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Passengers in trouble due to cancellation of flights
Bad weather, unfavourable wind force three flights to return in last three days
Great Expectations from LG Islanders of remote SA villages demand new degree college outside Port Blair Staff Correspondent Sheekha News Service
Port Blair, June 08: This is only because of the present Lt. Governor’s constant efforts and regular follow ups that South Andaman region will be getting 2nd Degree College from this session. But the news about construction of new college building at Chakkargaon has left people of remote South Andaman villages upset. Coming to Port Blair college from remote South Andaman villages, braving heavy rain, heat, traffic, ferry
Staff Correspondent Sheekha News Service
Port Blair, June 08: Heavy rain and Strong wind has forced as many as three flights from Mainland India to return back, in last three days, even after the flights had entered Andaman’s airspace. According to report here today the aircraft of Jet Airways had to return back to Chennai while due to unfavourable wind while on Friday Aircrafts of Air India from Chennai and JetLite from Kolkata had to go back due to heavy rain. Today for some moment there was total chaos
at Airport, when passengers who were supposed to leave for Chennai at 13.05 hours by Jet Airways flights were informed that their flights had to return back due to bad weather. Fuming passengers, many of whom had connecting flights, from Chennai, were however not able to digest such excuse as according to them all other flights of other airlines had landed safely at Airport in same weather conditions. The officials of Jet Airways however tackled the situation well by sending passengers, having connect-
ing flights, to mainland by other Aircraft, which had landed safely at Port Blair. Other passengers have now been given seat in tomorrow’s Spice Jet flight. Passengers, who had already got their boarding card, also alleged that the Airlines Company did not even provide them accommodation for today at Port Blair. Meanwhile, it is learnt that on 5 th June, the flight in which the Lt. Governor arrived Port Blair from New Delhi, had to return to New Delhi, nearly 25 minutes after take-off, following some technical snags.
vessel struggle, is a most tiresome task for students. In JNRM, on rainy days one can see totally drenched students, espec ially gir ls, att end ing classes with great difficulties. Moreover, students have to spend heavy amount everyday to reach college and return back. Sinc e last many years, Islanders have been demanding another college in areas like, Chouldari, Wimber lygunj or Bambooflat but surprisingly the Administration allotted land for second degree col(See page 2)
Staff side JCM submits memorandum to 7th CPC on interim relief and DA merger Port Blair, June 08: The Staff Side of the Joint Consultative Machinery (National Council), New Delhi, in which the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, New Delhi, is a constituent, has submitted a Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission urging the Commission to consider the demand already raised with the Commission on the issue of (i) Merger of DA with Pay and
(ii) Grant of Interim Relief to central government employees. In a letter sent to Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, Chairman of the 7th Central Pay Commission forwarding therewith the detailed Memorandum on the above two issues, Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, National Council (Staff Side), JCM, urged the Commission that (See page 7)
LG visits Mayabunder Inaugurates newly built Dialysis Unit at Dr. R.P. Hospital; holds meeting with PRI members Mayabunder, June 08: The Lt. Governor Lt General (Retd.) A K Singh visited Mayabunder tehsil under North & Middle Andaman District yesterday. The Lt Governor visited Dr. R.P. Hospital, Mayabunder and inaugurated the newly built Dialysis Unit. The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray also graced the occasion. The Chief Secretary, Shri Anand Prakash and other senior officers of the Administration were (See page 7)
Government may expand aid to urban areas NEW DELHI: Expanding central help to uplift the living condition in urban areas, the NDA government is likely to provide financial aid to areas which don't fall within the municipal limits. During UPA rule, the central assistance under JNNURM was only for municipal bodies. The financial support to these areas will be in the sector of waste management, water supply and physical infrastructure development. "We have seen how there is a greater need to ensure that the areas not falling under municipal limits also need to be upgraded. Haphazard developments in such unregulated areas create bigger problems. Unless you also address issues pertaining to these areas, city life will never improve. So, now the focus will be to ask the states to make master plans of all cities â€” bigger and smaller â€” so all areas are covered," said an urban development ministry official. Minister Venkaiah Naidu has already said that the NDA will come out with a new mission to
make the existing cities better and also to develop new cities in a planned manner. Sources said that the ministry officials are preparing the policy framework and document so that government can start its project soon. TOI has learned that under the new scheme, which is under preparation, the Centre will give more liberty to the state governments to choose projects and there will be greater monitoring. These were largely missing during the implementation of JNNURM. Another focus area will be use of more information and communication
Great Expectations... lege at Chakkargoan, which is another cut-off area of Port Blair city. Before taking such decision, Administration did not even feel it important to take opinion from Public or PRI members. The file for allotment of land for the second degree college was handled very secretly and nobody came to know about it, till a press release revealed this fact. As per present plan, for initial years the second college will have classes at Haddo School and once the building of the college is ready the college will shift to actual college building at
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Chakkargaon. People of Sout h Andaman Village say that they have great expectations from the Lt. Governor, Lt. Gen (Retd.) A K Singh, who is the main driving force behind the second degree college and also the medical college, which were till now only dreams. Public now demand a review in this process and request the Lt. Governor to order to shift the new degree college to South Andaman area, so that students of that area have a degree college nearby. After all having another college in city will help only Babus and not students.
