that Bharat Nirman is the brain child of UPA Govt. During the first tenure of UPA Govt. it had decided to reach information about central govt. programmes, schemes, Acts etc. to the rural India. The campaign was targeted for four years. With the UPA Govt. coming to power the second time, the programme was continued.

Dhanasekaran further said that after the campaign feedback will be taken from the general public and participants, which would be added in the report to be submitted at the Centre. The feedback will enable the Govt. to correct the loopholes if any and serve the people better.

Port Blair, Dec. 16: The President, PCC Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has recently called on Shri Bimal Sinha, Chief Engineer and Administrator, Andaman and Lakshadweep Harbour Works and appreciated the endeavor of his organization in development port related infrastructural facilities in various islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

During the course of discussion Sharma requested the Chief Engineer for speedy construction of wharves/ jetties at Katchal, Chowra, and Teressa Islands which were demolished during the tsunami of 2004, early operation of newly constructed  deep water wharf at Campbell Bay and procurement of Tugs for facilitating berthing of Mainland bound passenger Ships at inter island Ports such as Mayabunder, Hutbay and Campbell Bay etc where deep water wharf exists.

He expressed that early implementation of these projects will ease out the difficulties presently being faced by the local residents and will also open up trade, education and other facilities for the islanders. Besides other issues, he also enquired about the status of the construction of dry dock at  Shore Point capable of docking big ships like MV Swaraj Dweep, plan for construction of approach road leading to the finger jetties being constructed at Navy Bay in Junglighat area, plan of  action for construction of vehicle ferry jetties at Mitta Khadi and Junglighat, clearing of creek leading from Mayabunder to Kalighat in Diglipur for resumption of  ferry service which has been stalled since occurrence of Tsunami, construction of Jetty at Gandhi Nagar in Campbell Bay.

The Chief Engineer and Administrator informed that most of the projects find its place either under Central sector plan schemes or State sector plan schemes and the projects/ works which are in progress will be accomplished in earliest possible time frame.

Port Blair, Dec. 16: The list of invitees for Republic Day-2013 is being updated by the office of the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman for which request letters have already been dispatched to all Government Departments, Central Government Departments, Political Parties and Command Headquarters.

It is brought to the notice of all concerned to submit the details of the invitees whose name are to be included, latest by 04th January 2013 failing which it will not be possible to include the names in the list of invitees for the State Ceremonial function of Republic Day-2013.

Port Blair, Dec. 16: President, PCC Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Lt. Governor for immediate installation of a petrol pump at Havelock. Sharma said that Havelock being one of the most popular tourist spot of these islands and tourist flow has been increased considerably. As a result number of two wheelers and four wheelers have also been increased, apart from those being used by the Government offices and residents.

Due to non availability of Petrol and diesel in time, the vehicle owners find themselves hapless and so is the case with tourists also. This situation, not only hampers the earnings of the tour operators but also causes inconvenience to the residents of Havelock and the tourists also.

                 
                 

Port Blair, Dec. 14: Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Bhopinder Singh has sanctioned an amount of Rupees two lakhs from the LG’s Relief Fund for treatment of two patients at the mainland. One lakh rupees has been sanctioned to Shri Dhananjay Sarkar, who is having comminute fracture proximal tiria in the knee joint, and One lakh rupees to Smt. G Appalamma, who is suffering from cancer.

Shri Dhananjay is an educated unemployed youth and income from all sources is approximately 12,000 rupees per annum. The Member of Parliament had requested for sanctioning the ex-gratia to Shri Dhananjay.

Smt. Appalamma had met the Lt. Governor during Tuesday’s public hearing and her case was referred to the Directorate of Health Services and the Deputy Commissioner (SA) for reports. Based on the reports including her financial condition, the Lt. Governor has sanctioned ex-gratia for her treatment at mainland.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 14: The four-day training programme-cum-workshop for Tourists Guides organized by the Directorate of Art and Culture, A&N Administration concluded today with distribution of certificates to all the participants by the chief guest Shri. S.B.S. Deol, DGP, A&N Islands.

Speaking as the Chief Guest, he said that tourists Guides should be well informed of history and culture of the island and needs to be a polished person while conversing with the tourists. He appreciated the organizers for conceiving such a programme for updating the information of prospective Tourists Guides with special reference to history and culture of the islands. He also thanked the resource persons for making available their time to share their information with the participants. All resource persons were also present on the occasion.

Earlier Shri Lucas Robert, Director (Art & Culture) presented welcome address.

Port Blair, Dec. 14: A three-day skill development training programme on “Contract Management, Arbitration and dispute Settlement mechanism” is being organised for the APWD Engineers in association with ISDA, New Delhi, in the Training Hall of Chief Engineer’s Office from Dec. 13th to 15th, 2012. The Programme was inaugurated by Er. P.K. Singh, Chief Engineer – cum – Secretary (PWD) on 13th Dec. 2012 in a simple function.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Engineer has asked the Engineers attending this programme to take advantage of this opportunity for developing their skills in the field of Contract Management, Arbitration and Settlement Mechanism. In all 35 Engineers (EEs and AEs) are attending the training.

Justice J.D. Kapoor (Retd. High Court Judge), Er. H.L. Chawla (Coarse Director) and Shri. V. Indavijayan, International Arbitrator are main resource persons imparting this training.

Port Blair, Dec. 14: There was a power failure on 12.12.2012 at 01.00 AM due to occurrence of fault in one of the Underground cable line connecting Chatham Power House, Garacharma Sub-Station and 20 MW IPP, Bambooflat. This new underground cable was commissioned recently by POWERGRID (PGCIL) and is under guarantee period.

In the process of power restoration, due to test charging of faulty cable, the power supply got interrupted two/three times causing inconvenience to general public.

The system was restored by running the 20 MW IPP, Bambooflat, on isolation mode feeding the load of rural areas only. The Chatham Power House, Phoenix Bay Power House and Hiring Power Houses were in a separate grid feeding the feeders of Municipal area.

The department is working to rectify the faulty cable and till its rectification the Tie line between Chatham Power House and Garacharma Sub-Station is fed through overhead lines.

It is anticipated that such type of total power failure will not occur in future. However, in case of any failure in the transmission system all efforts will be made to restore power supply within 10-15 minutes.

The power supply failure was purely due to fault in transmission line and not due to shortage of generation capacity. As on date there is sufficient power available with the department. The inconvenience caused is regretted, explained the Superintending Engineer, Electricity Department today in a communication.

Port Blair, Dec. 14: Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre-Port Blair is pleased to inform candidates seeking admission in its various Bachelors/Masters/Certificate/Diploma programmes for January 2013 session that the last date for filling in application forms is extended upto 8th January 2013 session with late fee of Rs. 200/-. Admission forms can be availed from IGNOU Regional Centre, JNRM campus, Port Blair or from its study centres at Mayabunder, Hutbay, Campbell Bay, Nancowrie & Car Nicobar. For details contact Regional Centre, Port Blair (phone: 242888) or visit the nearest study centre.

Power supply will remain suspended in some of the areas on 15.12.2012 from 0800 hours to 1200 hours for replacement of one damaged pole at Stewartgunj and line clearance work at Bambooflat and Wimberlygunj areas. 

The areas to be affected by power suspension are Hopetown, Bambooflat, Stewartgunj, Wimberlygunj, Shoal Bay and adjoining areas.                

The above works will be carried out subject to weather condition.

Port Blair, Dec. 14: It is brought to the notice of the general public that the 23rd Works Committee Election of Govt. Saw Mill, Chatham will be held on 27th December, 2012. The Forest Museum & Mill shall remain closed for one day on 27th December, 2012.

Port Blair, Dec. 14: The Department of Agriculture, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, will be participating in the forthcoming Island Tourism Festival 2013 at ITF ground scheduled to be held from 5th January 2013 to 15th January 2013. As part of ITF, department will organize Fruit & Vegetable Show and Flower Show at Organic Horticulture Farm, Sippighat on 7th & 8th January 2013 from 10 AM to 7 PM.

For Fruit & Vegetable Show, department invites participants for quality exhibits of different Fruits & Vegetables. Carvings of these produce can also be displayed by the participants. Flower Show competition will be held under the categories viz, Potted plants, Cut flower arrangements, Dry flower arrangements & Rangoli.

The forms will be available at the Zonal Agriculture office, South Andaman, Goal Ghar and Zonal Agriculture Officers of other zones. It can also be downloaded from our website www.and.nic.in.

For South Andaman zone, the participants should submit duly filled application forms at Zonal Agriculture office, Goalghar, South Andaman.

The farmers and participants of other zones may contact the Assistant Director (Agri) of their respective zones for collection and submission of forms and exhibits.

For any detail information or queries regarding the Fruit & Vegetable show, and Flower show, the interested participants may contact Shri Anoth Ram, Assistant Director (Agri), South Andaman, Goalghar over phone No. 03192-232627, 03192-234851 or may contact Kisan Call Centre at phone no 03192-243434.

                 
                 

Port Blair, Dec. 13: Each year the Navy sets aide a week centered around Navy Day, 4th of December to reach out and inform the local population of their Navy.

To set the events rolling, naval ships and Naval Maritime Museum Samudrika were open for school children on 1st Dec. A total of 422 children and 15 teachers from various institutions visited the ships. The children were briefed about the ships, weapons fitted and operations carried out. As a goodwill gesture to local populace and tourists, Ross Island was thrown open to visitors. Around 1000 visitors benefited and were familiarised with the rich history, heritage and the natural beauty of the island.

The Indian Navy declared 2012 as the “Year of Ex Servicemen”. To honour Ex-Servicemen (ESM) who have served with pride and given their best years to the nation, an ESM Mela and Pension Adalat was organised on 8th  Dec 12 at Dweepika Auditorium. It was attended by about 120 ESM, their families and Widows from the Islands. In the “Year of Ex Servicemen” the formation of “Naval Regimental System” under a ‘Command Regimental System officer’ aims to strengthen the Organisation to manage ESM affairs. The ESMs, widows of ESMs and their family members made full use of the “ESM Mela and Pension Adalat” towards  resolving their grievances by interfacing with representatives from Naval Headquarters/ Directorate of Ex -Servicemen Affairs, New Delhi, Bureau of Sailors, Mumbai, SBI Main Branch, Port Blair, ECHS, Army , Naval  and Airforce components. 

A multispecialty cancer screening and preventive medical camp was organised by INHS Dhanvantari for the local population on 9th Dec 12. The camp was inaugurated by Smt Soni Devi, a senior citizen from Minnie Bay area. Screening facilities for Breast, Gynaecological, Oral ENT and Abdominal cancer with facilities for USG examination and other screening tests were arranged during the camp at INHS. Such camps help in early detection of cancers of Breast, Cervix, prostrate, etc. which account for a large number of fatal cancers in Indian population and can be prevented by timely detection and appropriate treatment.   

A Band Concert by the naval band was held at 5.30 pm at Marina Park on 9th Dec. The musical extravaganza consisted of exhilarating performances by the Naval Band. In addition to enthralling variety of martial music, the show also had popular Indian and Western numbers ensuring the audience had a melodious evening. The overwhelming response to the event was a huge motivation during the outreach programmes of the Navy week.

Port Blair, Dec. 13: 36th Higher Air Command Course comprising thirty two Defence officers from College of Air Warfare, Secunderadad are on a visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands from 11th Dec – 14th Dec. as part of their curriculum.

On visits to various military components they were briefed on various aspects of the islands. The environmental and ecological sensitivities of the Islands were focused on such that future military leadership remains sensitive to the security vs development issues of the A&N Islands.

The group visited places of interest in Port Blair including Cellular Jail where they witnessed the Light and Sound Show, National Museum and Ross Island. The delegation paid homage to the victims of tsunami by laying a wreath at the Tsunami Memorial, Car Nicobar on 12 Dec 12. The higher Air Command team will depart Port Blair on 14 Dec 12.

Enhancement of Pension Amount In the Offing: Mathur 

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 13: The A&N State Cooperative Bank Ltd. today organized its 7th function of distribution of Cooperative Cards for Door Delivery of Pensions to Old Age, Widow & Handicapped Persons at Dairy Farm Community Hall. Shri Satish Mathur, Secretary to Lt. Governor was the chief guest on the occasion.

Welcoming the Chief guests and other dignitaries, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Vice Chairman of ANS Cooperative Bank gave a brief of the activities carried out by the Bank. On the issue of  introducing the door to door delivery of pension, Sharma said that the elderly, widowed and handicapped personnel who had to come to Bank so many times to get their pension had to pay transportation charges out of their meager pension amount of Rs 1000/- apart from taking trouble to reach to Banks. He said that the Bank is trying to introduce a scheme to start free coaching classes for the poor children with the help of trained but unemployed teachers.

With introducing this scheme, while these children will get value added education, some unemployed teachers will also get employment. He thus requested to the Chief Guest Shri Satish Mathur to influence his office for enhancing the pension amount for which he had already approached to the Lt. Governor and renewed his request of enhancing it from Rs. 1000/- to Rs 5000/- in place of his previous request of enhancing it from Rs. 1000/- to Rs 3000/- per month. He said that the minimum wages which the AN Administration has granted to its workmen is much higher than that of the current pension and therefore an amount of Rs. 5000/- is justified.

In his address the Chairman of the Bank, Shri Bhagat Singh appreciated the efforts of the Board of Directors, officers and staff of the Bank for their selfless services to the people, especially the hapless people of the islands. He said that by January 2013 he is expecting core banking system to be introduced and soon the Bank will get Scheduled status. Singh stressed upon for more Cooperatives and Self Help Groups in these islands to overcome the unemployment problems.

Satish Mathur, Secretary in his address praised the efforts of Chairman and his team of ANS Cooperative Bank to serve the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands using the latest technology. He has also appreciated the efforts of door to door delivery of pension to the elderly, widowed and handicapped personnel through Cooperative Cards and also introducing door to door banking facilities.  He said that this facility will be beneficial to all these personnel who are the assets of the Society. 

Referring the request of Kuldeep Rai Sharma for enhancing the pension benefit, Mathur told that Lt Governor has taken up the matter with the concerned department and the order of enhancement of pension is likely to be issued very soon, but the amount of such enhancement is not clear to him.

The General Manager NABARD, Shri S Athirstavel and Senior Citizen Smti Shanta Laxman Singh also addressed the gathering. Shri Ravinder Rao, the Managing Director has proposed vote of thanks.

                 

Car Nicobar, Dec. 13: A two days Training Programme for the Kreedashrees, under the National Panchayat Yuva Kreeda aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) began today at Car Nicobar. Addressing the participating Volunteers, the Chief Guest, Education Officer of the District Shri H. Nathaniel said that the volunteers have greater responsibilities of developing the Sports Culture in their respective villages. He explained that the PYKKA Scheme ensures healthy and cordial atmosphere in the village. By participating in the Sports activities, the youth of the village not only get the opportunity of learning and enjoying the games but he keeps himself away from the evils of drug abuse also. Nathaniel further said that the relations among the different villages also get better with the introduction of healthy sports activities.

Explaining the salient features of PYKKA, the Block Sports Officer Shri Birendra Pradhan said that in order to develop healthy sports environment in the rural parts of the country, the National Programme was launched in 2008. In the first phase the target was fixed to cover 2 lakhs villages in the next 10 years. He said that in the Islands also the scheme has been introduced, under which the Basic Sports Infrastructure is being developed in the villages and training programmes have been started for the kreedashrees.

The Master Trainer Shri Nagesh Rao spoke about the various activities to be conducted by the Kreedashree in his village. He said that the Kreedashree not only guides the rural players, but at the same time he has to shoulder the responsibilities of a Motivator, Teacher and Counsellor also. They are expected to be the role models to the rural youth, he emphasized.

In the theory class all the Kreedashrees from the 15 villages of the Car Nicobar zone took part today. The practical sessions will be held tomorrow at Bishop John Richardson Stadium.

                 

Car Nicobar, Dec. 13: The Annual Sports of the Govt. Model Primary School Car Nicobar was held recently at the Head Quarter play ground. Inaugurating the Sports meet, the Chief Guest, Education Officer of the district Shri H. Nathaniel said that all round development of the student is the aim of Education. And Sports activities play important role in this direction. A student who is a good Sportsman not only controls the proceeding of the game, but he excels in studies also. He said that the values which the student learns in the play field, guides him throughout his life and helps in shaping his personality. The Chief Guest said that Sports brings quality in one’s life.

The Principal of the Govt. Senior Secondary School Malacca, Smti Sangeeta Chand said that this event has been the session’s first Annual Sports Meet held in the Car Nicobar Zone. She encouraged the students to take part in all the co-curricular activities. The Headmaster of the School Shri Christopher spoke about the various activities conducted so far in the current session.

On the occasion of the inaugural ceremony, tiny tots of Primary School presented a colourful cultural programme which was followed by an impressive March Past, lauded by all who witnessed.

Port Blair, Dec. 13: The valedictory programme of Basic Training Programme on Jute Shopping Bags of three weeks duration sponsored by National Jute Board (NJB), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, Kolkata & organised by Jute Service Centre-Port Blair (JSC-PB) in collaboration with A & N Consultancy Centre (ANCON) was held at the Parish Hall of St. Thomas Marthoma Church, Goal Ghar on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Er. M. N. Murali, Jt. Secretary & Director of Industries, A&N Administration, the Chief Guest on the occasion informed the gathering that today unemployment is a growing problem and the suitable alternative is self-employment. In order to achieve self-employment three requirements were to be fulfilled viz. Skill acquisition, arrangement of finance & marketing of the finished products. Assurance for all these aspects has been provided by the different agencies present here and it was for the trainees to come forward and take full benefit of the schemes available to them. A display of Jute products developed during the training programme was browsed by all the guests present. The chief guest alongwith other guests distributed certificates & beneficiary ID card jointly issued by ANCON & NJB to the 26 successful trainees.

Er. Johnson Abraham, JSC-PB in charge informed the audience about the details of the training programme undergone by the trainees. Totally 26 ladies were selected to undergo the training programme & the raw material, sewing machines etc were provided by JSC-PB. Various types of bags were taught during the training programme especially carry bags by a local trainer. The main objectives of this training programme is to generate income, provide employment, increasing sale of jute diversified products and thereby enhancing raw jute consumption. Some of the doubts of the Guests & trainees were also clarified relating to raw material availability, sewing machine grant for SHGs from NJB, loan requirement for operating jute unit etc. Further ANCON would also provide handholding support to the trainees for next 2 years free of cost to prepare project report, registration, arrangement of finance, marketing of jute product etc.

Among the others who spoke on the occasion were Shri Ravinder Rao, MD, A & N State Co-operative Bank Ltd., Shri Abu Backer, IPO, District Industries Centre, Rev. Anu Oommen, Vicar, St. Thomas Marthoma Church and Shri Prashant S. Shrotri, Br. Manager, Bank of India, Goal Ghar.

One of the trainees Smt. Bindu Vargheese shared her experience about the training programme & hoped that such training programmes will go a long way in making the womenfolk economically independent and focused on necessity of advance level training..

Earlier Shri A.K. Bhattacharjee, Advisor, ANCON welcomed the gathering while the vote of thanks was proposed by Shri Saikat Chakraborty, Associate Consultant, ANCON.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 12: A Physical Education Teacher has been arrested on charges of molestation on a girl student of Govt. School, Campbell Bay.

Upon receiving an anonymous complaint, an enquiry was conducted by the police which revealed that a PET had molested a girl student from Govt. School, Campbell Bay when he accompanied the students from Port Blair for an exhibition. Based on the statements of the victims criminal cases vide FIR No. 67/12 dtd. 11/12/2012 u/s 354 IPC and FIR No. 363/12 dtd. 12/12/12 u/s 354 were registered at PS Campbell Bay and PS Aberdeen respectively. The accused Poomalai has been arrested. Further investigation is in progress, informed the SP (D) Nicobar, Shri Pankaj Kumar Singh.

Port Blair, Dec. 12: Replying to the question raised by the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray on NOC to Andaman Marine Drive by the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the Minister of Defence, Shri A.K. Anthony on 3rd Dec. 2012 stated in the floor of the Lok Sabha that the A&N Administration submitted the proposal for Andaman Marine Drive passing through defence land in Haddo and Minnie Bay area. A&N Command has advised the A&N Administration to exclude defence area and re-align Andaman Marine Drive considering plans of Navy and Coast Guard for additional infrastructure in the area.

The proposal along with comments of Andaman and Nicobar Command has been considered at Naval Headquarters and being adjacent of the AMD through Haddo area is not recommended being adjacent to sensitive defence installation.

The question was raised by the Mp vide his Lok Sabha unstarred Q. No. 1437 wherein he had asked whether any proposal has been made by A&N Administration for Andaman Marine Drive from Haddo Jetty to Dundas Point and whether the Navy proposed to consider the issue of NOC for the same.

Port Blair, Dec. 12: The President, Pradesh Congress Committee Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has advocated for ‘Minority Status’ for Minority Educational Institutions of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In his letter to the Lt. Governor, Sharma stated that minority schools viz Carmel Senior Secondary School, Nirmala Senior Secondary School, St Mary Secondary School and St Mary Primary School, Khalsa School, Ummat Senior Secondary School, MES School etc. are running in and around Port Blair and such other minority schools are also running in inter islands.

Advocating for such schools, Sharma said that all these schools are producing meritorious students every year and getting extraordinary results in CBSE examinations. Not only this, their students are also showing outstanding performances in various competitions conducted by the A&N Administration and other institutions. He further said that in case these schools get ‘Minority Status’ as per the orders and policies framed by the Government of India, this will be a great help to the management of these schools to run their institutions more effectively and efficiently.

Port Blair, Dec. 12: ‘Havelock Youth Congress Committee’ was formed on 11th Dec. 2012 in a meeting held under the Chairmanship of Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, PCCat Havelock. The following members have been elected at office bearers: 1. Alok Mirdha – President. 2. Smt Reena Mitra- Vice President. 3. Indrajeet Basu- Vice President. 4. Amit Kr Roy, Prabhash Samaddar and Smti Uma Maheswari - General Secretary. 5.Pradeep Sarkar, and Smt Sagarika Majid- Organising Secretary.  

Shri John Robert, President Pradesh Youth Congress was also present in the meeting

Port Blair, Dec. 12: The general public who were permitted to collect sea sand during 2010 and paid royalty for the same, but could not collect sea sand fully or partly within the stipulated period have been requested to contact the office of the Divisional Forest Officer, Mayabunder, North & Middle Andaman during office hours on any working day to obtain fresh permit for the collection of sea sand already permitted. They have also been requested to bring the original copy of the old permit issued during 2010 alongwith the proof of identity for the purpose of obtaining fresh permit latest by 15th January, 2013. The list showing the names of such permit holders has been displayed in the notice board of Divisional Forest Office, Mayabunder and Range Offices at Mayabunder, Tugapur and Karmatang.

Port Blair, Dec. 12: The ration card holders of South Andaman are informed to submit bank account details in the Directorate of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs immediately for preparing bank account details for direct transfer of cash subsidy on food items. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution has asked the Directorate of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs to be ready with Bank details of all ration card holders by 20th of December, 2012.

Still large number of ration card holders, particularly, residents of Municipal areas have not submitted their bank account details. As such it is again requested to submit the Bank details in the Form immediately. It is also requested to delete the name of persons who are not staying in this island (except students studying in mainland and patients who are under treatment in mainland) and person not alive.

