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VICTIM OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT VICTIMIZED BY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Complainant transferred to Car Nicobar; wrongdoer gets protection Staff Correspondent Sheekha News Service
Port Blair, Feb 05: When entire country is focusing towards ensuring safety of women, in Andaman and Nicobar Islands things are other way round. The best example of this negative attitude, towards safety of women and protecting them from sexual harassment in work place, has been found in Education Department. After suffering harassment in work place a lady Maya (Name changed) submitted a written complaint to the Director of Education Department on 26.12.2013 against the Vice Principal of Senior Secondary School, Diglipur, Mr. S Gurumoorthy. In her letter she clearly mentioned that the said Vice Principal is continuously harassing her
and talking to her in most baseless and inappropriate manner. She mentioned that the Vice Principal is making her wait in school for hours and hours, after school hours, for no reasons. The teacher further mentioned that in various other ways the Vice Principal was harassing her and when she refused to agree to any of his demand the Vice Principal reportedly threatened her to spoil her life. Soon a sexual harassment committee agreed to listen to the lady and today the committee heard that lady but instead of coming to her rescue, the lady was again allegedly harassed by the Committee members. Surprisingly during the meeting sentences like “Why didn’t you cooperated with the Vice Principal” “This kind
of adjustments one has to do in work place” “We also suffered such things” were used by the committee members. One can understand that how serious the Education Department is towards the inquiry by the move that the complainant lady, who is a mother of a small child, has now been transferred to Car Nicobar while the Vice Principal was sent to V K Pur School of Little Andaman. Such transfers will not only psychologically kill the lady complainant but also make the case very weak. To harass further the some complaint letters have now also been submitted against the lady, raising questions about her character. This has probably been done to dilute the case. “Department’s committee against sexual
ANDAMAN SHEEKHA EXCLUSIVE CBI traps a JE of Gram Panchayat Subhash Gram, Diglipur DJ Venkatesh Sheekha News Service
Diglipur, Feb 05: A team of Central Bureau of Investigation today trapped a Junior Engineer of Gram Panchayat Subhash Gram, Diglipur. The JE Mr. Venkat Ramana is in charge of Junior Engineer Offices of Diglipur, Subhash Gram & R.K.Gram. The complainant Sujan Saha, a contractor told Andaman Sheekha that he is the sub contractor of a Cooperative society who undertook construction works at various places. The contractor earlier completed a Foot path along with a drain work for which bills were not cleared from the JE’s side as it was not a written work order of the JE. Again a new work taken by the same society and JE again wanted to cut down the money of about
Rs.70,000- Rs.80,000/- . When Sujan Saha complained to the AE, the AE measured the work and found that the work was satisfactory. But the JE allegedly maintained that he was not paid the bribe and after correcting the bill four times as per the final bill the JE reportedly demanded Rs. 23,000 as bribe from the contractor. Later he agreed to take Rs. 10,000 as advance and rest Rs. 13,000 he agreed to take aft er clearance of final payment of the contractor. Meanwhile, Sujan Saha approached to the CBI, following which the CBI laid trap today. A CBI official sat in the front room of the JE's office at Subhash Gram Panchayat Samiti Bhavan . The c omplainant went
harassment today called the lady and heard her problems. About her transfer it is the decision of the Secretary of the Department and only he can comment,” said a senior officer of the department on the condition of anonymity. The Secretary of Education, Mr. DN Singh, who is in leave was not available to comment although Andaman Sheekha contacted him over phone. Just to tell our readers about the back
ground of the Vice Principal Mr. S Gurumoorthy Andaman Sheekha must add that on 24 August 2011 the then Zilla Parishad Member of Neil Island had submitted a complaint letter against him to the Lt. Governor for asking bribe from SHGs, who are supplying Mid Day meal to the schools in Neil Island. Not only this on 26.12.2013 a local weekly had published a news against him for purchasing substandard (See page 8)
LG, First Lady interact with participants of MILAN-2014
inside and gave Rs.10,000 to the J.E. The J.E after accepting the money, gave it to a lady DRM for keeping it safe. Immediately CBI officials entered the room of JE and caught the JE red handed. According to report after ar resting the JE t he interrogation continued till 9 PM. The JE will be produced before the Special Judge for CBI cases, Port Blair and the lady whom the JE had given the money will be released and she will be made Port Blair, Feb 05: Lt Gen of A&N Islands today witness. (Retd) A K Singh, Lt Governor (See page 2)
