Thursday, June 27, 2019

Takes 25 min to cross half a kilometre stretch in Port Blair city; Citizen urge for suitable solution

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, June 26: Crossing half a kilometre stretch from Clock Tower to Gandhi Statue (Aberdeen Bazaar) took more than 25 minutes recently. It is not the matter of single day, but an affair of everyday in the Port Blair city.
"Following one-way from Ganesh Temple to Rathnam Market (Aberdeen Bazaar) is difficult to expect the desired flow of traffic. One-way should be maintained from Clock Tower itself to meet the smooth flow of traffic, particularly at this area", said a citizen stuck in traffic jam.
"Especially, the Autowalahs and personal / passenger vehicles are taking advantage to reach upto Ganesh Temple and found always waiting to make U-turn their vehicle by disregarding the creation traffic jam at the busiest Aberdeen Bazaar". "Even the pedestrians could not walk on their way many times, the absence of traffic cop in such crucial situations, become stumbling block to set right the traffic jam in the area", another citizen in angry says.
However, the A&N Traffic Police by understanding the scenario prevailing since many years in the city should suitably manage or fix the hurdles, particularly between Clock Tower and Ratnam Market area.

Complaint Portal by Labour Dept. for aggrieved workmen

Port Blair, June 26: The Labour Department has hosted Complaints Portal in its official website and as such all aggrieved workmen henceforth can also register their complaint in respect of non-payment of wages/ overtime/ less payment of minimum wages/ or any sort of complaint through online mode by visiting the official website of Labour Department i.e., a press release says.

Port Blair top among cities in implementing PMAY (U), AMRUT & SCM projects: PBMC Secy

Port Blair, June 26: Port Blair city is one of the top amongst the Union Territories (UTs) in terms of implementation of Flagship Missions & Programmes of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, namely Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) [PMAY(U)], AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation), Smart Cities Mission (SCM), the Secretary of Port Blair Municipal Council and Smart City CEO, Mr Suneel Anchipaka said on Tuesday. He was speaking to the Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation (Independent Charge) and Commerce & Industry, Mr Hardeep Singh Puri at a video conference held on the occasion of 4th Anniversary of Urban Missions of PMAY(U), SCM & AMRUT, in New Delhi.
A total of 79 projects have been earmarked for Port Blair city under AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation), out of which 47 projects (44 projects of water supply and 3 Parks[Green Space]) have been completed. 25 projects are under various stages of implementations whereas remaining are under tendering process, Mr Suneel informed.
"Under PMAY(U)'s Beneficiary Led Construction (BLC), 13 projects for beneficiaries have been completed out of total 29 projects and remaining are under various stage of construction. Under Affordable Housing in Partnership component of PMAY (U), 555 houses will be constructed for which one hectare of land has been identified for Phase I of the construction of houses".
The PBMC Secretary informed that a Project Management Consultancy has been hired in the year 2018 under SCM for the city. A total of 43 projects have been identified under SCM for the city. 13,500 conventional lights have been replaced by LED lights under SCM. The Flag Point recently inaugurated by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi is one such smart city project that has become an attraction spot frequented by locals and tourists, he added.
He further said PBMC will soon initiate the process for construction of Sea Promenade including a 3 meter walking track and a 1.5 meter jogging track from Marina Park to South Point. An Integrated Command and Control Centre will also be developed in the city for making Port Blair a citizen and tourist friendly city with improved civic services. (PIB, Port Blair)

International Day against Drug Abuse, Illicit Trafficking observed

Port Blair, June 26: On the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the A&N Police organized an awareness program in the auditorium of JNRM which was attended by officers of Police, A&N Administration, various agencies, NGOs, teachers, students and persons from various sections of the society.
The welcome address was given by Mr Deepak Yadav, Superintendent of Police, South Andaman, who gave the historical perspective behind the observance of this day and set context of the program. Mr Dependra Pathak, emphasized on the holistic approach involving institutions of health, criminal justice, social welfare etc. He also highlighted the ill effects of drug abuse on health, family and society. In his speech, he discussed at length the ways to tackle drugs abuse such as counselling of the addicts and emphasized upon the role of parents, teachers and community.
On this occasion, DGP, A&N Islands also launched a new helpline number (03192)-234216, where information regarding drug abuse and drug peddling can be shared without disclosing the identity of the caller. The helpline will initially be available from 9 AM to 5 PM and later on it will be available 24x7.
During this program, a skit on drug abuse was presented by the PET team members. This program ended with a vote of thanks by SP/Traffic, Mr Ravi Singh.