Port Blair, Dec. 12: The general public/consumers of Chouldari and Ferrargunj areas are requested to contact/approach the Junior Engineer/ Assistant Engineer concerned for solution of their grievances/complaints, The telephone numbers of all site offices and Sub-Division under the South Andaman Division is as under:-

Designation          Area       Telephone No.

Assistant Engineer              Chouldhari            289260

Junior Engineer   Sipighat                 251813

Junior Engineer   Chouldari              289370

Junior Engineer   Manglutan             287464,287545

Junior Engineer   Ograbraj                224874

Junior Engineer   Namunaghar        223513

Junior Engineer   Ternplemyo          280346

Assistant Engineer              Ferrargunj             266320,232828(R)

Junior Engineer   Ferrargunj             266323

Junior Engineer   Wimberlygunj       255220

Junior Engineer   Bambooflat           258730

Junior Engineer   Shoal Bay             281923

                 







Port Blair, Dec. 11: Participating in a debate on the floor of the Lok Sabha on 7th Dec. 2012 in the “Zero Hour”, Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament demanded that the Andaman Trunk Road should not be closed down for traffic and No Alternate Sea Route be made.

Emphasizing the reason thereon Ray said that the construction of the ATR was started the year 1958. While the work was carried upto 43 Km due to declaration of Jarawa Reserve Area, the same was discontinued during 1975. When the Congress Govt. has come to power again, the work of the ATR commenced again in the year 1998.

He further said that with the inauguration of the ATR, the then existing Sea Route from Baratang was automatically closed down.

During the regime of the Vajpayee Govt. in the year 2004, the ATR was declared as National Highway. In the meantime, during the UPA Govt. period a plain was brought in the name of the Jarawa to destroy Andaman and a proposal was made to close down the road upto 43 km from Port Blair to Baratang with the starting of a Alternate Sea Route from Port Blair to Baratang.

Ray lamented that in consequence of the proposed closure of the ATR, Tourism sector will be badly affected. About 2-2.5 lakhs Tourists travel from Port Blair to Baratang annually through the ATR and there are more than 2, 700 vehicle which ply on the route with Tourists. In the North & Middle Andaman District under the Tourism Sector, huge investment are made, where the population is about 2 – 2.5 lakh who mostly depend on Tourism.

A majority of population of the unemployed youths are presently engaged in Tourism will become unemployed again and there are possibilities of creation of “Maoists’ if this step is taken, Ray added.

Port Blair, Dec. 11: Among the students who participated in the national test of Emotional Intelligence & National Creativity Olympiad, 4 were selected for the second round of tests conducted at IIT New Delhi. The selected students namely Joy Bhardwaj (Class VIII, NCS), E. Sathish Kumar (Class VIII Carmel School), Ankita (class IX NCS) and Sanjukta Roy (class X Carmel School) appeared for the prestigious tests on 9th December at New Delhi.

Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, MP who met the students at New Delhi, lauded their achievement and also arranged for a visit to parliament of India and witness the proceedings of the Lok Sabha on 10 December. The students return back to Port Blair on 11th December after appearing in the tests, a communication informs.

                 

Car Nicobar, Dec. 11: Basket ball Coaching Camp for the students began today at Car Nicobar. The Chief Guest on the occasion, Education Officer of the district Shri H. Nathaniel inaugurated the most awaited camp for the students of under 14 years of age at Bishop John Richardson Stadium.

Addressing the young enthusiasts Nathaniel said that students should utilize this opportunity of specialized training in Basket ball and excel in this sport. He said that though the sport was being played prior to the Tsunami Tragedy but after the calamity this particular game disappeared from the field. Now with the joint efforts of the Directorate of Education and Department of Sports it is being revived.

Expressing his happiness on seeing the large number of interested students, he said that all the Senior Secondary Schools of Car Nicobar will have the Basket ball courts soon, so that they can have the facility of practising it at their school itself. The Chief guest said that the Administration is committed to develop sports infrastructure in the district, and with the launch of Panchayat Yuva Kreeda Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) by the Chief Secretary at Car Nicobar last month, every village is being provided the basic Sports facilities.    

The Basket Ball Coach from Netaji Stadium Port Blair, Shri Nagesh informed that the training camps at Port Blair have produced good results. The Islands’ team got the opportunity of playing the SGFI National School basket ball Championship few years back. The students here are very talented in Sports and definitely would shine in this game as well.

The guest of Honour Shri Russel, Senior Accounts officer appreciated the effort of the departments in reviving the sport. The SGFI National Player, Lab Chandra, a student of Lapathy also shared his experience of participating in the National Championship and called upon his juniors to dedicate themselves to this game too.

Proposing the vote of thanks, the Block Sports Officer, Shri Birendra Pradhan appealed to the students to be regular in the camp and learn the skills attentively. He hoped that Car Nicobar will have a strong team of Basket ball too in future, which will succeed in making its identity in the field of this sport as well.

More than 100 students from Lapathy, Mus, Malaca, Tamaloo , Tapoming and other schools are attending this 10 days training programme. Separate training workshop is also being conducted at the Stadium for the interested youths of different villages. There will be an Exhibition match on 19th Dec, in which the young players will be demonstrating their skills.

Port Blair, Dec. 11: The 10 MW hired Power House established at Phoenix Bay by Sudhir Ready Genset Consortium, New Delhi has been commissioned and started delivering 10 MW to the South Andaman Grid w.e.f. 08.12.2012.

Shri Jalaj Shrivastava Pr. Secretary (Power) inaugurated the same on 08.12.2012 at 1100 hours. Shri Anand Behari, Superintending Engineer, Electricity Department and Shri N.K. Gupta, Director, Sudhir Ready Genset Consortium were present on the occasion.

With the commissioning of this 10 MW Power Plant the power supply in Port Blair and South Andaman is on sound footing and as on date Electricity Department is having about 6 MW excess power during peak hours.

Port Blair, Dec. 11: The four day training programme –cum -workshop for Tourists Guides being organized by the Directorate of Art and Culture, A&N Administration was inaugurated today by Shri Rakesh Bali, Secretary (Art & Culture), A&N Administration in the premises of National Memorial Cellular Jail. Speaking as the Chief Guest, he said that this training programme is an eye -opener and a wonderful opportunity for prospective tourists Guides. Shri GS Pandey, Shri M.A. Mujtaba ,Dr. J.D. Singh, Shri Francis Xavier, Shri Mukeshwar Lall and Ms Charu Sreedharan are Guest resource persons, besides Dr. Rashida Iqbal, Ms Lalita and Ms Kuldeep Kaur –officials of the department. These historians and experts will impart training to the prospective Tourist Guides on history and culture of the islands in relation to India, personality development and communication skill. Earlier, Shri Lucas Robert, Director (Art &Culture) welcomed the guests and participants.

The programme will also include heritage walk to different historical locations to obtain first-hand information. The objective behind conducting such a training programme is to facilitate interested Tourist Guides with updated information on the history and culture of the islands and to encourage unemployed youth of the islands to take this up as a profession. 35 eager participants are enjoying the benefit of this programme.

Port Blair, Dec. 11: An exhibition of paintings by the participants of ten day long “Srijan-Artist Camp” organized by the Directorate of Art & Culture, A&N Administration in collaboration with Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, GoI, will be inaugurated by Smti. Rina Ray, Pr. Secretary (Edn. & Health), A&N Administration on 12th December 2012 at 5.30p.m in Andaman Club.

During the ten day long camp which began on 3rd December 2012, the participants have prepared paintings on themes related to ‘Freedom Movement’ and ‘heritage’. Shri D.B. Biswas, Shri Sujit Kumar Roy, Shri S.N. Sreeprakash, Shri Mohan Rao, Shri Mahananda Gomasta, Shri Unni Pillai, Smti. Kavita Chaturvedi ,Smti.T. Parmila, Shri T. Parmeshwar Rao ,Shri Jai Prakash  are taking part in the camp. These paintings will remain open for the public during 12th -14th December 2012 from 4 p.m to 7.00 p.m in the Andaman Club.

Port Blair, Dec. 11: The Department of Agriculture, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, will be participating in the forthcoming Island Tourism Festival 2013 at ITF ground scheduled to be held from 5th January 2013 to 15th January 2013. During the Island Tourism Festival, department will organize Fruit & Vegetable Show and Flower Show at Organic Horticulture Farm, Sipighat on 8th & 9th January 2013. During this show, department proposes to extend opportunities to all the Self Help Groups to showcase and sell their value added products of fruits, vegetables, pulses, cereals, herbs etc through the facilities proposed to be created at Organic Horticulture Farm, Sipighat. Interested Self Help Groups can submit their willingness in the prescribed format for display and sale of their products during this show. Application format will be available from 11th December 2012 onwards at State Bio Control Laboratory/Extension Cell, Directorate of Agriculture, Haddo, Port Blair during working days. Duly filled application in the prescribed format should be submitted to the State Bio Control Laboratory/Extension Cell, Directorate of Agriculture latest by 20th December 2012. For any further information may contact Kisan Call Centre at phone no 03192- 243434.

Port Blair, Dec. 11: This is for the notice of all Government Departments and public entrepreneurs, that the meeting of allotment committee for allotment of stalls in the ensuing ITF commences from 5th January 2013 to 15th January 2013 will be held on 12/12/2012 in ITF Ground at 3.30 PM. All applicants are requested to be present in the meeting as the allotment will be made on lottery basis.

                 
                 

Port Blair, Dec. 9: Answering to the Unstarred Question No. 1153 regarding upgradation of pay scale (under VI Central Pay Commission) of Assistant Conservator of Forest and Forest Rangers in Forest Department in A&N Islands which has been lying pending with the Government raised by Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, MP; Shri Namo Naraayana Meena, Minister of State for Finance (E&FS) stated in the floor of the house on 30th Nov. 2012 that “As per records available with the Ministry of Environment and Forest, the matter related to upgradation of pay scale (under VIth CPC) of Assistant Conservator of Forests and Forest Ranger in the Forest Department of Andaman & Nicobar Islands was received in the Ministry on 22nd Oct. 2010.

“The Ministry of Environment & Forest has constituted a Departmental Anomaly Committee on advice of the Ministry of Finance. The report of the Departmental Anomaly Committee is being examined in the Ministry of Environment & Forest. Decision is to be taken on the subject by the Ministry of Environment & Forest in consultation with the Ministry of Finance”.

                   

Port Blair, Dec. 9: The 6th programme of distribution of Cooperative cards for Pension of old age, widow, and handicapped was organised by the A&N State Cooperative Bank on 8th December, 2012 at Haddo Community Hall. The Bishop of Catholic Church, Most Rev. Alex Dias, SFX graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Shri Bhagat Singh, Chairman of the Cooperative Bank chaired the function.

In his welcome speech Shri Ravinder Rao, Managing Director of the Bank briefed about the activities of the Bank. He stated that in 1965 the Bank was established with a total deposit of Rs. 85,000/- only, which is now having 29 branches all over the islands.

Shri Bhagat Singh, Chairman of the Bank in his address stated that in these hard days when jobs in Government departments have become a day dream, the only way out of the unemployment is to opt for creating self help groups and cooperatives and to get financial help from the Bank as this Bank is always ready to help the SHGs and Cooperatives. He expressed his happiness over the fact that in Haddo area itself there are about 250 SHGs and most of them are being funded by this Bank.

The Chairman also recorded his pleasure to the fact that the loan refunding percentile of the SHGs are 98%. He urged all the unemployed youths of these islands to opt for creating SHGs and Cooperatives and become self independent. He also appreciated the efforts of its Vice Chairman, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma and also the efforts of the Bank staff for distributing pensions at the door steps of the elderly, widowed and handicapped beneficiaries. He recorded his pleasure that the Managing Committee of the Bank is trying for opening new branches in other islands which will give job opportunities to many unemployed aspirants.

The Deputy General Manager of NABARD, Shri Anand Kishan praised the activities of the Bank for its selfless services to the poorest of the poor.

In his speech the Most Rev. Bishop Alex Dias, SFX appreciated the efforts of the Chairman of the Bank and his team for rendering noble services to the elderly, widowed and handicapped personnel. He said, “To serve the poor is to serve the Lord”. Lord does not want anything from us except our love to the downtrodden, poor, hapless personnel and patients etc. We should always love and protect HIS creations. If we feed a poor, the Lord will be fed and if we serve the hapless patients and elderly persons, the Lord will be nurtured”.

Giving various examples, Bishop recorded his utmost happiness on the workings of the Bank towards the poor and helpless persons. He has also stated that he knows Shri Bhagat Singh since last 33 years and whenever he needed any help on the welfare measures, Shri Singh has fulfilled it without any hitches and delay and Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma is following the footprints of Shri Bhagat Singh.

At the end of the formal function the Chief Guest distributed the pension cards to the beneficiaries.

                 

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Port Blair, Dec. 9: Christmas cum New Year’s Carnival 2012 was celebrated by the Mahatma Gandhi International School Brookshabad on 8th of December wherein Shri Aanand Mohan IGP (Law and Order) was the Chief Guest while Shri. R. Dev Das and Shri. Ranjith Asst Director Sports were the special guests.

Shri Anand Mohan in his address on the occasion appreciated the staff and Principal and students for putting such an extra ordinary cultural events and stalls. He said, by seeing all this he remembered his school life.

Shri. Dev Das appreciating the efforts said, according to CBSE we have to think about overall development of the child and MGIS is succeeding in doing this, by exploring the students’ inner talent by conducting such a wonderful carnival.

The carnival had colourful stalls exhibiting working and static models from the realms of science, environment and ecology.  Greeting cards, paintings and handicraft made by the students of MGIS were exhibited and were eagerly bought by the public. The 20 games stalls catered to the entertainment need of the public while the food court with yummy delicacies was a very big draw among the visitors.

The students of MGIS had also staged cultural programme, which held the audience enthralled. Adhering to public demand the performance of the tiny tots had to be repeated.

A lucky draw was also held in which the first Prize (Bike) was won by Mrs. Friska (coupon number 4777), the second Prize was won by bearer of (coupon number 4495) a laptop and the third prize won by coupon number 0499.

Andaman Chronicle deeply mourns the sad demise of Dr. A Subramaniam, Editor, Dawn Times, R/o Bambooflat who breathed his last today at 4.30 pm at G.B. Pant Hospital. The AC team prays to the Almighty to give eternal rest to the soul of the departed and enough courage to the family members to bear the irreparable loss. 

Port Blair, Dec. 9: The Department of Industries will be participating in the forthcoming Island Tourism Festival 2013 at ITF ground scheduled to be held from 5th January, 2013 to 15th January, 2013. The Department proposes to extend opportunities to all MSME/SMEs/ Handicrafts Units/Artisans and Self Help Groups to showcase and sell their products through the facilities proposed to be created in the Directorate of Industries Pavilion during the Island Tourism festival.

Interested local MSME engaged in manufacturing or service activity, handicrafts units, artisans and self help groups can submit their willingness in the form of an application for display and sale of their product or service through Industries Pavilion during Island Tourism Festival 2013 at ITF ground. The applications should be addressed to the Joint Secretary & Director of Industries, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, Port Blair containing detailed list of products/service, exhibits indicating quantity & price proposed to be displayed and sold, contact address, contact persons with phone/mobile number should reach the Directorate of Industries by 11th December, 2012.

                 
                 

                 

A rally of defiance was held at the foothills of India’s Niyamgiri Hills on Thursday, by thousands of tribal men and women, including the Dongria Kondh, who turned out to voice their unwavering opposition to Vedanta’s controversial mine.

A final decision by India’s Supreme Court on the future of the mine was due to be heard on Thursday, but has now been delayed until January.

Opposition to Vedanta’s push to extract bauxite from Niyamgiri’s sacred mountains remains acute in the state of Odisha, and beyond.

Several thousand people are believed to have joined Thursday’s demonstration, which was held outside the British company’s bauxite refinery at Lanjigarh.

The demonstration was vitriolic, after the mining giant announced it had closed its refinery. Without permission to mine in the Niyamgiri Hills, it could not supply enough bauxite to feed the facility.

However, the Dongria Kondh tribe, who have fought a David and Goliath battle against Vedanta to protect their land, are demanding the complete dismantling of the site amidst fears it could be re-opened.

Prafulla Samantara, an Odisha activist told Survival International, ‘Its presence is harmful and dangerous. We want to send Vedanta packing.’

The future of the Dongria Kondh remains uncertain until India’s Supreme Court has finalized a lengthy judicial process that has faced repeated delays.

The appeal hearing seeks to overturn an historic 2010 ruling that prevented Vedanta from building a vast mine in the hills.

But the tribe’s resolve to protect their land remains strong.

Speaking to Survival, two tribal women said, ‘We won’t leave our land. We will use all our strength to make them [Vedanta] leave this place. Let us live our lives in peace.’

Protesters in London also joined the call to end Vedanta’s long-contested bauxite project, by demonstrating outside the Indian High Commission on Thursday.

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘Thursday’s protest in Niyamgiri shows, once again, the unyielding strength of the Dongria Kondh, who have been burdened for years by the insufferable fear of losing their land. Shutting the refinery brings them a step closer to protecting their mountain once and for all, but its closure must be permanent.’

                   

Port Blair, Dec. 7: The National Environmental Awareness Campaign 2012 was organised in Crescent Public School, Wimberly Gunj during the month of November in which various awareness programmes were conducted. A film show on biodiversity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Painting Competition and a Seminar on Biodiversity Conservation was organised in which more than 200 students participated.

On the conclusion of the Campaign, students planted flower and medicinal plants in the campus of the school. The Campaign was organised in collaboration with CPR Environmental Educational Centre, Port Blair.

Port Blair, Dec. 7: The Velodrome constructed near Netaji Stadium was for promoting cycling as a sports but may be due to various reasons, it remained unused for years and as a result the entire area became the place of grazing filed for livestock. The PCC President Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has written a letter to the Lt Governor to consider this area as cricket/ football ground for the youths of the islands, which may also be used for arranging tournaments at district and State level. This will not only encourage the local football and cricket players but also give a sober look from outside, he said.  

Sharma has also suggested for synthetic tracks for various games at Netaji Sports stadium and stated that marking the tracks with chalk powder become invisible within one or two days during the sports events and either spreads over or gets washed away in case of shower confusing the players on their respective tracks.

Rangat, Dec. 7: To create environmental awareness and to motivate and educate students about environmental protection, a cycle rally was conducted today for the Greenos of GSSS Sabari from Rangat Bazaar to Nimbutala and back to Sabari. On the way the Greenos interacted with the local people, shopkeepers and conveyed them their message about environmental protection and Biodiversity Conservation. Students spread their message of “What we can do at our school/home following the 4 r’s refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle” and stressed on to their slogan “Change your tune : save our Earth!”

Earlier Principal of the school welcomed the chief guest, motivated and appreciated the green cadets for their participation. He stressed on the point that each one should spread the message of environmental protection wherever they can do it so.

Shri Bency Joy, Programme Coordinator of NEAC- 2012 conducted by GREENO ECO CLUB of GSSS Sabari briefed the action and awareness related activities planned by the ECO Club under NEAC Campaign 2012.

Dr. M Joy, CMO, CHC Rangat flagged off the cycle rally. In his address he appreciated the enthusiasm of the greenos, urged them to become good green ambassadors of the nation.

All together 40 students and 10 teachers participated in the rally. The local police personnel’s also cooperated for the smooth conduct of the rally. The campaign was conducted by Greeno Eco Club of GSSS Sabari as a part of the National Environmental Awareness Campaign-2012.

Power supply will remain suspended in some of the areas on 08.12.2012 from 0800 hours 1600 hours for addition and alternation of LT Circuit under Bambooflat Filter bed transformer and providing isolator with DO Fuse for Ferrargunj feeder at Wimberlygunj Site Office and energizing four pole structure at Nayapuram. 

The areas to be affected are Bambooflat, Hopetown, Wimberlygunj, Mannarghat, Shoal Bay, Kadakachang, Ram Nagar, Ferrargunj and upto Jirkatang.

The works will be carried out subject to weather condition.

                 

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 6: It was a long pending demand of the media persons attached with various local publications to have a media room, which could be used for meetings, press conferences etc. The issue was raised at various levels and finally the Andaman & Nicobar Administration heeded to the demand of A&N Small Newspapers Association, thus allotting a exclusive room for media inside the premises of Directorate of Information, Publicity & Tourism.

The media room though was allotted some time ago but was formally inaugurated by the Secretary IP&T Shri Satish Mathur today at 5.00 pm. Mathur was later presented shawl by the Association followed by presenting a shawl to the Director of IP&T Shri Amit Satija.

Addressing the media soon after the inaugural function, the Director, IP&T briefed about the various activities taken up by the directorate, which includes facilities to the media persons. He said that the demand of a media room has been fulfilled and the media can now have regular press conferences with the concerned heads of the departments, which would be arranged by the directorate.

Satija further said that other pending demands like priority in allotment of ship tickets, accreditation of media persons, concession in govt. guest houses etc. will be met at the earliest.  

The Director also explained that the forthcoming event i.e. Island Tourism Festival will be a major attraction this year with Bollywood artists, national level classical singers and others performing during the 10-day festival. He said that the directorate has selected 10 venues across the islands where artists will be performing.

In order to facilitate tourists, the Directorate will be launching an exclusive website during the ITF 2013, which will contain detailed information and photographs of tourist spots, travel organisations, hotels etc. Satija specified that the website is meant only for providing information and no bookings will be taken online as the website will be to facilitate tourists and stakeholders.

The director further announced that the Directorate has prepared four documentary movies on Andaman Tourism, which has been written in a single DVD. Though the cost of the DVD came to Rs. 100/- but the directorate in order to promote tourism has fixed a rate of Rs. 25/- for the same. The DVDs can be bought by the Travel Organisations but the Director warned that it should not be re-sold above the printed rate.

Amit Satija also explained that the Directorate is planning to let out 5 guest houses under PPP mode. In this regard, he specified that tenders will be called and if and only if found beneficial would be awarded to the concerned private parties. He also said that the department is organising training programme on hospitality which will be open to stakeholders. It would be a 10 week training programme to suit the convenience of the stakeholders including auto and taxi drivers, tourist cab drivers etc.

 

Port Blair, Dec. 6: Participating in a debate in the ‘0’ hours on the floor of the Lok Sabha, on 4th Dec. 2012, Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament has demanded from GOI, that the proposed ‘Mediclaim Scheme’ be expeditiously implemented to facilitate all the Islanders. He said that the facility should be extended to all islanders and retired Govt. Servants of A & N Administration for availing Super Speciality Treatment in mainland Hospitals, against a treatment cost of Rs. 5 Lakhs, whose Annual Income is below Rs. 3 Lakhs.

The MP emphasized that the govt. servants of the Administration benefitted for the reimbursement of the expenditure incurred for such Special Treatment at mainland during the NDA govt. period. The matter of implementation of the Mediclaim Scheme in the Union Territory is being taken in the Lok Sabha by him since 2010 onwards. Accordingly, the A & N Admn. has prepared the said Mediclaim Scheme and after a lapse of 6 months during the month of Feb, 2012, the Admn. opened the Technical and Commercial bid in this regard.

Thereafter, the file movement in this regard is still on. Bishnu expressed that he was told that the Administration is trying to introduce the British policy of “Divide and Rule” with the deduction of the beneficiaries out of the Scheme Classifying as Pre – 42, Settlers and Non – Settlers etc.

The MP therefore urged to the Govt. for a speedy implementation of the said scheme in the speed of the express train.

