Friday, March 29, 2019

Double murder inside showroom in broad day light in city; Murdered to commit robbery: accused reveals during police interrogation

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, March 29: Two women murdered inside the Damro Furniture showroom at Middle Point in broad day light has sent a shock wave in the city.

News Report:
On March 28, 2019, the killer/s slit the throats and stabbed the Two wome(Padma Priya, 22 yrs, R/o Garacharma and Rosecynthia, 31 yrs, R/o Shadipur) and killed them before fleeing from the spot. While one victim died on the spot, another succumbed to her injuries at GB Pant Hospital. The unfortunate incident took place around 3.30 pm.
As per sources, one of the two women is learnt to have been murdered inside the Damro showroom located on the first floor, above the Prince Bajaj showroom. The second woman happened to climb up to the first floor for some work and to her horror witnessed the murder taking place. Acting swiftly, the killer/s killed her too so as not to leave any evidence behind. The CCTV camera installed inside the showroom is also learnt to have been damaged by the killer/s.
A case of murder, vide FIR No.199/19 dated 28/03/19 u/s 302 IPC was registered at PS Aberdeen and the investigation was taken up by SHO Aberdeen, Insp. Sanjay Kumar.
However, Andaman & Nicobar police solved a murder case within 10 hours, the Police teams made all relentless efforts to nab the accused person and conducted a massive search in the Port Blair area, involving more than 100 police personnel from all the units and finally at late night (0100 hrs of 29/03/2019) the Police team nabbed both the accused persons namely Shubhankar Ghosh (21 yrs) and Debashish Roy (22 yrs) along with recovery of case property.

Victims’ Relatives Aggression:
The scene at GB Pant Hospital was quite heart rending. A large crowd of relatives and friends of the deceased had gathered there. The parents were inconsolable. Bodies of the two women have been kept inside the mortuary. A company IRBn has been deployed outside the hospital to deal with any eventuality.
The anger among public doubled, when a Police team brought both the accused Shubhankar Ghosh and Debashish Roy to GB Pant Hospital for medical check-up on March 29, 2019 afternoon. As per sources, relatives, friends of both victims and general public present their demanded the police to handover the both accused to the public for ‘Mob Justice’.
The police after finding difficult to control the mob and hence they had to lock both the accused in a safe room for their protection. However, they controlled the public and finally took the accused youths back to police station from another route.

Police Report:
“During the course of investigation, information from the local sources was collected and all the CCTV cameras of the area were checked. From the investigation, the accused persons were identified as Shubhankar Ghosh S/o Shri Sayantan Ghosh, 21 yrs R/o Garacharma and Debasis Roy S/o Shri Bijan Roy, 22 yrs R/o Garacharma. The Police teams made all relentless efforts to nab the accused person and conducted a massive in search in the Port Blair area, involving more than 70 police personnel from all the units and finally at about 0100 hrs the Police team nabbed both the accused persons”, said the Director General of Police, Deependra Pathak, IPS addressing a press conference held on March 29, 2019 evening at the Police Headquarters.
Explaining the details of the case, Pathak said that the motif behind the crime was Robbery. One of the accused Shubhankar Ghosh basically hailing from West Bengal used to work in Damro Furniture Showroom and was removed from his job in November 2018. Shubhankar along with Debashish Roy, a permanent inhabitant of the islands had plot a plan to rob some money from the showroom. Shubhankar knew well about the Showroom and chose a time when he knew that there were minimum people in the showroom and a good collection of cash.
Shubhankar and his accomplice Debashish entered the showroom with all preparation to commit robbery. In order to commit robbery, they killed the two lady staffs that were already present in the showroom and escaped from there with some cash.
The DG Police further explained that the victim was pushed 4-5 meters away from the CCTV coverage area and then attacked. The modus operandi of the crime disclosed that the two accused changed their clothes two times, wore gloves etc. learning it from Crime Serials shown in TV.
Dependra Pathak also explained that the A&N Police in order to bring the youth away from misdemeanour are in discussion with the A&N Administration to have skill development courses so that the youth are involved in productive activities and are able to contribute constructively to the society.

