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Major fire reported onboard MV Jolly Buoy; No Causality Roni Antony and Sharukh Ali Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, December 06: A major fire was reported onboard passenger vessel, MV Jolly Buoy, inside Junglighat dock area, this afternoon.According to the reports during afternoon (See page 8)

Protest by specially-abled people continues for basic rights Roni Antony Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, Dec 06: Perhaps for the first time in Andaman history on the Island a Protest is been staged by specially-abled people to press their demands, in front of Social Welfare De(See page 8)

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ATR Truck Owners Association demands urgent repair of ATR; threatens Agitation DJ Venkatesh Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, Dec 06: The ATR

Truck Owners Association Port Blair demanded immediate repair of ATR/NH from (See page 7)


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Andaman to implement Udan scheme; Spicejet to start Bangalore – Port Blair Direct flight fares to be cheaper than chopper Port Blair, Dec 06: In a major initiative to provide affordable air- connectivity in the Inter-Island Sector, the A&N Administration has decided to provide additional incentives to the airline operators, under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – UDAN to encourage them to introduce flights on the Inter-Island Sector. The additional incentives include 30% extra Viability Gap Funding for the flights under RCS Scheme. Further, the Administration has also agreed to take responsibility for all the seats in fixed wing aircraft (including Sea Plane) upto 20 seats, while the original scheme provide only for 50% seats. Presently the bidding process for the selection of airline operator under the

RCS- UDAN scheme is going on and it is expected that the additional incentives offered by the A&N Administration will attract the Airlines to provide airconnectivity between various Islands very soon. After finalisation of the bidding process, the proposed fare under the RCS-UDAN Scheme will be less than the existing fare of the helicopter services and will be equal for both Islanders and non-Islanders. As per details a flight from Port Blair to Shibpur (Diglipur) will cost nearly Rs. 1,589 while in same sector the fare for helicopter for Islanders is Rs.

2100 and for non-islander is Rs. 5,250. Similarly, in Port Blair to Car Nicobar route the fare will be Rs. 1,856 and in same sector the helicopter fare is Rs. 2800 for Islanders and Rs. 6,900 for Non-Islanders. Likewise in Port Blair to Campbell Bay Sector the proposed fare will be Rs. 2,645 while presently the helicopter fare in same route is Rs. Rs. 5350 for Islanders and Rs. 13,400 for non-islanders.In Car Nicobar to Campbell Bay Sector presently the helicopter fare is Rs. 2600 for Islanders and Rs. 6,500 for Non-Islanders which will be Rs. 1,856 only proposed fare under RCS-UDAN Scheme.

Staff Council, Pay & Accounts Organization in association with Chief Pay & Accounts Office is celebrating First A&N Civil Accounts Day on 07-12-2018 Port Blair, Dec 06: The Accounts Cadre Service of the Andaman & Nicobar Administration is celebrating the First A&N Civil Accounts Day on 7th December, 2018. The service owes its origin to a major institutional reform undertaken in public financial management during 1980 that of separation of audit from accounts. Since its creation in the year 1980, the cadre has played a significant role in providing an effective financial management system for the A & N Administration. Initially with a very small strength, the Pay and Accounting functions were looked after by the cadre,

later with the advent of sufficient officers, internal finance wings were set up in all major departments of Administration. During last 15 years, the cadre has grown by leaps and bounds. The Accounts cadre officers now serve all major departments as well as all the Divisions of APWD, Forest& Electricity Departments. This has immensely helped in the overall improvements of both the Payment and Accounting functions of the departments as well as timely reporting of expenditure and revenue status to the Ad-

ministration. The Accounts cadre shoulders the responsibility to judiciously spend the budget provided to a department by ensuing adherence to all Govt. rules and instructions. Currently the UT Budget of Rs 4593.86 crores apart from fund received under various centrally sponsored schemes is transacted through the able Officers of this cadre. The Pay & Accounts Offices managed by the officers of Accounts cadre looks after all Payment and Accounting functions which include timely (See page 6)

flight from Bangalore to Port Blair from 1st January 2019. Port Blair, Dec 6: Spice jet Spice jet flight SG airlines launching seasonal (See page 7) DJ Venkatesh