 

Port Blair, Dec. 6: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President INTUC leading a delegation of the office bearers of the State Transport Employees Union called on Secretary cum Director of Transport in his chambers on 05.12.2012 and appraised him about the grievances of the employees.

The president sought early resolution to the issue related to creation of 628 posts in the Directorate, regularization of the services of Daily Rated Drivers & Conductors and Contract Workers employed in the State Transport Authority and Regional Transport Office, disbursement of retirement benefits to the worker on the day of retirement, canteen facilities for staff as well as general public at Port Blair, Ferargunj & Rangat Bus Terminus, transit accommodation for night halt of outstation visiting Drivers & Conductors, repairs of staff quarters at out station, payment of Over Time allowances by 20th of succeeding month, filling up of posts under compassionate appointment quota, grant of benefits to Drivers under graded promotion scheme and MACP concurrently, settlement of old cases regularization of ad-hoc services of workers, payment of bonus to eligible  contract employees, payment of  wages to contract Drivers on par with the contract Drivers of Secretariat, amendment to the Standing Order governing service condition of the workers.

The Director assured the Union to look into the grievances of employees and resolved them as per the merit at the earliest possible, a communication from Gandhi Bhawan said here.

The Armed Forces Flag Day is an occasion to pay our tributes towards the courage and dedication of our armed forces in defending our country. On this day, tokens and flags are distributed in return for voluntary donations towards the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund which is utilised for rehabilitation of wounded servicemen, resettlement of ex-servicemen and welfare of the families of those who have lost their lives while performing selfless service to the nation. 

On the occasion of the Armed Forces Flag Day 2012, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to all the personnel of the armed forces and their families. I also appeal to all our people to contribute generously towards the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund and uphold the noble cause that it serves.

 Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh

Lieutenant Governor

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair, Dec. 5: In a letter to the Administrator, Sharma stated of the pathetic condition of the youth of Campbell Bay. After Tsunami of 2004 the lands of the farmers have submerged, animals, houses, shops, machineries etc have been washed away and the youths feel hapless and are jobless now. Sharma thus requested the Lt Governor to consider promoting the islands as a tourist destination for foreigners also as a special case.

Sharma added that the island is the treasure of natural beauty having virgin beaches, two famous National parks, and creeks etc., which foreign tourists like the most. He hoped that if the Administrator considers the suggestion and bring the island in the world tourism map, the youths of Campbell bay can devote their time and energy by engaging themselves in various sorts of tourism activities to earn their livelihood and secure their future.

Port Blair, Dec. 5: A remote village namely Jagannath Dera in North Andaman has been provided with round the clock power supply with effect from 26.11.2011 by extending three kilometers of Ariel Bunched Cables and 4.4 Kms of 11 KV overhead lines from the main grid. One 40 KVA distribution transformer is also commissioned for providing electric connections to cover the entire population of the village. As on date 41 consumers are getting round the clock power supply.

Earlier, there was only limited hours power supply through a small DG power house.

Port Blair, Dec. 5: The PCC President Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma while appreciating the efforts of the A&N Administration towards earmarking the specialized hospitals at Kolkata and Chennai for specialized treatment of our patients, is in the opinion that such hospitals need to be earmarked at Vizag also. Since a large number of population of Telegu Community are residing in these islands, when referred to Kolkata or Chennai, the community has to suffer a lot in a new place where they also have to arrange their boarding, lodging and transport on their own.

The PCC President expressed that in case they are referred to any specialized hospital at Vizag, they will feel much comfortable. Hence Sharma has requested the Lt Governor to consider earmarking a few specialized hospitals at Vizag where patients of the Telegu Community may be referred.

Port Blair, Dec. 5: The State President BJP, Shri R. Mohan has expressed that the Aadhar Cards are not being delivered to the concerned islanders by the Department of Posts.

In a letter to the Lt. Governor, the State President mentioned that Aadhar Cards are to be delivered through Post Offices on giving clear address and cell nos. at the time of photographing. But, the picture in the Port Blair and South Andaman area is not so. We come to know that bulk of Aadhar Cards have been dumped in several post offices without proper delivery. Now that the Aadhar Cards are issued in bulk to the respective Municipal Councillors for delivery, nearly 60% of the local residents have not received it so far.

Mohan thus suggested that only the cards where address is not complete should be handed over to the Councillors, while the remaining be delivered at the respective addresses .

“As per the govt. of India scheme, in order to get all subsidy and facilities the Aadhar card is a must. Without issuing card how the poor people will get the facilities?”, Mohan said.

Port Blair, Dec. 5: The Police Entertainment Team will stage a performance on Saturday, the 8th of December 2012 from 5.30 pm onwards at the Netaji Stadium, Port Blair to celebrate the completion of 150 years of the Indian Police. Members of the public have been invited to witness the event. Entry is free. Special invitees are requested to bring the invitation cards earlier issued for the 1st Dec. performance with them, a communication from the Director General of Police said here today.

Port Blair, Dec. 5: It is hereby informed to Students of IGNOU who had applied for July  2012 session and whose names are given below are requested to contact the Regional Centre immediately. Their names are 1. Asha Kumari (BSC), 2.  P Mohammed Shafiq (BSC), 3. Renu Pratima Kerketta (MEC), 4. Pradeep Kumar Mahato (BA), 5. Biswanand Bhakta (BA), 6. Asrita Kullu (BA). A communication received from IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair said.

                 

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Port Blair, Dec. 4: Indian Coast Guard Ship Durgabai Deshmukh alongwith INS Bangaram evacuated 128 Myanmarese nationals from LOP Narcondum on 2nd Dec. 12. On 1st Dec. at about 1800 hrs Police Control Room, reported rescue of 128 Myanmarese Nationals including 4 ladies and 9 children along with one boat by LOP Narcondum. The rescued personnel had departed Myanmar on 25th Nov. 12 for Malaysia. The boat developed technical snag on one engine enroute on 28 Nov 12. Due to limited logistics with LOP Narcondum, Police requested assistance for evacuation of rescued personnel.

On receipt of information, Indian Coast Guard Ship Durgabai Deshmukh and INS Bangaram were deployed for evacuation of rescued personnel. The ship arrived off Narcondum at about 0400 hrs on 2nd Dec. Despite rough weather conditions and heavy rains Indian Coast Guard Ship Durgabai Deshmukh under the command of Commandant Atul Joshi transferred all rescued personnel safely from Lookout Post Narcondum to ICGS Durgabai Deshmukh and INS Bangaram utilizing ships boat. All the rescued personnel were provided with First aid, Food and water onboard ships.

The ships technical team was deputed to undertake repairs and assess seaworthiness of the boat. However, boat’s hull was found to be unseaworhty with ingress of water and hence was left in custody of LOP Narcondum.

Both ships alongwith 128 Myanmarese nationals departed Narcondum at 1130 hrs on 2nd Dec 12 and reached Diglipur at 1630 hrs on the same day.

All rescued personnel were safely handed over to police at Diglipur for further formalities, a communiqué received from Coast Guard Regional Headquarters, Andaman and Nicobar.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 4: The Andaman & Nicobar State Cooperative Bank Ltd. has launched Cooperative Cards to be issued to the old, widows and physically challenged persons to receive their pension amount. The aim of issuing cooperative cards is to reduce the hardship faced by the needy, who struggle to reach the banks for withdrawal and receipt of their money.

At a formal function organised at the Community Hall, Shadipur today at 10.30 am, wherein Shri Aberdeen Blair, Chairman, Tribal Council was the chief guest, the MD of the Bank Shri Ravinder Rao explained that such activities are being undertaken under the Corporate Social Responsibility of the bank. Ravinder said, our bank is not just to make profit but aims to provide service to the needy.

The MD said that the idea of introducing Cooperative Cards came up when he along with the Chairman of the Bank had made a visit to all its branches across the islands. Upon observing the needy and physically challenged waiting in queue for hours to get their benefits, the Chairman had decided to make the bank work to serve such needy and helpless. The idea thus was implemented and many needy & helpless have been provided with the facility.

The MD also explained that the bank will soon be introducing Core Banking Service, which would help connect with all other ATMs. There are also plans to provide the best service to the customers provided by other nationalised banks viz. e-banking etc.

The Vice Chairman of the Bank Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma in his address congratulated the staff and management of the bank for having undertaken the task to target the needy and helpless. He said that the bank has set an example to all other banks when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility.

“I can understand the kind of suffering these helpless members of the society have to undergo. Being a social and political worker, many such people come to my doorstep and narrate their sorrow. They said they have to go to the bank several times to enquire and receive their pension amount”.

In Port Blair city, said Sharma, we have transportation facilities which enables people to reach the banks as many times as they want but the situation is pathetic in the remote and rural areas where people spend the entire day to receive a pension amount of Rs. 1000/-. The Cooperative Cards will now enable such people to receive their pension amount at their doorstep.

Sharma further said that he was touched by the difficulty faced by the challenged persons who receive a meagre amount of Rs. 1000/- as pension. He thus raised the issue with the Lt. Governor and made a request to increase the amount to Rs. 3000/-.

Further explaining about service to the needy, Sharma said the Bank has also decided to reach nurses and doctors to the doorstep of the ailing people. The Vice Chairman said that work is on in this regard and soon it would be materialised.

Among the others who spoke on the occasion were Smti. Shanta Singh, Social Worker and the Manager NABARD.

Port Blair, Dec. 4: The President BJP, Shri. R. Mohan has requested the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration to increase the timing of Central Teacher Eligibility Test from 1.30 Hrs. to 3 Hrs. The President said that more than 1000 Graduate Students appeared for CTET which was held at Port Blair 18th Nov. 2012.  The Students were depressed to notice 48 page question paper which had 150 questions to be answered in 1.30 Hrs. As such most of the candidates could not complete the paper.

Mohan said that in Tamil Nadu the govt. has fixed 3 hours for the Exam due to the poor result and the request from the parents and the result was two times better.

He thus requested the CS to consider the problems faced by the island CTET students and increase it to 3 hrs. which would be justified for the islands’ candidates. 

                 

Car Nicobar, Dec. 4: A seminar on the Co-operative Movement was held today at Chukchucha Village Car Nicobar. While addressing the gathering the Chief Guest Prof. B.V. Shastri said that the Co-operative Society play important role in the development of the region and brings prosperity. He said that the likeminded, determined people surely get success in their endeavor , if their efforts are united through Co-operative Society. Congratulating the Premier Society of the Island the EHL for its success, Prof. Shastri said that the Society has played very important role in the overall development of the Nicobar district, and set an example for the others to follow. Talking about the various activities which can be covered by the Society, he said that Nicobar is a land of coconuts, and good results can be obtained if coconut based products are produced. He also felt the need of undertaking Vegetable farming, through effective watershed projects, by the EHL.

In her address Prof. Bharti Mahapatra suggested that the Society can include various activities like Cattle farming, aquaculture, Floriculture , Mushroom and vegetable cultivation, in its program. Talking about the potential in the handicraft sector, she said that so many beautiful products can be prepared using the shells of the dried coconut at homes. She appreciated the efforts of the Nicobari women in the activities of the society. 

The Special Guest Dr. J.D Singh in his speech said that in spite of so many constraints, the EHL has been successfully carrying out the responsibilities in the interest of the People. Congratulating Mr Wilson Amos the Managing Director of the Society, he said that Mr. Amos has set an example of a good leader. He said that the district has already registered the highest Literacy percentage among the tribal regions of the country. Dr. Singh called upon the local youth to be the part of the Society. He said that the youth can be motivated in this direction by providing them the appropriate training in the concerned trades in Port Blair or Main land. He also felt the need of taking initiative by the EHL to launch FM or Community Radio.

The chairmen of the Seminar and the Vice Chief Captain Shri Chamberlin Paul said that the urge and feeling of cooperative movement is there from the very beginning, among the people of Nicobar, and now the younger generation has to take it further.

Earlier the Managing Director of the Society EHL, Mr Wison Amos while welcoming the guests, informed that EHL has got the distinction of being the only society in the country to have 4 ships. He said that the goal of the Society is to serve the people of Nicobar, and the society is committed for that. He said that the competition is getting tougher day by day in the business world, but the society is competing effectively.

There was an interactive session also in the Seminar, and many important questions were asked.

A large number of people from the different villages including the village captains took part in the Seminar on Co-operative Movement.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 4: Tanzania Institute of Adult Education was established under the Parliamentary Act No. 12 of 1975 under the Ministry of Education and Culture, Tanzania has appointed Shri K. Venketesan, Asst. Professor & Head of Department of Home Science, JNRM as one of the consulting editor for its international journal of Adult Education in Tanzania (JAET). Shri Venketesan is entrusted with the responsibility of reviewing the manuscripts and also expected to participate in the relevant conference & workshop etc. Dr. Iqbal Ahmed, Principal JNRM has congratulated Shri Venketesan for this appointment.

Port Blair, Dec. 4: The President, Pradesh Congress Committee Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma along with other members of the Party met with Shrimad Swamy GOPAL MOHARAJ on 3rd December, 2012 and offered him flower tribute. Moharaj, who is a religious guide of Matua Religious group of Bengali Settlers and also others, has arrived here for a few days trip to these Islands to meet his followers and also others. Shri Sharma was  not only very deeply impressed with the spiritual preachings of Moharaj but also was impressed  with his eternal  love for all the living things.  Very loving , caring and down to the earth Moharaj,  has blessed Shri Sharma and others who had been to him to get his blessings and  eternal  discourse.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 4: World Disabled day 2012 with the theme- “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all” was celebrated on 3rd December 2012 by ‘Sahara’ the oldest registered association of disabled persons in the Islands at Kalyan Mandappam, Junglighat, Port Blair. Shri P.B. Murugan, Chairperson, Port Blair Municipal Council was the Chief Guest in the programme. Dr. Nitesh Kaura, Medical Specialist (orthopaedics), GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair, Shri I.P. Singh, Junior Vice Chairman, PBMC, Smti Shanta Singh, Social Worker were present as distinguished guests.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion Shri P.B. Murugan appreciated the efforts of Sahara in organising such function in honour of the differently abled citizens of the Islands. He offered his warm wishes to all especially the differently abled citizens. Dwelling on the theme for this year’s World Disabled Day he said that the differently abled people should not be discriminated and we should work towards providing a disabled friendly society.

Smti Shanta Singh on the occasion spoke about the formation of Sahara in the year 1988 with a bunch of few enterprising disabled members and her role in motivating the pioneers of this association. She exhorted upon the members to remain united in pressing for an inclusive and accessible society for the disabled without any discrimination. She further said- this day should be accorded equal importance by all concerned like all other major national and international days’ celebration.

Dr. Nitesh Kaura, Orthopaedic Surgeon at GB Hospital offered all possible help to the differently abled. He said that differently abled don’t need our sympathy but our motivation and understanding. He said that God helps those who help themselves.

Shri I P Singh, JVC, PBMC also appreciated the organisers of this important day. He said like in developed countries we should also strive to make our Islands disabled friendly so that they are not discriminated against.

Earlier Smti. Suchitra Roy, President, Sahara welcomed the gathering. Shri Dhanpat and Smti Kalpana members of Sahara spoke at length about the issues of the disabled. Shri Sunil Kumar, General Secretary, Sahara, proposed vote of thanks. Song and dance were presented by the school children of Govt. Secondary School Junglighat. The Programme ended with the singing of the National  Anthem. 

                   
                   

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 3: A delegation of Andhra Association, Port Blair today met the Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM at Raj Niwas and raised vital issues such as construction of Andaman House, Transit accommodation for ship passengers, ticketing counter and opening of tourist information centre at Vizag as existed in Chennai and Kolkata.

After hearing the delegation, the Lt Governor directed DSS to transfer the land to APWD for construction of Andaman House, Transit Accommodation and Ticketing Counter at Vizag. The Lt Governor also directed the Shipping department to open a ticketing counter in a rented accommodation(private/government) which may be manned by the officials of DSS, as an interim measure as at present the passengers have to buy tickets from private operators.

Port Blair, Dec. 3: The State President, BJP Shri R. Mohan on behalf of the party has expressed his sincere gratitude to the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration for considering extraction of sea sand to meet the local needs. In his letter to the CS, Mohan said that the action to allow sand extraction from non-eco sensitive areas will be appreciated by all islanders since the same will surely help bring great developments in the island territory and your initiation has brought out the people’s dreams in the construction industries.

Port Blair, Dec. 3: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, PCC along with Reverend Catholic Bishop Alex Dias met with the Lt Governor on today at Rajniwas  and requested him for a piece of land measuring about one acre in and around Port Blair for a grave yard to be used by the Christian community.

Advocating for the new grave yard, Sharma has stated that a large number of population of Christian Community are staying in and around Port Blair who have been allotted a piece of land near Gymkhana Ground by the A&N Administration to use the same as graveyard a long time back. This graveyard has now become unusable for the reason that there is no place left for further burial. Due to over burial of deceased bodies, pieces of corpse come out at the time of digging fresh grave, which not only is a painful sight to the community who have lost their near and dear ones but also not taken as good omen for fresh burial ceremony.

Sharma has also requested to the Lt Governor to kindly solve the problems of the Catholic Community of Gandhi Nagar, Campbell Bay. The Lt Governor was kind enough to give patience hearing and has assured to look into these matters on priority basis.

                 

Car Nicobar, Dec. 3: Three days training programme organized by KVK Nicobar on “Post harvest and value addition technology of coconut and arecanut” from 22nd to 24th November, 2012 was inaugurated by Chief Guest Sri Simon Edmon, 1st Headman and in the presence of Guest of Honour Shri Sunny James Charles, 2nd Headman at Arong Village, Car Nicobar.

A total of 30 practicing farmers, consisting of 15 Nicobarese men and 15 women participated and got benefitted in different aspect i.e. significance of post harvest and value addition technology of coconut and arecanut. During the training programme coconut based different value added products like virgin coconut oil and coconut water squash was successfully prepared by the trainees. To improve the oil quality, good manufacturing practices and sanitation standard operating procedures for VCO production was described in the training programme. Coconut By- product like coconut charcoal and coconut shell handcrafting manufacturing process was also demonstrated during training programme.

The First Headman of Arong village in his address appreciated the efforts of KVK, Nicobar particularly Dr. Nagesh Ram, Programme Coordinator I/c & Shri. Chandrika Ram, SMS (Agril. Engg.) in imparting skills and knowledge to Nicobarese for their socioeconomic upliftment. He emphasised that this type of training will help the youth to generate income through various processing activities. The training was successfully concluded on 24th November, 2012. Earlier during the programme introductory lecture was delivered by Er Chandrika Ram, Course Facilitator. 

Port Blair, Dec. 3: The Department of Industries will be participating in the forthcoming Island Tourism Festival 2013 at ITF ground scheduled to be held from 5th January, 2013 to 15th anuary, 2013. The Department has proposed to extend opportunities to all MSME/ SMEs/ Handicrafts Units/ Artisans and Self Help Groups to showcase and sell their products through the facilities proposed to be created in the Directorate of Industries Pavilion during the Island Tourism festival.

Interested local MSME engaged in manufacturing or service activity, handicrafts units, artisans and self help groups can submit their willingness in the form of an application for display and sale of their product or service through Industries Pavilion during Island Tourism Festival 2013 at ITF ground.

The applications should be addressed to the Joint Secretary & Director of Industries, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, Port Blair containing detailed list of products/service, exhibits indicating quantity & price proposed to be displayed and sold, contact address, contact persons with phone/mobile number should reach the Directorate of Industries by 11th December, 2012.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 3: In a function organized by the State Cooperative Bank, Prothrapur Branch today on the occasion of the ‘World Disabled Day’, as many as eleven physically challenged persons were felicitated. Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Vice Chairman of the Bank graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

At the outset the Managing Director, ANS Coop. Bank Shri Ravinder Rao welcomed the gathering and stated that, this is the first time in the history of Cooperative Bank in A&N Islands that ‘World Disabled Day’ is being organized to honour the disabled persons of the area. The Bank has thus proposed to mark it as a calendar event. Rao further stated that this programme is the brain child of Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma who has inspired the bank officials to organize such programmes.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma said that these disabled persons should never think themselves as inferior in any respect as they are very important part of the society who show the world about their courage to lead a happy life like others. Sharma further said that that apart from introducing pension card for door to door delivery of pension amount to the Handicapped, widow and old age, he has plans to send Doctors from April, 2012 who will attend the elderly persons at their door steps and give free medical services.

He also informed that a scheme of sending Nurses on getting calls from the hapless persons to get their blood and other samples for further investigation is on the anvil. He also called upon the handicapped persons to avail loan from the bank as per their need to make them self sufficient. Sharma explained that that for a loan upto 25,000/- no security will be asked.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were S/Shri Ghyas Meshak, Mohd Ali, Smti Tamilarasi, Sanjay Meshak, Chandrashekhar, Madan Lall and Smti Madhu. The vote of thanks was proposed by Shri K Murgan, General Manger of the bank.

                   
                 

Five Day Event To Begin From 19th December

Port Blair, Dec. 2: The Islands Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopindher Singh will inaugurate the Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign (PIC) in Little Andaman on 19th December.  Addressing the Inter Media Publicity Coordination Committee meeting (IMPCC) held at Tagore Government College of Education, Port Blair last evening, the Asst Director of Press Information Bureau (PIB) informed that the PIB is organizing the five day long campaign in close coordination with the Islands administration and Central Media units for the first time at Hut Bay in Little Andaman.

He told the IMPCC members that various departments of Islands administration, Public Sector units, Central Media Units and NGOs will take part in the campaign by putting up  40 stalls.

Briefing on the objective of the campaign, he said Bharat Nirman PIC is an innovative concept of media outreach strategy developed by the Press information Bureau to reach out the people at  grass root level.  The campaign is aimed at empowering every ordinary citizen, particularly in the rural areas with the knowledge about the Government flag ship programmes, so that they can avail the advantages of these programmes to improve the quality of their life. 

The Bharat Nirman Programme was launched during the first tenure of the UPA government and continued with more thrust during its second term with the support of the people and Panchayati raj Institutions at the grass roots. The programme with an estimated investment of about 1.74 crore rupees  comprises many components for rural development such as rural roads, rural irrigation, safe drinking water supply, rural electrification, rural housing  and rural telephony.  Apart from this, government has launched other major flag ship programmes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid day meal programme, National Rural Health Mission, Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojana, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, Prime Minister’s 15 point programme for the minorities and Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee programme etc. to change the face of rural India.

The Bharat Nirman programmes envisages the delivery of services at the doorsteps of the people in people friendly manner. The islands administration has already taken a lead in this direction. Recently, the islands Lt Governor launched the doorstep services of pension payments to the old aged persons through Andaman and Nicobar State Cooperative Bank. Such remarkable achievements made by the administration will be highlighted in the campaign.

Informing about the programme activities during the campaign, Mr Dhanasekaran said the participating departments planned for various activities such as farmers meet, fisher men meet, awareness programmes, health camps, rallies etc. to enlighten the people on Government flagship programmes.  The PIB organizes three seminars and workshops as part of the campaign.  To encourage the functioning of the self help groups(SHG) in the islands, a seminar on “ The role of Self Help Groups in Women empowerment” will be organised in coordination with Andaman Nicobar State Cooperative bank at Hut bay on  December 20.  A Work shop on Right to Information and Transparency in Public administration will be held at ALHW hall at Hut bay on 21st  December, he said.

A special 3 day film festival on rural development organized by the Directorate of Information, Publicity and Tourism will be the added attraction of the campaign.  Along with the films on Rural Development, popular Indian feature films will be screened at different venues to entertain the visitors.