NABARD reviews FSPF projects at CIARI

Port Blair, June 26: The NABARD, Andaman & Nicobar RO had conducted a review of the FSPF projects implemented by Central Island Agricultural Research Institute (CIARI), here recently. Dr.A.Kundu, Director CIARI welcomed the OIC, NABARD, other NABARD officials, scientists in CIARI and KVK Sippighat who are facilitating implementation of various projects.
The scientists of CIARI made a presentation on new project ideas viz scientific Dairy Farming for boosting organic Agriculture & socio economic development in Bay Islands, production of low cost poultry Feed to improve the productivity of Poultry, dissemination and popularisation of Feed based aquaculture model to augment fish production in Andaman, post harvest utilisation and value addition in marine fishery resources of Andaman & Nicobar, urban horticulture project in Andaman district and enhancement of farmers income by creating awareness on organic cultivation of Dragon Fruit in the Islands
CIARI and KVK Sippighat were advised to submit the new innovative project proposals under Farm Sector Promotion Fund (FSPF) to NABARD, A & N, RO. Mr V Mashar, OIC, NABARD requested CIARI to capture the tangible benefits of the FSPF projects like income accrual & employment generation in the Project Completion Report (PCR). He also requested CIARI to come out with Success Stories & you tube videos of the innovative interventions of FSPF projects.
Mr V Mashar, OIC, NABARD requested scientists of CIARI to design innovative proposals for promotion of organic farming in Andaman & Nicobar especially Niel island, as it has been declared as organic by the Administration. He informed that a lot of initiatives can be taken up in fisheries sector and requested the fisheries scientists in CIARI to think in terms of post harvest technology in a big way. He also reiterated that Government support is required to take forward the interventions.
The scientists in CIARI informed that work is also being undertaken by them on taxonomy and germ plasm conservation of the ecosystem such as mangroves, coral reefs & sea weeds in the climate change sector.  NABARD being the National Implementing Entity (NIE) for National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC), it was informed that support would be provided to strengthen the capacity of the CIARI scientists by Climate Change Centre, BIRD, Lucknow in collaboration with GIZ for facilitating submission of proposals under NAFCC.
NABARD officials were also taken on a field visit to the Dragon fruit orchard as well as to the floriculture units like Red ginger, Torch ginger, Orchids, Tuberose and Heliconiumin the CIARI campus.

22 IPS Probationers called on LG

A group of 22 IPS Probationers (Batch-2018) alongwith faculty members from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad who are on study tour to Andaman & Nicobar 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 at Raj Niwas. Shri Dependra Pathak, DGP, A&N Police was also present on the occasion.

MP urges Admn for availability of ultra sound facilities at all District Hospitals, CHCs

Port Blair, June 26: Mr Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament feeling the clinical necessity of the islanders has written a letter of request to the Lt. Governor to consider providing of Ultra sound facilities at all the 03 District Hospitals located at Car Nicobar, Mayabunder and Garacharma and 04 Community Health Centers located at Nancowry, Diglipur, Rangat and Bambooflat in these Islands. Highlighting the issue, Mr Kuldeep Rai Sharma has expressed that at present patients who need to undergo ultrasonography for diagnosis of actual cause of ailments are referred to GB Pant Hospital for which they have to incur extra expenditure on their transportation, lodging and boarding. Moreover, as the Ultrasonography facilities  available at the GB Pant Hospital is not sufficient to cater to the requirement of large population of these islands,  the patients have to wait for many days for their turn to undergo ultrasonography which further deteriorate their health condition. Consideration of the Lt. Governor for having Ultrasonography facility in the District Hospitals and CHCs is sought by the Member of Parliament as such facilities will not only be beneficial to the islanders, but also GB Pant Hospital will be free from extra burden and can give more attention to the patients of Port Blair and adjoining places.

