23July2019

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“Tourist Police Kiosks” Comes Up at Radha Nagar & Kala Pathar Beach

Port Blair, July 22: In public programs attended by the Senior Police Officers, PRI members, Student Police cadets, tourist etc, Director General of Police A&N Police Shri. Dependra Pathak, IPS inaugurated the Tourist Police Kisoks at Radha Nagar Beach and Kalapathar Beach on 19th & 20th July 2019 respectively.

These Kiosks are part of the Tourist Police Ecosystem scheme which aims to make the visit of tourists to A&N Islands pleasant and safe.

In his welcome address Shri. Deepak Yadav, IPS Superintendent of Police, South Andaman District underlined the mandate, duties and responsibilities of the staff of tourist police kiosks.

Speaking on the occasion, the Director General of Police, Andaman & Nicobar Police, Shri. Dependra Pathak, IPS emphasized upon the need to have a setup of dedicated police personnel for the safety and security of tourists. He also urged people and tourists to make use of the services of Tourist Police & its helpline No. 155307. 

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks was proposed by Shri. Prasant Choudhary, DANIPS, SDPO (Swaraj Dweep). During the inaugural program, the Police Entertainment Team members presented a skit on tourist safety and police band played melodious tunes.

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BiRam Technologies to Launch First Edition of My Andaman Entrepreneurs Award 2019

Port Blair, July 22: “When was the last time any entrepreneur of these islands was appreciated, recognized or awarded by any local body?”, asked a Germany returned entrepreneur of these islands, in a press conference in the conference hall of Directorate of Industries in Port Blair at the launch of the first edition of “MyAndaman Entrepreneurs Award 2019”. Sunil Gupta is the Co-founder and CEO of BiRam Technologies Pvt. Ltd and is taking this first step towards ‘Empowering Entrepreneurs’ of Andaman and Nicobar Islands with ‘MyAndaman Entrepreneurs Award 2019’.

It is to be noted that BiRam Technologies Pvt. Ltd was selected by 10,000 Startups, NASSCOM, Bangalore in 2015 and in 2019 it got inducted in Start-up Warehouse, Department of Industries, Udyog Parishar, Middle Point, Port Blair. It is registered as a MSME as well.

Gupta explained that MyENA’19 is a process of identifying, evaluating and awarding the desired and qualified entrepreneurs. Also, MyENA’19 would not end with award ceremony in September 2019 but would continue with delivering mentorship, organising knowledge sharing events and facilitating various meet-ups for a year long.

The available categories of awards are “Customer Satisfaction”, “Employee Satisfaction”, “Management”, “Innovation”, “Technology” and “Automation”. Any business owner or entrepreneur can apply for an award with condition that their company must be registered with Government of India in centre, state, UT or any local body like municipal, tourism, IP&T, Labour Commissioner etc. They can apply for “a business”, “an entrepreneur” and they can “nominate their employee” too. To encourage the social workers and organization there is a special section of award is also created called as “Public Nominated”. It could be person or an organization, said Gupta.

We also have special appreciation awards for women and un-categorised section of entrepreneurs who contribute to the society yet not recognized by any Govt. body.

After evaluating the nominees the selected Entrepreneurs would be awarded accordingly in a mega event in September 2019 in Dr B.R. Ambedkar Auditorium.

To apply one needs to download their android mobile app named “MyEna” or www.myena.in. Nomination froms will also be accepted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call, sms and whatsApp to 9008524726.

Nominations in plain paper will also be accepted to any sponsors of MyENA as mentioned below:

Biju G, Coral Creek Resort, Baratang

Anil Kumar, Cut Studio, Phoneix Bay

Sanjay Kumar Pandey, Island Ship Repairers, Lillypur

Ehtesham Ahmed Khan, Jashn Event Management, Phoenix Bay

Yogesh Kumar, MTV Info Computer, Junglighat

Pankaj Kumar Dhingra, Navjeevan Enterprises, Ghanta Ghar

Mohd Rafique, Andaman Inn Travels, Dignabad

UV Anumod, Anumod Bakery, Phoneix Bay

Abdul Majeed, Ashna Button House, Aberdeen Bazar

Rajesh Arora, Ashok Cloth House, Ghanta Ghar

Vishwajeet Kumar, Equalsign Coaching Institute, Middle Point

Sanjay Kumar, Sri Harshita Electricals, Junglight

Virendra Singh, Icon Agency, Medical Road

K Raja Kumar, Mumbai Ad Films, Garacharma

Sandeep Kishen, Sea Razor Boat, Vijay Bagh Road

Shahil Abrol, Universal Sales Agencies, Ghanta Ghar

Sunil believes that appreciation is the first step towards recognition which leads to a happy life, society and county. According to him if you practice appreciating your loved ones at least thrice a day on daily basis will do magic in your relationship.

