Friday, April 26, 2019

People allege "shoddy road work going on at Teylarabad"; JE assures, work will be done properly

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Apr 24: Local people allege that, "the method using to construct road from main road to Pujari House at Teylarabad village (Ward No.3) under Sippighat Gram Panchayat by contractor is substandard. The road roller work is not done properly to compact soil and bitumen in the construction of its foundation, and sufficient water also not fed during road laying work".
Nearby residents further alleges that, the concern Junior Engineer for this work is least bother to inspect the work going on in broad day light, which hits there might be some nexus between contractor and concerned officials of Sippighat Gram Panchayat.
However, people in majority allege that, "If the road is carpeted in such standard, it will be damaged within a year".
When contacted Junior Engineer, Shri Appa Rao, he accepted the allegations of people and said, 'due to steep slope the road roller was not rolled properly in the area, but after doing mechanical change in the roller the work will be going on, sufficient water to the path is also providing now, after complaint'.
When asked by this correspondent that, why not any mandatory board put on display for information of Tender Work? He said, 'the work was estimated at the cost of approx Rs.20 Lakh'. 'The work is already delayed by the contractor and the bill will not be released until and unless the work done properly', he added.

Few are branding personal clashes to communal difference to fulfill their cravings

Port Blair, Apr 24: Andaman & Nicobar Islands, popularly known as "Mini India" had been a peaceful nest for every citizens of our country belonging to different community, caste, religion and beliefs. For years, islanders had been sharing their sorrows and happiness without any differences. But recent developments have raised serious concerns for islanders. Today islanders who lived together with harmony to make these islands "Mini India" are having a question in their mind. Is islands communal and religious harmony under threat?
A recent incident in the city has made the people ask themselves, is there any communal difference among islanders? The issues begun with a clash between a worker and his owner on payment related issue, was dragged to communal difference. As per sources, two workers were engaged by a person for work at this place at Dollygunj, Siva Colony. On completion of work, there were deliberations between worker and the owner. The difference intensified to an extent that the owner man handled the worker in which the labour got injured Jagannath Borai of 35 yrs. Later the worker was taken to hospital and was provided with medical aid. Meantime police case was also registered against T. Abdulah, Haddo and P.R. Navin, Prem Nagar at Police Station. Being suffered with injuries, the worker was released from Hospital after treatment. This was the true story behind the entire issue behind the day's disturbance in the city. Few people from the Bengali community coloured the entire issue in such a way that the worker was attacked by owner because the worker was Bengali and basically from Kolkata. They did all these to fulfill their own desires. Today morning when the worker was released from Hospital, few so called representatives of Bengali community in isles, took the worker to honorable court premises along with hundreds of labourers. This is how few people branded the personal clash between worker and his owner to communal difference. It's time for the UT Administration, Law enforcement agenciesand islanders to identify all those who are misguiding poor people and provoking them to undertake activities which will create disturbance.

6810 sedative tablets seized at College hostel Gate; One arrested

Port Blair, Apr 24: A team of South Andaman Police has registered a case of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985 and arrested a person with 6810 tablets of psychotropic substance.
On receipt of credible information on April 21, 2019, a raiding team under the guidance of SHO Aberdeen, Insp. Sanjay Kumar comprising SI P. Jeevan, HC Sunil Singh Yadav, PCs SN Rao, Suresh & Vinod Liniya conducted raid near Boys Hostel Gate, JNRM College and recovered 4200 pink colored tablets containing Alprazolam 0.50mg each, 2400 pink colored tablets containing Alprazolam 0.25mg each and 210 tablets containing Tramadol Hydrochloride 37.5mg from the possession of Dharmender Singh S/o Late. Jagbans Lall, 41yrs, R/o Aberdeen Bazar.
The public is requested to share information with Police in full confidence so that such anti-social elements are brought to justice and may pass such information to 112, 100, 03192-232100, 03192-232400 and 9434288673. The identity of the informant will be kept secret.

