Thursday, December 27, 2018

14th anniversary of Tsunami observed; Lt. Governor, MP, others pay glowing tributes to victims at Tsunami Memorial

Port Blair, Dec. 26:  The Andaman and Nicobar Administration observed the 14th Anniversary of Tsunami at the Tsunami Memorial, Andaman Water Sports Complex, Aberdeen here today. The Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Admiral D K Joshi PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) placed wreath at the Memorial to pay homage to the departed souls. This was followed by paying of floral tributes by the First Lady of these Islands, Smt. Chitra Joshi, the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan B. Sanghi, DGP, Shri Dependra Pathak, Adhyaksh ZPSA, Shri Sanjib Kumar Mondal, Chairperson PBMC, Smt. Anusia Devi, Senior Officers from Defence and Civil Administration, prominent citizens and general public.  
An all Religion Prayer meeting (Sarva Dharma Prarthana Sabha) was also organized at the Memorial. It was followed by a two minutes silence to pay homage to the departed souls.

Photo Caption

Prior to visit of Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister on the occasion of 75th anniversary of hoisting of Tiranga in A&N Islands by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, Hon'ble Lt Governor A&N Islands & Vice-Chairman Islands Development Agency met Shri Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister on visit to A&N and discussed various transformational infrastructure/ developmental/ tourism/ connectivity projects being progressed in the Islands under aegis of IDA.


New ITI at Car Nicobar to be inaugurated on Dec 30

Port Blair, Dec 26: To facilitate youth to get skill in niche area to enhance their employability and to have better standard of life, the A&N Administration has made convergence of skill development activities for focused implementation with definite result, opening of capacity building centres, up-skilling of general populace as well as organising job fair for getting employment.
In this direction, the Administration is now further established a new Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Arong, Car Nicobar constructed under centrally sponsored Multi Sectorial Development Plan (MSDP) for development of minorities to improve skill development programme to the tribal youth of these Islands and particularly for the Nicobaries.
The ITI, Arong is getting launched by the Hon'ble Prime Minister on 30/12/2018 with six job roles under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 2.0 State Component in the sector of Construction, Automotive and IT-ITES etc. The Administration is also planning to introduce new trades under Craftsman Training Scheme (CTS) with total intake of 183 seats from 2019 academic year.
The Administration informs the general public of Andaman & Nicobar Islands that, it will take continuous efforts for up-skilling our students/ youths as well as all general public to enhance their knowledge and improve employability.
The A&N Administration urges all the aspirants to take the advantage of such skill development programs to empower themselves.

TMI Editorial: 27/12/2018

Situation demands 31st night policing

One of the challenging night is on the way for police department i.e. 31st night of December 2018. One may do the party arrangements, including storing varieties of narcotics and usual liquor to welcome New Year 2019 will be a priority for them.
The habitual rash driving/riding spree drivers/riders of two, three, four wheelers are mostly use to be at their peak during such these occasions, moreover, the smooth and shiny roads may excite them to fly. Of course everyone who undertaking a road journey, the risk of a fatal accident has been rising steadily, but these times will be on its peak.
This is a public health emergency that requires immediate action. One of the most productive measures to bring down accidents is zero tolerance enforcement. Strong policing reduces the risk for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and two-wheeler riders, who must be compelled to wear helmets.
The recent fatal accidents in the lean season and increasing average deaths @2 per day in the A&N Islands is demands strict vigilance by the police.

ACCI to conduct 'Andaman Marathon: 2019' on Feb 3

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Dec 26: The Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI), Port Blair has initiated an annual event, which is now in its 8th year, titled 'Andaman Marathon' with the objective to put the Andaman Islands in the global tourism map to promote and create awareness for a healthy life-style with tag line "Swatch Andaman" this time to create awareness among islanders to keep A&N Islands clean.
Addressing a press conference in TSG Emerald View Resort at Phoenix Bay, the ACCI President, Girish Arora said that, the event is being organized in association with the Andaman & Nicobar Administration.  Over the years, the event has generated substantial interest not only in the islands but also in other parts of the country as well as internationally.
The Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral DK Joshi will be flagging off the event from the historic Cellular Jail on Sunday the 3rd February, 2019 at 0515 hrs. and also distribute the prizes to the winners at 0800 hrs. at the Netaji Stadium. The Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command and the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration will be attending the flag off event at Cellular Jail and prize distribution at Netaji Stadium as guests of honour.
All arrangements for conducting the Andaman Marathon 2019 on 3rd February, 2019 is going on in full swing. This year ACCI have expecting more than 1500 participants in categories mentioned in the table.

Andaman Marathon has four events - Half Marathon; 10K - male & female; 10 K for seniors and 10 K Boys & Girls at total prize money of Rs.8.70 lakhs. 
The prize money has been restricted to Indian Nationals/ Islanders only. Registrations for all events are taking place in ACCI Office. The Brand Ambassador for the event as every year, this year too, Shri Rahul Bose along with a Celebrity Guest to participate in the flag off at 0515 hrs as well as the award function at Netaji Stadium at 0800 hrs.
‘On demand from youngsters, the age limit for participation in Andaman Marathon was reduced from 15 to 14 years. One can submit their form online or can collect forms from ACCI office or they can also use the newspaper cuttings for participation. Our total budget for this event is near about Rs.30 Lakhs’, said Mohd. Jadwet.
Beside Mr. Girish Arora, Mr. G Bhasker, Ex-President ACCI, Mohd. Jadwet, Ex-President of ACCI were also present during the press conference and have urged all age group citizens of Port Blair to join their hands to make it success by participating in the run.

