Thursday, October 8, 2020

District Administration is hitting hard on bootleggers

Port Blair, Oct. 08: With the motto of zero tolerance towards illegal sale of alcohol, the District Administration is hitting hard on bootleggers in South Andaman District.

The Office of Deputy Commissioner received an information on 08th October 2020 regarding the illegal sale of liquor in Dairy Farm area. On receipt of information, the Excise team of District Administration raided the Dairy Farm area. On sensing about the raid by the excise team, the bootlegger escaped. Taking cognizance in the matter, the premises has been sealed by the District Administration and the Police Department has been directed to take necessary action against the persons indulged in these illegal activities.

The District Administration hereby cautions all persons indulged in illegal sale of liquor to refrain from such activities. Strict actionunder relevant provisions of law will be initiated against the violators.

General public is hereby requested to intimate any such illegal activities in District Control Room number 1070, a communication from the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman District.

IGNOU Students advised

Port Blair, Oct 08: In Indira Gandhi National Open University, re-admission is the process for the students who have not successfully completed his / her Certificate / Diploma / PG Diploma / Bachelor / Master Degree programme within the maximum duration period. The students, who have not completed their programme within the duration of maximum & readmission period, are being allowed to complete their programme with extension of re-admission period. Such students are advised to contact on 03192-242888 / 230111 or email to or visit to Regional Centre office, Near Syndicate Bank, Mohanpura, Port Blair, during its working hours. A communication from the IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair said.

Citizens’ Corner 08/10/2020

* Persons, who have lot of money or position, can do anything! Anything means anything like can do encroachment of lands, dealing with drugs, covering the truth, escaping from crimes and many more. Authorities are dealing them with a metal fist 24x7, calling it iron fist.

* Liquor sale business in 'Gumties' is growing like a flower in drought areas. Even, in-lockdown or un-lockdown it runs especially near port areas 'Gumties' sale is like unstoppable and successful business. During lockdown many people have become jobless, money less, but they went for drink to be looted by the Gumties for sake of relaxed kick. Police knows anything or not, don't know.

* Narrow paths in city are the curse for Smart City project of Govt. of India. In our islands, there are many existing colonies in Port Blair city having narrow paths, some are revenue and some are so called old encroachment structures, which occupies the path way. But, when it comes to path way for about 50 individual houses, it has to be vacated and allotted for path way. But, local administration here is dreaming for Smart City and ignoring the Smart deeds.

* Entering COVID-19 infection into the islands is the responsibility of Health Department. Similarly, entering Drug Substance into the islands is the responsibility of Police Department. Despite thermal scanning and using mask, following physical distancing, the virus enters into these islands. Of course, we can't see, touch and find the COVID-19 "Virus". Is the Drug Substances these days modified itself and spreading around Islands like "Virus"?

Human Rights Commission is likely to investigate the matter of scuffle seized between COVID warriors and Director Transport

TMI Bureau

Port Blair, Oct 07: A local NGO SAHYOG has filed a complaint with Human Rights Commission, New Delhi in the issue of scuffle between 13 Nos. COVID-19 warriors and Director Transport, which was reported on Oct 3, 2020 in the evening around 7 pm at Bhatu Basthi Parking area.

Background as per sources: "On Oct 03, 2020 at about 7 pm, the STS bus being used to prevent COVID-19 is parked after the staff of STS noticed some smoke from the Bus at Bhatu Basthi parking area, while coming back from sanitization work. As per report that the Director of Transport who was crossing Bhatu Basthi at the meantime found a bus of STS parked by road side. The DoT got down from his car and entered that bus to understand the reason behind parking of the bus. Sources, said during the clarification, a verbal quarrel look place between DoT and COVID-19 Sanitization staff over unknown matter. It is learnt that the angered DoT slapped a health staff in the bus, where the scuffle begin. If citizens believed, there are many among public near Bathu Basthi parking area also witnessed and involved in scuffle. A case has been registered at PS Pahargaon against the 13 Nos. COVID-19 warriors in that Bus".

However, the Human Rights Commission, New Delhi have accepted & registered the case and about to inquire the matter soon. The NHRC has registered the case vide case number 12/26/4/2020 officially.

There are many including members of SAHYOG NGO, and other general public on the spot are claiming that the first attack was made by the Director of Transport, Dr. Navlendra Singh. The Health Department, however have already refuted the allegation that "Director Transport was attacked by the Health Workers, present in the STS bus used for COVID-19 sanitization works".

Dry Ration distributed by Corporater through NGO 'CLA'

Port Blair, Oct 07: Recently, the Benefactor of the event along with a local NGO, COMPASSIONATE LOVE IN ACTION (CLA) distributed Dry Ration Kits comprising 25 essential commodities to 120 needy families of Auto Drivers who were financially affected during the lockdown due to COVID-19. Mrs. R Dimple, Network Director of ANI News and Advertising Agency honored the occasion. Mrs. R Dimple distributed Sanitizers and Masks along with the Dry Rations to the Vehicle Drivers. The guest praised the efforts taken by Founder Director of CLA Rev. Ernest Rajiv Tadamala, Rev. G. Babu and Mr. Sanjay B. Gollapalli of Vitala Sr. Sec. School for showing such benevolent generosity towards the needy people. They requested the benefactor CORPPORATER to do such charities to more needy people who are struggling hard for their survival. Mrs. R. Dimple immensely thanked and praised this great initiative by CLA and benefactor Corporaters and also requested them to provide more of such relief to many other Islanders who are undergoing severe financial crisis due to shutting down of businesses and unemployment, a communication said.

