Thursday, January 24, 2019

LG, others pay tribute to Netaji on his birth anniversary

Port Blair, Jan.23: Rich tributes were paid to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today. The Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) led the Islanders in paying tributes to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, by offering flower petals at his statue at Marina Park here this morning. The Chief Secretary, A & N Administration, Shri Chetan B Sanghi, Director General of Police, Shri Dependra Pathak, Chairperson PBMC, Smt. Anusia Devi, senior officers of the Administration, eminent citizens and general public also paid floral tributes to Netaji on the occasion.

ANMF honours Eight Islanders; Secretary (Arts & Culture) appreciates the effort and initiative of ANMF

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Jan 23: The Andaman Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF) on 23 January 2019 honored eight Islanders with ‘ANMF Andaman Heroes Award – 2019’ in appreciation of their valuable and selfless services towards Society and the People in the A&N Islands.
The function was held in the Conference Hall of HOTEL MANSHA REGENCY, Opp. Secondary School, Delanipur, Port Blair this evening. Mrs. Neha Bansal (IAS), Secretary, Department of Arts and Culture, A&N Administration was the chief guest on the occasion.
The programme was started after lighting the traditional lamp by the Chief Guest and others special guests. Meanwhile, Mr. Avinash, one of the awardees, presented two mesmerizing self composed songs during the Award Function, “My Heart Turns Shakespear” on the subject of world peace and “Maula” on the subject of Love for God. Both the songs are written by Sanjib Kumar Roy and the songs were highly appreciated by the Chief Guest. Later, Mr. Denis Giles has announced the names of Heroes with detailed achievements in their respective fields.
Mrs. Neha Bansal (IAS), Secretary, Department of Arts and Culture, A&N Administration gave away the Awards to eight Andaman Heroes 2019, who are Dr. Saji Vergheese, Surgical Specialist, Mr. Vallabh Rao & Mr. Kuldeep Singh, Life Guards, Mr. Jag Jeevan Ram, Logo Designer, Artist, Mr. Avinash, Singer & Composer, Mr. Abhay Kumar, Social Worker, Mr. Mohan Halder, Pradhan, Chouldari GP and Mr. Subrata Basu, Social Worker from Kadamtala. ()
During the programme, Mrs. Neha Bansal also honoured five hardworking members of ANMF on the occasion.
Mr. Avinash, one of the awardees, presented two mesmerizing self composed songs during the Award Function, “My Heart Turns Shakespeare” on the subject of world peace and “Maula” on the subject of Love for God. Both the songs are written by Sanjib Kumar Roy and the songs were highly appreciated by the Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Neha Bansal (IAS) as chief guest appreciated the efforts and initiative of ANMF to felicitate the real Heroes of our society. The Secretary congratulated each Andaman Hero for their valuable contributions.
“Everyone is a hero at their own level” stating this, Mrs. Neha Bansal sighted an example of a street vendor of Flag Point area, who encourages all the customers not litter and also cleans all trash himself.
She said that it’s a general thought in the administration that only the people in the administration slog night and day but having attended this function, she has realized that there are also other organizations and individuals in these Islands, who are committed and dedicated in their respective fields.
Welcoming the gathering, the President, ANMF, Shri K. Ganeshan has recalled the achievements of ANMF in the service of people in a journalistic way, as tour to the rural areas in the recent past and visit to Dhannikhari Dam, CHCs, PHCs, Govt. Schools, and reviewing other places in the villages and covering the situations in media got a positive outcome. He further said, "now, we are proudly presenting the 'ANMF Andaman Heroes Award - 2019' to some among many who works for a social cause".
The General Secretary, ANMF, Shri Sanjib Kumar Roy has detailed about the process of the entire selection for Awardees. He said that, "the process was done in a free and transparent manner. It was happy to know that many are extending their helping hand to needy in our islands every day-in and day-out, the nominations we received are all best in their fields", and wished all of them best and keep working.
Mr. Elango, Vice President, ANMF was proposed the vote of thanks with hope, let heroes with in everyone always be at its edge for a noble cause.

Dr. Saji Vergheese
S/o K C Vergheese
R/o Haddo
Dr. Saji Vargheese, Surgical specialist was instrumental in developing the new specialty of Minimal Access and Laparoscopic Surgery in the history of GB Pant Hospital Port Blair for the first time in the year 2011.

He has successfully carried out more than 5500 surgeries in adults and children including the tribal patients.

