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Union Minister Indian Navy Officer reportedly commits suicide at INS Kardeep base Dr. Harsh Vardhan to visit Port Blair on September 15

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Port Blair, Sept 12: Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Science and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will visit Port Blair on September 15, 2018(Saturday).

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Port Blair, Sept 12: In a shocking development, Lt. Commander, Neeraj Kumar, an executive officer of Indian Navy posted INS Kardeep, Kamorta Island, reportedly committed suicide at the base on Tuesday evening. As per details the officer was second in command in the Indian Navy Base INS (See page 6)

Domicile demand gets prominence in MP’s agenda point for HMAC meeting Port Blair, Sept 12: A meeting of Home Minister’s Advisory Committee (HMAC) for the UT of A&N Islands is scheduled to be held under the chairmanship of the Home Minister at New Delhi

on 24.09.2018. Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands being a member of said committee, has presented his agenda points to the A&N Administration and Home

Ministry on 11.09.2018 for inclusion/discussion during the meeting for resolution of the issues. Few main agenda points of MP which involves larger public interest are: (See page 5)

During the visit, the Minister will inaugurate the Atal Centre for Ocean Science and Technology for Islands at Dollygunj, Port Blair. He will also participate in a Programme on Swacchh Bharat Mission at Port Blair.



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One Person Arrested with Illicit Ganja 1.1 Kg Port Blair, Sept 12: A team of PS Neil Island has arrested one person namely Bilas Mondal R/o Neil Island with illicit marijuana/ ganja on 05/09/2018. On the basis of secret information, a raiding team headed by SI

K. Illangovan, SHO PS Neil Island with ASI Ganesh Kumar, PCs Sanjeep Kr. Das, Rosha, Kamal Baroi, Gurjiv Singh and HG(R) Biplab Bairegi conducted a raid on accused Bilas Mondal and recovered approx. 1.1 kgs mari-

juana/ganja from the possession. Later he was arrested under relevant sections of NDPS Act 1985 and produced before the Hon’ble Court at Port Blair. He has been remanded to judicial custody.

ClothShare: Humane Touch Initiative Distributes Clothes Port Blair, Sept 12: In continuation of its ClothShare initiative, a free Cloth distribution program was organised by Humane Touch at Fish Landing Centre Junglighat on 9th September 2018 at 9:30 am. The program started with the address of Br. K Naushad, Executive member, Humane Touch. He highlighted the importance of Clotheshare program and

about the achievements of this initiative. Till now this initiative has reached 09 villages viz. Shore Point, Mathura, Lamba pahar, Namunaghar, Chouldhari, Nayashahar, Bambooflat, Hope Town and Fish landing jetty, Junglighat. Nearly 810 needy peoples have been benefited from these programs. A large number of villagers gathered and collected clothes according to their need.

Br. N Abdul Aziz, President, Humane Touch, thanked the gathering   to  be  part  of  this initiative.To extend this ClotheShare program to other rural villages of these islands, we request one and all to donate used good clothes to Humane Touch, so that it can be distributed to the needy. For further details, please contact us ph- 9434286736, 9476009797.

Rivers, wells abnormally dry up in flood-hit Kerala, govt orders study With mercury levels rising and abnormal drying up of rivers and wells reported in flood-hit Kerala, the state government has decided to conduct scientific studies on the post-flood phenomenon in the state. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the state council for science, technology & environment to carry out studies on the phenomenon after floods across the state and suggest possible solutions to the problems. A series of issues including soaring mercury level, unprecedented dip in water level of rivers, sudden drying-up of wells, depletion of groundwater reserves and mass perishing of earthworms have caused widespread concern in various parts of Kerala after the devastating deluge last month. The flood-battered Wayanand district, known for its rich biodiversity, recently witnessed the mass perishing of earthworms, causing concern among farmers who attributed it to the rapid drying up of earth and change in soil structure.Many rivers including Periyar, Bharathapuzha, Pampa and Kabani, which were in a spate during the

Mr. Vivek Rae, IAS (Retd.) Chairperson and other members of the Committee constituted by NITI Aayog, as envisaged by Islands Development Authority, to address the land and project related issues in Little Andaman and Great Nicobar called on Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), the Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands & ViceChairman Islands Development Agency today at Raj Niwas. Matters related to holistic development of Identified Islands were discussed. ACCI was also represented by Mr. Girish Arora & Mr. Mohammad H Jadwet.

