A&N Islands

Lok Sabha Elections 2019
Training, Sensitization and Awareness programmes across A&N Islands
Port Blair, Mar 20: From the Booth Level Officers to general public including differently able citizens in the A&N Islands, training, sensitization and awareness programmes is going on in the wake of 17th General Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
As part of the preparations for the ensuing Elections, a final briefing for the Booth Level Officers (BLOs) was held in the auditorium of the DBRAIT on Mar 19. Addressing the BLOs of Port Blair and Ferrargunj Tehsils, the Returning Officer, A&N Island Parliamentary Constituency, Shri Udit Prakash Rai reminded the BLOs about their duties and responsibilities in the coming weeks and on the Day of Polling.
In another training session for supervisors and assistants for facilitating Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) held in the auditorium of the Anthropological Survey of India. Addressing the trainees of Port Blair and Ferrargunj Tehsils, Shri Udit Prakash Rai reminded the PwD facilitators about their duties and responsibilities in dealing with and helping the PwDs on the Day of Polling.
Meeting for all the sector officers of North & Middle Andaman District was held in the conference hall of District Office, N&MA on Mar.15. The District Election Officer (DEO), N&MA, Shri Awanish Kumar, briefed them about their duties and responsibilities on the Poll day and before. All the Sector Magistrates and Sector Police Officers were advised to remain vigil and visit the polling stations together and check the availability of Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF) in all the polling stations in their jurisdiction.
The Chunav Pathshala, the objectives of organizing 'Chunav Pathshala' is to educate the targeted populations about voter registration, electoral process and related matters through hands on experience, EVM and VVPAT familiarization and education about robustness of EVM and integrity of the electoral process using EVMs besides to help the target audience to understand the value of their vote and exercise their suffrage right in a confident, comfortable and ethical manner, to harness the potential of ELC members for carrying the electoral literacy in communities and to facilitate voter registration for its eligible members, who are not yet registered. It also aims to  develop a culture of electoral participation and maximize the informed and ethical voting and follow the principle 'Every vote counts' and 'No Voter to be Left Behind' and training for persons with disabilities.
EVM awareness camps in various locations of Port Blair Tehsil, to create awareness amongst general public on the use of EVM and VVPAT in the polling process. The hands on training are being imparting by different teams across islands.
AAP, TMC contestants finalized
Port Blair, Mar 20: Shri Sanjay Meshak, who was contested from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 16th Lok Sabha Election will contest this time too in the 17th Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from A&N Islands, AAP sources said.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) has finalized Mr. Ayan Mandal, grandson of Late Manoranjan Bhakta (former MP of A&N Islands) and will contest in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 representing A&N Islands, TMC sources said.

Kuldeep gets the chance again
Port Blair, Mar 20: The Indian National Congress (INC) have finalized and announced Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma's name on 16 Mar. 2019 as its official candidate, who will contest in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 for the lone throne in the Parliament representing from A&N Islands, sources from Gandhi Bhavan said.

Lok Sabha Election 2019
Port Blair, Mar 13: In 71 days, India will know about the composition of the 17th Lok Sabha with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Mar 10, 2019 announcing the crucial dates on which voting will take place and the results declared.
Similarly, the Chief Electoral Officer, A&N Islands, Shri KR Meena accompanied by his team of electoral officials declared that the A&N Islands were all geared up to conduct the Lok Sabha Elections in fair and transparent manner as addressed in a press conference held on March 10, 2019 at Secretariat conference hall, Model Code of Conduct come straignt into force with the declaration.
All together 294435 people in the A&N Islands will go to vote in Loka Sabha Election 2019.

 Major fire accident at Power Plant averted
Nearby denizens remain victims of engines' heat and smoke all days
Port Blair, Mar 13: A fire accident reported from Bambooflat's Power Plant at Midnight 11.56 pm of Mar 11, 2019. Timely action by Bambooflat Fire Service avert the accident before turning it major, the fire fighters team consisting of ASI, Shri Abdul Rasheed, Constables, M. Krishna Rao, Junas Kashep, A.M. Sajid, Mohd. Rafique and Lifing Billong were engaged upto 1.15 am (Mar 12, 2019) to control over fire.
Reportedly, due to overheat in one among the 12 gensets installed at Bambooflat was bust at that midnight, and the staffs on duty reported the fire incident to fire service immediately.
As per nearby residents of the 12 gensets installed locality at Bambooflat, 'preceded Power Plant of Suryachakra had high chimneys to out the heat of the engines, but this recently installed Genset Express Corporation's 12 engines has not even a chimney to release the heat and smoke, which causes health hazards to nearby resident especially the children and old age members in our family', Shri Musa Kaka said. 'In this regard we have also given a complaint at PS Bambooflat', the residents added.
'The A&N Administration has its responsibility to look into, while setting up such engines near the residential areas. Proper arrangements must be done to ease the residents of the nearby areas, especially when it comes to the health hazard of denizens', opined Smti. Rashida Begum, the nearby resident.

People demands restriction of vehicles into Sunday Veg. Market
TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Mar 06: One of the busiest places in city on Sundays is Junglighat's Vegetable farmers Market place where people crowd can be seen are busy, between 6.00 am and 1.00 pm on Sundays. During the time, police can also be seen restricting the entry of vehicle into the market upto 11.00 am, but after that, the two wheelers and sometimes four wheelers are found menacing between the people's crowd.
"Here we have no place to walk even, and these vehicles are infiltrating freely to hassle the crowd", says a lady in the market. "Police deputed at entry of this market should stay upto 1.00 pm at least in busy hours", a farmer vending vegetables said.

Picture shows the practice of two wheelers in city, stopping their vehicles beyond the road divider fixed by Andaman & Nicobar Police at Light House signal points. One can observe, during relax time many hurry two wheelers used to cross the line ignoring the traffic from opposite direction, which may lead to traffic jam and sometimes accidents at signal points. Your call Andaman & Nicobar Police (Traffic)!

cVIGIL in citizens' hands
Port Blair, Mar 06: The Returning Officer, A&N Parliamentary Constituency, Shri Udit Prakash Rai said a people friendly Apps have been put in place by the ECI especially the cVIGIL app which can be downloaded from Google play store by which people can lodge their election related complaints. Citizens can go for alternate method for lodging election related complaints by dialling toll free number 1950 if they come across connectivity issue while using cVIGIL. At present 4 lines are available for 1950 which will be increased to 8 for the benefit of the users, the RO added. Shri Udit Prakash Rai also informed about the National Grievances Service Portal (NGSP) portal which has so far received 300 suggestions and election related complaints between 60-70 so far. The disposal rate of the complaints is 100 percent, he said.

