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BSNL Contractor causes damage to NH-4; NHIDCL cries foul Jhon wilbert Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, July 09: The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) has claimed that the laying

of OFC work through open trenching has caused extensive damages to the highway stretch passing through Jar awa Ar ea (Jir katang to Middle Strait). At present the

BSNL is laying OFC across the NH4 through a private contractor but as per NHIDCL, irresponsible work by the contractor has caused extensive damage to the NH4 inside a Jarawa reserve area. (See page 6)

Long wait for MV Dering for berthing; Repair works delayed Jhon wilbert Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, July 09: The passenger vessel MV Dering is out of service since last nearly (See page 6)

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New Sate Spokesperson and Prabhari appointed for BJP Port Blair, July 09: The Bharatiya Janata Party of Andaman and Nicobar Islands has appointed Dr. T K J ijit h R ekh a s St a t e

S p okes p er s on of Bhar at iya J anata P ar ty a n d M r. R Vi mod a s Prabhari of Nicobar District.


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Night Medical Evacuation by Welcome Parade Andaman and Nicobar Command Helicopter organized for New DGP Mr. Dependra Pathak

Port Blair, July 09: On 08 Jul 18 at about 08:00 PM, Headquarters Andaman and Nicobar Command received a request from Deputy Director Health, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, Dr Abhijit Roy, for medical evacuation of one patient

Mr. Narad Sarkar, Male, 55 Years from Neil Island who had suffered a heart attack. One Indian Air Force MI-17 Helicopter was immediately launched and the patient was evacuated from Neil Island to Port Blair at 09:45 PM. On arrival the patient was shifted

to GB Pant hospital for further treatment. Meanwhile, the Pradhan of Neil Islands, Mr. Ramakrishna Biswas as expressed his gratitude towards, ANC, Police and DHS staffs for their great effort to evacuate the patient.

DIC starts online submission of PMEGP loan applications Port Blair, July 09: District Industries Centre is receiving online applications for loan under PMEGP which became operational since 1s t J une 2 016 a nd no manual applications are accepted since then. Interested applicants may submit PMEGP loan applications to the implementing agencies like DIC/KVIB under PMEGP scheme at www.kviconline.gov.in . However, the applicant from remote areas and Islands where internet connectivity is weak can submit filled in hard copy of the applications to the agencies for upload the same in website. While starting to enter the details and submission of the online application, one needs to keep copy of some documents and details ready such as Aadhaar Card, One copy passport size photo, Two Phone/Cell number s, email ID, Local/Islander card, Project Report/Quotation, PAN no, OBC Certificate, Special category Certificate etc as the case may be. The applicant has to enter his/her name exactly as it appears in the Aadhaar Card with the prefix followed by entering 12 digits Aadhaar number of the applicant. In case of any mismatch in the name entered, the applicant will not be able to fill the form further. The applicant has to decide

the sponsor ing agencies like DIC/KVIB to submit the applications with State and District address followed by entering the personal details like date of birth, Sex, Social category etc. Besides, the applicants need to enter the details and clear communication address and address of the proposed activity with Phone/Cell numbers along with optional e-mail address and PAN number. After entering all necessary information in the appropriate field, click on “Save Applicant Data� bottom to save the details. On saving the details, then the applicants need to upload the documents for final submission of the a pplication which will then generate and send the applicant ID and password to the registered mobile number. As per D is tr ict Level Taskforce Committee (DLTFC) procedure, it is expected that within two working days of the online submission, the applicant will submit the pr intout copy of the app lication along with the copies of the documents uploaded to the agency like DIC/KVIB. The nodal agency then will interact with the applicant and confirm the receipt and acceptance of the online application for preliminary scrutiny. The nodal officer will do all the required correction in the

application in consultation and cross checking with the applicant and also provide hand holding service to the applicant. The implementing agencies like DIC/KVIB will place and forward all the applications received online to the District Level Ta sk For ce Committ ee chair man headed by Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district for int er view, decision and recommendation. As per the decisions of t he DLTFC, the implementing agencies will forward the applications online to the concer ned Ba nk/ Ba nk branches for sanction and disbursement of the loan installment. After online sanction and before the release of the first installment, the applicant has to undergo 10 days Entrepreneur s hip D evelopment Programme. On submission of the copy of the EDP certificate to the Bank, the bank then will process and release the first installment of the loan amount. Applications which do not conform to the scheme guidelines or which remain incomplete or ir relevant even after consultation will be rejected by the concerned agencies. For further details, may contact District Industries Centre, Udyog Parisar, Middle Point, Port Blair, South Andaman or over phone 03192-232601.