Special Task Force to check menace of illegal sale of liquor by District Administration

Port Blair, Oct 07: District Administration, South Andaman after unlock-4 has been receiving a lot of complaints from various sources / news articles regarding illegal sale of liquor in South Andaman District. The illegal sale of liquor is prohibited and is a serious offence which attracts, in addition to sealing of premises, imprisonment upto six months alongwith fine as per provisions.

Further the District Administration has also constituted a Special Task Force under the leadership of Excise Officer of concerned Tehsil to conduct raid and check the menace of illegal sale of liquor or illicit liquor.

The District Administration hereby warns the individuals / persons indulged in such illegal activities that the same will be viewed seriously and stern action as deemed fit under Andaman & Nicobar Islands Excise Regulation, 2012 will be initiated.

General public are hereby requested that any information regarding illegal sale of liquor in or around their locality may please inform to the District Control Room No. 1070.

Sathyagraha orgnaised by PCC against rape and murder of a girl in Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh

Port Blair, Oct 07: The Pradesh Congress Committee, Andaman & Nicobar Islands following the directives of AICC, New Delhi in regard to recent incident of rape and murder of a dalit girl belonging to Valmiki Community in Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh, has organised a silent Satyagraha sitting in front of Dr. BR Ambedkar Statue, PBMC Auditorium complex at Port Blair on 5th October, 2020 against the arbitrary and unconstitutional act of the Yogi Adityanath Government in UP and injustice done towards the 19 years old  dalit victim gild and her family.  In this Satyagrah programme, office bearers of the Pradesh Congress Committee, District Congress Committee, Block Congress Committee, Mahila Congress, Youth Congress, Seva Dal, National Student Union, A&N Islands, elected Councillors, Zilla Parishad Members, Pradhans, Panchayat Samities, Panchayat Members, leaders and workers of the Congress Party, Members of INTUS and general public as well were participated. Many senior leaders including Women of the Congress party were spoken during Satyagrah programme by expressing their displeasures on the brazen inhumanity perpetrated on the victim by the culprit and the shameless and unconstitutional act of the Yogi BJP -led government in the Uttara Pradesh who had denied justice to the victim and her family. 

The peaceful protest rally of Satyagraha was started from Gandhi Bhavan on 05.10.2020 at 9.30 AM and after holding Satyagraha programme in front of Dr. BR Ambedkar Statue, PBMC Auditorium from 9.30 AM to 12.00 PM the same was culminated in front of Gandhi Statue, Aberdeen Bazar at 12.15 PM on the same day.  During programme, COVID-19 guidelines / protocol as per Govt. of India and Andaman & Nicobar Administration orders were followed.

Citizens’ Corner 01/10/2020

* This is the time for the Presidents of Political parties, councilors to say "stop the eviction drives during pandemic time" to stock the votes of the citizens. No doubt, during the pandemic they partially have provided grocery items and other needed items to the poor at the time of need, but the intervention in their shelters (new encroachments) is against the interest of islanders, I believe.

* OFC is laid to mean for the betterment of BSNL signals, but unfortunately the BSNL subscribers are facing more difficulties in getting signals than before. The voice calls which are the basic requirement of users is still not fulfilled by the BSNL. The worst condition is at Bambooflat and beyond areas, where can't even see the network in smart mobile phones.

* Proper sanitization is required, as cinema halls 50%, schools to ready to be opened from Oct 15, 2020 as per Unlock 5.0 guidelines. There are still many firms/ organizations are functioning negligently in city without a fear of COVID-19 infection, which may cause further carelessness in future towards COVID-19. Maintaining proper sanitization by following golden principles in the fight against Covid viz: 'Wear Masks Properly' and 'Maintain Social Distancing / Do Gaz Ki Doori' are the only ways.

* The visionary Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma, MP, A&N Islands has requests Minister to include A&N Islands under Jal Jeevan Mission and grant Rs.2000 crore to resolve water crisis to ensure timely completion of the Flat Bay Water project under Jal Jeevan Mission to provide relief to the public from water deficit.

Tourism activities restarts in South Andaman district except Little Andaman Island

Port Blair, Sept 30: On the occasion of World Tourism Day, Tourism sector in the Islands received a major boost with Andaman & Nicobar Administration announcing re-opening of Tourism Activities in the Islands. While the Tourism activities have been permitted in South Andaman District (except Little Andaman), other districts will be considered in subsequent phases.

Tourism sector is the fulcrum of the economy of the A&N Islands, on which livelihood of thousands of people depend. However, the tourism activities had been suspended in the Islands, in the wake of outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. With the announcement of 'Unlock' phase by Government of India, various sectors of the economy are being gradually opened up. Accordingly, A&N Administration has decided to permit tourism activities, while prescribing due precautions.

The tourism activities which have been permitted in the first phase include opening of beaches, museums, light & sound show at National Memorial Cellular Jail and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and water sport activities of boat rides and snorkelling. Other activities like scuba diving, sea walk, parasailing etc. will be considered in the subsequent phases.

The Department of Tourism has prescribed detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for these activities, which need to be followed by all stake holders.  Apart from these SOPs prescribed by Tourism Department, other orders and advisories issued by Govt. of India, other departments of A&N Islands and any other competent authority, as applicable will need to be followed.

In order to kick-start the activities and celebrate World Tourism Day - 2020, cleaning and sanitization drives have been planned on 27th September, 2020 at National Memorial Cellular Jail, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, and Anthropological Museum in association with Industry Associations. 

It is hoped that with the opening of Tourism sector in the Islands, economic growth will pick up, providing livelihood support to the Islanders.