IGNOU Launch BBA (Retailing) with Modular Approach

Port Blair, June 26: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched a new programme- BBA (Retailing). It is of 96 Credits comprising of all compulsory courses with an Internship and On-the-Job-Training (OJT) in the first, second and third year respectively. The programme is offered with modular approach, that is: First year is     'Diploma in Retailing' , Second year is 'Advanced Diploma in Retailing' , Third year is 'Bachelor of Business Administration (Retailing)'. Three months internship in the first year and subsequently On-the-Job-Training in the second and third year. A Viva-Voce will be after submission of the Work_Book. Diploma in Retailing and Advanced Diploma in Retailing are only exit points; not entry point. BBA (Retailing) prepares students with specialized theoretical and practical knowledge in retailing, along with the practical work experience on-the-job, the student may experience fast track growth in his/her career after successful completion of a degree.
The three years programme, in English Medium, consist of Overview of Retailing, Retail Marketing and Communication, Retail Management Perspectives and Communication, Customer Service Management and one Internship & Viva-voce; Buying and Merchandising, Store Operations, Human Resources, Business Organization, Business Communication and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, On the Job Training & Viva-voce, Visual Merchandising and Store Management, Customer Value Management, IT Application in Retail, (Fees: Rs. 27,000 for full programme). All 10 +2 pass students are eligible for BBA (Retailing). Interested students may contact the Programme Coordinator Prof. Nawal Kishor; Phone No. 011-29573026, 29573006, 29573023 email: For BBA (Retail) admission, till 31st July, 2019, students can visit IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair. (Ph. No- 03192-242888, 230111), a communication from Regional Director, IGNOU, Port Blair said.

Autowallahs threaten Chakka Jam on July 1

Port Blair, June 26: The Auto Drivers Unions of these islands have decided to hold a Chakka Jam on July 1 from 6 am to press for their demands. In a letter to the Secretary, State Transport Authority, the representative of the Union said that autowallas are compelled to take the strike recourse following unfulfilled commitments to address the demand of revision in fares.
The Director of Transport had convened a meeting recently with all recognized Auto Unions and has assured of fulfilling their demand for Auto Fare Revision after MCC. But till date no communication has been received from the authorities. If our demand for revision of fares is not met, we will be compelled to hold protest on July 1, said the letter sent to the STA by the Union.

A month long Exhibition of Creative Posters at ASI Museum

Port Blair, June 26: On 20th June 2019, A special Exhibition called "Through the Children's eye" based on creative posters was opened to the public for a period of one month at Zonal Anthropological Museum, Port Blair. The exhibition was mounted to reveal those creative Orphan minds that conferred their ideas and brought onto the canvas to mark the International Museum Day, 2019. The event was inaugurated by Dr. S.A Awradi, Director, ANTRI, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Dr. Shashi Kumar, Director, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies. The program was graced with the presence of Director, Anthropological Survey of India and conveyed his valuable comments on the exhibition. The exhibition was highly appreciated by all the present august gathering.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Sadhguru led 5th International Yoga Day 2019 in the A&N Islands onboard FDN-2

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, June 21: Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation and yoga instructors from Isha Hatha Yoga School led the main event of the 5th International Yoga Day celebrations organized by Andaman Nicobar Command (ANC) for defense personnel, on board the first indigenously built Floating Dock of the Indian Navy (FDN-2) on June 21. The yoga session was attended by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) and personnel and families of the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard posted at this first Joint-Services Operational Command of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Sadhguru said, “if your body is working against you is called ill health, if your mind is working against you is called madness, essentially if your body and mind is not function for you and working against you, that is means all the things will happen against you. So the practice of yoga will set right the mechanisms of body and mind to work in proper way”. “by practicing yoga you will get peace in mind and can lead your lives happily”.

