Thursday, February 21, 2019

NIA takes over Pulwama case, names JeM in FIR

New Delhi, Feb 20: The National Investigation Agency will probe the planning and execution of the terror attack, the second such in three decades of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the probe in the Pulwama terror attack case on Wednesday and named Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in the First Information Report.
A senior official said Jaish chief Masood Azhar has not been named in the FIR as yet, as it was only a preliminary report and the NIA was only re-registering the case filed by the J&K police. His role in the attack is being actively investigated.
Meanwhile India's High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday and is learnt to have briefed him about the efforts made by India to isolate Pakistan globally in the wake of the terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14.
"The Director-General of NIA and a team of senior officers visited the place of occurrence. The officers of CRPF and local police were also present. He was briefed by the officers about the progress made in the investigation so far," an NIA spokesperson said.
Another official said the suicide bomber was driving a Maruti Eeco car and not an SUV as reported earlier but "expert opinion was awaited".
Mr. Bisaria was called back by the government for consultations after the Pulwama attack.
"There is no point in giving any more dossiers to Pakistan on the involvement of Pakistan-based terror outfits in attacks here. In the past, they have not acted on any such document. We will convince the rest of the world about Pakistan's role in the Pulwama attack," an official said. (The Hindu)

Poem "Proud of you my Brave Sons"

People across A&N Islands condemns Pulwama attack; Candlelight march marked their protest

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Feb 20: To pay tributes to Martyrs (40 CRPF personnel) and condemn the cowardly act by terrorists on Feb 14, 2019 at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
At Port Blair, A&N Media Federation (ANMF) organized a prayers meet on Feb 15, 2019 where participants gathered and lighted candles. The prayer meet was organized at Flag Point of Port Blair city.
Media persons also burned the effigies of Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed and the reported master mind behind the terror attack.
The A&N Tour Operator Association organized a candle march on Feb 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex to Gandhi Statue via Clock Tower.
Meanwhile, Hindu Jagaran Manch conducted Shrandhanjali Sabha at Flag Point for offering floral tribute to the martyrs of terrorist attack held in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also organized a "Sokh Yatra" on Feb 16, 2019 against the blood-soaked timeline of terror attacks. The Sokh Yatra was started from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Head Quarter and reached Tiranga Park via clock tower. The BJP State President, Member of Parliament, Senior Leaders, the party workers and general public of A&N Islands has joined in the Sokh Yatra. At Tiranga Park, a two-minute silence was observed and Shradhanjali to pay homage to the 40 CRPF personnel killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.
On Feb 18, 2019, the student council JNRM along with cadets of NCC JNRM units organised a Shardhanjali Yatra for the 40 Shaheed CRPF Jawans. The Students of JNRM Port Blair expressed their solidarity with the families who lost their dear ones.
More than 1500 students from JNRM college lead the rally and march towards Netaji Stadium, Clock tower, Marina Park and back to College and gathered at college auditorium and chanted "Bharat Mata ki Jai", "Vandemataram", "Shaheed Jawan - Amar Rahe", "Jai Hind" and 'Pakistan Murdabad' with loud and clear voice, and many students expressed their concern over the great loss to the nation. The Shardhanjali Rally was organised by the Student council, NCC cadets, all CRs and member of ABVP JNRM Unit.

CINCAN lays foundation stone for Wet Basin and Refit Jetty at NSRY

Port Blair, Feb 20: Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) laid the foundation stone for Wet Basin and Refit Jetty at Naval Ship Repair Yard (NSRY), Port Blair on Feb 15, 2019. The project has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Defence and is being undertaken by Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour Works (ALHW). M/s ITD Cementation India Ltd will carry out the civil works. The project is likely to be completed by Nov 2021. This is the first time that a jetty with underwater compartments is being constructed at the A&N Islands and also in Indian Navy. Once the jetty is completed, it would boost, the refit capability of ANC and would also provide assistance to the A&N Administration, whenever required.