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Power Suspension by Electricity Dept. Port Blair, Dec 06: It is brought to notice of electricity consumers and general public that preventive maintenance at 33/11KV

Phoenix Bay Sub-Station will b e ca r r ied on 08.12.2018, from 8 AM to 12 Noon, in view of the (See page 5)


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Coast Guard Conducts Regional Level Marine Oil Spill Response Exercise Port Blair, 06 Dec: Indian Coast Guard coordinated a marine oil spill mock drill at sea off the coast off Port Blair as part of Regional level marine oil spill response exercise “Clean Sea” on 06 Dec 2018. The mock (See page 7)

ICAR-CIARI conducted field day on “Marigold and Gladiolus cultivation for livelihood security in Andaman and Nicobar Islands” Port Blair, Dec 06: ICARCIARI conducted a field day on “Marigold and gladiolus cultivation for livelihood security in Andaman and Nicobar Islands” at farmer’s field at New Bimblitan in collaboration with Directorate of Floriculture Research (DFR), Pune. About 32 farm- South Andaman attended the Director, ers from nearby villages of programme. Dr. A. Kundu,

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MESSAGE The Armed Forces Flag Day is commemorated on 7th December every year since 1949 to mark the solidarity of the nation with our soldiers. This is an occasion for the citizens of the country to recognize and pay tribute to our gallant soldiers for their supreme sacrifices. It is also a befitting occasion to express our gratitude to the valiant combatants by way of generous contributions towards “The Armed Forces Flag Day Fund”. This year also “The Armed Forces Flag Day” will be observed throughout the country on 7th December, 2018 and our Islands will also be observing the same. To mark this day, stickers and token flags are distributed through Rajya Sainik Board, Port Blair in return for generous voluntary donations and support for “The Armed Force Flag Day Fund”. I extend my heartfelt greetings to all members and to all those who are associated with the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces. I, therefore, urge every citizen of our Islands to contribute generously towards this noble cause and to express the solidarity with our Armed Forces Personnel and their families. Sd/(Admiral D K Joshi) PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, (Retd.) Lieutenant Governor Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Vice –Chairman, Islands Development Agency

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LIVE phone-in Programme “HELLO DOCTOR” by AIR Port Blair, Dec 06: All India Radio Port Blair will broadcast LIVE phone-in interactive progr amme entitled “HELLO DOCTOR” on Saturday 08th December 2018 from 7.20 am to 7.55 am. The topic of the discussion is “How to take care of eyes”. Dr. Anita Shah (Deputy Director -Ophthalmology, G.B.Pant Hospital) will be

the expert in the studio answering to the queries of the listeners. Listeners can call on phone numbers 232336 or 232558 to participate in this Live Programme. This Programme will be available on MW 684 KHz, SW 4760 KHz and FM 100.9 MHz. This programme will be moder ated by Ms. Jaisheela.


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Rajya Sainik Board to commemorate Flag Day Port Blair, Dec 06: Rajya Sainik Board, Andaman and Nicobar Islands will commemor at e Ar med For ces Flag Day on 7 th December 2018 to remember the services rendered by personnel of Armed Forces. To celebrate the day, six member delegation of the board will call on the Lt. Governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Admiral DK Joshi (retired). Secretary, A&N Rajya Sainik Board will pin a miniature national flag on the wearing apparel of the Lt. Governor, on the occasion. The Flag Day is intended to honour the valiant and dead, to salute the veterans and brave and to enhance the traditional bonds that exist between citizens of the cou nt r y a nd t he Armed Forces. This day is observed to enlist the public co-operation and support for three basic purposes – 1) Rehabilitation of families of battle casualties 2) Welfar e of serving personnel and their families and 3) Re-settlement and welfare

