Port Blair, Feb. 25: In a series of crackdowns on gambling activities, the Aberdeen Police has arrested 35 persons and seized Rs. 1,63,320/- under A&N Islands Gambling Regulation, 1956.

The Anti-Burglary squad of PS Aberdeen headed by SHO PS Aberdeen Inspector D. Jagdishwar Rao busted the gambling rackets in South Andaman sub division.

In a blitzkrieg of raids conducted between 19th and 21st Feb. 2013, the Aberdeen Police not only apprehended 35 persons involved in gambling activities from gambling dens located at Buniyadabad, Atlanta Point, Central School Parking Place, Dignabad Sea Shore, Junglighat Fish Market and Marine Dockyard but also seized huge amount of board money.

The Anti-burglary squad comprised of ASI M Abdul Rasheed, HC Sanjay Kujur, HC Surya Narayan, PC Ashish Mallick, PC Rakesh Toppo, PC M Raja Rao and PC Kumaraswamy.

Police is keeping a strict vigil over anti-social and illegal activities in the islands. Public has been requested to pass on credible information on narcotics substances, illegal sale of liquor, gambling or any other illegal activity on the following numbers: 233077, 232400, 232405, 100 and 9434282817, 9474290250, 9474228912, 9476076192 & 9434279416. The informant will be rewarded and his/her identity will be kept secret, assured the SP, South Andaman.


Port Blair, Feb. 24: The“Association of Rural People of A&N Islands (ARPAN) in association with Youth Club, Ograbraj and MAK Azad youth club, Tushnabad organized a Voluntary Blood Donation camp in the premises of Community hall, Ograbraj on 23rd Feb’ 2013. The camp was facilitated by A&N Aids Control Society. Dr. Naveen Govind, Deputy Director, Blood Safety, DHS and Dr. Deepankar Dhar, CMO, PHC Tushnabad were present on the occasion to assist the camp. Altogether 32 youths donated their blood.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Deepankar Dhar, CMO, PHC Tushnabad highlighted the benefits of donating blood and informed the gathering that the demand of blood in our nation is high whereas the supply is very low.

Dr. Naveen Govind, Deputy Director in his addressed said that he is delighted to see the high level of motivation and awareness among the rural youths and hoped that more such camps should be organized in the nearby villages.  Shri. Avinash, Chairman, Organizing committee proposed vote of thanks.

Port Blair, Feb. 24: A three day skill development training programme on “Contract Management and Materials Management (Focus on APWD Conditions)” was organised for the APWD Engineers in association with ISDA, New Delhi, in the Training Hall of Engineer’s Office from Feb. 21st to 23rd, 2013.

The programme was inaugurated in a simple function by Er. P.K. Singh, Chief Engineer – cum – Secretary (PWD) on 21st Feb 2013. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Engineer asked the Engineers attending the training programme to avail of this opportunity for developing their skills in the field of Contract Management and Materials Management.  In all, 35 Engineers (SEs, EEs and AEs) have attended the training.

Eminent engineering personalities like Shri J.N. Bhawani Prasad, Retd. DG CPWD: Shri H.S. Dogrs, Retd. DG CPWD and Shri H.L. Chawla Course Director were the resource persons who enlightened the training programme with their valuable discussions, suggestions amalgamated with huge past experience.

BIS Codes, Specifications, Pre and Post Contract activities, Safety and Environment Managements, Dispute and their resolutions, High strength concrete, Self compacting and fibre reinforced concrete were some of the major subjects, which highlighted along with various other issues, in this training.

The valedictory session was graced by Smt. Punya Salila Srivastava, Commissioner (PW). In her address she expressed her happiness for organizing such valuable and refreshing training courses, by APWD. At the closing, the participants were awarded ‘Competency Certificates’ by the Commissioner (PW). The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Shri Arun Kumar, E.E.


Port Blair, Feb. 24: All India Radio, Port Blair will broadcast an interview with Dr.R.Devdas, Director, Dept of Education in connection with various preparations for the smooth conduct of the ensuing class 10th & 12th CBSE exams. This interview can be heard on 25th February 2013 from 7.15 am onwards.


Port Blair, Feb. 22: In surprise checks conducted by the staff of Port Blair Municipal Council from 13.02.2013 to 20.02.2013, 02.00 Kgs plastic bags which was being used by a shopkeeper for commercial purpose was seized.

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


This is for the information of the general public that to facilitate the residents of Southern Group of Islands, the Directorate of Shipping Services has scheduled the sailing programme of MV Campbell Bay for Chennai via Nancowry & Campbell Bay on 25.02.2013 (Mon) at 1000 hours from Haddo Wharf and will sail for Port Blair on 04.03.2013 (Mon) at 1000 hours from Chennai via same route. The detailed sailing programme of MV Campbell Bay is as follows:

MV Campbell Bay

Arrival   Day         Time

(in hrs)   Port        Departure             Day         Time

(in hrs)   Remarks

--             --             --             Port Blair               25.02.2013           Mon        1000      

26.02.2013           Tue         0600       Nancowry              26.02.2013           Tue         0800      

26.02.2013           Tue         1500       Campbell Bay      26.02.2013           Tue         1700      

01.03.2013           Fri           1700       Chennai                04.03.2013           Mon        1000      

07.03.2013           Thu         1200       Campbell Bay      07.03.2013           Thu         1700      

08.03.2013           Fri           0600       Nancowry              08.03.2013           Fri           0800      

09.03.2013           Sat          0600       Port Blair               --             --             --            

This is a Tentative Sailing Programme subject to change at short notice. The Directorate of Shipping Services will not bear any responsibility what so ever loses (if any) due to any change in the Programme).

Advance reservation of passenger tickets for the sailings will commence from 22.02.2013  onwards at STARS Ticketing Counters.


It is brought to the notice of the consumers of Electricity Department, General public and Government Departments that presently the power position in Port Blair and South Andaman is quite sufficient to meet the peak demand and there is no need of rotational load shedding.

However, of late, it is noticed that the peak demand in the evening is gradually increasing. As all of us know, the Final/Board Exams are scheduled during March, April-2013 and the peak demand is further expected to rise after the onset of summer.

Hence we appeal to one and all, to consume electricity judiciously and stop using energy-intensive equipments indiscriminately especially during peak hours (05.00 PM to 10.00 PM) in order to restrict the peak demand thus avoiding any unexpected load shedding. Further, it is also requested to avoid use of decorative lightings in front of their Houses, Shops and Govt. Buildings especially during the peak hours. This is only to ensure that there is sufficient available power to the students preparing for their Board exams and they are not disturbed due to other people's avoidable power consumption.

This Press Note is issued just to control the energy demand for our children, and should not be considered as a general alarm. All are requested to stand with the department to conserve energy as much as possible, enabling the department to serve you better.


(Anand Behari)

Superintending Engineer