Police teams comprised:
Teams under the supervision of Insp. Sanjay Kumar led by SI Jeevan, SI Dev Raju and ASI Sanjay Yadav from PS Aberdeen, ASI Radha Krishnan with other staff from PS Pahargaon, SI Manoj Lall and other staff from PS Chatham, Insp. D. Jagdishwar Rao and other staff from Special Branch and Insp. Mahesh Yadav and other staff from Central Crime Station were formed and a massive hunt for the accused persons was launched.
The whole investigation took place under the guidance of SDPO/SA Sh. Nishant Gupta under the overall supervision of SP (D) South Andaman Shri Deepak Yadav, IPS.

The public is requested to share information with Police in full confidence so that such anti-social elements are brought to justice and they may pass on such information to 03192-232100, 03192-232400 and 9434288673. The informant will be suitably rewarded and his/her identity will be kept secret.

INC designs NYAY scheme to benefit 25 crore people

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Mar 27: The Indian National Congress (INC) party is committed for implementation the "Nyoontam Aay Yojana (NYAY).
Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhawan on Mar 27, 2019, Chief Spokesperson (PCC) Shri K. Ganeshan said that INC President, Mr. Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced NYAY scheme, an income support of Rs. 72000 per annum to the poorest 20% families of the Country.
As per NYAY (The Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme) scheme, the poorest 20% of families will be guaranteed Rs.72000/- per annum. Approximately 5 crore families will be benefitted, if 5 members per family is taken, around 25 crore people will be benefited.
To ensure delivery of the scheme, he said "the amount will be credited directly to the Bank account of the senior female member of the family; The financial assistance will be in addition to existing social welfare measures and subsidies; The Congress-UPA implemented MGNREGA that lifted 14 crore people out of poverty".
"Contours and more details will be announced in following days and the fiscal repercussions of this scheme have been analysed and adequate finance is available in the country's economy", Shri K Ganeshan added. The Senior Spokesperson (PCC), Shri Tamilselvan also present on the in the press conference.

PK Halder confident of winning as independent candidate

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Mar 27: Shri Paritosh Kumar Halder, who filed nomination as Independent Candidate for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls after tendering his resignation raised questions on the ANTCC party's senior leadership. Addressing a press conference on March 26, 2019 at TSG Emerald, Phoenix Bay, Mr. Halder claimed that he was assured by the senior leadership of a ticket to contest the general elections this year, but he was denied the ticket at the last moment.
"I have filed my nomination as an Independent Candidate for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. I am not here to fight on genuine issues like creation of job opportunities, infrastructure development and welfare of all sections of the society here" Shri PK Halder said.
Shri Aboobacker and Shri Udai Kumar Singh representing trade unions & service associations and Anshuman Roy, the ex-Congress leader were also spoke on demands and developmental issues the occasion supporting Shri Paritosh Kumar Halder (Independent Candidate for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019)

11,367 service personnel register as voters in A&N Islands

Port Blair, Mar 27: To ensure complete support to the call of Election Commission of India - "No voter to be left behind", 11,367 service personnel including families have applied for registration in various camps organised by Andaman Nicobar Command (ANC) in coordination with the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr K R Meena. These personnel are in the process of receiving their Voter Identification Cards. Apart this, 1054 personnel are registered as Service Voters at their home station. 
The Command has been able to conduct multiple camps for voter registration since September 2018 at Port Blair, as well as Campbell Bay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta and Diglipur. The camps helped the personnel of ANC to register as voter in Andaman and Nicobar Island under the special provisions to the Armed Forces.

'Mitti Ke Rang' painting exhibition open till April 25

Port Blair, Mar 27: The Kala Kendra Society for promotion of Art & Culture is organizing a group exhibition titled "Mitti Ke Rang" showcasing Madhubani & Gond paintings by participants of workshop.
Madhubani art is also known as mithila painting which is being practiced in the mithila region. The madhubani painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigment which is also characterized by eye-catching geometrical patterns. There is ritual content for particular occasions, such as birth or marriage, and festivals, such as holi, surya shasti, kali puja, upanayana, durga puja.
Similarly, Gond art is a form of who are predominantly from Madhya Pradesh, but also can be found in pockets of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha.
The exhibition will remain open to the public till 25th April 2019 from 4pm-7pm on all days at Art Gallery & Studio, Gandhi Park, Port Blair.