People across A&N Islands condemns Pulwama attack; Candlelight march marked their protest
TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Feb 20: To pay tributes to Martyrs (40 CRPF personnel) and condemn the cowardly act by terrorists on Feb 14, 2019 at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
At Port Blair, A&N Media Federation (ANMF) organized a prayers meet on Feb 15, 2019 where participants gathered and lighted candles. The prayer meet was organized at Flag Point of Port Blair city.
Media persons also burned the effigies of Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed and the reported master mind behind the terror attack.
The A&N Tour Operator Association organized a candle march on Feb 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex to Gandhi Statue via Clock Tower.
Meanwhile, Hindu Jagaran Manch conducted Shrandhanjali Sabha at Flag Point for offering floral tribute to the martyrs of terrorist attack held in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also organized a "Sokh Yatra" on Feb 16, 2019 against the blood-soaked timeline of terror attacks. The Sokh Yatra was started from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Head Quarter and reached Tiranga Park via clock tower. The BJP State President, Member of Parliament, Senior Leaders, the party workers and general public of A&N Islands has joined in the Sokh Yatra. At Tiranga Park, a two-minute silence was observed and Shradhanjali to pay homage to the 40 CRPF personnel killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.
On Feb 18, 2019, the student council JNRM along with cadets of NCC JNRM units organised a Shardhanjali Yatra for the 40 Shaheed CRPF Jawans. The Students of JNRM Port Blair expressed their solidarity with the families who lost their dear ones.

More than 1500 students from JNRM college lead the rally and march towards Netaji Stadium, Clock tower, Marina Park and back to College and gathered at college auditorium and chanted "Bharat Mata ki Jai", "Vandemataram", "Shaheed Jawan - Amar Rahe", "Jai Hind" and 'Pakistan Murdabad' with loud and clear voice, and many students expressed their concern over the great loss to the nation. The Shardhanjali Rally was organised by the Student council, NCC cadets, all CRs and member of ABVP JNRM Unit.

Sanitation workers’ protest in front of DHS
TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Feb 06: The Sanitation workers to Health Department, who have recently been removed from jobs by the private outsourcing company since Feb 04, 2019 being staged protest in front of Health Department demanding their EPF amount of last eight years and direct re-engagement in Health Department.
As per sources, in the first week of January, the outsourcing agency for providing Sanitation Workers to Health Department reportedly removed around 102 Sanitation Workers, most of whom, were working in hospital since last many years and they were also hails from financial backward families.
Workers alleged that earlier many outsourcing agencies had taken contract to provide Sanitation workers to the G B Pant hospital but never such incident came to the light.
Many alleged that there are workers who had been rendering services for the past 8 years still they did not registered under EPF, consequently even after removal from job we are unable to get EPF benefits from the company.
Mr. Sanjay Meshak, MP candidate of AAP in Andaman for coming Lok Sabha Election, in his response, said not paying EPF to employees is a crime and it seems there is a massive scandal with EPF payment of these employees. Mr. Sanjay Meshak demanded a thorough inquiry in this regard. "The DHS must remove the system of appointing a middle man in appointment of sanitation workers. This outsourcing system must be stopped," he added.

A Book ‘History of Great Nicobar Island - The Ascent’ by TS Pabla, launched
TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Feb 06: The Principal, Tagore Govt. College of Education, Dr. J.D. Singh has launched a book 'History of Great Nicobar Island - The Ascent', written by Tara Singh Pabla (Retd), PGT History, was launched today evening in Conference Hall of TSG Emerald View, Port Blair.
Shri Mohd. Jadwet, former President of Andaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and D. Saigal (Retd) DSP were also present at the book launch function. 
In his address, Dr. J.D. Singh congratulated the author and lauded him for coming out with an immensely informative book by painstaking efforts. His contribution towards the development of Great Nicobar will always be remembered. He also urged the citizens of our islands to preserve the history of our islands to pass on the essence of life to coming generation. 
Speaking on the occasion, the author, Tara Singh Pabla, said, "This book is all about the incredible last point of India, Great Nicobar. The ex-servicemen from Punjab were the first to inhabit Great Nicobar Island on 23.4.1969. This paved the way for people from other states to settle in Great Nicobar Island. Their struggle and sacrifice in developing this island, braving the extreme weather conditions and inadequate medical facilities brought Great Nicobar Island into limelight. The dedication, struggle and sacrifice made by all Ex- servicemen of Great Nicobar Island are beyond comparison which put the Island on the path of progress. This encouraged me to write about induction of Ex-servicemen settlers to Great Nicobar Island." Tara Singh Pabla has dedicated his book to all young and elder and those who struggled and devoted their lives for the development of Great Nicobar Island.
Andaman events (Island's Entertainment & Marcom) and ATz Andaman Hospitality (Destination Tourism) are the launch and marketing partners of the book 'History of Great Nicobar Island - The Ascent' written by Tara Singh Pabla.

‘Manipulation in the proposed list of candidates for Malaria/ Filaria Inspector’ allege citizens
TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Feb 06: The Deputy Director (Malaria), Directorate of Health Services has circulated a memo on 29/01/2019 among the probable workers for appearing before the Interview Board at 3.00 pm on 13/01/2019, under the zone of consideration for promotion to the post of Malaria Inspector, and list of 9 names i.e. Karunanithi (Insect Collector), Nabore (Surveillance Worker), Robert (SW), Krsihna Das (SW), Sabbir Mehmood (SW), T.A. Hunais  (SW), N. Abdul Gafoor (SW), R. Sekhar (SW), and P. Zubair (SW) were proposed for the same in that memo, but some proposed names in the year 2017 was removed, reasons best known the Directorate of Health.
The names of 6 who are already in 2017 proposed list were removed from the latest one are Gauranga Biswas (Insect Collector), Amjad Khan (SW), Prem Kumar (SW), Shabir Mehmood (SW), Raghu Ram (SW), Dipankar Das (SW).
As per reliable sources, it is come to the notice that, the workers will have to face ten questions and if any answered four correct out of ten will be declared as selected for promotion or elevated to the post of Malaria Inspector by the interview board. The educational qualification for the post of Malaria/ Filaria Inspector as per RR 04/06/2013 is 12 pass with Science Stream from recognized board/ institute is essential, and degree from any recognized university/ college is desirable.
In case of recruitment by promotion/ deputation/ absorption, grades from which promotion, deputation/ absorption is to be made, as per Ministry of DoPT, New Delhi Office Memorandum issued on 09/10/2015 and again on 13/04/2017 says that the interview for junior level post has remain discontinued for any mode of appointment i.e. Promotion, Deputation, Direct Recruitment etc. up to the level of Group B.
But, as per Extraordinary Amendment Notification of A&N Administration dated 03/12/2015 made by the Lieutenant Governor (Administrator), A&N Islands to the A&N Administration (Group 'C' Non-Gazetted, Non-Ministerial) post of "Malaria/ Filaria Inspector" in the Directorate of Health Services, RR - 2013.
Accordingly, from amongst Insect Collector in the PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 plus Grade Pay of Rs.1900 with 8 (Eight) years regular service in the grade working in the NVBDCP, failing which; from amongst Surveillance Workers in the PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 plus Grade Pay of Rs.1800 having 11 (Eleven) years regular service in the grade working in the NVBDCP, and in note it is further says, the Insect Collector/ Surveillance Worker should have 10th pass certificate for consideration for promotion.
However, prominent citizens says, it looks like manipulation in the RR which hints an absolute unlawful and unjust especially in the wake of Government of India's stand for rooting out the corruption by any means in the offices of Government of India.
The State President, All India Hindustan Congress Party in his letter to the Chief Secretary on 12/12/2018 also requested to take cognizance suitably and direct the concerned authority to re-examine RRs of MI/FI and necessary amendment.
Hence, people demands a review in selection process of Insect Inspector/ Surveillance Worker for the post of Malaria/ Filaria Inspector by DPC and hold the interview of 13/01/2019.