He has performed many Supra major Surgeries in New born as well as in Pediatric age group, which were done for the first time in the history of the GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair.

Because of his expertise, patients referred to Super Specialty hospitals at mainland incurring huge expenditure to the Government exchequer are now treated free of cost at GB Pant Hospital Port Blair.

As the Minimal Access surgery is being carried out regularly in adults and children, poor patients from far flung Islands are able to return back to their home and workplace early without loss of daily earnings.

He has attended many outreach camps in remote islands and performed many surgeries including Laparoscopic surgeries which were done first time in the history of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

He has given his services in the INHS Dhanvantri, Defense Hospital on many occasions.

In recognition of his excellent professional skills and sense of responsibility of high order and outstanding service he was awarded, the Lt. Governor's Commendation certificate on the occasion of Republic Day 2014 and was commended by the Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command.

Mr. Vallab Rao
Mr. Kuldeep Singh

Two Life-Guards posted at Ross Island, showing tremendous amount of professionalism, saved life of a tourist from Bengaluru by performing CPR on him, after the tourist suddenly collapsed at Ross Island Jetty on December 1, 2018.

According to details the Bangaluru based 53 year old tourist, Mr. Suresh Kumar suddenly collapsed at Ross Island near ticket counter, after which both the life guards Mr. Vallab Rao and Mr. Kuldeep Singh came for rescue.

They sprinkled water on the face of Mr. Suresh Kumar but he did not respond. When checked, they did not find pulse and hence they administered CPR on him on which Mr. Suresh Kumar responded.
When Mr. Suresh Kumar felt a little better, he was immediately shifted to G B Pant Hospital where he was admitted.

Mr. Vallab Rao and Mr. Kuldeep Singh have not only exhibited tremendous amount of presence of mind but also highest level of professionalism.

Jag Jeevan Ram
R/o Babu Lane

Shri Jag Jeevan Ram’s family belongs to one of the oldest settlements (Pre-42) of Port Blair.  After completing his bachelor degree from JNRM, Port Blair, he joined ICMR-RMRC, Port Blair in 1995 as LDC and presently working as Assistant (Office).
Besides being a disciplined Govt. servant with firm commitment towards his duties, he also proved to be an exceptional artist. He has a good command over computer aided design software with a special interest and ability in designing innovative and expressive logo.

The most important aspect about his work is that he is providing his aesthetic services purely on honorary basis without taking any remuneration that too while working upto late night after his duty hours. 

His voluntary aesthetic services have been of great help to many departments/organizations for designing logos and insignias that includes National Defence College-New Delhi, CEFIPRA-New Delhi, Army Hospital (R&R)-New Delhi, ICMR- New Delhi, Indian Navy, Andaman Nicobar Police, Dept of Environment & Forests, APWD, Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Transport, IP&T, Dept of Art &Culture and many other organizations. 
His some of the most prestigious and significant creations are:-

·         His logo was used for the HDUCIM (ASEAN Countries) Meeting held at New Delhi during Oct 2016. 

·         The logos and banners for the most popular events of these islands viz. MILAN 2014 and MILAN 2018 were also designed by him.

·         And most importantly among all, very recently, the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi, unveiled the 75 rupees coin to commemorate the 75th anniversary of hoisting the Tricolour for the first time at Port Blair by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on 30 Dec 1943. Now, it is a matter of great honour to inform you that the basic design of the coin was made by Shri Jag Jeevan Ram.

Mr. Avinash
S/o Shri D. Appa Rao & Smti. Sarala Raj Kumari
R/o: Dignabad, Port Blair

A Playback Singer, Composer, Sound producer, Actor, Indian Classical & Western music teacher who started his musical journey when he was 9.

He is the recipient of LG’s Commendation Certificate, President of India’s National Child Award, Gold Medalist in PG in Indian Classical Music.

The only Singer to represent A &  N Islands Internationally in Zee TV’s Saregamapa as E02’s Finalist & Runner Up & Theater Round Finalist of Indian Idol-4. Also the first & only playback singer of our Islands.

