Port Blair, Feb. 18: Shri R.S. Mehra, Assistant Commissioner, Campbell Bay, distributed cheques amounting to Rs. 4,75,20,631/- (Rupees four crores seventyfive lakhs twenty thousand six hundred thirtyone only) to 44 Tsunami affected farmers of Great Nicobar Island, in lieu of submerged land at a function for the purpose held today at Recreation Hall, Campbell Bay. Further the cheques distribution to the infirm and elderly was also done by visiting the remote villages of Vijay Nagar, Gandhi Nagar & Shastri Nagar located upto 35 Km from Campbell Bay headquarters.

Port Blair, Feb. 18: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM has sanctioned seventy five thousand rupees from LG’s Relief Fund for the treatment of Shri Ajit Mondal in mainland. Shri Ajit Mondal, R/o Harinagar Village, Mayabunder is suffering from Malignant Tumor Right Shoulder and has been referred to Chennai for further treatment. Shri Ajit Mondal belongs to weaker section of the society.


Port Blair, Feb. 18: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM has regularized the services of 17 DRMs of Port Management Board (PMB) against the vacant posts of Mazdoor in Andaman Labour Force. These 17 DRMs, who are the next of the kin of deceased employees, were engaged by PMB on compassionate ground for mooring and unmooring purpose continuously since 1999.


Port Blair, Feb. 18: The Secretary for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, S N Mishra stressed the need for preserving the right environment for the well being of the animals in their natural habitat. 

Addressing the Valedictory function of the Animal Welfare fortnight at JNRM college, Port Blair on Monday,  he said Animal welfare is not only restricted to caring the animals and keeping the pet animals at our homes, but also ensuring the preservation of apt environment for the animals. He called upon everyone to prevent all sorts of deforestation activities like cutting of trees. He also emphasized that stray animals and deserted animals should also be taken care of properly.

The Animal welfare officer, Aparna Singh said India is the pioneer in establishing the Animal welfare Board as a legal entity for the protection of animals, besides enacting the Prevention of Cruelties to Animals Act way back in 1960.  Inflicting cruelty to the animals in any form is treated as violation of the said act and the offenders will be punished under the act as well as the relevant sections of IPC, she added. She also appealed to the participants to report to the concerned authority if they come across any incident of cruelty to the animals.

The Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Dr Balakrishnan also spoke on the occasion.  A large number of students from different schools and social workers attended the programme.

During the fortnight, various competitions on animal welfare including Essay, and Painting contests on the topics Compassion to the animals and the Animal – Man’s best friend were conducted for the students.  The Chief Guest , S N Mishra distributed the prizes to the winners.

The Animal welfare fortnight has begun in the islands on February, 1 last with an awareness rally and various programmes including Veterinary health camps, backyard poultry distribution, stray dogs and wild birds feeding, pet animals show etc. were organised by the department to create awareness on animal welfare during the fortnight.


Port Blair, Feb. 18: Raj Bhasha Karyanavyan evam Prashikshan Mission  (RAKAMI), New Delhi has  conducted All India Official Language Conference & Training Programme of RAKAMI from 14th – 16th February, 2013 at Hotel Sentinel, Port Blair, wherein more than fifty officials representing from both island & mainland participated .

On 16th February, 2013 the Institute was awarded with a trophy in recognition of significant work done in Hindi and the Institute was also awarded first prize for bringing out a Hindi magazine named Krishika. The award was received by Dr.S.Dam Roy, Director, CARI during the concluding day.


Port Blair, Feb. 18: The State Convenor of Cultural Cell, BJP Shri Hament Kr. Dhingra has requested the Director of State Trnsport, A&N Administration to provide public transport buses in Phoenix Bay (Ward No. 6) route. He mentioned that no private and STS busses are plying in Phoenix Bay, which is causing hardship to the residents and suggested some routes for the convenience of the commuters. 


Port Blair, Feb. 18: Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Shadipur, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands has arranged a special “Vilakku Pooja” to be conducted by Sr. Brahmachari Vinayamrita Chaitanya, Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Chennai on 20th February 2013 from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM for the Students of class X and XII appearing in the forth coming Board Examination. Interested students of other classes can also participate. For Free registration & other details please contact over Phone Nos: 94342 81462, 94742 12902, 96795 35824.

The programme details are as follows: 1. Lighting of Lamp followed by invoking Blessings of Guru and Lord Ganapathi. 2. Spiritual-Counselling & Guidance to students by Sr. Brahmachari Vinayamrita Chaithanya. 3. Manasa Pooja & Vilakku Pooja. 4. Prarthana, Bhajans, Arathi & Prasad.