ABVP organises rally demanding Charge-sheet in recent double murder case

Port Blair, Apr 24: A peaceful rally was organized by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) demanding filling of charge-sheet against both the accused persons in the double murder case, which stunned the Islands recently. The rally was also organized to demand "Drug Addiction Free Andaman". The people who participated in the rally demanded justice for Late Padmapriya and Late Rose Cynthia and also sought speed up investigation.
According to reports, huge number of people gathered this evening at the parking area near ASI building, from where the rally started. The rally passed through Bengali Club, Model School, Clock Tower area and culminated near Gandhi Statue, where effigies of both the accused and drug mafias were burnt. Family members and friends of both the victims also participated in the rally.
The ABVP state Secretary R Rajsekar and Anu Katherine, student leader of TGCE lead the rally. ABVP ANI units President Dr Santosh Kumar Jha talked about ABVP's dedication towards eradicate the drug trafficking from these Islands and expressed his gratitude towards the Nicobari tribal community for their support and dedication to make Andaman and Nicobar Islands drug addiction free Islands.

Encroachments evicted

Encroachment evicted at Valluvar Nagar

Port Blair, Apr 24: The District Administration, South Andaman in accordance with its 'ZERO TOLERANCE' policy towards Encroachment on Government land has taken another significant step towards protection of Government land in South Andaman District.
Accordingly a major eviction Drive was conducted in Port Blair Tehsil on 22/04/2019 at Bambooflat led by RI Ajith where 09 encroached in the shape of temporary structure  made on Govt. land village Valluvar Nagar have been evicted from Government Revenue Land bearing Sy. No.16 approximate 1.00 Hects. have been cleared from encroachment.
General public is hereby cautioned to refrain from such unauthorized activities and encroachments, including buying and selling encroached land. In case of any violation found, stringent action will be taken. In case any of fresh encroachments are noticed, the general public can inform the District Control Room on toll free no. 1070.

Encroachment evicted at Prothrapur

Port Blair, Apr 24: The District Administration has always taken strict action against the encroachment over the community land and public pathways. The Hon'ble Supreme Court in the case Jagpal and Others has also directed that the community assets should be protected from illegal encroachment in all possible ways.
In view of reports with regards to encroachment on public road leading to CAIRI at Garacharma, District administration under took the eviction drive lead by Shri Casper James, Tehsil Port Blair. In the drive, encroachment in the shape of steps made on Govt. land by owner of Sunrise Hotel village Prothrapur have been evicted from Government Revenue Land bearing Sy. No.28 approximate 200 sqmtrs. have been cleared from encroachment. Also encroachment made by one Shri Ravindar lal was also removed by the team. It was ensured that the right of way for the CAIRI road is clear from any kind of encroachment so that public is not inconvenienced in any way 
General public is hereby cautioned to refrain from such unauthorized activities and encroachments, including buying and selling encroached land. In case of any violation found, stringent action will be taken. In case any of fresh encroachments are noticed, the general public can inform the District Control Room on toll free no. 1070 & 03192- 238881/ 9434280018, a communication from DC, SA said here.

Encroachment evicted at Shippighat


Port Blair, Apr 24: As committed to take stringent action and zero tolerance against the encroachment upon government land, the District Administration has evicted the encroachments on revenue land under Ferrargunj Tehsil. In this process, 7 Nos. encroachments in the shape of tin sheds/ huts and temporary fencing upon govt. land were removed by the Revenue Field staff at Bambooflat village. Besides, 09 Nos. of temporary structure/ fencing were also removed at Hopetown village under South Andaman District. The whole process of eviction was carried out under the supervision of Shri K. Sunil Kumar, Tehsildar Ferrargunj.     
Moreover, a fresh encroachment by constructing temporary shed/ fencing over the government land around 500 Sqmtr by one Smt. Seema Mistry, W/o Prafulla Mistry has also been evicted at Shippighat Village under Port Blair Tehsil.
General public is hereby cautioned to refrain from such unauthorized activities and encroachments, including buying and selling encroached land. In case of any violation found, stringent action will be taken. In case any of fresh encroachments are noticed, the general public can inform the District Control Room on toll free no. 1070 & 03192- 238881/ 9434280018.