Friday, September 25, 2020

MP raises vital issues of islands in Lok Sabha

 Port Blair, Sept 23: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, the Member of Parliament, A&N Islands on 20.09.2020 during the ongoing monsoon session of parliament took up the most vital and perennial issue of scarcity of drinking water being faced by the people of Andaman and Nicobar  Islands. While addressing the Hon'ble Speaker in the presence of the august House, Shri Sharma said that it is painful to inform that the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are continually suffering from the unimaginable scarcity of drinking water and through the medium of Hon'ble Speaker and the parliament invited the attention of the Government on this vital issue of the Islands.

Shri Sharma said while along with the rest of India, the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands were suffering and fighting against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic for survival, they were subjected to yet another bigger and unbearable problem of acute scarcity drinking water in the Islands. He said, it is very painful to inform that, the Islands despite receiving an average annual rainfall of 3000 mm, the Islanders have to suffer from acute scarcity of potable water.

While inviting the attention of the House, he said Andaman and Nicobar Islands falls under seismic zone 5 and is subjected to occurrence of Tsunami, earthquake, cyclones quite frequently. The people of South Andaman are served by a lone Dam and if it gets damaged due to natural disaster, the people will be deprived of drinking water which is bare minimum necessity for survival of life. He said that, during this March to August beside the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, the Islanders were severely suffering from scarcity of water as it was supplied once in seven days and that too for fifteen minutes only. Further, due to Lockdown imposed by the Government to prevent spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the people could not even go out of their home for search of water from some nearby sources.

In order to tide over the crisis of potable water, Shri Sharma through the Hon'ble Speaker invited the attention of the Government towards the Flat Bay water project which was conceived 22 years back during 1998 and survey also conducted for feasibility at a cost of Rs.287 lakhs. He said that to complete the project around Rs.2000 Crores will be required and requested the government through the medium of House to sanction this additional fund to tune of Rs.2000 crores exclusively for the Flat Bay Water Project, as the annual budgetary allocation of around Rs.5000 Crores which the Andaman and Nicobar Islands receives from the Central Government gets utilised for other developmental activities. Shri Sharma said that the Flat Bay Water Project will benefit around 3(three) lakh population and will be able to meet the fresh water requirement for at least a period of 10 years. He also emphasized that as Andaman and Nicobar Islands are well known for tourism, easy availability of fresh water will benefit the tourism industry which will ultimately help in solving the problem of unemployment being faced by the youths of these Islands.

Citizens' Corner 24/09/2020

 * The A&N Islands are likely to become complete online feasible area and many departments have already launched their portals to make ease to the citizens. But, the need of the hour is to set up a portal for Electricity Bill payments by the Electricity Department. Amid pandemic one can see the queues at Counters of Electricity Department. It is observed that, citizens are unable to pay through CSCs due to insufficient fund kept by the operator sometimes, which makes to prefer Counters of Electricity Department.  

* I couldn't understand till now that, the authority is allowing 1+1 persons in two-wheelers, but not allowing 1+2 in Auto rickshaw. I think, somewhere I am missing the very sensitive logic behind this authority's restriction. If we travel in Auto Rickshaw 1+2 persons can go easily by maintaining physical distancing, despite allowed 1+1 only in three-wheelers. And on bike / scooter 1+1 are allowed fantastically. Anyhow, I will think and think, but will find-out the way the authority is thinking.

* Private schools are asking Tuition Fee from the parents of students studying in their schools. Together with Govt. Servants' children, many below income privately working parents are also joined their children into private schools for presumed better future. But, this many months Lockdown took the low income parties to the lowest and facing difficulties in paying the fees. The mighty Govt. Servants can pay, but how can we the below income privately working parents can pay? That too, without sending our children to schools! Trying hard, let see! It would be good, if any supporting directions would be issued by Education Department for some relief. 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Citizens' Corner 03/09/2020

 * People are amazed with the current DC who comes to interact with the ground level vendors at various markets in city and distributed masks by giving a lecture on Covid-19 pandemic. We thought IASs are born to be in AC chambers only and under the Sun is a left-off habit for them. But, this Deputy Commissioner has broken our beliefs now. We heard about him as Secretary of PBMC earlier, who batted against illegal encroachments in South Andaman strictly, anyhow later that was neglected.

* Encroachment continues at Attam Pahad, encroachers cutting dense jungle and making shelters finding as opportunity amidst COVID-19. Authorities are keeping at blind eye on the entire illegal affair, may be due to a revenue official himself is encroached a big portion in Attam Pahad. Now, the current DC may look into after containing pandemic in the South Andaman.

* GB Pant comes back to its fame of some 20 years back now, doctors are taking good care of patients these days. May be the health sector before Covid-19 has assumed that diseases relating to body parts are the ailments which have to be treated and all that was it! Hence, used to enjoy their profession a level and up to a degree while dealing with huge number of patients. But, this pandemic is a lesson for every human being that there are still many things exists which are untouched by humans. We expect a new era of everything post-Covid-19.

Shri Suneel Anchipaka (IAS) doing a commendable job at ground level towards containing Covid-19 in South Andaman

Port Blair, Sept 02: Since Shri Suneel Anchipaka (IAS) had taken charge as the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman, he had done commendable works at ground level particularly in regard to reducing the corona pandemic. He, instead of sitting in the Air Conditioner Chamber, always coming out and visiting the vantage points and streets and interacting with the people and make them understood the seriousness of the corona pandemic by distributing mask, the importance of Covid-19 protocols such as cleanliness, hand wash, wearing of masks and social distancing i.e. the effective fight against the spread of the pandemic.

