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 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
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 and apply online from 07 Oct 2018 to 05 Nov 2018.
In case of further query see website at 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
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.