A&N Admin.

Happy Holi: Police; Strict vigil on traffic, especially drunken driving
Port Blair, Mar 20: The festival of Holi (Dhulendi) will be celebrated on March 21, 2019. Traffic Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements to ensure safety of motorists on roads and check the incidents of drunken driving, over-speeding, reckless driving, zig-zag driving, red light jumping, triple riding, minor driving, driving/ riding without helmet, performing stunts on two wheelers and other traffic violations.
Special checking teams with alcometers will be deployed at major intersections and vulnerable points to detect and prosecute traffic violations. Special traffic police teams alongwith PCR and Local Police teams will be stationed on various roads and strategic locations/ intersections all over Port Blair city to check drunken driving, red light jumping and other traffic violations.
As per the directions of Hon'ble Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, in cases of drunken driving, red light jumping, using mobile phone while driving, dangerous driving and over speeding, driving licence will be seized and liable for suspension for a period of minimum 3 Months.
Action shall also be initiated against the registered owners of vehicles whose vehicles are found to be driven by minor/ unauthorized persons, performing stunts, driving without license etc.
Therefore motorist are advised to obey traffic rules, specifically *Not to drink & drive, *Observe prescribed speed limits, *Obey Traffic Rules, *Not to indulge in racing or competition with other vehicles, *Especially two wheeler drivers/ riders to wear helmets and avoid triple riding, *Not to indulge in reckless, dangerous or zig-zag driving, *Not to allow minor/ unauthorized persons to drive your vehicle and *Not to indulge in performing stunts on two wheelers.
Traffic Police appeals to all motorists to avoid traffic violations especially drunken driving. Parents should not allow minors to drive vehicle. All motorists are advised to obey traffic rules and regulations and follow the directions of the traffic policemen on duty for their safety and of other road users.
Training of Presiding, Polling Officers on Mar.23
Port Blair, Mar. 20: In connection with the upcoming General Election-2019, the training of Presiding Officer, Polling Officer and EVM/ VVPAT will be held on March 23 at 9. 30 am in the auditorium of DBRAIT.
 Awareness workshop on MCC held
Deptts. urged to ensure availability of AMF in polling stations
Port Blair, Mar. 20: A workshop was conducted by Election Department of the A & N Administration on March 18, 2019 to create awareness among the Govt. employees about the implementation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and functioning, usage and advantage of polling through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)/ Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). Shri K R Meena, Chief Electoral Officer, A&N Islands in his opening remark informed the Head of Departments (HoDs) of all Central/ State Government, that EVM/ VVPAT, which are used by the Election Commission, are not only user friendly but also reliable, credible and authenticate machines, which provide ease, comfort and accurate voting by the electors. It was emphasized that the EVMs/ VVPATs are manufactured by the two reputed Central Govt. undertakings and the software of EVM/ VVPAT are scrutinised by the independent Technical Expert Committee before handing over the machines to States/UTs for election. The EVM work as a standalone machine not connected with any network. The machines operate with one time programmable chip, which is neither computer control nor connected to internet. Moreover, the programme used in the EVM is one time programmable chip, which cannot be altered or tampered with.
It was also informed that there are several administrative safeguards which make its operation fair and transparent. The EVMs are closely monitored by political parties and their representatives during the First Level Checking, candidates setting, on the day of poll and counting. The entire process is also videographed and signature of representatives of political parties/their representatives are being taken each time before assigning the EVM/VVPAT to Strong Room. The Commission has also provided opportunity to the representatives of political parties and their representatives to sign the seal of Strong Room and also watch and ward polled EVM stored in the Strong Room.
The CEO also requested all the HoDs to observe MCC and obtain clearance of the Commission through a Committee headed by Chief Secretary, if needed. He also requested to all the Departments to extend help and cooperation to provide Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF) in the polling stations so that voting became a festive and memorable experience to the voters. He requested all the HoDs to ensure casting of vote on the day of poll and also motivate and encourage all the officials working under them and their family members to cast vote on the day of poll.
The Chief Secretary assured all help and cooperation to the UT election machinery during the election. He also acknowledged hard work being done by the election machinery in the UT. During the workshop, a demonstration of functioning of EVMs/VVPATs were also given in which CS, PCCF and DGP along with other HoDs participated. A presentation was also made by the Returning Officer, Shri Udit Prakash Rai on functioning, use and advantage of EVM/VVPAT. Shri Yash Choudhary, Nodal Officer (MCC) also made a presentation on implementation of MCC.

Indonesian Naval Ship and Aircraft arrive for 33rd IND-INDO CORPAT
Port Blair, Mar 20: Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin and Maritime Patrol Aircraft CN-235 led by Commodore Dafit Santoso arrived today at Port Blair for the Opening Ceremony of 33rd edition of the India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT). 
IND-INDO CORPAT will be held from 19th March to 4th April 2019. Ambassador of Indonesia to India, Mr. Shidharto Raza Suryodipuro will also visit Port Blair to attend the Opening Ceremony. On arrival, he will call on Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command.
The Indian delegation will be led by Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, VSM, Naval Component Commander, Andaman and Nicobar Command and will include Indian Naval Ship Kesari and Indian Naval Maritime Patrol Aircraft Dornier of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC).
During the opening ceremony in Port Blair, various activities such as sporting fixtures, ship visits and professional interactions have been planned. The ship and aircraft from both the countries would undertake patrolling on the respective sides of 236 nautical miles long International Maritime Boundary line and also participate in the 2nd Bilateral Maritime Exercise in the Andaman Sea. This will be followed by a Closing Ceremony at Belawan, Indonesia, which is scheduled from 01-04 April 2019.
The ceremony also coincides with 70 years of India-Indonesia diplomatic ties and will contribute towards Indian Navy's efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.  The two Navies have been regularly carrying out CORPAT twice a year since 2002 that seeks to underscore India's peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly Maritime neighbouring countries to ensure good order in the maritime domain.

Political parties & candidates urged to adhere to MCC
Port Blair, Mar.20: The Election Commission of India has declared the Elections to the Lok Sabha Parliamentary Constituency of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, vide Press Notification dated the 10th March 2019. Under the provisions contained in Representation of Peoples Act, 1951, all the political parties and contesting candidates have been requested to strictly follow all the norms of Model Code of Conduct.
o             No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.
o             Criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programme, past record and work. Parties and Candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided.
o             There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda.
o             All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are "corrupt practices" and offences under the election law, such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters, canvassing within 200 meters of polling stations, holding public meetings during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, and the transport and conveyance of voters to and from polling station.
o             The right of every individual for peaceful and undisturbed home-life shall be respected, however much the political parties or candidates may resent his political opinions or activities. Organizing demonstrations or picketing before the houses of individuals by way of protesting against their opinions or activities shall not be resorted to under any circumstances.
o             Political parties and candidates shall ensure that their supporters do not create obstructions in or break up meetings and processions organised by other parties. Workers or sympathisers of one political party shall not create disturbances at public meetings organised by another political party by putting questions orally or in writing or by distributing leaflets of their own party.
o             All advertisement for telecasting on TV channels and cable networks by any political parties must be viewed, scrutinized and certified by Monitoring Committee on Media Certification (MCMC).
o             All political parties should try to avoid the use of plastic/polythene for preparation of posters, banners etc. during election campaign.
o             Any and all advertisements at the cost of the public exchequer regarding achievements of the party/Government in power are prohibited.
o             No inducement, financial or otherwise, shall be offered to the voter.
o             Race/caste/communal/religious/ language feelings of the electors shall not be appealed to. (Section 125, RP Act 1951)
o             No activity, which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes, communities or religious or linguistic groups shall be attempted.
o             No aspect of the private life, not connected with the public activities, of the leaders or workers of other parties shall be permitted to be criticized.
o             Processionists shall not carry any articles, which are capable of being misused as missiles or weapons.
o             Loudspeakers whether static or mounted on moving vehicles shall not be used either before 6 a.m. or after 10 p.m. and without the prior written permission of the authorities concerned.
o             Distribution of liquor or bribery in any form is prohibited during elections.
o             Hiring/procuring/use of vehicles for free conveyance of voters is corrupt practice.
o             Permit for vehicles to be used for electioneering shall be be issued by DM/RO and must be affixed on the vehicles.
o             No vehicle except with permit will be allowed for use
o             All Political Parties/Candidates are advised to strictly follow the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Prevention of Defacement of Property Regulation, 1987.

