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".

Special Gram Sabha on 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi organized at Mithakhari

Port Blair, Oct 02: A Special Gram Sabha of Gram Panchayat Mithakhari was organized at Panchayat Bhawan Mithakhari at 10:00 AM on 02nd October, 2019 to embark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and launch of People's Plan Campaign - 'Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas' from 02/10/2019 to 31/12/2019. Pradhan Mr. Mohd. Safiq welcomed the gathering and illustrated the work done in the ongoing Swatchchta Hi Seva Campaign from 11/09/2019 to 02/10/2019. The Chief Guest of the event was Mr. N. Mohan, Consultant Dept. of Arts & Culture who spokes on the disadvantages of Single use plastic and giving the village a safer environment. Mr. Anirudh Kr. Pandey, representative from Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs dept., Mr. Dipankar Ray, Branch Mananger, SBI Mithakhari, Mrs. Beena Negi from Agriculture Dept., Dr. S.K. Choubey, Senior Veterinary Officer, Port Mout alongwith PRI members, Anganwadi workers, staffs of line depts. and villagers of Gram Panchayat Mithakhari were also participated on the event. Panchayat Secretary Mrs. Shaiba Mohammed gave details on Mission Antodaya and People's Plan Campaign for holistic development of Gram Panchayat. Pradhan encouraged the villagers to come forward with their problems and helping hand in formation and approval of a good Gram Panchayat Development Plan for Socio economic development of the villagers. Pradhan gave vote of thanks to the dignitaries and villagers present for taking out their time and making the Gram Sabha a success. The programme was concluded with Padh Yatra and Shramdhan.

IGNOU RC-Port Blair conducted plastic free campaign at Port Mout Village

Port Blair, Oct 02: As part of the Swachhata Hi Sewa Campaign initiated by the Prime Minister of India, from 11th September 2019 to 02nd October 2019, the IGNOU Port Blair has conducted a special drive on No to Plastics and Yes to greenery at the Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya School at Port Mout, the adopted village of IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair. The programme started with a welcome address by the Principal Shri Rajkumar. The Zilla Parishad Member Shri Gadhadar Mazumdar inaugurated the programme and was presided by Shri Mohan Halder the Pradhan of Chouldari Gram Panchayat, Port Blair.  The students and staff of Vivekandanda Kendriya Vidyalaya School as well as staff of IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair planted 25 tree saplings and on this occasion the dignitaries of the programme declared the VKV School a campus fully free of plastics. The programme was performed in conjunction with the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan scheme and was a great success, a communication from Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair said.