Earlier, addressing the members the Chairman of IMPCC, Mohan said all the media Units including Doordarshan and All India Radio would take active part in the PIC. 

During the campaign, the field units of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting would cover all the villages in Little Andaman with appropriate programme activities to involve cross sections of the people in the campaign.  To facilitate the participation of people from different areas, special sailings and special bus services will be arranged.

The islands already witnessed four such campaigns in Wimberligunj, Rangat, Car Nicobar and Diglipur.  The PIC in Little Andaman is the fifth campaign in these remote islands.

The campaign would end on December 23 with the valedictory function at Government Model Senior Secondary School, the venue of the campaign at Hut bay.

                 

Port Blair, Dec. 2: Launching ceremony of “Living On The Edge - LOTE” an NGO was held in the Hall of Panchayat Bhawan, Wimberlygunj today at 03.00 pm. Shri M. Sanjay Balan, Assistant Commissioner, A & N Administration was the Chief Guest., who presided over the function. The function was inaugurated by Shri M. Sanjay Balan, by publishing the By-laws of the NGO.

The President of the NGO in his welcome speech briefed the gathering about the main objectives of the NGO. The gathering was also been addressed by Dr. M.K. Debnath, Miss. Marium Bibi, and Shri. Gopal Das, Zilla Parishad Members, Shri. A.P. Jabir, Pradhan, Gram Panchayat Manarghat, Shri. Abdul Aziz, Pradhan, Stewartgunj and Shri. Zubair, Up-Pradhan, Wimberlygunj.

The Chief Guest in his address emphasised that NGO should work for the upliftment of the society in a genuine manner with sincerity. The programme culminated with vote of thanks by the General Secretary, Shri. C. Sadaquthullah, who informed the gathering that the first formal programme taken up by the NGO will be the Children’s Park situated at Wimberlygunj. 

                   

Port Blair, Dec. 2: Shri Amar Nath, Gestetner Operator, Directorate of Agriculture has retired from government service on 30.11.2012 on attaining superannuation.  A farewell was accorded to him where Shri M.A. Salam, Director of Agriculture handed over the cheques of retirement benefits to Shri Amar Nath. The Director of Agriculture appreciated the services rendered by Shri Amar Nath, Gestetner Operator.  

Port Blair, Dec. 2: The Lt. Governor being on leave would not be present for Tuesday’s public hearing on 4th and 11th December 2012.  Persons desirous to present their grievance can, however, submit the same to the Secretary to Lt. Governor in Raj Niwas from 11 AM to 12.30 PM on these days.

Port Blair, Dec. 2: The valedictory programme of Basic Training Programme on Jute Shopping Bags of three weeks duration sponsored by National Jute Board (NJB), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, Kolkata & organised by Jute Service Centre-Port Blair (JSC-PB) in collaboration with A & N Consultancy Centre (ANCON), Port Blair was held at the premises of Beodnabad Gram Panchayat office on Friday, November 30, 2012.

Smt. Maimuna, Pradhan, Beodnabad Gram Panchayat, the Chief Guest urged the trainees to be proactive by taking up self-employment in the jute sector & help to supplement the family income while at the same time improving the family’s economic condition. All possible help will be provided by the Panchayat to the trainees for self-employment & requested the banks to provide loan to the women trainees as they will readily repay the loan. She also alongwith all the guests distributed certificates & beneficiary ID card jointly issued by ANCON & NJB to the 26 successful trainees.

Er. Johnson Abraham, JSC-PB in charge informed the audience about the details of the training programme undergone by the trainees. Totally 26 ladies were selected to undergo the training programme & the raw material, sewing machines etc were provided by JSC-PB. Various types of bags were taught during the training programme especially carry bags by a local trainer who was a trainee in the initial batches and because of her perseverance she has been developed into a trainer.  The main objectives of this training programme is to generate income, provide employment, increasing sale of jute diversified products and thereby enhancing raw jute consumption. He also informed the gathering that ANCON had introduced jute diversified products in these islands by organizing Jute Fairs since 2002 at Port Blair under the sponsorship of Jute Manufactures Development Council. Since then the awareness for Jute Diversified Products had grown and is being embraced by the local populace as well as the tourists visiting these islands.Though presently jute raw material is being procured from open market in mainland JSC-PB is trying to establish a Jute Raw Material Bank (JRMB) under another NJB scheme so that the entrepreneurs can obtain the raw material of their choice at mainland rates. Presently the market is tremendous in the islands as Govt. showrooms like Sagarika & Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan are having good sales due to tourist flow. Moreover the local retailers of consumer goods, cloths, apparels and other item are also in need of such bags for marketing their goods. He also requested the guests present on the occasion to browse the display of jute items made by the trainees during the brief period of three weeks training and which was of good quality. Some of the doubts of the Guests & trainees were also clarified relating to raw material availability, sewing machine grant for SHGs from NJB, loan requirement for operating jute unit etc. Further ANCON would also provide handholding support to the trainees for next 2 years free of cost to prepare project report, registration, arrangement of finance, marketing of jute product etc.He urged the trainees to come forward as all required inputs has been provided and all agencies required for successfully setting up a unit were brought on one platform at the doorstep of the trainees.

Shri Kishori Lal, BDO, Prothrapur Block, Guest of Honour said that the jute products have good market in present situation as there is huge tourist flow in these island. He urged to continue the production of jute diversified products by the trainees for achieving their economic goal with the help of all the institutions involved.

Shri R. Paramasivam, Ex-Pradhan, Beodnabad Gram Panchayat appreciated the role of ANCON in providing an apt training programme to the women of the Panchayat which should be well utilized by them and requested the bankers and other institutions to provide support to the trainees approaching for various types of assistance.

Shri Chandan Ghosh, LDM-SBI while addressing, told that there is a requirement to produce quality products as it will automatically attract tourist to buy jute diversified product like shopping bags. He urged to initiate venture with the help of various govt. schemes through bank.

Smt. Mani Malar, Dy. Manager, A & N SCBL, Prothrapur Branch encouraged the participants to apply for loan under the PMEGP scheme.

Smt. Sunila Kumari, Lady Mobiliser, NCUI also advised the participants to make full use of the training programme by initiating self-employment, availing loan and supplementing family income..

One of the trainees Smt. Bhanumathi shared her experience about the training programme & hoped that such training programmes will go a long way in making the womenfolk economically independent and focused on necessity of advance level training..

Earlier Shri A. K. Bhattacharjee, Advisor, ANCON welcomed the gathering & anchored the programme with dexterity & also summed up the thoughts expressed during the programme.

Vote of Thanks was proposed by Shri Saikat Chakraborty, Associate Consultant, ANCON.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 22: The Member of Parliament, Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray has moved for leave to introduce a bill to provide for the creation of a Legislative Assembly for the Union Territory A&N Islands and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. The Bill was introduced under “Govt. of Union Territory of A&N Islands Bill 2012” by the Lok Sabha on 09.08.2012.

Now, The Lok Sabha, Secretariat (Legislative Branch-II) dated: 02.11.2012, enclosing the copy of letter No. 16014/2/2011 –UTL dated: 31.10.2012 from Shri. Sushil Kumar Shinde, the Hon’ble Union Minister for Home Affairs, GOI addressed to the Secretary General, Lok Sabha, New Delhi Communicating that :- QUOTE- “The President having been informed of the subject matter of ‘The Government of Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Bill, 2012” by Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament, recommends the consideration of the Bill by the Lok Sabha under clause (3) of article 117 of the Constitution”.

Port Blair, Nov. 22:   In order to combat with the ongoing water scarcity, the Ministry of Water Resources has taken up a detailed plan through its apex organization i.e. Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) to undertake a detailed studies all over the country including the UT of A&N Islands. The plan would include detailed groundwater surveys and investigation for sustainable management of Water resources in general and ground water resources in particular.

With the approval and recommendation of Planning commission, Govt. of India, it is proposed to cover the entire country within the two five year plan period. The task is underway from the current 5 year plan period. In this regard, main emphasis will be given for in depth understanding of available ground water resources, its development and management and further augmentation through ground water recharge through artificial recharge practices, rainwater harvesting etc.

Since the task is vast, it has been envisaged to incorporate all the stake holders of the precious water resources, in the programme. Besides surveys and investigation, training of the stake holders at various stages has been designed by CGWB. The training is being imparted by various Regional HQ offices of CGWB under the aegis of Rajiv Gandhi Ground Water Research and Training Institute of CGWB at Raipur, Chhattishgarh. A similar training (Tier-III) of this kind will be organized by CGWB at the Conference hall of CARI from 24th November-25th November, 2012.

The first day will include the lectures on various aspects of ground water, its management including artificial recharge and rainwater harvesting with special emphasis on A&N Islands, while in the second day field training will be imparted in some important areas in South Andaman where important changes in water resources has been occurred after the 26.12.2004 tsunami and earthquake. The training will be imparted by the experts of CGWB.

In the training programme, trainees from PRI, APWD, Deptt. Of Agriculture, MES, CARI, B.R. Ambedkar Engineering College, JRRM, Disaster Management Department of Pondicherry University (Port Blair campus) including farmers, practicing water management practices are likely to participate.

In the inauguration of the training programme at 9am on 24.11.12, at the Conference hall of CARI, Port Blair, where the Director, CARI will grace the occasion as Chief Guest and Shri D.N. Singh, Secretary, Rural Development Department, A&N Administration and Shri G.C. Pati, Regional Director, CGWB, Eastern Region will be present as Guest of Honour and Special Guest respectively.

Port Blair, Nov. 22: IGNOU has invited application for OPENMAT XXXIII examination scheduled to be held on 3rd February 2013. The University will admit students for the Degree/ Diplomas in Management starting from July 2013 session via an Entrance Test ‘OPENMAT- XXXIII,’ held on 3rd February 2013 all over the country.

The Eligibility for admission to the OPENMAT-XXXIII is Graduation in any discipline with 50% marks for General Category and 45% for Reserved Category; or Bachelor’s degree with 3 years of supervisory/ managerial/ professional experience, or Professional Degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Medicine/ Architecture/ Law/ Pharmacy; or Professional Qualifications in Accountancy/ Cost and Works Accountancy/Company Secretary ship etc; or Master's Degree in any subject Clearance of OPENMAT conducted by IGNOU.

Candidates who have successfully cleared the entrance test for admission into Management Programme conducted by the institutions like CAT, MAT and State Level tests need not appear in OPENMAT.  The cut off percentage for admission of these candidates will be decided by the university on-graduates (10+2 or equivalent) with six years of Managerial/ supervisory/ professional experience are eligible for taking admission into Diploma in Management only after clearing the entrance test. The minimum Duration is one year and maximum duration is three years of this programme, the Medium of instruction is English and there is no maximum age limit.

Student Handbook & Prospectus for Management Programme can be obtained from IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair by paying Rs. 500 in cash at the respective sale counters. Application form and prospectus can also be downloaded from the website: www.ignou.ac.in and sent along with a DD/IPO for Rs.550/- in favour of IGNOU payable at New Delhi.

                 

Kolkata, Nov. 21: The delegation of media persons from A&N Islands on an exposure trip to mainland India today visited the office of ‘Eyi Samay’ a Bangla daily of the Times of India group in Kolkata. The team interacted with the News Bureau Chief of the daily Shri Amol Sarkar, who briefed about the establishment and setup of the organisation. Shri Sarkar said that the Bangla Daily ‘Eyi Samay’ was started recently in the month of October during Mahalaya. It has a circulation of above one lakh at present and is trying to cope up with the competitors in the market.

The team also interacted with the Sports Editor of the daily, Shri Rupayan Bhattacharya who discussed at length about sports activities and sportsmen in the islands. The Sports Editor remembered the ex international footballer from the Islands Shri Thomas Khushboo who represented the nation in the Junior International Football Championship in the late 1980s. He also recalled the contribution of Rejina Kiroh for her outstanding performance in Kayaking both at the National and International level.

Thereafter the touring media persons visited the office and printing press of ‘Ganashakti’, a Bengali daily which has been running since 1967. The team interacted with the Editor Shri Narayan Datta who has been associated with the newspaper since the time of its establishment. Later the Photo Journalist, Shri Amit Kar took the media around the editorial room, DTP & Processing unit concluding with the printing press of the daily.

The team also got an opportunity to visit the office of ‘Central Bureau of Film Certification’, Kolkata and were apprised of the process of film certification.

The media team is scheduled to visit the Science City, Kolkata and other relevant offices tomorrow. The overall tour in Kolkata has been facilitated by the Addl. Director General, Press Information Bureau, Kolkata upon the request made to the Press Information Bureau, Port Blair by the Directorate of Information Publicity & Tourism, A&?N Administration. 

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Kolkata, Nov. 20: The six member media team comprising of Shri Derrick, Correspondent, The Daily Telegrams, Shri S.P. Ellango, Editor, Aspect, Shri Denis Giles, Editor, Andaman Chronicle, Shri Chandrachoodan, Editor, Shramik Lehar and Shri K.S. Mahesh, Editor, Andaman Yugam currently on Media Exposure Tour to mainland India today visited the Press Information Bureau Kolkata. The team interacted with the Addl. Director General (M&C) Shri Shantanu Palodhi and other officers of the Bureau. Matters related to accreditation, Public Information Campaign and improvement of newspapers in A&N Islands were discussed.

Thereafter the touring team also visited the Press Trust of India, Kolkata and held a discussion on the working of the news agency with Shri Sunil K. Mukhopadhyay, Manager.

The team is also expected to interact with with leading daily newspaper organisations in Kolkata tomorrow.

Port Blair, Nov. 22: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray has made a request to the concerned departments of A&N Administration that the Hindu Burning Ghat and the Christian Graveyard in Radhanagar, Diglipur Tehsil are not provided with electrical light connection as yet. For want of the same, the local Public are facing lot of problems in this regard. There is hardly 15-20 mtrs distance from the main lines to the said Burning Ghat and the Graveyard.

The MP thus requested that the concerned Departments should initiate necessary action to provide Electric line & Water Pipe Line connection to the Burning Ghat and Graveyyard in Radhanagar.

                 

Rangat, Nov. 22: As a part of conducting National Environmental Awareness Campaign 2010-11, a Walkathon was arranged by the GREENO ECO Club of GSSS Sabari on 21st Nov. 2012, which was participated by the Greenos and teachers of the School. Greenos carried banners, placards and posters starting from the school premises passing through the main ATR road of Sabari village covering a distance of 1 KM.

The theme of the walkathon was “Biodiversity Conservation”. Greenos shouted slogans to protect environment, saving biodiversity, minimize the use of plastics and use alternatives for poly bags.

The walkathon was flagged off by off by Shri P Prasad, Zilla Parishad Member, Rangat. He appreciated the Greenos for taking such initiatives to protect environment and appealed to protect our rich biodiversity and to spread the message.

Earlier Principal of the school welcomed the chief guest and the gathering. He lauded the efforts taken up by the Greenos and appealed them to be careful and responsible towards their environment. Shri Bency Joy, Programme Coordinator of NEAC- 2012 conducted by GREENO ECO CLUB of GSSS Sabari briefed the action and awareness related activities planned by the ECO Club under NEAC Campaign 2012.

Earlier a Placard making competition was held on 20.11.2012 in which Rozalin Tirkey X A, Baby Sneha X B and V Abhishek IX A  bagged the first three positions respectively.

Port Blair, Nov. 22: Ex-Servicemen Mela and Pension Adalat is being Organised on 8th Dec 12 at INS Jarawa from 0915 hrs to 1400 hrs by the Naval Component Commander.  Representatives from directorate of Ex-Servicemen Affairs, Pay & Allowances, IHQ MoD (N) New Delhi, Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), State Bank of India (PB) and Rajya Sainik Board (PB) will be present to resolve the pension related and other grievances.  ANC has requested all Ex-Servicemen & Armed Forces Widows to forward their pension related and other grievances to Command Regimental System Officer, Headquarters Naval Component, C/o Navy Office, Port Blair or Contact           No. 9531856044 by 26 Nov 12.  The ESM Mela & Pension Adalat will commence on    08 Dec 12 from 0915 hrs.  Bus Service will be available from Delanipur junction to INS Jarawa.  All Ex-Servicemen and Armed Forces Widows are requested to attend the function to get their grievances resolved.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 22: Air Force Contingent comprising of three officers and eight Airmen led by Group Captain Sunil Sadashivpeth, Station Commander, Air Force Station Prothrapur, Port Blair proceeded for Trekking expedition to Saddle Peak, the highest point in A & N group of Islands at 0630 hrs on 19 Nov 12.   The expedition was flagged off by Air Commodore TK Sinha, CSO (Ops) of HQ ANC.

The Trekking expedition has been undertaken with the aim to provide exposure to Air warriors on Basic Mountaineering, and Jungle Survival skills and interacting with the local populace.    The expedition will culminate on 23 Nov 12.   The participants studied the flora and fauna of the area and also undertook route cleaning while on their way to Saddle Peak.  They interacted with the locals and exchanged pleasantries creating a feeling of bonhomie and belongingness.   They came back with  a message of protecting the ecosystem at all costs and respecting the local culture / values and scale higher peaks in future.

Port Blair, Nov. 22: The Managing Director of AMWAY India Enterprises, Mr William S Pinckney, who was in port Blair in connection with Andaman Marathon, had met the press at Hotel Bay Island and spoke on the key strategic initiatives of the company introduced recently.  At the outset Mr Pinckney expressed happiness in being a sponsor partner of the Andaman Marathon for 2nd consecutive year.

Mr Pinckney speaking to media informed that Amway India recorded revenue of Rs 2130/- crores in 2011 growing at 19% over the previous fiscal. This is the fourth successive year that the company has registered double digit growth. The company’s focus over the past 3-4 years has been on improving consumer awareness and access which has paid off handsomely essentially as the quality of the Amway pick-up centres has undergone a sea change, and is more experiential for the consumer.

On the occasion, Mr. Pinckney also unveiled the complete line of skincare and colour cosmetics products under Attitude –the Indian skincare and cosmetic brand in premium category in the Andaman & Nicobar islands .

The entire skincare products basket under Attitude Brand is fortified with Triple Advance Complex that comprises OSMOGELINE red sea weed extract, vitamin A, C,  E  & Natural Fruit & Floral extracts like Aloe Vera, Avocado & Grape seed extracts, Mr Pinckney informed. He also said , “The beauty category is one of our fastest growing categories. The fast growing Rs. 7351 crore Indian beauty market has grown at 26% last year.The new brand identity for Attitude with complete line of skincare and colour cosmetics products reinforces our commitment to provide the highest product quality standards”.

Mr Diptarag Bhattacharjee, Vice President, Eastern Region, AMWAY India Enterprises who was also present on the occasion informed that the cluster of West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar islands and Sikkim has been one of the high growth potential clusters for Amway India, has posted a robust growth in the first half of the year 2012. He informed that in Andaman Amway has seen a sales jump from 4 crores to 9 crores, which happen to be a growth of 44%.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 19: At about 0800 hrs on 14 Nov 12, information was received at HQ ANC that a Police Fast Interceptor Boat (FIB) while towing an apprehended dinghy from Ponda to Katchal had encountered heavy weather. With the tow broken down between the two boats, the boats were adrift and in need of immediate assistance. 

Indian Naval Landing Craft Utility L 33 was immediately dispatched from Nancowry for rescuing the adrift Police FIB. The ship sailed, rolling and pitching in the heavy seas and was able to locate the Police FIB and the foreign dinghy in low visibility. With great effort in the rough weather, the ship was able to recover the policemen from the dinghy to onboard their ship and thereafter took the Police FIB under tow.  The towing operation was undertaken with care and at slow speeds to ensure that the tow did not part in the rough seas.    The Police FIB was safely brought to Katchall harbour and handed over to another FIB.

Having rescued the Police personnel, the Captain of the ship took a decision to return and recover the foreign dinghy to hand it over to the Police, despite the ship being subjected to adverse conditions due to the flat bottom design.  With great difficulty, the small dinghy was located in rain and low visibility and finally it was towed to the mouth of Katchall harbour. The efforts of the ship and her crew to rescue the Police comrades in such harsh and trying conditions has been in the best traditions of the close cooperation between ANC and our valiant Police force. Cooperative efforts of this nature follows closer understanding and training amongst various government bodies and augurs well for the future.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 19: The Lt. Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM and the First Lady of the Islands, Smt Bhawanee Singh today invited the participants of the cultural troupe from the Islands, which held the audience spellbound through their mesmerizing performances during the Andaman and Nicobar Day celebration at Pragati Maidan, Lal Chowk, New Delhi on 15th November 2012, at a get-together function held at Raj Niwas in the afternoon. A vibrant evening of songs and dances by performers from the Islands depicting the rich cultural heritage & glorious history of the Islands and classical and modern songs and dances drew huge appreciation from the gathering in the National capital during the celebration.

The Lt. Governor praised the participants for presenting an impressive cultural programme in front of a large gathering in the National capital which was highly appreciated by the people. He further stated that by presenting an exciting cultural programme in the National capital, the children have given a fair idea about the Islands’ rich cultural heritage and history and also about the communal harmony prevalent in the Islands. He directed the Education department to chalk out programme to depute children of the islands to mainland for educational tours so that our children can interact with their counterpart in mainland. He further directed that from next year onwards efforts should be made to give opportunity to children living in N&M Andaman District and Nicobar District also to participate in the Andaman and Nicobar Day celebration in the National capital.

The Chief Secretary, participants of the cultural event and other senior officers of the Administration were present on the occasion.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 19: To observe National Integration Day, floral tributes were paid by the President, PCC Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, senior leaders, supporters and staff to Smti Indira Gandhi, Former Prime Minister today at Gandhi Bhavan. A pledge was also administered by the PCC President.

Later, Sharma, along with Smti Manimala Halder of RB Vidyalaya, Dr Abhijit Roy, Professors Dr Swapan Biswas, Dr Ratan Mazumder, Dr Jyotirmoy and other dignitaries received Swamy Modhu Moharaj, a senior monk of Alam Bazar Moth , Kolkata who arrived here on a day’s visit. Alam Bazar Math is the place where Swami Vivekananda stayed after his historical tour to Chicago.  

Port Blair, Nov. 19: The penultimate day of 59th All India Cooperative Week – 2012 was observed as ‘Cooperative & Entrepreneurship Day’. In this connection, a seminar was organized by the Andaman & Nicobar State Cooperative Union in the premises of Panchayat Hall, Brindavan, South Andaman on 19th November 2012 at 10 AM – which was graced by Mohanmmed Shafique, Pramukh, Panchayt Samiti, Ferrargunj, South Andaman Ms. V.K. Mariyam Bibi, Member and Ex – Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman was present in the Seminar as Special Guest.

Welcoming the gathering, Shri Ram Lall, General Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar State Cooperative Union Highlighted on the programmes organized in connection with the 59th All India Coop. Week – 2012 during the last 5 (five) days in different places of South Andaman. He said that cooperative movement, though in slow pace, has gained momentum in these Islands gradually. Cooperative societies in different sectors like consumers, fisheries etc. are doing commendable jobs in these Islands. Since Cooperative movement is a movement of mass, every person should come forward to make this movement a grand success, he said.

