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Is the Prime Minister & Union Ministers, A&N Administration committed to transform people from readers to viewers?

  Port Blair, July 19: It is observed that, in the name of digitalization or may be as part of digitalization the Prime Minister & Union Ministers, A&N Administration seems committed to transform people from readers to viewers. For the past 5 years the print media in A&N Islands has been sidelined by the various authorities (Centre & UT). During the period, several ministers have visited these Islands, few Chief Secretaries and Director General of Police have moved without a single press meet or interaction with media in these A&N Islands. For a glaring example, the print media in these islands have not been invited to take part in the inaugural function of the New Integrated Terminal Building (NITB) of the Veer Savarkar International Airport at Port Blair. Informing to a scribe according to a tweet "the Director, AAI, Port Blair said that from the high level Delhi it was decided not to invite local media in the inaugural ceremony". Similarly, in recen

Happiness Tour by Chinmaya Mission

Happiness Tour organized  by Chinmaya Mission with its Chinmaya Vanprasth Sansthan, Chinmaya Yuva Kendra and Chinmaya Bal Vihar members last Sunday at Chidiyatapu. Apart from the members, other visitors of the beach also participated in the activities of the Mission, enthusiastically.

Old semi-RCC double storey residential house engulfed in flames at School Line; Swift response by firefighters prevents further damage; no reported casualties

TMI Correspondent Port Blair, July 12: In a frightening incident that unfolded today at late evening, a major fire broke out in an old residential house located in the School Line area, sending shockwaves among the citizens. Thanks to the prompt action of the local fire department, the blaze was brought under control, averting further destruction and potential loss of life. Emergency medical services were on standby, ready to provide assistance if needed, but fortunately, there were no injuries reported in connection with the incident. Witnesses described the scene as chaotic and terrifying, with the crackling of flames and the sound of breaking an LPG Cylinder echoing through the neighborhood. Concerned residents gathered outside, their faces filled with worry for the occupants of the burning house. As per sources, the fire erupted between 6.30 and 7.00 pm today, causing thick plumes of smoke to billow into the sky, as flames engulfed the old semi-RCC double storey residential b

11 foreign poachers with 3 engine dinghies apprehended by N&M Andaman Police

Kalighat, July 12: Poaching by Foreigners in the Islands territories is one of the major challenge for the Police in North and Middle Andaman District. Foreign Poachers from Myanmar are coming to collect sea wealth from A&N islands which have immense value in international market. On receiving intelligence inputs regarding presence of foreign poachers' near Loha Tikery on various dated i.e. 07, 10 & 11 July, 2023 reacting swiftly, the police teams consisting of Insp. Anirudra Mondal, HC/ Khokan Das & Cts Rajkamal, Vikash, Gopal, Ganeshwar and HG Gautam Saha, HC/ Santosh Nair & Cts Bushaih, Devraj Nair was formed to conduct various Anti-poaching operations. The teams noticed poachers' movement in the mid-night and immediately jumped into action and tried to stop the poachers, but they did not stop and tried to escape into dense mangroves. The courageous Police team chased them and apprehended 11 Myanmar poachers along with their engine dinghy containing large q

DIGP and SP (ANP) prefer to organize Press Conferences with YouTube Channels only

Port Blair, July 10: The scope of YouTubers in the news field has expanded significantly in recent years. YouTube, as one of the largest video-sharing platforms, has allowed ordinary individuals to become citizen journalists in these Andaman and Nicobar Islands like the rest of the country. Being in the modern digital era and the effortless nature of mobile phone use by citizens could be seen as constant access to social media, entertainment, and various applications, individuals may find it difficult to detach from their devices. Consequently, one could observe many officials in the local offices also very much attached to their devices in duty hours without missing any opportunity to gaze at notifications, instant messages on their smartphone screens. In addition, news coverage in YouTube could be broadcasted on the same day, within a few hours or could be broadcast live, which gives access to reach faster to the vast public instantly. By looking at the said advantages of news in