Dharna at CHC Bambooflat by Mahila Congress
 Port Blair, Feb 06: The Mahila Block Congress Committee and Block Congress Committee, Bambooflat staged  a peaceful dharna on Feb 04, 2019 in front of Community Health Centre (CHC) Bambooflat to voice their resentment against the worsening healthcare facilities at CHC Bambooflat.
The protesters demanded regular supply of medicines, posting of technical staff for Operation Theatre & ECG, scheduled visit of Specialty & Super Specialty Doctors, setting up of Dialysis Unit with  requisite professionals, posting of regular Gynaecologist, provision  of new Ambulance, Waiting shed for Mortuary, Ramp for Special Ward and Children Ward located at first floor at the earliest in the larger interest of  improved healthcare facilities.
Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, ANTCC, V.K. Mariyam Bibi, Working President A&N Islands Mahila Congress, Ratna Kannan, Vice President, Andaman DCC,  V.K.Aziz, TCC member, John Robert, State Youth Congress President, Gyan Prakash Krishna,  Ali Haji,   Ambujam,  Sadaqat,  O. Abdul Aziz, other senior leaders of the Party, PRI members and local residents in large number participated the dharna.

Andaman Marathon by ACCI concludes
Port Blair, Feb 06: The Member of Parliament,  Bishnu Pada Ray on Feb 03, 2019 flagged off the much awaited mega event Thomas Cook Andaman Marathon from the Cellular Jail amidst fanfare. Ray later gave away prizes to the winners of the Andaman Marathon as the chief guest in the prize distribution ceremony held at the Netaji Stadium.
More than 1600 participants from both Island and mainland participated in the 'Thomas Cook Andaman Marathon'-2019 and the total prize for the event was Rs.8.7 lakh.

ANMF honours Eight Islanders; Secretary (Arts & Culture) appreciates the effort and initiative of ANMF

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Jan 23: The Andaman Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF) on 23 January 2019 honored eight Islanders with ‘ANMF Andaman Heroes Award – 2019’ in appreciation of their valuable and selfless services towards Society and the People in the A&N Islands.
The function was held in the Conference Hall of HOTEL MANSHA REGENCY, Opp. Secondary School, Delanipur, Port Blair this evening. Mrs. Neha Bansal (IAS), Secretary, Department of Arts and Culture, A&N Administration was the chief guest on the occasion.
The programme was started after lighting the traditional lamp by the Chief Guest and others special guests. Meanwhile, Mr. Avinash, one of the awardees, presented two mesmerizing self composed songs during the Award Function, “My Heart Turns Shakespear” on the subject of world peace and “Maula” on the subject of Love for God. Both the songs are written by Sanjib Kumar Roy and the songs were highly appreciated by the Chief Guest. Later, Mr. Denis Giles has announced the names of Heroes with detailed achievements in their respective fields.
Mrs. Neha Bansal (IAS), Secretary, Department of Arts and Culture, A&N Administration gave away the Awards to eight Andaman Heroes 2019, who are Dr. Saji Vergheese, Surgical Specialist, Mr. Vallabh Rao & Mr. Kuldeep Singh, Life Guards, Mr. Jag Jeevan Ram, Logo Designer, Artist, Mr. Avinash, Singer & Composer, Mr. Abhay Kumar, Social Worker, Mr. Mohan Halder, Pradhan, Chouldari GP and Mr. Subrata Basu, Social Worker from Kadamtala.
During the programme, Mrs. Neha Bansal also honoured five hardworking members of ANMF on the occasion.
Mr. Avinash, one of the awardees, presented two mesmerizing self composed songs during the Award Function, “My Heart Turns Shakespeare” on the subject of world peace and “Maula” on the subject of Love for God. Both the songs are written by Sanjib Kumar Roy and the songs were highly appreciated by the Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Neha Bansal (IAS) as chief guest appreciated the efforts and initiative of ANMF to felicitate the real Heroes of our society. The Secretary congratulated each Andaman Hero for their valuable contributions.
“Everyone is a hero at their own level” stating this, Mrs. Neha Bansal sighted an example of a street vendor of Flag Point area, who encourages all the customers not litter and also cleans all trash himself.
She said that it’s a general thought in the administration that only the people in the administration slog night and day but having attended this function, she has realized that there are also other organizations and individuals in these Islands, who are committed and dedicated in their respective fields.
Welcoming the gathering, the President, ANMF, Shri K. Ganeshan has recalled the achievements of ANMF in the service of people in a journalistic way, as tour to the rural areas in the recent past and visit to Dhannikhari Dam, CHCs, PHCs, Govt. Schools, and reviewing other places in the villages and covering the situations in media got a positive outcome. He further said, "now, we are proudly presenting the 'ANMF Andaman Heroes Award - 2019' to some among many who works for a social cause".
The General Secretary, ANMF, Shri Sanjib Kumar Roy has detailed about the process of the entire selection for Awardees. He said that, "the process was done in a free and transparent manner. It was happy to know that many are extending their helping hand to needy in our islands every day-in and day-out, the nominations we received are all best in their fields", and wished all of them best and keep working.
Mr. Elango, Vice President, ANMF was proposed the vote of thanks with hope, let heroes with in everyone always be at its edge for a noble cause.

Applications invited for Flea Market

Port Blair, Jan 23: With the sole motto of promoting the local culture, cuisine, art & handicrafts as "Unique tourism Products" of this Islands and also to encourage the participation of the locals towards promotion of tourism, the Tourism Department organizes "Flea Market" at Marina Park, every year with the support of individuals, various cultural associations, Self Help Groups, NGOs etc during peak seasons. Now the department has decided to organize the flea market on 30th & 31st January, 2019 from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm at Marina Park. The application in this regard may be obtained from the office of the Tourism Department (Operational Unit), Tel No.  03192-244081 during working hours from 22.01.2019 to till 24/01/2019 and submit the same by 25th January, 2019, a communication said.

‘Rangoli and Mehendi’ competition on Feb 2 by Kala Kendra Society
Port Blair, Jan 23: As part of its regular activities, Kala Kendra Society for the promotion of Art and Culture, Department of Art & Culture, A&N Administration will host a ‘’Rangoli  and Mehendi competition” on 2nd February 2019 at 10.00 AM at Andaman Club, Port Blair.
Applications are invited from persons interested to participate in ‘’Rangoli and Mehendi competition”. Participants would be required to bring all materials of their own. First 20 entries will be allowed for Rangoli Competition. An area of 4’ x 4’ will be provided to each participant for making Rangoli. There will be first, second and third prize of Rs. 3,000/-, Rs. 2,000/-, Rs. 1,000/- respectively. The Prize winning entries will be decided by an eminent Jury. The applications will be received till 31.01.2019 at the office of Kala Kendra, C/o. Directorate of Art & Culture, Cellular Jail Complex, Atlanta Point. For more information Smti. P. Meena, District Cultural Officer may be contacted over phone No. 9434263366.


