Saturday, February 2, 2019

A group of IFS Batch-2017 called on LG

A group of Indian Forest Service (Batch-2017) probationers who are on visit to the Islands called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on Jan 28, 2019. They were briefed about sustainable development efforts being undertaken through IDA and various infra projects underway as an enabler in the transformation process.

Community Radio Awareness Workshop Concludes

Port Blair, Jan 30: The three day Community Radio Awareness Workshop organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collaboration with Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation (SMART), concluded today.
The Valedictory address was given by Mr Ajay Kumar Gupta, Secretary, Power, & Civil Supplies, Andaman and Nicobar Administration. He admired the commitment of SMART in engaging the participants in interactive and informative sessions. He said that the Andaman and Nicobar Administration is committed towards encouraging the setting up of Community Radios and providing all support possible.
The workshop saw the display of local talent at its best. After capacity building through several sessions, the organisers divided the participants into three groups and did a mock exercise of setting up radio sand transmitting content. This included formation of a society, choosing a name for the radio, elucidating the language, community to be served, resources and staff. This mock exercise was an indication of the knowledge disseminated and absorbed during the training. The three radio stations set up by the participants were Sagar Vani, Deep Vani and Radio Swaraj. The groups made informative programmes for the fishermen community, farmers and women. This was an exercise full of fun and information depicting the learnings of the last two days.
The participants ranging from the fields of agriculture, environment, tribal welfare, and education, performing arts, and women empowerment appreciated the effort. One of the participants working in the field of disaster management said that more than 90 per cent of the organisations- both government and non-government in the islands had never heard of Community Radio and its potential. Now the Community Radio sector has 40 ambassadors to take this information across the island.
 "The workshop was very informative, we realised the importance for community engagement and two track communications. I have been in the line of communications for almost 25 years, but always thought that I knew it all. It was only in this workshop that I learnt that involving the communities and getting their feedback is also important", said Sanjay Kumar Pandey from CIARI.
"The importance of knowing the pulse of the community and reflecting their needs through the radio are the two learnings I am going back with," said Dr Shravani from Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Institute of technology.
The three day workshop walked the participants through the process and procedures of setting up community radios, shared experiences of operational radios and informed and educated the group on the importance of getting voices of those whose issues never get space in mainstream media.
Mrs Archana Kapoor, from SMART thanked the participants and the media for their support.

Impressive Beating Retreat ceremony marks culmination of Republic Day celebration in Isles

Four day long festivities of Republic Day 2019 culminated with Beating the Retreat. The vivacity of the Islands was at display in full fervour in presence of Dr. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Hon'ble Minister (Social Justice & Empowerment), Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency and other senior dignitaries.

Port Blair, Jan 30: Impressive performances by bands of Army, Navy, A & N Police, colourful cultural programme, illumination of boats and spectacular fire work display formed part of the Beating Retreat ceremony that marked the grand finale of the Republic Day celebration, at the historic Netaji Stadium on Jan 29th evening. The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) was the chief guest while, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Thaawarchand Gehlot also graced the occasion. The First Lady of A&N Islands, Smti. Chitra Joshi, the Member of Parliament Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Smt. Rupa Ray, Principal Secretary, Shri Vikram Dev Dutt, Senior Officers of the Administration, Defence and general public in large numbers also attended the function.
The ceremony set out with the bands of Army, Navy and A & N Police including Ladies Police Pipe Band, marching in unison, playing popular marching tunes, followed by performance of various marching movements and beautiful formation. This was followed by lowering of the National Flag.
A combined display of colourful and mesmerizing cultural programme was presented by school students of GSSS Bhatubasti and SS Prothrapur (combined), SSS Nirmala and Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Aberdeen, which received huge applause from the gathering.
As part of the Beating Retreat, Naval ships at the anchorage fired vary's pistol, while fireworks from the Marina Park illuminated the air in front of the Stadium. This was followed by illumination of ships of Navy, Coast Guard and Shipping Services, anchored between Marina Park Complex and Subhash Chandra Bose Island.

President Police Medals

The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) gave away President Police Medal on the occasion of Republic Day at Netaji Stadium on 26.01.2019 to the following police personnels.

Shri B Saigal

Shri Sylvester Tete

 Shri Solace Xess

 Shri Bala Krishna Lohar

LG's Commendation Certificates on Republic Day 2019

The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) gave away LG's Commendation Certificate on the occasion of Republic Day at Netaji Stadium on 26.01.2019 to the following persons.

RI-cum-Executive Magistrate, Shri Gopal Chandra Mosit.

Commandant (J.G), ICG, Shri Ramanjit Singh Rana.

Smt. K Jagdishwari, R/o Teylerabad.

Veterinary Compounder, Forest Deptt, Shri Abdul Razak.

Smt. Joshiba, Tribal Entrepreneur, R/o E-Wall Village, Katchal Island, Nicobar District.

Smt. Ananya Karak, Classical Singer

Shri Shekhar Debnath, Fishermen of Guptapara.

