Andaman Chronicle

The Daily Diary of the Islands


Newly Sworn In Adhyaksh ZPSA Calls on Lt. Governor

Shri Sanjib Kumar Mandal, Adhyaksh, Zilla Parishad called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon’ble Lt Governor of A&N Islands & Vice-Chairman Islands Development Agency at Raj Niwas on 26th October 2018.

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Shramdan and Cleanliness Drive Fortnight Begins in Port Blair

Port Blair, Sept. 17: The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has given a clarion call for a nationwide shramdaan and cleanliness campaign to be taken up by all stakeholders from 15th September 2017 to 2nd October 2017, with the theme “Swachhata Hi Seva”, to celebrate the spirit of the mission as a ‘Janandolan’, as a run up to the third anniversary celebrations of the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

On the aforesaid call Port Blair city embraces “Swachhta Hi Sewa” pakhwada. The Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi in the presence of Shri. Anindo Majumdar, Chief Secretary, Shri. B. Eswar Rao, Chairperson, PBMC, Shri. S.C.L. Das, Principal Secretary (UD), Secretary, PBMC, Senior Vice Chairperson, Junior Vice Chairperson and ward councilors launched the campaign at Bhatubasti vegetable market on 15th September 2017.

In his speech the LG expressed his happiness that Port Blair Municipal Council has taken up a subject that was taken up by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in his first speech from Red fort. He congratulated the efforts of the citizens and Port Blair Municipal Council to keep this city clean, thereafter he stressed that the cleanliness is not only the duty of the sanitary worker but also the duty of every citizen. He explained the impact of the “Swachh Bharat Mission” on the lifestyle of the citizen of India. He appreciated the dedicated efforts of Port Blair Municipal Council to lead Port Blair city towards Open defecation free status and at the end of the pakhwada i.e on 2nd October 2017, Port Blair city will be formally declared as Open Defecation free city. He also announced that the whole of Andaman & Nicobar Islands will become Open Defecation Free by 31st March 2017.

The event was followed by cleanliness drive at Bhatubasti Vegetable Market which was also actively participated by the students of St. Mary School, Bhatubasti. 

During the fortnight elaborate arrangements have been made for cleanliness drive. Port Blair Municipal Council is conducting ‘SWACHH WARD’ campaign under the leadership of respective ward councilors for which best ward will be awarded for cleanliness. The Port Blair Municipal Council during the period will hold a logo competition with the theme ‘Swachh Bharat Swachh Port Blair’. Cash awards will be given to best logo selected on 2nd October 2017. The programmes will conclude on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October 2017 by declaring Port Blair as Open Defecation Free.

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PBMC Appeals Citizens to Save Water

Saving water is the simplest and least expensive way to protect our water resources. Water is scarce yet we take it for granted, waste it and even pay for the expensive packaged water bottles. Let us all be responsible and do our part in conserving the most precious gift of nature by adopting the following points strictly.

 All citizens must get float valve fixed in their over head tanks and sump tanks to stop wastage of water.

 It is seen that during the supply hours publics use pump to draw water from our feeder lines which needs to be avoided strictly so that equal distribution of water is made to all. Strict action along with disconnection of pipe line will be taken against all defaulters.  

 To shut their taps while leaving on vacations

 To avoid overflowing of tanks.

 Not to hamper PBMC feeder lines illegally.

 Use water sparingly.

 Avoid washing of cars directly from pipe line.

 Any complaints or leakages of water identified by public may be informedon the flowing numbers.

1. Chairperson PBMC-9932080474.

2. Secretary, PBMC -9474282277.

3. Superintendent Engineer, PBMC- 9933243980.

4. Executive Engineer (Water Works)-9434282823.

5. Police Line tank-232732.

6. Buniyadabad tank-232754.

7. Lamba line-234713.


Municipal Council

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On the joyous occasion of the 350th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Govind Singh ji, the 10th Sikh Guru, I extend my warm greetings to the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Sri Guru Govind Singh ji, infused the spirit of both sainthood and soldier in the minds and hearts of his followers to fight oppression in order to restore justice, peace, righteousness (Dharma) and to uplift the downtrodden people in this world. His teachings are very scientific and most suitable for all times.

On this auspicious festival occasion, let all the people of the Islands come together and pray to the Almighty to bless these Islands with peace, progress and prosperity.