Nominations invited for “Andaman Heroes Award”

Port Blair, Dec 26: Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF) has decided to honour Islanders, who have immensely contributed towards the development of these Islands or excelled in their respective fields and brought laurels in National as well as International level.
The Honour will be in the name of "ANMF's Andaman Heroes Award" and the award ceremony will be organised in the month of January 2019. All the deserving persons have been requested to send their nominations to the email ID of Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation i.e. in a simple format with mobile number to the said email ID or by post addressed to the President, Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation, Andaman Sheekha Office, RGT Road, Port Blair, PIN 744101 by Jan. 10, 2019.
All entries will be scrutinized by ANMF and also by two independent judges for final selection, the General Secretary (ANMF) said in a communication here.

Discount on toned milk purchase in bulk from ANIIDCO

Port Blair, Dec 26: The Corporation has started supply of toned milk to bulk milk purchasers like hotels and institutions in cans w.e.f 01.12.2018 in order to discourage use of plastic packaging material.
The Corporation will be offering discount of Rs. 1/- per litre to all hotels/ institutions buying toned milk in cans for a period of three months i.e. from 01.01.2019 to 31.03.2019.
The Corporation requests all the bulk milk purchasers to purchase of toned milk in cans to reduce consumption of plastic packaging material.
In case of any further clarification, consumers may contact Senior Manager (Milk Plant) - 03192 - 244076 / 9434278778 / 9734483400.

ANIIDCO to Setup Petrol Pump at Baratana and Kadamtala

Port Blair, Dec 26: There is a long pending demand of residents of Baratang for opening of Petrol outlet by ANIIDCO at Baratang and the PRI members of Baratang had also taken up the matter with Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands. The A & N Administration and ANIIDCO have decided to set up a Petroleum Retail Outlet of IOCL at Baratang as well as Kadamtala.
The A&N Administration has recently allotted land to ANIIDCO at Baratang for the said purpose. Further, the available land with ANIIDCO at Uttara village shall be used for setting of a Petroleum Retail outlet at Kadamtala.
Keeping in view the convenience of commuters, both the Petroleum Retail Outlet Sites falling on National Highways will be developed with a Petrol Pump and Wayside Amenities like Toilets, Chilled drinking water. Free air filling, Refreshment corner, ATM, First Aid and Parking facility etc.
ANIIDCO has already taken up the matter for award of Retail outlet dealership with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and it is expected that the project will be completed within the Calendar Year 2019, a communication from MD, ANIIDCO said.

RFQ floated for three Tourism projects under PPP mode at Long, Aves and Smith Islands in A&N Islands

Port Blair, Dec 26: The Andaman & Nicobar Administration has floated Request for Qualification (RFQ) inviting proposals from the potential developers for the Tourism Resort Projects at Long Island (Lalaji Bay), Smith Island and at Aves Island. These projects have been steered by the Island Development Agency (IDA) with the support of NITI Aayog.
There will be substantial boost to the economy of these Islands in following way:
1) About 500 crores rupees will be invested in the Islands through these Public Partnership Projects in the Tourism Sector. Investments will be made primarily by the private developers and the A&N Administration will be providing support infrastructure; .
2) There will be paradigm shift in the profile in the hospitality industry in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. There not being even a single Star rated Hotel/Resort in these Islands, within the year 2018, One five Star Resort has already become operational at Havelock. Further RFQ have been issued for two more Five Star and one Four Star resorts in these Islands and contract for the same will be awarded very soon.
3) Minimum 60 % direct employment generation would be available to local youths only. Further manifold indirect employment opportunities will be opened up by way of Water Sports activities linked with these projects, Tour operators, Taxi Services and other allied services.

CID team recovers huge haul of IMFL

Port Blair, Dec 26: In its drive to wipe out the nuisance of illegal sale of liquor and bootlegging, the team of Special Branch (CID) consisting ASI Jayachandran, Constables G. Ravi and Surfuddin under the supervision of Inspr. D. Jagdishwar Rao carried out raid at Fisheries Jetty, Phoenix Bay on 20/12/2018 and recovered 113 bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquors (IMFL). In this connection one A. Bhoominathan, S/o Shri Alagumalai, R/o Fisheries jetty was arrested and a case under excise Regulations has been registered against him. The raid was conducted under the over-all supervision of Shri R. K. Sharma, Dy. SP (CID). The Police will continue to fight against this menace to eradicate the illegal trade of illicit liquor and IMFL from this Union Territory.
The general public is requested to inform about any credible information pertaining to gambling, illegal sale or possession of liquor/ drugs or any other illegal activity on the following telephone numbers - 233307, 9434270185, 9474290250, 9474228912, 232586 and 100. The identity of the informer will be kept secret.

Transportation of PDS to remote islands is the only concern: CS&CA

Port Blair, Dec 26: A&N Administration has the policy of universalization of PDS wherein no exclusion criteria has been adopted, instead every resident family has been made eligible for subsidized ration, if so willed. Regular supply of PDS to the remotest of the inhabited area is the responsibility of CS&CA department of A&N Administration. This is a challenge, keeping in view the difficult terrain and limited  availability of logistics like ships on time, which is met by the corresponding commitment of the administration and 2463MT of rice, wheat and fortified atta is distributed amongst the 1,08000 families comprising of approximately 450000 persons every month. These   include 15000 NFSA beneficiary families and 93000 APL families.
The awareness and active participation of beneficiaries in PDS matter is an asset for the department which keeps it updated to ensure maintenance of regular supply. Supply of ration of December, 2018 to 22 FPS of Middle Andaman was made only on 14-15 of December and was delayed due to authorized functionary being busy with election duty. Taking up of this issue by local dailies reflects the vibrant relationship between department and the public. But the story a few days earlier would have been more responsible than after the resolution of the issue. The Department acknowledges the responsible spirit of the media and look forward to a vibrant and positive relationship which enhance the efficacy of delivery of services.
Timely supply of LPG cylinders to more than 90000 active registered LPG consumers is another challenge before the department every day. The availability of LPG cylinders from IOCL generally is not an issue but the transportation of the same to remotest island through POL worthy vessel is. Proactive approach of the administration in the last 3-4 months has ensured timely transportation of LPG and other POL to remote places with active support of DSS, PMB and private ship owners. 5 yearly external audit of IOCL was completed on 14th December which caused 4 days disruption in delivery of LPG cylinders. The department acknowledges the cooperation of public in bearing with such genuine challenges, collaborative approach and honesty of purpose on the part of administration under the able leadership of present Chief Secretary, a press release says.

