Thursday, October 3, 2019

Say Good Bye to Plastic Bags - “It is Better for your Generations”



TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Oct 02: As part of National Campaign against the single-use plastic and on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Over 25000 cloth bags (made by Skill Development Centre, DBRAIT) were distributed to general public for free by DBRAIT in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Oct 02, 2019. At different distribution points, people at large numbers collected the cloth bags in exchange of a polythene bag.
Background: Less than 50 years ago plastic bags were a rarity in the world. In Andaman it's just a decade ago Polyethylene were came into use, but badly affected a lot.
Before plastic bags, there was paper or cloth. Paper bags worked but they were not easy to carry and they weren't nearly as strong as plastic. The most important part is paper was more expensive to produce than plastic. The cost of disposal and clean up of plastic bags comes back to the tax payer, hazardously.
However, polyethylene (the most common type of plastic used for disposable bags) was first created in 1898 but it was not until the mid 1950s that a high-density polyethylene was invented. High density polyethylene was the "breakthrough" that enabled the production of cheap, yet strong plastic bags.
This seemingly simple invention changed the way we shop and had unimaginable consequences for our natural environment. The Problem We Didn't See Coming (or Didn't Care To See). The problem with plastic that wasn't considered at the time, but now the environmental ramifications of widespread use is disastrous due to plastic.
Plastic contribution to global warming to massive ocean pollution, plastic bags have become one of the largest environmental degradation are also taking their toll on human health this time.

Two students drowned into Marina Park's sea water; Pondicherry University expresses gratitude to search operation forces



Yagya Jyoti Jena 

R. Dheeraj Kr. Reddy 



Search Operation 


TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Oct 02: Two students of Pondicherry University Brookshabad unfortunately drowned into sea during their study based snorkeling at Marina Park's water on Sept 28, 2019.
As per reliable sources, a group of ten students of Marine Biology from Pondicherry University, Brookshabad have gone for study based snorkeling at Marina Pank for research on the subject they are studying. It was not the first time, but they used to go on a marine study few times ago at different locations in South Andaman.
But, unfortunately on Sept. 28, 2019 about 3.30 pm, among the ten students, Mr. Yagya Jyoti Jena (25 yrs), S/o G.C. Jena hailed from Manoharpur, Bhadrak (Dist.) Orissa (pursuing Ph.D. Marine Biology in Pondicherry University) and Mr. R. Dheeraj Kr. Reddy (22 yrs), S/o R. Sridhar Reddy of Chinna Chowk, Kadapa (Dist.), Andhra Pradesh (1st year student M.Sc. Marine Biology in Pondicherry University) gone missing from sight in the Marina Park water.
Finding something danger, in no time, one among the group have alarmed the Police by dialing 100, the Police team from Aberdeen Police Station have reached the spot and swung into action with all necessary equipments. The Police Officials have gathered detailed information about the missing students, meanwhile, underwater divers have started their search about the two drown students at around 4.15 pm.
During the search operation under the sea water at Marina Park done by divers of A&N Police Marine Force and Indian Naval Service with their Helicopter. The body of Mr. R. Dheeraj Kr. Reddy was found at 6.30 am on Sept. 29 at Marine Park water and sent to his native place same day. The search operation for other student was continued upto Sept. 30 evening, but in vain. On Oct 01, 2019 the body of Mr. Yagya Jyoti Jena was found floating in sea near Golf Yard area at Brichgunj, his body was sent to his native place on Oct. 02.
The Vice Chancellor, Pondicherry University and HoD of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology, Pondicherry University Brookshabad, Prof. Mohanraju have deeply condole the unfortunate demise of their students Yagya Jyoti Jena and R. Deeraj Kr. Reddy, and prays the almighty to give strength to bereaved family members for bear the irreparable loss. They further, expressed gratitude towards Andaman & Nicobar Police, Indian Naval Service, Andaman Nicobar Health Service and VSI airport authority for extending their selfless and rigorous service during the entire occurrence.
Citizens of Port Blair, who swam years ago in the Marina Park water says, "due to unaware about the sudden depth at Marina Park water despite sea is in low tide, then, the students went into sea upto the level unfortunate and occurred such accident. They should gather pre-knowledge before get into sea water, especially in Andaman & Nicobar water".