Prof. Jagdish Mukhi

Lieutenant Governor

Andaman & Nicobar Islands   

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Cultural Evening Organised at Pondicherry University

Lt. Governor Exhorts Students to Contribute Towards Disaster Management

Port Blair, March 26: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen AK Singh (Retd) has underlined the need for Disaster Management. Though we cannot prevent a disaster; but with better preparedness, we can certainly minimize the damages, he said while addressing the students at the Pondicherry University campus at Brookshabad here this evening.

The Pondicherry University organized a colourful cultural programme titled ‘Anekaragam Fest- 2016’ in its campus today in which students of the college presented variety programmes including songs and dances, much to the delight of the audience on the occasion. The Lt. Governor, Lt. Gen. A K Singh (Retd.) as the chief guest inaugurated the cultural evening by lighting the traditional oil lamp.

Addressing the gathering after the cultural programme, the Lt. Governor complimented the participants for their energetic performance.

Speaking about the Pondicherry University, the Lt. Governor informed the gathering about his association with the University not only in Brookshabad Campus in Port Blair, but also in Puducherry Campus, where he delivered a talk on ‘National Security’ and interacted with the faculty members and students on one occasion.

Referring to the core subjects offered by Pondicherry University here at Brookshabad Campus, the Lt. Governor said that both the subjects viz. Disaster Management and Ocean Studies & Marine Biology are very relevant in A&N Islands. 

Turning to Disaster Management, the Lt. Governor mentioned that there could not be a more suitable place to study the subject than Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He highlighted about Islands scenario with regard to Disaster Management and said we are subjected to over 90 to 100 tremors annually, in and around Andamans including the South East Asian belt, out of which 30 are of over 4.5 on the Richter scale.  Any tremor which is more than 8 on the Richter scale can actually theoretically generate a Tsunami, he said. Citing the example of the 2004 Tsunami, the Lt. Governor said that not only in Andaman & Nicobar Islands but all over the country, Disaster Management is becoming a very topical and urgent necessity. Though we cannot prevent a disaster but with better preparedness, we can minimize the damage, he said, calling upon the students passing out from such institutions to contribute their mite towards disaster management.

Mentioning about the large scale exercise that was carried out by the A&N Administration to gauge the preparedness of the Islands pertaining to Disaster Management, the Lt. Governor said, the A&N Administration have developed quite a lot of expertise on this subject and acknowledged that he is reasonably satisfied with the disaster preparedness of the Islands.

The Lt. Governor also requested the Head of the Faculty to encourage greater interaction between the theory and practical aspects of the subjects being taught to the students. The Lt. Governor also directed the faculty to tie up with the Secretary, Disaster Management, so that the students can visit the operation centre and enhance their knowledge of the subject in practicalities with the guidance of the experts on Disaster Management.

As far as the Ocean Studies &Marine Biology is concerned, these Islands are the best place as 25% of Coastline and 30% of India’s EEZ is in and around A&N Islands, the Lt Governor said adding that we have a large amount of Marine Species here and the students studying this subject should be able to contribute for the development of Marine Commerce and Marine Engineering in these Islands.

The Lt Governor said that in Education sectors these Islands have made great strides. “In last two years we opened a medical college, Andaman College, Community College and skill Centres. Now, the Administration is striving hard to start a Law College with a small batch of 30 students from July this year. Apart from this, professional colleges with four streams have also been planned and efforts are on to start the colleges with Management stream this year”, the Lt Governor added.

With so many initiatives in the education sector, the Lt Governor stated, the time is now ripe to apply for our own Central University. He requested the Principal Secretary, Education to put in motion the whole process of demanding a University for these Islands.

The Lt Governor also complimented the organizers for giving an appropriate name to this multicoloured and multicultural programme ‘Anekaragam’, which reflects the beauty of India. He also invited the students and faculty members to visit Raj Niwas to have a glimpse of the surrounding of Raj Niaws and its beautiful gardens.

The Lt. Governor also distributed certificates to the winners of the various competitions organized during the fest. Cultural programmes by the students drew loud applause from the gathering.

In his welcome address, the HOD, Disaster Management, Prof. Ramanujam thanked the Lt. Governor for taking the Islands forward and expressed gratitude for introducing the chartered flight services for the Islanders. He also highlighted the significance of the fest entitled ‘Anekaragam’, which signifies multicolour, echoing the message of unity in diversity. He mentioned about core subjects of the University viz. Disaster Management and Ocean Studies & Marine Biology in this College where students from various parts of the country, including the A&N Islands are studying. 

The programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Asst Prof. Dr. Padmavati, Department of Ocean Studies & Marine Biology, Pondicherry University, Brookshabad.

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