of Ex-Servicemen and their families, in general. On this day, citizens a nd volu nteer organisations collect donations in exchange of token f la gs a nd ca r s t icker s throughout the country. Token Flags and Car Flags representing the three services are distributed to the public through Rajya/Zila Sainik Boards. A concerted effort is made on this day to raise collection from the public. Token flags and Car St icker s ar e distr ibut ed through various Schools/ Colleges/PUC’s and Government Organizations/Departments by A&N Rajya Sainik Board, Port Blair for raising funds for various welfare schemes to assist our disabled soldiers, their widows and dependents of those who sacrificed their lives for the Nation.Lt. Governor of A & N Islands has also appealed to all the islanders to contribute generously to the Flag Day Fund. T he Collections made on 7 t h December are pooled into

one fund known as Armed Forces Flag Day (AFFD) Fund and Amalgamated Special Fund at the Centre and States respectively. The Fund money is used to the cause of well being of the Ex -Ser vicemen a nd their dependents and for the welfare and rehabilitat ion of E x- s er vicemen community. I s lander s ha ve been r equest ed to send their precious contr ibutions by post in favour of “Armed Forces Flag Day Fund” to Secretary, Rajya Sainik Board, Veer Senani Bhavan, Haddo P.O., Port Bla ir - 7 4 4 10 2 t hr ou gh Cheque/Banker ’s Cheque/ Demand Draft etc or may deposit the cash directly in t he S BI A/ c. N o. 1 0 60 5 0 8 3 94 2 “ Ar med For ces Flag Day Fund” and intimate the same to A&N Rajya Sainik Board. This Donation is also exempted under Income Tax Act. A&N Rajya Sainik Board has requested islanders to contribute generously.

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IGNOU Video – Class on Hindi & English Port Blair, Dec 06: To facilitate the students of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the IGNOU Regional Centre is organizing special video classes on every Saturday, On 08th December 2018, during forenoon session 10 am to 1 pm the CD on the topic Hangri Ke Pr emchand Mor itya Jigyond Ek Baatchit, Kalpnasheel Rangmanch Aur Laxmikant Verma, Bhasha Sahitya Aur Sampreshan, Nai Kavita Ke Kavi Alochak Laxmikant Verma will be played. Similarly during post-lunch session 2 pm to 5 pm for How To Read And What & How To Write,

Reading Ted Hughes Poem, An Inter view With Paul Farely, Future Of English will also be played. The Video Class will be held at first floor of Kannada Sangha Building, IGNOU Regional Centr e, Mohanpura. Each topic specific video CD will be of 30 minutes duration. The students of Master of Arts in Hindi (MHD) & Master of Arts in English are informed through SMS/e-mail, phone calls from RC. If the students are not able to attend on Saturday Video Class, they may come to RC on any working day from Monday to Friday between 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm to watch the Video Class.

Off-line Admission Counselling Seminar at IGNOU RC Port Blair, Dec 06: The Regional Centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University will be organizing two days off-line admission counseling seminar on Friday and Saturday - 7th & 8th December, 2018 for the benefit of applicants. Most of the applicants visiting Regional Centre are finding difficulty to select electives, optional courses / specializa tion; even to select course of study / academic programme. To facilitate such applicants, especially the schools pass-out population, to decide academic

