Thursday, November 7, 2019

LG inaugurates 10-day Island Tourism Festival -2019; Emphasizes the need for making tourism a major industry of A&N Islands







Port Blair, Nov 7: The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands & Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) as the chief guest formally inaugurated the 10-day annual carnival, the Island Tourism Festival at the ITF Ground here this evening. The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Smt. Vinita Sharma, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan B. Sanghi, Adhyaksh Zilla Parishad, South Andaman, Shri Subir Chander, Chairperson PBMC, Shri NK Udhaya Kumar, DGP, Shri Dependra Pathak, Padma Shree Awardee, Shri Naresh Chandra Lal, the ex-MP, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Smt. Rupa Ray, Senior Officers of the A&N Administration were present on the occasion. The inaugural ceremony had to be postponed yesterday due to inclement weather conditions.
Addressing the gathering, the Lt. Governor expressed his happiness to be part of the Islands Tourism Festival- 2019 and thanked the cultural contingents from different States and UTs for participating in the cultural extravaganza, which he said, has added value to this 10-day festival. 
The Lt Governor said, tourism is the life line of these Islands. As these Islands are rich in green cover, there is very little scope for development of other industries. Keeping in mind the great potential in the tourism sector, we have to promote tourism in such a way so that it becomes a major Industry in these Islands.
The Lt. Governor said, as per the valuable suggestion made by the Member of Parliament, ITF will be celebrated in a broader scale next year and suggestions from other stake holders will also be incorporated so that the profile of ITF can be improved further and it can be organized in National and International standard.
As far as tourism in these Islands is concerned, the A&N Islands witnessed a huge arrival of tourists in the year 2018, which crossed the 5 lakh mark. Every effort will be made by the A&N Administration to provide all required facilities to the tourists so that more tourists visit these Islands making them the most sought after tourism destination.
For the growth of tourism in these Islands, the Lt Governor said, under the aegis of Islands Development Agency (IDA), various tourism development projects are in the pipe line. Informing about some of the projects, the Lt. Governor said that last week, the A&N Administration received approval for 4 major tourism projects for these Islands. The Request For Qualification (RFQ) i.e commercial bid has been issued and an investors’ meet for the same will be held on Nov.13, 2019 at Prasar Bharati Bhawan, New Delhi, which will be attended by the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration. A similar meet will also be held at Cochin on Nov. 20, in which all the potential investors have been invited.
The Lt. Governor further informed that as per the schemes/tourism projects, minimum 60 percent employment has been reserved for the local youths of these Islands. Maintaining the environmental concerns and sustainability norms, these projects will be executed in conformity with the International parameters of ‘global green’, ‘grameen’ and ‘greha’. The A&N Administration is expected to receive commercial bid in next month for projects at Smith & Ross, Aves, Long Island and Shaheed Dweep and early next year, these projects will be brought to contract stage as these projects will be executed on eco-norms, and will be completed and made functional within one year’s time, the Lt Governor said. In the coming one or two years, the Islanders can witness a paradigm shift in the profile of tourism sector here.
Apart from these 4 projects which are going to unfold, the RFQ for selection of Consultant for the next 12 projects, which will cover Diglipur to Little Andaman Island has been issued. These projects will ensure the spread of tourism project from North to South. Keeping in mind Responsible Tourism Development, the A&N Administration is making every effort to extend tourist attractions in different Islands, which is currently confined to only two or three Islands, he said. 
In the coming two years, the connectivity issue will be solved, the basic infrastructure required for the tourism promotion such as air connectivity, under which the Administration has removed the Restricted Area Permit, and immigration facility has been started, by which foreign tourists are being provided Visa on arrival and e-visa to those countries with which we have reciprocal arrangements. With all these initiative in place, the Islanders will witness a better tourism profile in the coming two years’ time, the Lt. Governor added.
The Lt Governor also released a book, written by Dr. Mohd. Rehan Raza- ‘The Great Nicobar Island: India’s Southern Fortune’, which highlights the geo-strategic and geo-economic significance of Great Nicobar Island and is a rare and exclusive compilation of all the unexplored potential tourism destinations in that area.
Speaking on the occasion, the Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma remarked that the ‘Island Tourism Festival’, earlier known as ‘Islands on the March’ held at Marina Park on a small scale, where cultural programmes were presented by the local artistes, has garnered more importance with the passage of time and now has its reach across the globe. He said, the Island Tourism Festival has become the most awaited festivals by the Islanders as it offers a platform for them to join in the revelries ranging from colorful cultural programmes to exciting shows and activities. The MP suggested that a tag line/theme be created for the Island Tourism Festival each year, to showcase the rich tribes, forest, culture, tradition and heritage of the A&N Islands to the world. Apart from this, stalls highlighting the wealth of the Islands should also be included, he opined.
The MP also mentioned that the Island Tourism Festival is being watched live in over 200 countries across the world and we must make them a part of this festival by highlighting the strength of the A&N Islands, which reflects the essence of a true Mini India and communal harmony. He also suggested that rain tourism be promoted during rainy season, so as to facilitate tourism activities in the Islands throughout the year besides providing incentives to tour operators and discount for tourists so that more tourists are attracted to these Islands even in monsoon.
The MP also urged the Tourism Department to take the spirit of festivities to every nook and corners of the Islands for the benefit of the Islanders residing in far off places, so that they can get the opportunity to witness the cultural programmes by various artistes and cultural troops from mainland.       
Earlier, welcoming the gathering, the Secretary Tourism, A&N Administration, Dr. Pooja Joshi said, to make the Island Tourism Festival-2019 a more appealing and different event from the last one, a lot of thoughts and suggestions have been incorporated. She also invited everyone to come and be a part of the ten day-long celebration and make it a memorable event.
Meanwhile, the road leading to the ITF has been decked with colorful lights and the air of festivity can be seen and felt at the ITF Ground. The second day of the festival saw crowds of all ages enjoying the cultural programmes with exuberance. The traditional couture of Octave artistes of the North Eastern States, which showcased the beauty of their tradition and culture received a standing ovation from the dignitaries and the crowd while a creative presentation by Sapphire Creations, West Bengal also mesmerized the gathering. Other cultural programme included live musical orchestra presented by Avinash Social & Cultural Society followed by musical programme by BRW Musical Wing, performances by Jhumurr (Sastriya-Lok) Nitryagan, programme by Sur Sangam Cultural Forum and a dance on Bollywood songs by Kasheesh. Apart from this, stalls selling varieties of food items ranging from home made snacks to fast food and regional cuisines are a hit among the visitors. Stalls selling handicrafts items and home wares have also been set up at the ITF ground for people to check out various items.