Interacting with the media, Sadhguru informed that, “It is not about the International Yoga Day, yoga itself is a gift from India, and it is India offering rest of the world why this significant is. Human beings are carrying their well being though belief systems by looking upward or downward, through philosophies through ideologies, moralities, ethics. Yoga is the way of handling your inner well being as a technology and science. I think never before in the history of humanity, individual human beings are ready to approach life technologically as were today. So yoga is not a tradition of past, it is solution for the future of humanity, because, anything that is not logically correct will not get across any more, science is not just a subject, we have slowly become scientific beings, unless something is logically correct and since proved, is just doesn’t agree with that, we cannot does those things. So this the most appropriate time for yoga, I thing the future generations are really ready for yoga”.
“So, International Yoga Day has come under an appropriate time our Prime Minister initiated this, but United Nations took it up, but the most signification things is over 176 countries endorse it, irrespective of their geography of the religious affiliations or cultural leanings whichever way, all of them endorse it, was like the world was waiting for this, it was India which did not do it for so long, now the moment we announced it for the first time, for any aspect of life in United Nations this many countries never endorse anything in one quest, but for yoga they did it because everybody realized since time do redress our individual well being in a scientific manner with appropriate technologies for well being, this is by yoga” he added. 

Lt Governor, enthusiastic Islanders participate in celebration of International Day of Yoga in Isles

Port Blair, June 21: The 5th International Day of Yoga was befittingly celebrated in the Islands today, together with the rest of the country and the world. The A&N Administration had set up a number of centers in South Andaman, North & Middle and Nicobar Districts where hundreds of yoga enthusiasts from all corners of the Islands participated in this year’s yoga demonstration this morning. 
    The state level function for the celebration of 5th International Day of Yoga was held in the auditorium of Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School here this morning. The Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), chief guest of the function, participated in the Yoga Demonstrations. The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan B Sanghi, Principal Secretary (Health), Shri Vikram Dev Dutt, Chairperson PBMC, Smt. Anusia Devi, other senior officers of the Administration besides a large number of people from all walks of life, including police and defense personnel, senior citizens of Port Blair town and general public participated in the Yoga Demonstration in this center. It was for the first time in the Isles, that differently abled children and person on wheel chair also participated in the Yoga demonstration on the occasion of the International Yoga Day celebrations here.
   A number of yogasanas were demonstrated under the guidance of Shri Ajit Kumar Das, Yoga Instructor (AYUSH) and two students of JNRM, P Madhuri and Nandini. The yogasan demonstrated included Tadasana, Vrikshasana Ardhachakrasana, Trikonasana, Dandasana, Bhadrasana, Ustrasana, Vakrasana etc. which were simultaneously followed by the participants. The participants also pledged to keep themselves healthy by practicing yoga.
                The programme was jointly organized by the Directorate of Health Services and A&N Islands AYUSH Society, A&N Administration, a press release said.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

PM asks every Pradhan to take up water conservation measure

Port Blair, June 19: The Prime Minister of India has personally written a letter to all the Pradhans of Gram Panchayat across the country including the Pradhans of A&N Islands with regard to Water Conservation measures to be undertaken during the ensuing monsoon season. The Prime Minister in his letter has called upon every Pradhan to take up water conservation related measure to optimize the shortage of water. In this connection, all the Pradhans will convene a Gram Sabha meeting in the respective Gram Panchayat and carry out the following activities in the Gram Sabha:
1. Read out the Prime Minister's letter to all the residents of the villages(s)
2. Each Gram Sabha convened should be followed by shramdaan for water conservation, as outlined in the Prime Minster' letter. Activities may include.
* Building and cleaning small ponds in the village for storing rainwater.
* Undertaking tree plantation drives.
* Constructing/ installing storage tanks at the community or individual household level for rainwater.
* Creating of soak pits in households for reuse for domestic and agricultural purposes and groundwater recharge.
* Awareness campaigns around water conservation through rallies.
* Village and school-level promotion of rainwater harvesting through Nukkad Nataks/ street plays, folk songs and dance performance.
* Wall paintings in public places on the theme of water conservation and proper management of water.
The respective Dy. Commissioner of the District have been asked to send letter of the Prime Minister to the Pradhans in the District.
In view of this, the Dy. Commissioner, South Andaman District had sent the letter of the Prime Minister to all the Pradhans of South Andaman District and the same has been received by the Pradhans.  To have uniformity in convening the Gram Sabha, all the Pradhans of South Andaman District have been requested to convene the Gram Sabha on 23.06.2019 followed by the activities stated in the letter. A report of the Gram Sabha along with pictures will be submitted to the Dy. Commissioner (SA) on the email ID Based on the report and action taken by each Panchayat, best panchayat will be selected for water conservation and management over the oncoming monsoons, a press release said.