‘Wider maritime cooperation needed to tackle natural calamities’
Courtesy: Anurag Dey , IANS
Port Blair, Feb 5: Observing that it was not possible for a single power to counter natural calamities, navies from 16 countries Wednesday called for larger mutual maritime cooperation and coordination for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. Participating in an international seminar on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) on the opening day of the Milan 2014 annual congregation of navies from the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region at the Andaman and Nicobar
Command here, the speakers repeatedly stressed on the need for greater cooperation. Speaking on the occasion, the Indian Navy chief, Admiral D.K. Joshi, said: “Managing any natural disaster calls for collective and collaborative efforts so that succour can be provided to the needful in the shortest possible time and in a most efficient manner.” “The threat of natural disasters, especially hydrometereological disasters, will remain a serious and common challenge. This requires cooperation between our nations
and navies to mitigate losses and improve disaster management,” Adm Joshi added. The Commander-inChief Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN), Air Marshal P.K. Roy, said: “One of the biggest challenges will be to ensure effective and timely response as well as coordination between multiple domestic and international agencies and the military assets on the scene of action.” The CINCAN also suggested establishing a webbased portal into which international response teams could
Lt Governor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) A K Singh, interacting with local media persons at Raj Niwas.
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interacted with Naval delegates from several countries who are in the Islands for participating in the MILAN-2014 at Raj Niwas. The First Lady of these (See page 2) Islands, Smt Suneeti Singh,
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Commander-in-Chief, ANC, Air Marshal P K Roy, senior officers from the Defence service and Civil Administration and media persons were present on the occasion.
Doubtful if key legislations can be passed this Parliament session: Chidambaram NEW DELHI: Finance minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said it was doubtful whether any key legislation, except for the vote-on-account, will be passed in the current session of Parliament which began today. “If Parliament does not meet to pass laws, and beginning today you will see Parliament will meet, but I doubt whether it will pass any law. “We have to go through the ritual of attending Parliament everyday and come back empty handed,” he said. Chidambaram was addressing students of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) at its business conclave. Later talking to reporters, he said the Finance Bill, Vote-on-Account and Appropriation Bill will be passed. “...but if it is passed without debate or discussion, I won’t be happy. I want it to pass with discussion and debate,” the finance minister said. Government has listed several bills which it seeks to pass during the session which will end on February 21. Be sides the interim budget, government wants to pass the Telangana Bill as well as some anti-corruption legislations. Meanwhile, terming possible disruptions of parliamentary proceedings over the Telangana issue as “hiccups”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told reporters outside Parliament House that he hoped all sections will have the wisdom to set aside “prejudices” to ensure harmonious working of the session. Responding to
a query on cut in prices of CNG and PNG ahead of the general elections, Chidambaram said government has not given any sops, but has only rationalised some prices. “Government has not given any sops. Just because you guys call it a sop, it does not become a sop. Government has rationalised some prices, that is a decision taken by oil market companies,” he said. Government has decided to cut CNG prices by about Rs 15 per kg and cooking gas piped to kitchens by about Rs 5 per cubic meter. The finance minister also assured that the red line for fiscal deficit drawn by him 18 months ago will not be breached. “... have no doubt in your mind... The fiscal deficit will be contained at 4.8 per or below (of the GDP in 201314),” he said. Chidambaram also said that when he lays down office, he will leave a more stable economy than what it was two years ago. Stressing that India has the potential to grow at 8-9 per cent for next 20-30 years owing to its demographic advantages and resources, he said anything that comes in the way of growth must be opposed. India’s economic growth estimate for the fiscal 2012-13 has been revised downward to 4.5 per cent, a decade low, from earlier projection of 5 per cent. In the current fiscal too, the Reserve Bank expects the GDP growth to be below 5 per cent.
