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.