One thing is there which is worth-mentioning after his taking-over the charge as Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman, the increasing rate of corona patients has been come down even to less than half. Now people hope that because of his hard and dint determination the rate of the corona patients will again come down and the Andaman and Nicobar islands is free from such corona patients. He is a able and efficient person to carry out any such important task and to be the head of a District Administration.

It is pertinent to mention here that people had an experience, as part of the corona awareness programme, the present Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman alongwith the concerned SP and other officers, all of a sudden came by their vehicles and got down in a street and started advising the road side vendors and the street mongers about the spread of corona virus etc. without caring for his dignity or ego and mingled with the public and made them understood the importance of Covid-19 protocols.  It is also worth-mentioning.

The citizens of these islands wish that such an able and efficient officer should continue to be the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman all the time, even if his tenure lapses. Extensions after extensions of tenure may be given to him to serve the South Andaman district for the development of islands.

Earlier, Shri Suneel Anchipaka was the Secretary, Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC), when he came to these islands and took charge as such and did a commendable work in the PBMC. After his assuming charge, the PBMC has started collecting revenues towards property tax, water charge etc. properly in a systematic way by putting into effect the digital system and very accurately did the work and the sources of income had been increased manifold. Further lots of developmental activities were taken-place in and around the Municipal area, which are very much appreciable.

Coming back to the Corona Pandemic, the front line workers of the corona pandemic such as Police, Medical, Sanitary workers, social workers and the Food Safety staff etc. are also worth appreciable and their works are commendable at this juncture. Their services and dedication to the duties are also worth to mention, who are ready to work day and night.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Citizens' Corner 27/08/2020

* People now don't need to be feared for going GB Pant Hospital for any ailment, GB Pant is taking good care of patients these days. In fear of chances to be infected from Corona virus at GB Pant Hospital, people use to avoid going GB Pant Hospital and also with blind belief that doctors are not taking care of patients during the pandemic. But, the truth is different, now they are paying heed to patients in need.

* Encroachment continues at Attam Pahad, encroachers cutting dense jungle and making shelters finding as opportunity amidst COVID-19. Authorities are keeping at blind eye on the entire illegal affair, may be due to a revenue official himself is encroached a big portion in Attam Pahad.

* People are fed up with the private hospitals by their so called terms & conditions that, reports of patients' for any test or scan are kept with themselves only and not handing over to the patients. May be they are practicing this with the intension to stop the patients to go any other hospital, if not satisfied with their treatment. Still I wonder, how come, when a patient paying for test or scan having no right to keep the reports with patient himself?

* In trepidation of Corona virus, and Lockdown, elderly people and ill people at home used to visit less to health centres and due to non-getting of medication on time many are dying since recent past. What is more, the Covid-19 disease is prioritized by the Administration, and for other diseases get least attention by the people, is the reason for hike in mortality rate in recent time.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Citizens' Corner 13/08/2020

* Finally, the CANI OFC project inaugurated by none other than Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on Monday the 10th August. It is like a beginning of new era of the A&N Islands, that will be good if the service is used in constructive manner for the betterment of islanders. The OFC project is worth 12000 crores.

* Now I came to know, how these number of Covid-19 cases are increasing day by day even after lockdown in A&N Islands. The concerned authority at Airport and Habour is leaving the passengers (either South Andaman or North & Middle Andaman and Little Andaman) without checking travel history, and asking them to go and stay wherever they want. The passengers of other district however they use to or manage to stay at relatives' or others houses despite of the house is unfit for quarantine or isolation. And the next day, the passenger will receive a call from the concerned authority to know the status and to stick a quarantine sticker wherever the passengers stay. That is what shockingly, may be later coming in front of us as "so and so number of cases, all from contacts".

* The administration earlier in panics itself without exact knowledge and spent huge funds in Institutional quarantining all passengers at the initial stage in the A&N Islands. But, now the administration has seen the real face of Covid-19 when funds are melted in trailer cases. Ultimately, the axe is falls on more than 4 Lakhs population of these Islands. Private workers, petty business and other populace are became preys of Lockdown.

* Total 516 Isolation beds are available with the A&N Administration till date, and out of 1050 active cases in the A&N Islands, 251 are occupied in Govt. Clinical Centres and 799 are kept in Home Isolation. Out of Total 1900 Covid-19 positive cases, 829 are recovered/ discharged and 21 dead as on today. 

Aesthetic mind of A&N Islands designs a perfect emblem for other UT Police


Port Blair, Aug 12: The passion of voluntarily designing logos for various Departments and organizations has brought more laurels, after a logo designed by him was selected as its official emblem by the UT Police of recently merged Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu Police Department.

Mr. Jag Jeevan Ram, after his dedicated duty as a Section Officer in ICMR-RMCR, Port Blair uses his time to excel in his passion. He has already designed logos for various departments in A&N Administration / organizations in A&N Islands as well as for the pioneer institutions situated at the mainland, that too without charging a single penny. He also designed logos for various international events too.

Earlier, he achieved several milestones like the Andaman's top honor "LG's Commendation Certificate" twice for his selfless service in 2019 and 2020. On 26 January 2019 he was honoured with Spot LG's Commendation Certificate for designing the 75 rupees coin to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

On 23rd January 2019 he was also honoured with Andaman Heroes Award, given by the Media Federation of A & N Islands.

Talking to TMI, he said "I am very fortunate that my design has been accepted by the UT Administration of Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu. Special thanks to Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu Police for finding my design suitable for their insignia".