technology (ICT) tools for better governance and service delivery, sources said. "This will include creating WiFi zones across cities. First target would be the public places and commercial complexes. We will also fund projects for IT based monitoring of public transport for efficient management," another UD official said. He added that the focus now is on pushing the concept of twin cities by improving transport networks between a bigger and another adjoining smaller city. In its poll manifesto, the BJP has committed to create 100 new smart cities.
BSF jawan, villager killed in border clash AGARTALA: A BSF jawan and a villager from southern Ramnagar were killed and 11 others seriously injured in a clash between security forces and locals along the IndiaBangladesh border at the Akhaura Integrated Check Post late on Friday. The injured have been admitted to the Agartala Government Medical College
hospital, where two of them are reported to be in a critical condition. Sources said the BSF jawans had an argument with villager Kanu Mian when some locals tried to cross the border near the second western pillar of the Akhaura Integrated Check Post around 9.30pm. BSF spokesperson BS Rawat
said four to five villagers and some miscreants tried to cross the wire fence along the border during a power cut. "The jawans asked the villagers not to proceed, but they refused to listen. The jawans then opened fire to control the situation. Meanwhile, the villagers physically assaulted BSF (See page 8)
Andamans and Entrepreneurs Tarun Kartick Why is the youth of Andaman and Nicobar Islands unemployed? Why is there a constant fight on bringing in domicile when some hundreds of government jobs are declared by the administration? Why are Andaman and Nicobar Islands still considered one of the remotest places on this planet? The answer is lack of entrepreneurial culture. India has been a pioneer in entrepreneurship since the Vedic ages the First Generation Entrepreneurs of free India have been pretty much successful in their respective endeavors. The reason behind their success is sometimes assessed as the lack of competition and sometimes by the vision they had and the hard work they did to achieve what they wanted. The new
generation of entrepreneurs those who are born in this encapsulating world of information technology are mostly interested in startups with technical background, the reasons being low investment, speedy profits and the glamour that this addictive world provides. Majority of the youth of these Islands complete their schooling in the Islands and then fly away to different parts of India and the world to get higher education, after completing their higher education they look for a job somewhere in other parts of the world and promise develop a negative view about the Islands. Those lucky students who study in these Islands in a protective environment end their life looking for a Government job and later work
for a few thousand bucks in some of the traditional business in the Islands. I was born in one of the remotest corners of India and the world, Campbell Bay. A place with a population of merely 10,000 people located in the Great Nicobar Island. I saw a computer when I was in the first standard but only got to work with it when an entrepreneur in the initial years of twenty first century dared to setup a computer institute there in Campbell Bay. He failed in his business endeavors but gave me a spark to do something with the computers (There is no computer institute in Campbell Bay today and the population can be well said as computer illiterates.). When I completed my schooling and joined B.Tech CSE in DBRAIT I