Lt Gen PS Rajeshwar visits ANC


Port Blair, Mar 27: The Lieutenant General PS Rajeshwar, AVSM, VSM, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman Chief of Staff Committee (CISC) arrived at Port Blair today on a three day visit to Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). Lt Gen PS Rajeshwar is accompanied by the President of Defence Wives Welfare Association, Integrated Defence Staff (IDS)
On his arrival to Headquarter ANC, the CISC interacted with Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN). He was briefed on the operational aspects of the Command.
During his tour, the General Officer will be visiting Army, Navy and Air Force establishments at Campbell Bay, Kamorta, Car Nicobar and Shibpur besides Port Blair. He will also be interacting with personnel during his visit to various units across Andaman and Nicobar Command.

A Politician in Democratic Society

Editorial 28/03/2019

The first principle of unalienable rights recognises that everyone is naturally endowed by their Creator with certain rights that cannot be infringed or given away. Amongst these rights are life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
In order to secure or safeguard these vital rights, Constitution is made for the purpose of securing, protecting, promoting good governance, accountability and welfare of all citizens- the governed. The governments instituted among people are the elected representatives who are also known as the politicians. These politicians are required to implement social reforms and policy measures that contribute to the general welfare of the populace.
A politician is an individual who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making in government. Politicians play a central role in our lives. They are the concentrated voices of the people that make all efforts to improve their constituencies and peoples' welfare. Good and dependable politicians are delight to serve the people and consider themselves as servants and people their paymasters. They represent the hopes, aspirations and the interests of every citizen in the State or UT.
A Politician qualities are his characters that is natural, while some of the qualities are as a result of external influences. Promising politicians qualities are often backed by skills, experiences, intelligence, integrity, with instincts -all combined together to achieve their goals. First and foremost, the best quality of a politician is honesty, God fearing and loving. A faithful and effective politician is trustworthy and reliable. He must capture the essence of truth, display sincerity, candor and practices what he preaches. He makes decisions and accepts responsibility for his actions and his words. The same is true in his dealing with his people. He makes promises and keeps those promises. Somebody that people may be relied upon. Loving people with all his heart, might, mind, soul and striving to help them as a true mark of responsible politician.
A fake politician, will after taken the oath office with the Holy book and lousy thanksgiving services, use their power as an end in itself, rather than for public good, making them indifferent to the progress of their citizens.

Traffic violations can be reported to 243812 or whatsapp 9531892228 for prompt action: Traffic Police

Port Blair, Mar 27: A meeting under the chairmanship of Shri Ajay Kumar Rai, Dy.SP (Traffic) was held with the tour and travel drivers in the conference hall of PS Aberdeen. Around 50 to 60 tour and travel drivers participated. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss various issues related to traffic. During the meeting, tour and travels drivers were informed the following points which are as under.
1. Complaints are being received at traffic branch that tourist vehicles are parked at crowded places which cause hindrance for free flow of vehicular traffic and inconvenience to road users. On this they were informed to avoid such malpractices; otherwise a prompt action will be taken against such violators.
2. Tourist vehicle drivers are strictly banned for picking up and dropping off the tourists in front of Cellular Jail. They were informed that alighting place for tourists who are visiting Cellular Jail is at Old Ayush Hospital parking place.
3.  Tourist drivers should not indulge in obstructive parking at GB Pant Hospital premises.
4.  Strictly follow the newly notified One Way, from Water Sports Complex to Y-Narayan Junction.
5. At Haddo Jetty premises tourist vehicles are parked unsystematic manner causing inconvenience to road users, in which they were directed to follow traffic rules and regulations and maintain parking in systematic manner at the jetty area premises.
Meeting ended with vote of thanks and directed to tourist vehicle drivers that any violation found related with tourist vehicles, deemed action will be taken against them.
General public is requested to report traffic violations, to the Traffic police Phone No.  03192-243812 or Whatsapp No. 9531892228 for prompt action against the violator.

Buying or Selling vote is crime; Call toll free 1950 (active 24x7), if noticed

Port Blair, Mar 27: As per section 171 B of Indian Penal Code, any person giving or accepting any gratification in cash or kind during election process, with a view to inducing the person to exercise his electoral right is punishable with imprisonment up to one year or with fine or with both. Further, as per section 171 C of Indian Penal Code, any person who threatens any candidate or elector, or any other person, with injury of any kind, is punishable with imprisonment up to one year or with fine or both. Flying Squads have been formed to register cases against both the giver and the taker of bribe and for taking action against those who are engaged in threat and intimidation of electors. All the Citizens are hereby requested to refrain from taking any bribe and in case, anybody offers any bribe or is having knowledge about the bribe or cases of threat/ intimidation of electors, then he should inform on the toll free number 1950, of the 24x7 Complaint Monitoring Cell of the district, set up for receiving the complaints.

