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John Wilbert & Sarthak Kanjilal Port Blair, March 09:A highly venomous King Cobra Snake was captured from Sippighat area today at 10 AM. On information a team

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AC Diglipur directs LPG cylinder distributing agency to deliver cylinders door to door S h a i l e n d r a Kumar Singh directed the Sheekha News Service LPG cylinder distributing Diglipur, Mar 09: Assistant agency, Ideal Indane to deCommissioner Diglipur, Mr. liver cylinder door to door as

3 meter long King Cobra captured Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, Mar.09: The stunning setting at the Marina Park was the venue for the glorious International City Parade, the spectacular event of the Milan-2018, which was held here today. The City Parade showcased the motto of MILAN ‘Friendship

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comprising of Jay Kumar, Head Forest Guard, Vishwajit, Rescue Team Member, N Hanifa, General Mazdoor rescued the 3 meter long King Cobra Snake weighing around 05kg. The snake was later shifted to the Mini-Zoo, Haddo.


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MP raises Starred Question No.165 regarding Project of Sub-Marine Optical Fiber for Andaman Port Blair, Mar 09: Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament has raised starred question No.165 in the floor of Parliament seeking present status of the project for laying Marine Optical Fiber Cable from Chennai to Port Blair which to be replied by the Ministry of Communication. In reply to the starred question No.165,Mr. Manoj Sinha, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Communication has given the following information: “On 21.09.2016, the Govt. approved the proposal for provision of Submarine Optical Fiber Cable connectivity between Chennai and Port Blair, and five

other Islands of A & N Islands i.e. Car Nicobar, Little Andaman, Havelock, Kamorta & Great Nicobar Island. The total capital cost of this project is Rs:880.03 crores to be funded from USOF, and operating cost of Rs:44.47 crores per year to be borne by MHA/UT. Further, on the basis of need communicated by the UT Administration, the Submarine OFC connectivity for more two Islands i.e. Rangat and Long Island have also included in the project on 22.08.2017. The total additional capital cost for these two Islands is Rs:51.00 crores. The BSNL has been nominated as the Project Execution Agency, while TCIL has been nominated

leadership in Karnataka and Delhi has been persuading JDS, which has only 30 MLAs, not to field a candidate and help it win a third seat, the GowdaKumaraswamy duo wants the Congress to transfer its surplus votes to help it win a seat, saying that Congress may need JDS help in the event of a hung verdict after the forthcoming assembly elections. The reported JDS plan to shortlist two big resourceful businessmen — VM Farooq and Veeranna Reddy — however, prompted the Congress to hatch a counter plan. In the last RS polls, the Congress nominee defeated JDS-sponsored Farooq by pitting an ex-police chief against him. The buzz this time about JDS reaching out to some state Congress leaders opposed to CM Siddaramaiah to ‘work out a deal’ is what made the Congress to firm up a counter-plan.

transported via ships, the first ten metric tonnes of which would be transported during this month. Earning from this would amount to Rs 4.5 crore. Later, hatchlings would be transported via planes. These would be the first such hatcheries in the islands and it is the Bengal Government, which would be setting them up. (Source: UNI)

Sufi singer Pyare Lal Wadali dies of heart attack

According to Congress insiders, the Rajya Sabha voting could see Congress going all-out to mop up extra votes, including seven from JDS who have already fallen out with GowdaKumaraswamy and have been suspended from the party. A BSR Congress MLA, a KJP break-away MLA and Karnataka Makkala Paksha MLA Ashok Kheny, who was recently inducted into the Congress, would make up for the shortfall. Congress had recently arranged a ‘dialogue’ between Rahul Gandhi and seven JDS rebel MLAs. The group includes influential minority leader Zameer Ahmed Khan and Vokkaliga veteran N Chellurya Swamy, when the former visited Karnataka. JDS had recently tied up with the BSP for the assembly polls and Congress is thence suspicious of a ploy that it was part of the BJP’s game-plan.