In his brief Speech the Chief Guest Mohammed Shafique, Pramukh, Panchayat Samiti, Ferrargunj, South Andaman applauded the efforts made by the Andaman & Nicobar State Cooperative Union under. He said that through the celebrations of Cooperative Week every year, the A&N State Cooperative union is creating good awareness among the rural people. PRIs are related, he added. He urged rural people to form maximum cooperative societies for betterment of their socio- economic condition and come under the seven – coloured cooperative Flag.

Shri S. Suresh Babu, Principal, Rajiv Gandhi Coop. Training College run and managed by the A&N State Cooperative Union in his address informed the assemblage that during the last 4-5 Years, the world saw a great fall in international economy, but it could not make any influence in cooperative sector, particularly in our country. There lies the power of cooperation, Shri Suresh Babu opined.

A cooperative society is formed with the aim to give better services to its members. But if the members’ aspirations are not fulfilled by the management of the cooperative society concerned, expected result cannot be achieved. It happens due to lack of awareness in cooperatives and its principles. He appealed that everyone forming and running cooperative societies should avail proper trainings imparted by the Rajiv Gandhi Cooperative Training College.

Ms. .Mariyam Bibi, Member and Ex-Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman, addressing the gathering said that the A&N State Cooperative Union led by its Chairman Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has already done a good job by opening Tailoring Centres in rural areas to improve the socio- economic condition of the rural people, especially, the women folk. She said that everyone should do something positive practically for the cooperative movement of these Islands.

The programme ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri O.  Abdul Aziz, Director, A&N State Cooperative Union.

Port Blair, Nov. 19: Andaman Nicobar State Cooperative Union will be organising a Seminar on Empowerment of Women & Weaker Sections through Cooperatives on the occasion of 59th All India Cooperative Week Celebration – 2012 at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Auditorium on 20th November 2012 at 09: 45 am

The seminar is being organised in collaboration with National Cooperative Union of India, New Delhi and A&N State Cooperative Bank. Lt. General (Retd.) Bhupinder Singh, Lt. Governor, A&N Islands will be the Chief Guest on the occasion.  

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 19: A sensitization programme on “Status and Control of Foot and Mouth Disease in A & N Islands” was held on 17th November 2012 at 10.00 a.m. in the Conference Hall of CARI. Altogether 30 participants including senior Veterinary Officers from Department of animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, A&N Administration, Scientists of Animal Science Division, HoDs and PC, KVKs attended the meeting. The meeting was held under the project of Foot and Mouth Disease Control Programme with an aim to create sensitization cum awareness among the Veterinarians who are directly involved with the control and vaccination of this disease at field level for effective control of this disease from the islands.

Dr. A. Kundu, HoD, Animal Science welcomed all the delegates and briefed about the foot and mouth disease in livestock. Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CARI and Chairman of the meeting highlighted the status of the FMD in the Islands and importance of this disease in terms of direct and indirect losses to livestock and economy. He also stressed on the importance of the FMD Control programme in the islands and suggested to initiate more and more sensitization and awareness programme for the benefit of the livestock farmers for control and eradication of this disease from this island.

Dr. Shiv Kumar, Joint Director, DAHVS in his address described the status of FMD vaccination and control programme implemented by the state department. He assured to provide full co-operation to CARI for effective control of FMD in these Islands. 

Dr. Jai Sunder, PI, FMD Control Programme, Port Blair presented the progress  of the center and status of pre and post vaccination antibody titer in the sera samples  of cattle and buffalo collected from different areas of A & N Islands.

Dr. Ravindra Sharma, Professor and I/c, Hissar FMD Regional Centre, Haryana delivered a detailed lecture on the status of FMD at Global, National level and strategies for control of this disease from the islands.  He also presented the Progressive Control Pathway approaches and Regional Roadmap guidelines of FAO and OIE for effective vaccination and control of FMD from this island. He emphasized on the concentrated effort of the Department of Animal Husbandry to play a major role in mass campaigning about the disease among the farmers through the different media. 

Dr. Arun De, Co-PI, of the FMD Control Programme presented the action points for the effective control of FMD and also proposed vote of thanks.

Port Blair, Nov. 19: In view of extreme crisis of fresh water resources, to make a national campaign on conservation and saving water, Ministry of Water Resources had taken to noble plan to promulgate campaign though national painting competition on the theme conservation of water. In this regard it has also been envisaged that the school children will be the brand ambassadors to ventilate the slogan of saving water and its conservation in the wake of severe crisis of the precious resources all over the country through their drawing on the canvas.

Accordingly a national painting competition on Water Conservation has been started all over the country since 2010. The selection is done in three tiers i.e. the School level competition as it is done all over the islands where this year more than 3000 students had participated in more than 80 schools. From the successful students of School level competition, 50 candidates were selected for the second tier i.e. the State level/U.T level competition at Port Blair to select three best participants to join national competition in New Delhi on 21.1.2013. Many lucrative cash prizes will be given away besides the Certificate at the National as also the State level competitions.

The State Level competition will commence on 21.11.2012 at Govt. Sr. Secondary Girl’s School at Port Blair near Ramakrishna Mission at 9 am and the Prize Distribution ceremony will start at 3.30 pm where Shri G.T.N. Dhas, IAS and Secretary, A&N Admn. will grace the occasion as Chief Guest. Shri P.K. Singh Chief Engineer, APWD and Dr. R. Devdas, Director, Education will be present as Guest of Honour and Special Guest respectively.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 19: A two days Orientation Programme for Academic Counsellors was held at IGNOU Regional Centre Port Blair on 17th & 18th November 2012. The program was jointly organised by IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair and Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE), New Delhi.

The Orientation programme was inaugurated by Shri. Rupesh Kumar Thakur, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman while Dr. Iqbal Ahmed, Principal JNRM graced as the guest of honour.

In the inaugural session the Regional Director I/c Dr. Kasturi S. Pesala welcomed the gathering and the Resource persons from STRIDE, New Delhi.  The Academic Counsellors from Port Blair, Hut Bay, and Car Nicobar Study Centres of IGNOU attended the orientation in which detailed account about IGNOU and Status of Higher Education in the country was presented by Dr. Manjula Saxena, Deputy Director RSD and Prof. P. K. Biswas, STRIDE, New Delhi.

The programme aimed at strengthening the Student Support Services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and to improve the skills of lecturers associated with IGNOU in the Region. During the programme, study centres activities were discussed and counsellors were taught how to conduct counselling sessions and evaluate Assignments. They were also made aware about Examination system and functioning of the Study centres at different parts of the isles. Importance of Study Material provided by IGNOU and how to make effective use by the students was explained during the orientation. The functioning and activities of Study Centre, Port Blair were highlighted by, Dr. Iqbal Ahmed, Principal JNRM and Dr. J S Manhas, Coordinator, IGNOU Study Centre, Port Blair.

During the two day programme the counsellors were taught how to strengthen the Student Support Services and how to guide the students for self study. Feedbacks and suggestions were taken from the Academic Counsellors to provide more effective functioning at grassroots levels of the isles in the near future. 

On the day of valediction, Certificates were distributed for the participating counsellors. The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Shri Sanjiv Kumar Hira, Section Officer of IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair.

                   

                 

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Port Blair, Nov. 18: “There is a need for our researchers to go beyond their degree to contribute for medical research on public health”, said Shri S.K. Rao, Joint Secretary, Deptt. of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare today while addressing researchers and media at ICMR, Dollygunj.

While degree like PhDs can be called as personal achievements, where the researcher does some research keeping in mind his degree, there is a need to expand the thinking to contribute towards public health, said the visiting Joint Secretary.

Shri Rao explained that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has expanded itself and has four different departments under it. They are the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH, Department of AIDS Control and the Department of Health Research. The ICMR he said used to be a separate entity but now it has been brought under Department of Health Research, thereby elevating its status.  The department of health research was constituted in 2007 with a purpose of coordinating with the sister research organisations. With ICMR being included under this department, it is entrusted to control the entire research done in the field of medicines and public health.

Giving examples of diseases/ viruses, Rao said that there was a time when India never had a vaccine for Swine Flu. But when the virus spread, it was a blessing in disguise as we ourselves had developed vaccines to control it with the help of ICMR. Therefore we expect more from ICMR when it comes to public health, he said.

Expressing concern over diabetes, the Joint Director said that India will be known as the diabetic capital of the world by 2020. It is alarming, he said. Keeping this in mind, the Govt. of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare had launched a national programme on diabetes. Under this programme each and every district of the country will be identified and a universal level screening has been initiated. With the help of our research organisations, we are in an advance stage of developing the regent to be used in the diabetic testing kit. This will reduce the cost of the kit considerably, making it affordable to the common man, Shri Rao explained.

He also said that the Planning Commission had granted Rs. 1900 Crores to the Department of Health Research during the 11th plan. But looking at the perspective of our country, it has been decided to enhance the grant to 9 times more than the 11th Plan.

“We have also plans to establish research unit in Medical Colleges thereby linking all researches. Apart from this we have big agendas for the coming years and major thrust will be given on Human Resource development”, Rao said.

Explaining about the delay in opening a medical college in the islands, the Joint Secretary explained that Human Resource is the main constraint. Though the govt. has relaxed many rules for setting up of medical colleges in the country but it is still difficult to sustain due to shortage in faculty even though age relaxation has been announced.

The Director RMRC (ICMR), A&N Islands, Dr. P. Vijayachari who was also present on the occasion cleared several doubts raised on the occasion regarding the health status of tribes in A&N Islands. He explained that ICMR has come out with a Community Biodiversity Register wherein it has covered the entire population of Nicobar District. The traditional herbs and drugs used by the community have been recorded, which will prevent private entrepreneurs from patenting it for their benefit.

Regarding the Jarawa tribes, Dr. Vijayachari said, ICMR is not venturing into the Jarawa territory for want of permission. He said, “It is not ethical to collect any kind of samples from the tribe without their consent.  This is also done as per the guidelines of Govt. of India”.

Later Dr. Vijayachari exhibited the Community Biodiversity Register of the Nicobars which has three volumes. Two volumes have been complied and released while the third volume will be released shortly.

Kenya and Ethiopia Sweep Half Marathon, Sandhya Kispotta Saves Andaman’s Pride

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 18: The second edition of Amway Andaman Marathon witnessed an overwhelming response with over 700 participants from the Andaman Islands as well as different parts of India participating in the event.  This time participation of marathon runners from Kenya and Ethiopia had accorded the second edition of Amway Andaman Marathon an international look. 

The athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia swept the half marathon in both men and women categories with only one islander, Ms. Sandhya Kispotta from Sports Authority standing 3rd in the women’s event.  The first place in the half marathon in the men category went to Mr. David Kiptoo Kiprotich of Kenya at a record time of 1h: 04m: 46s, while Ms. Tsiee Tadesse Mengistu from Ethiopia clocked 1h: 22m: 24s in the women’s category.

The 10K event in the open men category was swept by the Army 18 Kumaon regiment of Andaman & Nicobar with all the three positions going to Mr. Shailesh Kumar Yadav, Mr. Rajeev Kumar and Mr. Balwant Singh at an impressive timings of 32m: 43s; 32m: 59s & 33m: 56s respectively.   In the open women category Ms. Jeromina Xaka from the A&N Police bagged first place clocking 53m: 47.55s, while the second and third place went to Ms. Ganga Devi from Civilian and Ms. Dhan Laxi from A&N Police clocking 55m: 02.53s & 1h: 02m: 11s respectively.

In the 10K senior men category Mr. S. Kali Muthu from Coast Guard stood first clocking 53m:33.12s while in the senior women category Mrs. Rajabala Sharma, a house wife (Andaman & Nicobar Command) stood first clocking 1h:11m:40s.

Earlier Shri Anand Prakash, IAS, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration flagged off the event from the Cellular Jail in the presence of Shri Rahul Bose and Mr. William S. Pinckney, Managing Director of Amway. 

The event saw over 700 people participating in the two events. At the end of the event Air Marshal P. K. Roy, AVSM, PVSM, Commander in Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command distributed the awards and medals at the Netaji Stadium in the presence of a large gathering including officers of Andaman Administration, Defence and Members of Andaman Chamber.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 18: Compensation to the tune of Rs.26,35,773.00 in lieu of submerged land of 13 farmers/tenants of Ferrargunj Tehsil (Mithakhari and Hobdipur villages) has been disbursed by Shri Rupesh Kumar Thakur, Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman in a solemn function held in the District Conference Hall on 17.11.2012. Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner (SA) urged the beneficiaries to utilize the compensation amount cautiously and try to create permanent assets for the livelihood of their families. He further stated that claims of compensation in lieu of submerged land are being settled as and when all requisite formalities are completed. The beneficiaries thanked the Administration especially the Hon'ble Lt. Governor for the efforts made for providing succour to the affected persons.

Port Blair, Nov. 18: Andaman and Nicobar Command alongwith the state administration and other maritime stakeholders of A & N Islands is set to validate the SOPs for ‘Coastal Security for A&N Islands’ during Coastal Security Exercise – ‘Tat Suraksha – 02/12’. ‘Tat Suraksha’ is a bi–annual Coastal Security Exercise wherein various drills and contingencies are practiced jointly by civil administration and armed forces in a coordinated manner to safeguard the Coast of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in keeping with the Coastal Security architecture put in place after the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.

The Exercise will be conducted in the Andaman Sea from 21 -23 Nov 12 in two phases. First phase will be the harbour phase involving Table Top Exercises. During the second – ‘Tactical’ phase assets of ANC alongwith the assets and personnel from thirteen civil agencies will be deployed at sea. The exercise also will be utilized to create awareness about the coastal security mechanism at A & N Islands and usage of toll free telephone number 1093 dedicated for reporting coastal security issues.

The various state agencies viz. A&N Administration, A&N Police, Fisheries Shipping Services (DSS), Light House authorities and customs department will be actively involved in the exercise.

The exercise will be controlled and monitored from Joint Operations Centre (Coastal Security) – JOC (CS) at Headquarters, Andaman & Nicobar Command and Indian Coast Guard being a major stakeholder in the coastal security chain will be coordinating with the all civil agencies during the conduct of the exercise from Regional Coastal Security Operations Centre (A&N) at CGRHQ (A&N), thereby upholding the credo – ‘United We Stand’.

Port Blair, Nov. 18: Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers celebrated its 232nd Anniversary on 18th Nov 2012. It is one of the oldest arms of the Indian Army. The origin of the Crops dates back to the Indian Army. This Corps consists of three major constituents namely Combat Engineers, Military Engineering Service (MES) and Border Roads. The corps also provides officers to the Military Survey and Defence Research and Development Organisation.

True to the motto SARVATRA, the Corps of Engineers has excelled in multifarious activities on the Islands. The Sappers have always been in the forefront in rendering aid to the civil authorities during natural calamities such as floods and earthquakes. The Chief Engineer Andaman and Nicobar Zone was awarded the unit Citation by Vice Chief of Army Staff for Exemplary work in Post Tsunami operations. The MES on the Island carries out construction and maintenance of Defence assets amounting to a large annual turnover, which adds to the employment generation and economic development of the Islands. The Border Road Organization has also significantly contributed to the infrastructure development on the islands in terms of building roads in the remote areas of Andaman and Nicobar islands, thus providing avenues for employment of locals and improving the quality of life of local populace.

It is of significance to note that the Crops has been central to infrastructure development in these islands given their role in construction and maintenance of the facilities/ infrastructure, continue to be developed for crucial infrastructure in difficult locations. Of significance are the construction of the Chouldhari and Dhanikhari Dam, the Andaman Trunk Road, the road between in GNI, the airfields in Campbell Bay and Shibpur to name a few. The Corps continues a proud tradition of service to the nation and these Islands as they contribute significantly to nation’s development.

Port Blair, Nov. 18: The Department of Fisheries, A&N Administration invites applications from individuals/Fishers/Cooperative Societies/Self Help Groups from A&N Islands for setting up of Open Sea Cage Culture Units under the RKVY scheme "Subsidy for setting up of Open Sea Cage Culture Unit" during 2012-13.

The scheme envisages subsidy @ 50% of the actual cost of the Open Sea Cage Culture Unit of 12 m diameter subject to a maximum of Rs.3.00 lakh including the cost of net material, HDPE frames (High Density Polyethylene Frame), float, anchors.

Application form and detailed terms & conditions of the scheme can be obtained from the Directorate of Fisheries/Fisheries Zonal Offices/Fisheries Sub-Offices/Panchayat Samities and the completed applications may be submitted to the nearest Fisheries Zonal Offices/Fisheries Sub-Offices. The application form can also be downloaded from the A&N Administration's website, www.and.nic.in. The application should reach the concerned offices on or before 15.12.2012.

                 

                   

Port Blair, Nov. 16: After having taken over as CINCAN, Air Marshal PK Roy AVSM VM VSM visited 37 Wing, Air Force Station Carnic on 15 Nov 12. The CINCAN, on arrival was briefed by the Station Commander and other Section Commanders on their respective roles and activities being undertaken. To improve connectivity and communication within the base, a mini BSNL exchange was inaugurated by the CINCAN which would go a long way in enhancing the operational efficiency of the station.

A cultural programme and community dinner was organised in the evening, wherein Air Marshal PK Roy was seen actively interacting with the Air Warriors and civilians of the Station. The Senior Officers also visited the famous Chukchuka hut and met the local Nicobaris who enthusiastically informed him about the significance and ethnic semblance of the hut. CINCAN also laid wreath at the Tsunami Memorial.  

Addressing the Officers and Air Warriors, CINCAN applauded one and all for the yeoman service that they are doing and that they should be proud of serving at such a strategically located base.  He emphasized on the need to consolidate and be operationally ready for any task at all times.  Air Marshal added that he was aware of the hardships and poor connectivity to mainland due remote location of the Station and assured an all out support from Headquarters ANC, including Chartering of Air India flights.

The Air Marshal was appreciative of the cohesiveness in the Station and urged everyone to continue the good job. Finally, the CINCAN exhorted all to live up to motto of Andaman and Nicobar Command ie “Victory through Jointness”.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 16: With a view to provide a forum for children to pursue their natural curiosity and inventiveness to quench their thirst for creativity, the Navy Children School, Port Blair conducted a Science and Art Exhibition  ‘Spectrum -2012’ on 16 Nov 12. The Exhibition was inaugurated by Mrs Rama Pillai, Vice President, Defence Wives Welfare Association (DWWA) Andaman & Nicobar Command. Approximately 800 parents, senior officers and students of NCS (Port Blair) witnessed the event.

During the exhibition, the participating students displayed their scientific and co- curricular talents through their models and exhibits. The exhibition provided an opportunity to all participating students, teachers and visitors to be acquainted with different kinds of equipment, devices and techniques. It enabled the students and teachers to generate scientific ideas for addressing various problems of the society and environment. The exhibition also created an awareness about environmental issues and concerns as also inspired children to devise innovative ideas towards their mitigation.

                 

New Delhi, Nov. 16: The Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, Lieutenant Governor, A&N Islands inaugurated the Andaman & Nicobar Pavilion at a function held on 15th Nov. 2012. In his address the LG explained about the peculiar topographical and geographical conditions of the Islands. He urged the exhibitors and the local residents settled in New Delhi to experience the rich cultural history and products of the islands so as to bring awareness about the islands in the national capital and generate demands for the local products in the national and international markets.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 16: Heavy Rain (7-12 cm) may occur at isolated places over Andaman & Nicobar Islands during next 24 hours. Under the influence of well marked low pressure area over east central Bay and adjoining areas, strong South to South-westerly wind speed exceeding 45 Kmph, and generally rough sea likely along and off Andaman & Nicobar coasts. Fishermen are advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea. The general public is advised to take precautionary measures and in case of any emergency contact the following phone numbers of State Control Room, District Control Room and Emergency Operation Centres:

State Control Room: 03192- 238880 (Tele-Fax), 1O77(Helpline).

District Control Room: 03192-238881

EOC (Campbell Bay): 03193-264020

EOC (Kamorta): 03193-263222

EOC (N&M): 03192-262960

EOC (Hut Bay): 03192-284014

EOC (Car Nicobar): 03193-265241

Port Blair, Nov. 16: Super Specialists of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi, Kerala will be rendering their services in GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair starting from 19th November to 24th November, 2012 and from 26th November to 30th November, 2012 in the disciplines of Cardiology, Endocrinology and Plastic Surgery. The following Super-Specialists will be available during these days:-

1.             Dr. Rajesh T, Cardiologist

2.             Dr. Arun Menon, Endocrinologist

3.             Dr. Mohit Sharma, Plastic Surgeon

They will examine the patients in Room No. 6 & 17 of OPD, GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair. General Public may register their name with Dr. S.S. Singh, Medical Specialist/Dr. Omkar Singh, Medical Specialist in respect of Cardiac & Endocrino cases and with Dr. Sukumar Saha, General Surgeon/Dr. Saji Varghese, Surgical Specialist in respect of Plastic Surgery cases in their respective OPD of GBPH, Port Blair.

Port Blair, Nov. 16: An awareness programme on Coastal security will be held at Community Hall, Haddo on 17th November 2012 at 1000 hours. The programme is being organized jointly by District Administration (SA) and Coast Guard Region (AN).

Port Blair, Nov. 16: IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair in association with ‘Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education’ (STRIDE) Maidan Garhi, New Delhi is organising a two days ‘Orientation Programme’ for the Academic Counsellors. The formal inauguration of the same will be held on Saturday, the 17th November 2012 at 09: 30 am, wherein Shri. Ruesh kumar Thakur, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman District has consented to be the Chief Guest.

Dr. Iqbal Ahmad, Principal (JNRM) will be the Guest of Honour while Dr. Manjula Saxena & Prof. P.K Biswas IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi will be Resource persons on the occasion.

Port Blair, Nov. 16: A murder was committed at Cattle Pound, Chunna Bhatta, Panighat, South Andaman in the intervening night of Nov. 12 and 13, 2012 wherein a person named Delesu (A Hindu Priest) was killed by unknown person. Soon after the report was received at PS Bambooflat, a team under the close supervision of Dy. SP. Shri. T. Sebastian proceeded on the spot to investigate.

On 14th Nov. 2012 at around 1700 hrs the police team successfully nabbed the accused B. Tejeswar Rao, 24, S/o B. Satyam, R/o Panighat, who is a fisherman by profession. A crime no. 171/2012 dated 13/11/2012 was registered under 302 IPC.

According to reports, the accused admitted that he had committed the murder as he felt that the victim had used black magic on him to ruin his wealth and property.

                 

Students display their interest, aptitude and sensitivity towards Life effectively

                 

Car Nicobar, Nov. 15: The Zonal Science, Art and Craft Exhibition began at Car Nicobar on 14th Nov. 2012. The Deputy Commissioner Shri P. Jawahar inaugurated the two-day Exhibition, in the Education Office Complex.

Soon after the inauguration, the Chief Guest visited the exhibits and was impressed to see the Science models made by the students of Lapathy School, with the limited available resources. He appreciated the efforts of the teachers for guiding the students in the preparation of the models. 

The model of the hydro electric Power generation drew the attention of the visitors. The concept was nicely executed by the students under the supervision of Shri Maliyadri, the Physics Senior teacher of the School. The models of Tsunami Alert System and Seismographic sensors seem to have larger scope of applicability in real life, the visitors felt. Shri P. Jawahar also praised the students for putting up some interesting Mathematical projects.

The Psychological activity based model presented by Master Kartik, a student of class VII of Govt. Senior Secondary School Malacca was applauded by everyone. The samples of the Ayurvedic Medicines prepared, by using the locally available herbs, were also displayed. These samples prepared by Ms Alice have already been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Few models, depicting the Social and cultural life of the Nicobari community are also kept in the stall of the Malacca School. This shows their sensitivity towards life. The Chief Guest congratulated the students for displaying such wonderful models.

