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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Cyber crimes is on rise allover India; Islanders fall prey of traps; A&N Police at rescue operation

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, June 05: Cyber crime is on rise in allover India with new tactics, surprisingly, many in our islands fall prey of such traps, a simple response to phone calls, text messages and emails by unknown persons/ bogus organizations, causes monetary loss to innocent people.
No doubt, our worthy A&N Police has solved many complaints; especially by the Cyber Cell for Economics Offence Wing solve such cases, if reported on time.
However, citizens of the islands need to be alert while attending such false calls, say "you won valuable items", "you won lottery of some billions", likewise to hack your mind. Later, they may demand you for money. Similarly, the fraudster may say themselves as bank employees or departmental employees by saying anything at the end they will ask your bank details or ATM card numbers. If anyone one follows them, that will be a big mistake, and ultimately you can became a victim of cyber fraud. 
The police sources says, during investigation in many cases relating to cyber crimes, neither any persons exists nor any companies came out to meet the end of such cases and found nothing after investigations. All the KYC documents of fraud persons used to get SIM card or manage Bank Accounts are found non-existed.
Now the million dollar question is that, how the telecommunication companies are issuing SIM cards without verifying documents properly, despite the fingerprint activation launched in the recent past? However, issuing a SIM card to fraudsters is an advantage are then, creating their wallet accounts in every readily available MobileApps these days. Thus, all the telecommunication companies are needed to be honest on their part to eradicate a big hurdle in digitalization of India.
Till then, citizens must ignore such calls as much as possible.

Environmental Education for Every Citizen

Dr. S. Ganesan
Regional Director, IGNOU
Environment is every body’s business. It has been observed that many individuals, who have the benefit of education and are actively engaged in their professionals are often have strong desire to educate themselves on environmental matters. They also want to play a significant role in environmental management. To facilitate them, a number of courses on environment are offered through regular university system and Open and Distance Learning System. For example IGNOU provides following environment education programmes:
Certificate in Environmental Studies:
 The programme is of use to general public, at every age and at all levels of formal and non-formal education. Professionals, ecologists, hydrologists, foresters, landscape architects, administrators and planners, engineers, industrialists, agriculturists, etc. will find this programme useful. The NGOs with their dissemination capabilities shall also find it useful.

Appreciation Course on Environment:
Environment is everybody’s business. It has been observed that many individuals, who have the benefit of education and are actively engaged in their professions, often have strong desire to educate themselves one environmental matter. They also want to play a significant role in environmental management of their neighborhood. Sometimes, due to misinformation or availability of excessive information on a subject, these individuals despite their enlightened background, are not in a position to appreciate significant environmental issues. They are also sometimes misled by adverse propaganda. Owing to these reasons, the Appreciation course on Environment has been developed by the university in collaboration with Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, as a non-credit awareness course.

Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental and Occupational Health
The Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental and Occupational Health (PGDEOH) focuses on assessing the public health risks associated with biological, chemical, physical, biomechanical and psychosocial hazards in natural and built environments. Environmental health specialists focus on the effect of environmental pollution on the health of human beings. The human health is a reflection of socio-economic and physical environment. The main link between the workplace and the general environment is that the source of the hazard is usually the same, whether it is an agriculture activity or an industrial activity. The programme aims at various concepts related to general environment, environment at the work place, related hazards and evaluation of health risk assessment by providing solutions to various aspects of environmental health occupational hazard management, epidemiology, health policy and management, and environmental health promotion. The successful learners will be able to work with health practitioners, researchers and policy makers to develop, evaluate and monitor health policies, programmes and practices related to health environments.

Post Graduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development
Post Graduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development has been developed by the School of Science, IGNOU in collaboration with the South Asia Foundation Learning Initiative and other Open Universities of the SAARC region, namely, Open University of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh Open University, Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan, B.R. Ambedkar Open university, Hyderabad and BRAC University, Bangladesh.

 The objectives of environment education are:
·         Create environmental consciousness among professionals, academicians and other members of society who can play an active part in opinion making within the society so that corrective environmental action could be encouraged;
·         Facilitate development of environmental leadership among individuals who may organize/participate in environment upgradation programmes.
·         Disseminate information and exchange knowledge and experiences gained in the pursuit of the goal of sustainable development.
·         Strengthen regional co-operation in environmental capacity building especially in the area of environmental management.
·         Educate and train individuals from different walks of life, viz, development functionaries, government, officials, journalists, policy makers, farmers, industries, grassroots workers, environmentalists who have a stake in protecting the environment as well as ensuring a better quality of life for the people of their countries.
·         Disseminate information on national and international  environmental issues;

Target populations for Environmental Education are:
·         Development functionaries
·         Government officials
·         Journalists
·         Policy makers
·         Farmers/agriculturists
·         Industrialists
·         Grassroots workers
·         Environmentalists
·         Ecologists
·         Hydrologists
·         Foresters
·         Landscape architects
·         Administrators and Planners
·         Engineers