Some of his marked contributions in the field of MUSIC (NATIONAL/ INTERNATIONAL)

·        * Nationally published Research journal on ‘Music Therapy’.
·        * International Collaborations for Musical Play in Los Angeles, USA.
·        * Song recordings with ICCR affiliated artists from Slovakia & Poland.
Music Composer/Director of the song Sun Le Zara which is Andaman’s 1st 4k Music Video.
·  * He has performed in more than 2000 stage shows, many of them for charities, social & cultural awareness. Some of his notable shows were for Kargil war victims, Divyangs, Widows, Orphans, Poor Kids, AIDS awareness, Kerala Flood Relief etc.
·  * He also conducts free Music Classes for the Tribal & Orphan Kids. He is Singer/Composer/Sound-Producer of Election Campaign (2014) & Swachhta hi Seva Anthem.

Shri Abhay Kumar
S/o D N P Chaurasia
R/o: Wimberlygunj
Abhay Kumar is the pillar behind service oriented association - Living On The Edge (LOTE) which works for the betterment of society.

He conducted many free health camps in association with many renowned health care professional like, Dr. Ritika's Diagnostic Solutions, Swasthya Medical Centre, Bathu basti, Dr. Agrawal's Eye Hospital in the rural areas for the benefit of local people.

Abhay Kumar, helped many poor and needy patients for their specialized treatment by motivating public to donate for the cause. He managed many such campained and successfully helped patients like Miss Madhobi Mondal r/o Kadamtala, Mr. Maharaja r/o Wimberlygunj Mr. K. Yousuf r/o. Kanyapuram, Mr. Someshwer Rao r /o Shorepoint. He even helped athletes of the islands under Athletic Association, Andaman & Nicobar Is who were in financial crunch at Kolkata.

He raised many issues and supported administration like Banning of tobacco products, request to Ban use of Chemical Fertilizer & pesticides, conducted a prayer meet at Marina Park for the ill-fated passengers of AN-32, organised a football tournament.

Most importantly Bambooflat Chatham bridge issue was persistently raised by him since 2009 and a dedicated forum "Bambooflat Bridge Forum" under LOTE was formed in 2012 to persuade the government for construction of bridge between Bambooflat & Chatham. He got huge support of public for the "Bambooflat Bridge Forum" through social media campaigns.

For his dedicated efforts towards positive social changes and also in helping poor patients the A & N Media Federation has selected him for ANMF Andaman Heroes Award 2019.      

Shri Mohan Halder

1.   Mr. Mohan Halder is the first Pradhan in Andaman Nicobar Island who visualized and later organised village Haat, also known as Chauldary haat every Sunday near Chauldary market for the benefit of farmers. Chauldary Haat is not only helpful for villagers of nearby areas for selling their produces directly to the customers but is also helpful for all customers to buy fresh vegetables and other producers directly from farmer in affordable rates. The Chauldary Haat is a great hit among people of south Andaman area.

2.   Mr. Mohan Halder is also the first Pradhan in Andaman and Nicobar Islands to organise a business summit in the name of ‘Chauldary Business Summit, in which various investors were invited and encouraged to invest in the village. Such efforts not only improve the economy of any village but also bring employment opportunities for the residents of that particular village and nearby areas.

3.   Chauldary has become a major transit point in South Andaman area for ATR passengers. Mr. Mohan Halder under his leadership has provided free mobile charging point for the people who are visiting Chauldary area market for various reasons. Such small but thoughtful step makes a big difference in bringing more visitors to the area which ultimately improve economy of any place.

4.   Considering the problems of ATR passengers and lack of public toilets in ATR route, Mr. Mohan Haldar as Pathan off Chauldary village has opened public toilets in Chauldary market so that are visitors travelling in ATR can stop and get freshen up. This not only helps tourists but also brings more visitors to the Chauldary village which ultimately improve the economy of the local village.

Subrata Basu
R/o: Kadamtala

Well known for catching deadly and poisonous snakes that enter the human habitation. Till now Mr. Subrata Basu has caught nearly 186 Venomous snakes. He is often called even by Forest Department to catch snakes in Kadamtala area.
Apart from this the unique thing about him is his contribution towards the poor and needy who needed assistance in getting the bodies of their loved ones disposed.  Till now he has cremated near about 113 bodies.
For his service towards society and dedication towards serving people A&N Media Federation has selected him for ANMF Andaman Heroes Award 2019.

Governor, Himachal Pradesh meets Lt Governor, A&N Islands

Shri Acharya Devvrat, Hon'ble Governor, Himachal Pradesh who is currently on a visit to these Islands, met Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on Jan 23, 2019 at Raj Niwas. Sustainable tourism, growth catering to ecological concerns, organic farming, dairying and other topics of common interest between the State and the UT were discussed.