Mock Exercise on Earthquake & Tsunami till 27th April, 2019

Port Blair, Apr 24: It has brought to the notice of General Public as well as the Stakeholders that the postponed Mock Exercise on Earthquake followed by Tsunami will now be conducted in any day during the last week i.e. between 22nd and 27th April, 2019 to assess the preparedness and response mechanism of the stakeholders, Nodal Officers of line Department/Agencies, Task Forces, QRTs and other Organisations etc.
On the day of the Mock Disaster Management Exercise all communication channels will be opened for issuing warnings and /or alerts (Mock), Mock SMS alerts to all the stakeholders, Nodal Officers of line Departments/Agencies, Task Forces, QRTs and other Organisations and Tsunami sirens will also been blown as test siren.
General Public is requested to be abreast of this, not to get panic and cooperate during the Un-alerted Mock Disaster Management Exercise. It has reiterated that the Mock Exercise will be conducted without any further notice, Govind Ram, Director (DM) said.

RD IGNOU interacts with the staff of TSG

Dr. S. Ganesan, Regional Director (RD), Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre, Port Blair is interacting with the staff of TSG, Super Market, Aberdeen Bazaar, Port Blair about IGNOU Academic Programmes on Apr 22, 2019.

Last Date Extended for IGNOU Exam Form Submission

Port Blair, Apr 24: The last date for filling-up the Examination forms for Term-End Examination for June 2019 session of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been extended up to 30th April, 2019 with late fee of Rs. 1000. The exam centre for these students will be restricted to KV:02PORT BLAIR of the Regional Centre, Port Blair. The students may submit the on-line exam form by clicking the online link available at the first page of IGNOU website or by directly visiting the page - The students must have submitted all the assignments of the courses for which they wish to appear for Term-End Exams.

IGNOU Empanel s Translators

Port Blair, Apr 24: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Regional Centre, Port Blair is in the process of empanelling the qualified translators to translate from English to Hindi and vice-versa. The qualified persons with Master of Arts in Translation Studies (MATS) or Post Graduate Diploma in Translation (PGDT) may kindly visit the Regional Centre during its working hours. The translators may also submit their bio-data in the prescribed format of IGNOU, available at Regional Centre. The empanelled translators will also be used in teaching activities of IGNOU students of MATS/ PGDT, a communication from Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair said.

Essay Competition on Distance Education

 Port Blair, Apr 24: To create awareness about Distance Education among school children, the IGNOU Regional Centre Port Blair is organizing Essay Writing Competition. The topic of the competition is "Distance Education Opportunities in Andaman & Nicobar Islands". The essay can be written either in English or in Hindi Language in handwritten form only. The students of 9th to 12th standard studying in the academic year 2019-20 are eligible to participate in the competition. There is no fee for the competition. Interested students can collect the IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair between Monday to Friday (10 am to 5 pm) and contact the detailed guidelines from the IGNOU Regional Center (03192-242888/230111) or by email: . Dr.T.R. Satyakeerthy, Assistant Regional Director (Mob No. 9446372105) is the Organizing Secretary to coordinate the essay competition. The 1200 to 1500 words handwritten essay must reach the Regional Centre on or before 15th July, 2019 through school Principal. Sufficient time is given to the school students to prepare a high quality essays during May-June summer vacation at home. A special briefing session about the competition will be held at IGNOU, Regional Centre, Kannada Sangha Building, Near Syndicate Bank, 18 Tagore Road, Mohanpura, Port Blair during 4.30 - 5.30 pm on Friday, 26th April, 2019, a communication from Regional Director, IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair said.

