Thursday, December 27, 2018

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

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

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


New ITI at Car Nicobar to be inaugurated on Dec 30

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

TMI Editorial: 27/12/2018

Situation demands 31st night policing

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

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

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

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

Nominations invited for “Andaman Heroes Award”

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

Discount on toned milk purchase in bulk from ANIIDCO

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

ANIIDCO to Setup Petrol Pump at Baratana and Kadamtala

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

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

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

CID team recovers huge haul of IMFL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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