He was 75. Wadali with his elder brother Puran Chand Wadali sang popular hits such as 'Tu maane yaa na maane' and Tanu Weds Manu's 'Rangrez mere'. He was admitted to the hospital on Monday following complaint of chest pain. He was put on ventilator support after his condition deteriorated but he could not be revived. The singer is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters. Wadali was honoured with several state and national level awards along with his elder brother.Mourning his death, singer Daler Mehndi called him the 'king of Punjab'. "Punjab De Shahenshah singer PyarelalWadali Ji who took the Punjabi literature and music to highest levels across the globe leaves this world today. May his

soul RIP. What water is to fish WadaliBrothers is to Punjab. #Respect #RIP #LegendarySufiSinger," he tweeted. Singer Richa Sharma called Wadali's death a sad day for the music fraternity. "Sad day for the music industry and music lovers !! #PyareLalWadali ji is no more with us..may his soul rest in peace," she said. Sufi singer Harshdeep Kaur tweeted,"A sad day for the world of music... Can't believe the legendary PyareLalWadali ji is no more... May God bless his soul... His music will always remain alive." Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the singer's death. "I'm deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Sh. Pyare Lal Wadali of Wadali Brothers - the epitome of Sufi music. It is an unbearable loss to the music world. I pray to almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul," he wrote on Twitter.

Pinky Virani hails SC ruling on passive euthanasia

MUMBAI: Human rights activist and author Pinki Virani, who had sought mercy killing for Aruna Shanbaug, a nurse who was in a vegetative state for 42 years before dying in 2015, today hailed the Supreme Court judgment in favour of passive euthanasia. "I am deeply grateful DCP M N Anucheth, the had Naveen ride a bike in its cus- to the Supreme Court of India investigating officer in the case, told tody. Those videos and images have for upholding the landmark PTI that Naveen has been named as been sent to the Forensic Sciences judgment of March, 2011 on an accused and arrested by the SIT Laboratory for analysis. passive euthanasia," she told for his alleged involvement in the According to officials, PTI.The apex court today Lankesh murder. FSL will take at least one month to recognised the "living will" Gauri Lankesh (55), ascertain the similarities between known as an anti-establishment Naveen and the man in the picture. made by terminally-ill patients voice with strident anti-right wing Naveen's arrest is the first for passive euthanasia. A fiveviews, was shot dead at close range in the Lankesh murder case, and judge Constitution bench, by unknown assailants outside her comes days after state Home Min- headed by Chief Justice of InBengaluru home on September 5 ister Ramalinga Reddy said the SIT dia (CJI) Dipak Misra, said paslast year. would soon clear the air about the sive euthanasia and an advance Read this story in Marathi suspect who had been taken into living will were "permissible". It is suspected that custody. Naveen's family has mainThe bench also laid Naveen provided logistics to the tained that he is innocent and in no down guidelines as to who could killer by conducting a recce around way connected to the case. execute the will and how the nod Lankesh's house on September 3 Lankesh's murder had and 5 last year. CCTV images ob- drawn widespread condemnation for passive euthanasia could be tained from the crime scene show a and the Siddaramaiah government granted by the medical board. Virani had approached man riding a red-black Bajaj Pulsar had come under fire for not making bike and wearing a full-face helmet any headway in nabbing the cul- the Supreme Court in 2009 as while conducting the recce. The SIT prits. the "next friend" of Shanbaug,

Gauri Lankesh murder: Accused sent to SIT custody for 5 days ? NEW DELHI: The Bengaluru Magistrate court on Friday sent T Naveen Kumar, an accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case, to Special Investigation Team (SIT) custody for five days. SIT recreates recce scene, suspect made to ride bike near Gauri’s home Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja, a resident of Maddur in Karnataka's Mandya district and and leader of Hindu Yuva Sena, was arrested by police on February 18 after they recovered 15 rounds of live bullets from him. A case under the Arms Act was then registered against him and he was remanded to judicial custody by a court. Subsequently after interrogation, the SIT probing Lankesh's murder took Naveen into their custody on March 2 to question him.