Police Station Campbell Bay adjudged as the second best Police Station in India

Port Blair, Dec 26: The Police Station Campbell Bay under the Nicobar District has been adjudged as the second best Police Stations in the entire Country and its SHO, Inspr Vishal Ram has been awarded with the shield by the Hon'ble Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh during the DPGs/IGPs conference held at Kevadiya, Gujarat on 20/12/2018.
The award is the result of continuous endeavor and planned efforts of Ms Shalini Singh, IGP under the resolute leadership of the present Director General of Police, Shri Depender Pathak. The Police Station is located far away from the Headquarters and continuously confronting various challenges associated therein. In spite of these challenges the PS & its staff has been dedicating best of their services to the local population which also includes Shompen Tribes. Various proactive actions and special community oriented policing efforts in addition to welfare measures for the staff by the Police department for the last one year in a planned approach has led to this award of being adjudged one of the top three police stations in India. This award is a matter of great pride for the entire Andaman & Nicobar Police and the citizens of these Islands.
All this has been possible because of the sincere efforts of Inspr Vishal Ram, SHO PS Campbell Bay under the supervision & guidance of Shri Manoj C, Superintendent of Police, Nicobar District. They have been instrumental in achieving this rare foot which is first such instance of any Police Station in our Islands being adjudged among one of the best in the Country.

MoRT&H & MoE&FC takes action on MP's pursue for Repair & Up gradation of NH-4 and construction of Middle Strait Creek Bridge

Port Blair, Dec 26: Upon efforts of MP Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, the Ministry of Environment & Forest has accorded CRZA clearance of Middle Strait Creek Bridge. Consequent upon that the NHIDCL is now ready to give appointment to M/s Vasista Mantena (JV) on 28.12.2018 to start the work for construction of Middle Strait Creek Bridge between 106.590 KMs to 107.762 KMs awarded to at a cost Rs.170.40 Crores.
In pursuant to another demand of M.P. for up-gradation of NH-4 for the stretch of 181.00 kms to 206.00kms between Rangat and Kadamtala for total 25 kilometers length, the NHIDCL, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued the Letter of Award (LOA) of the work to M/s Garg Sons Estate Promotors Pvt. Ltd, Chandigarh at a cost of Rs.54.00 Crores on 28.11.2018. The Contractor, now in process of mobilization of heavy machineries at work site for under taking the construction work which to be completed within one year from the date of award of work.
In the matter of repair of existing dilapidated roads of NH-4 particularly the stretch of road from Farrargunj to Jirkatang, Baratang area, Kadamtala area, Kausalyanagar area and Diglipur Stadium area, the NHIDCL has taken the issue seriously and earmarked an amount of Rs.10.00 Crores to make above area of NH-4 for trafficable/ vehicle worthy by the local contractors within 30.12.2018, a press release from MP Office said here today.

MP Calls on LG to apprise the grievances related to PST/ Craft Instructor recruitment

Port Blair, Dec 26: The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray along with applicants for recruitment to post of Primary School Teacher (PSTs) / Craft Instructor under Directorate of Education, A&N Administration called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on Dec 24, 2018 at Raj Niwas.
Hon'ble Lt Governor assured about commitment of Administration towards early filling up of vacancies in the Administration after thorough examination of all aspects in conformity with extant rules. He emphasised that the CTET exams were conducted and age-relaxation to applicants was considered. Also, 2 members have been included in the Directorate of Education Committee which will look into all the grievances and no such post will be filled up in Education Department till decision on Committee's recommendations.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Big relief to agitating candidates of PSTs; CS assures re-examine of applications; Director (Education) sticks to his decree, yet