Admiral Sunil Lanba called on Admiral D K Joshi

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee and Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy who is currently on a visit to these Islands for commissioning of INS Kohassa, 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 today at Raj Niwas. Force accretion, asset augmentation and infrastructure perspective plans were the key points of discussion.

Police Raising Week celebrated at N&M Andaman: Cultural & awareness progs. held and FS building inaugurated

Port Blair, Jan 23: In the ongoing Police Raising Week, 2019 scheduled from 16/01/2019 to 23/01/2019 the DGP, Andaman Nicobar Islands Shri Deependra Pathak, IPS, DGP, A & N Islands visited North & Middle Andaman alongwith Shri Sanjay Kumar, IPS, IGP (ACU) on 21/01/2019 and inaugurated a newly constructed Fire Service building at Diglipur. Shri Ingit Pratap Singh, IPS, Superintendent of Police N & M Andaman District,Shri Sukant S Ballabh, SDPO Diglipur and Shri Shaukat Hussain, CFO were also present in the inaugural function. Further, in the same function the DGP, Andaman & Nicobar Islands interacted with the PRI members and discussed various issues with them.
After inauguration ceremony the DGP, Andaman & Nicobar Islands witnessed a cultural program & an awareness program on the subject "Bank Fraud" organized by the staff of North & Middle Andaman district at Mahatma Gandhi Govt.  College Auditorium, Mayabunder. The programme was attended by the students of MGG College, Mayabunder and police staff and their families. At last the DGP addressed the gathering to motivate the students of MGG College and encourage them to join Civil Services and made them aware about modern science and technology. The DGP assured that such type of musical and awareness programme will be organized every year during the Police Raising Week.

All political parties informed about the Electoral Process

   An all political party meeting was held on 18th January 2019 by Shri. K. R. Meena, Chief Electoral Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Secretariat Conference Hall to apprise the political parties regarding the Electoral Process undertaken in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
*             The Chief Electoral Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Islands briefed the participants that extensive House to House enumeration process was taken up at all places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the draft Electoral Rolls were published on 01/09/2018.
*             Total 406 Booth Level Officers were engaged for updation of the Electoral Rolls.
*             The BLOs were appointed at 348 notified designated locations by the Electoral Registration Officer for continuous updation of the Electoral Roll
*             The Entire process of updation of Electoral Roll was completed based on the qualifying date of age as on 01/01/2019 and the final Electoral Roll was published on 14/01/2019.
*             It was further informed that as per directions of Election Commission of India, Special Camps will be held throughout the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for updation of left out voters, if any.
*             Appeal was made to all Political Parties to request the general public who have not enrolled as voters to come forward and get their names included in Electoral Roll by filling Form No.6.
*             A toll free number 1950 has also been setup in the State Contact Centre/District Contact Centre for convenience of general public for any grievance related to Electoral Roll and Election related process.
*             It was further informed that two copies of photo electoral roll shall be made available free of cost, one of which would be a printed copy and the other soft Pdf copy, to the recognized national and state political parties as provided in Rule 11(c) of Registration of Electors Rules, 1960.
*             It was also requested that Booth Level Agents may be appointed by the Political Parties who shall provide assistance to the Booth Level Officers designated for enumeration and continuous updation of Electoral Roll so that a healthy and error free Electoral Roll could be finalized.
*             All political parties were requested to motivate voters to check their entries in final electoral roll by using helpline 1956, NVSP and other facilities provided by the Commission under (VVIP) to ensure error free Electoral Roll.
District Election Officer
A&N Islands Parliamentary Constituency

‘Rangoli and Mehendi’ competition on Feb 2 by Kala Kendra Society

Port Blair, Jan 23: As part of its regular activities, Kala Kendra Society for the promotion of Art and Culture, Department of Art & Culture, A&N Administration will host a ‘’Rangoli  and Mehendi competition” on 2nd February 2019 at 10.00 AM at Andaman Club, Port Blair.
Applications are invited from persons interested to participate in ‘’Rangoli and Mehendi competition”. Participants would be required to bring all materials of their own. First 20 entries will be allowed for Rangoli Competition. An area of 4’ x 4’ will be provided to each participant for making Rangoli. There will be first, second and third prize of Rs. 3,000/-, Rs. 2,000/-, Rs. 1,000/- respectively. The Prize winning entries will be decided by an eminent Jury. The applications will be received till 31.01.2019 at the office of Kala Kendra, C/o. Directorate of Art & Culture, Cellular Jail Complex, Atlanta Point. For more information Smti. P. Meena, District Cultural Officer may be contacted over phone No. 9434263366.