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Bengal to develop sweet-water fish hatcheries in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Kolkata, Mar 09: Sweetwater fishes like rohu, catla and as Technical Consultant. After mrigel are soon going to be consultation with the Ministry of cultivated in the Andaman Defence, BSNL floated the ten- and Nicobar Islands too. der on 07.07.2017 for design, enThe hatchlings and gineering, procurement, installa- fish feed required for the tion, testing and commissioning purpose are going to be of four Fiber Pair Submarine supplied by the Fisheries Cable System between Chennai Department of the West and A & N Islands on Turnkey Bengal Government. basis. Tender has been opened on About 50 metric 06.02.2018 and is under evalua- tonne of feed would be tion. In reply to the question for the time frame of completion of the project, the Minister of State for Ministry of Communication has given assurance for AMRITSAR: Pyare Lal Wadali, the completion of the project within one half of famous Punjabi Sufi duo Wadali Brothers, died two years from the date of award singing of heart attack today at a private of work,” the reply said. hospital here, family members said.

Congress eyes disgruntled JDS MLAs to win third Rajya Sabha seat NEW DELHI: The Congress is likely to poach on seven MLAs of the Deve Gowda-led JDS to win a third Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka. The legislators are likely to be rewarded with Congress candidatures for the upcoming assembly polls, according to party insiders. The decision was firmed up after the Deve GowdaKumaraswamy duo refused to support the Congress candidate and decided to field a ‘resourceful businessman’ as a JDS candidate for the seat. The BJP has MLAs only to elect one seat from the state. With 44 first preference votes required for a Rajya Sabha candidate to win, 88 out of the 122 Congress MLAs can elect two candidates. The remaining 34 Congress MLAs would need the help of 10 nonCongress MLAs to elect a third candidate. While the Congress

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who was in a vegetative state after being assaulted and raped by a wardboy-cum-sweeper at the KEM Hospital in Mumbai in 1973. Shanbaug, who became the face of the debate on euthanasia in the country, died in May, 2015. "This judgment is because of Aruna Shanbaug, who suffered for 42 years. We must thank her," Virani said. "I had approached the Supreme Court in 2009 as the next friend of Shanbaug and the Supreme Court had passed a judgment on passive euthanasia on March 8, 2011. In that judgment, it was mentioned that it would stand as the law until revoked or ratified by Parliament. "This law has been valid since 2011 and the Supreme Court upheld it today, allowing the living will," she added.Stating that active euthanasia was not allowed in the country, Virani said, "Passive euthanasia is allowed when a patient is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) like Aruna Shanbaug."


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Special Video-class Coast Guard Women for Library Science at IGNOU Officers Securing Maritime Boundaries Port Blair, Mar 09: To facili- tion Centre has been productate the students of Port Blair, ing thousands of Audio & at Andaman Islands the Regional Centre has Video CDs on various subPort Blair, Mar 09: On International Women’s Day, the five fabulous women officers of Indian Coast Guard, who are deployed at the remotest Islands of Andamans and are excelling at all these. PREETI POSWAL

Surrounded by dense forest in the middle of the sea at Campbell Bay Island, 537 kilometres from Port Blair, Assistant Commandant Preeti Poswal works round the clock to secure one of the

started special video classes on Saturdays between 10 am – 1 pm. Special video class on Library Science– DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION, LIBRARY CATALOGUING PRACTICE, COLON CLASSIFICATION (English Medium) will be organized at first floor of Kannada Sangha Building, IGNOU Regional Centre, most strategically significant a key officer to provide all Mohanpura on Saturday 10TH Islands of the country. kinds of ‘logistic support March 2018. Each topic speShe is the second in for all operational units’. cific video class will be of 30 (See page 4) command at Campbell Bay and minutes duration. It is planned to play 6 CDs on Saturday. Among the five sense organs of our body, the contribution of eyes and ears play important role in human learning. Due to this fact, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) through its Electronic Media Produc-

Coast Guard Conducts Community Interaction Programme at Chouldari Port Blair, Mar 09: Coast Guard Dist. Headquarters No.–14 conducted a Community Interaction Programme on 07 Mar 18 at Community Hall, Chouldari with special emphasis on forthcoming exercise “Sagar Kavach- 01/ 18”. The opportunity was also utilized to emphasize “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”, “Drug Abuse” and “Swachhta Hi Seva”. During the event, the fishermen were briefed about utilization of safety to be ad-

Programmes by LBA to commemorate 161st years of arrival of 1st batch of freedom fighters