A&N Police stands in solidarity with families of Pulwama Martyrs - Donates one day's salary

Port Blair, Feb 18: As a mark of solidarity and support to the families of CRPF martyrs, the A&N Police has decided to donate one day's salary to the families of 40 brave hearts, who were killed in recent terror attack at Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir.
A&N Police strongly condemn this dastardly act of terrorism and stand with the families of sacred souls in this hour of grief.
All officers and ranks of A&N Police will contribute their one day's salary as a token of their shared pain with the grief stricken families and as a mark of the heartiest gratitude for their supreme sacrifice, the Superintendent of Police (AP), A&N Police said in a communication here.

Citizens Corner 21/02/2019

*I am watching since many years in TV news reports, but doesn’t understand, why World countries are continuously developing super weapons and storing to fight against, What? Space invaders? or to fight each other to just prove themselves? Seems protecting the humanity is their last priority.

*Politics and frenzy of power, lapses the security agencies, otherwise, Pulwama kind of incident does not take place in the largest democratic country of the world.

Clock tower news 21/02/2019

Zarda & Cigarette theft in petty shop
Port Blair: Cigarette and Zarda theft cases on rise in the city. A petty shop at Junglighat opposite to ANIIDCO Wine Shop remains a victim for a third-time recently. Some biking gang youths is suspected behind this theft. Despite of installing CCTV surveillance by its owner, the thieves managed to escape by wearing helmets. However, police is investigating the matter.

A youth gone for fishing did not return
Port Blair: The dead body of a youth was found floating in the sea near Chatham police station on Feb 16, 2019. As per sources, he is identified as Mr. Steve Berry, S/o Mr. Shivaji Willson, 26 years, R/o Haddo, Sea Shore area. The Police team of PS Chatham later recovered the body and proceeding further investigation.

Pol. parties demands CBI inquiry into V Ramesh’s murder
Port Blair: A team of representatives from various political parties met the Chief Secretary and requested him to take up with the concerned authorities to conduct an investigation by CBI into the alleged murder of the local student named V Ramesh at Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu in October last. Accompanied by the deceased's father, the team handed over a letter to this effect and said that the circumstances under which the death took place smacks of some foul play, calling for an impartial inquiry into the incident. Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament Bishnu Pada Ray has written to Secretary, DoPT, Govt. of India Dr C Chandramouli requesting him to order a CBI inquiry into the incident as demanded by a number of political parties and others.

Blood Donation Camp
Port Blair: The Ananda Marga Middle School, Junglighat, will organize a Blood Donation Camp on Feb 21, 2019 on the occasion of International Mother Tongue Day. The camp will be held in association with the Andaman and Nicobar AIDS Control Society, A&N Islands. The school management has requested all to come forward for the noble cause.

Three-day strike by BSNL employees
Port Blair: Responding to the strike call given by All Union and Association of BSNL (AUAB), the A&N Circle of BSNL Employees Association has also observing a three-day strike from Monday. The association holding the proposed strike in demanding fulfilment of assurances given by Minister of State for Communication on the several demands of the AUAB. AUAB called upon all the employees throughout the country to pay homage to the martyrs by holding condolence meetings outside the offices, by observing two minutes silence. Some of the major demands raised by AUAB include, allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, implementation of third pay revision with 15% fitment, payment of pension contribution by BSNL as per GoI rule, scrapping outsourcing for the operation and maintenance of its mobile towers, implementation of assurance of the Minister for delinking pension revision from pay revision and revise pension of 2 lakhs retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2017 and settlement of the left out issues of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee, etc.

CFNEU organises Orientation Training Course on Health and Nutrition

Port Blair, Feb 20: Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU), Port Blair organised an Orientation Training Course on "Health and Nutrition" for Anganwadi workers at Haddo under ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) Project Urban, recently. About 30 Aanganwadi workers were enrolled in the course. 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 Ladoo and Apple Jam was also demonstrated on the occasion. .  CFNEU operates under Food and Nutrition Board of Ministry of Woman and Child Development.