Ganga has higher proportion of antibacterial agents: study

A study commissioned by the Union Water Resources Ministry to probe the "unique properties" of the Ganga found that the river water contains a significantly higher proportion of organisms with antibacterial properties.
Other Indian rivers also contain these organisms but the Ganga - particularly in its upper Himalayan stretches - has more of them, the study suggests.
The study, 'Assessment of Water Quality and Sediment To Understand Special Properties of River Ganga,' began in 2016 and was conducted by the Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering and Research Institute (NEERI), a CSIR lab. The NEERI team was tasked with assessing the water quality for "radiological, microbiological and biological" parameters in the Bhagirathi (a feeder river of the Ganga) and the Ganga at 20 sampling stations.
As part of the assessment, five pathogenic species of bacteria (Escherichia, Enterobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio) were selected and isolated from the Ganga, Yamuna and the Narmada and their numbers compared with the bacteriophages present in the river water. Because bacteriophages are a kind of virus that kill bacteria, they are frequently found in proximity to each other.
"In the river Ganga, the bacteriophages were detected to be approximately 3 times more in proportion than bacterial isolates," the study's authors wrote in the report's synopsis analysed by The Hindu.
Though it isn't evident that there are bacteriophage species unique to the Ganga, the study suggests there are many more of them in the Ganga than in other rivers. Thus, samples drawn from the Ganga contained almost 1,100 kinds of bacteriophage, and proportionally there were less than 200 species detected in the samples obtained from the Yamuna and the Narmada.
However, these antibacterial properties varied widely along the length of the river. For instance, the stretch from Gomukh to Tehri had 33% more bacteriophage isolates than from Mana to Haridwar, and Bijnor to Varanasi. In the stretch from Patna to Gangasagar, the bacteriophages were only 60% of that in the Gomukh to Tehri stretch.
That the Ganga may contain unique microbial life, which makes it relatively more resilient to putrefaction, was suggested by British colonial scientists about 200 years ago. "This study was commissioned to test these properties using the latest scientific techniques and knowledge," said Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director-General, National Mission for Clean Ganga.
"The super-phage isolated from Ganga and decoded for its lysine gene and cloned to produce lysine protein at IIT Roorkee holds great potential as an antibacterial pharmaceutical," the report asserts.

Application invited for participation in Travel & Tourism Fairs in Mainland

Port Blair, Apr 24: The Directorate of Tourism, A & N Administration intend to participate in Travel & Tourism Fairs in mainland organized by different organization during the year 2019-20.The proposed locations of participation are as under:
Sl. No.
Name of the Fairs


Travel & Tourism Fair
( T T F)

05th to 06th July,2019
12th  to 14th July,2019
30th  to 01st  September, 2019
06th  to 08th September, 2019
13th to 15th September, 2019
20th 22th September, 2019
17th to 19th January, 2020
24th  to 26th January, 2020
TTF New Delhi
30th&01th February, 2020
31st to 01st February,2020
OTM Mumbai
03rd to 05th February, 2020
TTF Summer Ahmedabad
08th to 09th February,2020
Summer Kolkata
14th to 16th February, 2020


India International Travel  Exhibition  (IITE)
16th to 18th  August, 2019
11th to 13th October, 2019
15th to 17th November, 2019
13th  to 15th December, 2019
24th to 26th January, 2020
28th 1st March, 2020
20th to 22nd  March, 2020
SATTE- 2020
India Expro Mart
Greater Noida
08th to 10th January, 2020
Tourism India Expo’19
01st to 03rd August, 2019


Tourism Shelter
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
28th  to 30th June, 2019
Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
23rd to 25th August, 2019
Puducheery, Pondicherry
15th to 17th  November, 2019
Patna, Bihar
07th to 09th February, 2020


Tourism Fair
01st to 03rd June, 2019
19th to 21st July, 2019
22nd to 24th November, 2019
13th to 15th December, 2019
17th to 19th January, 2020


India International Travel Mart (IITM)
02nd to 04th August, 2019
09th to 11th August, 2019
13th to 15th September, 2019
20th to 22nd September,2019
27th to 29th September, 2019
       22nd to 24th November, 2019
29th to 1st December, 2019
09th to 11th January, 2020
21st to 23rd February, 2020
ABP Tourists Spot
28th to 30th June, 2019

Holiday Expo
16th to 18th August, 2019
11th to 13th October, 2019
            0 1st to 03rd November, 2019
13th to 15th December, 2019
              0 3rd to 05th January, 2020

The locations will be confirmed subject to minimum 05 participants in a location and payment of participation fee of Rs. 20,000/- for each locations. The expenditure towards journey, lodging, boarding etc will have to be borne by the participants.  The Island based Tour Operators / Travel Agencies who are enlisted with this directorate and intend to participate in the said Tourism Fair should submit their willingness in their letter head in writing along with a copy of their enlistment letter on or before 30/04/2019 to this directorate.