ICAR-CIARI... briefed about the various avenues and scope of cultivation of flower crops in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Dr. Augustine B. Jerard, Head, Division of Horticulture and Forestry, ICAR-CIARI explained in brief about the benefits of growing flower crops for sustainable income throughout the year and the various marketing strategies to be followed for sustainable income. The coordinators of the field day, Dr. V. Baskaran, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIARI and Dr. K Abirami, Scientist, ICARCIARI dealt in detail about the production technology, post harvest management and seed production of marigold and gladiolus. The corms of three varieties of gladiolus namely Yellow Shine, Chandani and Punjab Dawn, procured from Directorate of Floriculture Research (DFR), Pune were distributed to the

programme among the BA, B.Com, B.Sc, BTS, BSW, and BCA. The seminar will give an opportunity to know the parameters to be considered while selecting the course. Considering the slow internet speed of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, for January 2019 academic session, the off-line admission mode is also open. Applicants may avail this additional facility for their academic enrichment and hassle free admission. A communication from Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair said. (From page 3)

farmers by Dr. A Kundu, Director, ICAR-CIARI. The method of planting the corms in the field and corm storage was demonstrated to the farmers by Dr. V. Baskaran. The farmers showed keen interest for taking the seed material of gladiolus and gaining technical expertise on cultivation of flower crops like Marigold and gladiolus. During his earlier visit to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (Hort), New Delhi visited the field of Mr. Arulandu, a progressive farmer in New Bimblitan. Appreciated by his integrated farming system and his interest in growing flower crops, Dr. Janakiran, coordinated the procurement of gladiolus varieties from DFR, Pune for the benefit of Island farmers. The programme ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Niranjan Das, Department of Agriculture, Andaman and Nicobar Administration.


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Power Suspension... VVIP visit. In this connection, power supply will rema in s u sp ended on 0 8 . 12 . 2 0 1 8 ( S a t u r da y) from 0800 Hrs. to 1200 Hrs. in Light House, Phoenix Bay, Fisheries Jetty area, Anarkali, Delanipur, Q u ar r y H ill, P hongy Kyaung, Foreshore Road, Megapode, Teal House, Horticulture Road, Dairy F a r m J u nct ion, C P WD C omp lex, La mba L ine, R a nchi Teker y, S chool

L ine complet e, pa r t of M innie Bay, P a r t of Gurudwara Lane, Bengali Club, Biggi Lane, Anthrop ological M u s eu m, Middle Point, Link Road, VIP Road, Police Line, part of Junglighat, Marine Hill, Dugnabad complete, R ou nd Ba s ti & N et a ji Club area.In addition to above, power supply rema in s u sp ended in Br ichgu nj village, Brookshabad & AIR area

on 08.12.2018 from 0800 Hrs. to 1100 Hrs. in connect ion with cut t ing of dangerous tree by PMBC at Brichgunj. T he t ime mentioned in the schedule is tentative, if the work completes ear lier the feeder will be charged accor dingly. The inconvenience caused is regretted, as said in a press release by B Ajit Kumar Executive Engineer (HQ).

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Compendium on R & D Projects under Grant-in-aid Scheme 2018 Port Blair, Dec 06: The Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI), the largest professional body of engineers in India, has been recognized as a Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation under the Dept. of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. As part of its multi-faceted activities, IEI is sponsoring research programmes by providing grant-in-aid from its own fund to the students of engineering colleges all over the country, under the guidance of their faculty who are corporate members of our Institution. The motto of this sponsorship is to develop the mindset of creativity and innovativeness among the students so that in future they can be a part of the larger R&D activities in our country. IEI brings out compendium on the R&D projects carried out under this grantin-aid programme every year so that the knowledge is disseminated among the esteemed members and also to encourage the students and their faculty who are associated with these R&D activi-

ties. Soft copy of the Compendium on R&D Projects under Grant-in-Aid Scheme 2018 is available at the office of The Institution of Engineers (India), Andaman & Nicobar State Centre. Those persons interested to go through the Compendium may contact the Centre and send their views / comments to research@ieindia.org. For any further details or clarifications may kindly contact Er. Arun Srivastava, MIE, Honorary Secretary, The Institution of Engineers (India), Andaman & Nicobar State Centre, Room No.111, Ground Floor, ALHW Office Complex, Mohanpur a, Por t Blair. 744101. Chairman 9434281945 & 9679511397 / Honorary Secretary 9434288234. Contact details: TeleFax- 233561 / 233562; Email: ansc@ieindia.org / i ei. p b lc @ gma i l . c om Website: www.ieindia.org. As communicated in a press note by Er. Johnson Abraham, M.I.E., C. Eng (I) Immediate Past Honorary Secretary.