Port Blair, July 09: An impressive Welcome parade in the honour of Mr. Dependra Pathak, IPS, the new Director General of Police, was held at Police Lines, Port Blair on 09.07.2018. Altogether, 07 platoons including Executive Police (Male), Executive Police (Female), Home Guards, Fire Service, IRBn, Police Brass Band and Ladies Pipe Band participated in the parade, which was commanded by Shri Narasimha Moorthy, Assistant Commandant, IRBn and Sec-

ond in Command by Mr. Shanta Bahadur, Inspector IRBn. A gathering of about 500 police personnel of various ranks from different units and senior officers from Police Department witnessed the function. In his address, Mr. Dependra Pathak, IPS, conveyed his heartiest greetings to the people of A&N Islands and all members of A&N Police and their family members. He also con(See page 5)

Chuck that plastic for a bamboo sipper (Courtesy: The Hindu) Port Blair, July 09: If things go according to plan, you could be sipping your drink using a bamboo straw by next year. A scientist from the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has come out with a green alternative to use-and-throw plastic drinking straws, by tapping bamboo. The bamboo spe(See page 5)

Meeting by HRA at Harinagar Trinath Sheekha News Service

Billyground, July 09: Human Righit Welfare Association, Kalighat Unit on Sunday organised a meeting at Haringar Panchayat Bhavan at 10 AM. On the occasion Mrs. Rinku Ghosh, President, Human Right Welfare Association, Kalighat Unit highlighted the various issues related to Human Right and its welfare. She urged the gathering to become more active to-

wards welfare activities for the needy people. On the occasion, Mr. Ranga Rajan, SHO, PS Billyground was the Chief Guest and Dr. Prasanta Kumar Mandal was the Chief Speaker. The Chief Guest, Mr. Rangarajan mentioned about on the various important issues of Human Right and he asked the gathering that public could seek help from Police at any time by ringing the Police station. He assured all helps in this regard.


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Coast Guard Rescues Four Fishermen Port Blair, July 09: On 08 July 2018, Indian Coast Guard Ship C-146 rescued four fishermen from a fishing boat namely ‘Jungli Tickre’, East off Henry Lawrence Island, about 33 nm from Port Blair.The boat was adrift due to defect on her shaft. Coast Guard Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at Port

Blair received information about adrift fishing boat with crew from Fisheries Department, Port Blair. Immediately, ICGS C-423 and ICGS C-146 which were undertaking surveillance in area, were diverted to search and render assistance to the fishing boat. In the morning

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Death Mourned Por t Blair, July 09: Mr. Vishal Jolly, State President of BJP A&N Islands has condoled the demise of Mr. Aboobakar, aged about 75

year s, R/o Dugnabad, younger brother of Mr. M A Rehman, former State President, Congress Party, A&N Islands.

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Send-Off Function for Haj Pilgrims Held

Port Blair, July 09: The A&N Islands UT Haj Committee in association with A&N Islands Jamiat-E-Ulama, and A&N Islands Waqf Board had organised a Send-Off Function on 08.07.2018 at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Auditorium, Port Blair for the Haj pilgrims proceeding for Haj 2018 from A&N Islands. Mr. Bishnu Pa da Ray, Hon’ble Member of Par liament, A&N Islands

was the Chief Guest and Smti. Ba by Fa r ida, Adya ksha Z illa Pa r is had, Sou th Andaman, Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, Pradesh Congress Party, Mr. Inder Pa l Singh, Chairperson, Port Blair Municipal Council and Mr. Vishal Jolly, President, Bhartiya Janatha Pa r ty, Mr. G. H. C. Jadwet, Chairman, A&N

Islands UT Haj Committee, Mr. Mohd. Tabraiz, Chairman A&N Islands Waqf Board, Janab. Moulana Abdul Salam, Pr es ident, A&N Islands Jamiat-E-Ulama were grace the occas ion as G ues t of Honour. All the Guest had extended their best wishes to the Haj Pilgrims for their journey to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and there successful completion of HAJ.