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Challan Imposed on 17 Auto Drivers of Diglipur region Port Blair, Mar 09: The Enforcement Wing of the Civil Supply Unit, Diglipur under the supervision of Mr. B K Das, Circle Officer

jects for IGNOU learners. The Port Blair Regional Centre (RC) library has over 150 such CDs on curriculum based lectures and discussion. The RC is also informing its learners about the video class through SMS/email communication. The video classes are organized in addition to face-to-face academic counseling sessions on Sundays at IGNOU study centre (JNRM). This additional facility is to promote the passing percentage of IGNOU students of Port Blair. The video classes will definitely enrich the IGNOU learners academically and yield good scores in exams. Besides IGNOU learners, students of other universities are also invited to attend video classes.

(CS&CA) along with Mr. Linu On inspection, it Nair, Civil Supplies Inspector was noticed that 22 conducted surprise inspection Autorickshaws were plyin & around Diglipur on ing with unstamped Auto 15.02.2018. (See page 5)

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Port Blair, Mar 09: To Commemorate 161st years of arrival of 1st batch of freedom fighters (Andaman Day) a function has been organized by Local Born Association in the premises of Netaji Hall on 10th March at 6.00 PM followed by cultural

programme. A bike rally will start at 7.30 AM from Netaji Hall premises and culminate at Chatham memorial via Goalghar junction. Mr. Indra Pal Singh, Chairperson, Port Blair Municipal Council will be the Chief Guest on the occasion.


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Women’s Day celebrated at Diglipur DJ Venkatesh Sheekha News Service

Diglipur, Mar 8: The ICDS Project at Diglipur celebrated International Women’s Day at Administrative building today. Mr. Shailendra Kumar Singh Asst Commissioner Diglipur inaugurated the program by lightening the lamp. Smti Irene Nicolas, CDPO, Diglipur welcomed the guests. Various cultural programmes like Songs, dance, passing the ball, Rangoli, musical chair etc were organized on this occasion. Hon’ble Prime Minis-

ters live address on National Nutrition Mission was shown through Projector. Participants were awarded prizes through Asst Commis-

NIDHI JAISWAL... the highest standards of flight safety in a time-bound manner.Nidhi is progressively and persistently focused on issues of concern, especially those pertaining to Aircraft Act Violation, enhancing airspace for aircraft

operation, setting up of human-friendly infrastructure for round-the-clock availability of aeronautical information at Andaman and Nicobar Islands.When contacted, she said, “The Indian Ocean is the key to the seven

DEVIGA S Last but not the least is Assistant Commandant Deviga S, who is posted at THE Coast Guard Regional Headquar ters in Por t Blair. Deviga has been enthusiastically leading her male colleagues from the front, for meeting all challenges along with keeping their morale high.Besides her responsibilities as a Coast Guard officer, she is actively involved in several social events to educate the girl child in remote islands like Car Nicobar, Campbell Bay, Katchal, Kamorta etc. “It is the question of identity that I am interested in the empowerment that one has taken to decide whom they want to be and how they

Port Blair, Mar 09: The NonGazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands observed the International Women’s Day yesterday at 6.00p.m. at Crusade House, Phoenix Bay, Port Blair. The programme was inaugurated by Smti. Kadiammo, Assistant Director (Admn), Directorate of Health service. The theme on the occasion was “Working women in A&N islands: Challenges and solutions”. In her inaugural address, Smti. Kadiammo exhorted women employees to have larger unity to sort out the challenges they are facing in their work places. Smti. Nirmala, Secretary All India Postal Employees Union (P III) in her address explained the situation in Postal Department with regard to working condition of women employees and mechanism to solve the issues. Women government employees working at Port Blair/South Andaman areas participated in the programme, in large number, which was presided over by

