Thursday, September 20, 2018

Walkathon for sr. Citizens

Port Blair, Sept 19: On the occasion of International Elders Day, Chinmaya Mission here will organize a Walkathon for senior citizens on Oct 1, 2018 at 6 am. The Walkathon will start from Gandhi Park Parking area and culminate at Mission Auditorium. Walkathon will be held in two categories i.e. 60 to 70 years and 71 and above. Walkathon is open for both ladies and gents.  First three participants in each category will be awarded in the evening function on same day. For registration, people can call on 9434280409 or 9434262907.

IEI AGM on Oct 6

Port Blair, Sept 19: The Annual General Meeting 2018-19 of The Institution of Engineers (India), Andaman & Nicobar State Centre will be held on Oct 6, 2018 at 06:30 pm at Hotel Megapode Resort, Haddo here with the agenda of presenting the Audited Accounts & Annual Report for FY: 2017-18 and Election of Corporate Members (Division-wise) for 2018-20. All the Corporate Members (AMIE, MIE & FIE) attached to the Andaman & Nicobar State Centre have been requested to attend the Annual General Meeting.

Army Recruitment Rally in A&N Islands on 20 Nov 2018 at Netaji Stadium

Port Blair, Sept 19: An open Army Recruitment Rally will be conducted under the aegis of Headquarter Recruiting Zone, Chennai by Army Recruiting Office, Vizag on 20 Nov 2018 at Netaji Stadium, Port Blair to enrol eligible candidates into the Indian Army from all district of Andaman & Nicobar Islands in Soldier General Duty, Soldier Technical, Soldier Technical (Aviation/ Ammunition Examiner), and Soldier Tradesman Categories.
Candidates who have access to internet can register online on the official web site www.joinindianarmy.nic.in from 07 Oct 2018 to 05 Nov 2018. For those candidates who have applied online, the admit card will be issued online after 10 Nov 2018. Candidates should bring their admit card and documents mentioned in the admit card at the rally site. Print out of admit card can be taken after 10 Nov 2018 from www.joinindianarmy.nic.in.
Candidates who don't have access to internet can get themselves registered at the rally site, candidates should bring all the documents as mentioned in the notification.
Candidates will report to Netaji Stadium, Port Blair (A&N Islands) at 0400hrs. Candidates to bring their marks sheet of Class X with marks obtained and "Not" grades. Grade system SSC certificate will not be accepted. Candidates, who are not in possession of marks sheet, will not be allowed to participate in the recruitment rally except CBSE candidates.
Age Group: of the candidates will be counted as on 01/10/2018. Age criteria for recruitment rally will be as under:
All candidates are required to register themselves online on the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in and apply online from 07 Oct 2018 to 05 Nov 2018.
In case of further query see website at www.joinindianarmy.nic.in or contact Army Recruiting Office, Visakhapatnam at Tele No-0891-2754680.
Disclaimer: The terms and conditions, given in the notification and on the website are subject to change and should therefore, be treated as guidelines only. In case of any ambiguity, the existing policies, rules and regulations of Indian Army/ Government of India will be final. Details are also available on website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in.
Beware of Touts: - Recruitment process is fully automated. No one can help you in passing Physical, Medical or Written Examination. Only your hard will ensure your selection, mentioned in Notification.

Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates “Swachhta hi Seva”; lauds cleanliness drive during four years of NDA Government




Port Blair, Sept 19: Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the “Swachhta hi Seva” drive in a ceremony at the Tiranga Park, Port Blair on Sept 15, 2018. “Swachhta hi Seva” drive is the result of nationwide appeal made by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of keeping our surroundings clean. 
Addressing the gathering, the Minister paid rich tributes to freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and all the freedom fighters who had undergone the pain and misery in the Cellular Jail for the Independence of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the Prime Minister’s appeal to the citizens for Swachh Bharat, made from the Red Fort on 15th August 2014 has become a reality.”More than 8 crores toilets have been constructed throughout the country and about 4 lakhs villages and nearly 400 districts have been made ‘open-defecation free’ during the last 4 years”, he said.
The Minister lauded the strong mechanism that has been developed by local administration for converting solid wastes into compost. He also praised the steps taken by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration and the local municipal body in curbing plastic pollution on the isles.”Clean environment that we inherited from our forefathers must be restored”, He said.
He appealed to the Andaman and Nicobar Administration, NGOs and citizens to join
Green Good Deeds movement to contribute in making clean and green environment. He also urged everyone present on the occasion to download mobile apps of Green Good Deeds.
On the occasion, he also handed over Swachhata Kits to various organisations and flagged off the “Swachhta hi Seva” drive.  The Minister along with other dignitaries joined the drive and performed Shramdaan at the Ratan Market in Port Blair.
Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Admiral D. K. Joshi (Retd), Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament A&N Islands, Chief Secretary Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Shri Chetan B Sanghi and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. The Program was organised by the Port Blair Municipal Council.