HADR Operations form Focus Area of International Maritime Seminar in Milan 2014 Port Blair, Feb 05: For the littorals of Bay of Bengal and Asia Pacific region a natural disaster in the form of an earthquake, the resultant tsunami or a cyclone is an omnipresent threat. These natural disasters often leave behind a trail of devastation and turmoil. Such disasters cannot be prevented. However, the devastation caused by such disasters can be minimised through proactive planning and effective rescue and response. The maritime forces have traditionally been at the forefront of such relief operations because of specialist skills, equipment and manpower at their disposal.Many of the nations participating in MILAN 2014 have had to face such disasters from nature’s fury. These nations have evolved their own mechanisms and procedures to deal with natural calamities and catastrophes. There is substantial gain to be accrued from sharing these experiences and expertise on dealing with disaster relief operations and humanitarian assistance efforts as nature sees no distinction between coun-
tries or people. It is with his aim that an ‘International maritime Seminar’ focusing on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations was organised the Andaman and Nicobar Command as part of MILAN 2014. The Seminar was held at the ‘Dweepika’ auditorium on 05 Feb 14. The main them of the maritime seminar was ‘Maritime Cooperation for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Operations’. The seminar was inaugurated by Lt Gen (Retd) A K Singh, PVSM,AVSM, SM, VSM the Hon’ble Lt Governor, Andaman and
Nicobar Islands. In his opening address the Hon’ble Lt Governor welcomed the foreign delegates and ships to the islands. He expressed appreciation for the Indian Navy for its initiative, MILAN, which not only provides an excellent opportunity to the participating maritime forces for interaction on operational, cultural and social fronts, but also showcases the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and its rich heritage and culture as a world class tourist destination. In his inaugural address, he brought to notice of the audience that the Andaman & Nicobar Islands are situated
ing-Enabling Financial Inclusion’ organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham). He also said that TRAI had issued a regulation which mandates the telecom companies as of January 1st to provide the pipe connection to the NPCI (National Payments Council of India). ‘’Sometime later this month I will call them and find out exactly where they are and then they will get to know itâ€™s consequences.’’ ‘’It is a national
shame that today 41 per cent of our population and 46% of rural households do not have a bank account, while vast amounts of our population do not have access to loans,’’ said Khullar while highlighting that the banking sector has run abysmally short of achieving financial inclusion. ‘’The banking correspondent model has made some headway but it still has a long way to go’’ Talking about financial inclusion, the TRAI chairman said that citizens in farflung areas across the coun(See page 8)
Milan Display will Showcase an Exciting Montage of Military Skill and Adventure Port Blair, Feb 05: An exciting montage of skill, adventure and operations of the Indian Armed Forces will be on display at the MILAN Display to be held tomorrow at the Netaji Stadium from 15001700. The display will be open for public. Senior delegates, and crew of ships from the foreign nations participating in MILAN 2014, besides senior officials from the state administration, police and armed forces have been invited for the event. The display will com-
mence with Sky Diving display by 17members of the Akash Ganga sky diving team of the Indian Air Force. The sky divers will jump from a height of about 8000 feet and would achieve a descent speed of almost 120 miles per hour before deploying their parachutes. The team will land exactly in the centre of the stadium to demonstrate their skill and control over the parachutes. This will be followed by a Karate display by the martial arts team of (See page 7)
Death Mourned Port Blair, Feb 05: The PCC Pr esident Kuldeep Rai Sharma and all leaders have deeply mourned the death of Mr Leslie Moses,78 years, r/o Mus Village who had repr esented Andaman and Nicobar Island’s football team in Dur and cup,
Subroto Cup and played against Mohanbagan team. He has left for heavenly abode on 4th Febr ua r y, 2014 The Party prays to Almight y f or t he et er na l peace of the departed soul and strength to his family members.