5th Islands Development Agency meeting

5th Islands Development Agency meeting chaired by Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Union Home Minister, was attended by Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon’ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency and other members. Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog outlined progress of ongoing projects. Offshore Oil exploration, Port Blair Green field Airport, Land use availability, Sea-plane operations in UDAN-3A discussed as new agenda points.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

PM pitches for responsible oil pricing

'We need to move towards transparent and flexible markets for both oil and gas'

New Delhi, Feb 13: The world must move to a more responsible pricing mechanism for oil that balances the needs of the producers as well as the consumers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday while inaugurating Petrotech 2019, the government's flagship oil and gas global conference.
"For too long, the world has seen crude prices on a roller-coaster," Mr. Modi said. "We need to move to responsible pricing, which balances the interests of both the producer and consumer. We also need to move towards transparent and flexible markets for both oil and gas. Only then, can we serve the energy needs of humanity in an optimal manner," he added.
Shift in energy sector
The Prime Minister also highlighted an ongoing shift in the energy sector, both geographically and also in the mix of fuels used by nations.
"There is a shift in energy consumption from West to East," Mr. Modi said. "The United States has become the world's largest oil and gas producer after the shale revolution. Solar energy and other renewable sources of energy have become more competitive. They are emerging as sustainable substitutes for traditional energy forms. Natural Gas is fast becoming one of the largest fuels in the global energy mix."
Mr. Modi also highlighted India's role in the global economy and the energy market, saying that even international agencies such as the World Bank and the IMF had recognised its position.
"Currently, India is the fastest growing large economy in the world," he said. "Leading agencies such as IMF and World Bank project the same trend to continue in the coming years. In an uncertain global economic environment, India has shown tremendous resilience as an anchor of the world economy."
"India recently became the sixth largest economy in the world," Mr. Modi added.
"According to a recent report, by 2030, India could be the second largest world economy. We are also the third largest energy consumer in the world, with demand growing at more than five percent annually." (The Hindu)

TNREAT's Chairperson called on Lt. Governor

Hon'ble Mr. Justice B. Rajendran Chairperson, Tamil Nadu Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (TNREAT) alongwith other officials 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 Feb 07, 2019. Discussed planned growth of Real Estate segment in conformity with RERA stipulations and extant rules in A & N Islands.

Senior most citizens, presented his autobiography to LG

Sh H N Arora, ex-President of ACCI, grandfather of Sh Girish Arora and one of the senior most citizens, presented his autobiography to Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on Fev 07, 2019. Born in 1927 at Netaji Subhas Island, the book is a historical sketch of the Islands' journey from British occupation to present era.

A&N police felicitates brave hearts

Port Blair, Feb 13:  In a small function held at Police Headquarters on the Feb 11, A&N police rewarded two citizens of the islands for their act of valour and bravery.
On 05/12/2018, during a trip from Bambooflat to Chatham, a lady slipped from the ferry into the sea near the Chatham Jetty. Without fearing for their lives, the two brave hearts namely V. Vijay Kumar S/o. V. Jagannathan (30) years (Pvt. Electrician), R/o Shore Point and K. Rasheed S/o Late K. Kunju Ahmad (32) years Deck Rating, DSS Staff R/o Panighat jumped into the sea and saved the lady.
Both of these citizens were rewarded with Rs. 5000/- each along with a commendation certificate by IGP, A&N Islands in presence of IG (HQ), DIGP (HQ) DIGP (Intl.) and other senior officers of A&N Police. The public is requested to come forth and help police and public in the event of any eventuality and report incidents to police at 100.