UNCONDITIONAL APOLOGY The paper publication Dated 24.11.2007 in the Daily Newspaper namely “Aspect” under the caption “Media’s dignity was thrown into the ring of embarrassment”, Journalist father creates unruly scenes in Press Conference in support of his son. “A charge sheet has reportedly been filed against Shri. U.N. Chouldhary, Asst. Director SAC for misuse of power, position and opportunity in the selection of Tsunami affected students for studies at Delhi Public School under sponsorship from Lawn Tennis Association of India. Agitate over the charge sheet issue his father yesterday created an unruly scene at Raj Niwas causing embarrassment to media. The forum was staged for interaction on Island related issues of administrative importance that too which was in the purview of the administrator. Instead of focusing in the issues of public interest Shri. J.N. Choudhary raised issues, which were aimed at showing his displeasure against the action taken against his son. The issue, which is a personalized one, should have been raised during one-to-one meeting with concerned authorities. But using the press conference was quite embarrassing for all those who were present at the venue. It seems that the Journalist Choudhary is acting as a shield to stop action against his son U.N. Choudhary who has numerous allegations of corruption and misdeed. Mover the father-son duos are putting in all efforts and through influence in all levels to grab the post of Director of SAC. For this the duo are reportedly using all tactics including registering of anonymous complains at Anti Corruption or other agencies against those who according to them are standing as hurdle in their path. The unruly scene including shouting at LG or Chief Secretary at the press conference is a shameful episode. This behavior of J.N. Choudhary has badly affected the dignity of the press here. The IP Division should initiate suitable actions against media persons who cause unruly scenes at highly dignified forums including barring them from press conferences in the interest of press here”, is hereby withdrawn and if the aforesaid publication has caused any damage/defamation to any person in particular in that case the persons named below tender Unconditional Apology. Gautam Paul & S.P. Ellango Publisher & Editor , Aspect
got a unique opportunity, Computer Society of India along with Nurture Talent Academy were conducting a National Level Technical Competition in our college. I blindfoldedly signed up for it and led my team to a victory in the local level we were one among the three who were qualified to compete in National Level. After this initial victory I was amused and on top of the world. I worked as hard as I can and made my team attend even the boot up camps that were held as far as in Bangalore. I was sure that I will clear the screening round for the national level competition at IIT Mumbai
and I did. This was the turning point in my life I was proud to be chosen as one among the top thirty student entrepreneurs in India and worked even hard for the final competition. The day came when we were at one of the premier institute of the country IIT Mumbai, which is the first to have an active entrepreneurship cell among colleges in India.We lost the competition, the reason I assessed later was the lack of exposure to modern presenting techniques like video editing and the lack of specifics of some of the basic programming languages that one pro(See page 4)
Kuldeep Demands repair of walkways in Joggers’ Park Port Blair, June 08: Pointing out about damaged walkways of Joggers’ Park, the President of ANTCC Mr. Kuldeep Rai
Sharma today requested the Chairperson of PBMC to repair the walkways and also to increase the width of the same.
RSC FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT Port Blair, June 08: RSC Open Football tournament will be held from 12th June 2014. Interested teams may contact the Organising Secretary Shri. Tahir Ali over cell number 9434286633. The last
date for submitting entry fee is 10th June. The tournament is organised by RSC Port Blair in association with Directorate of Education and AN State Sports Council.
Death Mourned Por t Blair, J une 0 8: ANTCC and its President Ku ldeep Ra i S har ma deeply condoled the death of Shri S Thirumoolam, 57, R/o Junglighat who left for
heavenly abode on 5 th June, 2014 and pray to Almighty for t he eter nal peace of the departed soul and strength to his family members.
Public hearing at Raj Niwas Por t Blair, June 8: T he Niwas on Tuesday, 10 t h Lt Governor will hold his of June, 2014 at 11. 00 p u b l i c h ea r i n g a t R a j a . m.