He further said, it was in April this year when work on this model started taking shape in various entrepreneurs meet-up, over party and other get together.

Gupta had come across many entrepreneurs from these islands who were confused over the very basic questions of business like “How to start a company?”, “Where to get a website?”, “to focus on marketing or branding?”, “how to treat employees?” etc. Even many entrepreneurs had registered for GST whereas it was not required for them to do so. With this Sunil understood that there is a need of a common platform that addresses common issue of “mentorship”, “knowledge sharing” and timely “recognition” of the entrepreneurs of these islands.

He believed that there is need to develop entrepreneurship among the business (wo)men in islands. Also, he questions that why the Entrepreneurship in tourism increased many fold than any other sector even though the Govt. has introduced many beneficial scheme across the sector. Why that many seats are still go vacant in start-up cell in Andaman whereas there are huge demand everywhere in India? Why the parents in Govt. Job are very reluctant to send their children for private job in Andaman? The answer Gupta believes is because they cannot see their children working more than them and getting lower salary in initial years. 

Future is not for jobseeker but job creators that we all must understand. We must teach our children to face the problem and find a solution for the problem instead of running away. One cannot build the roads for their children but make them nourish according to the roads, opined Gupta.

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Investors’ Meet on ‘Holistic Development of Eco-Tourism Sites’ held

Port Blair, July 22: An ‘Investors’ Meet on Holistic Development of Eco-Tourism Sites in Andaman & Nicobar Islands’ was organized by the Directorate of Tourism, A&N Administration in association with ANIIDCO, in the conference hall of Megapode Resort here this evening. The Secretary (IP&T), Shri Deepak Virmani, Director (IP&T) Dr (Smti.) Angel Bhati Chauhan, Director, Shipping Services/Chief Port Administrator, Capt. Ashutosh Pandey, OSD to LG, Shri P. K. Singh, ACCI members & its President, Shri Girish Arora, AATO members & President, Shri M. Vinod, representatives from Youth Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Hoteliers Association of A&N Islands, Nicobar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, A&N Tourism Stakeholders Association, Andaman Nicobar Tour Operator Association, FORTO, Barefoot India and Shri Jitin Sahni from VP Project, Noida were among those present on the occasion.

Addressing the investors, the Secretary (IP&T), through a power point presentation elaborated on the proposal of the Tourism Department with the focus on promoting eco-tourism & quality based tourism infrastructures for the benefit of tourists in A&N Islands. He also threw light on the projects to be developed in participation with Private Sector under PPP mode and the status of the tourism projects to be developed in four selected Islands viz. Long Island, Smith Island (Ross & Smith), Aves Island and Shaheed Dweep under NITI Aayog in phase -I besides promotion of 12 eco-tourism sites under phase –II and development of amenities/infrastructure for 15 additional eco-tourism sites with India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) as Consultant. The Secretary also solicited the participation of the private sectors in promoting eco-tourism projects in Isles.  

In her address, the Director (IP&T) highlighted about other projects by ANIIDCO and Tourism Department viz. development of Baratang way side amenities such as creation of parking area, restaurants, rest rooms, ATM etc., under PPP mode and development of Adventure Park at Swaraj Dweep by the Tourism Department for which 3 hect. of land is available for development of amusement /Adventure Park.

The Director, Shipping Services/Chief Port Administrator threw light on the current status of global marine traffic Islands & potential of South Bay in great Nicobar Island and development of Port Meadow and ship repair facility. The officer from Port Management Boar highlighted about transhipment port development in Isles. The GM ANIIDCO informed about the various projects to be implemented by ANIIDCO. The Deputy Director, Civil Aviation spoke about the progress in Civil Aviation Sector under RCS-UDAAN scheme, under which 18 seater twin engine aircraft will become operational by Oct. 1, 2019 besides introduction of seaplane services and wet lease of sea plane by A&N Administration and progress of new integrated terminal which is expected to be completed by June 2020. The Management Consultant (PBSC) highlighted about the projects to be taken up under Port Blair Smart City.

The ACCI President, Shri Girish Arora lauded the Administration for coming up with tourism projects for holistic development of the Islands, besides giving thrust on infrastructure development and connectivity. 

This was followed by an interactive session in which the investors, members of ACCI, hoteliers, tours operators and associations provided their views & suggestions for the development Isles tourism. Earlier, the Manager (Tourism), Dte. of IP&T, Shri CG Vijay welcomed the gathering.

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