Adulterated Biryani served in Hotel ; High time to check Food Safety Standards by concerned authority




TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Nov 06: Even the roadside food stalls these days adheres the standard of food safety hygienically at different parts in city in much lower price than AC, fan and tabled hotels.
But, surprisingly in a popular hotel at very junction of most populated Bhatu Basthi is serving stones adulterated Biryani.
According to two youth, 'yesterday in the afternoon they have visited famous hotel at Bhatu Basthi junction and ordered two plates Vegetable Biryani and butter paneer, which was served on the table in few minutes and they started having their lunch, and within few minutes one found a marble sized black stone in his plate, meanwhile another one accidentally found crushed under his teeth while having vegetable biryani in the hotel. "It was informed to the hotel management, but all are pretended as deaf ears in the hotel, and we are simply paid the bills and moved out", alleged the youths.
However, for making biryani from rice to the ingredients require, is all in sterilized and packed, then how such stones are entering into the biryani plates is the matter of business secret or a play with the citizens' health, may be.
On the other hand, the Island Tourism Festival is underway and the Port Blair city will witness huge crowd from different parts of A&N Islands to make rush in Port Blair to enjoy the ITF as well as will try to taste the varieties in city hotels. Hence, this is high time for concerned authorities to keep a tab on hoteliers to check the food safety standards for public interest.

STS to implement MoRTH directives; Decides to fit GPS Based Vehicle Tracking System & Panic Button in STS Buses, commercial vehicles


 Port Blair, Nov 7: The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has mandated fitment of GPS based vehicles tracking system in all commercial vehicles. The Transport Department has already started action for empanelment of eligible firm capable of fitting GPS & providing after sales service in the UT. It has been decided to implement the directives in two phases to provide a transition period to the commercial vehicle owners.
In first phase, all the public transport buses operated by Transport Department shall be covered and tender has been floated by the Department. In the second phase all other commercial vehicles shall be required to comply with the directives of MoRTH as referred above.

Commemoration of Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary; Pad Yatra held to create awareness on eradication of TB & Leprosy



Port Blair, Nov 7: As part of the commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Deputy Education Office, South Andaman in collaboration with Department of Health Services, NYK, RD and NSS organized a Pad Yatra from Cellular Jail to Gandhi Statue via Clock Tower today, to create awareness on eradication of TB and Leprosy.
The Deputy Director Education (Academic/HoO), Shri Sushen Mallick flagged off the Pad Yatra. Addressing the students, he spoke on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and eradication of TB and Leprosy.
About 200 students and teachers of nearby schools participated in the programme along with 50 volunteers of NYK and NSS JNRM. During the Pad Yatra, students shouted slogans and carried placard on eradication of TB and Leprosy provided by the Health Department.

IGNOU Entrance Test for Post Basic B.Sc Nursing Programme


 Port Blair, Nov 07: The Indira Gandhi National Open University offers three years Post Basic B.Sc Nursing Programme.  The Entrance Test for January -2020 admission session will be held on Saturday 9th November 2019 at IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair. The exam will be conducted between 10 am to 12.30 pm. The results will be declared on 15th November 2019. All the candidates/examinees are advised to bring their Hall Ticket and visit the Regional Centre, Port Blair well in advance during its working hours, a communication from Regional Director, IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair said.

15 Kgs of Ganja seized under NDPS Act at Mayabunder




Mayabunder, Oct 30: In probably one of the biggest catches of recent times, the North & Middle Andaman district police seized around 15 kg of ganja on 25th October.
There were inputs that some of the shipments being carried in the containers of passenger ships are carrying the contraband substance. Based on that a police team was deployed on jetty since the last passenger ship Swaraj Dweep arrived at Mayabunder and each and every package was being checked as and when the containers opened. This led to a huge success on Friday when, the police team headed by Shri Hukma Ram (SDPO Diglipur) and consisting of SI Somen Halder, SI Anbeshwaran and other police station staff came across a person who was trying to avoid the checking of packages and his name is Mr. Ashok  Biswas (54) yrs. Resident of Subashgram, Diglipur. When he was made to open the packages, it was found that there was around 15 kg of ganja in that. Legal proceedings have been started in matter and further investigation has been taken up.
SP North & Middle Andaman Shri Vichitra Veer, IPS said that any information that such a huge recovery just before Diwali would demoralise the anti-social elements. He further said that any information received from the public with regards to transportation of ganja is duly verified and such information leading to recovery is a good sign. It would lead to better trust between police and public, a press release said.