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair: 194 candidates' names appeared in the selected list against 224 posts of PST (Primary School Teacher) for three different mediums (Hindi-89, English-90 and Bengali-45) under Directorate of Education, A&N Administration. The number of total applications is 'unknown', it is 'unknown', because the department is not ready to reveal the total number of applications they had received, and put rest of posts declared as unfilled without showing proper reasons.
The desiring candidates about in 100s, whose names are not appeared in the selected list of PSTs without conveying proper reasons by the Directorate of Education, are demanding for claims, objection and rectification facilities as done earlier times during recruitment of teachers in the Directorate of Education, A&N Administration in free and fair manner. But the Director of Education, Shri Shubhankar Ghosh was stick in his rules and denies providing the claims, objection and rectification opportunity to the applicants.
Since then i.e. from Dec 17, 2018 through day and night braving the rain, a large number of candidates who have allegedly been deprived of their inclusion in the merit list despite meritorious marks than many others displayed in the list are started protesting in front of the Directorate of Education Office at VIP Road, Port Blair demanding put on hold the recruitment process of PSTs.
Speaking to this correspondent, the protesting candidates said that, 'the Director of Education has refused to budge from his stand and has maintained that the recruitment process of the selected candidates would not be halted in any circumstance'. And he advises us to submit a representation and if the allegations were found true, corrective action will be taken. We are unable to understand that, why this hurry attitude taking place in the entire process by this Director (Education) Shubhankar Ghosh.
'I have also applied in Nov./Dec. 2015, when such applications were invited for about 5 PST posts, I was stood at 5th in merit list, but due to some reasons dropped down to 6th, and after free and fair verification when too, claims & objections were invited and finally the final list was published in the month of April 2016, which can be called justified. But this time, it is deprived of our rightful due', said a candidate among protesting group.
Meanwhile, the political parties have voiced their support to agitating candidates. Local leaders from various parties have also met the Director (Education) to express agitating candidates' concern, but in return the Shubhankar Ghosh told all most to all of them that, 'it was clearly mentioned in the notification of July 16, 2018, you can check it out', and sent them back.
The Joint Action Forum, General Secretary, Abdul Siddique alleges that entire PST selection process seems smack of corruption and nepotism. The deserving candidates have been deprived of their rightful due. 'JAF suspects that a large number of candidates from outside Andamans have found their place in the dubious merit list, he further said that the whole process lacks transparency and against the interest of local candidates'.
However, the Director (Education), Shubhankar Ghosh said above at many occasions that the notification of July 16, 2018 is detailed with terms and conditions. When this correspondent researched about the notification and finds that Press Note of Directorate of Education F.No.8-10(1056)/Edn/Estt/CCB/Rect(DR)/2018/ dtd: 16th July 2018, undersigned by Deputy Director Education (Perl) is found incomplete and in that too advised the candidates to download terms and conditions from official website: and The correspondent still trying to find whereabouts of terms and conditions, the Direction (Education) talking about and had stick into.
However, agitating candidates have informed this correspondent that, 'a delegation of 8 members on behalf of protesting candidates have met the Chief Secretary, Mr. Chetan Bhushan Sanghi today (19/12/2018) evening, the Chief Secretary after hearing their grievances has asked the delegation to submit their representation in written with documents, and he also assured to look into personally and will direct to re-exam and verify all the applications. He further assured that, the appointed orders will not be given to any of the listed candidates until and unless clarify all points raised by the protesting candidates'.

Citizens' Corner 20/12/2018

High degree mosquito menace since many months at residential places in spite of maintaining some cleanliness. Health Department busily focuses treating increasing patients of vector borne disease. Forgets all time to spray DDT for mosquitoes.

Road Safety Workshop by Transport Department held

Port Blair, Dec.19: Transport Department has organized a road safety workshop with the assistance of Ministry of Road Port Transport & Highways and Association of State Road Transport Undertakings at Megapode Resort here yesterday. All the stakeholders of this UT in respect of road safety like Education Department, Health Department, Police Department, APWD Department, ACCI, Driving Schools, Dealers of automobiles etc., participated in the workshop.
The road safety workshop was inaugurated by Shri. Vikram Dev Dutt, Pr. Secretary, A & N Administration as chief guest and was also attended by the senior officials of the Administration. In his inaugural address, the chief guest pointed out that road safety is synonymous with its value in human life. The present system of acting on the basis of analysis of data after the occurrence of accidents needs to changed to pro active preventive measures like identifying the accident prone zones and taking remedial measures. Hence huge responsibility lies on the part of road constructing agencies and major portion of the road safety issues can be tackled at the initial stages of road design. He emphasized on immediate need for adopting broader vision to target the root level issues responsible for causing an accident. To achieve this purpose, he suggested targeting the school children and adopting innovative ideas to educate the drivers/general public on road safety. It was also suggested to organize such workshops with larger participation of general public, drivers unions etc. Drivers need to be sensitized not only about the loss of life but also the tragedies faced by the entire family due to the untimely loss of bread earner. Violators of law provision as well as applicants coming for renewal/ learner’s license may be made to attend mandatory road safety classes showing related videos. Winners of various competitions on road safety held during the past week with the help of Education Department were also given the prizes.
The Secretary (Transport), Udit Prakash Rai, while welcoming the gathering informed about various activities being carried out by the Department for ensuring road safety and for improving the public transport. He also highlighted the special initiatives being taken by the Department for the benefit of the general public such as computerized ticketing (any where any place), construction of Bus Queue Shelter of uniform design with passenger information system on build, operate & transfer basis, better parking infrastructure, multilayered parking with better regulation, stringent action against violators involving in fatal accidents, operation of AC mini buses to strengthen city public transport service in Port Blair and Havelock on hiring Scheme etc. Department also has plans to procure electric buses for minimizing pollution and for decongesting the city traffic, a committee has been formed to analyze the traffic flow and suggest measures to improve it.
For improving the passenger facilities for passenger hall of bus terminus will be made air conditioned. Under the Smart City Plan, new modern bus port is also likely to come up soon for which sufficient land is available. General Public has also been advised to furnish suggestions on improving the Road Safety.
The representative from MoRTH advocated the necessity for making the practice of Road Safety as a habit of life and gave valuable inputs. The inaugural session was followed by a technical interactive session chaired by Shri. Navlendra Kumar Singh, Director of Transport where all the stakeholder departments like Transport, Health, Education, Police, and APWD & ACCI shared the practices, problems and suggestions as well as remedial measures. Valuable suggestions were received from the participants to address some of the basic issues related to road safety. The workshop concluded with valedictory address by the Director of Transport who stressed on the importance of road safety in the life of all citizens. He also emphasized that all efforts on spreading awareness would be taken by the Government but at the same time stringent action would be taken against violators.

Govt to seek interim dividend from RBI, says Economic Affairs Secretary

New Delhi, Dec 19: The government will seek an interim dividend from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said on Wednesday.
Last fiscal, the RBI had paid an interim dividend of Rs.10,000 crore to the Centre. Asked if the government will seek interim dividend from RBI this year, he said, “Yes.”
Mr. Garg also said the committee, which would examine the economic capital framework of the RBI, had almost been finalised.
“Panel on economic capital framework has virtually been agreed. Hopefully, soon it will be announced,” he said on the sidelines of an event organised by the PHD Chamber here.
On November 19, the central board of the RBI had decided to constitute an external committee to examine its economic capital framework. The composition and terms of reference of the committee were to be decided jointly by the government and the RBI.