Inside the stall of Govt. S.S. Mus, the visitors enjoyed, watching the models of Science. The complexities of Mathematical concepts are presented in a very simpler form, which is very interesting. The Art and handicraft works of the Sawai, Arong and GMPS are close to perfection, and the visitors never forget to buy these classical samples. There was big crowd on the inaugural day at the food stalls of Malacca and GMPS Schools.

Apart from Lapathy, Malacca, Mus, Arong and Sawai the students of Kinmai, Tapoming, Kinyuka, Jayanthi, Kimious, GMPS (HQ) also displayed their models and beautiful handicraft items. Large number of Parents and guardians of the students turned up today to see the creative works of their children.

The Exhibition will remain open tomorrow for the general Public from 10 am to 7 pm. The best models will represent the Zone in the forth coming State Science Exhibition at Port Blair.

Port Blair, Nov. 15: A person named Delesu, 56 years was murdered on the night of 13th Nov. 2012. Soon after the incident was reported, the team of PS Bambooflat nabbed one Ashokan who had confessed to have committed the murder. It is learnt that Ashokan had killed Delesu assuming that the deceased had put a spell of black magic on him, thereby ruining his wealth and property. The murderer had used a stick to beat the deceased and continued to strike till the deceased succumbed to injuries.

Ashokan has been produced before the Court of Law and has been remanded to custody.

I am happy to learn that like every year, the National Press Day is being celebrated by the Directorate of IP&T, A&N Administration on 16th November 2012. This day is celebrated to commemorate functioning of Press Council of India in 1966, an ethical and moral agency to ensure that the press in India maintains high standards of journalistic ethics expected from the fourth pillar of the democracy. 

Due to passage of time, media's role has increased manifold in our country. From highlighting various ills, it is playing a vital role in helping various sections of society to know their rights and duties. I am happy that in our Islands, we have a responsible media catering to ensure public accountability and raising societal issues for their redressal.

I convey my greetings to media fraternity and appeal to practise constructive and investigative journalism for the overall development of our Islands.

Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh

Lieutenant Governor

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Port Blair, Nov. 15: The Indira Gandhi National Open University invites applications for admissions to its MBA programme in Banking and Finance for January 2013 session. The last date to submit the filled-in application form for the programme at the concerned Regional Centre is 20th December 2012 and by post is 5th December 2012. The MBA (Banking & Finance) Programme, specifically designed for Bankers, is offered through countrywide network of Study Centres of IGNOU.  Developed collaboratively by School of Management Studies, IGNOU and the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance (IIBF), Mumbai, the programme uses standard IGNOU multi-media design and technology aided delivery systems.

In order to seek admission to this Programme, a candidate should: (a) be a graduate of a recognized University (b) have passed the CAIIB examinations of the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, Mumbai and awarded the requisite qualification/credentials thereof  by the Institute, and (c) have been working in the Banking or Financial Service Sector for a period of at least two years. ‘Student Handbook & Prospectus’ can be obtained from IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair and is active only in Port Blair Study Centre(0201) in person on payment of Rs.500/- (Rupees Five Hundred only). The application can also be downloaded from IGNOU website at http//: www.ignou.ac.in and submitted along with a DD/IPO for Rs.500/-, in addition to the Programme fee

Port Blair, Nov. 15: The Indira Gandhi National Open University invites applications for admissions to its MBA programme in Banking and Finance for January 2013 session. The last date to submit the filled-in application form for the programme at the concerned Regional Centre is 20th December 2012 and by post is 5th December 2012. The MBA (Banking & Finance) Programme, specifically designed for Bankers, is offered through countrywide network of Study Centres of IGNOU.  Developed collaboratively by School of Management Studies, IGNOU and the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance (IIBF), Mumbai, the programme uses standard IGNOU multi-media design and technology aided delivery systems.

In order to seek admission to this Programme, a candidate should: (a) be a graduate of a recognized University (b) have passed the CAIIB examinations of the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, Mumbai and awarded the requisite qualification/credentials thereof  by the Institute, and (c) have been working in the Banking or Financial Service Sector for a period of at least two years. ‘Student Handbook & Prospectus’ can be obtained from IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair and is active only in Port Blair Study Centre(0201) in person on payment of Rs.500/- (Rupees Five Hundred only). The application can also be downloaded from IGNOU website at http//: www.ignou.ac.in and submitted along with a DD/IPO for Rs.500/-, in addition to the Programme fee

Port Blair, Nov. 15: The 137th Birth Anniversary of the Great Freedom Fighter Birsa Munda was celebrated today at Ranchi Association, Port Blair. Various programme’s like Birsa Munda Rolling cup hockey tournament, Painting competition, Group song, drawing competition was organised by the Association.

The main programme was conducted today at Ranchi Association where the Chief Guest of the programme Shri G. Theva Needhi Dhas, IAS Secretary (Tribal Welfare, A&N Administration) along with guest of honour Shri Som Naidu, Director (Tribal Welfare) A&N Administration presided over.

The programme commenced with garlanding the statue of Birsa Munda by the guests, President Shri J. N. Biswa Karma and Ex- President Shri Agapit Kujur. Thereafter a colorful cultural programme was presented by the cultural group of Ranchi Association.

In the beginning welcome speech was delivered by the President, Ranchi Association after which Shri Agapit Kujur Ex-president highlighted the contribution the life history of Birsa Munda.

Shri Prakash Minj, Organizing secretary-cum-Treasurer, Ranchi Association highlighted the current activities and future plan of the Ranchi Association also appreciated all hockey players and participants of different competitions on the occasion.

In their address the chief guest and the guest of honour deliberated about the contribution of Great Freedom Fighter Birsa Munda. They also mentioned the contribution and development of Chota Nagpuri adivsi’s for Andaman Nicobar islands. The chief guest hoped that the Government of India and Andaman Nicobar Administration will come forward to help through various schemes for development of these communities.

At the end of the programme, the vote of thanks was proposed by the Secretary, Youth culture and sports of Ranchi Association Shri Dan Bhushan Barla.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 15: The general public is hereby informed that a dead body of an unknown person has been kept in the cold mortuary room of G.B. Pant Hospital after Post-mortem Examination for identification. Any information about the deceased person may be passed in Ph. Nos. 03192-250525 (PS Pahargaon) and 100 (PCR), a communication from Shri M.S. Randhawa, IPS, SP South Andaman District said here today.

                 

New Delhi, Nov. 14: The Lt. Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM today inaugurated the Andaman and Nicobar Islands pavilion in the India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2012, being held in New Delhi from 14th to 27th November 2012. The First Lady of the Islands, Smt Bhawanee Singh also graced the occasion. Various Govt. departments and Pvt. Sector units from the islands associated with the tourism industries have put up their stalls in the pavilion to showcase the rich cultural history and the development prospects of the Islands. The Lt Governor also visited various stalls in the exhibition and directed the departments to generate awareness about the immense growth potential of the region to the people of the National capital. The Chief Secretary, Shri Anand Prakash, senior officers of the Administration and public representatives of the Islands were also present on the occasion.

Port Blair, Nov. 15: Animal Science Division of Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair is organizing one day sensitization programme on  “Status and Control of Foot and Mouth Disease in A & N Islands” on 17th November 2012 at 10.00 a.m. in the Library Conference Hall of CARI. Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CARI will be the Chairman and Dr. Ravindra Sharma, Professor and In-charge, Hissar FMD Regional Centre, Haryana will be delivering lecture and impart training on strategies for effective vaccination and control of Food and Mouth Disease in livestock. The meeting will be attended by all Senior Veterinary Officers of Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, A&N Administration.

                 
                 

                 

One of Colombia’s most important Indian leaders has narrowly escaped an attempt on his life. Rogelio Mejía, the leader of the Arhuaco tribe of northern Colombia, was traveling in a car which was stopped at a roadblock by a group of armed men and riddled with bullets.

Mr Mejía was hit in the head when a bullet passed through his hat, but miraculously was only lightly wounded. He escaped the gunmen after fleeing  from the car.

 A Survival International researcher who was traveling with Mr Mejía escaped injury, but was interrogated at gunpoint by the assailants for ten minutes as to Mr Mejía’s whereabouts. The gunmen fled when they heard a police car approaching.

The incident happened just outside the frontier town of Pueblo Bello, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Pueblo Bello has been a source of violence within the Arhuaco territory for decades. In June a 13-year old Arhuaco girl was raped, tortured and killed there; like virtually all crimes committed against Indians in Colombia, no-one has been punished.

The Arhuaco have been at the forefront of the Indian movement in South America. Many of their leaders have been assassinated, and countless others killed in the quasi-civil war that has raged in their territory between drug gangs, left-wing guerrillas and the army.

Several of their leaders, including Leonor Zalabata of the Arhuaco organization Confederación Indígena Tayrona (CIT), have received death threats.

In 1990 their three most important leaders, Luis Napoleón Torres, Hugues Chaparro and Angel María Torres, were tortured and killed – no-one has ever been punished for the crime.

Stephen Corry, Survival International’s Director, said today, ‘The Indians of the Sierra Nevada have maintained an ‘island’ of laws and peace in a region which has been submerged in violence for generations. If the Colombian government has any authority at all, it must protect them and bring the would-be assassins to justice. Nowhere is it more clearly shown that the notion that tribal peoples are more violent than industrialized ones is complete garbage.’

The legendary return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana marks the celebration of Diwali. Heralding the advent of peace and prosperity, the festival also calls for all of us to work in unison for all-round progress of the islands.

On this happy occasion, I extend my warm greetings and heartfelt good wishes to the peace loving people of these islands. May this festival of lights banish darkness from every home and bring happiness and joy in every house.

Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh

Lieutenant Governor

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

On the eve of the of Dipawali and puja festival, Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray, the Hon’ble Member of Parliament, extended his warm greetings to the Islanders. May the festival bring happiness, peace, prosperity, and unity among all the Islanders.

Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, PCC and all the leaders of Congress Party greet the islanders a very happy, fantastic and safe deepawali which falls on 13th November, 2012. They also wish the children of the Islands a happy Childrens day on the occassion of the birth day of Pdt Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India and wish them a prosperous future ahead. The 123rd Birth Anniversary of Pdt Jawahar Lal Nehru will be celebrated at the premises of Gandhi Bhavan on 14th November, 2012 by all the leaders, staff and supporters of the Party.

Port Blair, Nov. 12: The Lt. Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM has sanctioned Rs 3,59,000/- lakhs as ex-gratia relief from LG’s Relief Fund to the ten affected persons of the fire accident which occurred at Haddo.

It may be recalled that on 21st July 2012, an old wooden double storied building situated at Haddo opposite to Mini Zoo got fire in which the first floor of the building was completed gutted. A number of shops situated in the building comprising electronic items, tailoring, barber, tea-cum-stationary, electrical etc. were damaged in the fire accident.

Port Blair, Nov. 12: The Lt. Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM has sanctioned Rs one lakh out of LG’s Relief Fund to meet the cost of treatment of Shri S. Vasudev, S/o Late S Chandraiah, R/o Dairy Farm, who is suffering from cancer and applied for financial assistance from LG’s Relief Fund.

The patient has undergone radiation therapy at Vishakhapatnam in April 2012. The visiting Oncologist from AIMS, Kochi had diagnosed the patient to have post radiation residual lesion in Palatc, Maxilla and Infratermporal fossa and had been advised surgery at mainland.

Port Blair, Nov. 12: Naval Ship Repair Yard, Port Blair, the largest Industrial Establishment of Andaman & Nicobar Command, Celebrates its anniversary on 12 Nov every year to mark its emergence as a Naval Ship Repair Yard From a modest Base Repair Organisation of the early 70s.

As a part of the 39th Anniversary of the Raising Day, the yard has planned various public – interface and environmental programmes. A team of NSRY personnel along with their families visited Government Old Age Home, Ferargunj on 3rd Nov. 2012 and shared the evening with the inmates who include elderly and differently abled children.

On landing at the Old Age Home, ‘Team NSRY’ organized themselves into small groups and interacted with each and every inmate of the Old Age Home. Few personnel from the NSRY Team came forward and entertained the inmates by singing songs and playing games with them. This motivated a few inmates also to join them in singing and the atmosphere become alive. All inmates were very touched by the spirit, enthusiasm and warmth of the visiting team. Few of the inmates expressed that such programmes be conducted more frequently.

During the interaction with the Yard families and inmates, the Commodore Superintendent of the Yard urged of his officers and staff and their families compassion and empathy towards the elders who have dedicated their lives to future generations.

The Commodore Superintendent conveyed his special thanks to Shri Shiva Pratap, IAS, Secretary (Social Welfare), Shri V Krishna Murty, Director (Social Welfare) and the staff of Govt Old Age Home, Ferrargunj for their cooperation in making the event successful.

Port Blair, Nov. 12: Referring the letter of Demand of Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, PCC dt 26th October, 2012 for supply of uninterrupted supply of electricity to Gandhi Nagar, Smith Island and Jagannath Dera, Diglipur, Shri M Eappan, Assistant Engineer (PL), AN Electricity Deptt, Port Blair has mentioned that their department is always in the forefront for providing round the clock power supply to all residents of A&N Islands.

The work for providing 24 hrs uninterrupted power supply to Gandhi Nagar village through hiring DG sets has been completed on 7th Nov 12 and is running on trial basis. The work for providing 24 hrs uninterrupted power supply to Smith Island (Sagar Dweep) is in progress and expected to be completed within a week.

In respect of Jagannath Dera, Mr Eappan informed that the department has already started extension of T&D system from the main grid for 24 hrs power supply to the location but the work is held up for want of clearance from Forest Department to draw T&D lines through Forest area stretching around 4 kms for which proposal is already submitted to the Forest Department.

Sharma has thus decided to take up the issue of early clearance from the Forest with the concerned Department.

                 

                   

Port Blair, Nov. 11: The Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Directorate of Youth Affairs & Sports, Andaman & Nicobar Administration will be organising ‘Amway Andaman Marathon’ once again. The Organisers have received unprecedented response and almost 700 registrations have been received upto the 10th November 2012, which was the last date of registration.

This time quite a few participants have registered from mainland India and international athletes especially from Kenya and Ethiopia are also likely to participate in the event. With the kind of response to the Marathon, the management has decided to extend the last date of registration to Wednesday the 14th November, 2012.

Shri Anad Prakash, Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration has consented to flag off the mega event from the historic Cellular Jail at 5.15 AM on Sunday the 18th November, 2012, while Air Marshall P.K .Roy, CINCAN, Andaman & Nicobar Command will be Distributing the awards at the concluding point at the Netali Stadium at 7.30 A.M.

Mr. William S. Pinckney, Managing Director and country head of M/s. Amway India Limited, the title sponsors will also be present.

                 

Car Nicobar, Nov. 11: The Football festival was at its peak here in Car Nicobar with the President Cup and Vice President Cup Football tournaments held one after the other. Every year the Vice President of India Cup Championship creates this kind of festive environment here. The number of spectators entering inside the Stadium too has increased over the years. Football being their favourite Sports among the Nicobarese is one obvious reason. The professionalism adopted by the organising team, in conducting the mega event is also another reason but one most popular reasons, if asked to a football fan coming out of the Stadium is the Live Commentary. A good Live commentary not only increases the popularity of the event but keeps the fans focussed on the game. This time it was O. Suleman, the commentator who kept the even going with his techniques, which was loved by all.

His style of communicating the activities of the game in action to the audience was unique. He induced enormous energy among the players, and made excitement come out from the shell, with his magical words. Even a dull looking match became alive. He doesn’t forget to mix some humorous elements in his commentary to bring some lighter moments, especially when the match gets tensed. His sensitivity towards the social issues was also reflected from his commentary as he never forgot to mention the features of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and called upon the parents to send their children to schools.  Suleman hails from the Manarghat village of South Andaman district.

Talking to ‘Andaman Chronicle’ he said that he is attached to Sports especially football. He wanted to be a sportsman and play like the other boys during his childhood but couldn’t fulfil his dreams due to a physical deformity. He then decided to take up commentary and thus he remained attached with Sports.

Suleman started learning the basics of commentary by watching the live coverage on TV. He rarely missed any opportunity to watch live matches on Television since his school days. Even after getting a job in the Statistical Department, his passion for Sports remains the same.

During the last Andaman Premier League at Netaji Stadium, Suleman stepped into the big stage and took control of the commentary box successfully. The love for the football forced him to come down to Nicobar last year for the Vice President Cup Football Championship, voluntarily. This year too was there, sacrificing his earned leaves. Andaman Chronicle salutes the determination and passion of this mesmerising talent, who has overcome life’s challenges to become an inspiration for many.

                 

Car Nicobar, Nov. 11: National Education day was celebrated in this remote tribal region also, with great enthusiasm. The students of the different schools of Car nicobar took out Prabhat ferries in the morning. They were raising slogans on the theme of Education. The students of the Govt. Senior Secondary School Lapathy took out a rally in the morning around 6.AM, covering the entire village.  The students spread the message of the importance of Literacy, to common people. Later the students participated in the elocution competition, which was based upon the life and contribution of Maulan Abul Kalam Azad.

Students also presented their self composed poems, based on literacy. Shri Emmanual, PGT in his speech said that Maulana Azad had a vision of making a self reliant India with the power of Education. He called upon the students to take the responsibility of educating the Illiterate people of their villages. “Each one teach one” should be the mission of every student, he said.

Similar programs were also conducted by the Govt. Sec. School Mus, Govt.M.S. School Tamaloo and other schools. In spite of today being the Sunday, the attendance of the students in the schools was good.

The National Education Day is celebrated every year today on the birth Anniversary of the great freedom fighter and Educationist Maulan Abul Kalam Azad.

                   

Car Nicobar, Nov. 11: The two days Training camp for the Physical Education Teachers of Car Nicobar Concluded today. The Master trainers Mohd. Iqbal and Ahmad Ali conducted the Workshop. Apart from  theory and Practical classes, special session on the judgement Methodologies of Yoga Competitions was also conducted. The trainees were asked to promote yoga in their respective schools, as it has been directed by the ministry to include Yoga in the Sports Curriculum of the schools.

Shri Mohd Iqbal Senior master trainer told that the all the teachers from the different schools of the region have participated enthusiastically in this workshop. These teachers are asked to conduct Yoga classes and competitions in their respective schools, and encourage students to practice it at home as a routine. Yoga competitions are also included in the forth coming State Sports Games. One participant Shri Thompson told that this camp very useful, and he learnt the rules of judging the yoga competition, which he was not aware of earlier. Now he can train the students with the competition point of view also.

The trainers will proceed to Nancowry and Campbellbay  to conduct similar camps. These trainers have already covered the North and Middle Andaman and around 80 Physical Education Teachers have been trained about the Judgement Techniques. 

Port Blair, Nov. 11: The 5th batch of Private Security Course under National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) approved Modular Employable Skills (MES) course for local youths & school dropouts of 18 years and above age & having educational qualification of 8th  standard pass is going to start from 1st December, 2012 at Police Training School, Prothrapur, A & N Police in collaboration with ITI, Dollygunj.

Interested candidates may collect the application forms from the Office of the Vice Principal, Police Training School, Prothrapur by producing proof of educational qualification, age and two passport size photographs alongwith the course fee, which is Rs. 1,000/- each for Personal Security Guard and Security Guard (General) courses refundable on successful completion.

Last date of submission of application is 28/11/2012. (till 1200 hrs.)

                 

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 9: Acting on information furnished by the Special Branch CID, the staff of the CID Unit apprehended three persons for their efforts in selling of elephant tusks at Attam Pahad.

On 08/11/12, on receipt of credible information about the trading of two Elephant tusks by some people, a special team comprising of S.I Mohd. Sameer, I/C PS CCS, HC K. R Murgeshan, HC K. Venkateshwar Rao, PC Ashiq Iqbal and PC Uday Kumaran of PS CCS and S.I Sanjay Kumar & HC Sasi Kumar of Special Branch CID conducted successful raids at Dolly Gunj, near ITI gate.

In the first raid a car bearing Reg. No. AN 01 E 7954 was stopped and one elephant tusk was recovered from the possession of Mr. Nripen Chaki R/o Bhatubasti. On interrogation, Mr. Nripen Chaki disclosed about the second tusk kept in another vehicle and on being called, another car bearing Reg. NO. AN 01 C 2699 reached at the spot. Immediately, the police party stopped the second car and recovered another tusk from the possession of two persons namely Mr. Mahesh Sharma R/o Sajeevan Coloney (Haddo) and Mr. Ashit Baran Dutta R/o Sita Nagar (Dollygunj).

They failed to produce any license/permit/ declaration for possession/trading/transportation of elephant tusk, as such both elephant tusks along with both cars were seized u/s 50/51 Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 under cover of a seizure memo at 1230 hrs and all the above persons were detained for committing offence under wild life protection act. Further, the report of Zoological Survey of India, Haddo has also confirmed the seized property is elephant tusk – protected under Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.    

The general public has been requested to provide credible information pertaining to any illegal activities on the following telephone Numbers - 232586, 233307 and 100. The identity of the informer will be kept secret.

Port Blair, Nov. 9: The Central government has waived the loan together with the amount of interest as may be outstanding on the date of settlement in respect of 370 tsunami affected fishermen of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  As on 31-03-2012, tsunami affected fishermen of the Islands had outstanding loans and interest thereon amounting to Rs. 2.10 crore. The amount outstanding at the time of settlement will be reimbursed to the concerned banks by the Administration.

The Andaman & Nicobar Administration had recommended waiver of the entire loan granted to fishermen for repair, replacement and up-gradation of boats damaged due to the tsunami, along with accrued interest.

The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM had taken up the matter with the Home Ministry for waiving off the outstanding loan and interest amount of the tsunami affected fishermen of the Islands. The decision has come after proposal of the administration was approved by the Cabinet.    

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 9: Mahatma Gandhi International School Students celebrated Children’s day in a very different manner by making a record by Painting 365 T-shirts in a day. Mr. Dev Das Director Education had flagged off the event.

In his address, he appreciated MGIS for this Unique step, and motivated the students. He also Donated Computer  and a Refrigerator to the Orphanage on behalf of Students of Mahatma Gandhi International School.

Shri. Ranjith Asst. Director Sports was the Guest of Honour for the event. All the students of MGIS painted T- Shirts at Pearless Sarovar Portico, Corbyn’s Cove Beach which was later donated to orphanage kids.

The students along with their Principal Shri. Madhuj also spend some time with the invited orphanage students and inquired about their health conditions. Touched over plight of the orphanages, the students have decided to come frequently to orphanage and contribute whatever possible from their side.

Inspired by the noble cause, MGIS chairman Shri. Nalin Gulechha and Secretary Ranjan Gulechha announced donation of Rs. 5,000/-.

Port Blair, Nov. 9: The PCC President, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma along with a delegation of employees of Forest Corporation Ltd met the Lt Governor on 6th November 2012 and appraised him about the pathetic condition of the employees who, for no fault from them are suffering since October, 2001.

The A&N Administration had requested for revival of ANIFPDCL in a restructured form and size with a modified mandate owned by the Administration to come into effect from 1st April 2012. The concerned Ministry too had agreed in principle to the proposal for transfer of ownership of ANIFPDCL to A&N Administration, yet the Cabinet proposal, which is complete with all required information awaits approval.