Disaster Management organizes exhibition & mock drills

Port Blair, Jan 23: As per the initiative of the National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi, Mock Drills and Disaster Management Exhibition was organized on 18.01.2019 at Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Garacharma and Govt. Primary School, Garacharma under AMRUT City (Port Blair) to generate adequate and appropriate awareness amongst the children and youths on the basics of disaster management.
The Mock drills started with issuing of warning alarm and all the students carried out "Duck-Cover and Hold" positions for few minutes in their respective classes for earthquake safety and then safely evacuated and assembled at identified safer places. The SAR teams rescued the missing/injured students using Search & Rescue techniques from the classes and provided medical first aid by MFR Teams. The efficacy and readiness of School Response System during any catastrophe was checked and observed by the officers from Disaster Management, A&N Police Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the respective schools.
Shri Gyan Singh, Asst. Director (Logistics), Shri Janik Ram, Asst. Director (Admn.),Shri Deen Mohammed, Safety Officer, Dr. Vazeem Iqbal, Consultant, DDM, and Shri Ravi Ranjan and Shri Shisram Ola, SIs, NDRF appreciated the efforts of the Principal, Headmaster, teachers, students and other staffs of GSSS, Garacharma and GPS Garacharma for their actively participation and followed the steps of mock drill. They also elaborated the importance of mock drill practices to improve disaster preparedness and capacity building of school community. Lesson learnt, gaps and the solutions of the Mock Drills were also discussed during the debriefing session in the respective schools.
Disaster Management Exhibition was also organized at GSSS, Garacharma, which was inaugurated by Smti Anand Kumari, Principal, GSSS, Garacharma wherein exhibits i.e. IEC materials, SAR equipment, fire extinguishers, MFR Kits were displayed. The uses of the exhibits were also briefed to the students by DM Officials, NDRF Team and Police Fire personnel.

CFNEU organises Orientation Training Course at Dhanikhari

Port Blair, Jan 23: Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU), Port Blair organised a two day Orientation Training Course on “Health and Nutrition” for Anganwadi workers at Dhanikhari, ICDS Project Ferrargunj recently. About 30 Aanganwadi workers were enrolled in the course and they were sensitized about various aspects of health and nutrition like "Low birth weight, Nutrition requirements of adolescent girls, pregnant women & lactating mothers, significance of early initiation of breast feeding, exclusive breast feeding for 6 months and continuing breast feeding to infants for 2 years.
Shri Anil Kumar Dhiman, Demonstration officer of CFNEU informed the Anganwadi workers about causes, consequences, symptoms & prevention of Vitamin “A” deficiency and consequences of child malnutrition. The importance of adequate nourishment to infants and children was also highlighted in the training. Preparation of low cost food items like nutritious Panjiri and Pumpkin halwa was also demonstrated on the occasion. CFNEU operates under Food and Nutrition Board of Ministry of Woman and Child Development.


Port Blair, Jan 23: Andaman & Nicobar Police celebrated Police Week from 16th to 23rd January, 2019. Various activities were organized in the India Reserve Battalion also as part of the celebrations. An Ayurveda Health Check-up Camp was organized for the families of battalion staff. Also, a “Seminar on Mother Name & Bird Watching” was held for the school children.
Annual Athletic Meet – 2019 was organized in the Battalion campus from 19th January, 2019. In this Athletic Meet, Police personnel from all the units & district of A&N Police participated in large members. The closing ceremony of it was held on 22nd January, 2019, in which DGP, A&N Islands was the Chief Guest. Bada Khana for the Battalion staff was also organized in the campus in which the DGP, IGsP and other senior officers of A&N Police & Battalion were present.

Friday, January 18, 2019

PSTs recruitment cancelled due to administrative reasons; Is LG's, CS's assurances and MP's effort unworthy?