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payment of salary and wages, various social sector schemes, Accounts cadre Officers plays rendered by them. The theme settlement of personal claims of Govt. servants, authorization of pensions, GPF final payments, maintenance of GPF accounts of employees and remittance of NPS subscription to trustee bank along with revision of Pre 2016 pension cases. The Pay & Accounts Office has been monthly rendering the accounts to the O/o the Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, Govt of India and also submitting the yearly Appropriation Accounts and Finance Accounts to the Govt of India. The Accounts cadre has also been at the forefront in adapting to the latest Information Technology advancements. It’s a matter of great pride for the cadre that in the year 1992 itself, the Chief Pay & Accounts Office with the help of NIC has switched to computerized mode of Payment and Accounting as well as GPF data maintenance. A foxbase software running on UNIX operating system was used to process the bills received from the DDOs as well as to formulate the monthly UT accounts and maintenance of GPF accounts. Currently, in spite of the connectivity constrains, IT platform such as comprehensive accounts system (COMPACT) developed by Accounts Informatics Division of NIC are effectively used. Web based accounts reporting tools such as E-lekha, Public Financial Management System (PFMS), are also used by the Pay & Accounts Offices. The Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) payment methodologies are also used for disbursement of benefits under

payment of scholarships etc. Altogether 120 Schemes (88 – CSS and 32 – UT Schemes) have been on boarded to National DBT Bharat Portal. The work of installation and hosting of DBT application of the UT for MIS integration with National DBT Bharat Portal is also complete and the DBT Application of UT will be made live to the DBT implementing Departments shortly. PAO, Port Blair which is one of the largest Pay & Accounts Office under Controller General of Accounts (CGA), New Delhi with a daily receipt of bills to the tune of 1000-1500 Nos. and more than 110 DDOs attached to it, now makes all payments through e-payment mode using the Govt. e-payment gateway. The staff and Officers of the cadre have always been very enthusiastic in adapting to the new technologies. This has also led to a transparent environment in PAOs with availability of MIS reports indicating the process flow with disposal time at each stage. Some of the Officers of the cadre posted in other departments are also at the forefront in bringing in technological reforms in the working environment particularly payment and accounting functions of the department. Officers of the cadre donning the cap of Nodal Officers IT in organization such as PBMC and earlier at Civil Supplies have brought laurels for the cadre with their work. Some of them are also actively involved in other specialized work of the department to which they are attached to. The

a major part in these departments with their knowledge of rules and regulations as well as providing a very sound budgeting and accounting system to the departments.Although CGA has been observing 1st March, the day of creation of the Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) cadre as the Civil Accounts Day, the accounts cadre of A&N Administration has felt the need to observe 7th of December as the A&N Civil Accounts Day to look back on the journey so far for the cadre and to provide a platform to the staff numbering around 170 posted at different offices across the Islands to share their views, interact with each other, to learn from each other as well as to create a sense of belonging to the organization. This platform is also for learning from the good practices adopted by the officers of the cadre in various departments and also to discuss and adapt various new changes in the govt. civil accounts sphere. This is the day in 1992 from which the Ministry of Home affairs has extended the higher pay scale and parity with the cadre of O/o the Controller General Of Accounts , New Delhi along with other consequential benefits of organized accounts cadre of the Govt. of India to the accounts cadre of A&N Admin istra tion. The foundation stone for the CPAO building was also laid on the same day in the year 1983. On this historic moment, the Staff Council and Chief Pay & Accounts Office congratulated all their staff and officers for the dedicated works