General Anil Chauhan inaugurates Wet Basin and Refit Jetty

TMI Correspondent Port Blair, July 09: The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Anil Chauhan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM as part of his two-day visit to Andaman Nicobar Command (ANC) from 09 to 10 July, 2023, today i.e. on July 09 evening he inaugurated the newly constructed Wet Basin and Refit Jetty at NSRY, Port Blair. Speaking on the inaugural function CDS said, “it is a great opportunity for me to inaugurate Wet Basin and Refit Jetty at NSRY here in A&N Islands, the ANC is an important part for our country, till now we have used for defensive facilities, but by developing this kind of facilities we would boost the refit capability of ANC in manifolds. I congratulate ANC and everyone took part in the project in completion of this work. He further expressed, people in our country have faith and respect towards defence personnel and we should maintain and improve it whatsoever. It is our individual responsibility that we should not do any work which directly or indirectly impa

Man rescued from suicide at Junglighat by quick and courageous response personnel

Port Blair, July 05: A man's life was saved after he allegedly attempted suicide by trying to jump off from the second floor of a building at Deen Street, Junglighat. The incident occurred yesterday morning at around 9:30 AM and was reported to the police control room by local residents. Upon receiving the distress call, a team comprising personnel from the Aberdeen PS, Head Quarter Fire Brigade and IRBn rushed to the scene. The man had climbed onto the second floor and positioned himself on the balcony, preparing to jump. The Police and Fire Brigade personnel engaged in an hour-long negotiation with the man, trying to persuade him to step back from the edge. However, the man appeared aggressive and determined to jump. At a critical moment, when he attempted to leap off the building, the vigilant fire brigade and police team swiftly intervened and rescued him from the perilous situation. The man, who is reportedly under some psychological treatment for his mental health conditions,

The ignored violations in Smart City (Municipal) area

Junglighat is a prime location for tuition centres in Port Blair which is also known for lengthy and heavy traffic jam area in the evening hours daily. Hundreds of students are passing through footpath every day, how risky it would be, if the students walk on those roads instead of footpaths. The owner of Classic Traders has blocked the footpath area and forces the pedestrians to walk on roads.   One could observe, the owner of newly established Toyota Showroom at Garacharma left no space for pedestrians to walk at a safe side of the road but forced to walk on the heavy traffic road by putting lives of pedestrians at risk. PBMC is keeping a blind eye on various violations committed by the owner of the structure. Who will take the responsibility? Who will release the ex-gratia relief, if any accident occurs? Is the common man’s life that cheaper?

Guru Purnima observed at Chinmaya Mission enthusiastically; Chinmaya Yuva Kendra reinstated

TMI Correspondent Port Blair, July 02: Guru Purnima has significance in Indian history, Maharishi Ved Vyasa, the great figure from the mythological period who authored remarkable works such as the Brahma Sutra, Mahabharata, and the 18 Puranas, was born on the full moon day of Ashadha. On this day, not only the guru but also anyone elder to you in the family should be considered a guru. By receiving the blessings of a guru, one is believed to attain a good life and prosperity. This day is also auspicious for receiving deeksha from a guru. Accordingly, Guru Purnima is observed at Chinmaya Mission enthusiastically, after lighting the traditional lamp, children actively performed bhajans, keerthans and chanted mantras during the entire observance of auspicious Guru Purnima celebration and took the blessings of Guru. Speaking on the occasion Swami Shuddananda Saraswati (Guruji at Chinmaya Mission) said, “Guru Purnima is on July 03, 2023, however, according to the suggestion of devotees

“Upanayana Sanskar” successfully held at Chinmaya Mission

TMI Correspondent Port Blair, June 14: First time in the Andaman Islands 'Samoohik Upanayana Sanskar' (Thread ceremony) is organised at Chinmaya Mission, Port Blair on 14 June 2023. Children and youths of age group 8 years to 24 years have joined the auspicious thread ceremony, during the entire three days ceremony students have to be stayed at Chinmaya Mission, lodging and boarding was also arranged by the Mission. As per the Swami Shuddhananda Saraswati, Guruji at Chinmaya Mission, "Upanayana Sanskar holds high significance in Hinduism. It is one of the major sanskar amongst the 16 mentioned in the Shastras. This Sanskar is meant for the boy to develop a code of conduct towards everyday life and imbibe the knowledge essential to it. This Yagnopavit gives long age and provides great and bright character and gives Tej and Force, over all one could become contained with all these qualities". "In the modern era, youths are attracted towards modern gadgets and

