Thursday, December 27, 2018

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.

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.

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: www.education.andaman.gov.in and www.and.nic.in. 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.

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.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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”.

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.

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:-

Administration to reimburse the VAT component on Aviation Turbine Fuel

Port Blair, Dec.12: In an another initiative to increase frequency of flights and have more competitive/ lower air-fare on the Island-Mainland Sector, the A&N Administration has decided to reimburse the VAT component on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) paid on those incremental flights (over and above existing number of flights), which are introduced on Port Blair Sector during the period upto 31st March 2019. This will be applicable from prospective effect. The re-imbursement of VAT component on the incremental flights will encourage the Airlines to introduce additional flights on the Island-Mainland Sector which will facilitate more competitive/ low air-fare on the sector.
A suitable mechanism for reimbursement of the VAT component to the airline operator is being devised by the Commissioner, VAT, A&N Administration.

CITIZENS' CORNER : 06/12/2018



➤PM's visit to Islands alters the specific routes and spots with shine. Islanders wish him to visit different spots in the A&N Islands ones in a month for 4 hours, in an average, within 2 years the A&N Islands will be developed fully infrastructurally in automatic mode.


➤Shady spots in city turning ‘Addas’ for drug addicts and anti-social elements. Police PCR vehicles found deployed at some spots in broad day light but disappears in the dark nights. Is it hints 'Let them enjoy'?

➤There are still potholed roads in city, waiting for repair or maintenance. But, departments are busy in over-shining the shiny roads in VVIP’s route.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tale of American visitor John Allen Chau still a mystery; After thorough investigation can find facts; call for more alert to prevent the repetition of outsiders entering off bound Islands: Chairman (NCST)


TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Dec 05: The Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), Nand Kumar Sai has desired the Andaman & Nicobar Administration, security agencies and also the general public to be more alert to prevent the repetition of outsiders entering the off bound islands in Andaman & Nicobar archipelago.
The Chairman (NCST), Nand Kumar Sai, referring to the latest incident of John Allen Chau, an American visitor to the islands managed to enter North Sentinel Andaman where he was allegedly killed by the Sentinelese tribals on Nov 17, 2018 is became an internationally a top news story. The Chairman (NCST) said, a constitutional body to safeguard the interests of the tribes all over the country, has taken the matter very seriously.
The Chairman (NCST) addressing a press conference on Dec 04, 2018 in the conference hall of Secretariat said, the incident with John Allen Chau till now is based on statement of fishermen only, who were allegedly witnessed the entire episode, which says, he was come to the islands earlier too, he was a priest, etc. But, it is still not known about the purpose of the John Allen Chau to enter into the North Sentinel Island; is any residents of these islands entertaining foreigners in such matters; whether he is alive or died is yet unclear. He said that the in-evident fishermen cannot be trusted completely especially in this sensitive matter. Till now the case is running like a story, only after thorough investigation the factual things will come out.
Therefore, the Commission has directed the investigating agencies to make a grass-root level investigation in this matter, and directed the DGP to investigate the views in the international newspapers publication also. It is further has been directed the police to submit complete report as soon as possible on the entire episode.
Let apart this, Chairman (NCST) further said, our country as well as A&N Islands is now become a centre of worth in world countries, hence it needs to be more alert in protection of tribes, especially primitive tribes in the Islands. The Administration here is all set to prevent the repetition of such incidents in future," he announced.
Chairman (NCST) has observed that, some among various tribes in the islands are performing well in education and reaching their goals in different professions, in view of this the Commission also suggests to setting up a Cloistral University in these islands for education and development of the tribal communities here.
He further informed that, as per views from prominent social workers and NGOs, as in states like Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Orissa the Governor has the rights to make decision for the welfare of tribal communities in the shape of education subsidy and preference in govt. services etc. likewise it is suggested that the Lt. Governor here in this UT should be given the right to make decisions for the welfare of tribals in the islands, it was also informed to the Lt. Governor here in his reply he said Ok if any provision exists then.
Replying to scribes in the press conference, we have got suggestions from Fishermen Associations, Social Works and NGOs regarding RAP and will take final decisions on RAP after reviews meeting soon.
It is also bring to the notice of Chairman (NSTC) in the press conference that, "the tribes 'Great Andamanese' are being shifting to other islands and they are not getting sufficient commodities from the administration". And another tribes 'Shompen' in Great Nicobar in population approx 240, despite being disconnect to civilized society they have been given voting right. Is this correct? if so upto which extent?  
The Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), Nand Kumar Sai, in his reply said, the tribes are connected to nature and should not be separated without their permission, further noted down the queries raised by scribes and assured to look into the matter. He said, one can call our NCST through phone or send in web postal www.ncst.nic.in regarding such information, if such anything happens with them. The National Scheduled Tribes Commission will take strict action and the Commission is ready to take up matters for the welfare of tribals, he added.