IGNOU Regional Centre celebrated Establishment Day

Port Blair, Mar 27: The Regional Centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University was established on 27th March 2006 at Port Blair by the founder Regional Director Shri S. Saunand. The IGNOU establishment at A&N Islands has grown and reached nearly 50,000 students from the population of the region. The Regional Centre staff celebrated the Establishment Day along with students and visitors of IGNOU Regional Centre by distributing sweets.
On the occasion, all the former Regional Directors namely Dr. S. Srinivas, Dr. Kasturi S. Pesala and Dr. S. Vijayaragavan have been remembered for their valuable contributions for the development of IGNOU in the Islands.

IGNOU Results over Phone

Port Blair, Mar 27: To facilitate the students of Indira Gandhi National Open University, the Regional Centre, Port Blair is providing telephonic services about exam results. The December, 2018 Term End Exam results have already been declared in the university official website: However, due to internet connectively problem, some students find it difficult to access their results. The students can call Regional Centre phone number: 03192-242888/ 230111. For results this facility will help the students to timely submit the exam fee for June 2019 well before 31st March, 2019. The Exam Center Code for Kendriya Vidyala No.1, Aberdeen Bazaar, Port Blair is KV02: PORT BLAIR , the examination fee is Rs.150/- per subject. The late fee of Rs.1000/- will be charged additionally from 01st April, 2019, the Regional Director, IGNOU, said here.

DEO stresses on role & responsibilities of youth in strengthening Democracy

Port Blair, Mar.27: As a part of SVEEP activity in the upcoming General Election to Lok Sabha - 2019, a rally on the theme 'Run for Democracy' was organized from Danapur Junction to Netaji Sports Complex via German Jetty, Mayabunder on March 23, 2019. The rally was flagged off by the District Election Officer/Deputy Commissioner, N&M Andaman District, Shri Awanish Kumar. The officials of the DC Office, staff and students from MGG College, and general public participated in the rally.
The objective of organizing the rally was to promote informed and ethical voting and to inculcate responsible democratic awareness amongst the general public so as to enable free, fair and peaceful conduct of election.
The chief guest addressed the participants and highlighted about the role and responsibilities of the youth in strengthening the Democracy. He emphasized on 'how each vote' matters and the importance of ethical voting. He also urged all the left out voters to enroll themselves immediately so that no voter is left behind in the 'MahaTyohaar of the Country' celebration.

Training imparted to Presiding & Polling Officers of Nicobar District

Port Blair, Mar.27: In view of the forthcoming General Elections on 11th of April in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, training was imparted to the polling parties of the three tehsils of Nicobars District at Priyadarshini Hall, Tamaloo Village, Community Hall, Kamorta and Community Hall, Gram Panchayat, Campbell Bay in Car Nicobar, Nancowrie and Great & Little Nicobar on March 26, 2019.
The training of polling parties has been scheduled in three phases and the first of which was held today. The second phase of the training will be held on 1st of April, 2019 and the last phase is scheduled for 6th of April, 2019. The participants in the training were those officials identified for appointment as Presiding Officers and Polling Officers along with their reserves.
Apart from explaining the various aspects of conducting elections, participants of training session were also given hands-on training by Master Trainers with the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) as well as the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine, which will be used for the first time in General Elections in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Trng. prog. for Presiding & Polling Officers of Little Andaman

Port Blair, Mar.26: As a part of preparation for the ensuing Lok Sabha Election-2019, a training programme for the Presiding and Polling Officers of Little Andaman has organized in the Recreation Hall of ALHW, Hut Bay on March 26, 2019. Shri. P. Som Naidu, Special Master Trainer through a power point presentation apprised the poll personnel briefly about the poll procedures and their duties and responsibilities on the day of polling. A question answer session has also organized in which the Special Master trainer Shri. P. Som Naidu clear the doubts of poll personnel related to the poll procedures.
After that, a demonstration session on EVM & VVPAT organized by the Master Trainer Shri. S. Joseph and Shri. Siva Kumar. A Hands-on-Training has also held for the benefit of the poll personnel. The second round of training for the Presiding and Polling Officer of Little Andaman Tehsil will be held on 1st April, 2019 at the same venue.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lok Sabha Elections 2019; Training, Sensitization and Awareness programmes across A&N Islands

