Thursday, November 21, 2019

World Congress on Leptospirosis held at ICMR-RMRC, Port Blair

Port Blair, Nov 20: The Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) Port Blair, World Health Organisation (WHO) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) jointly organised a two day World Congress on Leptospirosis at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Auditorium of RMRC on Nov 18 & 19, 2019. The event was formally inaugurated on Nov 18 in the conference hall of RMRC, Port Blair.
Addressing the inaugural function, Dr. Nhu Nguyen Tran Minh, Team Leader at WHO Country Office, India World Health Organization, said that the WHO is looking forward to the documentation of the outcome of the congress that will be drafted at the end of congress. He said that a special session was conducted to get suggestions of delegates from various countries regarding the current burden of leptospirosis in their respective countries and on management of leptospirosis.
Dr. John Timony of Kentucky University, who chaired the inaugural function, suggested that a document collating all the recommendations of the congress may be brought out as "Port Blair Declarations on Leptospirosis".
Dr. Marga Goris of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam, the Netherlands, told that the International Society will take appropriate action based on the experiences on addressing the challenge of leptospirosis shared by the delegates during the sessions.
Dr. P. Vijayachari welcomed all the delegates and spoke on the genesis and importance of the congress in the context of the global climate change and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Shiv Shanker Singh, Senior Medical Consultant, G.B. Pant Hospital said that the RMRC not only identified the cause of Andaman Haemorrhagic Fever as Leptospira but has made tremendous contributions in understanding various diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and pandemic Influenza in the islands. The Congress will conclude today and will be followed by an International Training Workshop on Laboratory Methods on Leptospirosis, in which participants from several Southeast Asian countries are participating. 
Sixty eight delegates are participating in the congress, which includes 23 delegates are from 11 countries viz. USA, Brazil, The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Iran, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and 16 national experts.

Shri Kuldeep shares his vision for A&N Islands' development

Port Blair, Nov 20: As part of National Press Day celebration, all media persons were felicitated on Nov 17, 2019 by Cooperative Sector, A&N islands at a function at Megapode Resort, Port Blair.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament and Chairman, Project Coordination Committee, National Cooperative Union of India said, media here has been contributing immensely in the progress and development by way of disseminating useful and relevant information. It has been bringing issues concerning the people lands before the society, system and administration which the authorities strive to resolve. In its bid to pay back their dues, since last 2-3 years, the Cooperative Sector has been felicitating the media persons for their outstanding contributions in the society at large, he said. He also narrated about how cooperative sector has been striving to bring positive changes in the society and help improve the life of the people of the islands. He said that as a Member of Parliament, he has been focusing on four vital issues. The first being water which he said is an important component of life. He has submitted proposals to the UT administration on enhancing the water storage capacity. He stated that while UTs like Delhi provides water to crores of people with marginal rainfall, we have not been unable to provide adequate quantity of water to a population of around 4 lakh despite receiving more than 3000 mm of rainfall annually.  "I have always wished people of these islands should get adequate and quality water 24x7 round the year. In the past, I proposed development of catchment areas from Buniyadabad to Dundus Point Jetty so as to ensure optimal use of rainwater. Similarly, water supply projects at Flat Bay, Rutland, Phongy Balu should be expedited. All these sources can be connected with pipelines so that water can be supplied to any region that experiences water shortage. Construction of rain water reservoirs, lakes, ponds etc in different parts of these islands will also help solve this problem to a great extent. Tapping water sources in Great Nicobar Island can also generate employment if water is exported to dry States like Chennai and supplied to cargo ships passing through the Malacca Straits as per their requirement. Even water can be transported to areas like Diglipur by laying pipelines from Port Blair to Diglipur.
The other important sector is tourism which has tremendous growth potential to generate employment. However, promotion of tourism hugely depends on availability of abundance water. Tourism can generate both revenue and employment if the water issue is resolved and our Islands become a surplus water State. Improvement in the health sector is also a focus area for the Member of Parliament. He is of the view that despite adequate funds, the Health sector here still needs massive improvement. Health sector in the islands can be improved only when each and every health centre, spread across the islands are provided with proper health care facilities, latest and innovative technology, health care equipments, staff & doctors. Improvement in the sports sector is another focus area, the Member of Parliament is working on. He said that there is a need to generate the interest of the youth towards sports and games. In view of the facts that the younger generations are more inclined towards drugs and banned substances, more sports infrastructure facilities should be created so that more and more youth can be motivated towards sports and games. He also informed that he has provided funds under MPLAD for renovation and repair of three stadiums in the Islands. He said the development of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be possible only when the islands have its own Legislative Assembly. Unless until a Legislative Assembly is formed in the islands. He further informed that he has placed three bills pertaining to the development of the islands for discussion in this session of Parliament.