PSTs recruitment cancelled due to administrative reasons
Is LG's, CS's assurances and MP's effort unworthy?
TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Jan 16: The administration on Jan 11, 2019 announced that the recruitment of PST notified by the education dept. vide F.No.8-10(1427)/Edn/CCB/PST-Rect (DR)/2018/3348 dated 16/7/2018 is cancelled due to administrative reasons, following which the candidates who had been selected for the posts of Primary School Teacher (PST) are now sitting on in dharna outside the Directorate of Education building at VIP road.
Earlier, at the same venue the candidates whose names were missing from the select list had sat on Dharna last month, their grouse being that they have been deprived of their rightful selection in spite of having scored higher marks. They ended their dharna only after the LG assured them of a review the selection process.
The Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray along with applicants for recruitment to post of Primary School Teacher (PSTs) / Craft Instructor under Directorate of Education, A&N Administration called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency on Dec 24, 2018 at Raj Niwas.
Hon'ble Lt Governor assured about commitment of Administration towards early filling up of vacancies in the Administration after thorough examination of all aspects in conformity with extant rules. He emphasized that the CTET exams were conducted and age-relaxation to applicants was considered. Also, 2 members have been included in the Directorate of Education Committee which will look into all the grievances and no such post will be filled up in Education Department till decision on Committee's recommendations.
Earlier, agitating candidates have informed TMI correspondent that, 'a delegation of 8 members on behalf of protesting candidates have met the Chief Secretary, Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi on Dec 19, 2018) evening, the Chief Secretary after hearing their grievances has asked the delegation to submit their representation in written with documents, and he also assured to look into personally and will direct to re-exam and verify all the applications. He further assured that, the appointed orders will not be given to any of the listed candidates until and unless clarify all points raised by the protesting candidates'.
However, this sudden cancellation notice from Education Department has raising many questions on recruitment process. Now the candidates are questioning how despite of constituting a committee and scrutinizing the applications, administration failed to untangle the PSTs recruitment issue?

 TMI Clock Tower (17/01/2019)
* Man stabbed, police searches for assailant - Port Blair: An unidentified masked man stabbed a 64 year old Treasurer of Kamraj School at Nayagaon on Jan 14. According to sources, a masked man suddenly emerged out of the crowded market place and stabbed Murgan, resident of Bargat Line, opposite GS Store. The assailant escaped after stabbing. The injured man was rushed to GB Pant Hospital where he is recovering. Police is learnt to be searching for the accused.

* Man Commits suicide - Port Blair: A 77 year old man Mr. Jagdish Ram having recovered paralysis has committed suicide in his house at Macchi Line, Port Blair on Jan 16 evening around 6:00 pm, by hanging himself. When family member noticed they immediately shifted Mr. Ram to G B Pant Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Police has registered a case in this regard.

* Airtel 4G launched in Isles - Port Blair: Bharati Airtel have launched 4G services for A&N Islands at Port Blair from 15 Jan, 2019. By this, Airtel became the first to launch 4G services in the Islands. The launch session was hosted by Mr. Sameer Anjaria, CEO - West Bengal & Odisha, Bharti Airtel Limited. Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, the MP was the guest of honor at the occasion. Airtel 4G services will be available in Port Blair to begin with and will be gradually expanded to other parts of the islands. Customers can upgrade to 4G SIM for free and choose from a range of exciting Prepaid and Postpaid plans that come with premium bundled content like Netflix, Amazon and Zee5. Airtel 4G will be available to customers across a range of smart devices including mobile phones, dongles and 4G hotspots.

* Rs.2,40,000 vanished by unknown - Billyground, Jan 16: A lady, r/o Joypur, Billyground went to SBI Rangat Branch to withdraw some amount but to her utter shock, she found that her account has nil balance, immediately collected her mini statement from Rangat Branch ATM counter, after which she came know that Rs. 2,40,000/- has been withdrawn by some unknown person through her ATM Card from various cities. According to victim, she never shared her ATM PIN Number with anyone. SBI officials informed her that until she lodges an FIR at PS Rangat, they won't be able to help her. After facing many hurdles she has lodged an FIR at PS Rangat only after intervention of the MP.

Utsav at Uttara: application invited from Cultural organizations and groups
Port Blair, Jan 16: Kala Kendra Society will be organizing Utsav - "a programme of Dance and Music" at Uttara, Middle Andaman on Jan 27, 2019. Accordingly, applications are invited from local cultural organizations for presentations based on Dance and Music. Preference will be given to cultural organizations and groups working for the promotion of Art & Culture in North & Middle Andaman. Last date for submission of application at Kala Kendra Society, Directorate of Art & Culture, Cellular Jail Complex, Atlanta Point, Port Blair is on Jan 19, 2019. Application can also be sent through E-Mail: kalakendraanispac@gmail.com. Cultural Organisations/ Groups, North & Middle Andaman can Contact Mr. Nikhil Adhikary, District Cultural Officer (North & Middle Andaman) and register their names over Mobile No. 9476018723, a communication from Consultant Kala Kendra said.

TMI Clock Tower (10/01/2019) 
* Fire guts house at Wimberlygunj village: A fire accident reported from Wimberlygunj on Jan 06, 2019 at 7.30 pm. The incident was claims reported to the Fire Brigade at around 7.30 pm in the evening. But in vain, before fire tenders could reach the mishap site, the house made of timber and bamboo was reduced to ashes. Sources said, the house is of one Panchavarnam, W/o Kanagaraj was reduced to cinder in a fire incident, no one sustained injuries in the mishap. It is learnt that electric short-circuit is the cause.

* Unique type of accident with STS Bus:  The rear Tyres set of STS Bus came out all of a sudden at Ograbraj at 6 pm on Jan 07, 2019. As per sources, the bus heading towards Port Blair from Tirur, while at Ograbraj road suddenly the set of rear wheel came out. Fortunately, no one was injured in this accident. Mechanical experts says, 'it has to be fixed with 16 thick nut bolts, if any one of them is loosened, the driver can sense the defect while driving'. 'But, this case is a matter of 16 at once. This is high time for the Transport Department to enquire about the mechanical blunder', he added.

* A 46 yr lady was killed in road accident: 46-year-old lady (A.Meena Kumari) working as Hindi typist in PBMC while riding with her brother on a two wheeler was hit by a truck near Light House on Jan 07, 2019 morning. It happened when, her brother A.Loknathan, Rtd. Police Dept, R/o Haddo was driving the scooty with his sister as pillion riding, and they were hit by the truck driven rashly. During which, Loknathan escaped with minor injuries, his sister was crushed under the truck and died on the spot. The accused driver of the truck (AN01 K 5020) was nabbed by the passersby and a PCR call was made after which police team reached the spot and arrested him.

Isles' entrepreneur Neha Bhatt wins National Award
Port Blair, Jan 09: Neha Bhatt, an entrepreneur who makes handcrafted soaps and shampoo & conditioning bar under the brand 'Cosmic Island', using indigenous raw materials of the islands, has won the coveted 'National Entrepreneurship Award-2018' instituted by The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on Jan 4, 2019 in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi from Suresh Prabhhu, Minister of Commerce, Industry & Civil Aviation, in the presence of Anant Kumar Hedge, Minister of State MSDE. Neha runs an enterprise at Attam Pahad with her husband Rahul Gandhi, who is a hospitality industry consultant and French Teacher. Her popular range of products is available at Mubarak Hypermarket, S-Mart, Freggie Mart, Seven Heaven, Barefoot Resort & Amazon.in, in the islands. Neha is indeed an inspiration for young entrepreneurs and who has made the Isles proud.