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EDITORIAL..... PM Modi must condemn Sadique Shaikh’s murder — and repeal draconian Section 66A The brutal bludgeoning to death of Pune-based 28-yearold techie Mohsin Mohamed Sadique Shaikh — his alleged killers belonged to the extremist Hindu Rashtra Sena and were apparently incensed over social media messages they found object ionable — is shocking. But not surprising, perhaps. The climate of intolerance in which such hate crimes thrive — Shaikh was picked on simply because he looked Muslim — has been created ironically by the law itself, in the form of the draconian Section 66A of the Information Technology Act which in effect criminalizes free speech over the internet. Previously, this section — which prescribes arrest and punishment for anyone deemed to use communication devices to send messages causing a gamut of possible impacts, from annoyance and inconvenience to intimidation and enmity — has been widely used by the political class for silencing free speech, thus becoming a tool of intimidation itself. On each occasion Section 66A's use met with vociferous protests pointing out both its absurdities — such as equating annoyance with criminal intimidation — and its gross overreach in a democracy where freedom of speech includes a right to offend. Fast - t r ack co ur t s
should be set up to try Shaikh's killers and exemplary punishment must be meted out to the guilty. Moreover, there are several reaso ns why P rime Minist er Narendra Modi should take cognisance of this case. As part of his 'minimum government, maximum governance' programme, he wants to phase out arbitrary laws which harass citizens and interfere with everyday activities of people. Section 66A is a prime example of maximum government, as it institutionalizes a double standard whereby politicians are free to call each other the vilest of names but citizens must desist from causing 'annoyance' to anyone. Modi would like his ministers to be active on social networking websites. But this can only work if the general populace has the same right without being subject to arbitrary arrest and even hate crimes. Moreover, zealots may read the BJP victory as a signal to go ahead with such crimes. This interpretation must be nipped in the bud if Modi's development and youth-oriented plans are to succeed, particularly given the communal overtones of Shaikh's murder. Modi, therefore, needs to take a clear stand on the murder. As part of minimum government NDA must also phase out Section 66A which was instituted by the UPA, or at least circumscribe its scope so that it applies to obvious cases of criminal intimidation only.
grammer should know. I blamed the slow internet for the defeat in my heart, but slowly I broke down, frustrated about how can there be better people than me in this field. I almost sat day and night to learn new things and wanted to test myself back in the field. I went back to Mumbai and applied for jobs that required B. Tech as the qualification. I was surprised that I cracked each and every round of the interview without any hassles and performed better than those who were graduates and Post- Graduates. I stopped dreaming about the idea to start what I had thought before and developed a new idea. I called it “andamankat” first e-commerce store of the Islands which would sell the tour packages of the local tour operators and the handicrafts and shell crafts available in these islands globally. I coded it and the platform became functional but again raising funds came in my way. To raise funds for my project I almost turned to all available sources in the Islands from Bankers to the Government organizations providing funds to small scale industries everywhere. I got some great advices and some bitter experiences. Some people even refused the possibility that
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ecommerce has a future in India and some told me they have no experiences and cannot fund a technical project. This is the real cause of unemployment in these Islands the safe playing attitude of the residents make entrepreneurship really unsuccessful in the Islands. Whether it is the parent of a student or a Government employee everybody wants a safe game. The parent wants his kid to study and take up a good job; a government employee implementing a scheme of Government will not take up risky projects. My motive behind this article is to bring together a group of like minded people to form an Entrepreneurship club in our Islands to support the emerging entrepreneurs in their endeavors, my motive is also to find angel investors from the Islands who understand the practical problems of the entrepreneurs of the Islands and fund their project accordingly.Students from these Islands have very high aspirations but the breakdown because of the lack of exposure, I want every volunteering entrepreneur to have sponsors who could provide them exposures in respective fields in Mainland, India.
Won't return to state politics: Nitin Gadkari NAGPUR: Union road transport, highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday ruled out the possibility of his return to Maharashtra politics in the wake of sudden demise of Union rural development minister Gopinath Munde. "Initially I was not interested in central politics in Delhi, and now I am not interested to leave Delhi and come to Maharashtra politics," said Gadkari, who hails from Nagpur. He was replying to a question at a 'Meet the Press' programme here on whether he would like to return to state politics to lead the BJP in the assembly elections due in October. Munde, Maharashtra BJP's
tallest mass leader and architect of its impressive victory in Lok Sabha elections, was killed in a car crash in Delhi on June 3. On the demand for creation of separate Vidarbha, he said it would require two-third majority in the Parliament and a consensus with other political parties in Delhi. Listing his priorities, Gadkari said his ministry has taken up seriously the clean Ganga river project, which is costing Rs one lakh crores. The work is expected to commence within four months. The minister expressed keen interest in operating inland waterways in Ganga from Allahabad to Hooghly.