Tap water connection for Prothrapur area urged
Port Blair, Feb 05: The PCC President Kuldeep Rai Sharma along with delegation (See page 7) of PRI members and general public has recently met the Chief Secretary Mr Anand Prakash and stated that though Prothrapur area is a thickly populated place yet the people of the area have
TRAI to release report on improving telecom services in Andaman, Nicobar: Khullar
Telecom regulator TRAI is working on a report for improving telecom services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands which will be released in next six months, TRAI chairman, Rahul Khullar said at an Assocham event. ‘’In six months we will come out with a report on how to improve telecom connectivity in Andaman and Nicobar region,’’ said the chief of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) while inaugurating a national summit on ‘IT & Mobile: Revolutionising Indian Bank-
not yet been provided tap water connections at houses of the area and has requested to consider tap water connection to each house under Prothrapur Gram Panchayat ward number: 1, 2 and 3. The Chief Secretary has given a patient hearing and assured to look into the matter.
EDITORIAL..... UPA's failed socialist experiment Thanks to economic populism and subsidy raj, India is now the Sick Man of Asia We possess an insidious subsidy culture. If an election is coming, a quick word will raise the LPG cylinder cap or lower CNG prices, ignoring gaping fiscal deficits. In the idealised public sector era, subsidies were a symbol of our commitment to bring about egalitarian growth, protecting our infant industries. Now, in the last decade, our central government has spent almost Rs 11 trillion on subsidies - mostly captured by the upper class (fuel subsidies) and large farmers (fertilisers). Similar to Italy, our unmanageable spending problems are compounded by welfare expansion and a social expectation for subsidies. Everyday choices, from education to transport, are tailored by subsidies that the government gives. Populism runs amok, with warped socialist economics focussing on vote-linked needs but not appropriate holistic solutions. A bitter fiscal reckoning awaits. While professing to be propoor, our subsidies target upper and middle classes. Fuel subsidies are Rs 1.3 lakh crore for 2013, roughly 2% of India's GDP. According to the IMF, India's fuel subsidies are both inefficient and inequitable, crowding out priority public spending, increasing fiscal deficits, distorting investments and contributing towards global warming. The rich benefit far more from these - with top 20% of households capturing six times more in benefits from fuel subsidies than the poorest 20%. Moving to market prices would lead to an immediate improvement in government finances, with lower borrowing and interest expenditures for refining and marketing companies. The bottom 40% families could be fully compensated for the move to market prices for less than one-fifth of what government now spends on fuel subsidies. We increase food subsidies while decreasing investments in agricultural technology. Implementation of the Food Security Act will lead to the government providing 62 million tonnes of food annually at a cost of 1.1% of India's GDP. Administered prices for foodgrains distort the market, leading to losses for those farmers unable to sell to the government. In addition the public distribution system is plagued by high leakages, operating costs and corruption, with the Planning Commission reporting leakages exceeding 50%. According to IFPRI, grain rationing is not the ideal targeting mechanism, with food insecurity and market depth varying regionally. Foodrelated cash transfers have had a far larger impact in countries like Ecuador, Uganda and Yemen. Closer home, in Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh, leakages were reduced and grain offtake improved by relaxing criteria for targeting and utilizing technology-enabled administrative measures. Restructuring Food
Corporation of India will reduce leakage and wastage to a greater extent than any benefit from subsidies. Extending support through food vouchers could lead to more choices for beneficiaries. Even Delhi's much publicised water subsidy benefits those with piped metered connections, roughly half of all householders. While professing crosssubsidisation the plan misallocates scarce budgetary resources meant for social and infrastructure needs. With 50% of Delhi's daily supply lost in leaky distribution, a plan for nil water charges up to 667 litres per day incentivises water wastage. With a sharp increase in rates thereafter there is an agency problem, prompting meter tampering and heightened claims of leakage in the rusting piping network. Why not improve and expand the distribution and piped network system, with regulated user charges linked to usage? The aam admi understands that improved public good delivery will take years to achieve, not 100 days. With a disregard for due process and independent tariff setting, the electricity sector is in a shambles. State electricity boards are pillaged by state governments through executive order. Delhi is only the most recent example. Reducing power tariffs discourages much needed investment, particularly in lastmile distribution. With tampering rampant, a huge investment in distribution and metering systems is required to stem revenue leakage and to clamp down on theft. Overhauling the system will bring down the relative price of power, with actual implementation of the Electricity Act (2003) promoting market prices across different consumer categories. But fiat rule gets in the way, violating the spirit of our democracy. Stigma has been removed from defaulting on loans. Even industrial sectors seek sops to nurse their firms back to help, with NPA loans at Rs 6.5 lakh crore at the end of 2013, equivalent to the sum of annual income and corporation tax. According to Reuters, bad loans totalled Rs 1.2 trillion at the end of June 2013, up 18 times from June 2008. With a loose credit culture, underperforming companies are kept in business through bank loans, crowding out borrowers and other investments, leaving taxpayers to pay the bill for recapitalization needs. Dare a bank recall a loan? India is the Sick Man of Asia with its sovereign rating just a cut above junk. This is a reflection of its subsidylinked welfare regime. In a reforming economy, populist subsidies should have had their day. Lessening competition in the system, they lead to fewer consumer choices, higher prices and corruption.For growth, free enterprise and competitive markets, we have to move beyond the days of autarky and socialism. Money spent on asset creation - roads, schools, hospitals, irrigation, projects etc - provides a far greater social benefit. We spent half a century with Fabian socialism, evolving into an oligarchic economy. It's time to give the market a chance. The writer is BJP national general secretary and Lok Sabha MP.