Port Blair, Mar 20: From the Booth Level Officers to general public including differently able citizens in the A&N Islands, training, sensitization and awareness programmes is going on in the wake of 17th General Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
As part of the preparations for the ensuing Elections, a final briefing for the Booth Level Officers (BLOs) was held in the auditorium of the DBRAIT on Mar 19. Addressing the BLOs of Port Blair and Ferrargunj Tehsils, the Returning Officer, A&N Island Parliamentary Constituency, Shri Udit Prakash Rai reminded the BLOs about their duties and responsibilities in the coming weeks and on the Day of Polling.
In another training session for supervisors and assistants for facilitating Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) held in the auditorium of the Anthropological Survey of India. Addressing the trainees of Port Blair and Ferrargunj Tehsils, Shri Udit Prakash Rai reminded the PwD facilitators about their duties and responsibilities in dealing with and helping the PwDs on the Day of Polling.
Meeting for all the sector officers of North & Middle Andaman District was held in the conference hall of District Office, N&MA on Mar.15. The District Election Officer (DEO), N&MA, Shri Awanish Kumar, briefed them about their duties and responsibilities on the Poll day and before. All the Sector Magistrates and Sector Police Officers were advised to remain vigil and visit the polling stations together and check the availability of Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF) in all the polling stations in their jurisdiction.
The Chunav Pathshala, the objectives of organizing 'Chunav Pathshala' is to educate the targeted populations about voter registration, electoral process and related matters through hands on experience, EVM and VVPAT familiarization and education about robustness of EVM and integrity of the electoral process using EVMs besides to help the target audience to understand the value of their vote and exercise their suffrage right in a confident, comfortable and ethical manner, to harness the potential of ELC members for carrying the electoral literacy in communities and to facilitate voter registration for its eligible members, who are not yet registered. It also aims to  develop a culture of electoral participation and maximize the informed and ethical voting and follow the principle 'Every vote counts' and 'No Voter to be Left Behind' and training for persons with disabilities.
EVM awareness camps in various locations of Port Blair Tehsil, to create awareness amongst general public on the use of EVM and VVPAT in the polling process. The hands on training are being imparting by different teams across islands.

Happy Holi: Police; Strict vigil on traffic, especially drunken driving

Port Blair, Mar 20: The festival of Holi (Dhulendi) will be celebrated on March 21, 2019. Traffic Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements to ensure safety of motorists on roads and check the incidents of drunken driving, over-speeding, reckless driving, zig-zag driving, red light jumping, triple riding, minor driving, driving/ riding without helmet, performing stunts on two wheelers and other traffic violations.
Special checking teams with alcometers will be deployed at major intersections and vulnerable points to detect and prosecute traffic violations. Special traffic police teams alongwith PCR and Local Police teams will be stationed on various roads and strategic locations/ intersections all over Port Blair city to check drunken driving, red light jumping and other traffic violations.
As per the directions of Hon'ble Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, in cases of drunken driving, red light jumping, using mobile phone while driving, dangerous driving and over speeding, driving licence will be seized and liable for suspension for a period of minimum 3 Months.
Action shall also be initiated against the registered owners of vehicles whose vehicles are found to be driven by minor/ unauthorized persons, performing stunts, driving without license etc.
Therefore motorist are advised to obey traffic rules, specifically *Not to drink & drive, *Observe prescribed speed limits, *Obey Traffic Rules, *Not to indulge in racing or competition with other vehicles, *Especially two wheeler drivers/ riders to wear helmets and avoid triple riding, *Not to indulge in reckless, dangerous or zig-zag driving, *Not to allow minor/ unauthorized persons to drive your vehicle and *Not to indulge in performing stunts on two wheelers.
Traffic Police appeals to all motorists to avoid traffic violations especially drunken driving. Parents should not allow minors to drive vehicle. All motorists are advised to obey traffic rules and regulations and follow the directions of the traffic policemen on duty for their safety and of other road users.

Training of Presiding, Polling Officers on Mar.23

Port Blair, Mar. 20: In connection with the upcoming General Election-2019, the training of Presiding Officer, Polling Officer and EVM/ VVPAT will be held on March 23 at 9. 30 am in the auditorium of DBRAIT.