Commuters protest at Bambooflat Jetty over Vehicle ferries shortage in DSS




NITU SINGH
Port Blair, Dec 05: The Chatham and Bambooflat jetties are two of the busiest jetties one Bambooflat jetty will always remain busy in the morning hours and Chatham jetty in the evenings. On Dec 04, 2018, instead of 3-4 vehicle ferries doing the rounds to Chatham-Bambooflat, only one vehicle ferry MV Pilopanja and a passenger ferry MV Austin were deployed due to some technical difficulties in the other vessels.
Due to shortage of boats gave a harrowing time to a large number of commuters (Office goers, students, etc.) at Bambooflat jetty, the angry commuters started their protest at 08.00 am. The crowd which was demanding Director of Shipping's presence on the spot, refused to talk to the Dy. Director who arrived on the scene. Later, Director, Capt. Ashitosh Pandey also reached on the spot and interacted with the crowd and patiently listened to their demands.
The Director, assured to take necessary action. The deployment of a new boat on this route will also said this month last they are coming out with new boat and it will a relief for the commuters of this area. The protest was called off by 11.30 am.

AIDS Awareness & Family Education for Every Citizen


HIV/AIDS is not only a biomedical phenomenon but a social reality rooted in human behavior. It is product of human actions in social contexts. The actions and their circumstances are shaped by larger cultural and social structures.  Therefore to have a significant impact on the epidemic, education interventions must be rigorously designed according to best practices and adapted to local needs.
Among the Indians, sexual norms are still to abide by the life-long of monogamy, while, in most societies severely hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the norms have been 'change of partners'. Virginity before marriage is still highly valued among most Indians and families have by and large greater control over the behavior of children at least until they are married and settled. However, with India's shift from a predominantly agricultural, low subsistence and low consumption economy and a community based social structure, to an industrially developing nation with urbanization; migration and breakdown of rural economics, joint family system and communities, there have been shifts in social values and world views. The degree and nature of this impact has been varies across different sections. The weakening controls have allowed grate individual freedom and releasing the stifling controls on young people.
High consumption life-styles have raised aspirations of others and increased the consumption gap between the top and bottom sections. Along with the increasing value placed on material consumption, there has also been an increase in perception of sexuality as a commodity to be 'consumed' for pleasure. The gap between material aspirations and socio- economic status has led to distortions such as the spread of promiscuity, corruption, growth of the Mafia, drug trafficking etc. All these factors have also contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS in the sub-continent.
HIV Awareness and Family Education: WHY?
There is no cure for HIV/AIDS at the moment and no vaccine for prevention. The only way for prevention is education and behavior modification.  There is a need for professionally trained and skilled personnel certified by a competent authority (like an institution of higher education) such as university.  There is resistance from parents and teachers to schools going for education on sensitive topics such as HIV/AIDS and sex education. We need to create awareness, provide knowledge and skills so that the trainers of trainees (TOTs) can skillfully handle such topics. What we require today is to manage the illness through indigenously developed prevention strategies and not relying on materials prepared for people belonging to other social and cultural settings. There should be adequate in-put in terms of our traditional cultural, social, moral and religious values. There is stigma attached to the HIV/AIDS disease which forces the infected to hide. Education with appropriate information will help people to provide better home care and emotional support. There is lot of misconception, misinformation and inaccurate information on the subject of HIV/AIDS. A carefully planned curriculum will seek to provide accurate, complete and authentic information on the subject. There is a demand for a formal programme of study on these topics from those who are involved in work related to HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and family crisis management.
Purposes of AIDS Awareness & Family Education
People should have the knowledge and skills needed for healthy human relationships, effective communication, and responsible decision-making behavior that will protect themselves and others from HIV/STD infection and optimize health. The goals of AIDS programmes include promoting behaviors that prevent the transmission of HIV/STD, fostering attitude and behavior that will prevent discrimination against those who are infected with HIV/STD, and promoting solidarity among them.
Everyone should:
* Understand the nature of HIV/AIDS/STDs and its transmission.
* Understand the nature and consequences of substance abuse.
* Have accurate and complete information about facts of life.
* Develop appropriate communication skills for life.
* Make informed decisions about behavior that protect them from HIV/AIDS/STDs and drug addiction.
* Understand the symptoms of HIV/AIDS/STDs and seek appropriate medical care when needed.
* Value their own health and relationships free from HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.
* Behave personally and socially in ways that eliminate the risk of spreading HIV infection and becoming addict.
* Reject biased information and myths relating to facts of life and HIV infection.
* Develop positive attitude towards those who are infected with HIV and addicted to drugs.
* Increase the level of knowledge about the impact of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse on the community, society, economy of the country etc.
* Develop skills in initiating action-oriented programmes for the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse, sensitizing people, initiating teaching, research and extension programmes etc.
* Develop modules and teaching aids for use at grassroots level.
Who gets benefits from AIDS Awareness & Family Education?
Teachers (schools, colleges and universities), Persons Care workers with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Health Care workers including physicians, nurses, hospital administrative staff and other para-medicals, Personnel and welfare officers from corporate sectors; Young people who are yet to get married; Newly married couples; College and university students; Parents of adolescents; Workers in social and social welfare institutions such as prisons, orphanages, rescue homes, hostels, boarding houses, rehabilitation homes, etc.; People working among sex  workers and street children; Staff de-addiction centres; Legal officers; Religious leaders; Journalists and media professionals; Persons employed in armed forces and Para-military personnel ; People involved in counseling services for family, youth, drug addicts, hospitals etc.
Role of Distance Education
The 6-months Certificate course in HIV and Family Education (CAFÉ) and one year Diploma in HIV and Family Education (DAFE) of IGNOU provides comprehensive knowledge about the what, why and how of the problems of HIV/AIDS, how it can be prevented and controlled, and how to take care of those who are already infected with HIV. To impart an integrated understanding to learner about the crucial dimensions of the problems and issues associated with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse (i.e. Abuse of alcohol and drugs) and human behavior, also introduces the learner to the fundamental aspect of family life education including sexual health education.
To improve the awareness level, it is necessary to include the HIV and Family Education subjects at school education level, at undergraduate / PG studies.   It can also be part of all kind of training programmes organized by government agencies.  This in turn will improve the situation and save a lot of life. (The author is Regional Director of IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair and can be reached at rcportblair@ignou.ac.ipn (M-8900936718)