Andaman team to participate in 38th Senior & 22nd Open Sprints National Rowing Championship 2019



Port Blair Oct 30: The Andaman and Nicobar Rowing Association will be participating in the 38th Senior & 22nd Open Sprints National Rowing Championship2019 scheduled to be held at Hyderabad in Telengana from 2nd to 7thDec. 2019 organized and hosted by the Rowing Association of Telengana on behalf of the Rowing Federation of India. In the Championship there will be events for Senior Men and Senior Women.
Rowers of Andaman and Nicobar Islands who are willing to participate in this Championship at Telengana may contact Mr.D.Rama Rao, Joint Secretary (Mob: 9434298433) and Mr. Joy Pinto, Vice President(9932088222) of the Andaman and Nicobar Rowing Association by 7th November, 2019 before 4 PM. Selection trail of the rowers for the participation in the above championship will be held on 8th and 9th November, 2019 from 7 AM onwards at SAI Water Sports Centre, Sippighat.

“CITY PARADE DURING RASHTRIYA EKTA DIWAS”




Port Blair, Oct 31: An impressive ceremonial parade was organized by the Andaman & Nicobar Police on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National unity Day) in order to Commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Seven contingents of A & N Police comprising of 01 Platoon of each of Executive Police, male & female, IRBn, Fire Service, Home Guard and Police Bands led by parade commander Shri. Naveen Kumar, Assistant Commandant, IRBn, March impressively in sync with marching contingent of CRPF, NDRF, and captivated the spectators. Shri. Dependra Pathak, IPS, Director General of Police, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, took salute on the occasion.
General public also witnessed the event and were particularly appreciative of A & N Police Brass Band and Ladies Pipe Band which thrilled the audience with patriotic fervour, as they cheered loudly against the backdrop of a delightful evening.
31st October is observed all over the country as a day of special occasion to foster and reinforce our dedication to preserve the strengthen the unity, integrity and security of our nation, by celebrating it as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day).

Birth anniv. of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ; Chief Secretary flags off ‘Run for Unity’



Port Blair, Oct. 31: A large number of people, including students, youth and general public enthusiastically participated in the ‘Run for Unity’, organized by the A&N Administration this morning, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, which was also observed as ‘National Unity Day’. The Chief Secretary (I/C), A&N Administration, Shri Vikram Dev Dutt flagged off the ‘Run for Unity’ from the historic Netaji Stadium. He also administered the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Pledge’ to the gathering on the occasion. The Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, the Chairperson, PBMC, Shri NK Udhaya Kumar and Senior Officers of the A&N Administration were also present on the occasion.
Over 600 participants, including school students, CISF Jawans, Youth and volunteers from NSS and NYK, International Medalists, Ms Regina Kiro and Sandhya Kispota participated in the ‘Run for Unity’. ‘National Unity Day’ is observed on October 31st since 2014. People from all walks of life also participated in the ‘Run for Unity’ organized to mark the occasion.
The ‘Run for Unity’ began from Netaji Stadium and passed through the Clock Tower, Model Senior Secondary School, Bengali Club, PBMC Office, Gandhi Statue, Aberdeen Bazaar, Clock Tower and culminated at the starting point at Netaji Stadium, where the Assistant Director Sports, Shri V. Ranjith Kumar welcomed the runners.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Lt. Governor inaugurates Online Building plan Approval system


Port Blair, Oct.21: The Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) has inaugurated Online Building plan Approval System (OBPAS) to bring the transparency and accountability in the building plan approval system. OBPAS simplifies the procedures and streamline the processes so as to enhance 'Ease of Doing Business' in construction permits and thereby attracting better investment opportunities. It is one of the best practices adopted under Port Blair Smart City initiatives.
As on date, PBMC approves building plans manually and it takes closely two to three months' time. With the OBPAS platform, henceforth, all building plans will be sanctioned within 15 days.
OBPAS is developed as an end to end automated solution, wherein no human intervention is required at any stage and thus saves substantial amount of time and resources of PBMC. Registered architects or users can verify the status of submitted building plan approvals through online and would give clear picture of file movements at the various levels.

Concubine weakens bond


TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Oct 23: Apart from rising prostitution at various locations in A&N Islands, another destructive relationship arises in the name of Concubines in the society. It is well known to the islanders that the influx of Bangladeshies in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands has affected a lot in many ways viz. they are encroaching land, consuming electricity and water, fearlessly. Experts believe that large number of people, suspected to be Bangladeshi, also has local documents.
But, now it can been seen destroying relationships in happy families in these Islands. A group of women alleges that, their relationship with their husbands are weakening due to the concubines (a woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife or wives) and their husbands used to neglect look after their wife and children and other family members. We have knocked every door from NGOs/ Women Welfare Associations to Govt. agencies for Women protection, but in vain.
Accordingly to reliable sources, some govt. servants in forces deny to enter their wives name into service book, because of the concubines. Consequently, the genuine dependents of the persons get affected in many ways.
In views of the drastic situation, it is high time to call for National Register of Citizenship (NRC) to check influx of foreigners in Andaman & Nicobar Islands to safeguard the interests of the residents being affected by migrants from Bangladesh.

Triangle love ended mysteriously; Police interrogation reveals story; two arrested


Port Blair, Oct 23: The A&N Police has solved a blind murder case and arrested two accused. A complaint about the missing of Eshan Dutta @ Subham, S/o Ashok Dutta (19 yrs), R/o Gurudwara Lane was reported at PS Aberdeen on Oct 13. After extensive search, gone through numerous CCTV cameras, door to door enquiries and combing operation of jungle, police could finally ascertain that the missing boy had gone in a white Wagon R car. The investigation team was able to pin point the person with whom the missing person was last seen. After, a thorough interrogation, the accused namely Sidharth Sharma (24 yrs), a boat operator in Water Sports Complex admitted to have dumped the dead body of the missing person in a pit near Chidyatapu. He had also tried to destroy evidences to hide his tracks. Further, preliminary interrogation revealed that the main accused was a young woman who was the girlfriend of the deceased and the reasons behind the murder appear to be love triangle and some differences between accused girl and deceased.
As per the version of the accused persons, the missing boy was killed by lacing his drinks with sleeping pill/ rat poison and the deceased collapsed, immediately after consumption, then the accused person tried to dump the body to cover the track. The investigation is in initial stage, facts and sequence of events and possible complexities of more persons involved in the crime in being investigated, the Police sources says.