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sioner Diglipur.PRI members, (From page 4) District Program Coordinator Challan Imposed... PMMVY N & M, AWW and Fare Meters, which is an of- this UT are advised to refrain large numbers of ladies were fence committed under the from any unfair trade pracattended this program. Legal Metrology (Enforce- tices attracting violation of (From page 4) ment) Rules, 2011 framed un- the Legal Metrology Act/ der the Legal Metrology Act, Rules or law will take its own seas in the 21st century. The 2009. All the offenders have course. destiny of the world will be been booked under appropriIt is appealed to all decided in these waters and I ate provisions of the above the consumers that in case of am proud to be a part of the said Act/Rules. any complaints regarding force that protects these waSo far, 17 offenders violation in this regard, such ters, the Island, its islanders have appeared before the As- as using unstamped weighing and the indefinite treasures it sistant Controller, Legal Me- & measuring instruments, has.” trology to get their offences less weighment, overchargcompounded and an amount ing beyond MRP printed on of Rs. 34000/- has been real- packages etc. to be brought ized from them as compound- to notice in writing to the Diing fee. The remaining 5 rectorate of Civil Supplies & cases of suspected offenders Consumers Affairs, Port are in process & appropriate Blair. The consumers can action will be initiate at the also lodge their complaint earliest.Further, all the over Phone No. Autorickshaw owners/driv- 03192230337, Toll free ers, traders and vendors of Phone No. 18003453197.

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should be recognized by the world. Well, we compete every day! Not with the other gender, not with the society, but with ourselves, to make bold decisions. Comparing a woman with a gentleman shall be the last thing I

Smti. Usha Sharma. In her key note address Smti. Rehana Bibi, Retd Headmistress and Social worker recalled the struggles of various women groups for the upliftment of working women in these Islands. Smti. Geeta Naveen Bhatt,GTT discussed in detail about various problems faced by women employees in offices and schools and appealed NGOs’ Association for initiatives to resolve the issues. Smti. Nazreen Begam,leader of Women’s Sub-Committee of NGOs’ Assocaiation, underlined the need of awareness among the women about their rights. She also pointed out that the mandatory internal complaint committees are not formed or not active in many of the institutions. Shri. D Ayyapan, General Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Gazetted Officers’ Association enlightened the participants about various legal aspects useful to women employees in their service life. Smti. Suma Nair,

would do. How do I compare the Sun and Water? But that’s what has motivated me. I was compared, therefore, I had to compete. And here I am, with the identity I have chosen for myself,” Deviga said.

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hered whilst operating at sea and were encouraged to carry all lifesaving equipment, boat registration papers including individual biometric ID cards for prompt identification. The Fishermen were also sensitized to operate in buddy system for better safety cover. A demonstration was also carried out on ground to air distress signals. The issues raised by fishermen were discussed during the interaction. The

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representative of fisheries department also addressed the gathering and informed about various schemes run by government and availability of survival and commercial equipment at subsidized rate. Fishing Community were briefed to maintain continuous vigil for strangers at all landing points especially at night and necessity of carrying mobile phone for communication with toll free numbers 1554/1093.


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Coast Guard conducts first time ever Women’s Night at Campbell Bay to Commemorate International Women’s Day Port Blair, Mar 09: First time ever women night dedicated for women of all age groups of Campbell Bay as part of International Women’s Day was organised under aegis of Coast Guard dist headquarters no. 10 (N), Campbell bay and Coast Guard Wives Welfare Association (CGWWA) as a special community interaction programme dedicated to local women of Campbell bay on08 Mar 18 at Coast Guard Public School in which around 150 women student & ladies attended from far of places such Shastri Nagar 35km. The event was conceptualized by only armed force lady officer Assistant commandant Preeti Poswal posted in Nicobar region and Mrs Hemali Kushwaha, President Tatrakshika. The event begun with the cake cutting ceremony. Followed by screening of famous Bollywood movie “Dangal” showcasing women empowerment. Interactive games gave opportunity to local/

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Death Mourned Port Blair, Mar 09: The St at e P r es ident of BJP A&N Islands Mr. Vishal Jolly and Party workers has condoled the demise of Smt. Saraswati Lal, 74, mother of Mr. Rajesh Lal, Senior BJP Leader, R/o

wimbeligung, Naya Puram at 9.00 pm in residence on 08.03.2018. We pray for the depa r ted sou l a nd give st r engt h t o the fa mily members to bear this irreparable loss.