Sadhguru to lead yoga session in isles

Port Blair, June 19: The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) will join hands with spiritual teacher Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev to observe the International Day of Yoga, the defence ministry said Wednesday.
As part of programmes, yoga sessions will be conducted in various clusters on Thursday and Friday at Birchgunj, Minnie Bay and INS Utkrosh. On Friday, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev will lead the yoga session on board Floating Dock of Indian Navy (FDN-2).
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, along with senior officers, personnel and families of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard will participate in the event.
During both the days, more than 800 personnel and their families are expected to participate.
The founder of Isha Foundation is expected at arrive Port Blair on Thursday and depart on Saturday, after attending series of events earmarked for International Day of Yoga, a statement said. During the visit, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev will felicitate organ donors of the Command and will interact with personnel and families of ANC, it said.

International Yoga Day 2019; All set for demonstration on 21st June

Port Blair, June 19: In order create awareness on the upcoming 05th International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2019 a rally has been conducted by the District Administration through its District Health Society, South Andaman on 19th June, 2019 from Bathubasti parking area (Opp. Air Force unit) to PHC Garacharma. 
The Rally was flagged off by Shri Hari Kallikkat, IAS (P), in presence of Municipal Councillor, Ward No. 19, Shri K. Muthu.
Around 170 participants from School of Nursing, GBPH complex, Industrial Training Institute, Dollygunj, NCC (Naval), NCC (Army) and Nehru Yuva Kendra participated in the rally.
The rally was concluded by the awareness talk on importance of Yoga by the District Programme Manager, DHS (SA) Shri B. Nagendra, at PHC Garacharma.
Further, the general public is requested to actively participate in the Yoga demonstration on the International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2019 from 6.30 AM to 08.00 AM at 24 identified venues of South Andaman District.

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Tagore College Auditorium
Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Porthrapur
Chinmaya Mission
Community Hall, Prothrapur
JNRM Auditorium
Atul Smriti Samiti (Bengali Club)
Girls School, Auditorium
Community Hall, Garacharma (Old Panchayat Building)
Mulitpurpose Hall, Stadium
Panchayat Hall, Ferrargunj
Kehtan Mandapam, Junglighat
Panchayat Hall, Wimebrlygunj
Community Hall, Shadipur
Community Hall, Ograbraj
Community Hall, Buniyadabad
Community Hall, Manglutan
Community Hall, Haddo
Community Hall, Shore Point, Bambooflat
Community Hall, Anarkali
Yoga Hall, AYUSH Hospital, Junglighat
Community Hall, Delanipur
Community Hall Wandoor (AYUSH Gram)
Panchayat Hall, Calicut
Ketan Kalyan Mandapam, Junglighat