Newly elected Adhyaksh and Up-Adhyaksh of Zilla Parishad, South Andaman paid courtesy call to Lt Governor



Shri Subir Chander and Shri Gagandeep Singh Garewal, the newly elected Adhyaksh and Up-Adhyaksh of Zilla Parishad, South Andaman respectively, paid courtesy call to Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on 21.10.2019 and discussed various matters related to Zilla Parishad (South Andaman) and Tourism/infrastructure projects under the aegis of IDA.

Padauk thieves caught red handed at Korang Nallah Reserved Forest

Port Blair, Oct 23: Acting on a tip-off, the forest officials of the Middle Andaman Forest Division followed the foot trails of the accused into the Korang Nallah Reserved forest in a clandestine way by taking alternate but longer route to the crime.
Under the guidance of Shri SP Roy incharge-Range Officer Betapur, a team led by him included Shri NS Sandran, Forester, Shri Swapan Kumar Das, Mazdoor, Shri Susheel Minj, Mazdoor, Shri Nirmal Halder, Mazdoor and Shri Santosh Sarkar, Mazdoor have undertaken the operation. According to forest officials, upon reaching near the crime scene, the team discreetly noticed a Pit Saw Machan and two persons near it with a Padauk log lying on the machan, one of the accused was sharpening the pit saw at that time.
One of the accused namely Shri Gopal Roy, S/o. Late AC Roy was chased down and arrested on the spot. Whereas, the other accused Shri Jashmanta Halder, S/o- Shri Basanta Halder, R/o Pinakinagar managed to flee but was later apprehended from Jaipur Village, Betapur. Both the accused were arrested and a forest offence case was registered for violating the provisions of Indian Forest Act (IFA), 1927.
It is one of the major successful operations earned out by Middle Andaman Forest Division in which the culprits were caught red handed at the crime scene itself.
0.474 Cbm of Round logs of Padauk, 1 No. Pit saw, plastic rope (12mm)- 2pcs and Iron wedge - 02 Nos. were seized from the crime spot.
The DFO Middle Andaman has appealed to the general public to pass any credible and relevant information regarding illegal movement of timber or other forest produce to the nearest beat office/ Range office or on the below mentioned phone numbers so that the Forests of these beautiful Islands can be preserved for future generations.
DFO Office Rangat: 03192274210; R.O Rampur Range (Rangat): 03192- 274204; R.O Betapur Range: 03192-270103; R.O Bakultala Range : 03192- 277541; R.O Bajalungta Range (Kadamtala): 03192-267019; R.O Long Island Range : 03192-215960; R.O Mobile Squad Range : 03192-275353. The identity of the informer will be kept secret, a communication from DFO, Middle Andaman said here.

ANIIDCO proposes to set up eco-tourism resorts in Long, Aves, Smith Island and Shaheed Dweep on PPP mode


Port Blair, Oct 16: Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation Limited (ANIIDCO) is a Government Undertaking of A&N Administration, incorporated under Companies Act, 1956. All the shares of the Corporation are owned by A&N Administration. ANIIDCO is managed by the Board of Directors nominated by the Lt. Governor. The annual turnover of the Corporation is Rs 379 crores for the year 2018-19.
ANIIDCO has contributed in sustainable development of the Islands since beginning through its entrepreneur action as follows:
ANIIDCO is operating seven IOC Retail Outlets at Junglighat, Mayabunder, Diglipur, Swaraj Dweep, Saheed Dweep, Hut Bay and Campbell Bay. ANIIDCO is also operating four Consumer Outlets in R.K. Pur, Little Andaman, Teressa, Katchal & Kamorta. ANIIDCO is in the process to open five new POL outlets at Baratang Island, Kadamtala, Billiground, Ferrargunj and Car Nicobar. 
ANIIDCO is running milk plant and sale milk and milk products at reasonable price after observing huge loss in the business.  ANIIDCO is collecting raw milk from the farmers of Shaheed Dweep and North & Middle Andaman after offering better price to enhance their livelihood and during the financial year 2018-19, 8,20,000  ltrs have been collected from the farmers.
ANIIDCO is operating Megapode Resort, Dolphin Resort, Hornbill Nest Resort, Waves Restaurant, Andaman Teal House and plans to operate other guest houses-Hawabill Nest at Shaheed Dweep, Hawksbill Nest at Rangat, Turtle Resort at Diglipur and V-Vet Guest House/Restaurant at Hut Bay through private sector participation.
ANIIDCO has rented out the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex at Marina Park to promote water sports and tourism activities.  A five star world class beach resort is being operated through Private Partner Taj Group in Swaraj Dweep. ANIIDCO is an approved IATA Air Ticketing Agency and offering package tours to various parts of the islands.
ANIIDCO has been appointed as Project Management Agency for implementation of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in A&N Islands under the aegis of Islands Development Agency (IDA) and supported by NITI Aayog. In the first phase, it is proposed to set up eco-tourism resort in Long, Aves, Smith Island and Shaheed Dweep on PPP mode. It is proposed to set up eco-tourism resorts having 220 rooms in Long Island, 120 rooms in Shaheed Dweep, 70 rooms in Smith Island and 50 rooms in Aves Island.  ANIIDCO is in the process of inviting bids for the projects.
In addition, 12 other projects have been identified for holistic development at Amkunj Beach, Rangat; Raman Baghicha Beach, Rangat; Karmatang Beach, Mayabunder; Kalipur Beach, Diglipur; Ramnagar Beach, Diglipur; Rutland island, South Andaman; North Bay, South Andaman; Goodwill Estate, Port Balir; Beodnabad; Flat Bay island near Chouldhari, South Andaman; Wright Myo Creek, Ferrargunj Tahsil and Buttler Bay & kalapather Beach at Little Andaman. NITI Aayog is in the process of appointing Consultant for implementation of the projects. These projects will boost the economy of these Islands and there will be paradigm shift in the profile in the hospitality industry in A&N Islands. 
ANIIDCO has been designated as a Financial Institution by Government of India. The C&F Division has provided financial assistance to industrial concerns for setting up technically and financially viable projects in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
ANIIDCO functions as the nodal agency for procurement and distribution of quality steel of SAIL to various Government Departments.  The General Public are also procuring quality steel at reasonable rate from ANIIDCO. 
ANIIDCO is supplying liquor throughout the Islands in 13 shops/outlets under exclusive licence from the A&N Administration.    
ANIIDCO has been appointed as nodal agency for setting up of Coconut & Coir Processing Project in the A&N Islands. Accordingly, ANIIDCO has appointed ITCOT Consultancy and Service Ltd., Chennai for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for setting up of Coconut and Coir Processing cluster in A&N Islands. Based on the DPR, decision would be taken for setting up of Coconut and Coir Processing Cluster on PPP mode. 
Based on the decision of A&N Administration, ANIIDCO is exploring the possibility of procuring stone aggregates from outside A&N Islands. 
ANIIDCO is committed to continuously improving its social responsibilities to make positive impact on society. ANIIDCO intended to create a positive footprint within the society to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Islanders by continually aligning its CSR activities to promote education, health, sanitation facilities, skill development and Rural Development projects by spending at least 2% of its profit before tax for each financial year. ANIIDCO is also aligning its business activities to have direct and indirect impact on society.
Contribution made by ANIIDCO towards CSR activities during the last five years as follows:
Financial Year     Amount (Rs in lakh)
2015-16                          51.14
2016-17                         54.46
2017-18                         58.17
2018-19                         65.00
2019-20                         76.00 (projected)
During the financial year 2018-19, ANIIDCO also provided financial relief to stranded tourist at Swaraj Dweep, a communication from said.