District Election Officer Nicobars flags off Election Express
Port Blair, Mar.18: The District Election Officer, Nicobars, Dr. Monica Priyadarshini flagged off the Election Express on March 18, 2019 from the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Car Nicobar. The Election Express will be travelling to all villages and create awareness amongst the voters of Car Nicobar about the importance of voting. Similar Election Express will be launched in all Islands of Campbell Bay and Nancowry group as well.
Dr. Priyadarshini highlighted the importance of creating awareness among the people on voting and elections.  Under the directions of the Election Commission of India, various Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral participation (SVEEP) programme and activities were being carried out by the District Administration, Nicobars and the Election Express was one such activity.

Complaints on violations of Model Code of Conduct (MCC)

Port Blair, Mar 20: Consequent upon declaration of General Elections to Lok Sabha 2019, by the Election Commission of India the Model Code of Conduct (MMC) has come into force. In view to monitor and regulate actions against any violations with respect to MCC various teams have been formed and activated. General public is hereby advised to inform any such violation of MCC directly to the election Toll free No.1950. On receipt of such complaints the same will be forwarded to the concerned Nodal Officer to initiate corrective measure against the said violations, a press release from Returning Officer, A&N Islands Parliamentary Constituency said here.

Election teams should work in coordination to follow ECI instructions/guidelines: RO
Port Blair, March 13: A training programme was organised for the flying squad, video surveillance, video viewing, check point and static surveillance teams in the auditorium of the ASI here on March 12, 2019. Initiating the training programme, the Returning Officer, A&N Islands Parliamentary Constituency, Shri Udit Prakash Rai has once again reminded the duties and responsibilities of different teams formed to check and respond to the complaints of Model Code of Conduct violations.
The RO said the team members should work in co-ordination with each other and have to keep vigil on public meetings, rallies, use of loudspeakers and all election related events, so that MCC rules are not violated. The teams have to give immediate response to the complaints of political parties/candidates and whatever action they take should be impartial, he added. "We need not to favour anybody but have to follow the instructions/guidelines of the ECI for the conduct of the general election in a free, fair and transparent manner" the RO said.
The RO further stated that every officer is working for the Election Commission of India once he is engaged in Election duty and has to discharge his duties with utmost responsibility. The team members should go through the guidelines of the commission and understand their duties and responsibilities. Action should be taken against those who violate the Model Code of Conduct prescribed by the Commission and every work should be as per the rule, the RO cautioned. The check point teams must ensure that normal public should not face any problem during their routine checks.
The Nodal Officer MCC, Shri Yash Chaudhary, the Asst. Commissioner, (HQ) Ms Nidhi Sarohe and Shri M. Mohammed Ashraf, Sr. AO also addressed the gathering.

Horse Safari guidelines uploaded; comments/ suggestions invited
Port Blair, Mar.13: Tourism Department, Andaman & Nicobar Administration is in the process of finalizing guidelines for registration of 'Horse Safari Operators' in A&N Islands. In this regard a draft guidelines has been prepared and uploaded in the official website of Tourism Department www.andamantourism.gov.in for inputs/ suggestion/ opinion, if any.
Tourism stakeholders and all concerned have been requested to furnish their comments/ inputs/ suggestions, if any, to the Tourism Department's office on or before 21/03/2019 for finalizing the guidelines.

LG pays floral tributes at Chatham Memorial
Commemorating arrival of first batch of Freedom Fighters in the Islands Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency paid floral tributes at Chatham Memorial on March 10, 2019. Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Shri Dependra Pathak, DGP and other senior officers of the Administration alongwith dignitaries from Public were also present on the occasion.

Smart Islander Card issuance at ITF Ground
Newly enrolled members will be covered in 1st phase
Port Blair, Mar 13: Photography Camp is setup at ITF Ground for the issuance of Smart Card based Islanders Cards to all the newly enrolled members i.e. spouse (Husband/ wife) and children added with the registered family. All such newly enrolled members are requested to bring documentary identity proof like copy of Aadhaar Card and parent's / Spouse's  Islander Card through which their name have been included in the Islanders list.
All the newly registered members of 15 years age and above shall be given the card as per the schedule. Smart Islander Card will be charged Rs.100/-. On payment, a receipt will be generated with complete details of persons for the verification/ confirmation and signature. Hence, applicants are requested to ascertain the details printed on the receipt provided to them before approaching for printing of the smart card. Replacement of Card is chargeable.
Further, it is clarified that those already issued with Paper based Islander Card shall not be covered in this round of photography for the cards. All such Islanders will get opportunity for replacement of their card only after the newly enrolled members are duly issued with smart card during current phase of photography.
Photography and issuance of smart Islander Card shall be available for newly enrolled members commencing from 11/03/2019 at the ITF Ground, Port Blair as per the schedule given below:
Name of the Revenue Village
Photography Schedule
(9.30 AM to 5.00 PM )
11/03/2019   to 16/03/2019
Buniyadabad, Phoenix Bay
including Delanipur, Prem Nagar, Anarkali
18/03/2019   to 21/03/2019
22/03/2019, 23/03/2019, 25/03/2019
Aberdeen including Aberdeen Bazaar
26/03/2019  to 30/03/2019

Rest of the venues/ schedule will be announced separately, a communication from Deputy Manager (IT), O/o Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman District said.

Sagarika Emporium invites applications from handicrafts manufacturers
Port Blair, Mar 06: The SHGs, Coop. Societies, SMEs, artisans, individuals engaged in manufacturing of Handicrafts products and who are interested to avail marketing support through the departmental outlets of A&N Emporium- "Sagarika".
They are requested to submit their rates of the handicrafts/ products along with samples in the prescribed format available in the A&N Emporium - "Sagarika", concerned Pradhans, Asst. Commissioners, Tribal Council Office, Asst. Director, Extension Offices of Department of Industries at Bakultala, Diglipur and Car Nicobar along with photographs (in jpeg. format) of the samples for acceptance and fixation of sales price on or before 27th March 2019.
The applicants will be shortlisted based on guidelines to be notified shortly and preference will be given to new, upcoming and first time applicants as well as from remote areas of A&N Islands. This does not confer any right on the applicants for marketing assistance and the Administration reserves right to withdraw the notice.