IGNOU launch Certificate course in Yoga

Port Blair, June 19: The School of Health Sciences of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched a new programme-Certificate Programme in Yoga (CPY). The Yoga programme is essentially a practice based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind, body and spirit. It is a very powerful means to achieve physical, mental and emotional well being. Yoga paves the way to discover the self, the external world and the nature. It is an art and science for healthy living. Yoga has several benefits including education, health and stress management. After studying this six month yoga programme, the learner shall understand the basic principles and practice of yoga. The candidate will become aware about the history and the contribution of various Yoga in the field of Yoga and attain physical and mental health through Yoga. Initially, the Certificate Programme in Yoga offered through the IGNOU Regional Centres Delhi, Dehradun, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chennai, Mumbai and Pune only.
The six month programme, in English Medium, consists of 16 credits with two theory courses namely: introduction to Yoga and Yogic texts and Yoga and Health and one Practical  course namely, Shat Kriyas, Yogic Kriyas, Asanas, Pranayama, Mantra Japa  (Fee:          Rs. 10,000/-). All +2 pass students from any recognized board (any stream) are eligible for Certificate Programme in Yoga. Now the admission for July 2019 Academic session is open at IGNOU website: Interested students may contact the Programme Coordinator Prof. S.B. Arora; phone No: 011-29572811, 29572849, 29572813, email id;, a communication from Regional Director, IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair said.

Thoratang Bailey Steel Bridge collapsed; Law enforcement agencies is need of the hour

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, June 12: Engineering skills of National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) exposed after a sudden collapse of Thoratang Bridge (Bailey Steel Bridge) in Middle Andaman at 4.00 pm today.
As per sources, the Thoratang Bridge near Swadesh Nagar connecting Middle Andaman to North Andaman at about 4.00 pm on Wednesday collapsed when the two loaded trucks simultaneously crossing the bridge. Sources further said, at the time of incident both the loaded tippers were over the bridge, while the second truck went down with the bridge the other truck was struck near one end of the bridge. "The bridge was constructed merely five years ago and lack of maintenance was collapsed here today" alleged some citizens. As per reports, both the truck drivers were came out safely from their vehicles and reached shore after the mishap and no any other causalities reported.
The NHIDCL is assigned here to huge development projects for these islands. But, this unexpected incident due to irresponsibility on the part of the authorities largely the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) is also raising doubts among islanders upon the lasting and maintenance of the construction works being through NHIDCL.
Authorities of North & Middle Andaman have taken the NHIDCL authorities to task for the loss and inconvenience caused to the general public. A team of NHIDCL officers has proceeded to the spot to inspect the damage to the bridge.

LG reviews the conduct of UT wide Un-alerted Mock Disaster Management Exercise JeRaMo-19

Port Blair, June 12: Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency today reviewed holistically the conduct of UT wide Un-alerted Mock Disaster Management Exercise JeRaMo-19. He also reviewed the way ahead in respect of A&N Islands and aspects learnt from participation in the 6th Session of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 held in Switzerland. A&N Administration was represented by Smti. Angel Bhati Chauhan, (IAS) Secretary (DM & RR). Shri Chetan B Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Shri Dependra Pathak, DGP and other senior officers of the Administration and A&N Command were also present on the occasion.

Citizens’ Corner 13/06/2019

* There is proposal on move by A&N Administration that, the Govt. Press is likely to shift to some other place within the Municipal area. Govt. Press was an oldest structure and establishment of the British times in the Islands.

* Traffic has become a major menace in the city, especially between Clock Tower and Ganesh Temple. The vehicles (Auto-rickshaws, personal four-wheeler vehicles) which are often seen waiting for U-Turns by jamming and disturbing the smooth flow of traffic, which causes unnecessary trouble for even pedestrian. The A&N Traffic Police bosses must look into the issue.

Beside working on water stagnation in city, this Monsoon bring another duty to our Port Blair Municipal Council is that, the Footpaths in all Wards is becoming slippery and increasing risk for Footpath users. Timely precautions by PBMC as spreading bleach to oxidize footpath during Monsoon.

'Live - Phone Public Hearing' by Lt. Governor; Citizens may submit their representations; grievances to LG

Port Blair, June 12: The session of Live - Phone Public Hearing by Admiral D K Joshi, the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency at Raj Niwas, wherein the applicants can appraise their grievances directly to the  Lt. Governor.
The citizens wishing to project their grievances to the Lt. Governor may submit their representations (alongwith supporting documents) at any time convenient to them through following mechanism:
1. Delivery by hand to Raj Niwas Gate (receipt will be provided), or
2. On email ID :, or
3. Fax No: 03192-230372, or
4. By post/ courier.
The grievances received will be taken up on the date of Live - Phone Public Hearing, which will be communicated through subsequent press releases. Applicants have been requested to help LG's Secretariat to reach to them by mentioning verifiable contact number and address, along with copy of valid identity card.