Flea Market at Chouldari from 16th September Port Blair, Sept 12: The Gram Panchayat Chouldari has decided to start Sunday Haat (Flea Market) Besides Sea Shore road near Chouldari Junction from 16th Sept. Morning. Interested cultiva-

tors, farmers and villagers can extract benefit from this Haat. The vendors have to pay Rs. 20/- as a cleaning (Swachta) fee to the gram panchayat during registration.

Uproar in Odisha House over scams, oppn MLAs seek CM’s reply days of flood, are now getting dried up and their water level has decreased abnormally.Besides the drying up of wells, their caving in was also reported in many districts.The flood had altered the topography of the land in many places and km-long cracks had been developed especially in high range areas of Idukki and Wayanad which had witnessed a large number of landslides. After floods, drought condition was also predicted by experts in many districts of the southern state. “The Centre for Water Resources Management has been assigned the task of studying fall in water levels, changes in groundwater and land cracks,” Vijayan, who is under treatment in US, said in a Facebook post.The topic of

biodiversity renovation has been assigned to the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Kerala Forest Research Institute and the Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences, he said. The study of issues related to roads and bridges had been entrusted with the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre. The Council was also asked to study separately the structural changes to environment in terms of biodiversity and changes in the habitat of animals and plants and its impacts, the chief minister added. According to official figures, a total of 491 people were killed in monsoon rains in Kerala since May 29.

The Question Hour in Odisha Assembly was washed out for the sixt h consecutive da y Wednesday amid a ruckus by members of opposition parties, who demanded a clarification from chief minister Naveen Patnaik over recent scams. The House was adjour ned t wi ce in the pr elunch session a s members tried to climb spea ker PK Amat’s podium, seeking action against defaulters. As soon as the House assembled for the Question Hour, the opposition MLAs trooped into the Well, raising sloga ns a gainst the ruling BJD. The Congress legislators raked up the alleged sapling scam and sought to know the names of people involved in it.“The Agriculture Mi ni st er ha s a lr ea dy a cknowledged irregularities in sapling plantation project. He should now reveal the names of persons involved in corruption,” party’s chief whip Ta ra pr a s a d B a hinipa t i Bahinipati told reporters outside the Assembly. The BJP members, on

the other hand, created a pa ndemonium over a lleged Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation (Omfed) scam and cooperative bank irregularities. “We want the CBI to probe into cooperative bank scam. Also, no action ha s be en t a ken a ga inst those involved in sapling scam. The chief minister should clear his stance on these issues,” BJP MLA Rabi Naik said. Earlier, BJD legislator Damodar Rout had come under fire for pointing out irregularities in activities of Omfed, and cooperative banks. H e a l so a l le ge d fraud in sapling plantation project to the tune of Rs 100 crore. Accusing Rout of making “anti-party” statements, BJD MLA Prashant Muduli, along with party’s J a ga t si nghpur dis tr ic t president Bishnu Das and other workers, met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at his residence Tuesday seeking his ouster.


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Vishal Jolly Training Imparted to Teachers of Wimberlygunj Educational Expresses Gratitude Zone on School Safety Por t Blair, Sept 12: Mr. Vishal Jolly, State President, BJP A&N Islands expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister, Mr. Nar endr a Modi, for increasing remuneration, incentives and also

providing free insurance cover under Pr adhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Prime Minister Suraksha Bima Yojana to ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM workers.

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Port Blair, Sept 12: To enhance the capacity building of teachers towards disasters, a one day training workshop for teachers of Wimberlygunj Educational Zone under National School Safety Programme (NSSP) was conducted in the Auditorium of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Wimberlygunj on 11th September, 2018 by the Directorate of Disaster Management in coordination with Directorate of Education, A

& N Administration. Mr. Suresh Kumar, Deputy Education Officer, Wimberlygunj, Chief Guest on the occasion has emphasized on disaster Preparedness, Prevention and Mitigation at school level. Since the children are more vulnerable in any catastrophe, hence high priority should be given to school safety. He further urged to teachers for updating school DM Plans and its implementation in their respective schools. Mr. V.T.