Union Minister dedicates ACOSTI to nation; emphasises on using ocean wealth for welfare of mankind




Port Blair, Sept 19: Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicated the ‘Atal Centre for Ocean Science and Technology for Islands’ (ACOSTI) to the nation in a ceremony at its premises in Dollygunj, Port Blair on Sept 15, 2018. The function was also graced by the Lt. Governor A&N Islands, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI, Dr. M Rajeevan, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan. B. Sanghi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr. Vipin Chandra and senior officers of the A&N Administration and staff of ACOSTI.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister expressed his happiness and thanked the Ministry of Earth Sciences and National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) team for dedicating the centre   ‘Atal Centre for Ocean Science and Technology for Islands’ to late Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  “He was an architect of modern science and technology in India who gave us the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan’. It was during his regime that the Government of India officially declared 11th of May as National Technology Day in India to commemorate the first of the five nuclear tests that were carried out on 11 May 1998 at Pokhran in Rajasthan. His blessings will be there for this institute and the Indian scientists can never forget Atalji”, he said.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan emphasised on using ocean wealth for the welfare of mankind. “The information and results thus produced from such scientific installations must be transferred from our scientists to farmers, fishermen and youngsters. I am happy to share that about 42 million farmers are being informed about weather forecast by the institutes under Ministry of Earth Sciences. We give tsunami warnings to other coastal countries also”, he said. 
He expressed hope that farmers, youngsters and fishermen will get benefit from the research that will be carried out at ACOSTI.  He pressed upon the need to use science for solving the day-to-day problems of common man thus fulfilling the dreams of both Late PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of making New India by 2022.
Referring to the newly inaugurated Atal Centre for Ocean Science and Technology, the Minister said that this Centre will be an asset for the youth, farmers, fishermen of the Islands and the nation. He also urged everyone to join the ‘Green Good Deeds’ movement to contribute in making clean and green environment.
 In his speech on the occasion, the Lt. Governor expressed happiness that the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is implementing Ocean Science and Technology programmes in the A&N Islands through its technological arms such as National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), etc. Presently, NIOT has come forward to shoulder the responsibility of setting up a new state-of-the-art laboratory cum administrative complex and staff quarters along with all necessary supporting facilities. 
The Lt Governor said, “today the world is witnessing enormous technological advancement in every field of human endeavour. Acquisition of knowledge & skills and their practical application towards improving the quality of life has been the keystone of our progress. Villages are getting urbanized to towns and towns to cities, thereby expanding the progress to greater horizons, which is true for Island territories also”.
The Lt. Governor said, the A&N Islands have 1912 km of coastline, constitute 28% of the total EEZ of the country and are strategically located in Bay of Bengal in terms of geology, fisheries, military, etc. The seas surrounding the Islands are bestowed with great diversity of marine life, much of which is still unexplored. To explore, conserve, and make better use of marine biodiversity, the Lt. Governor said, we need a deeper understanding of its origin, its composition and role in ecosystem functioning. “We also need improved approaches and tools to monitor & quantify marine bio-resources and to keep policy makers and the public better informed on its value in environmental, socio-cultural and economic terms”, he added.
The Lt. Governor said that the pelagic fisheries resources are being exploited to its fullest potential, and currently there is huge pressure on the capture fisheries. Implementation of offshore mariculture in Island will reduce the pressure on capture fisheries. Similarly, seaweeds are one of the major sources of food and raw material for industrially important product. The Islands, with rich seaweed diversity, offers a unique opportunity to large scale farming and cultivation of seaweeds for industrial application.
The Lt. Governor informed that during the Prime Minister’s review meeting on 30th June, 2018 of IDA projects being undertaken for holistic development of our Islands territories, impetus has been on economic growth by utilising and exploring indigenous resources, while at the same time sustainably conserving Mother Nature. Exploring the possibility of seaweed cultivation on large scale was one of the thrust areas in the discussions during the review meeting. The Lt Governor said, this centre has been opened with the inspiration of the Prime Minister, and it will prove to be an asset both for A&N Islands as well as for the whole country.
The Lt. Governor concluded his speech by saying that this center would support the development of indigenous technology for sustainable utilization of Islands’ marine living and non-living resources for the benefit of the Island communities. It will also open new vista in marine research and form a bridge between the Islands and main land.
In his address on the occasion, the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray expressed happiness over the inauguration of the new Centre which he said was the dream of former Prime Minister, late Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee. He wholeheartedly thanked the Minister for granting CRZ clearance for the construction of the Baratang Bridge on ATR road. Shri Ray said that there is huge availability of Uranium in our seas and NIOT should tap this enormous potential available in these Islands. He also mentioned that work is underway in the areas like sea fish and sea cage culture in these Islands, the results of which will be good for Islanders in the coming years.
Welcoming the Union Minister and others present on the occasion, the Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI, Dr. Rajeevan said that NIOT has completed 25 years of service to the Nation. He also gave a brief account of the some works done by NIOT in A&N and Lakshadweep Islands.
The inauguration function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by the Office In- Charge, ACOSTI, Dr. N.V. Vinith Kumar.