Entries invited from artistes for solo painting exhibitions in Art Gallery & Studio Por t Blair, July 09: Kala Kendr a Society has been regularly organizing Painting Exhibitions in the past wherein many local artists, professionals and amateur have actively participated. Now, Kala Kendra Society proposes to provide Art Gallery & Studio at Gandhi Park

to renowned artistes of the Islands to put up their Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Sketches, Sculptur es, etc.Inter ested artistes may submit their bio-data and details of Exhibits by 20 th Ju ly 2018 at the Office of Kala Kendra, C/O Direc-

torate of Art & Culture, Cellular Jail Complex, Port Blair. Interested artistes should at least have 20 exhibits ready for display for Solo Exhibition. For more query Shri Sujit Kumar Roy- Artist of the Department of Art & Culture may be contacted on 231399 or 9434267269.

Cycling tour to North & Middle Andaman Por t Blair, J uly 0 9: AN II DCO in a ssocia tion with Tourism Department, A & N Administ r at ion a nd ACCI will be organizing a cycling tour to Nor th & Middle Andaman. The initiative is to promote tourism in North & Middle Andaman especially during lean monsoon season. T he trip in-

cludes cycling on Andaman Trunk Road (AT R) , t r ekking to Lalaji Bay, Long Island, sightseeing at Port Blair and visit to Limestone cave, Baratang. T he event is op en for r ider s fr om ma inland and the I slands. The cycling tour

will start on 8th September 2018 and finish on 11th September 2018. The cost of the tour for the riders from mainland is Rs. 16,000/- plus 5% GST and for Islanders is Rs. 8000/- plus 5% GST. For details of the cycling tour please visit: htt p:// aniidco.and.nic.in/ cyclingtourtoandaman.php

SUPPLEMENTARY SEVA SUCHNAYEIN ALL THE SAILINGS ARE SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS 1)MV Kalighat will sail for Campbell Bay via Car Nicobar, Chowra, Teressa, Katchal & Nancowry on 13.07.2018 (Fri) at 1500 Hrs from Haddo Wharf and will sail for Port Blair on 15.07.2018 (Sun) at 1200 Hrs from Campbell Bay via same route. Passenger tickets for the above sailing will be issued to the general public on 11.07.2018 (Wed) from 0900 Hrs onwards at STARS Ticketing Counters & CSC’s. Similarly booking of cargo tickets (Perishable items only) will commence from 11.07.2018 (Wed) between 0900 Hrs to 1300 Hrs at Commercial Wing. Deputy Director (SS) A & N Admn.

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Havildar Dharamraj Yadav Clinches Gold Battalion in Andaman & Nicobar command clinched the gold medal in the Men’s discus throw event at the Inter State Athletics National Championship at Guwahati. The Armyman produced the season’s best performance of 58.60 Mtr to bag the gold. The soldier posted in the Andaman & Nicobar Command outclassed and overcame stiff competition to finish on top Port Blair, July 09: Havildar of the podium at the naDharmraj Yadav of 12 JAT tional event.

IPS officer’s brother among youth Hizbul claims have joined the outfit On the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani, the outfit Sunday flooded social media with pictures of over one and a half-dozen youth, who have allegedly joined the organisation in the past few months. The pictures include that of Shams ul Haq Mengnoo, who was pursuing bachelor’s degree in Unani medicine in Srinagar, and is the brother of an IPS officer posted in the North-East. Shams, in his 20s, had gone missing on May 22 and is seen holding a gun with ‘Burhan Sani (Burhan, the second)’ written across it. SP Shailendra Kumar Mishra, since transferred from Shopian, had on June 28 told HT about possibilities that Shams may have joined the militants. SP Sandeep Chaudhary, said he was not authorised to talk to the media. The pictures include a dozen names from south Kashmir’s Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Pulwama, four from north Kashmir ’s Kupwara, Handwara, and

Coast Guard... hours of 08 July 2018, Indian Coast Guard Ship C-146 braving rough sea conditions located the boat in approx position 05n miles East of Henry Lawrence Island. The fishermen were provided first aid relief and were towed to Havelock as defect rectification was not possible at sea. The boat along with the four crew members was safely