Shri R S Sarath, Range Officer (Wildlife), Forest Deptt.

Republic Day celebrated with gaiety and patriotic fervor in Isles on January 26

Spectacular Parade, colourful tableaux and cultural programme marked the 70th Republic Day celebration in the Islands, together with the rest of the country. The main function of the Republic day was held in the historic Netaji Stadium here, in which the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) unfurled the National Tricolour as the chief guest. The First Lady of the Islands, Smt. Chitra Joshi, Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Smt. Rupa Ray, Director General of Police, Shri Dependra Pathak, Chairperson, PBMC, Smt. Anusia Devi, senior officers of Defence, A & N Administration, PRI members, Councilors of PBMC, representatives of political parties and a large gathering of people were present on the occasion. The Lt. Governor took the salute from the parade contingents of the Republic Day.

INSV Tarini Officer interacts with children

Port Blair, Jan 30: Lt Cdr Pathrapalli Swati, Nausena Medal (Gallantry) recently interacted with various students including about 100 NCC cadets of Army, Navy and Air Force at Dweepika Auditorium, Haddo. During her talk, the officer narrated interesting incidents about how they overcame difficulties that they faced during this epic voyage. The 'Motivational Talk' was organized by Navy Children School (NCS), Port Blair.
                Later the officer also addressed the students of NCS Port Blair and interacted with all its teachers. The motivational talk and interaction gave a boost to all the children, especially girl students, as it showcased spirit of adventure and women empowerment.
Lt Cdr Pathrapalli Swati, Nausena Medal (Gallantry), a member of India's first all women crew that circumnavigated the globe as part of 'Navika Sagar Parikrama' aboard Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, was in Port Blair on 28th and 29th January 2019, a communication from PIB Port Blair said here.

Aids and assistive devices gifted to Divyangjans

Dr. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Hon'ble Minister, Social Justice & Empowerment gifted aids and assistive devices to Divyangjans of the Islands in presence of Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on Jan 29, 2019. This will be a fillip to their self-assurance, enabling them to overcome activity limitations and participate actively not only as beneficiaries but also as stakeholders in development of New India.

Election Express Van flagged off

Port Blair, Jan 30: An Election Express Van was flagged off by Udit Prakash Rai,  Returning Officer, ANIPC/Deputy Commissioner (SA)  from the campus of District Admin. on Jan 29, 2019.
 The Election Express Van on awareness of election shall cover South Andaman District from 29.01.2019 to 22.03.2019 with a slogan "NO VOTERS TO BE LEFT BEHIND".
Yash Chaudhary, IAS (P), Additional District Magistrate, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Assistant Commissioner, Settlement and Assistant Commissioner (HQ) and staffs of the District Administration were also present during the function.

DCSA sanctions ex-gratia relief

Port Blair, Jan 30: An unfortunate fire accident was reported on 27/01/2019 wherein the semi-pucca house belonging to Smti Vidyawati Devi, W/o Gore Lall, R/o Brindraban  under Ferrargunj Tehsil was fully damaged due to a fire incident which was took place on 27/01/2019 at about 1.30 pm.
In order to provide timely relief to the affected family the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman has sanctioned an amount of 98,900/- as ex-gratia relief to the victim Smti Vidyawati Devi, W/o Gore Lall, R/o Brindraban. The amount is sanction in terms of SDRF norms, a press release said here.

Lt. Governor felicitates 41 Isles sportspersons with cash awards

 Port Blair, Jan 30: The Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, (Retd.) has felicitated sportspersons, who have brought laurels to the Islands and the nation as well. At a felicitation ceremony held at Raj Niwas on Jan 25, 2019, the Lt. Governor gave away cash awards to as many as 41 sportspersons of the Islands. The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, DGP, Shri Dependra Pathak, Principal Secretary, Shri Vikram Dev Dutt, Chairperson, PBMC, Smt. Anusia Devi, Adhyaksh, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman, Shri Sanjib Kumar Mandal, and other senior officers of the Administration were also present on the occasion.
Congratulating the sportspersons for bringing laurels to the Islands and the country as well, the Lt. Governor reiterated the commitment of the Administration in encouraging sports in the archipelago. He said that efforts are being made to provide sports infrastructures in the Islands. Besides, training and coaching are also being made available with the objective to promote sports, the Lt. Governor said. The Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi is focusing on promotion of sports in the country, so that our sportspersons can achieve success in sports arena, he mentioned.
The Lt. Governor, while acknowledging the achievements of the Islands sportspersons said that the Administration will continue to encourage sport talents of the Islands by way of felicitating them as also providing them assistance. All necessary steps will be initiated towards improvement of sports in the Islands, he remarked.
In his welcome address, the Secretary Education, Shri D Manikandan informed that the Administration is encouraging sports in the Islands by honouring sportspersons every year, who have achieved success at national and international sports competition. This year, altogether 41 sportspersons of the Islands are honoured for bringing laurels to the Islands and the nation as well, he said.
The function concluded with the vote of thanks, proposed by Shri Kamlesh Kumar, Director of Education.