Public meeting of Jana Sena Party at Little Andaman Port Blair, Dec 06: The “Jana Sena Party Andaman Nicobar” held a public meeting at Little Andaman on 04.12.2018. Prominent speakers of JSPAN included their State President, Mr. K. Venkat Ram Babu and State General Secretary Mr. Swapan Biswas, Secretary (L/A) Mr. Surajan Biswas Youth President (L/A) Mr. Sujeet Shil, Secretary Hutbay (L/A) Raja Rao, Vice President (L/A) Mr. Kamalesh Mazumder. All leaders of JSPAN voiced their demands which included the introduce of Domical status to all islanders, 15% Reservation for 10 years category / class, Regularization of Excess land / Encroachment land prior to 2007; Reduction in

Airfare, State Assembly; Restart DRMs in all departments; All vacant posts fill in all departments, Tourism development in Little Andaman; Re-survey of BPL; Implementation of the Vivek Rai committee recommendation and Providing 4% reservation in Govt. Jobs for Physical Challenged Persons.

The party also demanded that the Lt. Governor should give time to Political parties, NGO’s, other organization. Other demands include upgradation of PHC to CHC at Little Andaman, improvement in Boat services for Little Andaman, construction of Mimi Stadium at Little Andaman (Hutbay).

Death Mourned Port Blair, Dec 06: The NonGazetted Government Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands conveys heartfelt grief and condolences on the demise of Smt. Rosily, 77 years, mother of

Shri E.A.Johnson,Lab Assistant,JNRM college,Port Blair. She breathed her last on 5th December,2018 at GB Pant Hospital. The funeral was held today (06.12.2018) at Port Blair. Shri

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E.A.Johnson is her youngest son and is a Central Executive Member of the Association. The JNRM Sub-Committee of NGOs’ Association also mourned the death of Smti.Rosily.

of the Celebrations of First Civil Accounts Day which is scheduled to be held today on 07/12/2018 at the TGCE Multipurpose Hall is kept as “Remembering the Pioneers- Honoring the Veterans”.

The Staff Council and Chief Pay & Accounts Office conveyed its sincere gratitude to the veteran staff and Officers wh o ha d dedica tedl y served the organization and has brought it into a respectable position.

PCC President with Owners of OBM Operated FRP Boats Meets CS Regarding implementation of Rule 4(i)(b) Port Blair, Dec 06: Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma, PCC President along with owners of OBM operated Fiber Reinfor ced Plastic (FRP) boats being operated at Havelock, Neil & Diglipur met Mr. Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, Chief Secretary, A & N Administration on 05/12/2018 and discussed issues arisen owing to implementation of Rule 4(i)(b) of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Inland Vessel Rules, 2016. During the meeting Mr. Kuldeep informed the Chief Secretary that as many as 145 OBM operated Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Boats being operated at Havelock, Neil and Diglipur which are currently registered under the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Inland Vessels Rules, 2016. Out of these 145 boats, as many as 95 boats which were constructed and operated much prior to the promulgation of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Inland Rules, 2016. Even prior to the promulgation of said IV Rules in these Islands, the Deputy Commissioner (South Andaman) was the registering authority for the Inland Vessels IV and these boats were also registered by the IV Registering Authority on the basis of Hull, Engineering and Safety survey carried out by the Marine Engineer of DSS and the Harbour Master of PMB belonging to the Andaman & Nicobar Administration. The PCC President added that the Registering Authority, in order to ensure safety of life at sea and operational suitability these vessels also involved Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) surveyor for Hull Examination and certification of carrying capacity of the boats by conduct of buoyancy test. On the basis of the report given by the IRS Surveyor, further examina-