Further to it, the loan extended by the Ministry of Environment and Forest first in 2004, has been stagnant to Rs. 11.00 crores per annum. Since salaries and wages have increased due to accrual of DA, ANIFPDCL does not have enough money to meet salary/wage expenses, coming to about Rs. 21 crores.

Sharma has thus requested to the Lt Governor to intervene in the above matters and approach to the Hon’ble Prime Minister to consider early release of loan assistance after enhancing it to Rs 17.00 crores per annum and finalisation of the cabinet decision for the future of the ANIFPDCL expeditiously.

Shri Haja Moideen, Assistant Engineer, Shri Lally baby, General Secretary, VVEA and Shri Shaukat, IW of the Corporation also placed the same request before the Administrator. They stated that from next month there remains no fund to release their salary and wages and that too during the festive season. The Lt Governor has given patient hearing and assured to look into the matter at an early date.

Port Blair, Nov. 9: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray considering the public demand on change of boat timings from Port Blair to Diglipur and vice versa has written to the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands for consideration.

The MP brought to the notice of the LG that according to the existing Boat Schedule for Port Blair to Diglipur and vice versa starts from Port Blair at 07.00 am and reaches Diglipur at 02.00 Pm. The return trip from Diglipur starts at 09.00 Pm reaching Port Blair at about 05.00 am to 06.00 am.

He further said that the commuters face much difficulty in connection with getting ready at night timings. They also find it difficult to attend offices and Medical Check ups at Port Blair according to the Scheduled timings fixed. In order to overcome such difficulties and to save a full working day they demand that the Port Blair- Diglipur Boat Service to be re-scheduled as follows: From Port Blair to Diglipur – 09.00 Pm and from Diglipur to Port Blair – 09.00 Pm

Port Blair, Nov. 9: The Andaman & Nicobar Administration have decided to observe National Integration Day on 19th November 2012 at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Auditorium.

The Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A & N Administration will offer floral tributes to the portrait of Late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi followed by other dignitaries at the Auditorium to pay homage to the departed soul. A pledge will be administered by the Hon'ble Lt. Governor to all those present in the Auditorium. Patriotic Songs will be sung by the Teachers/Children of Education Department on the occasion.

All Heads of departments/Heads of Offices, Officers/Officials of the A & N Administration, PRIs and general public are requested to attend the main function at the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Auditorium from 09:25 AM to 09:50 AM.

                 
                 

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 8: The Onge Children of Little Andaman have displayed their remarkable talents at the Zonal Level Science, Arts and Commerce exhibition held at Government Model Senior Secondary School at Hut Bay in Little Andaman.  Seven Onge Students from the Government Middle School, at the tribal habitat, Dugong creek participated in the exhibition for the first time with their diverse exhibits such as canoe, helicopter, Onge hut etc.

A 5th class Onge student Ujala designed a revolver with the metal wire and demonstrated it before the visitors.  He said he felt much delighted in taking part in the exhibition with his own exhibit for the first ever time in his life. “I feel very happy to be here with my exhibit. I like to participate in more such exhibitions with more exhibits of mine”, Ujala said.

Dr Pronob Kumar Sircar, Tribal Welfare Officer from Dugong Creek said the Onge Children were much enthusiastic to take part in the exhibition, especially mingling with other children from different schools. He said a few Onge students visited the science exhibition last year, but this time they participated with their own products.  He added that their I Q level is high and they understand the scientific concepts without any difficulty.  He also informed that all the children have been enrolled in the school and recently the school has been upgraded to Middle level school to provide uninterrupted education to these children in their own habitat.  The infrastructure development fund provided under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has been effectively used to improve the facilities at the school, he added.

A teacher from their school at Dugong creek, Manoj who accompanied the children for the exhibition says, “The Onge Children perform well under the new education system. The ‘play and learn method’ is very useful to impart education to them”. He further said the Onge parents are keen to send their children to school as their wards get nutritious food under mid day meal programme and as  such it contributed much for cent percent coverage of Onge children under formal education system.

The Principal of the Model School at Hut Bay, Nadira Begaum said, “The school hosts the exhibition every year and this year more than 200 students from 14 schools including 2 private schools took part in the exhibition with their exhibits on wide ranging concepts such as global warming, pollution control, energy through non conventional renewable energy sources, rain harvesting etc.”

This two day long exhibition was inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Engineer of Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour works, T N Krishnamurthy on Tuesday last.  Speaking on the occasion, he highlighted the importance of organizing such events to channelize the hidden talents of the students in a constructive way. The Principal, Nadira Begaum and Vice Principal, Nehru also spoke on the occasion.  The programmed ended with a colourful cultural programme presented by the students.

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Car Nicobar, Nov. 8: Car Nicobar-A team have won the 19th Vice President of India Championship today. In the final match played today at Bishop John Richardson Stadium it defeated Education XI by 4-1.

The winners used their experience against the young opponents and succeeded in scoring the goals in regular intervals. The Education XI fought back strongly in the second half but couldn’t penetrate the strong wall of senior defenders of the opposite team.

The crowd appreciated the effort of the young and inexperienced team of Education XI who entertained the football fans through their extra ordinary skills. Rufas, Lot, Roberto Baggio and James scored the goals for the winning team and the lonely goal from the Education XI came from Appolonius.

Distributing the prizes to the players, the Chief Guest Shri G. Theevanithi Dhas, Secretary (Education, Sports, Tribal Welfare) said that Nicobar is known for its love for Football, and this land has produced so many renowned players of National and International repute.

He hoped that some new talents might have made their presence felt in this Tournament, and they will bring laurels to the Islands at the National level in the coming years. Shri Dhas also felt the need of conducting specialized coaching camps at Nicobar so that the talent and skills of the young players could be polished. He applauded the organizers for successfully conducting this mega event so professionally.

Earlier the Chairman of the Organising Committee and the Deputy Commissioner of the Nicobar District Shri P. Jawahar welcoming the guests informed that the district administration is conducting many programs on regular basis to promote sports in the region. He said that 17 teams from the different Islands of the Territory came down here and participated with Sportsman spirit in this Prestigious Championship.

Expressing gratitude towards the guests and public, the Vice Chairman and the Education Officer Shri H. Nathaniel said that all the Government departments and Public sector enterprises extended their full cooperation to the organizing committee to make this mega Sports event successful.

The Organizing Committee felicitated the veteran footballer Shri Thompson Theophilus of big Lapathy Village for his outstanding contribution and achievement in the field of Football.

Following Individual prizes were given to the Players:

1)      Best Player of the Tournament: Titus of Carnic-A

2)      Highest Scorer: Roberto Baggio of the Carnic-A(15 goals)

3)      Fastest Goal: Mohd. Hanifa of Wimberlygunj team

4)      Young Promising Player: Russel of Education XI

5)      Best Goalkeeper: Soheb of Carnic-A

Port Blair, Nov. 8: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh has ordered the SDM, South Andaman, Shri Yogesh Pratap to conduct a probe into the sudden felling of MS pipe in the first floor of G. B. Pant Hospital resulting into serious injuries to few persons. On November 5th 2012, in an unfortunate incident two persons leaning by the railing of the hospital fell to the ground suddenly when the railing collapsed resulting in serious injuries to them. The SDM (SA) will fix the responsibility and suggest remedial action to avoid such accidents within a week’s time.

Port Blair, Nov. 8: It has been attributed in some local dailies that the Directorate of tourism has included restrictive clauses in its tender document for engaging Event Managers for the upcoming Island Tourism Festival to discourage local event mangers from bidding.

In this connection the Directorate of IP&T has clarified that, “There is no clause in the said tender documents that discourages local event managers from bidding. In fact with a view to make a more enabling environment, the eligibility conditions set in the tender have been kept very minimum. Anyone who has organized two stage/ cultural events, whether in government or private sector in the last three years can participate in the tender. There is also no mention of any minimum turnover criteria. According to eligibility criteria No. 4 (v), preference is also given to firms having local office so that local entrepreneurs are encouraged”.

The Directorate further clarified that to enable more competition even from the small event managers, all 5 events ranging between Rs. 5 lakhs to 15 lakhs would be evaluated separately and can be won by anyone.

It was further stated that the estimate cost of the work is about 46 lakhs, which warrants publishing of the tender in National Newspapers as per GFR. It is also relevant to mention here that the evaluation bids are proposed to be done by a six-member committee, five of whom are from other departments.

Port Blair, Nov. 8: Even though drivers and vehicle users had been cautioned from driving with high-beam lights during the night by a press release dated 21st May, 2012, it has been noticed that some of the drivers are not following the traffic norms as advised from time to time. 

All drivers and vehicle users are once again requested to keep their head light at low-beam while driving at night.

The Traffic Police would implement these Rules strictly with immediate effect. Violators will be challaned `1,000/- for “dangerous driving”, a communication from the DG Police said here today.

Port Blair, Nov. 8: The Coast Guard Region (A&N), as part of Coastal Security Initiative, conducted the Mass Awareness Drive at Mayabunder & Rangat and Community Interaction Programme with Fishing Community at 11 places across the Island during 06-08 Nov 12.  Total 500 people attended the Mass Awareness Drive and Community Interaction Programme organized at Mayabunder, Kalighat, Hut Bay, Campbell Bay, Neil, Havelock, Sippighat, Junglighat, Guptapara, Kishori Nagar and Nimbu Thala in coordination with District Administration and Gram Pramukhs.   .

The Mass Awareness Drive and Interaction programme was attended by Ms. Sakshi Mittal, IAS, Assistant District Collector, Mayabunder, Sri Prem Kumar, Gram Pramukh Rangat, Sri Vishwa Kannan, IFS, DFO  Rangat, Sri Sajan Paul, DFO Baratang, Panchayat Pradhans of Rangat, Dashrathpur, Nimbuthala, Sabri and Urmilapur, representatives of ALHW, IB, CID, PMB, BSNL, electricity, education department and the owners of Hotel &  Lodges and Transporters.

The Mass Awareness Drive and Community interaction programme was conducted to spread awareness and            re-emphasize the responsibility of Fishing Community towards the Coastal Security setup and their role as “Eyes and Ears” of the security agencies in run up to prepare for Coastal Security Exercise ‘Tat-Suraksha”  TSX - 02/12 during 21-23 Nov 12.  The opportunity was also utilized to educate fishermen on safety and security aspects while operating at Sea. The importance of toll free SAR No. 1554 and Coastal Security No. 1093 was also highlighted.

Port Blair, Nov. 8: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray in a letter to the Ho’nble Lt. Governor had said that the State Transport Services bus for Diglipur now start from Port Blair at 04.00 AM, and 04.15 AM. The common people particularly children/senior citizens are facing lot of problems in for journey from midnight onwards i.e. very odd timing.

In order to fulfil the basic requirements of the commuters the MP suggested that (a.) Schedule of departure time from Port Blair may be change at 07.00 AM instead of 04.00 AM and 04.15 AM. That the bus will reach Diglipur at 05.00 PM and common people can connect local transport facilities from Diglipur comfortably. (b.)       Subsequently departure time from Diglipur be unchanged i.e. 07.00 AM so as to enable the Bus to reach at port Blair at 05.00 PM.

The Hon’ble Member of parliament Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray has condoled the death of Shri. K. M. Das (Senior BJP Party worker), aged 61 Years, R/o Namunaghar, who passed away today at G.B. Pant Hospital. The MP prays to the almighty to give strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss. May his Soul rest in peace!

Port Blair, Nov. 8: A General Body meeting of the Shipping Department Sub-Committee of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association was held on 3rd Nov. 2012 at Port Blair. Various issues relating to the employees of the Shipping Department were discussed in the meeting. 

Addressing the meeting, Shri D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association criticized the Central Government for implementing various anti-employee policies and referred to the 5% ceiling on the compassionate ground appointments, ban on creation of posts, outsourcing of government work and privatization, not enhancing the overtime allowance since last twenty years, etc.  He asked the employees to resist the move on the part of the Administration to privatize the Shipping Sector in the islands. 

Shri TS Sreekumar, Assistant General Secretary, Shri M. Sakthivel, Vice President, Shri Biswajit Biswas and Shri Sasikumar Pillai of the Shipping Department Sub-Committee also addressed the General Body meeting. 

Power supply will remain suspended in some of the areas on 10.11.2012 from 0800 hours to 1600 hours for erection of Distribution Transformer near filter bed at Bambooflat, drawing of additional LT Circuit from Govindapuram Transformer and installation of ABS and DO fuse at Wimberlygunj transformer structure, subject to weather condition. 

The areas to be affected by power disruption are Bambooflat, Hopetown, Wimberlygunj, Mannarghat, Shoal Bay, Kadakachang, Ram Nagar, Ferrargunj and upto Jirkatang

                 
                 

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 7: The 6th meeting of the State Board for Wildlife was held under the chairmanship of the Lt. Governor, Lt. General (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM at Raj Niwas today. Besides discussing the action taken report of the last meeting and new agenda points, a series of crucial and relevant issues for the conservation and protection of wildlife and flora & fauna of the Islands were thoroughly discussed in the meeting.

The board took decision on change of status of Edible nest Swiftlet from Schedule-I.  The Lt. Governor directed that forest camp at Tillongchong Island should be set up within one month and directed the Wildlife Department to take follow up action for delisting of Trochus niloticus with the Ministry of Environment and Forests for which the Lt. Governor has already requested the Ministry of Environment and Forests so that employment opportunities and income can be created for the local artisans of the A & N Islands. 

The LG also stressed on the protection and preservation of endemic species rather than enhancing punishment so that the local population of A&N Islands is not adversely affected.  He directed that the Forest, Tourism and Police Department should work in unison to ensure that rich forest and wildlife including marine resources are well protected. He also directed that the rich marine and forest cover should be shown to the outside world particularly the children in a pragmatic manner to expose them to wonders of the islands. 

It has also been approved to increase the loss of compensation of crocodile attack from rupees one lakh to rupees three lakhs by the Forest Department. The Lt. Governor further directed the Forest Department to take proactive steps to prevent such attacks and to instill sense of security among the people living in areas nearby creeks and visiting tourists at the beaches instead of scaring them by affixing boards of crocodile infected areas. People needs to be educated and not scared, directed the Lt. Governor. 

He also directed the authorities to display boards containing information regarding rare wildlife and endemic species at prominent places visited by tourists like Radhanagar beach etc. The board also approved the recommendation of providing rewards to the persons giving correct information about wildlife offences.

It was also approved to recommend to the National Wildlife Board to allow construction of road from 40.95 Kms to 43.45 Kms within Galathia National Park to beef up the security at Indira Point.

Concluding the meeting, the Lt. Governor stressed for protection and preservation of resources in a pragmatic manner and asked the department to use the satellite imageries for proactive action and directed to have two meetings of the board in a year.

The Chief Secretary, Adyaksha, Zilla Parishad (N&M), senior Forest & Police Officers, officers from defence establishment, officers from the Administration, Director, BNHS, Mumbai, Asst. Director ANET, Scientist of NIOT, Port Blair and SACON, Coimbatore were also present in the meeting.

Port Blair, Nov. 7: Andaman & Nicobar Islands have undergone extensive hydrological changes with regard to coastal and underwater profile during the Tsunami in 2004.   Accordingly Andaman and Nicobar Command and Indian Navy have in the recent years made concerted efforts to carry out the hydrographical survey of the Islands to update charts of the area.  This will ensure safe navigation of all vessels plying in this region.

In pursuance of the updating of charts, INS Sandhayak and INS Darshak have conducted hydrographical survey off Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the month of Oct 12.  Sandhayak has conducted survey in the Eastern side of Middle Strait while Darshak has surveyed areas off Havelock,        Nancowry and Trinkat Islands.

Both the ships have gross registered tonnages of 1950 tones and a crew complement of 15 Officers and 150 Sailors. A variety of modern surveying equipments are fitted on these ships, which make them versatile platforms for a wide spectrum of survey tasks. The ships also carry an integral flight consisting of one Chetak helicopter which is used extensively as part of the survey operations and for Search and Rescue operations at sea.

The survey by the two vessels included conduct of depth soundings by the ship in deep waters and by survey motor boats in shallow waters, observation of tidal heights and streams, delineation of the coast line and inaccessible areas as well as analysis of nature of bottom.

The survey in the Middle Straits by Sandhayak has established depths of 10 to 20 mts inside the straits, which may be used for safe navigation by bigger crafts. The details would be available after the survey of the Western part of Middle Strait is conducted in early 2013 and of the charts get published by National Hydrography Office.

                 

Car Nicobar, Nov. 7: The teams of Education XI and Car Nicobar - A will clash in the final of the 19th Vice President Cup Football Tournament at Bishop John Richardson Stadium, Car Nicobar tomorrow. In the first semi-final played today, Car Nicobar–A defeated the defending Champion Territorial Army.

The winners already had a game plan before the match and they executed it to perfection on the field. The defenders kept close check on the dangerous strikers of TA, and did not allow them to move further. The Carnic-A scored 4 goals consecutively in the first half and the crowd got stunned. The Carnic-A boys demonstrated the skills of ball passing and dribbling beautifully.

In the second half the Army came back strongly and scored a goal. They kept the control on the ball most of the time in this half but couldn’t succeed to score more goals. It was the wall of the defenders from Carnic-A which prevented them tactfully. Titus scored 3 goals alone for the winners.

There was big support from the Crowd for the Local School boys of Education XI, in the second semi-final. Having won the match comfortably against the strong team of Wimberlygunj in the Quarter final yesterday, the Education boys looked confident today on the field. On the other side the Katchal boys too looked very much capable of winning the match. The match was nicely poised, but the smart players of Education succeeded in taking the lead, scoring the first goal magnificently.

The Katchal team made several attempts but couldn’t convert them into goals. Meanwhile the Education XI scored another goal, and widened the margin. Football fans also witnessed some good saves by the Goal keeper of Katchal team. Large number of Sports loving people from the different villages of Car Nicobar turned up today to enjoy the crucial semi-finals of this mega Football Tournament.

The final match will be played at 2.30 PM tomorrow. The Secretary (Sports) Shri G. Thevaneethi Dhas will be the Chief Guest on this occasion and will give away the prizes. The Director Sports Shri Lucas Robert will be the guest of Honour.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 7: The 52nd NDC comprising seventeen course members of the Indian Armed Forces, friendly foreign countries and civil services from the National Defence College, New Delhi are on a visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands from 6th Nov to 9th Nov 12 as part of their Forward Area Tour (FAT).  

During the visit course officers interacted with Air Marshal PK Roy, AVSM, VM, VSM, CINCAN HQ ANC.     The officers will call on the Honorable Lieutenant Governor on 8th Nov 12. The course officers were briefed on all aspect of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands by the Chief of Staff. In visits to Military components they were briefed on the critical sensitivities of the Islands and plans for development. The environmental and ecological sensitivities of the Islands was at the core of their briefings such that future military leadership remains sensitive to the security vs development is preservation balance that is essential.

The group visited places of interest in Port Blair including Cellular Jail where they witnessed the Light and Sound Show, National Museum and Ross Island. The delegation will lay a wreath at the Tsunami Memorial, Car Nicobar on 8th Nov 12 and depart Port Blair on 9th Nov 12.

                   

 

General Public Expect Intervention of Hon’ble Lt. Governor to End Their Agony

Port Blair, Nov. 6: Upon receiving several complaints from the members of the general public and the Member of Parliament regarding the unjustified rates of Set Top Boxes being supplied by the Andaman Cable Network, the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman District had convened a meeting with the Cable Operators on 1st of November 2012.

The meeting convened by the Deputy Commissioner, Shri Rupesh Thakur in the presence of Police authorities had directed the cable operators to resume the services of all the previous channels at-once, not to compel the connection holder for installation of Set Top Box, to provide option to the consumer of purchase of Set Top Box in lower price range also, to ensure improvement in quality of cable service, to create awareness among general public about the concept of Set Top Box, fees structure, reasons of difference in price than the mainland and other related information through news papers apart from through their channels. They were also directed to submit all such clarifications to District Administration.

It is surprising to note that inspite of the directions from the Deputy Commissioner in the presence of the Police authorities, none of the directions have been followed till date. In fact, the meeting convened by the DC had made the situation worse. Instead of resuming the services, the Andaman Cable Network has deteriorated the quality of most of the existing channels, making it next to impossible for the subscribers to watch. To add to the agony of the subscribers, it was noticed that few channels are half covered with a notice to the cable operators from the respected channels to renew their subscriptions.

It has also been noticed that a Television vendor had advertised a 50% discount on the Set Top Boxes provided by ACN on purchase of a television set from the shop, thereby luring customers to go in for the unjustified STBs.

In such a situation, it can only be hoped that the Hon’ble Lt. Governor, His Excellency, Lt. Gen. (Retd) PVSM, AVSM would intervene personally in the matter to end the agonies of the cable subscribers. With lack of entertainment facilities like Cinema Theatres in the islands, cable TV remains as the only option for genuine entertainment of the islanders although they remain with no choices of their own. Moreover TV also serves as a great means of communication, may it be any important announcement of the Govt. of India or a disaster like situation.

It has been a sentiment of the islanders that if the Hon’ble Lt. Governor intervenes in the matter and invites National Service Providers like DTH, Airtel etc. it would be a major step for the benefit of the islanders, which will be remembered by all.

 

                 

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Port Blair, Nov. 6: Two persons were seriously injured after the railing of the wheel chair ramp at the State Referral GB Pant Hospital collapsed yesterday.

The accident took place yesterday at around 7.00 pm when an attender of an air lifted serious casualty along with his brother in law was resting their back on the ramp. With a loud noise, the entire piece of railing collapsed near the first floor and fell down along with the two.

C Kalam, 36 R/o Manarghat was the main attender who received serious cervical injuries during the accident while Sabir, the Brother In Law of Kalam suffers from lumbar spine fracture.

It was only last Friday that Kalam’s wife was airlifted from Car Nicobar after she had a head injury and admitted in the GB Pant Hospital. The unfortunate Kalam and his brother in law who had come to attend the ailing patient later ended up in being inmates of the hospital.

Carnic-A, Territorial Army, Education XI and Katchal enters into the Semifinals

                 

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Car Nicobar, Nov. 6: The teams of Carnicobar-A, Territorial Army, Education XI and Katchal have entered into the semifinals of the 19th Vice President Cup Football Championship. It was again a day of spectacular football today. The knock out matches have  added colours to this mega football festival. In the first quarter final played today here at Bishop John Richardson Stadium, Katchal defeated Indian Air Force Carnicobar by 5-0. The Katchal boys rather made the match one sided with their brilliant performance. Sharma for the winners scored 2 goals.

In the second quarterfinal the Carnic-A team registered their victory over Teressa by 6-2. Titus scored 2 goals for  Carnic-A. It was a jam packed stadium in the afternoon, to witness the big crucial matches. In the third quarterfinal Territorial Army defeated Carnic-B by 2-0. The players of the defending champion TA  played some aggressive football, making excellent coordination among themselves. The Carnic-B too looked threatening at times, but they failed to convert their attempts into goals.

The last quarterfinal between Wimberlygunj and Education XI was an excited match. Excellent play by  both the teams made the match unforgettable for the football fans. In the first half the match remained goal less, but in the second half The Education XI did not miss the golden opportunity of a penalty kick and scored the goal. The Wimberlygunj team then made a comeback in the match and Shamsuddin scored the beautiful equalizer. Later both teams scored one goal each and the score remained 2-2 till the end of the prescribed time.