ZSI celebrates World Ozone Day-2018; “Collective contribution towards environment is the need of the hour”



Port Blair, Sept 19: Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Port Blair celebrated World Ozone Day -2018 at a function in its Auditorium on Sept 14, 2018. Professor Gurmeet Singh, Vice Chancellor, Pondicherry University was the Chief Guest on the Occasion.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Professor Gurmeet Singh pressed on the need of collective contribution to save Planet Earth from the Ozone depleting substances.” Aim of Ozone day celebration is to make people aware that every body's contribution is required to save earth. Let this practice of contribution become a movement. Anything that is going to react with Ozone layer must be contained and its use must be stopped”, he said. Prof. Gurmeet Singh appreciated ZSI Port Blair’s efforts in organising World Ozone Day Celebration. He also presented certificates to the participants of a conference held earlier during the day to commemorate World Ozone Day.
Speaking on the occasion, Major General (Dr) R P Choubey (Retired), Director Andaman and Nicobar Islands Institute of Medical Sciences (ANIIMS), Port Blair highlighted the ill effects of ultraviolet rays causing sunburn, tanning, reduced immunity and various types of skin cancers.
In his address, Inspector General M V Pathak, Commander Indian Coast Guard, informed the gathering that the Indian Coast guard Planted about 1 lakh trees all over the country in its initiative towards green and clean environment. 
Welcoming the guests, Officer-in-Charge ZSI, Port Blair Dr. C Sivaperuman briefly explained the phenomenon of Ozone layer depletion and the measures to prevent it. Mr. Amit Anand, Director Tourism, Andaman and Nicobar Administration also spoke on the occasion. The theme of the World Ozone Day – 2018 is “Keep Cool and Carry On”.

“Swachhta hi Sewa” Pakhwada at CPWD


Port Blair, Sept 19: As part of “Swachhta Hi Sewa Pakhwada” activities, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Port Blair carried out cleaning and plantation activities in its Office and Residential Premises on 16/09/2018. All the Engineers, (Executive Engineer, Assistant Engineers & Junior Engineers) and the staff of CPWD actively participated in the activities. 
To promote the green initiative programme, CPWD planted coconut saplings at General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA), Ranchi Basti. Each unit of CPWD planted one sapling each on the occasion.  As a vision, CPWD plans to plant one coconut tree for each quarter in its residential premises at Ranchi Basti, thereby aiming to keep the entire campus green for another 20-30 years. Shri R.Gopalakrishnan, Executive Engineer, CPWD, Port Blair spearheaded the “SWATCHHTA HI SEWA” drive.

MP lays foundation stone for Mini Indoor Sports hall at Manarghat


Port Blair, Sept 19: The MP Shri Bishnu Pada Ray has laid a foundation stone for construction of Mini Indoor Sports Hall at Manarghat on Sept 16, 2018. Total estimate under MPLAD fund is amounts to Rs.64,70,230/- for the construction of play ground within an area of 2.5 hectors land earmarked for this purpose. Shri Udit Prakash Rai, DC, SAD, Shri Mukesh Narwal, Prabhari, A&N Kishan Morcha, Shri Jotirmoy Bhawali, President, A&N Kishan Morcha, Er. M. Chozhi, EE, RCD, Wimberlygunj, Shri O.Basheer, Pradhan, Manarghat Panchayat, Smti Rupa Ray, W/o Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, M.P. and villagers of Manarghat Panchayat and other adjoining Panchayats were also present.

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Admiral D.K. Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), the Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration recommended impetus to fisheries export, off-shore oil exploration amongst various measures to fastrack holistic development of A&N Islands during Southern Zonal Council Conference at Bengaluru on 18/09/2018.

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Dr Mylswamy Annadurai Director-Chandrayan, ISRO called on Admiral D K Joshi, AVSM, PVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Lt Governor A&N Islands & Vice-Chairman, IDA on 14/09/2018. Discussion were held on several issues including NITI Aayog/ IDA steered Holistic Development of Islands, intent of A&N Administration towards impetus on offshore energy exploration in surrounding EEZ,  concern from debris of SLVs/ missiles launched from facilities on eastern coast of India, etc.

CFNEU organised ‘Health and Nutrition’ training for Anganwadi workers at Buniyadabad


Port Blair, Sept 19: In continuation of its mission to spread nutrition awareness during the Nutrition month,  Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU), Port Blair organised another  Orientation Training Course on "Health and Nutrition" for about 25 Anganwadi workers at Buniyadabad, Port Blair last Saturday.
During the training, the participants were sensitized about various aspects of health and nutrition. They were informed about reasons for Low birth weight; nutrition requirements of adolescent girls, pregnant women & lactating mothers; significance of early initiation of breast feeding; exclusive breast feeding for 6 months and continuing breast feeding to infants for 2 years.
Shri Anil Kumar Dhiman, Demonstration officer of CFNEU informed the Anganwadi workers about causes, consequences, symptoms & prevention of Vitamin "A" deficiency, causes, consequences, symptoms & prevention of Anaemia, prevention of Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) and consequences of child malnutrition. The importance of adequate nourishment to infants and children was also highlighted in the training. Preparation of low cost food items like nutritious ladoos and bottle-gourd halwa was also demonstrated on the occasion. .  CFNEU operates under Food and Nutrition Board of Ministry of Woman and Child Development.

Medical Evacuation by A&N Command

Port Blair, Sept 19: Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) carried out medical evacuation of a 23 years old pregnant lady last Friday night from Community Health Centre (CHC), Diglipur. The lady was suffering from obstructed labour and needed medical assistance immediately.
To carry out the evacuation, an Indian Air Force MI-17 Helicopter of the command took off during night from Port Blair amidst inclement weather. The patient was brought to Port Blair and admitted to the GB Pant Hospital, where she is reported to have delivered a healthy baby.

