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PM Asks Every Pradhan to Take up Water Conservation Measure

Port Blair, June 18: The Prime Minister of India has personally written a letter to all the Pradhans of Gram Panchayat across the country including the Pradhans of A&N Islands with regard to Water Conservation measures to be undertaken during the ensuing monsoon season. The Prime Minister in his letter has called upon every Pradhan to take up water conservation related measure to optimize the shortage of water. In this connection, all the Pradhans will convene a Gram Sabha meeting in the respective Gram Panchayat and carry out the following activities in the Gram Sabha:

1. Read out the Prime Minister’s letter to all the residents of the villages(s)

2. Each Gram Sabha convened should be followed by shramdaan for water conservation, as outlined in the Prime Minster’ letter. Activities may include.

• Building and cleaning small ponds in the village for storing rainwater.

• Undertaking tree plantation drives.

• Constructing/ installing storage tanks at the community or individual household level for rainwater.

• Creating of soak pits in households for reuse for domestic and agricultural purposes and groundwater recharge.

• Awareness campaigns around water conservation through rallies.

• Village and school-level promotion of rainwater harvesting through Nukkad Nataks/ street plays, folk songs and dance performance.

• Wall paintings in public places on the theme of water conservation and proper management of water.

The respective Dy. Commissioner of the District have been asked to send letter of the Prime Minister to the Pradhans in the District.

In view of this, the Dy. Commissioner, South Andaman District had sent the letter of the Prime Minister to all the Pradhans of South Andaman District and the same has been received by the Pradhans.  To have uniformity in convening the Gram Sabha, all the Pradhans of South Andaman District have been requested to convene the Gram Sabha on 23.06.2019 followed by the activities stated in the letter. 

A report of the Gram Sabha along with pictures will be submitted to the Dy. Commissioner (SA) on the email ID This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Based on the report and action taken by each Panchayat, best panchayat will be selected for water conservation and management over the oncoming monsoons.

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A&N Police And Slsa Jointly Organise Sensitization Programme on Drug Abuse and NDPS Act 1985

Port Blair, June 18: A & N Police and State Legal Service Authority (SLSA) jointly conducted sensitization programme on drug abuse and NDPS Act  at Conference Hall, Police Head Quarter on 18.06.19 as a prelude to the observation of international day against drug abuse.The Chief Guest of the programme was Hon’ble Justice Joymalya Bagchi Judge, High Court, Calcutta, Executive Chairman, SLSA and the guest of honour was Hon’ble Justice Abhijit Ganopadhyay, Judge, High Court accompanied by all the judicial lumanaries of A&N Islands.

The welcome speech was given by Shri. Manoj. C, IPS, SP(CID)followed by which Shri. Dependra Pathak, DGP, A&N Islands apprised about the several initiative and action taken by A&N Police to curb the menace of Drug abuse in A&N Islands. The context setting and introduction to the programme was given by Shri. Ajoy Mukherjee, Hon’ble District & Session Judge, wherein he mentioned the various important aspects of NDPS Act and investigation shortcomings which needs to be avoided by police officers for better investigation.

Later, the session was open for interaction, wherein participants raised queries about the investigation of NDPS cases, remedies for various scenarios and clarified their doubts on various sections of NDPS act. 

The concluding remark was passed by the Hon’ble Chief Guest and Guest of Honour  who appreciated the initiative taken by Police and gave important points to be followed by the I.Os during investigation. The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Shri. Vijay Singh, IPS, DIGP (Intelligence).

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ANC to Join Hands With Sadhguru For International Day of Yoga

Port Blair, June 18: Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) will be joining hands with Sadhguru, Founder, Isha Foundation to celebrate the upcoming International Day of Yoga (IDY). On IDY 21st June 2019, Sadhguru will lead the yoga session on board Floating Dock of Indian Navy (FDN-2). Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command along with senior officers, personnel and families of the Indian Army, Navy , Air Force and Coast Guard will participate in the event.

During his visit to the islands, Sadhguru will be felicitating the organ donors of the Command and will also be interacting with personnel and families of ANC.  Discussions during the interaction will cover a range of issues including personal and professional challenges that men and women in uniform face in the line of duty and how yoga can provide much needed balance and vigour that will empower the Armed Forces to perform at peak efficiency in times of peace and conflict.

 “Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of nation’s most desolate and vulnerable terrains. The effort of the military’s tri service command to guard the nation’s sovereignty is truly invaluable. It is paramount to equip these soldiers with yogic tools for transformation.” said Sadhguru, ahead of the visit. Sadhguru is expected to arrive at Port Blair on 20th June 2019 and depart on 22nd June 2019, post attending the events earmarked for International Day of Yoga.

As part of celebrations, Yoga sessions will be conducted by ANC in various clusters on 20th and 21st June 2019 at Birchgunj, Minnie Bay and INS Utkrosh. More than 800 personnel and their families are expected to participate in these yoga sessions. Earlier, a yoga camp was also conducted from 10th to 16th June 19 at Minnie Bay to train the yoga instructors in Ayush protocol and to enable all components of ANC to conduct independent yoga sessions at various locations.

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