Disaster Management organizes exhibition & mock drills at KEM School, GMS Carbyn's Cove

Port Blair, Feb 13: To enhance the capacity of school community and the initiatives of the National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi, the Directorate of Disaster Management in coordination with the Department of Education, Health, A&N Police Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has organized Disaster Management Exhibition and Mock Drills on 08.02.2019 at Kamaraj English Medium School, Brookshabad and Govt. Middle School, Carbyn's Cove.
The Mock drills started with issuing of warning alarm, all students, teachers & other staffs carried out "DUCK-COVER and HOLD" positions for few minutes in their respective classes/places for earthquake safety and then safely evacuated and assembled at identified safer places.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 on emergencies was also checked and observed by the officers from Disaster Management, A&N Police Fire Services, Health and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the respective schools.
Shri Gyan Singh, Asst. Director (Logistics), Shri Deen Mohammed, Safety Officer, Dr. Vazeem Iqbal, Consultant, DDM, Dr. Shankar, DHS and Shri Ravi Ranjan & Shri Shisram Ola, SIs, NDRF present on the occasion has also elaborated the importance of mock drill practices to improve disaster preparedness and capacity building of school community during debriefing session. Lesson learnt, gaps and the solutions of the Mock Drills were also discussed.
To generate adequate and appropriate awareness amongst the children and youths on the basics of disaster management, Disaster Management Exhibition was also organized at Kamaraj English Medium School, Brookshabad which was inaugurated by Smti V.S. Beena, Principal of Kamaraj School wherein displayed exhibits i.e. IEC materials, SAR Equipment, Fire Extinguishers, MFR Kits. The exhibits were also briefed to the students by DM Officials, Health, NDRF Team and Police Fire personnel.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

From School Teacher to Educational Administrator

Dr. S. Ganesan
Regional Director, IGNOU
 It is a well known fact that by acquiring / qualifying B.Ed., degree, one can become school teacher. But, what is next?  The teacher is always expected to be a learner, through life-long continuing education. The upward movement of school teacher towards management positions is one of the preferred carrier paths. Moving up in the carrier ladder needs certain special qualities, such as: mastery in subjects, specializations, super-specializations, research etc. The level jump requires certain additional qualification(s) in the field of education. People respect their head, when he/she posses extra-qualifications as compared to others. The supervisor/executive must be in high position to command his/her subordinations; the positional elevation is possible through acquiring additional qualifications in the field (besides experience/seniority).
School Teacher
Teacher Educator
M.A. Education
Educational Administrator/
Educational Officer/Principal
P.G. Diploma in Educational Technology/Higher Education/Adult Education/School Leadership and Management
Educational Specialist
Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/ MBA- in Human Resource  Management
Human Resource Manager at Educational Institute
Certificate in Teaching of Primary School Mathematics/ English/Guidance
Primary Teacher –cum - Specialist
Diploma in Early Child Education
To start crèche (self-employment )

We all know that the higher cadres are converging at management namely- ‘lower level management’, ‘middle level management’, and ‘top level management’.  Being so, managing men, in other words, the Human Resource Management is inseparable part of any management system. The skill of managing men (and women) is harnessed through MBA-Human Resource (or) PG Diploma in Human Resource Management Studies. But, we see only few number of administrators, in Educational Management at school level, with Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management/MBA- Human Resource Management. Thus, a bright scope is available for school teachers with Human Resource Management Specialization for school management cadres.

The combinations of academic qualification(s) such as –M.A., B.Ed, M.B.A. (HR) will place Assistant Education Officer (AEO) with high respect among school teachers population. Similarly, the combination- B.Sc, B.Ed.,  MA-Education (or) MA, B.Ed, PG Diploma in School Leadership Management are preferred for school Head Master position. The educational qualification-Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology for a Computer Science subject teacher will place him/her in limelight  in zonal level. He/she will be preferred person for presentation in All India Radio or Doordarshan Kendra, due to his/her specialization diploma.

M.A. Education
Teaching of School Subjects
Teacher Education
General Education and Special Branches
Specialization in one of Educational field/area
72 credits
60 credits
68 credits
32 credits
2  years
2 years
2 years
One year
Pedagogy of Science
/Social Science/ English/
Evaluation & Education/
Guidance & Counselling
Higher Education/
Adult Education/
Distance Education/
Educational Technology/
Educational Management