Delhi govt gives marching orders to 16 hospital heads NEW DELHI: In a mammoth shakeup, the AAP government on Tuesday issued marching orders to medical superintendents of 16 hospitals, nearly 50% of the total 34 hospitals run by it. This includes the heads of Guru Tegh Bahadur and Lal Bahadur Shastri hospitals in east Delhi, Deen Dayal Upadhyay in west Delhi, B R Ambedkar in northwest and Janakpuri super-spe-
cialty hospital, among others.While in most cases the outgoing MS has been replaced with another senior doctor from the same hospital, sources said in at least two cases, officials at the Directorate of Health Services have been appointed to run the hospital "with immediate effect":. The government order, which was issued late in the (See page 6)
Delhi govt..... evening, does not mention the reasons behind the reshuffle. Delhi health minister Satyender Jain told TOI that these were 'routine changes' aimed to improve the hospital management. "We wanted to give chance to new people," Jain said. Sources told TOI that there were complaints many of the shunted officials. The health minister said unhygienic condition, overcrowding and the unavailability of essential medicines at the hospitals are some of the issues the government is focusing on, to begin with. He, however, refused to comment on corruption charges against some of the medical superintendents and whether that led to their ouster. "Even if there is a complaint or charge against any of the officials, the government should prove it before acting against them. They can order time-bound inquiry if they so want," said the medical super-
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intendent of one of the staterun hospitals who did not want to be quoted. Most of the shunted officials were attending a meeting at the Delhi secretariat on Tuesday when they got to know about the transfer orders. "The chief secretary had called us for a meeting on hospital improvement where we discussed infrastructure development and computerization of medical records, among other things," said one of them. This is the second major step taken by the health minister since formation of AAP-led government in the state. Before this, the health department has issued orders making it compulsory for doctors to prescribe medicines by their generic name instead of brands. The state health minister said he is seeking suggestions on more steps that need to be taken to improve the city's health infrastructure through his mail id â€” firstname.lastname@example.org. Officials said over 2,000 mails have been received and the suggestions include starting evening OPDs and super-specialty services like heart surgeries, transplants in the state-run hospitals.