JAF cautions volunteers not to indulge in divisive activity

Port Blair, Sept 19: The Joint Action Forum (JAF) has requested all volunteers/ workers/ citizens not to indulge in any activity which leads to division of the society of A&N Islands on the basis of linguistic/ religion/ caste. The JAF is not against any person/ community, who are holder of islander card. In a statement issued by the JAF, it stated that anyone found involved in the divisive activity amongst islanders will be viewed seriously and shall have to face legal consequences. It further stated that that the movement started by JAF for implementation of Inner Line Permit is as per the directions of the Supreme Court of India for safeguarding the interest of islanders.

Anindo Majumdar appointed as CVC Secretary

Port Blair, Sept 19: Former Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mr. Anindo Majumdar has been appointed as Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), according to an official order issued Tuesday.
Mr. Majumdar, after transfer from the post of chief secretary of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, was initially appointed as financial commissioner in Delhi, which is a statutory post.
Mr. Anindo Majumdar, a 1985-batch IAS officer of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram Union Territories or AGMUT cadre, was in news in 2015 for issuing an order posting Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary on the direction of former Lt Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung.
Apparently irked over issuance of the order, the Arvind Kejriwal government had locked the office of Mr. Majumdar who was then principal secretary (services).
Mr. Anindo Majumdar was in March 2016 appointed the chief secretary of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

12th Battalion of the Jat Regiment observes Martyr’s Day


 
  Port Blair, Sept 13: The 12th Battalion of the JAT Regiment observed 30th Martyr’s Day at Brichgunj today to pay homage to its war heroes who lost lives in the line of duty.
On the occasion, the regiment conducted a wreath laying ceremony and observed two minutes silence to pay tribute to the martyrs. Thereafter, the unit gathered at ‘Sarva Dharma Sthal’ and offered prayers in a befitting ceremony.
On this day, in 1988, the Battalion had lost six brave hearts, including two officers in an operation against LTTE in Sri Lanka. Therefore this day is celebrated every year as Martyr’s Day by the unit in everlasting memory of the brave sons of “Bahadur 12” who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives to preserve the integrity of the mother land.
Since it’s raising on 06 February 1970, the Battalion has had the honour of participating in all the operations undertaken by the Indian Army to include 1971 Indo- Pak war, Operation Pawan, Operation Rakshak, Operation Meghdoot and Operation Parakram. On this day the unit personnel pledge once again to follow the personal example of ‘Duty Before Self’ set by the martyrs. 
As part of the service traditions of the Indian Armed Forces, units of the Indian Army commemorate the supreme sacrifice of their martyr’s by celebrating Martyr’s Day.

Friday, September 14, 2018

PM gives a clarion call to everyone to become a part of Swachhata Hi Seva Movement

New Delhi, Sept 12: The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has called upon everyone to become a part of 'Swachhata Hi Seva Movement'.
The Prime Minister said, "On 2nd October we mark the start of Gandhi Ji's 150th birth anniversary. It is also the day Swachh Bharat Mission completes 4 years of being a historic mass movement aimed at fulfilling Bapu's dream of a Clean India.
I salute all those working towards a Swachh Bharat!
The 'Swachhata Hi Seva Movement' commences on 15th September. This is a great way to pay tributes to Bapu.
Come, be a part of this movement and strengthen the efforts to create a Swachh Bharat!
At 9:30 AM on 15th, we shall come together and mark the commencement of the 'Swachhata Hi Seva Movement.' I look forward to interacting with those who have worked assiduously on the ground to strengthen the Swachh Bharat Mission after which Swachhata activities will begin". (The Hindu)

Vivek Rae committee inviting suggestions for holistic development Little Andaman and Great Nicobar Islands; Holding conference on ToR with stake holders on Sept 14

Port Blair, Sept 12: A committee under the chairmanship of Shri Vivek Rae, IAS (Retd) has been constituted by NITI AAYOG vide office memorandum no F.No.M-13050/2018-SP-IDA dated 06/08/2018 for holistic development Little Andaman and Great Nicobar Islands. 
The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Committee are (i) To review constraints for utilization of existing revenue land in Little Andaman and Great Nicobar for development of infrastructure of strategic importance and for promotion of economic activity; (ii) To assess the development potential of the two Islands (Little Andaman and Great Nicobar) in a holistic manner, identify suitable area for development and propose development projects for the two Islands; (iii) To assess the possibility of identifying land for compensatory afforestation in Forest deficit States for freeing up area as may be required in sub-para ii above; and (iv) To recommend a road map for harnessing the development potential of these two Islands based on recommendations in sub-para i-ii above.
The said committee is scheduled to visit these Islands from 11/09/2018 to16/09/2018 and proposes to hold consultation on Terms of reference with various NGOs, ACCI and other stake holders on 14/09/2018 from 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm at Conference Hall DC Office, South Andaman.
The committee would be meeting the PRI members/ public representatives/ general public of Little Andaman & Great Nicobar during its field visit to the Islands (i.e Little Andaman & Great Nicobar), therefore they need not come for the above said discussion/ consultation.
In this regard the interested organisations and Stake Holders in these Islands are invited for the meeting to put forth their valuable suggestions for the considerations of the Committee on the Terms and References mentioned above.

Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan to visit Port Blair on Sept 15


Port Blair, Spet 12: Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Science and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will visit Port Blair on September 15, 2018 (Saturday). 
During the visit, the Minister will inaugurate the Atal Centre for Ocean Science and Technology for Islands at Dollygunj, Port Blair. He will also participate in a programme on Swachh Bharat Mission at Port Blair.

Meeting on Little Andaman and Great Nicobar islands development issues


Shri Vivek Rae, IAS (Retd.) Chairperson and other members of the Committee constituted by NITI Aayog, as envisaged by Islands Development Authority, to address the land and project related issues in Little Andaman and Great Nicobar called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Vice-Chairman Islands Development Agency on Sept 12, 2018 at Raj Niwas. Matters related to holistic development of Identified Islands were discussed. ACCI was also represented by Mr. Girish Arora & Mr. Mohammad H Jadwet.

LG’s message on Engineers’ Day


September 15th is celebrated every year in India as Engineers' Day to commemorate the birthday of the legendary Engineer and Statesman Sir M. Visvesvaraya.
I am glad that the vibrant local unit - the Andaman & Nicobar State Centre of The Institution of Engineers (India) - is celebrating the 51st Engineers' Day and deliberating its theme - "Digital Transformation : A New Industrial Revolution" in detail. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that Engineers become ready to face the growing and ever changing need of development.
I extend my warm wishes to the Engineering Fraternity of these Islands on the 51st Engineers' Day.
Sd/-
(Admiral D. K. Joshi)
Lt. Governor, A & N Islands

Domicile demand gets prominence in MP's agenda point for HMAC meeting

Port Blair, Sept 12: A meeting of Home Minister's Advisory Committee (HMAC) for the UT of A&N Islands is scheduled to be held under the chairmanship of the Home Minister at New Delhi on 24.09.2018. Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands being a member of said committee, has presented his agenda points to the A&N Administration and Home Ministry on 11.09.2018 for inclusion/discussion during the meeting for resolution of the issues. Few main agenda points of MP which involves larger public interest are:
Apprehension of large scale immigrants from neighbouring countries, threat to safety and security of the strategically important of island territory and to ensure greater vigilance to track such intruders and explore possibility of framing law/mechanism within the frame work of constitution to enable detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants.
Enactment of law for making it mandatory for domicile of A&N islands for the post of Group A, B, C comes under A&N Administration.
Grant of ownership right over the land in the UT of A&N Islands and amendment of land Regulation.
Acceptance of recommendation of Vivek Rae committee so far concerned to regularization of excess land in Port Blair area without premium.
Resolution of issue relating to curtailment of Sugar and rice for APL category.
Implementation of recommendation of 4th UT Finance commission to provide entitled fund to PRIs for roads and other infrastructures.
Issue of bridge between Chatham and Bambooflat, S/Andaman.
Issue of Andaman Marine Drive from Prem Nagar to North Bay in 2 Phases for a total project of Rs.650 Cr. for which principal approval accorded by MoRTH.
Resolution of boundary disputes of forest and revenue at various locations such as Shoal Bay, Mannarghat, Jirkatang, Tirur, Kamaraj Nagar etc.
Early establishment/operation of 10 New LPG distribution centers at various locations as per sanction.
Providing Solar Home Lights and water connection in the forest encroachments area where more than 8000 families residing in the said area without basic amenities, for which time will taken for their re-settlement.
Extension of jetty at Diglipur for berthing of mainland bound vessels.
Issue of Andaman Bhawan at Visakhapatnam with facilities similar to the Guest houses constructed at Chennai, Kolkatta and Delhi for convenient to the Telugu community peoples and others.
Fixation of uniform rate of chartered flight tickets from Port Blair to Visakhapatnam at same rate of Rs.3500 fixed for Chennai and Kolkatta sector, instead of Rs.5040/-
Engagement of 103 dependent family members of deceased employees of PBMC on DRM/Muster Roll basis for livelihood.
Regularization of service 1207 DRMs working in PBMC since many years, by exempting norms after creating supernumerary posts.
Restoration of compensatory Pay to the Fire service personnel and also for grant of Ration Money to the Regular Home Guards.
Issue of Sewerage treatment plan under JICA loan assistance.
Posting of specialist doctors from CHS cadre at District/CHCs hospitals with lucrative packages under NHM.
Introduction of transfer policy for NRHM staff with revision of salary.
One year tenure posting for Govt. servants in the Southern Group of islands.
International air connectivity between Port Blair and South East Asian countries and also Regional connectivity under UDAN scheme.
Shifting/re-settlement of Srilankan repartees form Katchal Island to Non-Tribal area and also others residing in the tribal area.
Old tourist boats may be allowed to operate beyond 2019 by exempting the norms keeping in view of safety and security and employment who depended upon it.
Extension of IV limit to ply tourist boats from Port Blair to other inter islands.

LG called on HM


Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd), the Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands & Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency called on Shri Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister on September 06, 2018 to discuss various  developmental  activities and matters related to UT.

