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Transportation system in the A&N Islands is insufficient, especially in needed and emergency situations for the general public: Political party leaders

TMI Bureau Port Blair, Dec 20: Despite the Central Government's commitment and efforts towards the development of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the situation remains far from satisfactory for the general public in terms of basic infrastructure since the regime of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Political party leaders in the A&N Islands pray every day as they write letters to the Heads of the A&N Administration, hoping for the rectification of the situation. Air Transport: In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary of the A&N Administration, Mr. Bhasker recently stated that the seating capacity available in the helicopters operated by Pawan Hans in the A&N Islands is very low. Most of the time, seats are occupied by government servants/civil servants, causing hardships for the general public, even in emergency situations. As everyone is aware, medical patients in places like Campbell Bay, Katchal, Kamorta, Car Nicobar, Diglipur, Mayabunder, and Rang

An opportunity to realize the truth behind human life; Swami Abhedananda Saraswati delivers Pravachan at Chinmaya Mission, Port Blair

  TMI Correspondent Port Blair, Dec. 20: Param Poojya Swami Abhedananda Saraswati, a serving Acharya of Chinmaya Mission, South Africa, in Durban, is delivering pravachan as part of the Annual Geeta Gyana Yagna from Dec. 18 to 24, 2023, in Port Blair. His vibrant and dynamic personality, along with his oratorical skills in Hindi and English, appeals to people from all walks of life in India and abroad. On December 18, 2023, Shri Devesh Chandra Srivastava (IPS), Director General of Police, A&N Police, inaugurated the auspicious program as the chief guest by lighting the traditional lamp. Shri Devendra Yadav, Director, Airport Authority of India, Port Blair, was the guest of honour and presided over the occasion. The chief guest spoke about the significance of the Bhagavad Gita in his life. Poojya Swami Suddhananda Saraswati of Chinmaya Mission, Port Blair, mentioned, "For the past 22 years, the Annual Geeta Gyana Yagna (Pravachan) has been organized here to educate people

Islanders demand inquiry over death of Rajesh (29 yrs); Is it failure of Telecommunication System (OFC), transport system, road infrastructure or human negligence?

Port Blair, Dec. 13: Members of the Tourist Fibre Boat Association, along with workers and residents of Baratang, expressed heartfelt condolences for the untimely demise of Late G. Rajesh Rao. They organized a solemn candlelight march from Nilambur Jetty to PS Baratang this evening. G. Rajesh Rao, a 29-year-old aspirant of Forest Mazdoor Post under Middle Andaman Forest Division, Rangat, fell during the Physical Endurance Test of a 10 km race on the morning of 09/12/2023. He was subsequently brought to GB Pant Hospital by a medical team through HN-4 road, and on the morning of 10/12/2023, he was declared dead. Members of the Fibre Boat Association expressed deep sorrow over the unfortunate incident. In a humble plea, they urged higher authorities to conduct a fair and impartial inquiry. Additionally, they emphasized the necessity of forming a medical board to ensure justice for Late G. Rajesh Rao and his grieving family. The demise of Mr. G. Madhav Rao, a young islander, has spar

The focused Swaraj Dweep of the Centre and Administration lacks basic facilities!; Hoteliers, tour operators, and residents stage Dharnas

Swaraj Dweep, Dec. 13: The Centre and Administration have consistently shown interest in the development of Havelock Island, now known as Swaraj Dweep. Efforts have been made to promote tourism, improve infrastructure, and foster overall development in the region. However, the reality differs as residents of Swaraj Dweep, including hoteliers, tour operators, and others, have been staging dharnas near the jetty area for the past few days. They are demanding better basic facilities on Swaraj Dweep. According to reports, Swaraj Dweep, once considered an island paradise for globetrotters, is grappling with several problems, including frequent power cuts, poor road conditions, inadequate health facilities, and concerns over the Ice Plant for the last couple of months. These issues have reportedly adversely affected the tourism sector of the island. Tourism is at stake due to prolonged power outages, while residents are troubled by poor road conditions and inadequate health facilities.

‘Nature Positive Tourism’ is an innovative and genuinely sustainable approach for the Andaman Islands, according to Mr. Chari

TMI Correspondent Port Blair, Nov 29: 'Tourism is a journey,' says Mr. M. Krishnamachari, who pioneered tourism operations in the Andaman Islands since 1987 under the name and style 'Sagar Tours & Travels'. During his 36 years devoted service in the tourism sector, he gained valuable experiences not only in Andaman but also from tourism destinations worldwide, within his possible limits. He maintained a distinction of zero complaints from guests in 36 years and recipient of 25 awards and rewards including the one 'pioneer of tourism award by Andaman Chamber of Commerce and Industries presented to him on Oct. 03, 2023 in connection with WTD celebration. Keeping in mind the anticipated demand for professionals for tourism sector, with the support of Trade Wings Institute of Management, Mumbai Mr. Chari has trained approximately 3450 students as the Director of the Islands Institute of Skill Development (IISD) in the fields of Aviation, Travel, Tourism, Hospita