Baramulla, and one from central Kashmir ’s Budgam.A senior officer said it was all part of propaganda from the militants’ side. “It is part of their activity to release such pictures particularly when they were not able to make any impact on Wani’s second death anniversary,” the officer said, wishing not to be named. One of them is a resident of Kulgam, who has done his masters in English and was reportedly pursuing PhD outside before joining militancy. Another picture is that of Irfan Rashid Dar, a 22-year-old special police officer from Pulwama, who went missing from Pampore along with his rifle on June 26. The youth’s apparent picture carrying a gun with his name and code name Chota Ghaznavi shows his date of getting active as June 27. Pictures of Awantipora youth Tawseef Ahmad Thokar, who the picture claims is an MSc in mathematics, and another of Adfar Fayaz, have also gone viral. (From page 3)

handed over to the Marine Police in the afternoon. The Indian Coast Guard is committed to provide assistance to fishermen and mariners in distress. As on date, the Coast Guard Region (A&N) has saved 3124 lives in various missions coordinated by the MRCC(Port Blair) in tune with, the Coast Guard motto “Vyam Rakshamah”.


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Hindu Seva Sangh Delegation meets Vice President Port Blair, July 09: A delegation from Hindu Seva S a ngh – HS S met M r. M.Venkaiah Naidu ji , The Vice-President of India, at Raj Niwas on 05/07/18. Besides explaining the VicePresident about Hindu Seva Sangh and the various activities being carried out by t he HH S t he delega t ion handed over a letter with following points f or the benefit of islanders. S p eeding u p t he pr ocess of Bambooflat – Chatham Bridge which is still at the DPR stage even a ft er t he la ps e of t hr ee years of announcement by the Minister for MoRTH, Mr. Nitin Gadgari at a public function at Bambooflat. T her e a r e thou sands of vacancies in differ ent depar tment under Andaman & Nicobar administration which needs to be filled at an earliest. Persons serving as DRM and those list of people who are to get appointment on comp ensa t e gr ou nd is a ls o pending since long. All eli-

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Welcome Parade... gratulated the parade participants for their excellent performance. While addressing the gathering, Mr. Dependra Pathak, IPS, spoke about the steps to be taken for instilling respect of law and improving policing in A&N Islands. He emphasized on enhancing the image of police and focusing on community policing initiatives. He spoke about the various steps to be

Chuck that... gible candidates under these two categories may a lso b e cons ider ed amicably.Registration of all temples that are already built, but which are not yet registered. Moreover, request to form a centralized autonomous body where the funds received by t he gover nment fr om the famous temples like Sree Balaji Tir u p a t i, S r ee S a i Mandir, etc may be collected and handed over to the particular centralized body. T his centr alized autonomous body would

be authorized to be utilized these types of fund collected through donation for the benefit of Hindu Community. Reservation Policy must be reviewed. Reservation must be based on economic condition of the person rather than caste, creed or religion. M r. M . Venka ia h Naidu, the Vice-President of India, ga ve a patient hearing and wishes all the best to the entire team of Hindu Seva Sangh to prosper and work for the benefit of human community.

cies Schizostachyum andamanicum, endemic to the islands looks ideal for the purpose. Discovered on the island about two decades ago, this bamboo is characterised by thin large hollow erect culm (stem) with long internodes. Lal Ji Singh, scientist and head of office at BSI’s Andaman and Nicobar Regional Centre in Port Blair, said that in its natural form, the bamboo species cannot be used as a straw but after observing the plant’s appearance and structure, he found that it was ideal to be turned into a drinking straw. Here’s how its done. First, the sections of the culm between the nodes are cut into small pieces, to the length of a drinking straw. This can be done either by machine or manually, and then the culm sheath and solid nodes are removed. The work to make a bamboo straw at Dhanikhari Experimental Garden-cumArboretum, at the BSI Regional Centre has gone on since 2011.“After I registered the invention with the patent