Mass tree plantation by ANMF under "Jal Shakti Abhiyan"



Port Blair, Oct 16: Leading with the example, the Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF) on Oct 15, 2019 have organized a mass tree plantation under "JalSakthiAbhiyan". The venture was executed at Doordarshan Colony, Port Blair with the assistance of Forest Department.
In the programme, Chairperson, Port Blair Municipal Council, Shri N.K Udhaya Kumar was the chief guest. Addressing the gathering, PBMC Chairperson urged residents to extend support to civic body in ensuring cleanliness in the city. Other officials and public representatives also addressed the gathering and highlighted the objectives of JalSakthiAbhiyan.
In his welcome address, Shri K Ganeshan, President, Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation highlighted the need and approaches to address the objectives of "JalSakthiAbhiyan". He said that in the course of development, we kept on filling ponds and encroaching spaces of natural water resources. Resulting to this, today we are left with countable natural sources of water. Ground water level has gone down due to elimination of natural water resources. As a result of reduction in natural water sources like pond, lakes and wells, we are left with no other option to completely rely on rain water to fulfill our water requirements, He added. Shri Ganeshan told that all these forced us to think of water and water resources conservation and JalSakthiAbhiyan is the outcome of it. Suggesting approaches to address the objectives of JalSakthiAbhiyan, Ganeshan urged the gathering to plant more and more trees with firm commitment of taking care of its life till it becomes capable enough to protect out life. Ganeshan called upon the gathering for rain water harvesting and requested to ensure that no rain water goes waste. He also suggested for proper disposal of drain water through soak pit. He requested residents of Doordarshan colony to take utmost care for protection and conservation of plated saplings. On behalf of ANMF, Shri Ganeshan extended his gratitude to Forest Department for responding to the first call and providing every possible assistance in organisisng the tree plantation programme and also PBMC.
The programme was also attended by Shri Ayyub Hassan, Divisional Forest Officer, Forest Department, In the presence of Shri Nilesh Kumar Kalbhor IIS PIB, Port Blair Director and Staff of Doordarshan Kendra- Port Blair, residents of Doordarshan Colony, media persons, staff and officials of PBMC.
Over hundreds of tree saplings were planted and installed with guard rails.

ACCI called on Lt. Governor



A delegation of Andaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) led by Shri Girish Arora, President, ACCI 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 16.102019 at Raj Niwas to appraise various initiatives by hoteliers/ resorts towards cleanliness and other projects being implemented under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The various ongoing and planned mega tourism/infrastructure projects under aegis of IDA with the support of NITI Aayog were also discussed.

Illegal hand sawn Padauk seized in Baratang

Baratang, Oct 16: Acting on a tip off, the Forest Officials of Baratang Forest Division conducted a search in the jungle of Karanallah, South Creek, Baratang on Tuesday, 15th October, 2019 at around 09:00 am. Hand sawn padauk timber of 0.197 cbm (11 planks & 01 beam) was seized. As culprit involved in this illegal activity escaped from the location. An unknown case is registered for violation of the provisions of Indian Forest Act, 1927 and investigation is under process.
The team was led by Mr. Dhanraj Tirkey, Forester, Beat Officer (South creek Beat) and assisted by Mazdoors of this Division. The Divisional Forest Officer, Baratang has, further, appealed to the general public to share credible information pertaining to illegal activities related to forest & wildlife over Phone No.279522 (Nilambur Range), Mob. No.9531956886 (RO, Adajig Range) and Mob. No. 9531860638 (RO, Mobile Squad). The identity of the informer will be kept secret.