Inauguration of the historic CANI Optical Fibre Cable project


Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency alongwith Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Hon'ble MP, Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, Chief Secretary, CGM BSNL and other senior officers of BSNL attend the inauguration of the historic Chennai-Andaman & Nicobar Islands (CANI) Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) project by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi ji through video conferencing in presence of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Government of India, Secretary DoT and other senior officers on 10.08.2020.

Friday, August 7, 2020

PM is likely to inaugurate Chennai-ANI Submarine Cable System on Aug 10

Port Blair, Aug 05: The Chief General Manger of A&N Telecom Circle, Mr. Murali Krishna today informed through an official communication that, "The Chennai-Andaman and Nicobar Island Submarine Cable System" (CANI - SMCP) is scheduled to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India on 10 August 2020. The project aims at providing better communication and internet connectivity to the entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

As per a notice of BSNL, it seeks assistance from authorities in movement of BSNL officers, staffs and vehicles transporting BSNL men & materials equipments to Swaraj Dweep, Long Island, Rangat, North & Middle Andaman and Little Andaman, in this regards. 

Citizens' Corner 06/08/2020


* Total 466 Isolation beds are available with the A&N Administration till date, and out of 687 active cases in the A&N Islands, 277 are occupied in Govt. Clinical Centres and 410 are kept in Home Isolation. Now the question is that, are the 410 COVID-19 positive individuals having suitable home to be in isolation for a period until they get well? Most of the houses in the A&N Islands don't have their separates room with attached toilets, except certain class of people. Hope the Health Department is taking care of it before advising the people to be in Home Isolation.

* Once again, a dream of dream come true got hype among the mobile internet lovers after seeing in social media a copy of facilitation request by CGM, BSNL, A&N Telecom Circle dated 05/08/2020 addressed to concern authorities for movement, which says Prime Minister of India will inaugurate "The Chennai-Andaman and Nicobar Island Submarine Cable System" (CANI - SMCP) on August 10, 2020. Confusion continues "Believe it or Not".

* People required to psychologically strong to go through amidst pandemic, it is just a phase which have to be faced bravely by following guidelines of MoHFW, MHA, alongwith preventive measures against COVID-19. Beyond this phase, everything will get normal.

* Health department is not helping medicinally to boosting the immunity among Covid-19 positive patients. Those, who are in Home Isolation using AYUSH recommended remedies, are getting partially well, rest who are expecting medicines from health department are facing trouble. So, 'Health is in your Hand', citizens.

Time to brave, not to fear against COVID-19

 TMI Bureau

Port Blair, Aug 05: Apart from COVID-19 pandemic, the people these days are in stress or fear with the word "COVID-19 or Coronavirus". But, as a human we have to be brave in facing it with our immunity alongwith psychological support.

However, the level of stigma associated with COVID-19 is based on three main factors: 1) it is a disease that's new and for which there are still many unknowns; 2) we are often afraid of the unknown; and 3) it is easy to associate that fear with 'others'. It is understandable that there is confusion, anxiety, and fear among the public. Unfortunately, these factors are also fueling harmful stereotypes.

In our A&N Islands, of course the cases are touching highest double digit figure per day. As on 05/08/2020, 99 new cases all from contacts identified, with this in our Islands total breached 1027 among them 687 active and 14 have died. But, the good news is 326 were recovered and more will definitely will recover from COVID-19 and their life will go on with their jobs, families and loved ones.

Moreover, the Ministry of AYUSH recommends some self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with special reference to respiratory health.

Ayurveda’s immunity boosting measures for self care during COVID 19 crisis

In the wake of the Covid 19 outbreak, entire mankind across the globe is suffering. Enhancing the body’s natural defence system (immunity) plays an important role in maintaining optimum health.

We all know that prevention is better than cure. While there is no medicine for COVID-19 as of now, it will be good to take preventive measures which boost our immunity in these times.

Ayurveda, being the science of life, propagates the gifts of nature in maintaining healthy and happy living. Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge base on preventive care, derives from the concepts of “Dinacharya” - daily regimes and “Ritucharya” - seasonal regimes to maintain healthy life. It is a plant-based science. The simplicity of awareness about oneself and the harmony each individual can achieve by uplifting and maintaining his or her immunity is emphasized across Ayurveda’s classical scriptures.

Ministry of AYUSH recommends the following self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with special reference to respiratory health. These are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.

Recommended Measures

I General Measures

1. Drink warm water throughout the day.

2.   Daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and meditation for at least 30 minutes as advised by Ministry of AYUSH (#YOGAatHome #StayHome #StaySafe)

3.   Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander) and Lahsun (Garlic) are recommended in cooking.

II    Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures

1.   Take Chyavanprash 10gm (1tsf) in the morning. Diabetics should take sugar free Chyavanprash.

2.   Drink herbal tea / decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin) - once or twice a day. Add jaggery (natural sugar) and / or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.

3.   Golden Milk- Half tea spoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk - once or twice a day.

III  Simple Ayurvedic Procedures

1.   Nasal application - Apply sesame oil / coconut oil or Ghee in both the nostrils (Pratimarsh Nasya) in morning and evening.

2.   Oil pulling therapy- Take 1 table spoon sesame or coconut oil in mouth. Do not drink, Swish in the mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and spit it off followed by warm water rinse. This can be done once or twice a day.

IV  During dry cough / sore throat

1. Steam inhalation with fresh Pudina (Mint) leaves or Ajwain (Caraway seeds) can be practiced once in a day.

2.   Lavang (Clove) powder mixed with natural sugar / honey can be taken 2-3 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation.