Jolly met Home Minister, demanded for Domicile and 100 percent job reservation for Islanders

Port Blair, Sept 12: On 6th September 2018, Joint Action Forum (JAF) supported by various organizations and residents of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, successfully organised 24 hour long massive Bandh, demanding Inner Line Permit to stop influx of Bangladeshi population.
Four days after the massive dharna, the BJP's president of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Shri Vishal Jolly on Sept 10, 2018 met the Home Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh at New Delhi and demanded domicile and 100 percent job reservation for Islanders in Andaman.
During the meeting Shri Jolly urged the Home Minister to implement Domicile certificate in A&N Islands, ensure 100 percent reservation to Island youths in government jobs and to implement the National Register of Citizen (NRC) in A&N Islands to stop the population influx.

Isles' shooter Mr. Mohsin earns laurels

Port Blair, Sept 12: The ace shooter, Mohsin Khan, was introduced to the islanders at a function organized by Innovative Artist Welfare Association (IAWA) of India on Sept 11, 2018 at Junglighat. It is a proud moment for these islands, that the sport which is yet out of favour in our islands, Mr. Khan bagged the second position in that sport.
Mr. Khan etched his name in the sporting arena clinching Silver in the small bore-free Rifle Prone (National Rifle) 50 mtrs in the individual category in the All India G.V Mavalankar Shooting Championship held recently. 
Speaking on the occasion, Mohammed Jadwet said, Mr. Mohsin is very passionate about shooting. It is for the first time that an islander clinched Silver medal in Shooting. Around 4500 shooters from different parts of the country participated in the championship. Majority of athletes opting for shooting as career in sports are from the military background as there necessary infrastructure is available. Unfortunately, the sport is not so popular in our islands. It's an expensive sport and we need to build adequate infrastructure to motivate budding talents to take up shooting. We will approach the administration and Sports Councils in this regard soon," he added.

"National Forest Martyrs' Day" observed; League-cum-Knockout torney is going on to mark the Day

Port Blair, Sept 12: The Andaman and Nicobar Forest Department observed "The National Forest Martyrs' Day" on 11/09/2018 at JNRM Football Ground to commemorate Forest Officials who had laid down their lives to protect forests and wildlife.
The Forest Department led by Shri. Tarun Cumor, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Principal Secretary (Environment & Forests), Andaman and Nicobar Islands, garlanded the martyr's memorial and paid floral tributes to the martyrs', recalling their contribution and sacrifices made in the line of duty. A two minute silence was observed in the memory of the green soldiers.
In his message the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests said that about 27 brave Forest Department personnel lost their lives between 1983 to 2017 either in encounter with Jarawas, wildlife, or protection duties while protecting the forests and wildlife resources. In his speech, he asked the staffs of Forest Department to emulate the spirit of the martyrs' and re-dedicate themselves in protecting forests in these emerald islands.
As a part of Forest Martyrs' Day Celebration, the Wildlife Division is organizing 03rd Forest Martyrs' Rolling Trophy League-cum-Knockout Tournament from 11/09/2018 to 06/10/2018.
In the inaugural match played between United Sporting Club, Junglighat Vs Modern Village Football Club, Kanyapuram, South Andaman. The United Sporting Club, Junglighat wins the opening match with 4-0 net. Shri. Ravindra of United Sporting Club, Junglighat was judged as Man of the Match.
The next match will be played on 15/09/2018 at JNRM Football Ground and will be played between Assam Rifle vs Wimblerlygunj Zone on 07.00 AM, second match between C.T. Brothers vs Extra-XI on 02.00 PM and third match between Predators vs RYC.

Applications invited for participation in Travel & Tourism Fairs in Mainland

Port Blair, Sept 12: The Directorate of Tourism, A&N Administration intend to participate in 'OTM - Mumbai' scheduled to be held from 23rd to 25th Jan, 2019 and 'India International Travel Exhibition' at Mangalore scheduled to be held from 02nd to 4th November, 2018 Fairs in mainland organized by different organization. 
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/- for each location through DD in favour of Sr. Accounts Officer (IP&T) to this directorate on or before 18/09/2018.
The participation fees in the shape of Demand Draft may be attached for each location separately. Participants will be provided individual table and chair against the rent paid at each location 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.

Nutrition Awareness Rally





Port Blair, Sept 12: A Rally on Nutrition Awareness was organised on Sept 07, 2018 in Sundar Colony of Haddo Port Blair, jointly by Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU), Port Blair and Directorate of Social Welfare, Andaman and Nicobar Administration to mark nutrition month.
Many anganwadi workers of Haddo, Shadipur and the adjoining areas along with local residents of Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC) Ward Number 2 assembled at Aanganwadi Centre, Sundar Colony Ward No. 2 to participate in the rally. Passing through the lanes of Sundar Colony, the participants raised informative slogans to spread awareness about intake of nutritional food.
Shri Anil Kumar Dhiman, Demonstration Officer CFNEU, informed the gathering about various aspects of nutrition, balanced diet and cleanliness. Nutritious food was also served to the infants and children present on the occasion. Different food items were also kept on display to inform and educate the assembly about their nutritional values.
Local ward member R. Someswara Rao was also present on the occasion. Ministry of Woman and Child Development is observing September as Nutrition month. CFNEU operates under Food and Nutrition Board of Ministry of Woman and Child Development.