Army Recruitment Rally from on Nov 25

Port Blair, Oct 16: An Indian Army Recruitment Rally will be organized by RO (HQ), Chennai under the aegis of HQ Recruiting Zone, Chennai at Netaji Stadium, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar on 25th Nov 2019. The rally will screen eligible candidates for enrolment from all districts of Andaman and Nicobar. Candidates will be screened for various categories that include Solider ( General Duty), Soldier Tradesman (8th pass) & Soldier Tradesman (10th pass). For Criteria and qualification, refer to notification on 26 Sep 19 and Indian Army website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in. Candidates are required to apply online at www.joinindianarmy.nic.in from 11 Oct 2019 to 09 Nov 2019. Admit cards will be issued online after 10 Nov 2019. Date of reporting at the Rally Site will be intimate on the admit card and applicants can take the print out of  admit card after  10 Nov 2019 from www.joinindianarmy.nic.in. Recruitment process is fully automated, fair and transparent. Candidates must guard against Touts/ fraudsters, claiming to help them pass Only their hard work and preparation can ensure their selection on merit. Candidates can clarify all their recruitment related queries from the online mobile application ‘Army Calling’ and Recruiting Office (Headquarters), Chennai (044-25674924 & 25674925).

Construction of road using shredded plastic at Car Nicobar by APWD begins


Car Nicobar, Oct 16: For the first time in Car Nicobar, shredded plastic has been used for the construction of road work. Administration has been insisting on using 8-10% shredded plastic in bituminous road work as recommended by CRRI. APWD, Construction Division, Car Nicobar on Oct 12, 2019 in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner, Nicobar District, Dr. Monica Priyadarshini had started using shredded plastic 8-10% in the ongoing road work 'Improvement of internal road from Kinyuka School to Nicobari Round Hut at Chukchucha for a length of 2.3 kms.
This has been an initiative taken by APWD, Car Nicobar for the judicious use of existing plastic waste in public welfare, which in turn minimize the burden of plastic waste from the environment of this territory.

ANC prepared to thwart any breach: CINCAN


Port Blair, Oct 09: "The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) is fully committed to the growth and security of these strategic islands. Foreign invasions are a reality. Even developed countries are facing such challenges. But ANC is prepared to thwart any such attempt. Fleet accretions as also forces are being done in consultation with the Union Government as per procedures. But there is nothing to worry for people in these islands", said Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, Commander-in-Chief, ANC on Oct 07, 2019. Speaking to scribes on the 19th Raising Day celebration of the tri-services command, Vice Admiral Verma, who will superannuate next month after serving the forces for decades, said would become a formidable force with more feet accretions, inductions and augmentation of related supportive infrastructure in a gradual manner. Several important projects of strategic significance are underway.
Outlining the operational readiness of the Command, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma said that several defence exercises have been conducted in the recent year. The past four years have been eventful for the ANC will many sanctions and accretions approved. Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Exercise is scheduled to be held from Oct 14 to 18 after its success last time when major assets from mainland participated. Major military exercises with littoral countries were also conducted. Joint patrolling throughout these islands has been set every month while deployment in the strategic Landfall Islands has been ensured.
To a question, the CINCAN said that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of 648 islands. "The survey conducted last year included all rocky formations. The final report has been submitted to the local administration about 648 islands in this territory all of which span over an area of 1 sq.kms. Shibpur runway is ready for civilian operations. Andaman Airways has evinced interest to start operations under the UDAAN scheme for which all clearances has been accorded. Currently the Command has no plans to start Dornier Aircraft services to Diglipur in North Andaman which is well connected by sea and road unlike the southern group of islands," said Vice Admiral Bimal Verma.
In 1999, after the Kargil War, Andaman and Nicobar Islands received more attention. The Group of Ministers (GoM) report on Reforming the National Security System recommended the replacement of the FORTAN, under the Indian Navy, with a Joint Andaman and Nicobar Command which will control the assets of the tri-services and the Coast Guard on the islands. The GoM had recommended that the Commander of this Joint Command would report to the proposed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The Andaman and Nicobar Command was in place by the end of September 2001 and Vice Admiral (later Admiral and CNS) Arun Prakash was the first Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN).

Surprise inspections of food vending stalls; 232 samples collected for testing

Port Blair, Oct. 9: The officials of Food Safety Department were carried out surprise inspection of temporary food stalls, hawkers selling food articles nearby various pooja pandals in and around the city from 05th Oct, 2019 onwards. In this regard, previously an advisory was also issued to all such food business operators to strictly adhere to rules with good sanitary and hygiene practices. Despite, during inspection, food business operators were found violating provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act, Rules and Regulations. Actions as deemed fit under FSS Act, 2006 are being initiated against repetitive offenders including imposition of penalties.
A special drive has also been launched to ascertain the quality of sweets, savories and milk based sweets. Bake houses and sweet stalls are being inspected and so far 232 Nos. of samples have been collected for testing.