Taj Mahal: mud-pack treatment for pollution stains The treatment is hoped to restore the natural sheen and colour of the white marble monument. It will be the fourth time the 17th century mausoleum has had the treatment. The last mud-pack was applied in 2008, but pollution levels around the monument to love remain high and officials say it needs cleaning again. The Taj Mahal sits on the bank of the Yamuna River, at the city of Agra in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh.It was completed by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 as a mausoleum for this third and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child. The monument's complex structure of white marble domes and minarets inlaid with semi-precious stones and carvings is considered the finest example of Mughal art in India. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became an Unesco World Heritage site and attracts millions of visitors each year. But it also has to con-
tend with pollution from the busy and industrial city of Agra and a nearby oil refinery. "Due to increasing pollution in the city, the white marble is yellowing and is losing its sheen," B M Bhatnagar from the Archeological Survey of India told the Press Trust of India.Mr Bhatnagar said the chemical department of the Archeological Survey has already begun the process to make the mud-pack. The cleaning treatment is said to be based on a traditional recipe which is used by Indian women to restore a natural glow to their faces. A 2mm-thick layer of lime-rich clay will be plastered
health secretary at the release of “An Empirical Study of India’s Fiscal Policies against Tobacco: A State Level Analysis’ — a study by the Public Health Foundation of India.He added that state governments will be responsible for implementing the move.The study reported that a 10% increase in cigarette prices will lead to almost a 3% decrease in consumption, increasing the government revenue by 7%.“Based on the recommendations, we will
make a strong case for increasing taxation on tobacco,” said Verma.He also slammed the tobacco promotion board and said that better coordination is required between ministries.“The commerce ministry’s tobacco promotion board is a ridiculous thing. While we are condemning the use of tobacco products, how can they promote it? I will speak to my counterpart in the commerce ministry and see what can be done about it,” he said.
Bihar CM faces people's ire over encephalitis deaths
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Sunday faced angry parents of dozens of children battling suspected encephalitis in a Muzaffarpur hospital. Union Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha also similarly faced public anger. The toll from encephalitis has risen to 25 with 10 more children dying in Muzaffarpur in the last 12 hours, officials said. People, mostly parents and relatives, protested when Manjhi, during a visit, enquired over the affected areas of the about the health of children admonument and left overnight mitted with suspected encephalitis to the government-run Sri to dry, said Mr Bhatnagar. "When it dries the Krishna Medical College and flakes are removed from the Hospital (SKMCH). "We protested to exsurface with soft nylon brushes and washed with dis- press our resentment over negof health officials in protilled water to remove impuri- ligence viding proper treatment and lack ties sticking to the surface," he of infrastructure," said Manish said.The marble mausoleum Kumar, a relative of a child. had been given this treatment Alarmed over the risthree times in the past: in 1994, ing deaths from encephalitis, 2001 and 2008. Manjhi along with Bihar's Health "In the last treatment, Minister Ramdhani Singh viswhich cost around Rs. 10.4 ited the SKMCH and instructed lakh ($24,000), a team of two the doctors and district officials dozen experts had carried out to provide all possible help to the work in small sections over the children undergoing a period of six months to en- treatment."Manjhi also directed sure that the tourist inflow does health and district officials connot suffer," said Mr Bhatnagar. cerned to take all precautionary measures to control the disease and ensure immediate treatment of affected children," Rajendra Prasad Ojha, a health official, said.Kushwaha, who visited the hospital an hour before Manjhi, also faced public protest, with
Government mulls over increasing legal age to buy tobacco upto 25 Like alcohol, the legal age for buying and using tobacco products may soon be increased from 18 to 25, if the union health ministry has its way. It is also looking at increasing cigarette prices by a whopping 10% to decrease consumption and increase government revenue. “Since the age of selling tobacco varies from one state to another, we will write to each state government to increase the age for buying tobacco to 25,” said Luv Verma, union
people demanding the central government's intervention in saving their children. The people were pacified only after Kushwaha told them he will submit the report of his visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urge him to send a high-level team of health experts to Muzaffarpur. More than 30 children with suspected encephalitis have been admitted to various hospitals, a health official said. Principal Secretary, health department, Deepak Kumar said an American team of experts, led by Jacob John, besides another one from Delhi is investigating the exact reason behind the deaths of children. According to doctors, the acute encephalitis Syndrome is a severe case of encephalitis characterised by inflammation of the brain. Mosquitoes transmit the infection, resulting in high fever among the children. "Every year, encephalitis hits Muzaffarpur, Gaya and other neighbouring districts in May or June. But this year, it seems to have struck a little late," a health department official said. Early this year, the state government launched a special vaccination drive to cover thousands of children against encephalitis. Last year, 62 children died of encephalitis in Muzaffarpur, and 150 died in 2012 in the district.Most victims were from the poorest of the poor families and living in rural pockets of the state.