Legal Aid Clinic at Andaman Law College
Port Blair, Jan 09: Andaman Law College has announced functioning of a Legal Aid Clinic at its campus every Wednesday (except government holidays) between 2 pm to 5 pm. A panel of legal experts consisting of advocate and senior law faculties along with para legal volunteers will render legal service in the Legal Aid Clinic. The clinic will also arrange for legal representation to the poor litigants for filing their case in the court through the District Legal Service Authority functioning in the District Court campus at Port Blair. Anyone who needs legal advice / opinion may contact the Legal Aid Clinic functioning at Andaman Law College, Port Blair on Wednesdays between 2 pm to 5 pm.

Government is committed to developing the Islands in accordance with the requirements of the environment: PM; Describes A&N Islands as place of pilgrimage; launches series of infrastructural projects

PM on Dec 30 in Andaman
*Laid a wreath at the Martyrs Column, and visited Cellular Jail and also visited the cells of Veer Savarkar, and other freedom fighters.
*Hoisted high mast flag to mark 75th anniversary of hoisting of Tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji, and paid floral tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
*Released a commemorative postal stamp, 75 rupee coin, and First Day Cover
*Laid Foundation Stone of the 50 MW LNG Based Power Project at Hope Town, to be set up at cost of Rs. 387.80 Crore
*Solar PV-based induction cook stoves distributed to 99 households in Tsunami Shelter Homes at Chouldari village
*Flagged off 20 Electric Vehicles and handed over to A&N Administration
*Launched the 'A&N Islands Innovation and Start-Up Policy 2018'
*Announced new names of three islands i.e. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep for Ross Island, Shaheed Dweep for Neil Island, and Swaraj Dweep for Havelock Island

Port Blair, Jan 02: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has said that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are not just a symbol of India's natural beauty, but are also a place of pilgrimage for Indians. He stated this while addressing a mammoth gathering at a public event organized at the historic Netaji Stadium on Dec 30, 2018 evening in commemoration of the 75th anniversary celebration of the first flag hoisting on Dec 30, 1943 by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose on Indian soil in Port Blair.
The Union Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge), Shri Manoj Sinha, the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral DK Joshi, Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, the Member, HMAC, Shri Vishal Jolly, PBMC Chairperson, Smti. Anusia Devi, Adhyaksh, ZPSA Shri Sanjib Mandal and Adhyaksh, ZPN&M Andaman, Shri Srinivas Rao among others who were attended the event.
The Prime Minister said, the A&N Islands remind us of the collective resolve of our freedom fighters. He also mentioned about his visit to the Cellular Jail and the point where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had hoisted the tri-colour 75 years ago. The Prime Minister said, the Cellular Jail, where thousands of freedom fighters suffered, is no less than a place of worship for him. He said, the nation will never forget the sacrifices of the freedom fighters.
Recalling Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister said that on Netaji's call, many youth from the Andamans had dedicated themselves to the freedom of India. He said, the flag on the 150 feet high mast, is an attempt to preserve the memory of this day in 1943, when Netaji unfurled the tri-colour at Port Blair. The Prime Minister said that today, Indians are working towards creating a strong India, in line with Netaji's vision.
He said that remembering and honouring our heroes, helps strengthen our feeling of integration. He said the Union Government is making efforts to highlight every glorious chapter of our history. In this context, he mentioned the Panchteerth related to Babasaheb Ambedkar, the National Police Memorial and the Statue of Unity. He said National Awards have also been announced in the names of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The Prime Minister said that the New India that is being built with the inspiration of these great leaders has development at its core.
The Prime Minister also announced and unveiled a series of development projects related to the energy, connectivity and health sectors which include 7MWp Solar Power Plant, Solar Village in South Andaman, State Wide Area Network Project (SWAN), Waste to Energy Plasma Re-gasification Plant, Chennai and Andaman and Nicobar Islands (CANI) Submarine Cable Connectivity Project, Upgradation of Primary Health Centre to District Hospital, Garacharma, Sub District Hospital, Diglipur- Middle Andaman District to Sub-District Hospital, Industrial Development Scheme for the Islands, 50 bedded AYUSH Hospital at Junglighat, 50 MW LNG Power Plant at Hope Town. Apart from this, the Prime Minister also announced the setting up of a Deemed University at Port Blair, dedication of 20 Electric Cars in A&N Islands and creation of Yacht Marina at Port Blair etc.
The Prime Minister said, the Government is committed to developing the Islands in accordance with the requirements of the environment. Special attention will be given to sectors such as tourism, food processing and information technology, as part of industrial development.
The Prime Minister further stated that the Union Government is committed to empowering and developing the Islands and the development projects unveiled today would further this objective in the fields of education, health, connectivity, tourism and employment.
The Prime Minister said efforts are being made to make the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as self-sufficient as possible. He spoke of the expansion of Port Blair Dockyard, which will enable maintenance of big ships. He called for a report on the condition of rural roads in the Islands within two weeks, and said that once the report has been examined, the Union Government will give whatever assistance is possible.
The Prime Minister said that a new Integrated Terminal Building is coming up at Veer Savarkar International Airport. He said, the Government is working towards strengthening connectivity across the country and the undersea Optical Fibre Cable connecting Chennai and Port Blair and eight other Islands, once completed, would provide good internet connectivity at par with mainland.
The Prime Minister also spoke of development works in areas such as water, power, clean energy and health. He also stated that the permission for constructing a bridge connecting Chatham and Bambooflat has been accorded and this will fulfill the long pending demand of the residents of the area.
The Prime Minister also launched the 'A&N Islands Innovation and Start-Up Policy 2018' which has been formulated to provide an enabling environment for encouraging and nurturing innovative thinking and entrepreneurship in the Islands.
The Prime Minister also released Commemorative Stamps & Quaternary Alloy Coin of Rs. 75. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi also declared the renaming of three Islands of A&N Islands which were named after British Officers viz. Ross, Neil and Havelock. He announced that Ross Island would now be named as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep; Neil Island would be known as Shaheed Dweep; and Havelock Island would be renamed as Swaraj Dweep. He also mentioned that a notification to this effect has come into force with this announcement.
The Prime Minister also announced the setting up of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Deemed University in A&N Islands.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge), Shri Manoj Sinha has expressed happiness that our visionary Prime Minster, Shri Narendra Modi is amidst the people of the A&N islands, gracing the 75th anniversary celebration of hoisting of first Tricolor by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on Indian soil at Port Blair on this day in 1943. He said, during the last four and a half years, the work culture of our country has undergone a big change, owing to the sincere efforts of our visionary Prime Minister. He also informed about the significance of releasing the Commemorative Stamp and First Day Cover on this day; as well as about the foundation stone laying of the Chennai and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (CANI) Submarine Cable Connectivity Project.
While speaking on the occasion the Lt Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands,  Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd) emphasized that no efforts will be spared in meeting the vision of the Prime Minister- 'New India' and 'New Andaman'. The Administration has also set a goal towards broad based economic growth so that no part of the Islands remain untouched from development process and effective public services are made available to the Islanders.
Speaking on the occasion, the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray said that these Islands witnessed all round development in all spheres which was not visible since the last 50 years. A better road map has been prepared for the development of all the sectors and the A&N Administration is marching ahead to achieve the targets. Andaman will be developed in such a way that people from world over will visit these picturesque Islands, Shri Ray said.