44 violations by foreigners in Andamans: Home Ministry ; Government considering re-imposing Restricted Area Permit in the Island


New Delhi/ Port Blair, Nov 28: As many as 44 violations by foreigners have taken place in recent past in restricted areas of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a senior Home Ministry official said on Wednesday.
The Restricted Area Permit (RAP), which allows people from visiting certain locations with permission, may be re-imposed in the Andamans following the recent killing of an American by inhabitants on North Sentinel Island, a highly reclusive and protected tribe.
The RAP for foreigners and Indians was recently liberalised by the Centre.
A delegation of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) will visit Andaman and Nicobar Island, a Union Territory, on December 4, to assess the situation arising after the killing of American John Allen Chau by the Sentinelese tribes a couple of weeks ago.
The Home Ministry submitted a report to the NCST on Wednesday, where it said there were 44 violations by foreigners in the Islands, other than RAP violations.
The official said the government was considering re-imposing RAP in the Island. The official said the North Sentinel Island is a prohibited zone and Chau had gone there illegally.
Though RAP was withdrawn in 29 islands, any tourist is required to take permission from the Forest Department and the administration of the Andamans as it is protected under two other Acts - protection of Aboriginal People and Forest Acts.
Chau had taken the help of a fisherman, a local electronics engineer and a water sports provider to reach the island on November 14.
On the November 17 morning, they saw a dead person being buried at the shore which from the silhouette of the body, clothing and circumstances appeared to be the body of Chau, the police said. (The Hindu)

Media persons honoured by ANSCB Ltd. ANSCB all set to function with new name "Multi-State Coop. Bank" from next year onwards Aims to open 12 branches in major cities and touch Rs.10000 cr. turnover by 2022


TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Nov 28: "The Andaman and Nicobar State Cooperative Bank Ltd. (ANSCB Ltd.), after registering tremendous expansion in the A&N Islands with 41 Branches set up even in remotest Islands and also despite all odds the ANSCB is having core banking in all its 41 branches in A&N Islands, is now planning to open its wings in mainland cities in coming years", informed the Vice Chairman, ANSCB Ltd., Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, in a felicitation function during Press Day Celebration held on Nov 26, 2018 at Hotel Mansha Regency.
The programme was organized by ANSCB Ltd. to honour the selfless & remarkable contributions of local journalists in the field of journalism & to pay heartiest tributes to every single media worker for articulating the sole aim of socio-economic development of islands by comprehending service to the humanity.
Addressing the gathering, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma said our Bank is mainly focusing socio-economic development of these Islands by supporting various self help groups, youths in tourism sectors and local entrepreneurs, besides windows and old aged pension beneficiaries and working with the moto to reach out to the last person living in the remotest parts of the Islands. He also appreciated the banking management and staff for their hard work in taking the bank's turnover upto Rs.1500 crore this year 2018, he further said that 2019 will be very challenging for the bank, as the its planning to take a major leap, which is transforming itself from local Cooperative Bank to Multi-State Cooperative Bank.
He said that the Bank is planning to open branches in 12 major cities across India like Chennai, Madurai, Trivandrum, Cochin, Vishakapattanam, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Delhi, Patna, Lucknow, Mumbai etc. and by 2022 the bank is also planning to touch Rs.10,000 crore turnover mark.
Let apart this, Mr. Sharma said that media has played a major role in educating the society by way of generating awareness among the people on different aspects. The contribution of media in the overall development and generating awareness is immense. It is therefore, the duty of the society to recognize the contributions of media and for shaping the growth of the society.
Earlier, Shri K Murugan, MD of ANSCB Ltd. welcomed the gathering and said that media being the fourth pillar of the society plays a pivotal role in exposing things which are true and creating public awareness against social evils and other unhealthy practices in the modern society.
The President, Andaman & Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF), Shri K Ganeshan has expressed thanks for organizing Press Day Celebration by the Andaman & Nicobar State Co-operative Bank Ltd. and have appreciated for recognizing with honour, dignity and gifts for the tireless contribution of media towards socio-economic development of islands.
Expressing gratitude to the ANSCB Ltd. for the gesture of felicitating local media persons, Mr. Sanjib Kumar Roy, the General Secretary (ANMF) said that media in Andaman plays the role of opposition too, in absence of a democratic set up. "It is the media, which highlights problems of common man and takes up their issues at their best in this regard. Little appreciation serves as major encouragement for media persons, who are doing a thankless job," he said. Mr. Roy added that ANSCB Ltd. has not only done well in last few years, but also has always stood behind local media units.