NSSO to organize Regional Training Camp

Port Blair, Dec 19: Field Operations Division (FOD) of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Port Blair will be organizing a Regional Training Camp (77th Round) from 26th December 2018 to 29th December 2018 in its office premises. 
During the camp, necessary training will be imparted to the officials to carry out the Socio-Economic Survey of 77th Round and Time Use Survey. This round has been earmarked for survey on ‘Land and Livestock holdings of households and Situation Assessment of Agricultural households’ and ‘Debt and Investment’ and ‘Participation of men, women and other groups of persons in paid and unpaid activities’. 22 urban blocks and 26 villages in Andaman and Nicobar Islands will be surveyed during the period January 2019 to December 2019.
Shri.J.P.Bhattacharya, Deputy Director General, National Sample Survey Office (SDRD), Kolkata will inaugurate the camp. Shri.R.Kaladharan, Assistant Director, NSSO (FOD), Port Blair will conduct the camp. The Field Operations Division (FOD) of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Port Blair operates under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India.

Venison Seized by Police

Billiground, Dec 19: On 14.12.2018 acting on a credible information regarding transportation of venison from Mayabunder to Billiground, the Police team of PS Billiground headed by S.I Rangaraj, SHO, P.S. Billiground along with ASI Mohammed Rafique, PC Atish, PC Srinivasan and PC Anup Das under the supervision of Shri George Lalu, SDPO, Rangat, seized 50 Kgs of Venison under the relevant sections of Wild Life Act 1972 while transporting the same from Webi, Mayabunder to Billiground by a Maruti Omni bearing Regn. No. AN-01 M-1984. Later the driver Shri Saw John Smith S/o Shri Saw Eythow (36) yrsPvt. Worker, Driver of the above Omni and his accomplice Shri JonitRohdes S/o Shri Saw Eythow (19) yrs both R/o Webi, Mayabunder along with the seized venison and vehicle was handed over to the Range Officer, Betapur range for further necessary action.
It is requested to the general public that any information related to any crime or illegal activities may please be intimated to the following phone numbers PS Billiground (03192-270523), SDPO (R/G) (03192-274646) or in any nearest Police Station or to the Police Control Room (100).

Indian Navy Commissions IN LCU L-55 SHIP: Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P reiterates the importance of indigenization & self-reliance in ship building

Port Blair, Dec 19: Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM, today commissioned IN LCU L-55 Ship into service in a ceremony at Haddo Naval Jetty, Port Blair. IN LCU L-55 is the latest Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark- IV series ship.
The commissioning ceremony was conducted as per Naval traditions and witnessed by many senior officers from the Indian Navy, Army, Air Force and other dignitaries including Rear Admiral VK Saxena (Retd) Chief Managing Director of M/s Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers (GRSE) Ltd, Kolkata.
INLCU L-55 is the fifth of the eight LCU Mark-IV ships designed and built by M/s GRSE Ltd., Kolkata. Four ships of the same class, INLCU L-51 to L-54 have already been commissioned till date. Speaking at the occasion, the chief guest Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P reiterated the importance of indigenization & self-reliance in ship building and congratulated M/s GRSE to have delivered another fine warship to the Indian Nay.
The ship is equipped with state of the art systems like Integrated Platform Management System and Integrated Bridge Management System. The ship is also fitted with an Electronic Warfare suite, and day/ night capable armament systems. Displacing nearly 1,000 Tonnes, with an endurance of over 1,500 nautical miles, the ship is capable of moving at maximum speed of 15 knots.
The primary role of this ship is to transport, deploy and recover troops and armament from ship to shore and vice versa, during amphibious operations. In addition, the ship will be deployed for maritime security of the A&N islands, as well as for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions. Induction of the ship will significantly enhance the sealift capability of the Andaman and Nicobar Command. The ship is being commanded by Lieutenant Commander Abhishek Kumar and has been placed under the Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command.

MP taken up the PSTs issue with the Admn.

Port Blair, Dec 19: In continuation of the issues of the PSTs already taken up with the Administration on 18.12.2018, Shri Bishnu Pada ray, MP, A&N Islands camp at Delhi discussed the issue with the Chief Secretary and the Director of Education over phone today on 19.12.2018.  Apart from that, the personal staffs of MP have been also met with the Director of Education under the instruction of MP in the evening of 20th December, 2018. During discussion, following points have been raised by the personal staff on behalf of MP before the Director of Education and requested to consider the matter seriously to call of the strike of the deprived candidates. 
1.  The name of the candidates whose percentage of marks are less than the higher percentage of marks has been appeared in the selection list.
2.  Details of percentage of marks of selected candidates in scheme wise have not been mentioned, whereas only total secured marks were mentioned. 
3.  The selection list published is not clear because after scrutiny of the applications, no separate list of eligible and ineligible (with reason of ineligible) has not been published before finalization of select list. 
4.  The objections/ claims of the rejected candidates have not been invited, prior to publication of final select list.
5.  Out of total vacancy of 224 posts notified for fill up, only 194 candidate's names appeared in the selected list and rest of posts declared as unfilled without showing any reason.
 After having discussion, the Director of Education responded that a committee has been constituted to re-examine the claims and objections presented by the candidates and if any errors are found, the same will be rectified under intimation to the individuals.  In regard to unfilled posts are concerned, he informed that due to non fulfilment of required criteria by the candidates as per vacancy notice, the posts declared unfilled and all the claims/quarries raised by the individuals will be considered carefully and disposed with all details to each individuals.