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HADR Operations..... in a high incidence zone of seismic activity and apprised them about the various measures that have been instituted for mitigating the adverse effects of natural disasters, including the Emergency and Communication Network of 34 Tsunami Sirens and 13 Electronic Display Boards. He also informed the audience of the successful conduct of the National Level Disaster Management Exercise on 22 Nov 13 by the Andaman and Nicobar administration despite the extensive spread of the 37 inhabited islands, which came in very handy as the Islands had to face the brunt of Cyclone Lehar soon thereafter. He expressed that in view of the remoteness and logistics involved, communication and disaster management in such types of islands pose a challenge and stated that co-operation with our neighbours in South East Asia and Asia Pacific can come in very handy whether it is for tsunami warning, weather forecasting or pooling resources for disaster management. He concluded his address by felicitating the Andaman and Nicobar Command for organising the seminar and to all the friendly foreign maritime forces and delegates for participating in this edition of MILAN. The Keynote Address for the seminar was delivered by Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM,AVSM, VSM, YSM, NM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff. He expressed great satisfaction over the fact that exercise MILAN has been growing from strength to strength with each passing edition and has matured into an effective platform for common understanding across maritime boundaries. He expressed that HADR Operations is closely linked with the safety and well being of our citizens and figures prominently in the human security calculus of most island nations and coastal states. He stated that the threat of natural, especially hydro-meteorological disasters such as cyclones and floods will remain a serious and common challenge and focussed and sustained efforts are needed in this area. He mentioned that the is common challenge requires co-operation between nations and navies to mitigate losses and improve disaster manage-
ment. He expressed that India has always been willing participant in maritime HADR efforts in the region and beyond, in consonance with the country’s policy of friendship and co-operation. He mentioned the various instances of prompt and effective assistance rendered by the Indian Navy in the last few years in neighbouring countries during times of natural disaster. The Admiral also highlighted some critical aspects of HADR operations for deliberations during the seminar. The need for developing capacity and to develop procedures based on common principles and considerations. He stated that ‘Rapid Deployment’, Co-ordination, Logistics and Medical Aid are cardinal considerations for founding the common pr ocedures for HADR operations. He expressed appreciation for the concerted effor ts to enhance HADR co-operation and training in the region, such as ADMM Plus HADR exercise hosted by Brunei in June 2013 and Exer cise Komodo, being hosted by Indonesia, next month, and stated that this seminar and the Table-Top exercise, being conducted under the aegis of MILAN would contribute to these efforts. He also mentioned that work is in progress towards developing a Standard Oper ating Pr ocedure for HADR under the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS). The Admiral concluded his address with the remark that Naval Forces are, and would continue to be one of the primary responders for HADR efforts and it is incumbent upon the men and women in uniform, to be ever-prepared for such tasks. The proceedings of the seminar were pr ogressed in three sessions. The first session focused on ‘Maritime Cooperation for Disaster Preparedness and Response’ and was moderated by Vice Admiral (Retd) Anup Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, NM who is an enthusiast of maritime issues and is closely associated with some think tanks at Delhi. Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Kapil Kak who has represented India at a number of ‘Track II’ conferences on international security and defence issues presented the first paper in this session which was followed by a paper by Fir st Admir al Amarulla Octavia the Commander of Sea Battle Group of Eastern Fleet of Indone-
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sia. The focus area of the second session was ‘Capacity Building for Coordinated HADR Operations’ and it was moderated by Captain George Ambathe Commander, Fleet Marine Ready For ce of the Philippines Navy. Vice Adm (Retd) Anup Singh presented the first paper and was followed by a paper by Dr (Mrs) Janki Andharia who is the Chairperson of the Centre for Disaster Management at Tata Institute of Social sciences. ‘Mechanisms for Sharing of Best Practices through fora such as Milan and IONS’ was deliberated upon in the third session. The session was moderated by Mr s Punya Salila Srivastava, Commissioner cum Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration. Dr P K Ghosh Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and Capt Robert Plath, Commander Mine Warfare, COMMHP, Royal Australian Navy presented their papers during this session. The seminar concluded with the Closing Address by Air Marshal P K Roy, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM, ADC, Commanderin-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command. The Air Marshal stated that ‘Cooperation and Capacity Building’ clearly stood out as the common strand connecting the varied ideas presented during the seminar. He reiterated that the enormity of managing any natural disaster calls for collective and collaborative efforts so that succour can be provided to the needy in the shortest possible time in a most efficient manner. He stated that seamless coordination can only be achieved if SOPs are in place and practiced at periodic intervals and that interoperability of communication and information management is crucial for the success of any relief operation. He supported the idea of modular crisis coordination centr e, use of web based portal for effective coordination of response at the scene of action by international response teams and international standardising of relief bricks. T he Air Mar shal concluded his addr ess thanking the Hon’ble Lt Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Chief of the Naval Staff for the encouragement, support and guidance extended by them. He also complimented all the speakers for their insightful and thought-provoking papers.