Cabinet approves continuation of Capacity Development Scheme for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20

New Delhi, Sept 12: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved continuation of the Capacity Development Scheme for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 with an outlay of Rs 2,250 crore.
The Capacity Development Scheme is an Ongoing Central Sector Scheme of MoSPI. The overall objective of the scheme is to augment infrastructural, technical as well as manpower resources for making available credible and timely Official Statistics for policy makers and public at large.
The major ongoing activities under the Capacity Development Scheme, include augmenting resources for bringing out important statistical products, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Consumer Price Index (CPI), Index of Industrial Production (IIP), Statistical classifications, etc.; conducting various Socio-Economic surveys, capacity building and strengthening statistical coordination, and improving IT infrastructure. Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), a continuous survey to assess quarterly labour data in urban areas and annual labour data for the whole country (urban and rural areas), was launched in April, 2017 under the scheme. The Capacity Development Scheme has two Sub-schemes, Economic Census and Support for Statistical Strengthening (SSS). Under Economic Census, listing of all non-agricultural establishments is undertaken periodically, which forms the basis for conducting detailed socio-economic surveys. The last (6l) Economic Census was conducted during January, 2013 to April, 2014 and the Government now aims to conduct the Census once every three years in future. The SSS Sub-scheme is to strengthen State/ Sub-State level statistical systems/ infrastructure to facilitate development of a robust national system. Funds are released to States/ UTs for this purpose after detailed examination of their proposals.
In view of the requirement for better statistical coverage of sectors/areas, in addition to the regular ongoing activities, the Ministry proposes to also take up three new surveys under the Capacity Development Scheme, namely, Time Use Survey (TUS), Annual Survey of Service Sector Enterprises (ASSSE), and Annual Survey of Unincorporated Sector Enterprises (ASUSE).

High fuel prices hitting auto loan repayments; Performance worsened in Q2: Moody's

Mumbai, Sept 12: Auto loan performance in India worsened in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the first quarter, with higher fuel prices weighing on the ability of auto loan borrowers to repay debt, Moody's Investors Service said in a report.
"We expect auto loan delinquencies to remain at current levels or deteriorate slightly for the rest of 2018, with the effects of higher fuel prices on auto loan borrower counterbalanced by strengthening economic activity to some degree," Moody's said.
The performance for auto loan asset class showed some deterioration in India, with higher fuel prices weighing on the ability of borrowers to repay debt, said Vincent Tordo, a Moody's Analyst.
Asset-backed securities
Moody's said the issuance of Indian asset backed securities (ABS) backed by commercial vehicle loans, construction equipment loans and auto loans, declined to about Rs,250 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2018 from Rs.265 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2017.
Commercial vehicle sales in India increased by 51.6% in the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared with the same period a year earlier, Moody's said in the report. (The Hindu)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Nutrition Science Education for Home-Makers