Central Team comprising of Central Nodal Officer & Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, GoI on visit to A&N Islands

Port Blair, Nov 29: A Central Team comprising of Central Nodal Officer, Shri Vikas Anand, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, GoI and Technical Officer, Smt. Rachna Bhatti, Scientist- 'D', Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Jal Shakti, GoI are on a three-day  tour to Andaman & Nicobar Islands to review the progress of Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) - Catch the Rain - 2023 Campaign under National Water Mission. Team has earlier inspected progress of various work under JSA during May, 2023 as part of pre monsoon inspection and reviewed the progress of Amrit Sarovar work in North and Middle Andaman. The current visit is part of 2nd stage post monsoon inspection of progress of various work in North & Middle Andaman District to ensure sustainable water supply in the district. JSA-CTR 2023 with the theme 'Source Sustainability for Drinking Water' has been launched to promote water conservation and preservation of water sources through Rainwater Harvesti

Rangat Police uncovers embezzlement of Govt. fund

Mayabunder, Nov. 29: A case of misappropriation of Government funds amounting to Rs.56,88,395/- at the ANIDCO Wine Shop, Rangat was registered at PS Rangat under relevant sections of the law on 25/10/2023. Two of the accused persons were arrested on the same day and sent to judicial custody after thorough interrogation. However, a widespread search of prime accused namely G. Vinod Kumar, Manager of ANIDCO Wine Shopwas underwayas he was missing from these islands. In response, a dedicated team was immediately formed, and an extensive search of the accused was carried out throughout these islands and mainland as well. Despite the accused's diligent pursuit of anticipatory bail at both the Sessions Court and High Court, the bail was rejected due to the exceptional presentation by the police. On 23.11.23 the accused was trapped in the web of North & Middle Andaman District Police and successfully apprehended while attempting to change his hideout. The accused is currently in po

Central Government left no stone unturned in developing Mini India, but the Free and Fearless lobby in the A&N Islands poses a hurdle: Citizens

TMI Bureau Port Blair, Nov 22: According to the government's commitment to the socio-economic development of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, sufficient funds were allocated by Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari for the development of NH-4. The maximum funds were issued to the Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC) by then Ministry of Urban Development, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, for the Smart City Port Blair Project and the Mega Project in Great Nicobar Islands. Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Lt. Governor of A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman of Islands Development Agency, expressed his gratitude to the Hon'ble Prime Minister and Hon'ble Union Minister of Urban Development for their vision, leadership, and guidance. However, the remaining responsibilities fall on the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers and Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officers, who play a critical role in the administration of our country. Their dutie

Central Crime Station seized 4.69 gms of Methamphetamine; two arrested

TMI Correspondent Port Blair, Nov 24: In a press meet at SP (CID) conference room, SP (CID), Shri Rajeev Ranjan, IPS and Shri Kumar Abhishek, Dy. SP (CID) informed that under the Nasha Mukt Bharat campaign to reduce substance abuse on 21/11/2023, acting on a specific intelligence input received from reliable source, Police team comprising of SI Parvash, Head Constable Sanjit Madhu & K. Venkateshwar Rao, Constables N. Thangaraj, Chandran, K. Rajendran, Nanak Singh and Lady Home Guard Saramma of PS CCS conducted raid at Japan Road, Dairy Farm at 10 pm and seized 4.69 grams Methamphetamine from the possession of Sathya Priyan, Pvt. Driver R/o Dairy Farm near Japan Road and he was arrested on the spot after observing all codal formalities. The raid has been taken place under the command of Shri Kumar Abhishek, DANIPS, Dy. SP (CID) and under overall supervision of Shri Rajeev Ranjan, IPS, SP (CID). A case under relevant sections of NDPS Act-1985 has been registered at PS CCS and d

Cyber Awareness Session on Artificial Intelligence; AN Police Personnel preparing to tackle ‘Deep Fake’

Port Blair, Nov 24: A&N Police organized a Cyber Awareness Session for its personnel on “Artificial Intelligence and Deep Fake”, in hybrid mode as part of the 'Cyber Guruvar' initiative on Nov 23, 2023, and will be organized every Thursday by the Cyber Cell of A&N Police. This comprehensive session, brought together A&N Police officers to gain knowledge on Artificial Intelligence and Deep Fake. Topics covered during the session were: Neutral Network, Synthetic Media, Virtual Influencer, Exploring & Understanding Deep Fakes, its applications, use of AI in various fields such as Healthcare, Entertainment industry, Journalism and News Reporting etc. Challenges and concerns related to Deep Fakes, some recent incidents of fraud and impersonation through deep fake, mitigating the risks and various tools available to detect Deep Fakes were elaborately explained by Sh. Kumar Abhishek, Dy. SP (CID). SP (CID), Sh. Rajeev Ranjan, IPS, along with other senior officers of