3.   These measures generally treat normal dry cough and sore throat. However, it is best to consult doctors if these symptoms persist.

1    The above measures can be followed to the extent possible as per an individual’s convenience.

2    These measures are recommended by following eminent Vaidyas from across the Country as they may possibly boost an individual’s immunity against infections.

1. Padma Shri Vaidya P R Krishnakumar, Coimbatore

2. Padma Bhushan Vaidya Devendra Triguna, Delhi

3. Vaidya P M Varier, Kottakkal

4. Vaidya Jayant Devpujari, Nagpur

5. Vaidya Vinay Velankar, Thane

6. Vaidya B S Prasad, Belgaum

7. Padma Shri Vaidya Gurdeep Singh, Jamnagar

8. Acharya Balkrishna j i, Haridwar

9. Vaidya M S Baghel, Jaipur

10. Vaidya R B Dwivedi, Hardoi UP

11. Vaidya K N Dwivedi, Varanasi

12. Vaidya Rakesh Sharma, Chandigarh

13. Vaidya Abichal Chattopadhyay, Kolkata

14. Vaidya Tanuja Nesari, Delhi

15. Vaidya Sanjeev Sharma, Jaipur

16. Vaidya Anup Thakar, Jamnagar

Disclaimer: The above advisory does not claim to be treatment for COVID19.

Do's: Maintain personal hygiene and physical distancing; Wear a mask / cloth to cover your mouth and nose; Practice frequent hand washing. Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub. Wash hands even if they are visibly clean; Cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief / tissue while sneezing and coughing; Throw used tissues into closed bins immediately after use; Maintain a safe distance from persons during interaction, especially with those having flu-like symptoms; Sneeze in the inner side of your elbow and not to cough into the palms of your hands; Check temperature regularly and check for respiratory symptoms; See a doctor if you feel unwell (fever, difficulty in breathing and coughing); and for any fever / flu-like signs / symptoms, please call State helpline number.

Don'ts: Shake hands; Have a close contact with anyone, if you're experiencing cough and fever; Touch your eyes, nose and mouth; Sneeze or cough into palms of your hands; Spit in Public; Travel unnecessarily, particularly to any affected region; Participate in large gatherings, including sitting in groups at canteens; Visit gyms, clubs and crowded places etc; and Don't Spread rumours or panic.

MP suggests LG in view of increasing cases of COVID-19 in these Islands

Port Blair, August 05: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands has taken up various important issues in view of rapid increase in COVID-19 in the A&N Islands with Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor of A&N Islands.

1) It is learned that many COVID-19 positive cases are kept in Home Quarantine for treatment which need to the immediately stopped. May be they are in isolation in the home but using the same toilet, there is always risk of other family members becoming infected which will further increase  number of COVID-19 positive cases in the islands.

Hence, the COVID-19 positive patients whether symptomatic or asymptomatic to be kept in Isolation and treatment to be done in the Government Hospital having adequate facilities such as Oxygen and Ventilators.

2) Immediate action need to be taken to ensure sufficient stock of filled Oxygen cylinders to combat any eventuality.

3) It is observed that the due to shortage of Ambulance, there is delay in transporting COVID-19 patients to the hospital for immediate medical care. Hence it is proposed to hire private vehicles which can be used as Ambulance for immediate transportation of COVID-19 patients from home to all PHCs, CHCs and G.B Pant Hospital.

4) It is proposed that instead of developing COVID-19 treatment facilities at various discrete locations, a big COVID-19 treatment and isolation facility is made at one place capable of handling at least 1000 COVID-19 patients. To pool up the resources required for the proposed COVID-19 centre the assistance of Central Government may be taken immediately. As the cases of COVID-19 positive are being detected in the Inter-Island region also, there is an absolute need to have separate COVID-19 isolation and treatment developed at PHCs, CHCs and District Hospitals in other parts of island.

5) Few COVID-19 positives cases have been detected from various wards of the G.B Pant Hospital such as labour ward, orthopedic ward etc. This has created panic and insecurity amongst the paramedical staffs such as nurses, ayahs, sweepers etc of becoming COVID-19 positives.

Hence, it is proposed that all the paramedical staffs of various wards may be given PPE kit for safety against COVID-19 infection.

6) As the cases of COVID-19 positive patients are increasing sharply with every passing day, isolation facility having beds, bathrooms and toilets for 1000 asymptomatic patients need to be developed immediately.

7) Responsive and responsible Call Centre to be establish for attending  problems of COVID-19 positive patients and their relative's problem.

8) Separate call centre to address problems of general public arising out of COVID-19 scenario also to be established.

9) More tests to be conducted on clusters using Rapid Test Kits (RT-PCR), to analyse the trend and pattern of spread. Rapid Test Kits to be extensively used for detection of COVID-19 cases.

10) Door Delivery of Ayush Medicines for the prevention from COVID-19 and for increasing immunity to be done as people are afraid and hesitant to go out.

11) It is also observed that most of the frontline COVID-19 warriors are getting infected by COVID-19. The administration may call for volunteers from the General Public who are interested to take up the responsibility.  Such volunteers may help the public on ground in maintaining social distancing at public places etc.

12) A coordination Committee need to be constituted by involving all stake holders such as elected representatives viz. PRIs, Municipal Councilors, all political parties, Media, Association for proper monitoring of COVID-19 situation at the ground and to create awareness and vigil amongst the people, a communiqué from the MP Office said.

Health Department plans to treat and contain COVID-19

 Port Blair, Aug 05: The Health Department of Andaman Nicobar Island has initiated series of steps to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus in Andaman Nicobar Islands.