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Smti. Viji Clement, Smti. T Khatija, Smti. M Elizabeth, Smti. Shabana Bibi, Smti.Reba Rani Sarkar and Ms.Priya Yadav also spoke on the occasion. The meeting honoured Smti. Kadiammo and Smti. Rehana Bibi for their contributions to the women community. Shri T.S. Sreekumar, self-help groups/ tribal women& govt schools, Health centre, post General Secretary, Nonothers to showcase their talent/ officeincluding Coast Guard. Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Asconfidence on stage in a true The highlight of the function

sociation explained the theme of this year for International Women’s Day and said that the issues raised by the participants will be pursued by the Association to ensure a better working condition for women. The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Shri. SN Mishra, President Incharge of the Association.

spirit of the motto behind celebrating women day.They displayed their talent voluntarily by dancing/ singing etc& expressed their views on women empowerment.This facilitated mingling of women from fisher folk, self-help group, shop owners, tribals community women etc with women working in government organisation such as forest, agriculture, fishing community,school teachers of

was on the spot “Photobooth”facilitating taking away sweet memories forever prior departing in form of photoframe. They thanked Coast Guard for giving this exclusive opportunity to women of Campbell Bay and expressed their desire towards continuation of such dedicated CIP as a real opportunity towards empowering women upto grassroot level of society.


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Full pay pension for those killed, injured while guarding China border

NEW DELHI: The government has finally extended an "exclusive family pension" to the armed forces personnel killed or injured while guarding the Sino-India border but did not heed to a long-standing demand by the Army to implement it with retrospective effect.The 'liberalised family pension' was applicable to only armed forces personnel deployed along the Line of Control and International Border (IB) with Pakistan. It provides for 100 per cent of the last "reckonable" emoluments in comparison to a normal family pension of 30 per cent of

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Army was going take up the matter with the defence ministry as it feels implementing the scheme with retrospective effect from the middle of last year will benefit a sizeable number of army men. Under the scheme, an armed forces personnel getting injured or killed due to natural calamities, fire or while performing operational duties against enemy forces will get a family pension. The notification said 'Liberalised Family Pension' covers accidental death or injury sustained due to natural calamities such as flood, avalanches, landslides, cyclone, fire and lightning or drowning in a river while performing operational duties or movements in action against enemy forces and armed hostilities in the operational area. It said an amendment was made to the order dated February 3, 2011, relating to the scheme.

NEW DELHI: The Union ministry of road and transport has issued a draft notification for linking Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates of vehicles with a central database of vehicles, the Parliament was told on Friday.According to reports, the government has set up a central depository called 'VAHAN' to store data relating to all vehicles. "Ministry of road, transport and highways has issued draft notification GSR 196 (E) dated 28.02.2018 for the linking of PUC with VAHAN database for proper implementation of PUC regime," minister of state for environment Mahesh Sharma said in the Lok Sabha. To a question whether the Central

Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has any monitoring mechanism regarding the functioning of Pollution Control Centres (PCCs) in the national capital, he said the Delhi government's transport department is responsible for monitoring the performance of equipment, calibration and manpower at these centres. The Central Pollution Control Board conducts a random audit of these PCCs every year in respect of testing facility available, code of practice, procedure followed, technical skill of operator, instrument calibration and reliability of Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificates issued. "CPCB audited 68 PCCs during last 2 years and irregularities were found in 24 of these PCCs. The audit reports have been sent to transport commissioner, department of transport, Delhi for taking necessary action," Sharma said.

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No proposal to hike retirement age of HC judges: Govt NEW DELHI: Amid an ongoing debate on vacancies in the higher judiciary, the government on Friday said there was no proposal to increase the retirement age of high court judges from 62 to 65 years. Responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether any proposal for extension of retirement age of high court judges was under consideration by the government, Minister of State for

Law P P Chaudhary said no such proposal was under consideration.A bill brought by the previous UPA government in 2010 to increase the retirement age of high court judges from 62 to 65 years had lapsed after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2014. The Constitution (114th Amendment) Bill, 2010, which provided for increasing the retirement age of high court judges from 62 to 65 years was introduced in

the Lok Sabha on July 25. But it could not be taken up for consideration and passage, and it lapsed. The UPA proposal had sought to bring at par the retirement age of high court judges with that of Supreme Court judges at 65 years. The 24 high courts face a shortage of 406 judges, according to latest law ministry data.Nearly 3 crore cases are pending in courts across India.