Furniture shop proprietor possessing sawn padauk timber from illegal source, arrested

Port Blair, Oct 09: Acting on a tipoff, the Forest Officials of South Andaman Division conducted a search in the house and premises of Mr. Sushen Dhali, Proprietor of M/s. S.N. Furniture & Glass, Kadakachang on 09.10.2019 and found about 0.1008 cbm. (06 pieces) hand sawn padauk timber collected from illegal source. As he failed to produce any valid documents for the timber, he was arrested for violation of the provisions of Indian Forest Act, 1927 and later released on bail.
The team was led by Mr. Panchanam Halder, Forest Ranger, Mobile Squad and assisted by the Forester Mr. Najariyus Bara and Forest Guards Mr. Uttam Kumar Mistry, Mr. Keshabananda Ganguly, Mr. N. Saheed, Mr. Tarakeshwar, Mrs. M. Khadeeja Bibi and other forest workers.
The Divisional Forest Officer, South Andaman has, further, appealed to the general public to pass on credible information pertaining to illegal activities related to forest & wildlife over phone No.256178 (Mobile Squad), 255344 (Mannarghat Range), 224540 (Tushnabad Range), 287336 (Manglutan Range), 252334 (Garacharma Range), 281585 (Jirkatang Range) & 255228 (Divisional Office). The identity of the informer will be kept secret, a communication from the Divisional Forest Officer, South Andaman said here.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Say Good Bye to Plastic Bags - “It is Better for your Generations”



TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Oct 02: As part of National Campaign against the single-use plastic and on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Over 25000 cloth bags (made by Skill Development Centre, DBRAIT) were distributed to general public for free by DBRAIT in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Oct 02, 2019. At different distribution points, people at large numbers collected the cloth bags in exchange of a polythene bag.
Background: Less than 50 years ago plastic bags were a rarity in the world. In Andaman it's just a decade ago Polyethylene were came into use, but badly affected a lot.
Before plastic bags, there was paper or cloth. Paper bags worked but they were not easy to carry and they weren't nearly as strong as plastic. The most important part is paper was more expensive to produce than plastic. The cost of disposal and clean up of plastic bags comes back to the tax payer, hazardously.
However, polyethylene (the most common type of plastic used for disposable bags) was first created in 1898 but it was not until the mid 1950s that a high-density polyethylene was invented. High density polyethylene was the "breakthrough" that enabled the production of cheap, yet strong plastic bags.
This seemingly simple invention changed the way we shop and had unimaginable consequences for our natural environment. The Problem We Didn't See Coming (or Didn't Care To See). The problem with plastic that wasn't considered at the time, but now the environmental ramifications of widespread use is disastrous due to plastic.
Plastic contribution to global warming to massive ocean pollution, plastic bags have become one of the largest environmental degradation are also taking their toll on human health this time.

Two students drowned into Marina Park's sea water; Pondicherry University expresses gratitude to search operation forces



Yagya Jyoti Jena 

R. Dheeraj Kr. Reddy 



Search Operation 


TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Oct 02: Two students of Pondicherry University Brookshabad unfortunately drowned into sea during their study based snorkeling at Marina Park's water on Sept 28, 2019.
As per reliable sources, a group of ten students of Marine Biology from Pondicherry University, Brookshabad have gone for study based snorkeling at Marina Pank for research on the subject they are studying. It was not the first time, but they used to go on a marine study few times ago at different locations in South Andaman.
But, unfortunately on Sept. 28, 2019 about 3.30 pm, among the ten students, Mr. Yagya Jyoti Jena (25 yrs), S/o G.C. Jena hailed from Manoharpur, Bhadrak (Dist.) Orissa (pursuing Ph.D. Marine Biology in Pondicherry University) and Mr. R. Dheeraj Kr. Reddy (22 yrs), S/o R. Sridhar Reddy of Chinna Chowk, Kadapa (Dist.), Andhra Pradesh (1st year student M.Sc. Marine Biology in Pondicherry University) gone missing from sight in the Marina Park water.
Finding something danger, in no time, one among the group have alarmed the Police by dialing 100, the Police team from Aberdeen Police Station have reached the spot and swung into action with all necessary equipments. The Police Officials have gathered detailed information about the missing students, meanwhile, underwater divers have started their search about the two drown students at around 4.15 pm.
During the search operation under the sea water at Marina Park done by divers of A&N Police Marine Force and Indian Naval Service with their Helicopter. The body of Mr. R. Dheeraj Kr. Reddy was found at 6.30 am on Sept. 29 at Marine Park water and sent to his native place same day. The search operation for other student was continued upto Sept. 30 evening, but in vain. On Oct 01, 2019 the body of Mr. Yagya Jyoti Jena was found floating in sea near Golf Yard area at Brichgunj, his body was sent to his native place on Oct. 02.
The Vice Chancellor, Pondicherry University and HoD of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology, Pondicherry University Brookshabad, Prof. Mohanraju have deeply condole the unfortunate demise of their students Yagya Jyoti Jena and R. Deeraj Kr. Reddy, and prays the almighty to give strength to bereaved family members for bear the irreparable loss. They further, expressed gratitude towards Andaman & Nicobar Police, Indian Naval Service, Andaman Nicobar Health Service and VSI airport authority for extending their selfless and rigorous service during the entire occurrence.
Citizens of Port Blair, who swam years ago in the Marina Park water says, "due to unaware about the sudden depth at Marina Park water despite sea is in low tide, then, the students went into sea upto the level unfortunate and occurred such accident. They should gather pre-knowledge before get into sea water, especially in Andaman & Nicobar water".

Special Gram Sabha on 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi organized at Mithakhari


Port Blair, Oct 02: A Special Gram Sabha of Gram Panchayat Mithakhari was organized at Panchayat Bhawan Mithakhari at 10:00 AM on 02nd October, 2019 to embark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and launch of People's Plan Campaign - 'Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas' from 02/10/2019 to 31/12/2019. Pradhan Mr. Mohd. Safiq welcomed the gathering and illustrated the work done in the ongoing Swatchchta Hi Seva Campaign from 11/09/2019 to 02/10/2019. The Chief Guest of the event was Mr. N. Mohan, Consultant Dept. of Arts & Culture who spokes on the disadvantages of Single use plastic and giving the village a safer environment. Mr. Anirudh Kr. Pandey, representative from Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs dept., Mr. Dipankar Ray, Branch Mananger, SBI Mithakhari, Mrs. Beena Negi from Agriculture Dept., Dr. S.K. Choubey, Senior Veterinary Officer, Port Mout alongwith PRI members, Anganwadi workers, staffs of line depts. and villagers of Gram Panchayat Mithakhari were also participated on the event. Panchayat Secretary Mrs. Shaiba Mohammed gave details on Mission Antodaya and People's Plan Campaign for holistic development of Gram Panchayat. Pradhan encouraged the villagers to come forward with their problems and helping hand in formation and approval of a good Gram Panchayat Development Plan for Socio economic development of the villagers. Pradhan gave vote of thanks to the dignitaries and villagers present for taking out their time and making the Gram Sabha a success. The programme was concluded with Padh Yatra and Shramdhan.