Automated disaster alert system for Andamans Port Blair, Feb 05: The Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ administration is in the process of putting in place an automated disaster alert system, in a bid to reduce delay in passing on information about approaching natural disasters. The alert system would be connected directly to Hyderabad- based Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Andaman and Nicobar Lieutenant Governor Lt Gen (retd) A K Singh said on Wednesday.“We will set up the automated disaster alert system here within a year or so. Once it is put in place the Island will be able to get signals on natural disasters directly from INCOIS,” Singh said. Inaugurating Indian Navy’s ninth biennial international naval exercise MILAN 2014 here, he said the armed forces’ presence in the Island is vital in reconstruction of the town, post disasters.Listing
out natural disasters which the Island had faced since 1881, Singh said that after the signals were received, authorities would swing into action and evacuate the vulnerable people to save their lives.He said the system would help avert the delay caused due to bureaucratic hierarchies in urgent situations. Admiral D K Joshi, Chief of Naval Staff emphasized the coordination required between different navies while engaged in rescue operations just after a natural disaster. “This common challenge (natural disasters) also requires co-operation between our nations and navies, to mitigate losses and improve disaster management, as brought out in our collective experiences of Tsunamis and cyclones in the past,” Joshi said. A total of 17 navies in the Indian Ocean Region are participating in the fiveday event.
Milan Display will.......... Andaman and Nicobar Police. The team comprises 38 brown belts qualified personnel. This would be followed by Dog display by Andaman and Nicobar Police Dog Squad Unit in which the skills of highly trained dogs of the squad would be demonstrated. Thereafter, the audience would also be afforded the rare opportunity to witness Thai Boxing and Fencing performed by a team from the Thailand Navy. The team would display varied forms of unarmed combat including stand up striking along with various clinching techniques. The display would be followed by motor cycle display by the Army Services Corps motor cycle display team aptly named ‘The Tornadoes’. After the action packed events, an inspiring musical performance by the Army Band of 23 Rajput Regiment and the Naval Band of the Eastern Naval Command and INS Jarawa will provide the entertaining segment. T h e MILAN Display will for the first time, showcase the medi-
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cal emergency capabilities of the Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) of the Indian Air Force. The RAMT is a completely self-contained unit with all components for setting up a 25-bedded hospital. It also contains facilities for providing intensive medical care. Support equipment like fork-lift, mobile generators along with all essential medical equipment can be conveyed in 38 containers. The special feature of this field hospital is that it can be airlifted or mobilised by ship to the site of disasters in farflung locations and set up in a matter of hours. The Indian Air Force has three such RAMT units of which, the unit based at Hindon has set up the display for MILAN 2014. The RAMT was inaugurated for MILAN Display yesterday by Air Marshal P K Roy, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM, ADC, Commander-inChief, Andaman and Nicobar Command. All spectators are advised to arrive 30-40 minutes prior the commencement of the event.
MILAN 2014 PROGRAMME SCHEDULE The biennial multilateral congregation of naval and maritime forces from littoral nations, MILAN 2014 will commence on 03 February. Many events of MILAN 2014 are open for viewing by the public. The schedule of public events is as follows:Thursday – 06 Feb 14 0530 to 0830 – Triathlon An endurance race of sea swimming, cycling and cross-country race from Ross Island to Birchgunj Military Station 1500 to 1700 – MILAN Display • Venue – Netaji Stadium • Event starts with a Sky Diving display from 7000 ft by the Akash Ganga • Karate and Dog Display by A & N Police • Thai Boxing/Fencing display • Motorcycle Daredevil Display by Army Tornado Team • Performance by Army and Navy bands • Static Display by Rapid Action Medical Team of Indian Air Force – first time in MILAN Friday – 07 Feb 14 0900 to 1230 – Foreign ships open to visitors At Naval and Haddo Jetties 1525 to 1728 – Full Dress Rehearsal for City Parade Venue - Marine Drive Saturday – 08 Feb 14 1525 to 1728 – International City Parade • Venue – Marine Drive • Flypast by flag-carrying helicopters will mark the commencement of the parade. • Formation Flypast by several military aircraft including fighter planes • Covert operations demonstration by Marine Commandos of Indian Navy • Search And Rescue at Sea Display by Chetak helicopters • Sky Diving Display • March Past by marching contingents from Indian Armed Forces and the foreign naval ships • Continuity Drill by the Air Warriors of the Indian Air Force • Beating Retreat Ceremony by military bands • Sunset Ceremony followed by illumination of ships off Marina Park