Prehistoric forests recovered from wildfires the same way as todayâ€™s forests do Prehistoric forests, as far back as 66 million years ago, recovered from wildfires the same way as they do today, a study by researchers from Montreal's McGill University and Regina's Royal Saskatchewan Museum suggested. The team of researchers explored Saskatchewan province of Canada and discovered evidence of a prehistoric forest fire, and fossils that demonstrating how forests evolved before the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. The analysis of the fossils also revealed that the region's climate was much warmer as well as wetter than today. Hans Larsson, the Canada research chairperson in macro-evolution at McGill University, said that the study
enabled them to reconstruct what the prehistoric forests looked like with and without fire disturbance. Speaking about the study, Larsson said, "Excavating plant fossils, we found some preserved with abundant fossilized charcoal and others without it. From this, we were able to reconstruct what the Cretaceous forests looked like with and without fire
disturbance."The prehistoric fire area discovered by the researchers was dominated by plant life similar to the varieties that pave way for an area's recovery process after a wildfire in modern age.Larsson concluded that researchers would never be able to completely understand the extinction dynamics unless they understand what ecological processes were running in the background.
NASA green signal for 12 space exploration ideas With an aim to boost big breakthroughs in space exploration, NASA has selected 12 futuristic space technology ideas for funding. The 12 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Programme aim to turn science fiction into fact through pioneering technology development, a NASA release said. The proposals range from a submarine that would explore the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn's huge moon Titan to a concept to safely capture a tumbling asteroid, space debris and other applications. "The latest NIAC selections include a number of exciting concepts for planetary exploration," said Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington DC.
"We are working with innovators around the nation to transform the future of aerospace, while also focusing our investments on concepts to address challenges of current interests both in space and here on earth," he added. NASA chose this year's proposals based on their potential to transform future aerospace missions by enabling either entirely new missions or breakthroughs in future aerospace capabilities that could accelerate progress tow ard NASA's goals.Each funded proposal receives about $100,000 for nine months to a year of initial studies. If successful, awardees can later apply for a Phase II grant th at gives out up to $500,000 for two more years of concept development.
73 Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lanka COLOMBO: Seventy three Indian fishermen have been arrested in Sri Lanka for allegedly poaching into the country's waters, the Navy said on Sunday, days after it released 33 fishermen from the country. Navy spokesman Kosala Waranakulasuriya said that 41 Indian fishermen were arrested off the coast of Talaimannar in the north while another 32 fishermen were arrested off the Delft Islands on Saturday. Fifteen fishing vessels have also been confiscated. The fishermen arrested in Delft were being brought to the Kankesanturai port while others would be handed over to the fisheries inspection office
at Talaimannar. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa last had ordered the release of Indian fishermen arrested as a goodwill gesture. Rajapaksa had attended the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26 in Delhi. Talks between India and Sri Lanka on the fishermen issue had ended in deadlock early last month and negotiators are scheduled to meet again this month. Sri Lanka had shot down a request from Tamil Nadu fishermen to allow fishing in Lankan waters for 70 days a year and to allow bottom trawling. The Naval per-
Staff side JCM submits..... the Dearness allowance as on 1.1.2014 which stood at 100% may be recommended to be merged and treated as Dearness Pay for grant of all benefits, allowances, pension and other retirement entitlements. The Staff Side has also urged the Commission that Merger of D.A. as on 1.1.2014 may also be recommended in respect of pensioners and Gramin Dak Sewaks of Postal Departments. The Staff Side, explaining in detail various aspects of real value erosion of wages, has submitted before the 7th Central Pay Commission that Central Government employees presently have a very depressed salary structure. The Secretary, Staff Side JCM pointed out that barring the 6th Central Pay Commission, all other
Commissions had recommended grant of Interim Relief to the Central Government Employees. As per the 5th Central Pay Commission, Interim relief represented a provisional arrangement during the period between setting up of a Pay Commission and submission of a report by the Commission and its acceptance by the Government. Most of the earlier Commissions with the exception of Ist and 6th Central Pay Commissions had taken 2-3 years and sometimes more to finalise their recommendations. The Staff Side said that the final outcome of the deliberations of the 7th CPC will become available only by 2016. It is, therefore, needed that the employees have to be compensated in the form of In-