Trng. on Cyber Security imparted
Port Blair, Mar.6: In pursuance to the directions of the Election Commission of India for the ensuing Parliamentary Election -2019, training on Cyber Security was organized in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Port Blair on March 4 for officers/ officials engaged in the election process. The training programme was attended by 19 officials from various departments.
The Cyber Security, Nodal Officer, Shri Abdul Rasheed explained about different types of cyber threats prevailing these days like e-mail account takeover, malware, phishing, credential replay, social engineering, call forwarding and spoofing, etc and stressed on adopting safety measures by every individuals who works online from such cyber threats.

CS launches Smart Card based Islander Identity Card
Port Blair, Mar.6: The Chief Secretary, A & N Administration, Shri Chetan B Sanghi have launched Smart Card based Islander Identity Card for Islanders in the presence of Shri Udit Prakash Rai, Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman in the conference hall of Secretariat on Mar 05, 2019. With this, the long pending demand of Islanders has been fulfilled.
The enrollment drive for the unenrolled spouse and children of the bonafide Islanders was carried out during 2016. A total of 36752 applications were received and 64803 members were added to the Islander Database. Out of 64803 members, there are 19922 new enrolled members are of age above 15 years for whom Smart Card based Islander Card shall be issued in first phase.
After completion of the first phase, facility for replacement of Paper Card with Smart Card based Islander Card shall also be extended. It is pertinent to mention that 369848 members were enrolled in the Islander database during the survey conduct in the year 2002.
Further, it has also been decided to issue "Smart Card" instead of existing Paper Card. All the newly enrolled members shall be issued "Smart Islander Identity Card". The bonafide Islanders having Paper Islander Identity Card can also get their card replaced with new Smart Card.
A camp shall be setup at ITF ground, Port Blair w.e.f. 11.03.2019 for the issuance of Smart Islander Identity Card to the newly enrolled family members. The "Smart Islander Identity Card" shall be issued on a payment of Rs. 100/-.
It is once again mentioned that the Islanders enrolled in the list published during 2002 and their spouse/ children shall only be issued with the Smart card based Islander Card.

CINCAN lays foundation stone for Wet Basin and Refit Jetty at NSRY
Port Blair, Feb 20: Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) laid the foundation stone for Wet Basin and Refit Jetty at Naval Ship Repair Yard (NSRY), Port Blair on Feb 15, 2019. The project has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Defence and is being undertaken by Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour Works (ALHW). M/s ITD Cementation India Ltd will carry out the civil works. The project is likely to be completed by Nov 2021. This is the first time that a jetty with underwater compartments is being constructed at the A&N Islands and also in Indian Navy. Once the jetty is completed, it would boost, the refit capability of ANC and would also provide assistance to the A&N Administration, whenever required.

A&N Police stands in solidarity with families of Pulwama Martyrs - Donates one day's salary
Port Blair, Feb 18: As a mark of solidarity and support to the families of CRPF martyrs, the A&N Police has decided to donate one day's salary to the families of 40 brave hearts, who were killed in recent terror attack at Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir.
A&N Police strongly condemn this dastardly act of terrorism and stand with the families of sacred souls in this hour of grief.
All officers and ranks of A&N Police will contribute their one day's salary as a token of their shared pain with the grief stricken families and as a mark of the heartiest gratitude for their supreme sacrifice, the Superintendent of Police (AP), A&N Police said in a communication here.

CFNEU organises Orientation Training Course on Health and Nutrition
Port Blair, Feb 20: Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU), Port Blair organised an Orientation Training Course on "Health and Nutrition" for Anganwadi workers at Haddo under ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) Project Urban, recently. About 30 Aanganwadi workers were enrolled in the course. They were sensitized about various aspects of health and nutrition like "Low birth weight, Nutrition requirements of adolescent girls, pregnant women & lactating mothers, significance of early initiation of breast feeding, exclusive breast feeding for 6 months and continuing breast feeding to infants for 2 years.
Shri Anil Kumar Dhiman, Demonstration officer of CFNEU informed the Anganwadi workers about causes, consequences, symptoms & prevention of Vitamin "A" deficiency and consequences of child malnutrition. The importance of adequate nourishment to infants and children was also highlighted in the training. Preparation of low cost food items like nutritious Ladoo and Apple Jam was also demonstrated on the occasion. .  CFNEU operates under Food and Nutrition Board of Ministry of Woman and Child Development.

5th Islands Development Agency meeting 

5th Islands Development Agency meeting chaired by Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Union Home Minister, was attended by Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon’ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency and other members. Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog outlined progress of ongoing projects. Offshore Oil exploration, Port Blair Green field Airport, Land use availability, Sea-plane operations in UDAN-3A discussed as new agenda points.

Exhibition & mock drill held at St. Mary's
Port Blair, Feb 06: The Exhibition and Mock Drill exercise conducted by Disaster Management on Jan 31, 2019 at St. Mary's Sr. Sec. School, Bathu Basti under AMRUT City (Port Blair) to generate adequate and appropriate awareness amongst the school children on the basics of disaster management as per the initiative of the National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi.
The Mock drill was successfully conducted under the supervision of officers from the departments of Disaster Management, Health, Fire & National Disaster Responses Force (NDRF). The drill started with issuing of warning alarm and all students, teachers & staffs were carried out "DUCK-COVER and HOLD" positions for few minutes in their respective classes for earthquake safety and then safely evacuated and assembled at identified safer places. Subsequently attendance were taken by the teachers and informed the details of missing students to the Principal and then SAR team activated and rescued the missing/ injured students using Search & Rescue techniques from the classes and provided medical first aid by MFR Teams. The efficacy and readiness of School Disaster Response System was checked and monitored by the officers present.
Shri Gyan Singh, Asst. Director (Logistics), Shri Deen Mohammed, Safety Officer, Dr. Vazeem Iqbal, Consultant, DDM, Dr. Shankar, DHS and Shri Ravi Ranjan SI, NDRF were appreciated the efforts of the Managers, Principals, teachers, students and other staffs of the said school for their actively participation and followed the steps of mock drill. They also elaborated the importance of mock drill practices to improve disaster preparedness and capacity building of school community.
Disaster Management Exhibition was also organized in the school which was inaugurated by Smti Achamma Kuriokose, Principal of the above school wherein displayed exhibits i.e. IEC materials, SAR Equipment, Fire Extinguishers, MFR Kits. The exhibits were also briefed to the students by the Officials of DM, DHS, Fire & NDRF Team.

45 IFS probationers visited ASI museum Port Blair
Port Blair, Feb 06: 45 Indian Forest Service (IFS) Probationers of 2017-19 (Group-A) visited Anthropological Museum on 03-02-2019 as part of their training programme. The officers were given an oral presentation about the Tribal and Forest, they have also been explained different tribal issues like tribal unrest due to Forest Act, Tribal's dependence on the Forest, the potentialities of tribals in understanding the animal's behavior, their knowledge of herbal medicine and other useful plant in the forest etc, which are very common various parts of our country.
Dr. Nilanjan, Head of Office, Anthropological Survey of India explained very categorically how these tribal people are important to protect the forest from time immemorial and their role as forest labour in various parts of the country. The role of Andaman and Nicobar tribes in preserving the forest is also immense. They require minimum wooden logs for their house which are very simple (by showing the tribal hut in the Anthropological museum)
The IFS officers expressed their views by extending the thankfulness to the officers of AnSI, by saying that these interaction will help them while discharging their duties in various occasions in future.