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Jan 16: The administration on Jan 11, 2019 announced that the recruitment of PST notified by the education dept. vide F.No.8-10(1427)/Edn/CCB/PST-Rect (DR)/2018/3348 dated 16/7/2018 is cancelled due to administrative reasons, following which the candidates who had been selected for the posts of Primary School Teacher (PST) are now sitting on in dharna outside the Directorate of Education building at VIP road.
Earlier, at the same venue the candidates whose names were missing from the select list had sat on Dharna last month, their grouse being that they have been deprived of their rightful selection in spite of having scored higher marks. They ended their dharna only after the LG assured them of a review the selection process.
The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray along with applicants for recruitment to post of Primary School Teacher (PSTs) / Craft Instructor under Directorate of Education, A&N Administration called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on Dec 24, 2018 at Raj Niwas.
Hon'ble Lt Governor assured about commitment of Administration towards early filling up of vacancies in the Administration after thorough examination of all aspects in conformity with extant rules. He emphasized that the CTET exams were conducted and age-relaxation to applicants was considered. Also, 2 members have been included in the Directorate of Education Committee which will look into all the grievances and no such post will be filled up in Education Department till decision on Committee's recommendations.
Earlier, agitating candidates have informed TMI correspondent that, 'a delegation of 8 members on behalf of protesting candidates have met the Chief Secretary, Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi on Dec 19, 2018) evening, the Chief Secretary after hearing their grievances has asked the delegation to submit their representation in written with documents, and he also assured to look into personally and will direct to re-exam and verify all the applications. He further assured that, the appointed orders will not be given to any of the listed candidates until and unless clarify all points raised by the protesting candidates'.
However, this sudden cancellation notice from Education Department has raising many questions on recruitment process. Now the candidates are questioning how despite of constituting a committee and scrutinizing the applications, administration failed to untangle the PSTs recruitment issue?

Police week celebrations began with impressive ceremonial parade on A&N Police Raising Day

Port Blair, Jan 16: Raising Day of A&N Police was celebrated with great enthusiasm and pride on 16.01.2019. An impressive Ceremonial Parade was held at Police Lines in morning. In the evening, "At Home" Ceremony was organized in which Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, (Retd.) was the Chief Guest. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Shri D.M.Shukla, IFS, IG Maneesh Vishal Pathak, Commander, Coast Guard, Smt. Geeta Pathak, President PFWC, Inspector General of Police (L&O), Shri Shalini Singh, IPS, Inspector General of Police (ACU), Shri Sanjay Singh, IPS and other senior officers from A&N Administration, Forest department, Police, Armed Force, Member of Electronic & Print media were also an important part of the ceremony.
The history of A&N Police dates back to the year 1875, when an organized police force was established in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In order to deal with crime and criminals, in the year 1924, the Civil Police Force was formed as a separate branch under the control of a Commandant. After national independence, it was on 16th January, 1953, that Mr.  Naushirwan Feroz Sauntook, the first IPS officer took over the charge of the Superintendent of Police from Shri M. Macfarland. This day is celebrated as the "Raising Day" of the Andaman & Nicobar Police.  
Ceremonial Parade with 06 contingents comprising of 01 platoon each of Executive Police (Gents), Executive Police (Ladies), IRBn, Fire Service, Home Guard, Traffic and 2 platoons of A&N Police Band, headed by Shri Naveen Kumar, Assistant Commandant/IRBn as Parade Commander, was held at Police Lines Parade ground, Police Lines. Shri Dependra Pathak, IPS, Director General of Police, A&N Islands took the salute of the Ceremonial Parade.  Speaking on the occasion, the Director General of Police conveyed his heartiest greetings and best wishes to the people of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and all the members of A&N Police. He lauded the services rendered by the A&N Police in maintaining law & order and highlighted the outstanding achievements made by the A&N Police in crime prevention, providing security to the islands, curbing criminal activities, and in providing a safe & secure environment to the women, children and other weaker sections of the society. He further motivated everyone to extend better services to the people and appealed to show greater professionalism, transparency and sensitivity in their functioning. He encouraged all to discharge their duties with dedication and sincerity so as to uphold the name of A & N Police to glorious heights. He also congratulated the parade participants for good turnout and excellent performance in the parade.
Andaman & Nicobar Police is celebrating its Police Raising Week from 16/01/2019 to 23/01/2019 by organizing various activities and programmes to improve Public Police Interface such as awareness drives on social and contemporary issues in schools, colleges & residential areas, cultural-cum-interaction programmes involving public & police families, visit of school children to Police Stations, jan sambark & citizen committee meetings, nukkar-natak and performances by Police Entertainment Team & Police Band, etc. These are also in furtherance of #New Andamans initiatives.
The entire function of Police Raising Day celebration was held under the supervision of Ms. Usha Rangnani, IPS, Superintendent of Police (AP).