We live on earth in different types of surroundings. This surrounding is our environment. We eat, breathe, clothe ourselves, reproduce and then die. The next generation comes and the cycle goes on; and the human race flourishes one earth. The physical environment on the earth provides favorable conditions for the existence and growth of different life forms, including man. These living beings constitute the biological environment. Both the physical and biological environments are in a close interaction with each other and form a stable self perpetuating system. In prehistoric days man lived in harmony with nature; but in the course of his evolution, man has developed a new type of environment, the man made environment. Man is a social animal; the socio-cultural environment also plays an important role in his life.

Each and every living organism has specific surroundings or medium with which it continuously interacts and to which it is fully adapted. This surrounding is the ‘natural environment’. The word ‘natural environment’ brings to mind broad aspects of landscape such as soil, water, desert or mountains which can be more exactly described in terms of physical influences such as differences in moisture. Temperature, textures of soil and biological influences. Thus, environment is the sum total of living and non -living components; influences and events surrounding an organism. Living components are called ‘biotic’ components while non-living are called ‘abiotic’ components.
No organism can live alone without interacting with other organisms so each has other organisms as a necessary part of its environment. We know that all animals are directly or indirectly dependent upon green plants. However, plants also depend on animals for a few things such as pollination of flowers and dispersal of seeds or fruits.
Insufficient Public Awareness and its reasons
Public awareness can play a vital role in environmental management. Damage to environment is caused by the activities of individuals who are not conscious and who do not have adequate knowledge of the environment. For example, when we cut forests on a large scale to get timber and fuel wood or clear land for agriculture, we damage the environment. Similarly, when we through liquid or solid wastes into ponds, rivers, lakes or oceans. We damage the aquatic environment. When pollutants in large quantities are allowed to enter the atmosphere, it leads to air pollution. We learnt that unscientific agricultural practices and unplanned industrial processes and even grazing of pastures can damage the environment. There is no doubt that agriculture is essential, grazing of animals is unavoidable, forests have to be harvested for their produce, industries and thermal power plants have to be set up, dams have to be built and automobiles have to run for transporting people and goods. We cannot do away with these. However, we can certainly do these things in a scientific and planned manner so that the balance of the ecosystem does not get disturbed. Every natural system has a limited capacity to absorb shocks. If these shocks exceed the limit, repair becomes difficult.
 For example, if we harvest mature trees from a forest and leave the young one’s to grow, the forest will continue to grow and provide timber and fuel continuously. Similarly, if a water body receives biodegradable wastes in a controlled way, which means that it does not contain toxic chemicals, the water body can take care of the wastes without undergoing drastic changes. However, if the same water body is used for dumping all kinds of wastes in unlimited quantities, the water body will become polluted, resulting in damage and death of the aquatic life in it. If the pastures are used for grazing of animals in a scientific manner, the pasture can remain useful indefinitely. However, if the pasture is overgrazed, greenery will soon vanish. Wind and water erosion will take away the fertile soil and the area will be rendered barren.
Thus we can use our natural resources and environment in two possible ways. The one, where the environment is not endangered and we get the benefits indefinitely. The other alternative is to use the resources and environment, in an unscrupulous manner. In the latter case, we may get more benefits for some time, no doubt, but in the long run we will be the losers. Obviously, every wise person would like to go for the first alternative. However, many a time people adopt the second alternative due to ignorance and lack of information. For example, if a herdsman is told of the consequences of overgrazing, he would never like to go for it. Similarly, if a person living in a forest is explained about the ill-effects of over-exploitation of forests, he would like to desist from it. Therefore, the important point is to make people aware of these things. Hence, environmental awareness becomes imperative.
(The author is Regional Director of IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair and can be reached at (M-8900936718)

Lt. Governor, A&N Islands called on President of India, Prime Minster of India and other Ministers

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency called on Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on Saturday (01.06.2019). The President was briefed about the progress of ongoing transformational infrastructure, connectivity and tourism projects in A&N Islands through IDA with the support of NITI Aayog and schemes which are to be implemented in the next phase.

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands & Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency called on Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India at New Delhi on Friday (31.05.2019). He extended his warm wishes and congratulated him on behalf of A&N Administration and the Islanders. He also briefed him about the ongoing progress of transformational infrastructure, connectivity and tourism projects being steered through IDA in the Islands and schemes which are to be taken up in the next phase.

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.),  Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency called on Shri Amit Shah, Hon'ble Union Home Minister at New Delhi on Sunday (02.06.2019). The Hon'ble Minister was briefed about the ongoing/planned transformational infrastructure, connectivity and tourism projects under the aegis of IDA in the Islands with the support of NITI Aayog.