Wider maritime... seamlessly plug in to ensure effective coordination of response at the scene of action. First Commander Amarulla Octavian of the Indonesian Navy said India’s Look East policy has allowed it to emerge a big player in Southeast Asia. Like the major role India has been playing in
countering piracy, it should also reach out more to other navies in the region to build up a greater corporation for HADR operations, Octavian said. “ The Asia-Pacific is the most vulnerable to tsunamis so it is imperative that the navies of the region work in tandem and have mutual co-
Complainant transferred... lunch a n d p r i z e f o r student s during Annual Sports. T hi s i s sa d t ha t i ns t ea d o f p r o v i d in g protection to women the D ep a r t me n t h as s t an d relived the lady teacher to
a remote Island. W ha t k in d o f Justice is this? This is also sad that whenever such matter is raised by media, instead of taking things se r i ous ly a mis lea d i ng rejoinder is issued by the
Sikh body demands inquiry into attack on Golden Temple
AMRITSAR : World Sikh Indian government that it imOrganization (WSO) has de- mediately conduct a transparmanded from Indian govern- ent and thorough inquiry into ment to hold an inquiry into the attack on the Golden the ‘army action’ on Golden Temple.” Temple in 1984 similar on the He said an indepenlines of UK government’s in- dent inquiry into the attack on vestigation into its Golden Temple had never government’s role in advising been undertaken by the Indian India on planning the army government, however, inforaction on the Golden Temple. mation about the assault conCanada based WSO tinues to slowly surface three senior vice president Kulmit decades later. Singh Sangha told TOI on Pr esident of the Thursday, “The UK investi- WSO Amritpal Singh Shergill gation has revealed the extent alleged that justice continues of the planning behind the to elude the Sikh community 1984 attack on Golden even 30 years after the atTemple but there are still too tack. many unanswered questions. “ None of the officWhile we believe that ers guilty of atrocities and the UK Government should murder s have ever been still conduct a full parliamen- brought to justice “, he said tary inquiry, it has already adding that the UK docudone far more than the Indian ments had made it clear that government which has re- three decades after the atfused to be truthful about its tack, the full truth was yet to motivations, its choice of tac- be revealed but regretted tics and the total number of that Indian government has casualties. shown no desire to heal the In the interest of wounds of the Sikh (From page 1) justice, it is incumbent on the community. ordination for providing greater and timely relief,” he TRAI to release report.... (From page 3) added. Milan, which began try should have the facility to the financial inclusion has in 1995, has drawn the larg- be able to open an account proceeded well it has taken est participation this year. remotely, check on their bal- the combined efforts of both Navies from 16 countries in- ance, deposit, withdraw and regulators.’’ ‘’Data and security cluding Australia, Bangladesh, transfer money through phone New Zealand and Singapore, without having to go to a will be the two big issues/ among others, are participat- nearby town or city to com- spinoffs in financial inclusion plete the transaction. ‘’It is as we go ahead,’’ said ing in the latest edition. these core, rudimentary ser- Khullar. ‘’It is really concern(From page 1) vices which need to be pro- ing that India is at least 10 Department. Hope that the vided to achieve financial in- years behind the rest of the Lt. Governor will himself clusion.’’ world in terms of data priintervene into this matter ‘’The problem with vacy and its protection, while and ask the department to financial inclusion for over last security is a major concern conduct a fair inquiry and p un i sh t h e w r o ng d oe r three-four years has been that in many of the financial i ns t ea d o f g iv i ng hi m it tends to fall between the tr ansactions.’’ (Source: cracks i.e. is the two regula- IRIS) immunity. tors,’’ said Khullar. ‘’When LOST the telecom regulator and the D.vijay kumar in becentral Bank regulator cantween prothra pur to not get their act together then junglighat local certificte it is pointless to blame indusphone no 9932081796s try as in most societies where
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