Awareness workshop on MCC held; Deptts. urged to ensure availability of AMF in polling stations

Port Blair, Mar. 20: A workshop was conducted by Election Department of the A & N Administration on March 18, 2019 to create awareness among the Govt. employees about the implementation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and functioning, usage and advantage of polling through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)/ Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). Shri K R Meena, Chief Electoral Officer, A&N Islands in his opening remark informed the Head of Departments (HoDs) of all Central/ State Government, that EVM/ VVPAT, which are used by the Election Commission, are not only user friendly but also reliable, credible and authenticate machines, which provide ease, comfort and accurate voting by the electors. It was emphasized that the EVMs/ VVPATs are manufactured by the two reputed Central Govt. undertakings and the software of EVM/ VVPAT are scrutinised by the independent Technical Expert Committee before handing over the machines to States/UTs for election. The EVM work as a standalone machine not connected with any network. The machines operate with one time programmable chip, which is neither computer control nor connected to internet. Moreover, the programme used in the EVM is one time programmable chip, which cannot be altered or tampered with.
It was also informed that there are several administrative safeguards which make its operation fair and transparent. The EVMs are closely monitored by political parties and their representatives during the First Level Checking, candidates setting, on the day of poll and counting. The entire process is also videographed and signature of representatives of political parties/their representatives are being taken each time before assigning the EVM/VVPAT to Strong Room. The Commission has also provided opportunity to the representatives of political parties and their representatives to sign the seal of Strong Room and also watch and ward polled EVM stored in the Strong Room.
The CEO also requested all the HoDs to observe MCC and obtain clearance of the Commission through a Committee headed by Chief Secretary, if needed. He also requested to all the Departments to extend help and cooperation to provide Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF) in the polling stations so that voting became a festive and memorable experience to the voters. He requested all the HoDs to ensure casting of vote on the day of poll and also motivate and encourage all the officials working under them and their family members to cast vote on the day of poll.
The Chief Secretary assured all help and cooperation to the UT election machinery during the election. He also acknowledged hard work being done by the election machinery in the UT. During the workshop, a demonstration of functioning of EVMs/VVPATs were also given in which CS, PCCF and DGP along with other HoDs participated. A presentation was also made by the Returning Officer, Shri Udit Prakash Rai on functioning, use and advantage of EVM/VVPAT. Shri Yash Choudhary, Nodal Officer (MCC) also made a presentation on implementation of MCC.

AAP, TMC contestants finalized

Port Blair, Mar 20: Shri Sanjay Meshak, who was contested from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 16th Lok Sabha Election will contest this time too in the 17th Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from A&N Islands, AAP sources said.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) has finalized Mr. Ayan Mandal, grandson of Late Manoranjan Bhakta (former MP of A&N Islands) and will contest in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 representing A&N Islands, TMC sources said.

Kuldeep gets the chance again

Port Blair, Mar 20: The Indian National Congress (INC) have finalized and announced Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma's name on 16 Mar. 2019 as its official candidate, who will contest in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 for the lone throne in the Parliament representing from A&N Islands, sources from Gandhi Bhavan said.

Indonesian Naval Ship and Aircraft arrive for 33rd IND-INDO CORPAT

Port Blair, Mar 20: Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin and Maritime Patrol Aircraft CN-235 led by Commodore Dafit Santoso arrived today at Port Blair for the Opening Ceremony of 33rd edition of the India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT). 
IND-INDO CORPAT will be held from 19th March to 4th April 2019. Ambassador of Indonesia to India, Mr. Shidharto Raza Suryodipuro will also visit Port Blair to attend the Opening Ceremony. On arrival, he will call on Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command.
The Indian delegation will be led by Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, VSM, Naval Component Commander, Andaman and Nicobar Command and will include Indian Naval Ship Kesari and Indian Naval Maritime Patrol Aircraft Dornier of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC).
During the opening ceremony in Port Blair, various activities such as sporting fixtures, ship visits and professional interactions have been planned. The ship and aircraft from both the countries would undertake patrolling on the respective sides of 236 nautical miles long International Maritime Boundary line and also participate in the 2nd Bilateral Maritime Exercise in the Andaman Sea. This will be followed by a Closing Ceremony at Belawan, Indonesia, which is scheduled from 01-04 April 2019.
The ceremony also coincides with 70 years of India-Indonesia diplomatic ties and will contribute towards Indian Navy's efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.  The two Navies have been regularly carrying out CORPAT twice a year since 2002 that seeks to underscore India's peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly Maritime neighbouring countries to ensure good order in the maritime domain.