As on today (05/08/2020) 99 people were tested COVID19 positive in these Islands, all are from contacts. 49 recovered, it is learnt. With this the total number of COVID19 cases in A&N Islands is 1027, out of which 687 are active and 326 have recovered. Andaman has however recorded total 14 deaths.

To deal with this situation, according to information, the Health Department has identified 1000 beds for Covid Care Centers and these 1000 beds will now be activated in phase manner.

It is learnt that after ITI hostel and ITI workshop building now the enter hostel of DBRAIT will be converted into Covid Care Centre.

According to sources the Health Department is also planning to form 8 specialized teams for the treatment and containment of COVID-19. Further it is also come to notice that these teams will have two doctors, four nurses and four MTS staffs each. For this purpose 16 doctors will also be appointed very soon. 15 technicians have already been appointed today who will be involved in testing and sample collection works.

Senior officials expects that, if everything goes well it might take another one week to control the situation and one more week to bring down the number of infections.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Complete lockdown on weekends in A&N Islands

Port Blair, July 29: The UT administration has decided to impose complete lockdown across the Islands on weekends to stop the coronavirus spread. The decision has come amid a spike in the number of Covid cases in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Accordingly, complete lockdown will be imposed on weekends i.e. Saturdays and Sundays till the situation improves in the islands. All the offices of government establishments, local bodies, shops, commercials and private establishments, industrial establishments, transport services, hospitality services etc. shall remain closed during the lockdown period. However, essential services such as water, electricity, sanitation, hospital  veterinary hospitals, medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units both in public and private sector such as dispensary, chemists, pharmacies, medical equipments shops, laboratories, nursing homes, ambulances, police fire and  emergency services, Disaster Management, Prison Management, the transportation services involved in logistic of essential services will remain exempted from the lockdown.

All mainland and inter-island passengers / travellers shall be home quarantined for seven days from the day they enter into the islands / district or till they are tested negative, whichever is earlier.

Citizens' Corner 29/07/2020

* Corona virus spares nobody, it is proved in these Islands! The Administration has well equipped with all items such as gloves, masks, hand sanitizers, etc. to protect its staffs in various departments only, used to be preventive against corona virus. Despite, six doctors of GB Pant, one Asstt. Secy. from Sectt., DC office staff, NIC staff, ICMR staff, even Raj Niwas staff tested positive.

* It is good that the A&N Administration has taken the responsibility since the beginning of Covid-19 on its shoulder only, and it didn't let enter anyone outside the part of Administration even for the sake of suggestions. As per latest update, total cases breached the mark of 428 among them 225 active, 201 cured/ discharged and 02 died in A&N Islands. Altogether 199 Isolation beds are available in these islands rest cases are managing through Home Isolation. Can't do anything, let's hope for the best.

Shun tobacco products to prevent COVID-19: MoHFW

Port Blair, July 29: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has again warned against use of any tobacco products to prevent getting infected from novel Coronavirus. The latest advisory has been issued in concurrence with the WHO statement on tobacco use and COVID-19 issued on 11 May 2020, which can be accessed at https:// www. /news-room/detail/11-05-2020-who-statementtobacco-use-and-covid-19. To quit tobacco, citizens have been advised to call the toll free Quitline 1800-11-2356 or/and also avail the services of mCessation through behavioural change text messages by sending a missed call on the mCessation number 011-22901701 or registering at, the advisory said.

There have been recent reports in the media quoting studies conducted in France suggesting the possibility of link between tobacco or nicotine in the prevention or treatment of COVID19. The findings of these studies are inconsistent with the broader existing evidence that tobacco use impacts the lungs and other organs, lowers the immunity and makes people vulnerable to COVID-19. The French studies used limited data sets and the findings are inconclusive. Researchers of these studies do acknowledge the limitation in the study that hospitals were probably not recording patients' smoking status properly as they were too busy treating patients, the advisory said. On benefits of quitting smoking, the Ministry said that the carbon monoxide level in the bloodstream drops to normal within 12 hours of quitting. "Within 2-12 weeks, circulation improves and lung function increases. After 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease."

"Evidence from countries reporting COVID-19 related fatalities has highlighted that the people with pre-existing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are more susceptible to becoming severely ill with COVID-19. Tobacco, being one of the causes behind these NCDs, indirectly puts the tobacco users or/and smokers at risk of being affected by COVID-19. Moreover, tobacco use poses a significant risk by accelerating the transmission of COVID-19 because the virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Chewing tobacco products (Khaini, Gutkha, Paan, Zarda) increases the urge to spit. Spitting in public places increases health risks especially those of spreading the infectious and contagious diseases like, COVID19, tuberculosis, swine flu, encephalitis, etc.

Smoking impairs lung function, thereby reducing the immunity and making it harder for the body to fight off various diseases. Smoking, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, pan masala and the like products use can increase risk and severity of pulmonary infections because of damage to upper airways and a decrease in pulmonary immune function. Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Experts have confirmed that smokers are more likely to develop severe symptoms or die from COVID-19, as it primarily attacks the lungs. Further smoking products such as water pipes or hookah often involve the sharing of mouth-pieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings, the advisory.

Dr. S. Ganesan passes away

Port Blair, July 22: Condolences were showered from all corners of A&N Islands on sudden and untimely demise of Dr. S. Ganesan, Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He breathed his last on 21/07/2020 after a massive heart attack. He was 53 and is survived by his wife and a daughter. Dr. S. Ganesan was a very good orator and popular columnist in local newspapers. He was the person, who recognized everyone who associated with IGNOU, and took the University upto new heights in the A&N Islands during his tenure. He was instrumental in popularizing various vocational courses of IGNOU during his 3-year tenure at Port Blair as the Regional Director of IGNOU.