Raksha Mantri reviews operational preparedness of ANC

Port Blair, Jan 16: The Defence Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman visited Campbell Bay on Jan 14, 2019 and reviewed the operational readiness of the Command. She witnessed all four components working jointly in unison during an amphibious demonstration. The exercise, conducted near Campbell Bay included 10 ships, 6 aircrafts and 700 troops of the Command. The Marine Commando (MARCO) unit of Indian Navy and specialist platoon (GHATAK) of Indian Army displayed their operational capabilities by carrying out helocasting, and beach assault.
The minister also visited the southernmost part of India, Indira Point.  Later, on her arrival at Port Blair, the Defence Minister was given a demonstration on jungle survival skills at Military Station, Birchgunj. Thereafter, she inaugurated the phase II of Married Accommodation Project (MAP) that includes 868 dwelling units for the troops of Andaman Nicobar Command. Interacting with the troops at Port Blair, the Minister wished them a very happy Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal.
Smt Nirmala Sitharaman is on a two day visit to Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). On arrival at INS Utkrosh, Port Blair yesterday, she was received by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander in Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN). Later at the ANC Head-Quarters, the minister was given a comprehensive briefing and update on thrust areas and achievements of the Command.
During her earlier visit in Oct 2017, the Hon'ble minister had celebrated Diwali with the troops. (PIB)

XXI State School Games & 6th State Level Competition for CWSN

Port Blair, Jan.10: The XXI State School Games and 6th State Level Competition for CWSN (Children with Special Needs)-2018-19 got underway to a colourful start at the historic Netaji Stadium on Jan 10, 2019. The Lt. Governor, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), chief guest of the inaugural function hoisted the Meet Flag and declared the 'Meet Open'.
The Lt. Governor lauded the efforts of the Education Department in organizing the Championship and advised all the participants to take part in the sports events with true sportsman spirit.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Secretary (Education), Shri D Manikandan informed that as many as 900 students from the nine educational zones are participating in the Championship, of which 493 are boys and 417 girls. About 250 officials of the Education Department are engaged in organizing the Games and have been working hard for the past two months, he said adding that sport is the fitness of mind and body.
As many as 9 contingents representing the 9 Educational Zones of the Islands are participating. They include Port Blair Zone, Wimberlygunj, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Nancowrie, Campbell Bay, Rangat, Mayabunder and Diglipur.

Shri Kishan Kapoor called on Admiral D K Joshi

Shri Kishan Kapoor Hon'ble Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Elections, Govt of Himachal Pradesh, who is currently on a visit to the Islands, 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 Jan 14, 2019 at Raj Niwas.

First tribal woman entrepreneur awarded LPG distributorship

With vision "Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas", A&N Administration has been persistently striving for progressive development of tribal community. On Jan 16, 2019, Smti. Reem Banu, first tribal woman entrepreneur awarded LPG distributorship in A&N Islands, called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Lt Governor of A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency. Shri B Soren [DGM-LPG Sales, IOCL], Shri Rashid Yusoof [Chairman, Tribal Development Council] & Shri Rayhaan Pasha [President, Nicobar Youth Association] were also present on the occasion.

Aquatics, Water Polo and Jal Tarang Championship by ANC held

Port Blair, Jan 11: Andaman Nicobar Command (ANC) organised Aquatics, Water Polo and JalTarang championship 2018-19 from 07 to 11 January 2019. Approximately 300 personnel from all four components of the Command participated in the tournament that included water polo, Individual Medley and Relay races involving Free Style, Breast Stroke, Back stroke and Butterfly. The events covered various distances ranging from 50 Mtrs to 1500Mtrs.
After a keenly contested competition of four days, the Aquatics and the Water Polo trophy was won by the team of 12th Battalion JAT Regt. Asides from these two events "JalTarang" is an event in which all the teams field 30 participants each for a non-stop relay and Naval Component (NAVCC) team won the JalTarang trophy for the year 2018-19. NA (1) FD Ankit of NAVCC team has been adjudged as the best swimmer. Commodore A T Anandan, Material Superintendent Port Blair, under ANC graced the occasion as Chief Guest and handed over the medals, certificates and trophy to the winning teams. (PIB)

Utsav at Uttara: application invited from Cultural organizations and groups

Port Blair, Jan 16: Kala Kendra Society will be organizing Utsav - "a programme of Dance and Music" at Uttara, Middle Andaman on Jan 27, 2019. Accordingly, applications are invited from local cultural organizations for presentations based on Dance and Music. Preference will be given to cultural organizations and groups working for the promotion of Art & Culture in North & Middle Andaman. Last date for submission of application at Kala Kendra Society, Directorate of Art & Culture, Cellular Jail Complex, Atlanta Point, Port Blair is on Jan 19, 2019. Application can also be sent through E-Mail: Cultural Organisations/ Groups, North & Middle Andaman can Contact Mr. Nikhil Adhikary, District Cultural Officer (North & Middle Andaman) and register their names over Mobile No. 9476018723, a communication from Consultant Kala Kendra said.