PM interacts with Tribal Chiefs; inaugurates ITI and Modern Sports Complex
Addresses huge gathering at BJR Stadium

PM on Dec 30 in Car Nicobar
*Inaugurated Industrial Training Institute at Arong village and Modern Sports Complex
*Laid a wreath at the Tsunami Memorial, Jayanti village and lit a candle at the Wall of Lost Souls
*Interacted with Tribal Chiefs and eminent sportspersons from the islands
*Laid Foundation Stone for Shore Protection Work near Mus Jetty, and for Extension of Campbell Bay Jetty

Car Nicobar, Jan 02: The Prime Minister on Dec 30, 2018 morning visited Tsunami Memorial, Jayanti village and laid wreath at the Memorial to pay homage to the all those who lost their lives in the devastating Tsunami of 26th December, 2004 and lit a candle at the Wall of Lost Souls. He also interacted with Tribal Chiefs and eminent sportspersons from the Islands.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge), Shri Manoj Sinha, the Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, (Retd.), Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray and the Member, HMAC, Shri Vishal Jolly.
Thereafter, the Prime Minister visited BJR Stadium, Tamaloo village and addressed a public meeting there. During this function, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Industrial Training Institute at Arong, and also a Modern Sports Complex at Lapathy. He also laid the Foundation Stone for Shore Protection Work near Mus Jetty, and Extension of Campbell Bay Jetty.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister spoke of the great natural beauty, culture, tradition and art of the Island. Speaking of the family and collective traditions of the Island, he said this has been a strength of Indian society, over the years.    Speaking of his visit to the Tsunami memorial - Wall of Lost Souls - just before arriving for the function at the BJR Stadium, the Prime Minister appreciated the people of the Nicobar Islands for their spirit and hard work in rebuilding the Island after the tsunami.
He said the projects unveiled today would go a long way in developing sectors such as education, health, employment, skill development, transportation, power, sports and tourism.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed his Government's determination to not leave anyone, or any part of the country behind, in the march towards development. He said the aim is to reduce distances, and develop a sense of closeness in hearts.
He said the work for the sea wall, once completed, will help protect the Island of Car Nicobar. He said the ITI would help empower the youth of the Island, with skills. Speaking of the sporting prowess of the youth of Nicobar Islands, the Prime Minister said that the modern sports complex would help them hone their skills. He said more sports infrastructure would be added in future.
The Prime Minister said that the Union Government is working towards improving ease of living for the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He spoke of the expansion of healthcare facilities on the Islands.
The Prime Minister said that the effort is to undertake development work while preserving the environment and local culture.
In the agricultural sector, the Prime Minister spoke of the increase in support price of Copra. He said the government is working towards empowering those engaged in the fisheries sector. He said a sum of Rs. 7000 crore has recently been approved for making the fisheries sector in the country more profitable. He said the areas of the country that are near the sea, can become centres of our blue revolution. He said seaweed farming is being encouraged, and fishermen are getting financial assistance for procuring modern boats. He said India is making concerted efforts to harness solar energy. In this context he mentioned the International Solar Alliance. He said areas contiguous to the sea have tremendous potential for renewable energy generation. He mentioned that efforts are being made in Car Nicobar, in this direction.
The Prime Minister said this entire region of the Nicobar Islands, and the nearby Malacca Strait, is important from the point of view of both resources and security. He said suitable transportation infrastructure is being developed, keeping this in mind. He spoke of the development work being done for the Campbell Bay Jetty, and the Mus Jetty.
The Prime Minister lauded the resilient spirit and courage of Nicobarese people in restoring normalcy after the disastrous tsunami and paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the disaster. The Prime Minister reiterated his Government's commitment to the development of the Islands.

3 Sub Centers upgraded as Health & Wellness Center under Ayushmaan Bharat
Port Blair, Jan 02: Shri Udit Prakash Rai, DC, South Andaman/ Chairman, District Health Society has inaugurated the Health & Wellness Centers of Mannarghat & Shoal Bay-12 under the flagship of Ayushmaan Bharat scheme of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI in presence of Shri Sandeep Biswas, Pramukh, Ferrargunj, Shri Basheer Pradhan, GP Mannarghat, Smt. Mary Puspha, Pradhan, GP Shoal Bay, Dr. Tamanna, Medical Officer i/c PHC Wimberlygunj, PRI members & general public of respective area on Jan 01, 2019.
Similarly, the Health & Wellness Center of Prothrapur was also inaugurated by Shri K. Muthu, Municipal Councilor, Ward No.19 in presence of Dr. Purnima Burman, Medical Superintendent i/c, PHC Garacharma, Shri B Nagendra, District Programme Manager, District Health Society and general public.
It is learnt that the Sub Centers are upgraded as Health & Wellness Center to address the preventive, primitive, curative & rehabilitative health care needs of the general public in its catchment area by upgrading the infrastructure and human resource to provide following services at community level: Pregnancy care and maternal health services, Neonatal and infant health services, Child health,         Chronic communicable diseases, Non-communicable diseases, Management of mental illness, Dental care, Eye care,      Geriatric care Emergency medicine and Yoga.
The DC, SA dedicated the Health & Wellness Centers to the General Public and asked them to avail the upgraded health facilities.

Cyclone ‘Pabuk’ over Andaman Sea
Port Blair, Jan 02: As per weather forecast, tropical cyclone 'Pabuk' will be crossing over Andaman Sea on Jan 05, 2019. Under its influence, squally wind speed between 40 to 50 kmph gusting to 70 kmph and very rough sea conditions likely to remain over Andaman Sea from Jan 04 to 07, 2019. It has been advised the fishermen not to venture into sea during this period.

Advisory for eligible candidates of Labour Inspector
Port Blair: Applications were invited to the vacant post of Labour Inspector on 23.08.2018. The list of eligible candidates was placed in public domain through daily newspapers and www.and.nic.in on 10.12.2018, whereas no claim or objection were received on closing date i.e. 17.12.2018.
Now the eligible candidates are advised to get their original documents verified in the office of Labour Commissioner, Supply Lane, Port Blair from Jan 01 to 04, 2019. The Labour Commissioner & DET said in a press release.

ANIIDCO launches thick & tasty curd in cups; will be available in the market from today
 Port Blair, Jan 02: ANIIDCO is strengthening its portfolio of milk and milk products with the launch of curd in cups which will be available in the market from 03.01.2019. It is the endeavor of the Corporation to offer convenience, taste and health benefits to the consumers of milk and milk products of the Islands.

Curd will be available in cups of 100 gram and 200 gram priced at Rs.13/- and Rs.25/- respectively. Initially curd in 200 gram cup is being launched with an introductory offer of Rs. 20/- upto 31.01.2019. The Corporation is also selling cow milk, toned milk, paneer and curd in pouch. The Corporation will also be launching Lassi and sweetened curd (dahi) in cups in next few months. In case of any further clarification, consumers may contact Sr. Manager (Milk) 03192-044076/ 9434278778/ 9734483400, a communication from its Managing Director said.

Discount on toned milk purchase in bulk from ANIIDCO
Port Blair, Dec 26: The Corporation has started supply of toned milk to bulk milk purchasers like hotels and institutions in cans w.e.f 01.12.2018 in order to discourage use of plastic packaging material.
The Corporation will be offering discount of Rs. 1/- per litre to all hotels/ institutions buying toned milk in cans for a period of three months i.e. from 01.01.2019 to 31.03.2019.
The Corporation requests all the bulk milk purchasers to purchase of toned milk in cans to reduce consumption of plastic packaging material.
In case of any further clarification, consumers may contact Senior Manager (Milk Plant) - 03192 - 244076 / 9434278778 / 9734483400.