Entries invited for 'Photograph Exhibition cum Competition'
Port Blair, Feb 06: The Department of Art & Culture will organize a month long 'Photography Exhibition cum Competition' on the theme "Happy Faces/Festival Times" in the Art Gallery and Studio located at Gandhi Park, Port Blair from Feb 20, 2019.
Interested Artists /Photographers may submit their photographs on or before Feb 16, 2019 at Kala Kendra C/o Directorate of Art & Culture, Cellular Jail Complex, Port Blair. More information can be obtained from phone no. 9434267269.

'Poet's Meet' on March 2

Port Blair, Feb 06: The Department of Art & Culture in collaboration with Kala Kendra Society will be conducting a "Poet's Meet" on 2nd March 2019 at Andaman Club at 10.00 AM. Poets with their self composed poems in Hindi, English, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Nicobarese language can participate in the 'Poets Meet'. This meet is open to all the age group categorized as (i) below 18 yrs, (ii) 19 yrs to 35 yrs & (iii) 36 yrs and above. No unsavory and slandering creations will be entertained. Interested individuals may apply to the Director (Art & Culture), Cellular Jail Complex on or before 20.02.2019. For more information phone No. 9434263366 may be contacted.

All political parties informed about the Electoral Process
An all political party meeting was held on 18th January 2019 by Shri. K. R. Meena, Chief Electoral Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Secretariat Conference Hall to apprise the political parties regarding the Electoral Process undertaken in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
*             The Chief Electoral Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Islands briefed the participants that extensive House to House enumeration process was taken up at all places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the draft Electoral Rolls were published on 01/09/2018.
*             Total 406 Booth Level Officers were engaged for updation of the Electoral Rolls.
*             The BLOs were appointed at 348 notified designated locations by the Electoral Registration Officer for continuous updation of the Electoral Roll
*             The Entire process of updation of Electoral Roll was completed based on the qualifying date of age as on 01/01/2019 and the final Electoral Roll was published on 14/01/2019.
*             It was further informed that as per directions of Election Commission of India, Special Camps will be held throughout the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for updation of left out voters, if any.
*             Appeal was made to all Political Parties to request the general public who have not enrolled as voters to come forward and get their names included in Electoral Roll by filling Form No.6.
*             A toll free number 1950 has also been setup in the State Contact Centre/District Contact Centre for convenience of general public for any grievance related to Electoral Roll and Election related process.
*             It was further informed that two copies of photo electoral roll shall be made available free of cost, one of which would be a printed copy and the other soft Pdf copy, to the recognized national and state political parties as provided in Rule 11(c) of Registration of Electors Rules, 1960.
*             It was also requested that Booth Level Agents may be appointed by the Political Parties who shall provide assistance to the Booth Level Officers designated for enumeration and continuous updation of Electoral Roll so that a healthy and error free Electoral Roll could be finalized.
*             All political parties were requested to motivate voters to check their entries in final electoral roll by using helpline 1956, NVSP and other facilities provided by the Commission under (VVIP) to ensure error free Electoral Roll.
District Election Officer
A&N Islands Parliamentary Constituency

LG, others pay tribute to Netaji on his birth anniversary
Port Blair, Jan.23: Rich tributes were paid to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today. The Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) led the Islanders in paying tributes to Netaji Subhash 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, Director General of Police, Shri Dependra Pathak, Chairperson PBMC, Smt. Anusia Devi, senior officers of the Administration, eminent citizens and general public also paid floral tributes to Netaji on the occasion.

Police Raising Week celebrated at N&M Andaman: Cultural & awareness progs. held and FS building inaugurated
Port Blair, Jan 23: In the ongoing Police Raising Week, 2019 scheduled from 16/01/2019 to 23/01/2019 the DGP, Andaman Nicobar Islands Shri Deependra Pathak, IPS, DGP, A & N Islands visited North & Middle Andaman alongwith Shri Sanjay Kumar, IPS, IGP (ACU) on 21/01/2019 and inaugurated a newly constructed Fire Service building at Diglipur. Shri Ingit Pratap Singh, IPS, Superintendent of Police N & M Andaman District,Shri Sukant S Ballabh, SDPO Diglipur and Shri Shaukat Hussain, CFO were also present in the inaugural function. Further, in the same function the DGP, Andaman & Nicobar Islands interacted with the PRI members and discussed various issues with them.
After inauguration ceremony the DGP, Andaman & Nicobar Islands witnessed a cultural program & an awareness program on the subject "Bank Fraud" organized by the staff of North & Middle Andaman district at Mahatma Gandhi Govt.  College Auditorium, Mayabunder. The programme was attended by the students of MGG College, Mayabunder and police staff and their families. At last the DGP addressed the gathering to motivate the students of MGG College and encourage them to join Civil Services and made them aware about modern science and technology. The DGP assured that such type of musical and awareness programme will be organized every year during the Police Raising Week.

Disaster Management organizes exhibition & mock drills
Port Blair, Jan 23: As per the initiative of the National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi, Mock Drills and Disaster Management Exhibition was organized on 18.01.2019 at Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Garacharma and Govt. Primary School, Garacharma under AMRUT City (Port Blair) to generate adequate and appropriate awareness amongst the children and youths on the basics of disaster management.
The Mock drills started with issuing of warning alarm and all the students carried out "Duck-Cover and Hold" positions for few minutes in their respective classes for earthquake safety and then safely evacuated and assembled at identified safer places. The SAR teams rescued the missing/injured students using Search & Rescue techniques from the classes and provided medical first aid by MFR Teams. The efficacy and readiness of School Response System during any catastrophe was checked and observed by the officers from Disaster Management, A&N Police Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the respective schools.
Shri Gyan Singh, Asst. Director (Logistics), Shri Janik Ram, Asst. Director (Admn.),Shri Deen Mohammed, Safety Officer, Dr. Vazeem Iqbal, Consultant, DDM, and Shri Ravi Ranjan and Shri Shisram Ola, SIs, NDRF appreciated the efforts of the Principal, Headmaster, teachers, students and other staffs of GSSS, Garacharma and GPS Garacharma for their actively participation and followed the steps of mock drill. They also elaborated the importance of mock drill practices to improve disaster preparedness and capacity building of school community. Lesson learnt, gaps and the solutions of the Mock Drills were also discussed during the debriefing session in the respective schools.
Disaster Management Exhibition was also organized at GSSS, Garacharma, which was inaugurated by Smti Anand Kumari, Principal, GSSS, Garacharma wherein exhibits i.e. IEC materials, SAR equipment, fire extinguishers, MFR Kits were displayed. The uses of the exhibits were also briefed to the students by DM Officials, NDRF Team and Police Fire personnel.

CFNEU organises Orientation Training Course at Dhanikhari
Port Blair, Jan 23: Community Food and Nutrition Extension Unit (CFNEU), Port Blair organised a two day Orientation Training Course on “Health and Nutrition” for Anganwadi workers at Dhanikhari, ICDS Project Ferrargunj recently. About 30 Aanganwadi workers were enrolled in the course and they were sensitized about various aspects of health and nutrition like "Low birth weight, Nutrition requirements of adolescent girls, pregnant women & lactating mothers, significance of early initiation of breast feeding, exclusive breast feeding for 6 months and continuing breast feeding to infants for 2 years.
Shri Anil Kumar Dhiman, Demonstration officer of CFNEU informed the Anganwadi workers about causes, consequences, symptoms & prevention of Vitamin “A” deficiency and consequences of child malnutrition. The importance of adequate nourishment to infants and children was also highlighted in the training. Preparation of low cost food items like nutritious Panjiri and Pumpkin halwa was also demonstrated on the occasion. CFNEU operates under Food and Nutrition Board of Ministry of Woman and Child Development.