Educational Technology/
Higher Education/
Adult Education/
School Leadership & Management/
Distance Education /
Human Resource Management/
Educational management and Administration
Pre-Primary Education
To study M.Ed and further
Leads to research study in Education
Leads to research in Educational Field
Research for deep knowledge and super-specialization
11 papers
8 papers
12 papers
6 papers
A sociology subject teacher with certificate in NGO Management will be a right choice for collaborative schemes with NGOs, at school level. To fit-in you in a desirable slot, the acquired academic qualifications facilitate in long-term. Thus, aligning one’s qualifications for higher position/higher portfolio/higher responsibilities etc. is need of the hour. Play your trump card, at right place at right time, will fetch educational manager positions easily. Imagine a school teacher having qualifications like-                  MA-Education, M.A. (Sociology), M.A. (Anthropology), B.Ed;   (or) MA-Education, B.Ed, Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology, PG Diploma in Higher Education, will be looked TALL among the group(s). The respect and reorganization among peer-group is another indirect benefit of enhanced (specialization) qualifications. Equipping for future higher positions, at young age, is one of the wise decisions for school teachers. You want to remain a simple school teacher forever? Or will excel to reach school management team, as part of team member or leader? The choice is yours; options are many in Open and Distance Learning System for your successful carrier growth and development.
(The author is Regional Director of IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair and can be reached at (M-8900936718)

A Book ‘History of Great Nicobar Island - The Ascent’ by TS Pabla, launched

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Feb 06: The Principal, Tagore Govt. College of Education, Dr. J.D. Singh has launched a book 'History of Great Nicobar Island - The Ascent', written by Tara Singh Pabla (Retd), PGT History, today evening in Conference Hall of TSG Emerald View, Port Blair.
Shri Mohd. Jadwet, former President of Andaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and D. Saigal (Retd) DSP were also present at the book launch function. 
In his address, Dr. J.D. Singh congratulated the author and lauded him for coming out with an immensely informative book by painstaking efforts. His contribution towards the development of Great Nicobar will always be remembered. He also urged the citizens of our islands to preserve the history of our islands to pass on the essence of life to coming generation. 
Speaking on the occasion, the author, Tara Singh Pabla, said, "This book is all about the incredible last point of India, Great Nicobar. The ex-servicemen from Punjab were the first to inhabit Great Nicobar Island on 23.4.1969. This paved the way for people from other states to settle in Great Nicobar Island. Their struggle and sacrifice in developing this island, braving the extreme weather conditions and inadequate medical facilities brought Great Nicobar Island into limelight. The dedication, struggle and sacrifice made by all Ex- servicemen of Great Nicobar Island are beyond comparison which put the Island on the path of progress. This encouraged me to write about induction of Ex-servicemen settlers to Great Nicobar Island." Tara Singh Pabla has dedicated his book to all young and elder and those who struggled and devoted their lives for the development of Great Nicobar Island.
Andaman events (Island's Entertainment & Marcom) and ATz Andaman Hospitality (Destination Tourism) are the launch and marketing partners of the book 'History of Great Nicobar Island - The Ascent' written by Tara Singh Pabla.

Sanitation workers’ protest in front of DHS

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Feb 06: The Sanitation workers to Health Department, who have recently been removed from jobs by the private outsourcing company since Feb 04, 2019 being staged protest in front of Health Department demanding their EPF amount of last eight years and direct re-engagement in Health Department.
As per sources, in the first week of January, the outsourcing agency for providing Sanitation Workers to Health Department reportedly removed around 102 Sanitation Workers, most of whom, were working in hospital since last many years and they were also hails from financial backward families.
Workers alleged that earlier many outsourcing agencies had taken contract to provide Sanitation workers to the G B Pant hospital but never such incident came to the light.
Many alleged that there are workers who had been rendering services for the past 8 years still they did not registered under EPF, consequently even after removal from job we are unable to get EPF benefits from the company.
Mr. Sanjay Meshak, MP candidate of AAP in Andaman for coming Lok Sabha Election, in his response, said not paying EPF to employees is a crime and it seems there is a massive scandal with EPF payment of these employees. Mr. Sanjay Meshak demanded a thorough inquiry in this regard. "The DHS must remove the system of appointing a middle man in appointment of sanitation workers. This outsourcing system must be stopped," he added.