Many eminent persons and organizations have expressed their deepest condolences on the sudden demise of Dr. S Ganeshan. Under his leadership, IGNOU, Regional Centre here achieved great heights and his demise is a big loss for the students' community. IGNOU associates prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul and prayed the Almighty to giving enough strength to the members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

MP condoles death of Dr. S Ganeshan

Port Blair, July 22: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament and President, Pradesh Congress Committee, Andaman & Nicobar Islands along with all senior leaders of PCC and its frontal organizations have deeply mourned the sad and untimely demise of Mr. S. Ganeshan, Regional Director, IGNOU, Port Blair who passed away on 21.07.2020 at GB Pant Hospital and prayed to Almighty to give eternal peace to the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss, a communication said.

Tribal Development Council, A&N Islands takes up the issue of land erosion in Mus Village of Carnicobar with the Prime Minister

Port Blair, July 22: The residents of Mus village in Car Nicobar Island are living in fear after the land near the jetty has been going through massive soil erosion day by day for the last 20 years. The foundation of the shoreline protection seawall was inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to Car Nicobar on 30th December 2018. However the construction work has not started and has created a panic among the villagers living near the shoreline as the monsoon season is about to begin. In this regard Shri Rayhaan Pasha, Secretary,  Tribal Development Council, A & N Islands has written to the Prime Minister praising him and seeking his intervention in this regard. Shri Pasha said construction of the shoreline protection seawall will bring a big relief to the islanders.

Earlier today Nicobar Chamber of Commerce and Industries had also tweeted the issue to the Prime Minister  and other officials of the district administration. Speaking to the media,  the executive secretary of NCCI Shri Ebrahim Jadwet said "the shoreline issue has been pending for a long time since the tsunami , I was so happy that finally the foundation stone was laid in 2018 but unfortunately the work has not started. I am glad that Rayhaan Pasha on behalf of Tribal Development Council has written to our beloved Prime Minister Modi ji to save the villagers of Mus village, and we hope the construction will start soon".

Mass Tree Plantation conducted by YBSC Trust


Port Blair, July 15: As part of 71st Van Mahotsav on July 13, in collaboration with the Forest Department, the Yuva Bharat Samaj Charitable Trust (YBSCT) & Tirupathi Temple Committee has conducted a Mass Tree Plantation campaign. Approximately 90 Nos. of flower saplings were planted at Ward No.14, Fisheries Colony, Dairy Farm with the support of Forest Department and Sri Sitaramanjaneya Temple Committee and help to made the event successfully, a communication said.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Citizens’ Corner: 09/07/2020

* May be one of the reasons behind scanty rain in the A&N Islands! The people, who are educated, well settled, but greedy are busy in the work of deforestation at the Attam Pahad area since Lockdown. Land in hectares is cleaned to build their illegal shelters free of cost and after some will sell it to parties. The persons, who are indulged in the act was govt. servants from revenue department, advocates and Bangladeshis. PCR is on rounding daily but as a mute spectator, and Transport department officials are doing their only duty to conduct tests for four wheelers. I am also going to encroach a piece of land there tomorrow; after all, I don't have my own house here in these islands.

* The dream of speed mobile internet will remain a dream until we get a good speed in our smart phones. Don't know, whether the given dates and times are the hoax or fooling authentically to cool down the islanders. But, at partial and special locations as Raj Niwas, Secretariat, Zilla Parishad, IP&T and District Court areas are getting a good speed in mobiles.

* Thanks to the God to keep the populace alive in these islands, only rain which saves us in the water crises. The authorities which are paid to supply sufficient water to its consumers is surrendered themselves and planned for curtailment of 10 days. And some private water suppliers are engaged in providing water to special households on call. After the mobile internet speed "Jhumla", people doubts on Authority's assurance that, "People wouldn't need to face water crises next year i.e. in 2021, because all the projects on water will be completed very soon".

123rd Birth Anniv. of Alluri Sitarama Raju celebrated

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, July 08: The Andhra Association, Port Blair has celebrated the 123rd Birthday of Alluri Sitarama Raju on July 04, 2020, who was an Indian revolutionary involved in the Indian independence movement. He led the Rampa Rebellion of 1922, during which a band of tribal people and other sympathisers fought in the border areas of the East Godavari and Visakhapatnam regions of Madras Presidency, in present-day Andhra Pradesh, against the British Raj, which had passed the law. He was referred to as "Manyam Veerudu" (Hero of the Jungle) by the local people.
However, some followers of Alluri Sitarama Raju were first stepped into these islands in the beginning of 19th century and survived with families here.
The team members of Andhra Association garlanded the statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju at the premises. Speaking on the occasion, the General Secretary, Shri B. Ramakrishna has expressed his happiness over celebration of the Birth Anniversary of Manyam Veerudu, and further said "we are continuously striving to develop the structure further, many functions are held in the Andhra Association Hall successfully, but amid Lockdown due to Covid-19 from the past three months we misses to organized many functions in this hall. Hope the situation will become normal very soon".
Highlighting about the great and brave personality Alluri Sitarama Raju, the Vice President, Shri M. Kondaiah said, "He fought against British for sake of poor in the community, we must work to make his dreams fulfilled in his path". Shri Upamathi and Shri Anand Rao have informed about the life of Alluri Sitarama Raju. Sweets were distributed among the participants and sarees to the poor women also distributed in the function. All are wore face masks and maintained physical distancing during the entire programme.