Port Blair, Jan 23: Andaman & Nicobar Police celebrated Police Week from 16th to 23rd January, 2019. Various activities were organized in the India Reserve Battalion also as part of the celebrations. An Ayurveda Health Check-up Camp was organized for the families of battalion staff. Also, a “Seminar on Mother Name & Bird Watching” was held for the school children.

Annual Athletic Meet – 2019 was organized in the Battalion campus from 19th January, 2019. In this Athletic Meet, Police personnel from all the units & district of A&N Police participated in large members. The closing ceremony of it was held on 22nd January, 2019, in which DGP, A&N Islands was the Chief Guest. Bada Khana for the Battalion staff was also organized in the campus in which the DGP, IGsP and other senior officers of A&N Police & Battalion were present.

Jobseekers asked to register for Job Fair 2019
Port Blair, Jan 16: Andaman & Nicobar Administration shall be organizing JOB FAIR 2019 in the month of February 2019 at Port Blair. Major companies from mainland are likely to participate in this Job fair along with local establishment in look out for placements. DBRAIT has developed an ONLINE Registration Portal for perspective jobseekers. All the job seekers looking to avail these opportunities are requested to register themselves on the https://erecruitment.andaman.gov.in/iobfair/default.aspx  without fail. The portal for registration shall open on 14th Jan 2019 and remain open till 27th Jan 2019.
Those jobseekers who register themselves shall be eligible to get training on soft skills at DBRAIT/JNRM/ANCOL/MGGC/ITI in order to prepare them for the interview during the JOB FAIR by perspective recruiters.
All jobseekers are advised to register on portal and avail this opportunity. The Common Service Centre's have also been authorized to register jobseekers on the portal, the Employment Officer said here.

Police week celebrations began with impressive ceremonial parade on A&N Police Raising Day
Port Blair, Jan 16: Raising Day of A&N Police was celebrated with great enthusiasm and pride on 16.01.2019. An impressive Ceremonial Parade was held at Police Lines in morning. In the evening, "At Home" Ceremony was organized in which Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, (Retd.) was the Chief Guest. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Shri D.M.Shukla, IFS, IG Maneesh Vishal Pathak, Commander, Coast Guard, Smt. Geeta Pathak, President PFWC, Inspector General of Police (L&O), Shri Shalini Singh, IPS, Inspector General of Police (ACU), Shri Sanjay Singh, IPS and other senior officers from A&N Administration, Forest department, Police, Armed Force, Member of Electronic & Print media were also an important part of the ceremony.
                The history of A&N Police dates back to the year 1875, when an organized police force was established in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In order to deal with crime and criminals, in the year 1924, the Civil Police Force was formed as a separate branch under the control of a Commandant. After national independence, it was on 16th January, 1953, that Mr.  Naushirwan Feroz Sauntook, the first IPS officer took over the charge of the Superintendent of Police from Shri M. Macfarland. This day is celebrated as the "Raising Day" of the Andaman & Nicobar Police.  
                Ceremonial Parade with 06 contingents comprising of 01 platoon each of Executive Police (Gents), Executive Police (Ladies), IRBn, Fire Service, Home Guard, Traffic and 2 platoons of A&N Police Band, headed by Shri Naveen Kumar, Assistant Commandant/IRBn as Parade Commander, was held at Police Lines Parade ground, Police Lines. Shri Dependra Pathak, IPS, Director General of Police, A&N Islands took the salute of the Ceremonial Parade.  Speaking on the occasion, the Director General of Police conveyed his heartiest greetings and best wishes to the people of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and all the members of A&N Police. He lauded the services rendered by the A&N Police in maintaining law & order and highlighted the outstanding achievements made by the A&N Police in crime prevention, providing security to the islands, curbing criminal activities, and in providing a safe & secure environment to the women, children and other weaker sections of the society. He further motivated everyone to extend better services to the people and appealed to show greater professionalism, transparency and sensitivity in their functioning. He encouraged all to discharge their duties with dedication and sincerity so as to uphold the name of A & N Police to glorious heights. He also congratulated the parade participants for good turnout and excellent performance in the parade.
                Andaman & Nicobar Police is celebrating its Police Raising Week from 16/01/2019 to 23/01/2019 by organizing various activities and programmes to improve Public Police Interface such as awareness drives on social and contemporary issues in schools, colleges & residential areas, cultural-cum-interaction programmes involving public & police families, visit of school children to Police Stations, jan sambark & citizen committee meetings, nukkar-natak and performances by Police Entertainment Team & Police Band, etc. These are also in furtherance of #New Andamans initiatives.
                The entire function of Police Raising Day celebration was held under the supervision of Ms. Usha Rangnani, IPS, Superintendent of Police (AP).

Raksha Mantri reviews operational preparedness of ANC
Port Blair, Jan 16: The Defence Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman visited Campbell Bay on Jan 14, 2019 and reviewed the operational readiness of the Command. She witnessed all four components working jointly in unison during an amphibious demonstration. The exercise, conducted near Campbell Bay included 10 ships, 6 aircrafts and 700 troops of the Command. The Marine Commando (MARCO) unit of Indian Navy and specialist platoon (GHATAK) of Indian Army displayed their operational capabilities by carrying out helocasting, and beach assault.
The minister also visited the southernmost part of India, Indira Point.  Later, on her arrival at Port Blair, the Defence Minister was given a demonstration on jungle survival skills at Military Station, Birchgunj. Thereafter, she inaugurated the phase II of Married Accommodation Project (MAP) that includes 868 dwelling units for the troops of Andaman Nicobar Command. Interacting with the troops at Port Blair, the Minister wished them a very happy Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal.
Smt Nirmala Sitharaman is on a two day visit to Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). On arrival at INS Utkrosh, Port Blair yesterday, she was received by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander in Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN). Later at the ANC Head-Quarters, the minister was given a comprehensive briefing and update on thrust areas and achievements of the Command.
During her earlier visit in Oct 2017, the Hon'ble minister had celebrated Diwali with the troops. (PIB)

 48th General Body Meeting of Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti held
48th General Body Meeting of Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti (AAJVS) was held Jan 14, 2019 at Raj Niwas under the Chairmanship of Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency. The functioning of AAJVS and implementation of welfare measures for Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVGTs) were reviewed. Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Hon'ble MP, A&N Islands, Shri Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, Chief Secretary and other officers & dignitaries from academia and Civil Society were also present at the occasion.

First tribal woman entrepreneur awarded LPG distributorship
With vision "Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas", A&N Administration has been persistently striving for progressive development of tribal community. On Jan 16, 2019, Smti. Reem Banu, first tribal woman entrepreneur awarded LPG distributorship in A&N Islands, called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Lt Governor of A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency. Shri B Soren [DGM-LPG Sales, IOCL], Shri Rashid Yusoof [Chairman, Tribal Development Council] & Shri Rayhaan Pasha [President, Nicobar Youth Association] were also present on the occasion.