A&N Police constitutes 'Special Task Force' to curb menace of Ganja

Port Blair, June 12: In continuation of its efforts to curb the menace of Ganja and other Narcotic & Psychotropic Substances, A&N Police has constituted four 'Special Task Forces' in three districts and CID to reign in the sale, distribution & consumption of Ganja and other narcotic & psychotropic substances.
Also, capacity building of these teams, for detection and investigation, will be carried out in coordination with State Legal Service Authority (SLSA) to ensure fool proof investigation and collection of evidence.
A&N Police is determined to remove the scourge of Narcotic and Psychotropic substances from these islands and the formation of Special Task Forces is a step in this direction, the SP, SA District communique said.

South Andaman Police arrests one from mainland for committing cheating

Port Blair, June 12: A team of Police Station Aberdeen has solved a case of cheating and arrested one person at Delhi.
On 07/04/2015, a complaint was received at PS Aberdeen regarding cheating of an amount of Rs.89,000 and accordingly a case of cheating was registered at PS Aberdeen. During the course of investigation, the bank details of the accused person were obtained and revealed his name as Nitin Kumar Vaid S/o Sunil Kumar Vaid R/o Delhi.
Thus, a team comprising SI Dinesh Meena, HC M. Shyam, PCs Prasant Deep Dung Dung & Ujjwal Pandey under the direction of Inspr. Sanjay Kumar, SHO PS Aberdeen and overall supervision of Shri Nishant Gupta, SDPO (S/A) was formed and sent to Delhi. After extensive efforts, the team succeeded in locating the accused Nitin Kumar Vaid who accepted his guilt. The accused person was arrested by Police and brought to Port Blair. He was produced before the Hon'ble Court, from where he was sent to judicial custody.

NSSO organises State Level Training programme on 7th Economic Census

Port Blair, June 12: The Field Operations Division (FOD) of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Port Blair in collaboration with CSC-SPV organised a one day State Level Training programme on 7th Economic Census (7th EC)  in the Conference hall of Megapode Resorts, Port Blair today. Smt Sandhya Krishnamurthy, Deputy Director General, NSSO (FOD), South Zone was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Speaking during the inaugural session, Smt Sandhya Krishnamurthy highlighted the importance of Economic Census and encouraged the participants to take the training further to the District level and sub-District level. "The stakeholders must keep the difficult terrain of the islands in mind while carrying out the census", she added. She also called upon the participants to ensure completion of census within the given time-frame. Shri Sanjay Kumar, Joint Director Economic Census, Ministry of Statistics and Planning Implementation urged the participants to make collective effort for the successful completion of 7th Economic Census.
During the workshop, the participants received comprehensive training on concepts and definitions to be used during the census, on flow of IT App designed for 7th Economic Census, field enumeration and supervision process. The roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders were also explained to the trainers. The training sessions were followed by feedback session for better understanding and co-operation.    
About 50 participants from CSC-SPV participated in the training programme. The participants so trained will impart training at District Level/Sub-District Level. Senior Officers from NSSO (FOD), South Zone and NSSO (FOD), Port Blair were also present on the occasion.
The 7th EC is being conducted by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in 2019. In the current Economic Census, MoSPI has partnered with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology as the implementing agency for 7th EC. In the 7th EC, an IT based digital platform for data capture, validation, report generation and dissemination will be used. The fieldwork for the 7th EC is likely to commence by the end of June 2019 or next month. The results of the exercise will be made available after verification and validation of the field work.
Economic Census will cover all establishments including household enterprises, engaged in production or distribution of goods/services (other than for the sole purpose of own consumption) in non-farm agricultural and non-agricultural sector will be counted.