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM,YSM,NM,VSM (Retd.), Lt Governor, A&N Islands & Vice-Chairman Islands Development Agency called on Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon'ble Minister of Defence at New Delhi on Sunday (02.06.2019). The Hon'ble Minister was briefed about the status of ongoing/planned programs under the aegis of IDA with the support of NITI Aayog and other strategic projects in the Islands.

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency called on Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon'ble Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India, at New Delhi on Sunday (02.06.2019). Various issues regarding expediting UDAN schemes in the Islands, project of new Greenfield Airports at Port Blair/Campbell Bay and providing early Inter Island connectivity by Helicopters & Seaplanes were discussed.

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency called on Shri Raja Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon'ble Minister of State (I/C) for Statistics and Programme Implementation at New Delhi on Sunday (02.06.2019). Various issues regarding inter Ministerial/Agency coordination for ongoing transformational infrastructure, connectivity and tourism projects under the aegis of IDA and schemes to be implemented in next phase in the Islands were discussed.

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency called on Dr. Harsh Vardhan,  Hon'ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare Minister of Science & Technology, and Minister of Earth Sciences at New Delhi on Sunday (02.06.2019). Various issues regarding requirement of additional Doctors including specialists and provisions of additional medical Ultra Sono Graph/Dialysis hardware in the Islands were discussed.

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency called on Shri Prakash Javadekar, the Minister of Environment Forest & Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting at New Delhi on Saturday (01.06.2019). Various issues regarding environmental clearances and land use availability for IDA-steered transformational projects in A&N Islands with the support of NITI Aayog as sustainable development model were discussed.

Pulwama Terror Attack: A & N Police donates one day salary to the families of CRPF Martyrs

Port Blair, May 29: In solidarity with the families of CRPF martyrs in the dastardly Pulwama terror attack Andaman & Nicobar Police donated one day salary for the martyrs fund. All the officers and men of A & N Police have voluntarily contributed their one day basic salary. 
On 27th May, 2019 the Director General of Police, A & N Islands, Shri DependraPathak, IPS handed over the demand draft of Rs.26,25,775/- in favour of "CRPF Shaheed Fund (CWA)" to Shri. Antony Jenson, Commandant, CRPF. The voluntary contribution will go into the accounts of the family members of the martyrs who lost their lives in Pulwama attack.

Newly elected Member of Parliament called on Hon’ble Lt. Governor

Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma elected as the Member of the House of the People from A&N Islands Parliamentary Constituency called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency today at Raj Niwas. He was congratulated & extended best wishes for his tenure.

Kuldeep thanks Islanders

Port Blair, May 29: After being elected as Member of Parliament of ANI Parliamentary Constituency, Kuldeep Rai Sharma has thanked the islanders from the core of his heart and has expressed his sincere gratitude to all the islanders for having faith in him and giving him a chance to serve them. He has assured that he will leave no stone unturned for the overall development of the Islands.

Campbell Bay police arrest 6 cheats from Delhi

Port Blair, May 29: The staff of PS Campbell Bay cracked a cheating case by arresting 06 accused persons from Delhi-NCR region on May 24, 2019. These accused persons duped complainant Shri Rakesh Tirkey resident of Campbell Bay by luring him to invest into their 03 companies and promised him huge profit in return. After initial investment of Rs 3,50,000/-, in 2014, the complainant received some electronic items and he was also promised some profit for his initial investment. The complainant was further lured to invest approximately total amount of 40 lakhs to 03 fraud companies namely M/s Shopit Marketing Private Limited, M/s Unique Mart Private Limited and M/s IDS Marketing Private Limited by persuading him through frequent telephone calls in 2015. Complainant transferred the amount in multiple accounts through online banking. After that all the telephone and mobile numbers were switched off and complainant realized that he was cheated of his hard earned money. A case U/s 420/34 IPC was registered in 2018 in PS Campbell Bay and investigation was handed over to Inspector Vishal Ram, SHO Campbell Bay. After doing his homework, the team under the leadership of SHO Vishal Ram consisting HC/ Ashwini Kr. Singh of PS Nancowrie and PC/ K.A Siddique of PS Campbell Bay proceeded to Delhi to apprehend the accused persons in April 2019. Total six accused persons were arrested from Delhi with the help of Special Staff Unit of South District, Delhi Police. All the accused persons namely 1. Narendra Sharma, 2. Tanuj Talwar, 3. Imamuddin Ansari, 4. Rakesh Abrol, 5. Sunil Kumar Yadav and 6. Shyam Sharma were brought to Port Blair on 20/05/2019 and produced before Honourable Court.
Further investigation is also being conducted to unearth names of more victims of their modus operandi. General public is cautioned not to fall pray of such fraudsters who claim to give exorbitant profits in lieu of investment and verify the antecedents of companies before investing in them.