XXI State School Games & 6th State Level Competition for CWSN
Port Blair, Jan.10: The XXI State School Games and 6th State Level Competition for CWSN (Children with Special Needs)-2018-19 got underway to a colourful start at the historic Netaji Stadium on Jan 10, 2019. The Lt. Governor, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), chief guest of the inaugural function hoisted the Meet Flag and declared the 'Meet Open'.
The Lt. Governor lauded the efforts of the Education Department in organizing the Championship and advised all the participants to take part in the sports events with true sportsman spirit.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Secretary (Education), Shri D Manikandan informed that as many as 900 students from the nine educational zones are participating in the Championship, of which 493 are boys and 417 girls. About 250 officials of the Education Department are engaged in organizing the Games and have been working hard for the past two months, he said adding that sport is the fitness of mind and body.
As many as 9 contingents representing the 9 Educational Zones of the Islands are participating. They include Port Blair Zone, Wimberlygunj, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Nancowrie, Campbell Bay, Rangat, Mayabunder and Diglipur.

Aquatics, Water Polo and Jal Tarang Championship by ANC held
Port Blair, Jan 11: Andaman Nicobar Command (ANC) organised Aquatics, Water Polo and JalTarang championship 2018-19 from 07 to 11 January 2019. Approximately 300 personnel from all four components of the Command participated in the tournament that included water polo, Individual Medley and Relay races involving Free Style, Breast Stroke, Back stroke and Butterfly. The events covered various distances ranging from 50 Mtrs to 1500Mtrs.
After a keenly contested competition of four days, the Aquatics and the Water Polo trophy was won by the team of 12th Battalion JAT Regt. Asides from these two events "JalTarang" is an event in which all the teams field 30 participants each for a non-stop relay and Naval Component (NAVCC) team won the JalTarang trophy for the year 2018-19. NA (1) FD Ankit of NAVCC team has been adjudged as the best swimmer. Commodore A T Anandan, Material Superintendent Port Blair, under ANC graced the occasion as Chief Guest and handed over the medals, certificates and trophy to the winning teams. (PIB)

Road Safety Walk organized
"Safe driving is the responsibility of the individual towards general public" – DGP
Port Blair, Jan 09: The 30th Road Safety Week is being observed by A&N Police from 07th to 13th January, 2019. Various activities to increase awareness about the Road Safety are being carried out by A & N Police. In this series, a Road Safety Walk was organized on 09-01-2019. The Director General of Police, A & N Islands Shri. Dependra Pathak, IPS flagged off the Road Safety Walk from Cellular Jail. It culminated in front of Netaji Stadium after taking the route through Clock Tower and Model School.
Around 1400 students from various schools and institutions participated by holding banners, placards with slogans related to traffic safety rules. Besides school children, college students, NCC cadets, sport authority faculty, police personnel and general public showed their concern and solidarity for Road Safety by participating in the rally in large number.
    Director General of Police Shri. Dependra Pathak, IPS and other Senior Officers of A&N Police, Police Band and Pipe Band walked along with the students till the end. The participants were addressed by DGP in which he said that the students can make a lot of difference if they start pointing out if anyone known to them violates any traffic rule. He further said that the safe driving is the responsibility of the individual towards general public.
Moreover, lectures were organised in various educational institutions. SI Thomas Kutty and SI Dinesh Meena along with traffic staff visited schools and addressed the students. Approximately 250 students of Govt. Girls. Sr. Sec. School and Carmel Sr. Sec. School were made aware of the basic traffic rules, a press release says.

First flag hoisting point declared 'No Vehicle Zone' on three consecutive days
Port Blair, Jan 09: In exercise of power conferred under M.V. Act 1988 (Act No.59 of 198) read with Administrations Notification No. 2008/F.No.32-95/2008-TR dated 10th March 2008, the District Magistrate, South Andaman hereby notifies for the information of all concerned that the road stretches from Govt. Press, South Point to M/s Hotel Sinclairs Bay View, South Point is declared as "No Vehicle Zone" for all Vehicles on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the evening hours (04.00 PM to 12.00 Midnight) with immediate effect, a notification from ADM for DM South Andaman said here.

IAS trainee officers visit ANC
Port Blair, Jan 09: Eighteen IAS trainee officers of 2018 Batch, visited the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) from 08 Jan to 09 Jan 19 as part of Naval Attachment tour. On arrival at HQ ANC, they were briefed on the strategic dimensions of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and given an overview of the operations and joint nature of the Command. In order to better understand the operational capability of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the officer trainees visited FDN-2 and an Indian Coast Guard Ship. They were also taken for 'Day at Sea' onboard an Indian Navy ship on 09 Jan 19.
The visit provided the IAS officer trainees an opportunity to appreciate the multi-faceted, unique and strategic aspects of the Command. It also helped them to get an insight into the ecological sensitivities while focusing on the developmental issues of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Trade expedition between Banda Aceh and Port Blair
Indonesian Ship 'KM Aceh Millennium' arrives with goods
Port Blair, Jan 09: A pioneer trade expedition from Malahayati Port in Banda Aceh to Port Blair, with an Indonesian Ship 'KM Aceh Millennium' with goods/materials arrived Port Blair on Jan 04, 2019. This expedition could be possible as part of the bilateral trade relations between the countries, only after the official visit of the Prime Minster of India, Shri Narendra Modi to Indonesia and his meeting with President of Indonesia, wherein both the leaders underlined the importance of stronger connectivity, particularly on sea links, in order to facilitate economic co-operation and people to people contact between two maritime neighbors and comprehensive strategic partners.
A brief function was held at Passenger Terminal at Haddo Wharf this evening where the officials of Indonesian Embassy and expedition team members were heartily welcomed. The Secretary Industries, Shri Indu Shekhar Mishra was the chief guest of the function.
In his address, the Secretary Industries described the expedition as a very important step towards developing trade between Andaman and Indonesia, which he said has a bright future. It is right time that Indonesia has taken steps to start trade and A&N Islands will also be taking steps very soon to move forward in this direction, the Secretary added.
He further said that the Administration will hold a meeting with the ACCI and decide over the next step so that a very healthy and good business partnership with Indonesia is established. He also felicitated the officials of the expedition and all the crew members who arrived here by this Ship.
In her address, the Deputy Chief of Mission, Indonesia, FM Suebu expressed gratitude to the Govt. of India, A&N Administration and ACCI for the successful activity/expedition. This year, India and Indonesia commemorate 70th anniversary of full diplomatic relations. This pioneer trade expedition is good start to celebrate the year. As next step, Indonesia will continue its work to collaborate with India towards enhancing connectivity between the two Islands, opening up more opportunity for deeper co-operation, she said.

In his welcome address, the President ACCI, Shri Girish Arora said this expedition was possible due to the signing of MoU between ACCI & Aceh, Indonesia Chamber of Industry to promote development and bilateral economic relations by providing a platform for businessmen to meet, explore business opportunity in trade and investment transfer of technology.  The ship has brought 80 items including construction materials, like cement, wood, crushed stone, fruits, vegetables etc. Some of the materials will be exhibited for promotion of trade at the auditorium of Tagore College of Education, Middle Point on January 6 from 10 am onwards which will be inaugurated by Shri Sidharto R. Suriyadipuro, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia. He also urged all the traders/ businessmen, and general public to visit the venue and get acquainted with the items on display.