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the last emoluments, officials said.According to a defence ministry notification, the family pension scheme will come into effect from March 7, adding cases which were settled prior to the issue of the notification will not be "reopened". Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had promised to extend the liberalised family pension to those guarding the nearly 4,000-km-long Line of Control (LAC) with China. Official sources said the army was pressing for implementing the scheme with retrospective effect, at least from June last year, when the Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese armies had begun.They said it is an exclusive family pension and the armed forces were demanding that those guarding the border with China be included under it. There are indications that the

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Gadkari warns steel and cement firms against making cartels NEW DELHI: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday warned companies, especially in the cement and steel sectors, of stern action if they formed cartels to increase the prices of key infrastructure commodities. With infrastructure sector witnessing an upswing in activities in recent years, Gadkari said the emphasis of new technologies should be to reduce the cost of projects without compromising on quality. "The cost of construction has increased due to cartels. And I will not hesitate in making allegations against them (the companies)...now the rates of cement have increased," said Gadkari, who is the minister road transport & highways, shipping, water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation.Gadkari observed that there was no increase in the royalty, labour charges, yet the

costs spiralled. "Steel industry...rates there have also increased. Now the cost of sand is equal to the cost of cement," he said. He noted that the government does not have any problem in companies earning profits but they should be "reasonable" in it."If somebody is going to exploit then it is not good. It is the duty of the government to control it and we are seriously thinking (on it)," he said. If the people are taking disadvantage of all the construction that is taking place in the country by making a cartel then it is time for the government to take stern action against them, he said. Gadkari, who also holds charge of the Shipping Ministry, was addressing a workshop on 'Use of Large Diameter Pipes for Mega Water Conservation'.

He said talks are also on with power companies to use treated sewage water that goes into Ganga, polluting the water body. The minister also batted for the use of big underground pipes to transport water over traditional canal systems which involve high cost, displacement of people, water thefts and its wastage. Calling himself the "son of a farmer", Gadkari said water is the most precious commodity and the government's thrust has been on effective water management that could help irrigate farms. He said lack of water is one of the major reasons for crop failure, which results in farmer suicides. The problem has to be addressed by transporting water from where it is available to scarcity-hit places.

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Across the Seas’ in great style of military bands. The Chief of Naval as school children, Marine Commandos, Para Jumpers, marching contingents and cultural troops stole the hearts of the spectators. Eight foreign contingents participated in the International Parade. They included Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Thailand. The events unfolded with the backdrop of the historic Ross Island against the pristine blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy demonstrated a small team insertion and extraction technique as they launched an attack on a dummy oil rig. This was followed by a Search and Rescue demonstration by Chetak helicopters of the Indian Navy & the Coast Guard, instilling confidence amongst the spectators about the HADR capabilities of the Armed Forces. The daring display by motorcyclists from the Indian Army left the audience enthralled. The Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy jumped from a Dornier aircraft for a combat free fall to exhibit sky diving skills. Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM, NM (Retd), the Lieutenant Governor, Andaman & Nicobar reviewed the parade as smartly turned out contingents of all four components, marched to the tunes

Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, the Commander-in-Chief, A & N Command, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, Chief Secretary, Shri Anindo Majumdar, a host of foreign naval officers, senior officers of the defense and civil administration were among a large gathering to witness the parade. Ceremonial bands of the Army, Navy, Andaman & Nicobar Police enthralled the audience with martial music. The colourful tableaus from Andaman & Nicobar Command, Forest Department and Directorate of Shipping Services as also the cultural folk dances added colour to the event. The 15 Assam Regiment closed out the cultural extravaganza with an ebullient Manipuri dance. The Continuity Drill of the Indian Navy and the precise manoeuvres of Air warrior Drill Team, drew applause from the huge gathering with their split second precision. As the setting sun streaked the twilight sky, the Indian Naval Band performed, the last tune before the Retreat, while the National Flag was being lowered. The fireworks and the synchronized illumination of the Naval ships at anchorage was a sight to cherish for a long time to come.

AC Diglipur... was also directed to publish the schedule of delivery of gas area wise.  Earlier  the  public  had complained that the LPG is distributed irregularly in Diglipur

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region and door to door delivery is not carried out. Public had also complained that proper date for distribution is not being maintained.

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