Tips for Examination


We all of us experienced the normal fear of examinations during our school or college studies.  In psychological terms, it is called as ‘exam anxiety’.  In general, the optimum level of anxiety is good for success in exams.  Too much of fear reduces the level of self-confidence drastically.  Similarly, no-fear status makes the student careless in preparation.  Both the extreme conditions are harmful for success in exams.  A moderate level of anxiety gives good result.   Thus, the examinee is to enjoy the exam fear in good spirit.  Both the parents and teachers are also getting the induced exam fear due to examinees.   But with their maturity and experiences, they are able to guide and facilitate the student to overcome the exam period difficulties.   In IGNOU, few students approach the regional centre to convey their grievance of inability to clear the paper even in 3 to 5 attempts.  Those instances motivated me to write this article to benefit thousands of distance learners studying through open and distance learning mode.   The examination has three stages of activities. They are: Pre-Exam Phase, Exam Phase, and Post-Exam Phase. 
Pre-exam Phase Activities
• Timely submit assignments well before the semester / year end examination
• Read study material provided by Distance Education University
• Attempt all self-check exercises in self-learning material (SLM)
• Read ‘Possible Answers’ given at the end of lessons / units
• Read the copy of your assignments submitted.
• Read previous Exam Question papers and mark page numbers of book, for each Questions
• Write mock test at home
• Correct your answers yourself (self- evaluator)
• Identify ‘repeated’ questions and prepare answers for them
• Use voice recorder (in mobile phone) to check your answers with book
• Use black board or note-book to workout answers
·               Sleep well at nights to strengthen memory efficiency
• Stress load should be optimistic (neither 0 nor 100%)
• Confuse the answers and get clarifications yourself while reading books;  so as to avoid
    Confusion at Exam Hall
• See exam time table / Date sheet, well in advance
*Download Hall Ticket and keep ready the Special Permission form, if any
Exam Phase Activities: 
The duration of exam Question Paper is to seen, so as to decide the speed of answering. The total words required for full Question paper can be estimated by calculating the word limits specified for each question.  For example, the main answer sheet booklet contains a total 16 pages (front & back side) ; similarly, the supplementary answer sheet booklet contains a total 8 pages.  Each page contains 22 printed ruled lines per page.    On an average, one can write 6 words per line. That is, 22 lines x 6 words = 135-150 words per page.  For answering a full question paper with a total requirement of 2000 words, 15-16 hand written answer pages is just sufficient.  To write 150 words, it may take 3-5 minutes in normal mental status. For 10 pages, it may require approximately 60 minutes to write.  But, at exam hall, it may differ depending upon the thinking ability, flow of answers coming from mind to hand etc. While answering the questions, the time budgeting for each question is also a wise operation to be done at exam hall. Time management skill is one of the essential skills required for examinees. The content should be organized in sequential / logical order with systematic flow of answer.  The answers reflect the memory power as well as the extra- knowledge, experiences and skills of the examinee.  So, one has to project what he / she know; what / how he/she understand the question.  Some time your answer may deviate from correct answer.   But your sincere and systematic attempt will also give good impression about you to the examiner. Sharply answer to the question in first sentence of the answer itself; then elaborate it.   In other words, the reply or response to the question should be conveyed at the beginning itself ( not at the last). 
Normally the questions may have only one   (single) part or   multi-parts (  a,b,c,d…..). Some time, a question uses two items in single sentence with conjunction ‘and’ (give examples ‘and’ justify). Try to note marks for each part of question to quantify your answers.  Attempt each and every part of question with separate headings or sub-headings, to show distinctly. Whenever necessary,   use bullet point presentation style to improve speed of writing.  Different students answer differently, in the sequence of question – answer flow.  Some start from ‘short’ answer questions to ‘long’ answer questions; some students start from ‘Long’ answer and end at ‘short’ answer questions.  The load to brain can be given in incremental pattern from small to big. (It is recommended to follow psychological research findings and evidences, if possible.)   Answer the simple questions or well- known first, then less-known, and then   un-known etc.  The incubation period to retrieve answer from brain (mental processing time) is inevitable for some tuff questions.  If confident, try to read full question paper from beginning to end; otherwise, read only one question and answer it, then  read the next question to proceed further. Attempt the time consuming questions first; followed by less time takers.
Presentation of Answers:  Let the answers be in easily readable format with legible hand writing. Avoid using  too-long sentences;  Use 1,2,3… or a,b,c… for pointed answers;  Use good, (your) lucky pen;  Black color ink is highly attractive for Examiners as compared to routine blue colour; Use few bright colors for highlighting the main points of answer; Do not mix too much of Hindi in English medium answers (vice-versa) because the  evaluators are different for different medium of answer sheets; Write two paragraphs per page, instead of single long paragraph in whole page.
Post-Exam Activities:   Check the exam results at site within 2-3 months and apply for re-evaluation if required.  Even the photocopy of the copy of Answer Papers can be obtained to physically check.  Timely apply for next examination with improved preparation.  For immediate purposes, collect Course completion certificate from Regional Centre for next admission/Job Interview purposes.
The skill of answering the questions in the exam will develop gradually as we practice. As both the content and presentation are important for the answers, one should be conscious of balancing both in the exam papers. More importantly, the time management is essential skill for every examinee.  Let us improve all the skills of examinees for successful completion of study.
(The author is Regional Director of IGNOU Regional Centre at Port Blair and can be reached at rcportblair@ignou.ac.in  or 8900936718)

Sunday, November 25, 2018

U.S. citizen trespassed into Sentinelese tribe's Island, killed


Port Blair, Nov 21: "On 19.11.2018, an email was received from US Consulate General, Chennai wherein it was informed that they had received a communication from the mother of Mr. John Chau about her son's visit to North Sentinel Island where he was purportedly attacked. Acting on the information, A&N Police has registered a case vide Cr.No.91/18 dated 20.11.2018 u/s 302/34 IPC at PS Humfrigunj. Further another case at PS Humfrigunj has been registered vide Cr. No. 92/18 dated 20.11.2018 u/s 282/336/304/34 IPC read with sec 7/8 PAT, 1956 in which seven accused persons have been arrested. The investigation in this matter is on", a press release of SP (CID) said.
Sources said, an American citizen-cum-preacher, Mr. John Allen Chau who came here as a tourist in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has reportedly trespassed into North Sentinel Island on Nov. 16, 2018, where he was attacked by bows and arrows, and was later killed by the tribal members of Sentinelese Community.
North Sentinel Island is out of bounds for visitors, and is home to the Sentinelese (aboriginal tribes), who are known to be hostile and resist contact with the outside world and use to remain untouched by modern civilization for thousands of years, believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world.
The Indian law protects the Sentinelese people and they cannot be prosecuted. Any contact with them or entry into areas inhabited by them is illegal. In 2017, the government had clarified that the Sentinelese are identified as an "aboriginal tribe". Recording their videos as well as uploading their videos on social media or the internet is prohibited.
However, the Andaman and Nicobar Administration is taking all possible precautions to retrieve the body of American National Mr. John Allen Chau, 27 years.