ANIIDCO to Setup Petrol Pump at Baratana and Kadamtala
Port Blair, Dec 26: There is a long pending demand of residents of Baratang for opening of Petrol outlet by ANIIDCO at Baratang and the PRI members of Baratang had also taken up the matter with Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands. The A & N Administration and ANIIDCO have decided to set up a Petroleum Retail Outlet of IOCL at Baratang as well as Kadamtala.
The A&N Administration has recently allotted land to ANIIDCO at Baratang for the said purpose. Further, the available land with ANIIDCO at Uttara village shall be used for setting of a Petroleum Retail outlet at Kadamtala.
Keeping in view the convenience of commuters, both the Petroleum Retail Outlet Sites falling on National Highways will be developed with a Petrol Pump and Wayside Amenities like Toilets, Chilled drinking water. Free air filling, Refreshment corner, ATM, First Aid and Parking facility etc.
ANIIDCO has already taken up the matter for award of Retail outlet dealership with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and it is expected that the project will be completed within the Calendar Year 2019, a communication from MD, ANIIDCO said.

CID team recovers huge haul of IMFL
Port Blair, Dec 26: In its drive to wipe out the nuisance of illegal sale of liquor and bootlegging, the team of Special Branch (CID) consisting ASI Jayachandran, Constables G. Ravi and Surfuddin under the supervision of Inspr. D. Jagdishwar Rao carried out raid at Fisheries Jetty, Phoenix Bay on 20/12/2018 and recovered 113 bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquors (IMFL). In this connection one A. Bhoominathan, S/o Shri Alagumalai, R/o Fisheries jetty was arrested and a case under excise Regulations has been registered against him. The raid was conducted under the over-all supervision of Shri R. K. Sharma, Dy. SP (CID). The Police will continue to fight against this menace to eradicate the illegal trade of illicit liquor and IMFL from this Union Territory.
The general public is requested to inform about any credible information pertaining to gambling, illegal sale or possession of liquor/ drugs or any other illegal activity on the following telephone numbers - 233307, 9434270185, 9474290250, 9474228912, 232586 and 100. The identity of the informer will be kept secret.

ACCI to conduct 'Andaman Marathon: 2019' on Feb 3
TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, Dec 26: The Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI), Port Blair has initiated an annual event, which is now in its 8th year, titled 'Andaman Marathon' with the objective to put the Andaman Islands in the global tourism map to promote and create awareness for a healthy life-style with tag line "Swatch Andaman" this time to create awareness among islanders to keep A&N Islands clean.
Addressing a press conference in TSG Emerald View Resort at Phoenix Bay, the ACCI President, Girish Arora said that, the event is being organized in association with the Andaman & Nicobar Administration.  Over the years, the event has generated substantial interest not only in the islands but also in other parts of the country as well as internationally.
The Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral DK Joshi will be flagging off the event from the historic Cellular Jail on Sunday the 3rd February, 2019 at 0515 hrs. and also distribute the prizes to the winners at 0800 hrs. at the Netaji Stadium. The Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command and the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration will be attending the flag off event at Cellular Jail and prize distribution at Netaji Stadium as guests of honour.
All arrangements for conducting the Andaman Marathon 2019 on 3rd February, 2019 is going on in full swing. This year ACCI have expecting more than 1500 participants in categories mentioned in the table.
Andaman Marathon has four events - Half Marathon; 10K - male & female; 10 K for seniors and 10 K Boys & Girls at total prize money of Rs.8.70 lakhs. 
The prize money has been restricted to Indian Nationals/ Islanders only. Registrations for all events are taking place in ACCI Office. The Brand Ambassador for the event as every year, this year too, Shri Rahul Bose along with a Celebrity Guest to participate in the flag off at 0515 hrs as well as the award function at Netaji Stadium at 0800 hrs.
‘On demand from youngsters, the age limit for participation in Andaman Marathon was reduced from 15 to 14 years. One can submit their form online or can collect forms from ACCI office or they can also use the newspaper cuttings for participation. Our total budget for this event is near about Rs.30 Lakhs’, said Mohd. Jadwet.
Beside Mr. Girish Arora, Mr. G Bhasker, Ex-President ACCI, Mohd. Jadwet, Ex-President of ACCI were also present during the press conference and have urged all age group citizens of Port Blair to join their hands to make it success by participating in the run.

Police Station Campbell Bay adjudged as the second best Police Station in India
Port Blair, Dec 26: The Police Station Campbell Bay under the Nicobar District has been adjudged as the second best Police Stations in the entire Country and its SHO, Inspr Vishal Ram has been awarded with the shield by the Hon'ble Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh during the DPGs/IGPs conference held at Kevadiya, Gujarat on 20/12/2018.
The award is the result of continuous endeavor and planned efforts of Ms Shalini Singh, IGP under the resolute leadership of the present Director General of Police, Shri Depender Pathak. The Police Station is located far away from the Headquarters and continuously confronting various challenges associated therein. In spite of these challenges the PS & its staff has been dedicating best of their services to the local population which also includes Shompen Tribes. Various proactive actions and special community oriented policing efforts in addition to welfare measures for the staff by the Police department for the last one year in a planned approach has led to this award of being adjudged one of the top three police stations in India. This award is a matter of great pride for the entire Andaman & Nicobar Police and the citizens of these Islands.
All this has been possible because of the sincere efforts of Inspr Vishal Ram, SHO PS Campbell Bay under the supervision & guidance of Shri Manoj C, Superintendent of Police, Nicobar District. They have been instrumental in achieving this rare foot which is first such instance of any Police Station in our Islands being adjudged among one of the best in the Country.

Nominations invited for “Andaman Heroes Award”
Port Blair, Dec 26: Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation (ANMF) has decided to honour Islanders, who have immensely contributed towards the development of these Islands or excelled in their respective fields and brought laurels in National as well as International level.
The Honour will be in the name of "ANMF's Andaman Heroes Award" and the award ceremony will be organised in the month of January 2019. All the deserving persons have been requested to send their nominations to the email ID of Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation i.e. anmf.andaman@gmail.com in a simple format with mobile number to the said email ID or by post addressed to the President, Andaman and Nicobar Media Federation, Andaman Sheekha Office, RGT Road, Port Blair, PIN 744101 by Jan. 10, 2019.
All entries will be scrutinized by ANMF and also by two independent judges for final selection, the General Secretary (ANMF) said in a communication here.

New ITI at Car Nicobar to be inaugurated on Dec 30
Port Blair, Dec 26: To facilitate youth to get skill in niche area to enhance their employability and to have better standard of life, the A&N Administration has made convergence of skill development activities for focused implementation with definite result, opening of capacity building centres, up-skilling of general populace as well as organising job fair for getting employment.
In this direction, the Administration is now further established a new Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Arong, Car Nicobar constructed under centrally sponsored Multi Sectorial Development Plan (MSDP) for development of minorities to improve skill development programme to the tribal youth of these Islands and particularly for the Nicobaries.
The ITI, Arong is getting launched by the Hon'ble Prime Minister on 30/12/2018 with six job roles under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 2.0 State Component in the sector of Construction, Automotive and IT-ITES etc. The Administration is also planning to introduce new trades under Craftsman Training Scheme (CTS) with total intake of 183 seats from 2019 academic year.
The Administration informs the general public of Andaman & Nicobar Islands that, it will take continuous efforts for up-skilling our students/ youths as well as all general public to enhance their knowledge and improve employability.
The A&N Administration urges all the aspirants to take the advantage of such skill development programs to empower themselves.