DC sanctions ex-gratia relief
Port Blair, Jan 09: An unfortunate fire accident was reported on 06.01.2019 wherein the semi-pucca house belonging to Smti. Panchavarnam, D/o Late Guruswamy, R/o Wimberlygunj got fully damaged due to fire incident took place at about 7.30 pm on 06/01/2019.
In order to provide timely relief to the affected family the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman has immediately sanctioned an amount of 95,100/- (Rupees Ninety Five Thousand One Hundred Only) as ex-gratia relief to the victim Smti Panchavarnam, D/o Late Guruswamy, R/o Wimberlygunj. The amount is sanction in terms of SDRF norms.

An infant from Carnic evacuated by ANC
Port Blair, Jan 02: Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC) carried out medical evacuation of a nine months old baby Sangita D/o Linston R/o Car Nicobar on Dec 29th night. The Baby was safely brought to Port Blair.
The Baby was diagnosed with congenital heart disease and was suffering with fever, cold and cough, and needed emergency air evacuation to Port Blair. Reacting quickly to the request of A&N Administration, the ANC immediately launched an Air Force Dornier for the evacuation. On arrival, the baby was transferred to GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair for further treatment.

Objections and suggestions invited on ANI Fisheries Policy-2018
Port Blair, Jan 02: The Department of Fisheries A&N Administration has drafted "Andaman and Nicobar Islands Fisheries Policy-2018". The draft policy has been uploaded in the Administration's website www.and.nic.in. Objections and suggestions are invited from the general public/ organizations, if any for further improvement of the Draft Policy. Objections and suggestions may be submitted in the Director of Fisheries on or before 15.01.2019 or may be forwarded through Email id- dirfish.and@nic.in., the Director of Fisheries communiqué said.

14th anniversary of Tsunami observed; Lt. Governor, MP, others pay glowing tributes to victims at Tsunami Memorial

Port Blair, Dec. 26:  The Andaman and Nicobar Administration observed the 14th Anniversary of Tsunami at the Tsunami Memorial, Andaman Water Sports Complex, Aberdeen here today. The Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Admiral D K Joshi PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) placed wreath at the Memorial to pay homage to the departed souls. This was followed by paying of floral tributes by the First Lady of these Islands, Smt. Chitra Joshi, the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Chetan B. Sanghi, DGP, Shri Dependra Pathak, Adhyaksh ZPSA, Shri Sanjib Kumar Mondal, Chairperson PBMC, Smt. Anusia Devi, Senior Officers from Defence and Civil Administration, prominent citizens and general public.  
An all Religion Prayer meeting (Sarva Dharma Prarthana Sabha) was also organized at the Memorial. It was followed by a two minutes silence to pay homage to the departed souls.

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Prior to visit of Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister on the occasion of 75th anniversary of hoisting of Tiranga in A&N Islands by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, Hon'ble Lt Governor A&N Islands & Vice-Chairman Islands Development Agency met Shri Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister on visit to A&N and discussed various transformational infrastructure/ developmental/ tourism/ connectivity projects being progressed in the Islands under aegis of IDA.

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.

MP Calls on LG to apprise the grievances related to PST/ Craft Instructor recruitment

Port Blair, Dec 26: 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 emphasised 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.

MoRT&H & MoE&FC takes action on MP's pursue for Repair & Up gradation of NH-4 and construction of Middle Strait Creek Bridge

Port Blair, Dec 26: Upon efforts of MP Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, the Ministry of Environment & Forest has accorded CRZA clearance of Middle Strait Creek Bridge. Consequent upon that the NHIDCL is now ready to give appointment to M/s Vasista Mantena (JV) on 28.12.2018 to start the work for construction of Middle Strait Creek Bridge between 106.590 KMs to 107.762 KMs awarded to at a cost Rs.170.40 Crores.
In pursuant to another demand of M.P. for up-gradation of NH-4 for the stretch of 181.00 kms to 206.00kms between Rangat and Kadamtala for total 25 kilometers length, the NHIDCL, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued the Letter of Award (LOA) of the work to M/s Garg Sons Estate Promotors Pvt. Ltd, Chandigarh at a cost of Rs.54.00 Crores on 28.11.2018. The Contractor, now in process of mobilization of heavy machineries at work site for under taking the construction work which to be completed within one year from the date of award of work.
In the matter of repair of existing dilapidated roads of NH-4 particularly the stretch of road from Farrargunj to Jirkatang, Baratang area, Kadamtala area, Kausalyanagar area and Diglipur Stadium area, the NHIDCL has taken the issue seriously and earmarked an amount of Rs.10.00 Crores to make above area of NH-4 for trafficable/ vehicle worthy by the local contractors within 30.12.2018, a press release from MP Office said here today.

Transportation of PDS to remote islands is the only concern: CS&CA

Port Blair, Dec 26: A&N Administration has the policy of universalization of PDS wherein no exclusion criteria has been adopted, instead every resident family has been made eligible for subsidized ration, if so willed. Regular supply of PDS to the remotest of the inhabited area is the responsibility of CS&CA department of A&N Administration. This is a challenge, keeping in view the difficult terrain and limited  availability of logistics like ships on time, which is met by the corresponding commitment of the administration and 2463MT of rice, wheat and fortified atta is distributed amongst the 1,08000 families comprising of approximately 450000 persons every month. These   include 15000 NFSA beneficiary families and 93000 APL families.
The awareness and active participation of beneficiaries in PDS matter is an asset for the department which keeps it updated to ensure maintenance of regular supply. Supply of ration of December, 2018 to 22 FPS of Middle Andaman was made only on 14-15 of December and was delayed due to authorized functionary being busy with election duty. Taking up of this issue by local dailies reflects the vibrant relationship between department and the public. But the story a few days earlier would have been more responsible than after the resolution of the issue. The Department acknowledges the responsible spirit of the media and look forward to a vibrant and positive relationship which enhance the efficacy of delivery of services.
Timely supply of LPG cylinders to more than 90000 active registered LPG consumers is another challenge before the department every day. The availability of LPG cylinders from IOCL generally is not an issue but the transportation of the same to remotest island through POL worthy vessel is. Proactive approach of the administration in the last 3-4 months has ensured timely transportation of LPG and other POL to remote places with active support of DSS, PMB and private ship owners. 5 yearly external audit of IOCL was completed on 14th December which caused 4 days disruption in delivery of LPG cylinders. The department acknowledges the cooperation of public in bearing with such genuine challenges, collaborative approach and honesty of purpose on the part of administration under the able leadership of present Chief Secretary, a press release says.

RFQ floated for three Tourism projects under PPP mode at Long, Aves and Smith Islands in A&N Islands

Port Blair, Dec 26: The Andaman & Nicobar Administration has floated Request for Qualification (RFQ) inviting proposals from the potential developers for the Tourism Resort Projects at Long Island (Lalaji Bay), Smith Island and at Aves Island. These projects have been steered by the Island Development Agency (IDA) with the support of NITI Aayog.
There will be substantial boost to the economy of these Islands in following way:
1) About 500 crores rupees will be invested in the Islands through these Public Partnership Projects in the Tourism Sector. Investments will be made primarily by the private developers and the A&N Administration will be providing support infrastructure; .
2) There will be paradigm shift in the profile in the hospitality industry in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. There not being even a single Star rated Hotel/Resort in these Islands, within the year 2018, One five Star Resort has already become operational at Havelock. Further RFQ have been issued for two more Five Star and one Four Star resorts in these Islands and contract for the same will be awarded very soon.
3) Minimum 60 % direct employment generation would be available to local youths only. Further manifold indirect employment opportunities will be opened up by way of Water Sports activities linked with these projects, Tour operators, Taxi Services and other allied services.