tions of the boat were subsequently done by the IV Surveyors and there after ‘Certificate of Registration’ were issued by the Registering Authority. Certificate of Registration issued by the IRS reveals that depending on the condition of hull and stability factor, a boat is considered valid for operation during day light hours and in clear weather conditions for a period of 5 (five) years from the date of inspection subject to the condition that the boat is maintained in good condition at all time. For periodic determining the condition of the hull and buoyancy, survey is performed every year. During the validity period of Certificate of Registration issued by IRS. In the instant case validity period of Certificate of Registration issued to these boats expires on 9th Nov. 2020. However, due to the provision contained at Rule 4(i)(b) under the caption “Exemption” of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Inland Rules,2016 even though a boat on annual inspection is found suitable for operation beyond 6th Jan 2019, the license for operating the boat is restricted to 6 th Jan. 2019. The PCC president urged the Chief Secretary that taking into account the poor socio economic status of these boat owners as regard to their livelihood, burden of repaying loan taken under PMEGP and those who are directly and indirectly employed by these 95 odd boat owners r elaxation to the Rule 4(i)(b) be accorded for such period which covers the overall validity period given by the IRS surveyor in respect of the individual boats while conducting the hull and stability examination, however subject to annual inspection.


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Postponed Exam Date of TGCE Port Blair, Dec 06: The Pondicherry University examinations postponed due to Gaja cyclone on 16/11/2018 and 17/11/2018 will now be held on 15/12/2018 and 17/12/

2018 respectively in Tagore Government College of Education, Port Blair. Students are advised to appear the postponed examinations as per the new schedule.

ATR Truck Owners... Jirkatang to Diglipur. In a letter addressed to the Lt. Governor and other HODs of A&N Administration. The association demanded to take a positive line of action within 10 days. The association also threatened to launch agitation

if the ATR is not repaired within 10 days. The Union of Technical Employees of ANI extended support to the Association, and also demanded the repair of ATR/NH from Baratang to Diglipur.

Spicejet to start ... 745 will start from Bangalore at 08:35 AM and reach Port Blair at 11:15 am and on its return SG 759 start Port Blair at 11:45 AM and reach Bangalore at 02: 30 PM. The service will run daily except Monday. Spicejet will op-

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drill was undertaken by Indian Coast Guard in conjunction with stakeholders which included the A&N Administration, Pollution Control Committee (A&N) ANC, PMB, PBMC, DSS, IOC, DMA, tourism and fisheries departments. Code named as “Clean Sea -2018”, the mock drill was a full scale event for evaluating the capabilities and response mechanism of all stake holders and augmenting regional level emergency preparedness with regard to risk factors associated with marine oil spill. Two offshore patrol vessel (OPV), two fast patrol vessels (FPVs), four Interceptor Boats (IB), one Dornier fixed wing aircraft and one helicopter of Indian Coast Guard along with tugs and vessel belonging to ANC, PMB & DSS participated in various manoeuvres and procedures as part of exercise. As part of the event, a maiden mock drill for shore clean-up was also conducted at Corbyn’s cove beach by PCC with support from Coast Guard District HQ -14 and various stake holders including PBMC, Forest & Health

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erate all the routes with it’s Boeing 737-800s. This route will operate from 5th January 2019 to 28 February 2019. Apart from Spice Jet presently Go Air currently running seasonal direct flight to Bangalore. (From page 3)

services departments. The preparedness of all agencies during the drill was witnessed by Mr. Chetan Bhushan Sanghi, IAS, Chief Secretary (Andaman & Nicobar) along with Inspector General MV Pathak, Commander, Coast Guard Region (A&N), both of whom were embarked onboard ICG ship along with representatives of other stake holder agencies. The participation and cooperation provided by all stakeholders towards the conduct of the drill, is indicative of our resolve to combat pollution for protecting the flora and fauna of these islands. The mock drill successfully validated and reinforced response mechanism for Oil Pollution incidents and enabled Indian Coast Guard to fine tune the actions required in such eventualities by improving coordination and communication with different agencies. Representatives from electronic and print media also witnessed the exercise. A communiqué received from PRO Coast Guard. “Vayam Rakshamah – We Protect”.