Big relief to agitating candidates of PSTs
CS assures re-examine of applications
Director (Education) sticks to his decree, yet

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair: 194 candidates' names appeared in the selected list against 224 posts of PST (Primary School Teacher) for three different mediums (Hindi-89, English-90 and Bengali-45) under Directorate of Education, A&N Administration. The number of total applications is 'unknown', it is 'unknown', because the department is not ready to reveal the total number of applications they had received, and put rest of posts declared as unfilled without showing proper reasons.
The desiring candidates about in 100s, whose names are not appeared in the selected list of PSTs without conveying proper reasons by the Directorate of Education, are demanding for claims, objection and rectification facilities as done earlier times during recruitment of teachers in the Directorate of Education, A&N Administration in free and fair manner. But the Director of Education, Shri Shubhankar Ghosh was stick in his rules and denies providing the claims, objection and rectification opportunity to the applicants.
Since then i.e. from Dec 17, 2018 through day and night braving the rain, a large number of candidates who have allegedly been deprived of their inclusion in the merit list despite meritorious marks than many others displayed in the list are started protesting in front of the Directorate of Education Office at VIP Road, Port Blair demanding put on hold the recruitment process of PSTs.
Speaking to this correspondent, the protesting candidates said that, 'the Director of Education has refused to budge from his stand and has maintained that the recruitment process of the selected candidates would not be halted in any circumstance'. And he advises us to submit a representation and if the allegations were found true, corrective action will be taken. We are unable to understand that, why this hurry attitude taking place in the entire process by this Director (Education) Shubhankar Ghosh.
'I have also applied in Nov./Dec. 2015, when such applications were invited for about 5 PST posts, I was stood at 5th in merit list, but due to some reasons dropped down to 6th, and after free and fair verification when too, claims & objections were invited and finally the final list was published in the month of April 2016, which can be called justified. But this time, it is deprived of our rightful due', said a candidate among protesting group.
Meanwhile, the political parties have voiced their support to agitating candidates. Local leaders from various parties have also met the Director (Education) to express agitating candidates' concern, but in return the Shubhankar Ghosh told all most to all of them that, 'it was clearly mentioned in the notification of July 16, 2018, you can check it out', and sent them back.
The Joint Action Forum, General Secretary, Abdul Siddique alleges that entire PST selection process seems smack of corruption and nepotism. The deserving candidates have been deprived of their rightful due. 'JAF suspects that a large number of candidates from outside Andamans have found their place in the dubious merit list, he further said that the whole process lacks transparency and against the interest of local candidates'.
However, the Director (Education), Shubhankar Ghosh said above at many occasions that the notification of July 16, 2018 is detailed with terms and conditions. When this correspondent researched about the notification and finds that Press Note of Directorate of Education F.No.8-10(1056)/Edn/Estt/CCB/Rect(DR)/2018/ dtd: 16th July 2018, undersigned by Deputy Director Education (Perl) is found incomplete and in that too advised the candidates to download terms and conditions from official website: www.education.andaman.gov.in and www.and.nic.in. The correspondent still trying to find whereabouts of terms and conditions, the Direction (Education) talking about and had stick into.
However, agitating candidates have informed this correspondent that, 'a delegation of 8 members on behalf of protesting candidates have met the Chief Secretary, Mr. Chetan Bhushan Sanghi today (19/12/2018) evening, the Chief Secretary after hearing their grievances has asked the delegation to submit their representation in written with documents, and he also assured to look into personally and will direct to re-exam and verify all the applications. He further assured that, the appointed orders will not be given to any of the listed candidates until and unless clarify all points raised by the protesting candidates'.

MP taken up the PSTs issue with the Admn.
   Port Blair, Dec 19: In continuation of the issues of the PSTs already taken up with the Administration on 18.12.2018, Shri Bishnu Pada ray, MP, A&N Islands camp at Delhi discussed the issue with the Chief Secretary and the Director of Education over phone today on 19.12.2018.  Apart from that, the personal staffs of MP have been also met with the Director of Education under the instruction of MP in the evening of 20th December, 2018. During discussion, following points have been raised by the personal staff on behalf of MP before the Director of Education and requested to consider the matter seriously to call of the strike of the deprived candidates. 
1.  The name of the candidates whose percentage of marks are less than the higher percentage of marks has been appeared in the selection list.
2.  Details of percentage of marks of selected candidates in scheme wise have not been mentioned, whereas only total secured marks were mentioned. 
3.  The selection list published is not clear because after scrutiny of the applications, no separate list of eligible and ineligible (with reason of ineligible) has not been published before finalization of select list. 
4.  The objections/ claims of the rejected candidates have not been invited, prior to publication of final select list.
5.  Out of total vacancy of 224 posts notified for fill up, only 194 candidate's names appeared in the selected list and rest of posts declared as unfilled without showing any reason.
   After having discussion, the Director of Education responded that a committee has been constituted to re-examine the claims and objections presented by the candidates and if any errors are found, the same will be rectified under intimation to the individuals.  In regard to unfilled posts are concerned, he informed that due to non fulfilment of required criteria by the candidates as per vacancy notice, the posts declared unfilled and all the claims/quarries raised by the individuals will be considered carefully and disposed with all details to each individuals.

Venison Seized by Police

   Billiground, Dec 19: On 14.12.2018 acting on a credible information regarding transportation of venison from Mayabunder to Billiground, the Police team of PS Billiground headed by S.I Rangaraj, SHO, P.S. Billiground along with ASI Mohammed Rafique, PC Atish, PC Srinivasan and PC Anup Das under the supervision of Shri George Lalu, SDPO, Rangat, seized 50 Kgs of Venison under the relevant sections of Wild Life Act 1972 while transporting the same from Webi, Mayabunder to Billiground by a Maruti Omni bearing Regn. No. AN-01 M-1984. Later the driver Shri Saw John Smith S/o Shri Saw Eythow (36) yrsPvt. Worker, Driver of the above Omni and his accomplice Shri JonitRohdes S/o Shri Saw Eythow (19) yrs both R/o Webi, Mayabunder along with the seized venison and vehicle was handed over to the Range Officer, Betapur range for further necessary action.
It is requested to the general public that any information related to any crime or illegal activities may please be intimated to the following phone numbers PS Billiground (03192-270523), SDPO (R/G) (03192-274646) or in any nearest Police Station or to the Police Control Room (100).

DCSA sanctions ex-gratia relief to families of fire accident at Bambooflat
Port Blair, Dec 19: An unfortunate fire accident was reported on 17/12/2018 wherein the wooden house consisting shops located at Bambooflat Market was severely damaged due to fire incident took place at late night around 02.00 AM on 16/12/2018.
   In order to provide timely relief to the affected families the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman has sanctioned an amount of  90,000/- (Rupees Ninety Thousand Only) to the victims. The amount is sanctioned in terms of norms of assistance admissible to the losses sustained to small business enterprises under the newly promulgated scheme of A N Islands approved by Govt. of India.

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