MP expresses gratitude to the GoI and Admn for sanction of Rs.33.43 Cr for repairs and new construction of 60 roads in PBMC area under CRF Fund

Port Blair, Dec 19: Due to paucity of fund in road sector in PBMC area, many roads for new constructions as well as repairs of existing roads in many wards particularly in the extended 06 wards under PBMC area, could not be carried by the PBMC.  However, on the request of the Member of Parliament, A&N Islands Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, the A&N Administration through PBMC/APWD prepared and submitted the total 60 estimations of works to the MoRTH, New Delhi for obtaining fund sanction under CRF.
Following the persuasion and meeting held by Mr. Ray, MP with Shri Nitin Gadkari ji, Minister of Road Transport & Highway, at New Delhi, the Govt. of India has conveyed sanction for Rs.33.43 Cr. under CRF for new construction/repairs of all the 60 roads in PBMC wards for a total length around 38 kms under PBMC area after relaxation of rules as a special case for A&N Islands.  This is first time, the Govt. of India has sanctioned the fund under CRF to Municipal roads.  
Shri BP Ray, MP has expressed his gratitude to Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highway, GoI, New Delhi, Chief Secretary, Secretary (PWD), Chief Engineer, APWD, officials of APWD and PBMC of A&N Administration for their excellent works for timely preparation and submission of DPRs of all the works within a time bound manner, for according sanction, a communication from PS to PM said here.

DCSA sanctions ex-gratia relief to families of fire accident at Bambooflat

Port Blair, Dec 19: An unfortunate fire accident was reported on 17/12/2018 wherein the wooden house consisting shops located at Bambooflat Market was severely damaged due to fire incident took place at late night around 02.00 AM on 16/12/2018.
In order to provide timely relief to the affected families the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman has sanctioned an amount of  90,000/- (Rupees Ninety Thousand Only) to the victims. The amount is sanctioned in terms of norms of assistance admissible to the losses sustained to small business enterprises under the newly promulgated scheme of A N Islands approved by Govt. of India.

Shri I.P. Gupta, Former Lt. Governor, A&N Islands passes away, LG condoles death

Port Blair, Dec.19: The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral D.K. Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) has condoled the death of former Lt. Governor of A&N Islands, Shri I.P. Gupta. He has conveyed his deepest sympathy, sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family. Shri I.P. Gupta (88) died at New Delhi on 12.12.2018.
In his condolence message, he said that Shri I.P. Gupta was committed to the welfare of the people of the Islands and during his stint as Lt. Governor; the Islands witnessed accelerated growth and progress. He was an able administrator, reformer and a revered senior citizen. The people of the Islands will always remember Shri I.P. Gupta for his affection for the Islanders.
Shri I.P. Gupta was a 1958 IAS batch officer, who served in various capacities in Govt. of India. He was the Lt. Governor of A&N Islands from 23rd December 1996 to 25th May 2001. He was also the State Election Commissioner for Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, from October 1994 to February 1996.

Disaster Management exhibition & mock drill organized at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. II

Port Blair, Dec 19: The Directorate of Disaster Management in coordination with the Department of Health, A&N Police Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has organized Mock Drill on Earthquake and Disaster Management Exhibition on 14.12.2018 at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.II, Minnie Bay, Port Blair to generate adequate and appropriate awareness amongst the children and youths on the basics of disaster management and to enhance the capacity of school community to respond efficiently during crisis as per the initiative of the National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi.
The Mock Drill started with the issuing of warning alarm and all the students carried out "DUCK-COVER and HOLD" position for few minutes in their respective classes for earthquake safety and then safely evacuated and assembled at identified safer places. The SAR teams rescued the missing/injured students using Search & Rescue techniques from the classes and provided medical first aid by MFR Teams and check the efficacy and readiness of School Response System during any catastrophe which was observed by the present officers from Disaster Management, Health, A&N Police Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). During the debriefing Shri Dr. Vazeem Iqbal, Consultant, DDM, Shri Vikas, SI, NDRF and Dr. Shankar, DHS briefed students as well as teachers about the importance of mock drills practices to improve disaster preparedness and capacity building of school community.
The Disaster Management Exhibition was inaugurated by Smti J Viji Clement, Principal (I/c), KV-II, Port Blair wherein displayed exhibits i.e. IEC materials, SAR Equipment, Fire Extinguishers, MFR Kits were briefed to the students by DM Officials, NDRF Team, Police Fire personnel and Medical officials.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Lt. Governor visits Car Nicobar: Inspects ongoing preparations for 75th Anniversary of Flag hoisting by Netaji; interacts with Tribal Council Members

Port Blair, Dec.12: The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral D.K. Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), along with the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri. Chetan Bhusan Sanghi visited Car Nicobar today to inspect the ongoing preparations for the 75th Anniversary of Flag hoisting by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Andaman & Nicobar Islands as well as to interact with the Tribal Council. The Lt. Governor visited Mus Jetty where ALHW briefed about the entire project of shore protection, dredging and the proposed breakwater extension. The Lt. Governor also visited the Tsunami Memorial and paid homage to the lost souls.  He also inspected the preparations at BJR Stadium, Tamaloo. 
Thereafter, the Lt. Governor interacted with the Tribal leaders of Car Nicobar in the APWD Guest House. The Executive Member of Car Nicobar Tribal Council, Shri. Wilson Amos expressed gratitude to the Administration on behalf of the Tribal Council for ensuring that the Mus Sea Wall Project is approved.  Some of the issues raised by the Tribal leader included reservation for Schedule Tribes in Govt. job, construction of Kimius Bridge and provision of new passenger ships for Southern Islands.

