Thursday, January 30, 2020

Remarkable reduction in the number of AIDS patients in Islands ; Awareness is prevention: Dr. M. Joy

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Jan 29: The Andaman & Nicobar AIDS Control Society in coordination with various departments and education institutions in the A&N Islands have achieved a decrease in number of AIDS cases in A&N Islands. Last year i.e. in 2018-19, 28 patients and during this financial year 2019-20, 19 cases so far were reported, which is a remarkable decrease in number of cases in the A&N Islands.
During an interaction with Dr. M. Joy, Project Director, ANACS and Director, A&N State Blood Transfusion Council, have revealed about the current status of HIV/ AIDS in the A&N Islands.
Dr. M. Joy said that, "the world medical science did not find any antidote for complete cure of the HIV/ AIDS till now, but made advancement in medicines which can give more life to patients, currently. Accordingly, when the virus "Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV)" was first detected in persons, their life expectation was 5 years, then. But, now the patients can live upto 30 years, if medicines are taken strictly as per advice of the doctors/ counselors without fail".
"In our experience, we have observed that, the affected persons are seen neglecting to take medicines as they don't face any a difficulty during medicinal course, but consequently the virus will weak the immune system of the body and silently claps the health internally. Hence, the patients should strictly follow the advice of counselors", Dr. M. Joy added.
Dr. M. Joy further said that, "we are having about 13 counselors in A&N Islands and continuously conducting awareness camps under Adolescent Education Programme in schools, and from the past 3 years in coordination with Red Ribbon Club (RRC) we are also made a platform in all the colleges to discuss freely to create more awareness among generations. Since, there is no other alternative solution is available to prevent the disease i.e. 'AIDS'. And as per our survey, the age groups between 25 to 45 years are affected mostly. The HIV virus can only be spread through blood and body flood related transmission. The ANACS have also arranged camps for free distribution of condoms at various sites. Awareness is the only solution to prevent or control HIV/ AIDS".
However, beside the efforts of ANACS, the citizens opine that, about 80% of adolescents / youngsters are attracted towards drugs (alcohol, ganja and other substitutes), sexual abuse and profanity, etc. Hence, in our education system there should be append a moral class in all schools in India as well as A&N Islands for students of primary to secondary level to mold their mind in the right direction for a better scope of our future generation.

Registration opens for 9th edition of ‘Andaman Marathon’

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Jan 29: The annual event of Andaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) titled 'Andaman Marathon' now in its 9th year will be held on Feb 16, 2020. Organized by ACCI in association with Make My Trip and Department of Sports, A&N Administration will be flagged off by the Lt Governor, A&N Islands at National Memorial Cellular Jail. He will also distribute prizes to the winners at Netaji Stadium. The main objective of organizing the event is to put the A&N Islands in the global tourism map and to create awareness for a healthy life style.
Addressing the media persons on Feb 28, 2020, the President, ACCI, Mr. Grish Arora in presence of former ACCI President, Mr. Mohd. Jadwet and Mr. Ranjit, Deputy Director, Department of Sports informed that this year over 1800 participants are likely to participate in the event. Over the years, the event has generated huge interest not only among the people of the islands but also in other parts of the country as well. In the year 2015, about 300 participated which witnessed substantial increase over the years and in 2019, about 1600 were participated and the figure is likely to cross over 1800 this year. Renowned Bollywood actor, Mr Rahul Bose is the Brand Ambassador of the event. Cyclist Ms, Deborah Herold and actress Raima Sen will also be present on the occasion.
The registration for participation is open and will continue up to Feb 12, 2020. For online registration logon to, for manual registration, forms can be availed from the Office of Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Registration fee is Rs.500/- for Half Marathon, Rs.300/- for 10K, Rs.300/- for 10K (Seniors), Rs.200/- for 10K (Juniors).

State level workshop on ParikshaParv 2.0 by UTCPC held

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Jan 29: The Andaman and Nicobar State UT Committee for Protection of Child Right in association with the National Commission held a State level workshop on Jan 24, 2020. Smt. Rubina Siddique was the chief on the occasion, while Mr. Tarang Kumar Dhali, Chairman of the State Committee graced the occasion as the guest of honor. Dr. Nitlesh, Psychiatrist, Dr. Kavita Sanmugam, Psychiatrist and Swami Shudhananda Saraswati of Chinmaya Mission were present on the occasion, and spoke in detail about the mentality of students before exams and how to control their stress.
In the workshop, speakers highlighted about how the teachers' role is important to mould the children after their parents. The coordination between parents and teachers will make our children tomorrow's good citizens.
The seminar was organized for Principals and teachers of various schools across the island. Speakers on the occasion spoke about the need to motivate students to pursue studies as also sports, but not to get depressed in case of failure. "An environmentally friendly atmosphere needs to be developed for students to enable them learn and grow as responsible citizens of this country. Stress-free atmosphere should be made available for students in our schools," they said. 

