Port Blair, Feb. 21: The Andaman Nicobar State Water and Sanitation Mission is organizing a workshop Community Involvement in National Rural Drinking Water Programme, a flagship Programme of Govt. Of India. The workshop is being organised for the PRI members of Ferrargunj Panchayat Samity area and will be held on 25th Feb. 2013 at 3:00 PM in the conference Hall of Panchayat Samity, Ferrargunj. The aim of the programme is to create awareness for about the access and usage of safe drinking water on a sustainable basis.

Smti. Punya Salila Srivastava, IAS, Commissioner cum Secretary (PWD) has consented to be the chief guest on the occasion.


Port Blair, Feb. 21: The Out Reach Centre (ORC) of CARI supported by NABARD conducted training on "Enterprise Development" from 19th - 21st Feb. 2013 at Diglipur in association with West Bengal Voluntary Health Association (WBVHA) for a batch of 23 (19 Male and 4 Female) trainees belonging to Baratang, Rangat and Diglipur.

The training programme was inaugurated by Shri. Ramesh Kumar, Deputy Director (ATMA), the Chief Guest on 19th Feb.2013, wherein he appreciated the joint efforts of the Institute and the NGO's in conducting such beneficial programme for the youth and other stakeholders. He also spoke about the various schemes offered by the Agricultural department for Enterprise Development in agriculture, cash loan cum subsidy and cash subsidy, wherein farm equipments can be purchased at subsidized rates.  He also dwelt at length on cultivation of spices, floriculture, Mushroom production, marketing of the produce, high yielding varieties and functioning of kisan call centre for the benefit of the farmers.

In the afternoon field visit was conducted to show the technological demonstration undertaken under the guidance of ORC. The trainees interacted with the adopted farmers to learn and share the experiences in taking up the livelihood enterprise.

On the second day forenoon the trainees were given field level orientation by conducting field visit to Shri. Alok Biswas progressive farmer of Madhupur village, wherein the trainee turned trainer explained about the Broad Bed and Furrow System - for effective utilization of low lying land, Bee keeping, Induced breeding in fresh water fishes and  operation of drip irrigation system followed by visit to Mini Dal mill operated by the Sagar Self Help Group for livelihood support set up with support of ORC and CARI.

The trainees were also exposed to oyster Mushroom cultivation technique at Durgapur village conducted by Dept. of Agriculture, followed by exposure visit to agriculture farm at Keralapuram. There were briefed on the use of weed mat, cultivation of Pepper - using crossed bamboo technique and vermicompost making.

On the third day forenoon, Shri Prafulla Kumar Roy, Branch Manager, Cooperative Bank of Aerial Bay explained about the various loans facilitated for taking enterprises in Agriculture. He also informed about the formation JLG, SHG for availing loan facilities for enterprise development.

Dr. Naveen SVO, of Dept. of AH & VS at Diglipur gave hands on session on goat, pig, poultry, duck and quail farming for taking up as enterprise by the trainees. 

On the concluding day the trainees expressed their happiness to Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director CARI for conduct of such field oriented training programme, which was executed by ORC under the guidance of Dr. S.K. Zamir Ahmed, Sr. Scientist & Coordinator.


Port Blair, Feb. 21: Some confusion has been created about the use of tinted glasses in motor vehicles as reported in a local daily. In this regard the Director General of Police (I/c) has reiterated that the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 265 of 2011 has prohibited (27th April, 2012) the use of black films or any other material of any Visual Light Transmission (VLT) percentage upon the safety glasses, windscreens (front and rear) and side glasses of all vehicles.

All owners/drivers of motor vehicles are hereby advised to conform with these directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the DGP said.


Port Blair, Feb. 20: The 43rd General Body meeting of Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti (AAJVS) was held under the Chairmanship of the Lt. Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM at the conference hall of Raj Niwas here today. The meeting reviewed the action taken report on all the agenda points of the previous meeting and took decisions on the new agenda points.

The general body meeting approved the agenda already circulated to the members. On the point of setting up of Tribal Research Institute, the Lt Governor directed for setting up the proposed Tribal Research Institute within a time-frame so that research oriented projects can be taken up for policy formulation and framing and proper implementation of tribal welfare schemes. He directed APWD for timely completion of all the construction and repair works at Strait Island including the retaining wall and Onge homes.

“All the projects meant for creating facilities for the tribal people must be done on top priority”, he said. He further laid emphasis on proper coordination between Forest, AAJVS, Health and Police department in order to ensure proper protection and security of the tribal population of the Islands. The general body agreed on the agenda point for establishment of a separate eco-friendly ward for Jarawa patients at PHC Ferrargunj, which is close to Jarawa settlement. The meeting also approved for supply of free ration and clothing to Shompen residing at Chingen village, Campbell Bay.

A number of suggestions for the welfare and betterment of the tribal population of the Islands were given by participants of the general body meeting including the experts.

The Chief Secretary, Shri Anand Prakash, Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman, Chairperson, SWB, experts Prof. Vishwajit Pandya, Professor, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gujarat, Shri Manish Chandi, ANET, Wandoor and Prof. Anvita Abbi, Centre for Linguistics & English, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNRM, New Delhi,  Senior Officers of the Administration and Police Department, officers and representatives of AAJVS and related departments were present in the meeting.


Port Blair, Feb. 20: During his tour to North & Middle Andaman, the Member of Parliament visited Gandhi Nagar on 27th Jan. 2013. Gandhi Nagar is a revenue village where the villagers have been issued licences for land in 2002 but Khatooni slip/ Sketch map has not been issued to them, as a result Land Masool is not being collected and the villagers are left out with basic facilities.

Explaining the situation at Gandhi Nagar, the MP in his letter to the Hon’ble President of India said that the village is not properly electrified and pipelines to reach water to the houses are yet to be put in place.

The MP requested the Hon’ble President of India to instruct the concerned authorities to provide Solar Home Lights to these Post 1978 encroachers at Gandhi Nagar, stating that electric lines have not been extended in ward no. 2 & 3 in the village. In many houses although electric connections are provided but they have been left out on the plea that there is shortage of electric post, service line etc.

He also said that no pipelines have been provided in the village although sources of water have been identified by the concerned departments.

The MP also demanded that an Agriculture Sub Depot and a Veterinary Sub Centre be provided at the village. He lastly mentioned that ferry services between Ariel Bay and Gandhi Nagar be improved with a 100 passenger capacity boat for the convenience of the commuters. Presently the villagers depend on a 50 seater fibre boat, which does not have safety rails and guards, risking the lives of the passengers.


Port Blair, Feb. 20: Two passengers travelling in ‘Go Air’ were detained at the Police Station, Aberdeen after the crew of the airlines suspected that the passengers were carrying explosives with them.

The incident took place on 19th Feb. 2013, when a group of 9 Jamat people from Jharkhand, who had come to the Islands were heading back to New Delhi via Kolkata. Soon after the security check, as the passengers were boarding the flight, the crew saw a small box being carried by a passenger. On enquiry, the two passengers of the Jamat group playfully uttered that they are carrying bomb.

The two were immediately held and handed over to the Police Station, where they have been detained. Upon enquiry it was revealed that the box in possession had in it beetle nuts and chewing tobacco (Paan).  


Port Blair, Feb. 19: Smti Salomy David, mother of Late Sister Papa David passed away today at G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair after a prolonged illness. She was 89. The sad demise is being mourned by Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President PCC and other senior leaders of the party.