High Quality Teaching Through Video–Class

 Asma Bibi**
We all know the heterogeneity   among the students in a class-room situation. Similarly the heterogeneity also exists among the teachers; due to which, the teaching process varies from teacher to teacher. It causes the change in quality of teaching-learning process in class rooms. If the same topic / subject are taught by different teachers, the quality (in methodology) ranges from ‘poor’ to ‘best’ teaching situation. The subjectivity in teaching cannot be removed easily. Through teaching aids, one can try to maintain same uniform standard in teaching process. For example, if we use power point presentation (PPT) slides, prepared by using MS-office package, the content coverage is maintained with consistence. The logically ordered sequential PPT slides enable us to provide almost uniform standard in teaching. At national level, with uniform high standard teaching is possible using same PPT slides, everywhere.

During mid-80s, in some part of Tamil Nadu, some of the tea stalls have upgraded to ‘Video Coffee Bar’. Those coffee bars were opened near college or school areas, to attract students. The tea or coffee was served in the hall during the video show itself. It was not exactly cinema theater model; but a dark hall with 20-25 seats capacity to watch short videos of 25-30 minutes only. They have used video cassettes players and normal TV of big size. The concept of ‘Video Coffee Bar’ could not continue for long period due to local administrative reasons; thus, they ended with short-life.

 The recorded audio-class or video-class is also one such educational technology to deliver uniform standards. We all know the valid reasons for such uniformity or consistency. At the same time, we notice the inconsistence or non-uniform in ‘chalk and talk’ teaching method. Even same teacher teaching the same topic at second time or third time may not have uniform standard in teaching. That is due to the limitation of human behaviors in repetition, as it changes time-to-time; whereas, the educational technology and its gadgets facilitate the teacher to maintain almost uniform high standards.

Among the five sense organs, our eye contributes significantly high share in human learning process. Being so, we learn easily and quickly by watching video lectures. The Open and Distance Education universities such as Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) develops lot of Video CDs for its students purpose. The academic benefit out of such Video-Classes are significant for distance learners.

IGNOU Port Blair Experience

The one year long experiments of conducting video-class on every Saturday at IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair shows us the positive results. Over 150 learners got benefit from 53-Saturday video class conducted using 65 CDs in a year. Although the response in terms of students attendance is thin; but a gradual increase in participation level is noticed week after week. Once a group of 10 students attended the video class and marked the peak attendance. The constant efforts of Regional Centre for communicating the details of Video-Class to students through SMS, Letter, E-mail, Phone Call etc. has shown good results. The regular support of print media in Port Blair, by publishing the press release of video class of IGNOU, is a big support to the student population of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  The video class on inverter supply, to meet the challenges of (expecting the unexpected) frequent power supply failure, is inevitable.  The zero attendance on few occasions (especially in UG subjects) gives somewhat negative motivation to continue the video class. But, the regularity in organizing the video class has reached many learners. They have visited Regional Centre with confidence, to watch video CDs even during hot summer / heavy rainy seasons. The under-utilized CDs (by distance learners) has got effective role in video class and improved the situation to optimum utilization status. The academic benefits to students, who attended video class, is also reflected in improvement in passing percentage in semester / year end exams.

The Video Class is supplementary to Sunday face-to-face academic counseling sessions at learner support centers. The academic enrichment activity through video class is a new approach for distance learners of Port Blair region. Switching over to video class, from traditional face to face teaching-learning environment, is happening now in slow pace. In the days to come, all the computers at IGNOU Regional Centre will be showing videos for 10 to 12 different video classes running parallel (simultaneously) in every room of Regional Centre. Thus the magnitude of utility of video class will increase many fold. One day, all the available (in few thousands now)  Audio-Video CDs of IGNOU will be exhausted and students will start demanding more and more new VCDs for Video Classes.  Let us imagine such good transition period to come soon at Andaman & Nicobar Islands, where the educational opportunities are less.  

(The authors are *Regional Director and **Semi-Professional Assistant at IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair; can be reached at 8900936718 or

Transport Department issues its Zero Tolerance note after fatal road accident in city

Port Blair, Dec 12: A fatal accident took place on 11.12.2018 involving the Stage Carriage Bus bearing registration No. AN 01A 2112 which resulted in the death of an innocent road user Imam Abdul Rashid (54), resident of Phoenix Bay, while coming on his scooter from Dairy Farm with his wife pillion riding when a private bus 'Dinesh Transport' hit them from behind. Imam was crushed under the wheels and died on the spot at Junglighat.
The Deputy Director (Admn.), Transport in its press note, said, “such incidents not only result in the loss of life but inflict an unforgettable grief to the family of the deceased. It is high time that stringent actions are taken against the irresponsible Bus Operators and crew members. Transport Department is committed towards zero tolerance towards such accidents due to rash & negligent driving and violation of traffic rules & norms. In order to give a clear and firm message to the irresponsible Bus Operators/ crew members & the violators of traffic norms/ rules, the following immediate actions have been taken by the Transport Department:
1. The Drivers has been disqualified from holding a driving license and driving the motor vehicles of any class for a period of one year w.e.f 12.12.2018.
2. The Stage Carriage Permit of the Bus bearing registration No. AN 01 A 2112 has been suspended for a period of one year.
3.  Action has been initiated for cancellation of the permit of the Stage Carriage Bus bearing registration No. AN 01A 2112.
4. The Department is examining the possibility to cancel all the route permits of the concerned owner.
All the Owners/ Operators of the Motor Vehicles especially the Stage Carriage Buses are hereby advised to show a sense of responsibility towards the other road users. Strict actions shall be taken by the Administration for any such kind of violations”.