National Press Day celebrated befittingly in isles

Port Blair, Nov 20: The Directorate of Information, Publicity and Tourism, A & N Administration along with the local media fraternity celebrated National Press Day at Megapode Resort on Nov 16, 2019. The programme was begun with a fabulous welcome song by the students of RGT Public School.
Meanwhile, a seminar on the topic 'Reporting-Interpretation: A Journey' was organized on the occasion. The Secretary, IP&T, Dr Pooja Joshi was the chief guest of the function, while the Director, IP&T, Dr. Angel Bhati Chauhan and Deputy Director, PIB, Port Blair, Mr Nilesh Kumar Kalbhor graced the occasion as the guests of honor.
Greeting the media fraternity, Dr Pooja Joshi, said that freedom of press is essence of a vibrant democracy. "Since the country's independence, the media has been playing a vital role. The theme for this year's celebration not only applies for the media but for the society as a whole. There should be a difference between view and viewpoint," she said. Mr Nilesh Kumar Kalbhor also spoke on the occasion.

Villagers stage protest demonstration against proposed acquisition of land for Airport-II

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Nov 13: Hundreds of villagers from Burma Nallah and other villages staged a protest demonstration today against the proposed move by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration for acquisition of land from Pema Junction to Burma Nallah, purportedly for construction of Airport-II and other development purpose.
According to Smt. Bhanumathi, President, Barmanallah Village Welfare Committee, from these particular villages most of the milk is supplied to the entire Port Blair city and if they lose the land it will be difficult for them to establish again, and there are many people in these villages who are doing agriculture and their only source of income is depends on ancestral piece of land. "The people of Burma Nallah and its adjoining villages have toiled hard for several years to finally settle down in the area. Now how does the administration expect us to be driven out of this place and start a life afresh," she exclaimed. "There is no way that we can be cowed down and we will not accept any alternative even at the cost of our life," Bhanumathi declared.
According to reports, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, South Andaman came to the spot with the map and assured to provide adequate compensation to villagers against acquisition of land, which instead fumed the protest. Later in the evening, DySP Ajay Rai came to the protest demonstration spot, and after fixing an appointment of the villagers to meet the Secretary of the Lt Governor for 14/11/2019, the protest was called off.

550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji

As part of 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, the Chairperson Andaman and Nicobar State Social Welfare Board, Dr. Poonam Arora has inaugurated a photo exhibition at Khalsa Public SSS, Gurudwara Lane, Port Blair on Nov 11, 2019 organized by The Field of Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI. Office bearers and members of Management Committee of Dr. Diwan Singh Gurudwara, Dr. Sarabjeet Kaur Jagpal, Principal Khalsa Public Senior Secondary School, members of media fraternity and many islanders were present on the occasion. In the photo exhibition, the life history of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, and His pravachans which are still valid even after 550 years in the modern era, are on display.