In the given extra time of play, Education XI scored the crucial goal and won the match by 3-2. It was a tight match and people enjoyed every bit of it. Surya from the WG team was the other scorer, whereas Russel, Vivian and Alpolonius were the scorers for the Education XI.

Semifinal matches will be played tomorrow.

Match Schedule

First Semifinal                    Carnic-A  vs  Territorial Army                       12.45 PM

Second Semifinal             Education XI  vs  Katchal                                                2.30 PM

Port Blair, Nov. 6: Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair organized the “Vigilance Awareness Week” from 29th October to 3rd November 2012, wherein events / programme like taking pledge, lecture on “Determination of vigilance angle in public procurement and Office Administration”, essay and debate competition was conducted. Beside workshop on “Right to Information Act and its impact in bringing about transparency in the working of Public Institutions” was also organized which was coordinated by Dr. M. Shankaran (Sr. Scientist). Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director CARI during the valedictory function on 5th November, 2012 stressed to maintain discipline and transparency in the work by all staff members of the Institute. He also distributed certificates and prizes to the participants and winners of essay and debate competition. Earlier Dr D.R. Singh, Vigilance Officer, CARI welcome the gathering and gave an overview of vigilance programme and vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. A. K. Singh, Coordinator.

Port Blair, Nov. 6: The Lt. Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM accompanied by the Chief Secretary, State Heritage Committee members and senior officers of the Administration today visited old Rural Development & Panchayat office building, Marine Hill and old JNRM hostel, South Point, the two buildings recommended for demolition. The Lt Governor after inspection directed the Chief Engineer, APWD for undertaking assessment of the old RD & Panchayat building with a view to restoring it as a heritage building. For the old JNRM hostel building, he directed APWD for using the materials of the existing building for economic construction of the new building.  

The Lt Governor also directed that the State Heritage Committee to identify all the old buildings with historical background on priority for the purpose of declaring them as heritage buildings and for their proper restoration. He also directed for early finalization of the historical sites for their preservation and restoration.

Vice President Cup Football Championship- Report of Day 8

                   

Car Nicobar, Nov. 5: In the ongoing 19th Vice President Cup Soccer Championship at Bishop John Richardson Stadium, today the last matches of the league round were played.

In the day’s first match, the team of Teressa defeated Port Blair by 8-0. Thomas of the winning team scored 4 goals alone. Teressa dominated the match right from the beginning and the Port Blair team couldn’t compete with the speed and skills of the opponents.

The second match of the day was won by Carnic - A by 19 goals against Nancowry. Football fans were disappointed by the poor performance of the losing team. Nancowry couldn’t manage to score a single goal. Roberto Baggio scored 9 goals all alone for his team.

The third match was a balanced one, and the crowd enjoyed every moment of this match. The inexperienced but talented young players of the Education XI played well against the senior footballers of the Car Nicobar -B. Russel and Albertus displayed some fine skills of football and the match ended in a draw.

The last encounter of the day between Territorial Army and Andaman Nicobar Police was the most excited one. The team of TA continued their form from their last match and played aggressive football right from the beginning. Star players of Army, Manuah and Richardson kept the ball in their control most of the time. Richardson scored 2 goals, whereas Manuah succeeded in scoring 1 goal. There was excellent coordination among the TA players, who simply outplayed the opposition in every department of the game. Shri Chamberlin Paul, Vice Chairman of the Tribal Council was the Special Guest in the last match.

The Quarter finals will be played tomorrow.

Match Schedule

1.      Katchal vs Air Force Carnic               6 AM

2.      Carnic-A vs Teressa                            7.30 AM

3.      Carnic-B vs Territorial Army             1.30 PM

4.      Wimberlygunj vs Education XI         3 PM

Port Blair, Nov. 5: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM has directed that all the Chennai bound vessels will now onwards touch Nancowry and Campbell Bay, once every month. With the mainland-bound vessels touching at Nancowry and Campbell Bay, a long pending demand of the people for Chennai bound vessel touching the southern groups of Islands, particularly Campbell Bay has been resolved.

The Lt Governor has also directed the downward revision of the passenger fares for the Islanders in MV Bambooka and MV North Passage plying for Neil & Havelock, at par with the fares applicable in similar other foreshore vessels. Accordingly, the revised fare applicable to the Islanders in MV Bambooka and MV North Passage with immediate effect will be Rs 30/- for ordinary chair and Rs 35/- for reclining chair.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 5: A Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Specialty free Medical camp was held at Primary Health Centre (PHC) Ferargunj, on 4th November.  The camp was inaugurated by Dr. S. K Paul, Director of Health Service, A & N Islands as the chief guest, while Shri Shafeek, Pramukh, Panchayat Samity Ferrargunj was the guest of honour.

In his address to a large gathering, he offered to provide logistics support for anything concerning public health. 

Dr Rohindra Lal President, ANIPPDA in his address said many poor patients can’t approach specialist in private clinic due to various reasons. This is a great opportunity to get treatment done at their area.

A total of 522 cases were screened by various specialists. Routine check up of Patients were screened for blood pressure, diabetes, some refractive error cases, one case of foreign body removal on eye, gynecological problems among women, and other common ailments of children, dental check and advise was given on oral prophylaxis. Some patients opted for homeo treatment & consultation on surgical case was done during the camp.

Healthcare staff of PHC including the Physicians, Pharmacist, Nurses and paramedical staff were present to guide the patients and to spread awareness on health aspects.

Patients who needed medication were given free medication and told to follow up with regular physician in the area. This was the second project of ANIPPDA within a short period of forming of the association.

The main goal of this camp was to bring awareness and preventative measures for some lifestyle diseases.

The camp was organised by Andaman & Nicobar Islands Private Practicing Doctors Association (ANIPPDA) in association with Directorate of Health Services & Humane Touch (NGO) comprising of Dr. Rohindra Lal (Ophthalmologist), Dr. Selvaraj Gandhi and Dr. Dinesh, Dental Surgeons, Dr. Krishna Saha (Gynecologist), Dr.A. P. Bharadwaj (Pediatrician), Dr. Sudip Chakraborthy(Medical Specialist), Dr. Naveed Zia & Dr Sherin Jadwet Homeo -Physicians and Dr. Vidyanand (Surgical Specialist).

Shri M.K Abdul Gafoor, President –in- charge of Humane Touch (NGO) welcomed the gathering while Dr. Dinesh, General Secretary of the Association (ANIPPDA) proposed vote of thanks on the occasion.

Port Blair, Nov. 5: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM has approved the promotion of ten  Assistant Accounts Officers (AAO) of the Directorate of Chief Pay & Accounts Organization, A&N Administration to the post of ‘Accounts Officers/Pay & Account Officers’ (Group ‘B’, Gazetted, Ministerial) on regular basis. These officers were working as Assistant Accounts Officers in the Directorate of Chief Pay & Accounts Organization and had qualified the Common Assistant Accounts Officers (CAAO) Examination conducted by CGA, New Delhi and had undergone training programme of two weeks duration on Accounts matters conducted by the Chief Pay & Accounts Office, Port Blair. This will mitigate the shortage of Accounts Officers in key departments and will go a long way to improve their functioning.

                 
                   

                 

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Car Nicobar, Nov. 3: The Chief Secretary Shri Anand Prakash arrived at Car Nicobar on 3rd Nov. 2012 on a day’s visit. Soon after his arrival he proceeded to Perka Village and inaugurated the Construction work of Sports Complex. This Sports Complex is being developed under the Panchayat Yuva Kreeda aur Khel Abhiyaan (PYKKA). The Construction work is being carried through Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. This model Sports complex will have the facilities of Gymnasium and cycling and grounds for Football, Volley ball, Basket Ball, Traditional Wrestling, Kabaddi and Kho-Kho.

Under the National Panchayat Yuva Kreeda aur Khel Abhiyaan (PYKKA) six villages Perka, Tamaloo, Kinyuka, Chukchucha, Mus and Kinmay have been selected, and in all these villages the Sports Complexes will be developed. The Block Sports Officer Shri Birendra Pradhan told that each village has been allocated a fund of Rs. 1 lakh 22 thousands for the Infrastructural development for these games. Apart from this an annual Operational grant of Rs. 12 thousands is given to the village to maintain the Sport facilities. One Care taker, known as Kreedashree is already selected from each village, and he will be conducting the Sports activities apart from looking after the Sports complex of the village. Shri Pradhan told that the Master Trainer has already reached here to conduct workshop for these Kreedashrees. 

In the inaugural ceremony, Traditional Wrestling of Nicobar was demonstrated to the chief guest. The wrestlers of Perka village displayed the skills of this Indigenous Sports. Later the chief guest and the villagers enjoyed the game of Pillow-fighting. The Chief Secretary visited the site of proposed Football ground, Basket Ball and Volley ball also.

From Perka village Shri Anand Prakash left for Malacca to see the site for proposed Civilian helipad. He also visited the composite farm of Animal Husbandry at Arong village and thereafter proceeded to Passa beach where he inaugurated the beautification work, which is to be carried out under MGNREGA.  The Chief Secretary interacted with the leaders of the Tribal council there. From Passa beach he reached Big Lapathy and inspected the newly constructed cold storage of Fisheries Department.

In the evening Shri Prakash came to BJR Stadium Tamaloo to witness the Vice President of India Championship.

Wimberly Gunj maintained their supremacy in their Last League Match

                 

 Car Nicobar, Nov. 4: It was again a day of ups and downs in the 19th Vice president of India cup football championship here today at Car Nicobar. In the First Match Port Blair Defeated Diglipur by 2-1. In this match of Pool D the Port Blair Team Dominated the Game, though the result did not affect its future to qualify for the quarter finals. 

In the First half both the Teams scored 1 Goal Each but in the Second Half the Port Blair Team scored 1 more goal and won the match.

In the Next match of the day between Sports Authority of India and Little Andaman, both the Teams got the opportunity to score the goal but couldn’t. The match ended in a draw. The chances of Little Andaman Team to enter into the quarter final is still remains alive.

Large number of football fans turned up today at the Bishop John Richardson Stadium to witness the third match of the day. The defending champion Territorial Army is a favourite team of the tournament. The TA won the match against Campbell bay by 6-1. Richardson scored 3 Goals. Now fate of the TA depends upon tomorrow’s match. The TA will make its entry into the quarter final if it wins the match against A & N Police. The crucial Match will start at 3.15 P.M tomorrow.

Today’s Last Match went in favour of the Wimberly Gunj team as expected. Wimberly Gunj outplayed the opposition by 10-4. The match has seen the fastest Goal being scored where Mohd. Haneefa of WG scored a goal in the first 13 Seconds of the match. The Leading scorer of the team Shamsuddin Scored 6 goals. He is one of the Leading Scorers of the Tournament. The Wimberly Gunj Team have also become the favourite in the tournament after they defeated the defending champion TA in their first match.

Tomorrow the Teams will play their last League Matches.

Tomorrows Match Schedule

1.      Teressa Vs Port Blair                                     6.00 A.M

2.      Car Nicobar ‘A’ Vs Nancowry                       7.30 A.M

3.      Education XI Vs Car Nicobar ‘B’                   1.45 P.M       

4.       Territorial Army Vs A & N Police                 3.15 P.M

Car Nicobar, Nov. 3: The Chief Secretary Shri Anand Prakash IAS assured that the administration is committed to develop Sports Infrastructure in the Islands. Addressing the gathering at Bishop John Richardson Stadium today, he said that the youth of the Car Nicobar are very talented in Football, and adequate facilities will be provided to them. Shri Prakash said that there is a plan to develop football grounds in every village, under Panchayat Yuva Kreeda aur Khel Abhiyan - PYKKA. Appreciating the efforts of the organizers in conducting the Vice President Cup so professionally, he hoped that the tournament will produce some good young footballer, who will make the Islands feel proud at the National and International level.

Welcoming the Chief Guest the Vice Chairman of the Organising team and the Education Officer Shri H. Nathaniel informed that the total 17 teams from the different parts of the Islands are participating in this 19th edition of the Prestigious Vice President Cup Soccer Championship, and this time the fans are getting  the opportunity to see some good matches.

The members of the Youth group of Tamaloo village presented a melodious song, on this occasion. The Chief Secretary witnessed the last match of the day played between the teams of Andaman Nicobar Police and Wimberlygunj. Large number of spectators were present today to watch the crucial match of these two big teams.

The match was nicely poised in the beginning, but after 10 minutes of the play Wimberlygunj team started making attacks, but couldn’t convert them into goals. The first half concluded without any scores, and the Police team seemed under pressure. In the second half the Police team took the control of the ball, but the goalkeeper of the WG prevented them to score, displaying some superb skills of goalkeeping. The match ended in a draw.

Earlier in the first match of the day Car Nicobar-B defeated Little Andaman by 1-0 in a tight game. In the second match the teressa lost their match against Katchal by 0-1. The match between Air Force Carnic and Mayabunder was quite eventful. The IAF Carnic won the match by 5-0 comfortably.

                   

Rangat, Nov. 4: The Government Senior Secondary School, Sabari organized a Science, & Craft Exhibition titled ‘Gyan Sarovar- 2012’ in its premises from 1st November 2012 to 3rd November 2012. The exhibition was inaugurated by Miss Sakshi IAS, Assistant Commissioner, Mayabunder in the presence of Deputy Education Officer Rangat, Pradhan Rangat, Sabari, SMC Members and other Head of Institutions from Rangat on 1st November 2012. The chief guest visited all the exhibits, interacted with the students and appreciated the efforts of students.

A cultural programme was also arranged soon after the inaugural function. Earlier, the Principal of the School, welcomed the gathering. The parents also visited the exhibition and appreciated the development of scientific attitude, to create awareness towards environment among students. Smt. Mariyam Joy, PGT proposed the vote of thanks.

                 

Array of popular Hindi and regional films to be screened

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 2: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM today inaugurated the 3-day Centenary Celebration of Film Festival-2012, organized by the Directorate of IP&T, A&N Administration in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals & National Film Archives, India under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, New Delhi, in BRAIT auditorium, Pahargoan. The Lt Governor lighted the ceremonial lamp in the presence of First Lady of these Islands, Smt Bhawanee Singh and declared the film festival open. The Lt Governor and the First Lady also witnessed a photo exhibition in the premises of the auditorium marking the centenary celebration of Indian films.

In his brief address on the occasion, the Lt Governor appreciated that the film festival has been organized in the Islands. This will give opportunity to the people of these Islands to watch popular Hindi and regional languages films. He further stated that our endeavour will be to screen the films in other Islands also so that the people there can also enjoy the films. A silent film ‘Raja Harishchandra’ directed and produced by Marathi icon Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913 was also screened on the occasion.  

During the Centenary Celebration of the film festival, an array of classical and commercially popular films from Hindi and other regional languages will be screened in four venues i.e. BRAIT auditorium, Pahargoan, PBMC auditorium, Mohanpura, ASI auditorium (Near Directorate of IP&T) and Multipurpose Hall of ALHW. This time, the people of the Islands would be able to watch popular old as well as recent hit films like Fashion, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Ishquiya during the film festival. The recently released Oscar-nominated film ‘Barfi’ will be the movie to watch. Besides Hindi films, some of the popular regional films like Kanathil Muthamital in Tamil by renowned film maker Mani Ratnam, Urumi in Malayalam, Virodi in Telugu and Bengali film-Kabuliwala based on the story of iconic Nobel-laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore will be screened during the fest.

Earlier, welcoming the chief guest and others, the Secretary (IP&T), Shri Satish Mathur informed that during the 3-day film festival a number of popular films of different times in Hindi and other regional languages will be screened in four venues in the city so that people from different linguistic segments can enjoy the event with their family and friends. The inaugural function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by the Director (IP&T), Shri Amit Satija.

Entry to all the four venues of the film festival is free for all. The entry passes can be collected from the counter of IP&T on first come first served basis.

Port Blair, Nov. 1: A meeting was conveyed by the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman with the Cable Operators and area Police authorities today to discuss the issue of installation of Set Top Box, charging of monthly rent, non-airing of some channels and other grievances regarding the services of cable network.  It was clarified by the Cable Operators that installation of Set Top Box is not mandatory in this island at present as the same is to be implemented in the year of 2014, however, Cable Operators submitted that they are switching over to digital system slowly and gradually so that they can achieve the target of digitization by 1st of November 2014.

Following the discussion, the Deputy Commissioner (SA) directed the Cable Operators to resume the services of all the previous channels at-once, not to compel the connection holder for installation of Set Top Box, to provide option to the consumer of purchase of Set Top Box in lower price range also, to ensure improvement in quality of cable service, to create awareness among general public about the concept of Set Top Box, fees structure, reasons of difference in price than the mainland and other related information through news papers apart from through their channels. They were also directed to submit all such clarifications to District Administration.

The general public is hereby informed that installation of Set Top Box is not mandatory in this island at present and Cable Operators cannot force to purchase the same accordingly.

                 

Port Blair, Nov. 2: Air Marshal PK Roy AVSM,VM,VSM took over as the 11th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) today with a traditional `Tri-Service’ Guard of Honour on his arrival of Port Blair.

Air Marshal PK Roy AVSM, VM, VSM an alumni of the National Defence Academy was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 11 Jul 1975.

His has held various prestigious Command and Staff appointments including the Command of a Helicopter unit, Station Commander of Air Force Station, Thoise, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station New Delhi, Senior Officer in Charge Administration at HQ Eastern Air Command and as Assistant Chief of Air Staff at Air Headquarters.  Before assuming the appointment as CINCAN, the Air Marshal was the Commandant of National Defence College, New Delhi.  The Air Marshal has also had the distinction of serving as the Military and Air Attaché in the Indian Embassy at Ukraine with accreditation to Romania.

In recognition of his distinguished services of an exceptionally high order through a series of assignments he was awarded  the  Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal.

Vice President Cup Football Championship

                 

Car Nicobar, Nov. 2: The Strong Army men of Territorial Army team have made a comeback in the tournament with a bang today. Annoyed by the humiliating defeat in their first match of the tournament by the Wimberlygunj Team, the TA did not want to take any chances in this game from the very first moment of the match. The boys smashed the hopes of the poor Rangat team and scored 10 goals. It was a game of sheer class. The TA men had the total control on the ball throughout the match and the opponent couldn’t do anything than to watch the skillful display of the magical boots of the defending Champions. The match has also seen the first fastest goal of the tournament being scored. B. Richardson of TA scored this goal in the 37th seconds of the play. He scored 4 goals alone. With this stunning performance the TA has given a strong message to them who were criticizing the team on their defeat against Wimberlygunj in their first match.

The second match played today here at the John Richardson Stadium Car NIcobar, seemed a balanced one between Police and Campbell bay teams. The first goal was scored by the Campbell bay and then it looked as if the lead would continue. But the Police team scored the equalizer just before the end of the first half of the play. In the second half the Police team widened the margin by scoring another goal and won the match by 2-1. The football fans believe that the Police team is not playing to its potential in this tournament, what it is known for.  

Car Nicobar-A team continued their winning streak in the Competition today also. The boys played beautifully in today’s third match against Indian Air Force, and went on to win by 3-0. The match was dominated by the Carnic-A boys but the brilliant performance of the IAF Goalkeeper Joseph prevented them to go ahead further. He stopped the shots superbly and the crowd enjoyed the fine display of goal keeping. The First Headman of the Kimious village Shri Regenald Watchfull was the Chief Guest in the last match.

Today being the All souls day, all the matches were scheduled in the forenoon session. Tomorrow large number of football lovers is expected to turn up here at the Bishop Richardson Stadium, to see the big matches.

The Chief Secretary Shri Anand Prakash will be the special guest here. He will be witnessing the match at 3.15 Pm.

Tomorrow’s Match Schedule

1.       Car Nicoabar-B vs Little Andaman                             6.00 AM

2.       Teressa vs Katchal                                                    7.30 AM

3.       Air Force Carnic vs Mayabunder                                 1.45 PM

4.       Wimberlygunj vs A&N Police                                      3.15 PM

Port Blair, Nov. 2: Naval Ship Repair Yard, Port Blair, the largest Industrial Establishment of Andaman & Nicobar Command, is all set to celebrate its 39th Raising Day on 12 Nov 12. From a modest beginning as a Base Repair Organisation in 1973, the Yard has metamorphosed into a full-fledged Ship Repair Yard on 12 Nov 1993 and this day is celebrated as the Yard’s Raising Day every year.

As a part of the 39th Anniversary of the Raising Day, the Yard has planned various public outreach and environmental programmes. The programmes of this year include Trekking-cum-Anti Plastic Awareness Drive to Mount Harriet, an Evening with Elderly at Govt Old Age Home, Farargunj, Harbour Cruise, and Visit to the Floating Dock Navy by School Children.

The curtain-raiser event to kick-off NSRY Week Celebrations was conducted on 28 Oct 12. In a fine display of their commitment to mother nature, all personnel of the Yard and their families, including small children and senior citizens assembled at Naval Jetty at 0530 hours on 28 Oct 12 and proceeded  to Bamboo Flat by FC Manoram.

On landing at Bamboo Flat, ‘Team NSRY’ organized themselves into small groups to pick up plastic waste enroute to Mount Harriet. The idea was to drive home the message of not letting the plastic damage the ecology of the beautiful Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The spirit of the team to pick up more plastic than the other trekkers was very evident. With young members of the teams incisively searching for plastic covers, bottles, wrappers etc.

During the interaction with the families of the Yard on completion of the event at Mount Harriet, the Commodore Superintendent of the Yard brought out the need to take care of the environment by responsible disposal of non-biodegradable waste. He further stressed on the Yard Families to reduce the dependence on plastic till we reach a point where we are banish plastic from our domestic lives. The Commodore went on to impress upon his team that all personnel should leave only positive footprints on the pristine  beaches of the Islands.

The Commodore Superintendent conveyed his special thanks to Dr Senthil Kumar, DCF(Wild Life Div), Shri CA Rehman, DFO and Shri SK Bhandari, CCF(Chatham Territory) for their cooperation in organizing the event.

Port Blair, Nov. 2: A day long consultative workshop on citizen centric e governance was held at Port Blair. The islands Chief Secretary, Anand Prakash inaugurated the workshop at Megapode resort on Friday morning.  Addressing the meet, he said “It is very important that we are having this workshop at a timely juncture. E-Governance has caught on in India in a big way and as a part of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands should also get its due,” he added.

Mr Prakash said that when he was young a lot of time was wasted in standing in queues for various government services; now many things can be taken care of online and time can be spent in a fruitful way which is a huge advantage for the people.

 “There was a time when if you wanted to buy a Fiat car you had to wait for seven years and even longer for cement and steel if you had to build a house; today these can be eliminated by opening up of technology,” he said.  Technology is a great help if used properly, he added.  He also called upon every one  to take the benefit and the fruits of the growth of technology and make sure that these benefits should  reach the common people. 

Mr Utpal Sharma,   Islands Special Secretary, department of information technology elaborated on the e-governance programme and initiatives in the union territory. He said, “IT policy in Andaman and Nicobar Islands was designed and implemented in 2001 to overcome the constraints due to geographical isolation and make people’s lives better in the islands.” He said e-government approach was adopted in 2008 and  a multipurpose VSAT has been installed to make connectivity in the islands better. 

As for the National e-Governance Programme (NeGP), the Data Centre in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is ready to be launched and the State Wide Area Network (SWAN) is slated to be completed by November 2012, he informed.  He revealed that 10  common service centres(CSCs) called as edweep kendras  are operational and 12 more will be operational in a week or 10 days.

Mr Sharma said that he had only recently floated the tender for ‘e-P