IGNOU RC-Port Blair conducted plastic free campaign at Port Mout Village



Port Blair, Oct 02: As part of the Swachhata Hi Sewa Campaign initiated by the Prime Minister of India, from 11th September 2019 to 02nd October 2019, the IGNOU Port Blair has conducted a special drive on No to Plastics and Yes to greenery at the Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya School at Port Mout, the adopted village of IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair. The programme started with a welcome address by the Principal Shri Rajkumar. The Zilla Parishad Member Shri Gadhadar Mazumdar inaugurated the programme and was presided by Shri Mohan Halder the Pradhan of Chouldari Gram Panchayat, Port Blair.  The students and staff of Vivekandanda Kendriya Vidyalaya School as well as staff of IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair planted 25 tree saplings and on this occasion the dignitaries of the programme declared the VKV School a campus fully free of plastics. The programme was performed in conjunction with the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan scheme and was a great success, a communication from Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair said.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Tourism in Andaman Islands



TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Sept 25: Tourism gives Andaman & Nicobar Islands, a chance to show itself off and raise its profile in the world. The Andaman & Nicobar archipelago has received 4,02,393 tourists, including 11,818 foreigners in 2018, while it received 4,87,229 tourists, including 15,310 foreigners in 2017. Because of its natural beauty, beaches, flora and fauna and historically-significant landmarks in around 38 inhabited islands out of the 572 islets.
The theme of this year for World Tourism Day is "Tourism and Jobs - A Better Future for All", to be observed on September 27 as World Tourism Day across the world. The Day's purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
Of course, the tourism sector provides opportunities in income generation and make up a significant proportion of both private, local, and national incomes. It will also provide jobs in the shape of hotels, bars, transport, activities, shops, and restaurants all need staffing. Tourism can provide much-needed employment for people.
But, oftentimes, most of the tourism industry is owned by big companies. They make the major profits, leaving local businesses with relatively little benefit. Sometimes, tourism becomes so focal that other forms of income-generation are neglected and an economic dependence on tourism forms. This is fine in good times, but it can leave the country vulnerable to economic ruin in the long run and can contribute to political upheaval or natural disasters.
The A&N Islands, known for its rich history and culture and just need to show off in a skillful way, which is lacking since long back, unfortunately. Especially, the growing number of buildings in the A&N Islands most of them are unplanned and violated. Despite of having natural resources available in the islands such as cane, bamboo and timber, the RCC structures are been promoted in a disastrous way.
Most of the tourists are all the way touring here to enjoy the beaches, but one of the main attractions in A&N Islands i.e. beaches are found closed at many places and stop the tourists to venture into sea beaches. Due to crocodile attacks inside and outside protection nets in the recent past at various beaches, afterwards, the authority has banned the entry into sea. No concrete arrangement is made yet to allow people to enter to sea, which leads disappointment to the tourists these days.
"In every beach a board is displaying crocodile warning, is here no place to enjoy the beach? And no proper directions or rate chart is seen to know the importance/ attractions of place". A tourist in a common conversation revealed.

Helpline number for counseling to addicts

Port Blair, Sept 25: To provide necessary clinical and counseling services to persons addicted to alcohol and substance (drugs) abuse, Department of Social Welfare has launched two helpline services with the mobile numbers 8900979165/ 8900979155. The care givers, guardians, parents, friends and the persons addicted may contact the numbers for assistance.
The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India has also set up a 24X7 National Toll Free Drug De-addiction Helpline Numbers 1800-11-0031 to help the victims of drug abuse, their family and society at large, a communication said here.

Time to revive ‘wells’ in A&N Islands



TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Sept 18: Total dependency of tap water leads to extinct the ring well resources in the modern era. But, when any natural disaster like earthquake hits the islands, people use to rush to wells or ponds for whatsoever water.
Islanders can remember the 2004's earthquake, when water supply had been suspended for a couple of weeks due to pipelines damaged in tremor. People used to seek and rush to every available well in urban areas to manage the requirement of water at households. Anyhow, the PBMC and APWD supplied limited drinkable water through water tankers at different parts in urban areas during December 2004 earthquake in the A&N Islands, till the rectification of pipelines.
As per a research in South Andaman, it has come to know that during British era about 9000 wells were constructed with the provision of 10 wells to each village. After Independence also, proper maintenance continued and approved subsidies for construction new ring wells, then.
But, now after 73 years of Independence, the increase and influx of population brought the congestion state, where now, space not left even to walk two persons at one go in colonies, how come wells survive? The number of wells is now reduced to about 1600, which can be put in use and maintain by PBMC to keep them revival.
As per another research, it is also came to know through reliable sources that, the well water in urban areas in South Andaman are found unhygienic and not safe for utilities, because well aquifers through layers of rock and soil with water flowing through their small pores from under earth's surface. Consequently, due to dense population in urban areas the wells tend to produce unhygienic water.
However, under the ongoing Jal Shakti Abhiyan, if efforts are made to revival of wells in A&N Islands, partially water conservation will be come into force.