Beating Retreat marks culmination of Republic Day celebration in Isles

Port Blair, Jan.29: Impressive performances by bands of Army, Navy, and A & N Police, Colourful cultural programme, illumination of ships and spectacular fire power display formed part of the Beating Retreat ceremony that marked the grand finale of the Republic Day celebration-2020 at the historic Netaji Stadium here this evening. The Lt Governor, A&N Islands & Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) was the chief guest. The First Lady of these Islands, Smt. Chitra Joshi, Principal Secretary, A&N  Administration, Shri Vikram Dev Dutt, Chairperson, PBMC, Shri NK Udhaya Kumar,  senior officers from defence & civil Administration and general public witnessed the performance.
The ceremony set out with the bands of Army, Navy and A & N Police including women Police Pipe Band, marching in unison, playing popular marching tunes, followed by performing of various marching movement, to form beautiful formations.  This was followed by the lowering of the National Flag.
A combined colourful and mesmerizing cultural programme was presented by school students of GSSS Girls and South Point (combined), GSSS Model, Bhatubasti and Prothrapur (combined) depicting the diverse cultural heritage of our country drew loud applause from the audience present in the Stadium.
As part of the Beating Retreat, Naval ships at the anchorage fired vary's pistol and the fireworks illuminated the air in front of the Stadium. This was followed by illumination of ships anchored between Marina Complex and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island.

School Leadership Development Prog. (SLDP) for Principal/ Vice Principal/ Head Master (S)

Port Blair, Jan 29: In order to build leadership capacity for transformation of schools into effective centres of delivering quality education, a capacity building programme for Principal / Vice Principal / Head Master (S) under School Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) is being conducted by the Department of Education under Samagra Shiksha in the conference hall of State Library through the Resource persons of Tamil Nadu State Council for Educational Research and Training (TNSCERT).
The training programme was inaugurated by Smt. Kriti Garg, Secretary (Edn) today, in which altogether 50 heads of Secondary/Sr. Secondary level schools across the Islands are participating. Shri Kamlesh Kumar, Director (Edn), Deputy Director Education, State Project Officer and Principal SIE were present on the occasion.
Addressing the function, the Secretary emphasized the importance of capacity building for efficient management and administration of schools. She stated that learning is a continuing process and the processes of change make it necessary for every head of institution to acquire new skills and update oneself knowledge as per the need of hour. She conveyed her heartfelt thanks to the key resource persons, Dr. Shameem, Deputy Director TNSCERT Chennai, Dr. Selvam, Principal DIET, Salem and Dr. Srinivasan, Principal DIET, Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu for coming to the Islands and imparting valuable training programme to the Heads of Institutions of these Islands.
Speaking on the occasion, the Director of Education requested the participants to utilize the programme and equip themselves with efficient methods of school management, leadership quality and innovative teaching techniques. He also urged them to undergo exhaustive training sessions on CCS rules, powers and functions of DDO and Samagra Shiksha for improving their efficiency and work output.

Collection of applications for enrollment under ANISHI stopped

Port Blair, Jan 29/--/ The Director of Health Services, Andaman & Nicobar Administration had invited applications from the three categories of beneficiaries of Andaman & Nicobar Scheme for Health Insurance (ANISHI) for enrolment under the expanded version of the scheme, Ayush Director of Health Services Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana vide news item published in The Daily Telegrams on 4th January, 2020.
Now the Andaman & Nicobar Administration has approved a proposal to provide Universal Health Coverage by including all the islanders of the Union Territory under the expanded version of the scheme Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, irrespective of the income of the beneficiaries. This proposal has been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India for approval.
Hence, the collection of applications from the three categories of beneficiaries of ANISHI, started on 04.01.2020 is stopped with immediate effect at all health institutions. The general public may contact the Nodal Cell for AB-PMJAY ANISHI merger at and over telephone 03192 - 235810 for any clarification.
However, the e-card generation of all Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY beneficiaries shall continue at all Common Service Centres and the following health institutions namely GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair, Room No. 1 of OPD complex, CHC Diglipur, Dr. RP Hospital, Mayabunder, CHC Rangat, CHC Nancowrie and BJR Hospital, Car Nicobar.

LG, others pay tributes to Netaji on his birth anniversary

Port Blair, Jan 29: Rich tributes were paid to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary on Jan 23. The Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) led the Islanders in paying tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, by offering flower petals at his statue at Marina Park here this morning. The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan B. Sanghi, Adhyaksh ZPSA, Shri Subir Chander, Chairperson PBMC, Shri NK Udhaya Kumar, DGP, Shri Dependra Pathak other senior officers of the Administration, eminent citizens and general public also paid floral tributes to Netaji on the occasion.

Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment inaugurates CRC at Brookshabad ; Dedicates land for construction of CRC phase-II

   Port Blair, Jan 27: The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr. Thaawar Chand Gehlot has called upon the people to extend cooperation to the Government in implementing the Government schemes meant for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). No scheme can be successfully implemented without the participation of the people, he said, while presiding over the inaugural function of the Composite Regional Center for Skill Development, Rehabilitation & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (CRC) held in the auditorium of TGCE here today. With people’s participation, developmental activities of the Government are carried out with transparency, hence people should be part of those activities, he said.
    The Lt. Governor A&N Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) was the chief guest while the Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma was the guest of honour. The Principal Secretary (Fin & Rev), Shri Vikram Dev Dutt, Ex-MP, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Adhyaksh ZPSA, Shri Subir Chander, Jt. Secretary, DEPwD, MSJE, GoI, Dr. Prabodh Seth were among others, who graced the function. 
   Expressing gratitude to the A&N Administration, particularly the Lt. Governor for providing a building to run the Center and a 2 Ha land for construction of CRC building, the Minister informed that all kinds of facilities (aids and appliances) will be made available for the divyangjan in the Center, beside providing education and skill development trainings to them with the objective to empower them and enable them to be economically self reliant and serve their parents. The Center will benefit the 7000 divyang in the Islands, he said in his presidential address.
   Briefing about his Ministry’s activities, the Minister informed that under the leadership of Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, the Govt. has launched various schemes for the divyangjan. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is providing 6 types of scholarships to divyang students, which include Pre-matric and Post-matric scholarship, scholarship for Oversea Studies, Doctorate, PhD and free coaching for competitive exams. So far 50,000 divyangjan have utilize these scholarships and are pursuing their higher education. Many of them have already got employment. The Ministry also provides skill training for divyang to make them self reliant and bears the expenditure for their conveyance to and from the place of training. Divyang are being provided financial assistance with only 4 to 5% interest loan to set up their self employment ventures. Under SIPDA scheme, facilities are being made available such ramps, lifts, escalators etc at railway stations, airports, bus terminus, educational institutions etc for their easy access, the Minister said, urging the Administration to ensure these facilities are also available in the Islands.
   The Minister further said that Divyang are also being provided aids and appliances like hearing aids, walkers, tripod, crutches, elbow crutches smart cane, universal braille kits etc. So far, in 9000 camps across the country, 15 lakh divyang have been provided with such aids and appliances and Rs. 925 crore has been spent, he said. Under the UDID Scheme, Universal Disability Identity Cards (UDID) are being provided to divyangjan online. With these cards, divyangjan can avail benefits anywhere in the country, he said, asking the divyangjan to approach the concerned Authority for the required certificates for issue of UDID.
   The Minister also informed about the law enacted by the Govt., namely ‘The Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016’, which came into force in 2016, providing 5% reservation in Govt. and Govt. aided institutions of higher education for divyang to pursue higher education in all disciplines such as BA, B.SC, MBBS, etc. besides 4% reservation in Govt. Services which provides opportunity for them to get employment and to bring them into the mainstream. He proudly announced that the Ministry has found its place in the Guinness Book of World Records on seven occasions for its services to the differently abled persons.
   Earlier, the Minister along with the Lt. Governor inaugurated the CRC- Phase–I, at Brookshabad by cutting the ribbon and unveiling the plaque. The Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Principal Secretary (Fin & Rev), A&N Administration, Shri Vikram Dev Dutt, Adhyaksh ZPSA, Shri Subir Chander, Ex-MP, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, social workers and Divyangjan were present on the occasion. The Minister accompanied by the Lt. Governor visited the various halls, which offer rehabilitation services for all categories of persons with disabilities. The Minister also distributed assistive devices to a few Divyangjan present at the CRC, Brookshabad.
  Thereafter, the Minister alongwith the Lt. Governor visited Bargat Line, Chakkargaon and dedicated CRC site (Phase –II) for the construction of CRC, phase-II. Andaman Nicobar Administration has provided 2 ha. of land for the same. 
   Speaking on the occasion, the Lt. Governor expressed gratitude the Minister for setting up the Center in the Islands, which was a long felt need of Islands’ divyangjans and for a long time, the Administration has been striving to provide the full range of rehabilitation services to the divyang. He said that with the coming up of the Center, services like physiotherapy, occupational therapy, special education etc will be provided to the divyang. They will also be imparted skill development training for their overall development and economic empowerment, to enable them self reliant progress in the days to come. This Center will benefit them to a great extent, he said.
  The Member of Parliament, while speaking on the occasion informed that with the inauguration of the Center by the Minister and the Lt. Governor, many problems of Islands’ divyangjan and their parents will be solved. He urged the Administration to provide a special bus for the conveyance of divyangjan to and from the Center, which will be of great relief to them.
   The Principal Secretary, while speaking on the occasion, lauded the efforts of Department of Social Welfare, A&N Administration and the National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD) Chennai in setting up the Center and expressed hope that the 7000 divyangjan of the Islands would directly benefit from the Center and will be brought into the main stream of the society.
   Briefing the gathering about the activities of the Center, Dr. Prabodh Seth said the Center will provide health facilities, education and skill development training for the divyangjan for their overall development and economic empowerment. All kinds of aids and appliances will be made available at the Center, he said.
   Earlier, Ms. Geetika Sharma, Secretary (SW) welcomed the gathering and the function concluded with the word of thanks, proposed by Dr. Himanshu Das, Director, NIEPMD Chennai.