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hours the major fire was seen onboard the ship. Initially the Fire Brigade unit of Fire Station Head quarter swung into action but the fire was out of control. Altogether Seven fire tenders, one rescue tender, two water bowsers, two water tenders, One Tata van blower and One water mist, were press into action to douse the fire. After great efforts, it took nearly one and half hour for the Fire Service Personnel to bring the fire under control. As per reports

short circuit in the engine room of MV Jolly Buoy caused Fire.No one was injured in this accident however

Protest by... partment, Golghar. The protest which started yesterday continued today and is being spearheaded by a NGO called Sahara, which is an NGO fighting for the cause of specially abled people for Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Mr.Sanjay Meshack from Aam Admi Party, President of Sahara Mrs. Suchitra Roy, General Secretary, Sahara, Mr.Biswajeet Mistry, Mr.Azizur Rehman of State General Secretary of A&N Islands Telugu Desam Party with Protima Banarjee, Senior Vice Chairperson PBMC and Ward Councillor, Mr. Someshwara Rao of Bharitya Janta Party, Chairperson of Sub-Committee for Education and Social Justice Municipal Corporation, Ward Councilor and Bindya Banerjee a Social

as there were thick smoke, fire fighters had to use breathing apparatus to control this major fire. (From page 1)

worker were also present during the protest.The demands raised by Sahara are Immediate replacement of the in charge of the V.R.C at Brooksabad; Replacement of Nodal Officer (Disabilities); Independent Commissioner for Persons With Disabilities, With discretionary powers (as per RPwD Act 2016), Separate Handicapped office/Section in the 1st floor of Directorate Social Welfare Building; Supply of modified shoes to the orthopedically disabled persons, Providing basic amenities & facilities like Drinking water, Transportation facilities, Care Takers, Clinical Psychologist, Speech Therapist; Posting of Registered professionals Vocational training Materials at Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, at Brooksabad, Port Blair;

Maintenance of Electrical items; counseling session for Parents & Teachers; Establishment of special school for Divyang persons in A&N Island; Opening of Registration centre for issue of UDID (Unique Disability Identity); Implementation of separate transfer policy for Divyang employees as per Right of Persons with Disabilities Act’2016; Providing Stay home for inter Island Divyang persons in Port Blair and Providing 4% reservation in Government Jobs. While talking to Andaman Sheekha Mr.Sanjay Meshack of Aam Admi Party Convener and ward councilor, PBMC said the protest will be continued until the demands are fulfilled.

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Twenty Eight people held for Bootlegging and 115 Bottles IMFL Seized by PS Central Crime Station, CID Unit Port Blair, Dec 06: Keeping its commitment of zero tolerance against illegal activities, a week long special drive was conducted by PS Central Crime Station, CID unit against illegal sale of liquor from 28/11/2018 to 04/12/ 2018.During this period, 28 persons were arrested in 28 cases registered under excise regulation. During this drive, 115 nos. IMFL bottles were also recovered from the possession of accused persons. A&N Police is committed to

fight against the menace of illegal trade of illicit liquor and IMFL in this Union Territory. The general public is requested to provide any credible information pertaining to gambling, illegal sale or possession of liquor/ drugs or any other illegal activity on the following telephone numbers – 100, 232586,233307 & 9474228912. The identity of the informer will be kept secret.

OBC Morcha Appoints State Committee members Port Blair, Dec 06: The State President, Bharatiya Janata OBC Morcha, A & N Islands, has pleased to appoint Ramesh Govind, Geetanjali Acharya as State Vice President, Mr. Chandan kr Das and Smt. Shobha Rani as State General Secretary, Mr. Saw Sorma and Mr. Mohd. Hanif as State Secretary, Mr. Jagat Ram as Treasurer, Mr. Sumit Karmakar,

Mr. Afroz Ahmed and Mr. Deepak Lall as Executive Member State Committee members for further expansion of the Morcha activities with the approval of Mr. Vishal Jolly, State President, BJP, A & N Islands, as said in a press release by Prabhakar Rai Sharma, State President, OBC Morcha.

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