CHYK have organised Inter-College Elocution Competition at Chinmaya Mission

TMI Correspondent Port Blair, Nov 22: The Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK), the Youth Wing of Chinmaya Mission, organized an Inter-College Elocution Competition on November 19, 2023, in the Mission's Auditorium. The topic for the competition was 'East of West - India is the Best.' Shri Sanjay Kumar Singh, the Adhyaksh of Zilla Parishad, South Andaman, graced the event as the Chief Guest. Dr. Utpal Sharma, the Principal of DBRAIT, was the guest of honor on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest highlighted India's growth across various sectors and motivated the students to contribute their efforts toward making India a developed nation. He also expressed happiness over the participants for their research and effective delivery of the speech on the topic. Dr. Utpal Sharma urged the students to be righteous and strive to improve their surroundings. He emphasized that only by doing so can they collectively contribute to the overall growth in all aspects.

No mercy on group 'C' & 'D' govt. employees; Individuals who have exceeded their designated tenure are compelled to remain stationed in the Southern group of Islands, even if they are female employees

TMI Bureau Port Blair, Nov 15: "When an employee receives a transfer order to the Southern group of Islands, their mindset is initially prepared for a specific period or tenure according to the transfer policy. Despite facing various challenges, including a lack of accommodation facilities, government quarters, guest houses, mess facilities, and boat/ship services, even female employees, proceed with the transfer. However, after their designated tenure is over, they often become victims of favoritism and influence, subject to mockery through biased transfers. It has been observed that many government employees working under the Andaman and Nicobar Administration, after serving for several years in the Southern group of remote Islands, are forced to remain stationed there even after the completion of their tenure. This situation is particularly challenging due to the inadequate infrastructure in these Southern group of Islands, including Car Nicobar, Katchal, Kamorta, Teresa, C

Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas celebrated in befitting manner at Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Port Blair

Port Blair, Nov 17: In commemoration of 148th Birth Anniversary of great tribal freedom fighter Dharti Aaba Bhagwan Birsa Munda which is also being celebrated as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas and to mark this occasion a weeklong programmes were organized by the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Port Blair and a concluding function was organized on 15th November 2023 at its premises.   Floral tributes were paid to the portrait of Bhagwan Birsa Munda to honor him and other tribal freedom fighters as well on celebration of Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas. In this regard, an Exhibition showing pictorial presentation of tribal freedom fighters was also set up for display for the public. On this occasion Shri Rajesh Kumar Puria, President, Vanvasi Kayan Ashram, Andaman & Nicobar Islands welcomed the chief guest of function Dr. Shiv Shankar Singh, MD, G. B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair. The chief guest speaks about the life of Bhagwan Birsa Munda by highlighting a call to take inspiration from him. As a part of Ja

Major Fire Incident at Phoenix Bay and Dairy Farm in Port Blair on the eve of Diwali 2023

Port Blair, Nov 15: City witnessed 02 major fire incidents on Nov 12, 2023. The First incident occurred at Phoenix Bay near Hotel TSG Emerald View in a wooden structured storage godown at 1902 hrs. involving blast of Acetylene, Ferron, and LPG Cylinders, which rapidly spread to the adjacent wooden structure dwelling house. 07 Fire tenders, 01 Bouser and 01 Foam Tender from Fire Station Aberdeen, Chatham, Marine, Haddo Wharf, and Garacharma were promptly rushed to the spot and pressed into service to douse the flames. Fire Brigade team, despite facing series of blasts, effectively conducted the Fire Fighting Operation and prevented the spread of flames to adjacent residential and commercial shops. There was seamless Coordination amongst Fire Fighters and local police in controlling the Fire and crowd management. In addition, support from Fire Tenders rendered by INS Utkrosh, Water Tankers from Private firm M/s MSS Water Supply, TSG Emerald Hotel, Haywizz Hotel, Fire Mitrasand Ge

Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram ANI congratulated Dr Ankit Toppo, 2016 batch for achieving Gold Medal in MBBS course from ANIIMS, Port Blair

Port Blair, Nov 10: Dr Ankit Toppo, S/o Gabriel Toppo, R/o Prothrapur, Port Blair hails from Chota Nagpuri Ranchi Community has achieved Gold Medal in undergraduate medical course (MBBS) 2016 batch of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Institute of Medical Sciences (ANIIMS), Port Blair with overall 74.70% of marks. In undergraduate medical course in ANIIMS, Port Blair Dr Ankit Toppo, 2016 Batch has topped among 100 students from different parts of India. With this achievement, he has fulfilled his dream and ready for the selfless service to the society.  He has done his schooling from Kamraj English Medium School, Brookshabad, Port Blair passed out in the year 2016 by securing 92 % marks. With good academic background and dedication with tireless hardship in studies has made him a role model for the young generation of downtrodden community. Dr. Ankit Toppo proved that with your knowledge, hardwork and dedication you may reach to the top of the society even you belong from a downtrodden