Inaugurates newly... present on the occasion. On arrival, he was appalled by the lack of cleanliness, with garbage lying all around Mayabunder areas. He expressed his displeasure over this state of affairs and asked the Deputy Commissioner and the Panchayat representatives to immediately workout a plan for ensuring cleanliness of the area. Inaugurating the newly built Dialysis Unit, the Lt Governor congratulated the Health Department and APWD for having completed this important facility for the citizens of North Andaman. He also complimented the team of Doctors and Nursing staff, who have come forwarded to undertake training for operating this unit. He also mentioned that this is a good team work and dedication by the Health Department to execute the project in a time bound manner. He wished that in future the officers of the
Administration will be able to deliver timely services/ projects. The Lt Governor also interacted with the patients in the hospital. He mentioned that the Hon’ble MP had written to him on this subject, as also the PRIs had drawn his attention and he was happy to see the fructification of this important project. The Lt Governor also gave directions to establish a ‘Blood Bank’ at Mayabunder within one year. The Member of Parliament, who also spoke on the occasion, complimented the Lt Governor for his leadership and guidance as well as quick on the spot decision to resolve people’s problems. While thanking the team of Health Department for setting up the facilities, he urged all officers of the Administration to work in a positive manner and implement all development projects under the able guidance of the Lt
sonnel had on June one arrested 33 fishermen in two separate incidents while they were fishing near Katchatheevu. However, a court in Sri Lanka freed them on June 4 after the President ordered their release. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan fishing community lament the lack of a consistent programme in releasing the Indian fishermen. Anton Jesudasan of the north eastern fisheries federation said although Sri Lanka has taken swift action with regard to Indian fishermen, authorities have turned a blind eye to the question of locals arrested by the Indians for the same offence. (From page 1) terim Relief. The Staff Side urged the Chairman, 7th Central Pay Commission that the Commission may, as has been done by the various earlier Pay Commissions, recommend atleast 25% of Pay in Pay Band plus Grade Pay as Interim Relief subject to a minimum of Rs. 4000/-. The Secretary, JCM Staff Side further urged the Commission to recommend Interim Relief at the above rate subject to minimum of Rs.2000/- to pensioners and Gramin Dak Sevaks. The details of the Memorandum can be seen at the Confederation’s website www.confederationhq.blogspot.in and the website of NonGazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, A & N Islands www.ngoacc.blogspot.in. (From page 1) Governor. The Lt Governor also held a meeting with PRI Members and Heads of Offices of Mayabunder tehsil at the APWD Guest House, Mayabunder. The Lt. Governor heard grievances related to water, electricity, roads and connectivity put-forth by the PRIs and directed the Officers to sort-out the issues in a time bound manner, with on the spot decisions whose progress will be monitored by the Chief Secretary and Secretary to LG. Speaking on the occasion, the Member of Parliament also requested the PRI Members and Officers to work in a positive manner to fulfill the grievances of the general public of North & Middle Andaman District. The Adhyaksh Zila Parishad, Shri K Srinivasan and other PRIs interacted with the Lt Governor in a free and frank manner to get their problems resolved.
About 265 former MPs asked to vacate houses by June 18 NEW DELHI: To accommodat e newly elect ed Members of Par liament, the Lok Sabha Secretariat has sent notices to about 265 for mer MPs asking them to vacate their houses by June 18. Describing the exer cise as "routine", Lok Sabha secretary general P Sreedharan said, "The secretariat has informed all former MPs to vacate their houses by June 18. As far as former minister s ar e concerned the directorate of estate has asked them to hand over their bungalows by June 26." T her e ar e about 320 new MPs, including newly appointed ministers, in the 16th Lok Sabha, who have to be provided accommodation in the national capital. While the directorate of estate (DoE) is responsible for providing bungalows to ministers, the Lok Sabha housing committee will be allocating houses to new MPs. T he Lok S ab ha housing committee will be constituted by the Speaker after the first session gets over on June 11. While letters have been issued to about 265 for mer MPs by the Lok Sabha Secretariat asking
them to vacate their houses by June 18, the DoE has sent notices to about 55 former ministers to hand over their bungalows by June 26. "It is a challenging task. Once the houses are vacated, we will have to make them ready for the new MPs and ministers to occupy them," said a senior CPWD official, adding "the mandatory white washing and other r epairs, if r equired, have to be carried out in these houses". New MPs are staying in transit accommodation at the moment. They have been accommodated in over 200 rooms in the State and Union Territory guest houses and over 150 rooms at Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) hotels in Delhi. There were 70 ministers in the erstwhile UPA II government, out of which some have won while many lost in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Those who have lost will have to vacate their bungalows by June 26, as per the DoE notice. Ur ba n development minister M Venkaiah Naidu has also appealed to the former ministers to vaca te t heir of ficial r es idences on their own and set a good example.