Disaster Management exhibition & mock drill organized at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. II

Port Blair, Dec 19: The Directorate of Disaster Management in coordination with the Department of Health, A&N Police Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has organized Mock Drill on Earthquake and Disaster Management Exhibition on 14.12.2018 at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.II, Minnie Bay, Port Blair to generate adequate and appropriate awareness amongst the children and youths on the basics of disaster management and to enhance the capacity of school community to respond efficiently during crisis as per the initiative of the National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi.
The Mock Drill started with the issuing of warning alarm and all the students carried out "DUCK-COVER and HOLD" position for few minutes in their respective classes for earthquake safety and then safely evacuated and assembled at identified safer places. The SAR teams rescued the missing/injured students using Search & Rescue techniques from the classes and provided medical first aid by MFR Teams and check the efficacy and readiness of School Response System during any catastrophe which was observed by the present officers from Disaster Management, Health, A&N Police Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). During the debriefing Shri Dr. Vazeem Iqbal, Consultant, DDM, Shri Vikas, SI, NDRF and Dr. Shankar, DHS briefed students as well as teachers about the importance of mock drills practices to improve disaster preparedness and capacity building of school community.
The Disaster Management Exhibition was inaugurated by Smti J Viji Clement, Principal (I/c), KV-II, Port Blair wherein displayed exhibits i.e. IEC materials, SAR Equipment, Fire Extinguishers, MFR Kits were briefed to the students by DM Officials, NDRF Team, Police Fire personnel and Medical officials.

Shri I.P. Gupta, Former Lt. Governor, A&N Islands passes away, LG condoles death

Port Blair, Dec.19: The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral D.K. Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) has condoled the death of former Lt. Governor of A&N Islands, Shri I.P. Gupta. He has conveyed his deepest sympathy, sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family. Shri I.P. Gupta (88) died at New Delhi on 12.12.2018.
In his condolence message, he said that Shri I.P. Gupta was committed to the welfare of the people of the Islands and during his stint as Lt. Governor; the Islands witnessed accelerated growth and progress. He was an able administrator, reformer and a revered senior citizen. The people of the Islands will always remember Shri I.P. Gupta for his affection for the Islanders.
Shri I.P. Gupta was a 1958 IAS batch officer, who served in various capacities in Govt. of India. He was the Lt. Governor of A&N Islands from 23rd December 1996 to 25th May 2001. He was also the State Election Commissioner for Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, from October 1994 to February 1996.

Road Safety Workshop by Transport Department held

Port Blair, Dec.19: Transport Department has organized a road safety workshop with the assistance of Ministry of Road Port Transport & Highways and Association of State Road Transport Undertakings at Megapode Resort here yesterday. All the stakeholders of this UT in respect of road safety like Education Department, Health Department, Police Department, APWD Department, ACCI, Driving Schools, Dealers of automobiles etc., participated in the workshop.
The road safety workshop was inaugurated by Shri. Vikram Dev Dutt, Pr. Secretary, A & N Administration as chief guest and was also attended by the senior officials of the Administration. In his inaugural address, the chief guest pointed out that road safety is synonymous with its value in human life. The present system of acting on the basis of analysis of data after the occurrence of accidents needs to changed to pro active preventive measures like identifying the accident prone zones and taking remedial measures. Hence huge responsibility lies on the part of road constructing agencies and major portion of the road safety issues can be tackled at the initial stages of road design. He emphasized on immediate need for adopting broader vision to target the root level issues responsible for causing an accident. To achieve this purpose, he suggested targeting the school children and adopting innovative ideas to educate the drivers/general public on road safety. It was also suggested to organize such workshops with larger participation of general public, drivers unions etc. Drivers need to be sensitized not only about the loss of life but also the tragedies faced by the entire family due to the untimely loss of bread earner. Violators of law provision as well as applicants coming for renewal/ learner’s license may be made to attend mandatory road safety classes showing related videos. Winners of various competitions on road safety held during the past week with the help of Education Department were also given the prizes.
The Secretary (Transport), Udit Prakash Rai, while welcoming the gathering informed about various activities being carried out by the Department for ensuring road safety and for improving the public transport. He also highlighted the special initiatives being taken by the Department for the benefit of the general public such as computerized ticketing (any where any place), construction of Bus Queue Shelter of uniform design with passenger information system on build, operate & transfer basis, better parking infrastructure, multilayered parking with better regulation, stringent action against violators involving in fatal accidents, operation of AC mini buses to strengthen city public transport service in Port Blair and Havelock on hiring Scheme etc. Department also has plans to procure electric buses for minimizing pollution and for decongesting the city traffic, a committee has been formed to analyze the traffic flow and suggest measures to improve it.
For improving the passenger facilities for passenger hall of bus terminus will be made air conditioned. Under the Smart City Plan, new modern bus port is also likely to come up soon for which sufficient land is available. General Public has also been advised to furnish suggestions on improving the Road Safety.
The representative from MoRTH advocated the necessity for making the practice of Road Safety as a habit of life and gave valuable inputs. The inaugural session was followed by a technical interactive session chaired by Shri. Navlendra Kumar Singh, Director of Transport where all the stakeholder departments like Transport, Health, Education, Police, and APWD & ACCI shared the practices, problems and suggestions as well as remedial measures. Valuable suggestions were received from the participants to address some of the basic issues related to road safety. The workshop concluded with valedictory address by the Director of Transport who stressed on the importance of road safety in the life of all citizens. He also emphasized that all efforts on spreading awareness would be taken by the Government but at the same time stringent action would be taken against violators.

MP expresses gratitude to the GoI and Admn for sanction of Rs.33.43 Cr for repairs and new construction of 60 roads in PBMC area under CRF Fund
Port Blair, Dec 19: Due to paucity of fund in road sector in PBMC area, many roads for new constructions as well as repairs of existing roads in many wards particularly in the extended 06 wards under PBMC area, could not be carried by the PBMC.  However, on the request of the Member of Parliament, A&N Islands Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, the A&N Administration through PBMC/APWD prepared and submitted the total 60 estimations of works to the MoRTH, New Delhi for obtaining fund sanction under CRF.
Following the persuasion and meeting held by Mr. Ray, MP with Shri Nitin Gadkari ji, Minister of Road Transport & Highway, at New Delhi, the Govt. of India has conveyed sanction for Rs.33.43 Cr. under CRF for new construction/repairs of all the 60 roads in PBMC wards for a total length around 38 kms under PBMC area after relaxation of rules as a special case for A&N Islands.  This is first time, the Govt. of India has sanctioned the fund under CRF to Municipal roads.  
Shri BP Ray, MP has expressed his gratitude to Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highway, GoI, New Delhi, Chief Secretary, Secretary (PWD), Chief Engineer, APWD, officials of APWD and PBMC of A&N Administration for their excellent works for timely preparation and submission of DPRs of all the works within a time bound manner, for according sanction, a communication from PS to PM said here.

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