Clock Tower News 31/01/2019

House guts in fire accident at Bindraban
Port Blair, Jan 30: On Jan 27th afternoon, a fire was at a semi-RCC house belong to Smt. Vidyawati Devi, W/o Gore Lall, R/o Brindraban under Ferrargunj Tehsil, in the fire accident the house was completely gutted, sources said.
The fire was informed around 1.35 pm, in few minutes the Fire Tenders reached the spot and by 2:51 pm the fire was brought under total control. It is learnt that Short circuit was the reason for this fire accident. Sources further said, the incident could have turn in to a huge shape, but prompt response by Fire Services team was brought under control before it spread further.

Our worthy fire service averts another accident
Port Blair, Jan 30: A Fire was reported from the garbage dump area of vegetable market at Bhatu Basthi this evening. As per sources some people tried to burn the garbage, but it went out of control alarming threat to nearby market and houses, in view of the situation it was informed to the fire brigade by the people. Two fire tenders barely reached the spot and controlled the fire immediately. No casualties reported.

Supply of LPG cylinders from Brookshabad curtails
Port Blair, Jan 30: The Consumer Cooperative Stores Ltd. has decided to minimize issue of cylinders from LPG Godown at Brookshabad. Accordingly, issue of cylinders from the LPG Godown at Brookshabad will be carried out in the forenoon i.e from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon only and there will be no supply of LPG refills in the afternoon hours with effect from February 01, 2019.

Body found after missing in sea
Great Nicobar, Jan 29: The body of Mr. Manoj Kumar, a 22 year old youth of Rajiv Nagar, Great Nicobar, was found on Jan 29 from Laxman beach at Great Nicobar. Who had gone missing since Jan 27.
As per sources, he had gone for fishing on Jan 27, with four other folks of his area, but while returning back, he and one other kid jumped into sea to cross an inundated area of the Laxman Beach. Where, due to high waves both pulled into deep sea. Other kids were shouted for help then some people from nearby area came for rescue and one saved, but by that time Mr. Manoj Kumar had gone missing.

Congress committed to Guaranteed Minimum Income for poor; State Congress supports the move

Port Blair, Jan 30: The Congress President, Mr. Rahul Gandhi on 29th Jan 2019, has announced a guaranteed minimum income for the poor across the country, much like the system of social security in other country like the US. In a press conference held at Gandhi Bhawan here on Jan 29 evening, the Chief Spokesperson, PCC, Mr. K Ganeshan said that the Congress party has decided to implement the historic decision if voted to power in 2019. Mr. Gandhi has said that the Congress-led government is going to give minimum income guarantee. This means, each poor person in India will have minimum income. This means there will be no hungry, poor people in India. The idea of a universal basic income for the poor will be implemented because we cannot build a new India while millions of our brothers & sisters suffer the scourge of poverty. If voted to power in 2019, the Congress is committed to a Minimum Income Guarantee for every poor person, to help eradicate poverty & hunger. This is the vision & promise of the Congress chief.
Mr. Ganeshan & Mr. Tamil Selvam also remained the false promise made by the BJP during the 2014 Lok Sabha election wherein the Mr. Modi said if voted to power, the BJP Govt. will provide 2 crore jobs annually. However, as per available date only 1.5 lakhs jobs has been provided in the last four years. He also referred to the growing unemployment in the islands. Since the UT administration is unable to provide jobs to the education, the situation in the islands is growing tense and more and more educated unemployed youth are rendered jobless.
The party has done good show in Gujarat and the recent victory in the assembly elections in the heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The first thing, the Congress party has done in the States in which it has done very good, signoff on loan waivers. With Smt Priyanka Gandhi Vadra entering into active politics from eastern Uttar Pradesh, the Congress workers are now jubilant and will go in the 2019 election with the objective to win.

IGNOU admission date extended

Port Blair, Jan 30: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) announces extension of date for Admissions to its Academic programmes for the January 2019 Academic Cycle. The last date for submission of the fresh admission forms, both on-line and off-line mode has been extended upto 11th February 2019. The programmes includes: BA, BCOM, B.Sc, BTS, BCA, MCA, MA, MCOM, MSC and various other Bachelors, Masters, PG Diploma & Diploma Programmes. For off-line admission applicant may visit (or) contact IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair, Kannada Sangha Building, Near Syndicate Bank, Mohanpura, Port Blair. Phone: 03192-242888 or 230111, Email: or any of its Study Centres at Port Blair (03192-237078) Mayabunder (03192-276455), Hut Bay (03192-284300), Car Nicobar (03193-265037), Kamorta (03193-263045) & Campbell Bay (03193-264307), a communication from IGNOU Regional Centre said.

MP led PST candidates called on LG

PST candidates representing all segments led by Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Hon'ble MP, A&N Islands called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on Jan 25, 2019 at Raj Niwas. They were assured that recruitment will be concluded in a completely fair and transparent manner as per prescribed RRs, extant Rules, Regulations and policy decisions.