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China expanding operational deployments in Indian Ocean: Pentagon Port Blair/ New Delhi, June 08 : China is steadily spreading its wings in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with its rapidly-growing Navy being equipped with advanced nuclear submarines, destroyers and frigates as well as training for long-range deployments. This is the assessment of Pentagon, in its latest report submitted to the US Congress, on China’s expanding military might that ranges from long-range missiles, armed drones and stealth fighters to potent nuclear, space and cyber warfare capabilities. While a “neutral” India does not want to be dragged into the ongoing geopolitical jostling between the US and China, especially in the new ‘Great Game’ unfolding in the crucial AsiaPacific region, it cannot afford to ignore the warnings about its own strategic backyard of IOR. The Pentagon report
notes the People’s Liberation Army Navy “continues to expand its operational and deployment areas further into the Pacific and Indian Oceans” but is somewhat hemmed in as of now by its limited logistical and intelligence support, especially in the IOR. “China desires to expand its access to logistics in IOR and will likely establish several access points in this area in the next 10 years. These arrangements will take the form of agreements for refueling, replenishment, crew rest and low-level maintenance,” it says. India has tried to belatedly counter China’s moves to assiduously forge maritime links with eastern Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia, among others, over the last decade. India realizes China is mainly trying to ensure protection of its sea lanes for
BSF jawan... jawan Sandip Kumar (28). They snatched his rifle and shot him," Rawat said. Sandip Kumar succumbed to his injuries in Agartala Government Medical College hospital. Kumar's body had a bullet mark on the right side of the head and showed signs of multiple blows, he said, adding that his body had been sent to his village in Punjab. Superintendent of police (West Tripura) Bijoy Nag said a large number of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and BSF jawans have been deployed in the border villages to maintain peace. Senior BSF officials and state police visited the area to take stock of the situation. Nag said the bullet-riddled body of civilian Ismail Mian (70) was
critical energy needs, but it cannot allow the so-called Chinese “string of pearls” to choke it by strategic encirclement, say officials here. China enjoys huge military superiority along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control but India still has the upper hand with its blue-water Navy in the IOR. “But while the Eastern Naval Command at Vizag is being strengthened with additional warships, aircraft and drones, the crucially-located Andaman and Nicobar Command also needs immediate attention,” said a senior officer. The Pentagon report, on its part, says, “The PLA Navy’s goal over the coming decades is to become a stronger regional force that is able to project power across the greater Asia-Pacific region for long-term, high-intensity operations.” India has reasons to worry. It, for instance, has just one nuclear-powered submarine, leased from Russia
without long-range missiles, and 13 ageing diesel-electric submarines. China, in turn, has five nuclear and 51 conventional submarines. It will induct up to five JIN-class SSBNs (nuclear-powered submarines armed with longrange nuclear missiles) with the new 7,400-km range JL2 missiles before proceeding to its next-generation submarines over the next decade.
“This will give PLA Navy its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent,” says the report. Similarly, after inducting its first aircraft carrier Liaoning in September 2012, China is moving to “build multiple carriers” over the next decade. “The PLA Navy has made long-distance deployments a routine part of its annual training cycle,” it says.
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found near the wire fence four hours after the incident. The SP added that police were investigating the incident and had interrogated the BSF personnel and the villagers. The BSF also launched investigations into the incident. The villagers, however, accused the jawan at the post of opening fire on a villager following an altercation. The BSF jawans
opened fire indiscriminately at the villagers, they claimed. On Saturday, Muslim organizations held rallies at the police headquarters here to protest against the incident. They demanded exemplary punishment for the accused and adequate compensation for the victims' families. They also demanded increased security for the villagers.
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