Diglipur police arrests one drug peddler

Port Blair, Dec 12: On 07/12/2018 acting upon a credible information regarding Illicit Ganja, the Police team of PS Diglipur rushed to Subash Gram, Krishnapuri Road and searched one person namely Ramkrishna Podder, S/o Late Kalidas Podder (42 yrs), R/o Madhupur-II and recovered 260 grams of illicit Ganja from his possession and accordingly he was arrested under NDPS Act 1985. The drug peddler used to sale illicit Ganja to teenagers and other habitual local person. He was also booked under NDPS Act 1985 in earlier instance, and an FIR was also registered vide No. 64/16 dtd 21/07/16 against him.
The whole operation was supervised by Shri Ingit Pratap Singh, IPS SP (N&M) District, Mayabunder. The police team comprises Insp. Mahesh Yadav SHO PS Diglipur, HC/19 Ramesh Kishen, PC/673 D Satya Narayan, PC/1316 Akash Ch. Bepari, & PC/2692 Rita Kumari and headed by Dy.SP, Diglipur Shri Sukant S. Ballab. The District Police is committed to completely eradicate drug trafficking from the district as it create ill effect over society.
The general public have been requested to pass on information related to any crime or illegal activities to phone numbers PS Diglipur (03192-272223), SDPO (D/P) (9434285670) or in any nearest Police Station or to the Police Control Room (100).

CITIZENS’ CORNER : 13/12/2018

➤Shocking election results in states. Due to lack of understanding Modi vision or lack of patience among public or may be other reasons, the Congress leads BJP in maximum states. But, in our Islands in a view, instead of genuine islanders', recent foreign immigrants' are seen more blessed with various schemes and islanders' pleas left pending. So, it becomes a necessity to changeover in parliamentarian chair of A&N Islands this time, whatever!

➤We observe, here are two never changing things in these Islands, one mobile networks and other is Electricity Power. Despite of many launchings and mechanism installations in both sectors, don't know whether it is seasonal effect or engineering defect, but people still far from the satisfactory amenity.

30 Chowkidar posts created in District Admin.

Port Blair, Dec 12: The matter of providing benefits of regularization of service of the Chowkidars working under various Tehsils under the District Administration was a long pending demand of the incumbents.
In the combined order of Hon'ble High Court in writ petition bearing WPCT No.523 of 2012 (Shri Dinesh Sarkar & Other -VS- UOI & Ors.) WPCT No.524 of 2012 (Shri Chellaiah & Other -VS- UOI & Ors.) WPCT No.525 of 2012 (Shri Robin Paul & Other -VS- UOI & Ors.) WPCT No.537 of 2012 (Shri Manindra Mirdha & Other -VS- UOI & Ors.) filed by the Chowkidars of the Revenue Department claiming the benefits of regularization was granted to the Chaudharies of the Revenue Department, the Hon'ble High Court vide Order dated 21/12/2012 directed that the Administration to constitute a Committee within one month and to submit its report within six months.
In compliance to the said order a Committee to examine the claims of benefit of regularization to the Chowkidars, as granted to the Chaudharies under the Revenue Department was constituted by the Administration. Based on the recommendations of the Committee for creation of permanent posts of Choudharies in the revenue department a proposal was submitted to Ministry of Home Affairs. The Ministry of Home Affairs after several clarifications and quarries with the UT Administration for the past 07 years in consultation with the Ministry of Finance has conveyed the approval for creation of 30 supernumerary posts of Chowkidars (Matriculate/ Xth pass in the PB-1+1800 and Non-Matriculate in the PB-1+1300) on personal basis in compliance with the Hon'ble High Court's Order in the District Administration. This has been possible only because of the continuous, pursuant and tireless efforts of the Andaman & Nicobar District Administration for the benefit of the incumbents who have been serving the District Administration for a long period, a press note says.

Port Meadows Declared as the Third Customs Port of Andaman & Nicobar

Port Blair, Dec 12: Vide Notification No.97/2018-Customs (NT) dated 07th December 2018 Port Meadows has been declared as the third Customs Port in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair and Nancowrie being the other two. This has cleared the way for full fledged trans-shipment operations at Port Meadows to both Indian and International ports.  This is likely to greatly enhance trade between India and other South East Asian countries in the coming years.

Invited applications for participation in 'SATTE-2019'

Port Blair, Dec 12: The Directorate of Tourism, A&N Administration intends to participate in 'SATTE-2019' scheduled to be held from Jan 16 to 18, 2019 at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida. The Tourism Department has now extended the time for submission of willingness and requested the Island based Tour Operators/ Travel Agencies, who are enlisted with this Directorate to submit their willingness in their letter head in writing along with copy of the enlistment letter and rent of Rs.20,000/- through demand draft in favour of Sr. Accounts Officer (IP&T) to the Directorate of Tourism by Dec 13, 2018.
The participants will be provided free space against the rent paid within the departmental counter. The expenditure towards journey, lodging, boarding etc. will have to be borne by the participants. The Manager (Tourism) 234493 may be contacted for further query if any, a communication from the Dy. Director (Tourism) said.

Admn. to implement RCS-Udan in isles; bidding in progress

Port Blair, Dec 12: In a major initiative to provide affordable air- connectivity in the Inter-Island Sector, the A&N Administration has decided to provide additional incentives to the airline operators, under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) - UDAN to encourage them to introduce flights on the Inter-Island Sector. The additional incentives include 30% extra Viability Gap Funding for the flights under RCS Scheme. Further, the Administration has also agreed to take responsibility for all the seats in fixed wing aircraft (including Sea Plane) upto 20 seats, while the original scheme provide only for 50% seats.
Presently the bidding process for the selection of airline operator under the RCS- UDAN scheme is going on and it is expected that the additional incentives offered by the A&N Administration will attract the Airlines to provide air-connectivity between various Islands very soon. After finalisation of the bidding process, the proposed fare under the RCS-UDAN Scheme will be less than the existing fare of the helicopter services and will be equal for both Islanders and non-Islanders.  The comparison of the fares is as under:-