Invisible Teacher within Librarian

-          Dr. S. Ganesan
-          Karabi Mandal
We have resources of learning in many varieties. The books are prime resource of learning for students as well as teachers. The term ‘book’ is strongly linked with Libraries. In today’s digital world, the e-books are an addition to the existing printed book library. It is one of the mostly used resources of teaching-learning process. The audio-video CDs are another dimension of our libraries. All these learning resources are being managed by librarian as head of library. The librarian plays multiple roles, especially in School/College library. One of the major roles played by librarian is ‘Teacher’, which is hidden, silent and invisible. He /she plays teaching role-directly or indirectly; actively or passively as routine activity of library. I remember my college days of entering the library as first person and leaving as last person, just before closing of library doors. The concentration on reading for long-hours motivated me to visit the library almost daily during the research work. The silence inside the library inspires like a meditation hall.

Librarian as
·                     Motivator
·                     Google (Search Engine)
·                     Living Encyclopedia
·                     Organizer (Systematic)
·                     Gate way of knowledge
·                     Guide
·                     Learning Facilitator

The students move freely with librarians, because they are not subject-teacher to fear. At the same time, the librarian gets respect, from both students and teachers, for the facilitating role played by dynamic librarian. The smile on the face of librarian inspires us and boost our motivation to read a lot at library. This must have been experienced by many of us during our school or college days. The activities inside library also acts as catalyst for self-motivation to read and learn in library.
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·                     Libraries: An Introduction
·                     Document Processing and Organisation
·                     Information Sources and Library Services
·                     ICT in Libraries
 A college Principal entered the library with more than one attender, to return 10-20 books and has taken another set of 15-20 books from issue counter. This scene has stored in the photographic memory of my mind, strongly. The library is a place of such academic activities to get inspiration from peer-group (or) learned persons. The positive vibrations inside the library can be felt by a student   and it resembles like temple-vibrations while sitting at corridor of the temple.

Bachelor of Library and Information Science  (1 year)
·                     Library, Information and Society
·                     Information Sources and Services
·                     Organizing and Managing Information
·                     ICT Fundamentals
·                     Communication Skills
·                     Management of Library and Information Centre
·                     Document Processing Practice
·                     Information Products and Services
·                     ICT in Libraries

To become professionally trained librarian, there are many academic qualifications such as; Certificate in Library Science, Bachelor of Library & Information Science, Master of Library & Information Science, PG Diploma in Library Automation and Networking, Ph.D in Library Science. In academic institution, the librarian with Ph.D/M.Phil; (or) B.Ed/M.Ed; degrees have academically high/good status and mostly treated at par with teachers, on many occasions.

Master of Library and Information Sciences  ( 1 year)
·                     Information Sources, Systems and Services
·                     Technical Writing
·                     Informatics and Scientometrics
·                     Public Library System and Services
·                     Project/Dissertation Work

The scope for Library Science is increasing day-by-day. Recently, we have seen expansion of Kendriya Vidyalaya network and opening of 50 new Kendriya Vidyalaya’s: The growth of educational institutions is well known fact to get job opportunity as librarian. There are lot of staff already working in libraries, without professional qualification on library Science, especially the supporting staff members. Upgrading their educational qualification, suitable for their work place, is need-of-the- hour.

PG Diploma in Library Automation and Networking (1 year)

·                     Introduction to Computers
·                     Library Automation
·                     Information Systems
·                     Networking and Internet Technology
·                     Internet Resources
·                     Content Development
·                     Programming
·                     Project Work
·                     Practicals (7)

Imagine a library set-up, where the gate-keeper to Library Head are all professionally qualified in the Library Science and also visualize the quality of such library. Let us have teacher as librarian and vice-versa. Thus, the chance of exposure of hidden teacher, inside librarian, will be made visible to the world. Let us try to transform invisible portion to a visible state.
(The authors are Dr.S. Ganesan, Regional Director and Karabi Mandal staff of IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair and can be reached at (M-8900936718)