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taken towards the welfare of police personnel. He highlighted the priority areas in his address viz a viz respect for law, confidence building among law abiding citizens and modernization and enhanced use of technology. Mr. Dependra Pathak, IPS, Director General of Police, thanked all the members of A&N Police for their whole hearted welcome. (From page 2)

office under the title Reusable Straw and Its Manufacturing, I took 5,000 sample straws and distributed it during the World Environment Day Celebrations held in New Delhi earlier this year,” Dr. Singh said. Not only is a bamboo straw biodegradable, it can be reused for years. People can keep one in their homes and use it multiple times like tooth brushes, avoiding plastic straws. And the cost? Just 50 paise per piece. Its longevity makes it cheaper than plastic. BSI Director Paramjit Singh said that the invention is timely in the campaign against plastic pollution. Go natural “If the per capita consumption of plastic has to be brought down, it can be done by promoting natural products like bamboo and jute and other such innovations,” he said. Dr. Singh said the ‘straw bamboo’ is found all over the islands and can be cultivated by farmers. (Courtesy: Shiv Sahay Singh, The Hindu)

Following is the schedule for week July 09- July 12 Sanju (Hin U/A) - 1:45 PM , 4:15 PM , 7:30 PM Asuravadham (Tam U/A) - 8:00 PM Mr Chandramouli (Tam U/A) - 5:00 PM Pantham (Tel U/A) - 1:15 PM


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Long wait a... two years and in these last two years the vessel has undergone several repair works so that it becomes fit once again for joining the DSS fleet. Now at this point of time, when very little repair works are left, the vessel has been sent for anchorage once again. As per reports since last 11 days the ship is in anchor near Junglighat Jetty, even when there is berthing space available at Junglighat Jetty, sources alleged. Sources told Andaman Sheekha that MV Dering presently requires some welding works for which it has to be berthed at some Port, so that workers of various workshops can carry out the wielding works. Sources claimed that, just because since last 11 days the ship is an anchor the repair work has also hampered. The Directorate of Shipping Services is already having shortage of vessels and under this situation if MV Dering becomes fit for sailing and joins back DSS fleet, it will be a great help for public but for reasons unknown the repair work in MV Dering has been delayed.Meanwhile, insiders told Andaman Sheekha that for the crew members of MV

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Dering, presently only two connecting ferries are provided, which is insufficient and should be made three. Sources told Andaman Sheekha that if continuous one month is given to MV Dering at port then all repair works will finish and the vessel might become fit for the service, which will ultimately help the public. To know the authenticity of these claims Andaman Sheekha tried to meet the CPA (also in charge of DSS) several times in last one week, but he was unavailable for a comment. When Andaman Sheekha went to SCI, which is the manning agency of MV Dering, to know why SCI is not demanding for the berthing of the vessel, the SCI officials also refused to say anything on the records. It seems that berthing of MV Dering is more like an internal issue between Shipping Services and SCI, for which the ship repair work is getting delayed. Hope the DSS will come out with correct information and update in this regard for the information of public.

BSNL Contractor... M ea nwhile the NHIDCL officials have written a letter to the Divisional Engineer, Satellite Communication Projects, BSNL pointing out that the open trenching near to edge of carriageway, loose filling in trenches after laying of conduit, blockage of existing earthen drains and unattended Chambers dug in the vicinity of carriageway have resulted in extensive damages all along the highway (31 km 307 km).The letter further said that the excavation near the edge of carriageway in

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166 km falling of OFC by the contractor has been observed by the field staffs of NHIDCL, which is violation of guidelines issued by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Government of India.The NHIDCL has also requested the BSNL to comply with the terms and conditions of their agreement, executed in accordance of MoRTH guidelines and has also requested to stop laying of any conduit through open trenching.

LOST My Islander Identity card issued in the name of Ananta Kr Mistry S/o Ganga Charn Mistry r/o Mohanpur lost at Diglipur bazar. Finder please call 9531876417.

LOST I,Sarama Roy w/o Gopal Chandra Roy R/o Kamalapu has lost my Ration Card bearing No. 353000185011 in-between Kamlapur & Harinagar, Middle Andaman on 03/8/ 2018. Finder is requested to contact at 9531841396.

LOST I Harasit Kr Mandal,S/o. Late Binod Mondal,R/o. Subhash Gram have Lost my Driving License at Subhashgram on 01/07/2018,finder call no.9476040819. Edited, Published, Printed and Owned by Shri Sanjib Kumar Roy and Published from Roy Villa, INS Utkrosh Road, New Pahargaon,Garacharma Post Office- 744105, N Islands. Printed at Royal Printers, Bargat Line, South Andaman. Editor: Shri Sanjib Kumar Roy.

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