Like every year, low lying area of Smart City finds itself submerged in rainwater; Citizens have witnessed drain blockades, floods into shops and vehicles stuck in water-logs as a report card of Smart City Port Blair

Port Blair, June 7: Despite efforts made by the Port Blair Municipal Council, the issue of waterlogging  continues to plague the area almost every year, with citizens raising concern about the city's transformation into a smart city. This year too, a major area of the heart of the city Mohanpura & Aberdeen found itself submerged in rainwater due to water-logging after heavy rain of pre-monsoon. The Port Blair Municipal Council and A&N Administration have been making plans and working tirelessly to earn a title of Smart City for Port Blair. But, the citizens have been shocked by the recent rainfall, which revealed the ground reality of the Smart City project and its works. Citizens say, the officials are preferred to manage by saying an obvious excuse that, "The reason behind the flood like situation and water-logging is heavy rainfall and high tide", but we unable to believe that is completely true. Many shopkeepers at Gandhi Market, Aberdeen and Mohanpura marke

A&N Islands are rich with water resources; If properly managed, we could export water to mainland, even to other countries: MP

TMI Bureau Port Blair, May 10: Climatically, the rainy season happens twice a year under the influence of Southwest monsoon in mid-May to September, and Northeast monsoon in November to January. During those monsoons A&N Islands used to get medium to heavy rain every year. Only the original islanders of A&N Islands are aware about the fact as they witnessed during their birth and brought up in these Islands. But, due to climate change, pollution and rise in deforestation, earth cutting islands get reduced rainfall year by year for the first time in a decade. Consequently, people today are facing long curtailment of 7 days at some localities in supply of water in South Andaman. Apart from monsoons rainfall, these Islands have rich water resources such as rivers, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, ponds and wells at several and every part of these Islands at Kalpong river at Digipur, Galthiya river at Campbell Bay, lakes at Panchavati Rangat, Ograbraj, Burmanallah, Teylorabad, Bimbli

No need to panic, use water very judicially: Mr. Nikhil; ‘Steps are being taken to tackle water crisis like every year’

TMI Correspondent Port Blair, May 03: "Receiving half rainfall in the last year, less rainfall in Northeast monsoon (November to January), long summer season and delay in Southwest monsoon (May to September) are the major reasons for this water crisis situation in today in A&N Islands", said Mr. Nikhil Kumar, Commissioner-cum-Secretary (APWD) at a press-meet at Secretariat on May 02, 2023. Shortage of water is a recurrent issue in Islands during summer season. As the Islands face a water crisis, the administration's only hope is the rain God. But the administration never shy away in making tall claims in regard to short-term and long term measures which normally remains on paper once the rain God showers its blessing. This has been happening for the past many decades and most likely to continue in future also. Mr. Nikhil Kumar while interacting with media persons said that the UT administration is fully aware and alive to the water situation and about the proble

Visible water leakage in all seasons

  TMI Correspondent Port Blair, May 03: A leakage seen at Dairy Farm Junction connected to Vijay Baugh, one can see leaked water flowing onto road at various occasions. It seems a major pipeline developed slight damage due to which leaked water coming onto the road by damaging the road. That is not only at this particular spot, but also at Golghar junction, school line roads and other locations one can observe similar leakages of water on the roads at this water sucking summer. Despite the road resurfacing works yearly twice or thrice, those leakages can be seen at every summer season. However, the engineers could estimate the volume of water wastage if that is visible and measurable such as open water taps, tap leakage and surfaced water pipelines. But, it would be difficult to estimate the volume of water wastage in the matter of underground pipeline leakage. The underground major water pipe lines were laid many decades ago and maintenance and inspection of such pipelines sho