ALHW to complete Dry Dock Extension project by August 2021

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Nov 13: A delegation of the Andaman Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF) has visited the project site of Dry Dock Extension at Marine Dockyard on Nov 9, 2019, where senior officials of ALHW briefed them about the execution of the project.
Earlier, in the conference hall of ALHW, the Deputy Chief Engineer, Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour Works (ALHW), Smt. Mamata Jijith has explained about the Dry Dock Extension project through a power point presentation. Smt. Jijith said, the project "Extension of Dry Dock - II at Marine Dockyard including supply, installation and commissioning of Dry dock pumps and accessories in Port Blair, South Andaman" has been sanctioned by Ministry of Shipping under Central Sector Plan Scheme to the tune of Rs. 96.24 Cr with the stipulated date of completion of 42 months. The project has been awarded to M/s. RDS Project Ltd., Contractor, Port Blair by observing all the codal formalities and the preliminary work commenced at site since 07.03.2017. The scope of work will extend the existing dock by 90 more meters in length to accommodate more vessels and bigger vessels. This facility will double its capacity for ship repair facilities at Port Blair and generate employment opportunities as well as generate huge revenue to the islands. She said that presently 300 employees are working and due to this project 50 more employment will be generated.
The project envisages extension of Existing Dry Dock - II at Marine Dockyard by 90 x 20 x 8.50 mtr founding on RCC Bored piles including providing erecting & commissioning of various type of Mechanical equipments and Electrical installations. Construction of allied structures such as Dewatering pump house, Capstan house, Workshop buildings, Electrical Control room, Generator room, Crane parking shed, Vehicle parking shed, 02 nos. Overhead Tank of its 1.20 Lakhs Ltrs. capacity each at Dockyard I & II and an underground RCC sump of capacity of 1.20 Lakhs Litre. The Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour Works has set a deadline of 2021 for completion of the Dry Dock Extension at Marine Dockyard.
She further informed that, the ALHW has taken up a major project of extension of new dry dock - II at Marine Dockyard to augment existing ship repair facilities at Port Blair. Currently, the piling work of the project is in progress at dock area. In order to boost ship building & ship repairing industry and facilitate the "Make in India" initiative of the Govt. of India., the existing ship repair facilities at Port Blair are being augmented by extending the existing dock length".
In principle, the Ministry of Shipping has approved the proposed RCE for construction of the Extension of Dry Dock-II at Port Blair would be Rs.123.95 Crores which is 28.80% excess over the originally sanctioned cost and the time overrun to implement the extra work would be 24 months i.e. August 2021. After getting the in principle approval from Ministry, the work resumed at site during the month of September-2019. The works is in active progress and try to complete the full scope of the project before the extended targeted schedule of August 2021, the delegation was told.
The Executive Engineer (OS), Mr. P. Ramachandran, Assistant Engineer (Civil) Dry Dock Extn., S. Kasinathan, and Mr. P. Muthaiah, Executive Engineer, ALHW and media team were present on the on the occasion.

Pre-Application conference held at New Delhi for eco-tourism projects in A&N Islands

 New Delhi / Port Blair, Nov 13: The UT Administration of Andaman & Nicobar Islands organized a pre-application conference for four eco-tourism projects in Andaman in Long Island, Smith Island, Aves Island and Saheed Dweep and three eco-tourism projects in Lakshadweep in Minicoy Island, Suheli Island and Kadmat Island, today in New Delhi at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra. After a detailed feasibility study and investor's consultations over a period of one year, Request for Qualification (RFQ) documents of these eco-tourism projects were issued for PPP procurement in the month of October 2019.
The overwhelming response for the pre-application conference indicates huge interest for the projects among potential investors. Some of the potential investors and stakeholders present in today's conference are Oberoi Group, Taj Group of Hotels, ITC Hotels, Park Hotels, Royal Orchid, Bird Group of Hotels, Marriot, Indiabulls, J M Baxi Group, Girish Arora of Andaman Chambers of Commerce & Industries, Youth Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The Austrian Ambassador, H.E. Mrs. Brigitte Oppinger-Walchshofer was also present in the conference.
The CEO of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, Shri Chetan B. Sanghi, Chief Secretary of Andaman & Nicobar UT and Shri S. Asker Ali, MD, SPORTS, Lakshadweep presented project propositions and interacted with stakeholders during the conference. It was clearly emphasized by NITI Aayog and respective UT Administrations that the objective is to create high end tourism destinations in an environmentally sustainable manner so that the ecology of the islands is fully protected. It was also emphasized that tourism activities in those islands will be governed by carrying capacity of the islands estimated by the government.
The applications for the projects are due in December 2019. It is expected that renewed international and domestic investors will participate in these unique and exclusive island development projects.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Cellular Jail to be depicted as a part of 'Mini India segment of Bharat Vandana Park' in New Delhi

Port Blair, Sept 11: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, GoI has a proposal to develop an iconic park as "Bharat Vandana Park" at New Delhi. Besides other attractions, the main component of the park will be an exclusive area depicting replica of an important monument from each State/ UT of India. This "Mini India Park" segment apart from other facilities will have miniature version of identified iconic/ historical monuments from all parts of India.
The DDA has requested the A&N Administration to identify one historical icon/ Monuments from the UT of A&N Islands to be a part of the Mini India, to showcase the rich heritage of our UT. Considering the historical significance and sanctity of the Cellular Jail, A & N Administration has decided to nominate the National Memorial Cellular Jail to be a part of "Mini India segment of Bharat Vandana Park.
The Cellular Jail at Port Blair, where several prominent Freedom Fighters were imprisoned and subjected to relentless torture has a central place in the history of Indian Freedom Movement. The depiction of Cellular Jail as a part of "Mini India segment of Bharat Vandana Park will strengthen the strong emotional connect of the monument with the Indians.