Local Congress stages ‘Chakka Jam’ and ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ in Baratang, Rangat and Diglipur against the dire condition of NH-4 road

TMI Bureau Port Blair, Nov 08: To press the Central Government and A&N Administration to reconstruct and repair the damaged NH-4 road, the Andaman & Nicobar Territorial Congress Committee organized a massive "Chakka Jam"' and "Jail Bharo Andolan" in 3 places of North & Middle Andaman District here on Wednesday. The protest at Rangat was led by ANTCC President Shri Rangalal Halder, while the protest at Diglipur was led by ANTCC Campaign Committee Chairman Shri TSG Bhasker and the protest at Baratang was led by Zilla Parishad Member Shri Alagarswamy. The impact of the Chakka Jam was visible on the roads, as all types of vehicles remained off the road across Baratang, Rangat and Diglipur and all shops were shut down. A large number of people gathered at the protesting site and pressed for a respite from the dilapidated NH-4 road by reconstruction or repair of the same. The Congress leaders including Shri Rangalal Halder, Shri TSG Bhasker, Shri A

‘Seva Cops’ this is how 67th Police Constable Batch of ANP renders humanity

Port Blair, Nov 08: If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. The 67th Police Constable Batch of Andaman Nicobar Police received a call from G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair on 28/10/2023, for blood requirement of O-ve, O+ve and B+ve for lady and pregnant patients. Police cops respond promptly, Shri. Saravanan a very rare blood group (O-ve), Shri T Madhav Rao (O+ve), Shri Ujjwal Pandey (O+ve) and Shri Sambhu Murthy (B+ve, this is his 46th time blood donation towards needy patients) donated blood at G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair. Patient's family members expressed their gratitude to ANP. This batch cops is always celebrating of their family functions/ceremonies at orphanages in our Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Recently, Smti. Pasha celebrated her daughter's birthday at Pranab Kanya Sangha Delanipur, Port Blair and Shri Sambhu Murthy also celebrated his daughter's birthday at Pranab Kanya Sangha Delanipur, Port Blair and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram

One more chess player from Islands opened International Chess Rating

Port Blair, Nov 01: It is a proud moment for the Islanders as M Tanish a young chess player from A&N islands has opened his international Chess Rating as per the latest International Rating list published on 31st October 2023 by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). M Tanish, a Class VI student of VKV Lamabline participated in the 36th National under 11 Chess Championship 2023 held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from 01- 07 October 2023. He played pretty well in the tournament and scored 5 points out of which 4 points were scored against rated players from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Punjab and Telangana that led him to open the International Rating.

New age Social Media menace, the noose must be tightened up

TMI Bureau Port Blair, Nov 01: Of late it has been observed that multitude of digital media channels/ social media handlers have mushroomed up across Andaman and Nicobar Islands, at one aspect, it is a boon with the advancement of digital technology, and on other aspect these unregulated digital media channels/ social media handlers may jeopardize the strategic importance of these islands in more than several ways. As you all aware that Andaman and Nicobar Islands lies at a critical juncture in the Indian Ocean and its has ability to support India's maritime security, surveillance, response capabilities, and geopolitically as the islands are situated at the crossroads of the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, making it a crucial point in the region's geopolitics. Any endeavour to development, be it corporate or industrial in these Islands require clearance from the Govt. machineries. The islands are closer to Southeast Asia and the Malacca Strait, a major shipping rout

Risky Condition of NH-4: Baratang Police dislodges vehicles from potholes and rescues 133 passengers

Baratang, Oct 25: On the 19th of October 2023, an incident occurred at Sastrinallah, Baratang, when a heavily loaded Tipper and an STS Bus got stuck in the deep potholes. Regrettably, this occurrence led to a complete standstill in traffic along NH-4, lasting from 1430 hrs to 2300 hrs. The dedicated efforts of the Baratang Police finally led to dislodging the Tipper and STS Bus from the potholes. As a result of this incident, the last convoy from JPP Middle Strait to JPP Jirkatang was delayed by 9 hours and resuming back at 1215 hrs. The Baratang Police went an extra mile by arranging a late-night dinner for all 133 passengers, which included children and elderly people who were part of the convoy at JPP Middle Strait. The North & Middle Andaman District Police remains dedicated to fostering trust and cooperation within the community. We continuously strive to go beyond our core law enforcement duties by actively engaging with citizens and addressing their needs, a press releas