by Dr. S. Ganesan
Regional Director, IGNOU
As per medical sciences, the good health indicators are many and we also normally come to know those quantitative data through master health check-ups. In simple way, we can ourselves know the status of health in day-today activities.  For example, while
·         Not able to eat all eatable items as per our wish (food restriction)
·         Giving order for tea / coffee in a hotel  ( blood sugar)
·         Not able to eat outside food at functions / hotels (stomach upset)
·         Taking tablets before taking food or after taking food (health maintenance through medicines)
·         Week tooth / gums forces to avoid hard items / non-vegetarian items (dental  problems)
·         Avoiding  some of the food items consciously (allergy)
·         Availing frequent leave for office / college  (immunity level)
·         Visiting hospitals quite often (sensitivity)
·         Counting the number (quantitative) of tablets consumed in a day  (medicine dependency)
You can also easily add some more points to this list,  based on you day-today observations of others.   The second side of the health coin is ‘fitness’.  It is also directly or indirectly reflects the health status.  Following are some of the fitness indicators:
·         Not able to claim first or second floor through stair case (stamina or breathe capacity)
·         Ability to run to catch town bus / train (body flexibility)
·         Ability to carry 10-15 Kg luggage bags at airport  / railway station (hand strength)
·         Ability to stand in a long queue  (leg strength)
·         Independency  to  move the gas cylinder from main door to kitchen ( back pain)
·         Carrying capacity of vegetable bag (5-6 Kgs) at Jangalighat Sunday market for 30-40 minutes  (holding power)
·         Ability to pull centre-stand for your bike / scooter (pulling power)
·         Ability to kick the bike, when battery start fails ( kicking power)
·         Ability to use Indian toilet  (knee power)
·         Ability to sit on the floor and get-up from floor (joints power)
Again, you can add more to this list based on your own experiences of fitness.  The state of independency to carryout day-today activities sows sign of health and fitness.  In other words, to do our work independently needs good health and equipping the physical fitness is next step for normal life.  Your age can easily be inferred from your level of dependency on others.  Remember the old saying: self-help is the best-help.
Eat Adequately
Cereal, Pulses, Milk
Eat Liberally
Vegetables, Fruits
Eat Moderately
Eggs, Flesh Foods
Eat Sparingly
Fat, Oils, Sugars
We all know EMI, as a facility in our purchases / loans.  A similar terminology, BMI (Body Mass Index) = weight in Kg / height in meter2, is very popular now in health sector.  Having learned about the status of health and physical fitness, what is to be done next?  To maintain good health, free from medicines and for minimum physical fitness, we need nutritious food.   The nutrition science provides us the basic knowledge on the role of food in maintaining good health.  In olden days, the grandma use kitchen-pharmacy very effectively for maintaining good health of every member of big family.  Now-a-days, the food science, health education, nutrition science etc. are readily available to everyone through open and distance learning system.   For instance, the Certificate in Food and Nutrition (CFN), a 6-months course is available in Tamil, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Oriya, Hindi and English (offered in 10-Indian languages). Such nutrition science educations are helpful for the mothers of school going children and aged parents.  The scientific way of looking at food items gives good amount of insight and self-learning of nutrition science.
Recently, the UGC also banned sale of junk foods at canteens of colleges / universities / higher education institutions.  Some of the state governments are also stopped sale of junk food items at school premises. 
Balancing our speedy life-style with good food habits is a challenge in modern world.  The well balanced diet is highly important for present life-style with less physical activities.  Some 20-25 years ago, our daily routine domestic manual works consumed nearly 1000 KCalories per day.  But, in modern kitchen / home, the electrical home appliances reduced it to just 100 KCalories.  This simple sift from 1000 to 100 KCalories consumption is part of our life-style change.  Under this situation, the nutrition science education helps us to avoid obesity as well as malnutrition.  For Indians, a ‘reference man’ is between 20-39 years of age, with 60 Kg weight, needs 2875 Kcal per day.  Similarly, the ‘reference women’ of 20-39 years, with 50 Kg body weight is used in Indian context needs 2225Kcal per day for moderate work.  Being so, to balance our diet   and to avoid risk of excess or deficiency in our daily intakes, the conscious knowledge of food science is important for everyone.  The correct, real scientific knowledge of food items can only save us from misconception or prejudices. Besides commonly known B.Sc., M.Sc., in Home Science, there are many nutrition science courses offered in open and distance learning system.  For example, the IGNOU offers Certificate in Food & Nutrition (CFN), Diploma in Nutrition & Health Education (DNHE), M.Sc., Dietics and Food Service Management (DFSM) etc.
MSCDFSM addresses the needs of training work force/developing manpower (dietitians, nutrition counsellors, food service managers etc) for the emerging employment sector (hospital/community dietetics, food service management). It will offer unique opportunity of higher education to enrich their working lives by entering into the market and/or starting their own food service unit, leading to entrepreneurship. It also focuses on upgrading the professional competencies of serving personnel in food service establishments, such as dietitians, diet technicians, counsellors etc. The programme covers: applied physiology, nutritional biochemistry, food safety and food microbiology, advance nutrition, clinical and therapeutic nutrition, public nutrition, entrepreneurship and food service management, principles of food science, research methods and biostatistics, etc.
Nutrition & Health Education (DNHE) is a holistic package which provides opportunities to the learner to gain knowledge about nutrition and public health. It also enables the learners to develop skills in communicating nutrition and health related information to the community. The aim of the programme is to develop a knowledge base in areas of nutrition and public health, promote awareness about concepts and principles in communication and their application in nutrition and health education and develop skill in playing the role of nutrition/health educators in the community.
Learners with basic 10+2 qualification and an interest in community work will find the Diploma very useful. It is a professional training programme. People working with both governmental and non-governmental sectors in the role of community workers would also benefit from this programme. The diploma will provide an additional qualification helping them to improve their professional competence and promotion chances.
The programme covers, nutrition for the community, public health and hygiene, nutrition and health education, Project work: nutrition and health education. Project work is a vital component of the programme. Through the project work, the learner will be able to experience the “feel” of working as a nutrition and health educator in community settings. Such as an interaction would provide good insight into the problems and possible solutions in community work. The project will equip the learner to plan and conduct nutrition/health education campaigns and progammes in community settings.
Food and Nutrition (CFN) is basically a Post- Literacy level awareness programme meant for people with basic reading and writing skills. The programme aims to acquaint the learner with the role of food in ensuring health living for the individual, family and community. It includes features like food selection and preparation, nutrition from infancy to old age, economics of food, kitchen gardening, food adulteration, consumer rights, safety and education, etc. The programme lays primary emphasis on nutrition with relevance to present day scenario, cost effectiveness, environment friendly approaches that reaches to almost the entire nation, hence making the learners responsible and aware citizens of tomorrow. The programme contents covers: you and your food, your food and its utilization, economics of food.
 Nutrition and Child Care(CNCC) is tremendous relevance and use to all those who need to have the knowledge, understanding and skills, both with regard to nutrition and child development. The certificate in nutrition and child care is specifically vocational in nature, opening venues for employment as well as self-employment. Doing a programme of this nature, combining knowledge and skill development in the areas of nutrition and early childhood non-government organizations working for women and children. It covers: Nutrition for the community and organizing Child Care Services.
Some people visit astrologers quite often for business related questions.  After sometime, they themselves are able to guess some predictions based on the astrology knowledge acquired due to regular visits. At one stage, the businessman himself joins some astrology course to understand more.  A similar phenomena occurs in food or diet practice also.  The self-learning through ODL course on nutrition science education updates their knowledge and helpful for health management process.
Every mother of a family, especially modern young mothers need nutrition science education for healthy India.  The educated husband can gift admission in nutrition science education courses for his better-half, especially during her pregnancy period.  Let all of us focus our attention on healthy nutritious food for  self and others;  so as to have good health youth India.

(The author is Regional Director of IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair and can be reached at rcportblair@ignou.ac.in (M-8900936718)