Jobseekers asked to register for Job Fair 2019

Port Blair, Jan 16: Andaman & Nicobar Administration shall be organizing JOB FAIR 2019 in the month of February 2019 at Port Blair. Major companies from mainland are likely to participate in this Job fair along with local establishment in look out for placements. DBRAIT has developed an ONLINE Registration Portal for perspective jobseekers. All the job seekers looking to avail these opportunities are requested to register themselves on the  without fail. The portal for registration shall open on 14th Jan 2019 and remain open till 27th Jan 2019.
Those jobseekers who register themselves shall be eligible to get training on soft skills at DBRAIT/JNRM/ANCOL/MGGC/ITI in order to prepare them for the interview during the JOB FAIR by perspective recruiters.
All jobseekers are advised to register on portal and avail this opportunity. The Common Service Centre's have also been authorized to register jobseekers on the portal, the Employment Officer said here.

TMI Clock Tower 17/01/2019

* Man stabbed, police searches for assailant - Port Blair: An unidentified masked man stabbed a 64 year old Treasurer of Kamraj School at Nayagaon on Jan 14. According to sources, a masked man suddenly emerged out of the crowded market place and stabbed Murgan, resident of Bargat Line, opposite GS Store. The assailant escaped after stabbing. The injured man was rushed to GB Pant Hospital where he is recovering. Police is learnt to be searching for the accused.

* Man Commits suicide - Port Blair:  A 77 year old man Mr. Jagdish Ram having recovered paralysis has committed suicide in his house at Macchi Line, Port Blair on Jan 16 evening around 6:00 pm, by hanging himself. When family member noticed they immediately shifted Mr. Ram to G B Pant Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Police has registered a case in this regard.

* Airtel 4G launched in Isles - Port Blair: Bharati Airtel have launched 4G services for A&N Islands at Port Blair from 15 Jan, 2019. By this, Airtel became the first to launch 4G services in the Islands. The launch session was hosted by Mr. Sameer Anjaria, CEO - West Bengal & Odisha, Bharti Airtel Limited. Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, the MP was the guest of honor at the occasion. Airtel 4G services will be available in Port Blair to begin with and will be gradually expanded to other parts of the islands. Customers can upgrade to 4G SIM for free and choose from a range of exciting Prepaid and Postpaid plans that come with premium bundled content like Netflix, Amazon and Zee5. Airtel 4G will be available to customers across a range of smart devices including mobile phones, dongles and 4G hotspots.

* Rs.2,40,000 vanished by unknown - Billyground, Jan 16: A lady, r/o Joypur, Billyground went to SBI Rangat Branch to withdraw some amount but to her utter shock, she found that her account has nil balance, immediately collected her mini statement from Rangat Branch ATM counter, after which she came know that Rs. 2,40,000/- has been withdrawn by some unknown person through her ATM Card from various cities. According to victim, she never shared her ATM PIN Number with anyone. SBI officials informed her that until she lodges an FIR at PS Rangat, they won't be able to help her. After facing many hurdles she has lodged an FIR at PS Rangat only after intervention of the MP.

48th General Body Meeting of Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti held

48th General Body Meeting of Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti (AAJVS) was held Jan 14, 2019 at Raj Niwas under the Chairmanship of Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency. The functioning of AAJVS and implementation of welfare measures for Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVGTs) were reviewed. Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Hon'ble MP, A&N Islands, Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, Chief Secretary and other officers & dignitaries from academia and Civil Society were also present at the occasion.

Lt. Governor and First Lady attended the Police Raising Day Function

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency and Smti Chitra Joshi, First Lady of the Islands attended the Police Raising Day Function on 16/01/2019 at Parade Ground, Police Lines, Port Blair in presence of Shri Dependra Pathak, DGP, alongwith other senior officers of A&N Administration and Police.