Port Blair, Sept 12: Mr.  Kuldeep  Rai  Sharma, PCC President and all party leaders have extended their heartiest  greetings  and  good Reddy, Principal, GSSS, wishes to the people of Wimberlygunj also pro- Andaman & Nicobar Islands vided valuable inputs on on the auspicious occasion disaster management in schools of the Islands Territory. Mr. Gyan Singh, Asst. Director (Log.), DDM welcomed the gathering and briefed the present vulnerth ability profile, preparedness and response mechanism of A&N Islands and also Port Blair, Sept 12: The PoAdministration’s mitigation lice Training School, efforts to enhance the ca- Prothrapur, A & N Islands organized two days course on (See page 4) “Police Public Relation” on 07th & 08th September, 2018 for in-service Police personnel from the rank of Constable to Sub-Inspectors. The main objective of the course Officer (IP&T) to this di- was to enhance the image of rectorate on or before 18/ Police through good policing 09/2018. practices. The course was inThe participation augurated by the Vice Prinfees in the shape of De- cipal, PTS. During the mand Dr aft may be at- course, Mr. K. Michael Raj, tached for each location DANIPS, Vice Principal separ ately. Participants will be provided individual table and chair against the rent paid at each location within the departmental

Two Days Course on “ Police Public Relation” at PTS Prothrapur on 07th & 08 September, 2018

Application invited for participation in Travel & Tourism Fairs in Mainland Port Blair, Sept 12: The Directorate of Tourism, A&N Administration intend to par ticipate in ‘OT M – Mumbai’ scheduled to be held from 23rd to 25th Jan, 2019 and ‘India International Travel Exhibition’ at Mangalore scheduled to be held from 02nd to 4th November, 2018 Fair s in mainland organized by different organization.

Tourism Department has now extended the time for submission of willingness and r equested the Island based Tour Operators/Travel Agencies who are enlisted with this directorate to submit their willingness in their letter head in writing along with copy of the enlistment letter and rent of Rs. 20,000/ - for each location through DD in favour of Sr. Accounts

of     ” Vina y a ka Chaturthi”, the birth of Lord Ganesh, the supreme God of wisdom and p r o s p er it y,       wh ic h    i s c e l e b r a t e d     o n 13th   September,  2018  with great fervor and piety.

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(PTS), Dr. N. Rajavel, Associate Professor, Dr. K. Venkateshan, Associate Professor of JNRM, Port Blair, Inspector R.K. Sharma, SI Abdul Manaf and SI D.K. Seal of PTS, Prothrapur delivered informative lectures on the topics like improving Police-Public Relations, Positive attitude/behavior towards the complainant/ victims (Group Discussion & Presentation), Present Scenario of Police-Public Relation, Policing as a posi(See page 4)



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Training Imparted... pacity building at all level for managing any eventuality. The past incidences of school catastrophes which led to the introduction of an exclusive school safety programme by the Govt. of India across the country and in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Dr. Dheeraj Kumar, Deputy Director (Education) highlighted the role of Disaster Management and importance of school safety to be implemented in all schools of A&N Islands and their responsibilities towards making school safer. He further emphasized on implementation of School Safety Policy of Govt. of India in each school of this Territory.

Mr. Deen Mohammed, Safety Officer, DDM had elaborated the functions of State Emergency Operation Centre, contact details, communication system, and its alert & warning messages alongwith advices sending to the General public during any emergency and as safety measures. He also said how to prepare Disaster Management Kit in Home as well as Schools. In the post lunch session, Mr. Sanjiv Kumar, SI (NDRF) elaborated the role and responsibilities of NDRF and subsequently demonstrated the life-saving skills and first aid tech-

Two Days Course...

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niques. Mr. Abdul Rasheed, ASI, A&N Police Fire Service, Bambooflat explained in detail on basic fire fighting and also taught how to handle different fire extinguishers. Mr. Janik Ram, Asst. Director (Admn.), DDM urged to teachers for regular updation of School Disaster Management Plans and review the same annually which could be helpful for schools to respond any disaster. Dr. Vazeem Iqbal, Consultant, DDM explained various steps and methods for conducting mock drills at school levels for testing of disaster preparedness of school. (From page 3)


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5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Assam, tremors felt in Bengal Earthquake of 5.5 magnitude shook Guwahati and its adjoining ar eas on Wednesday, the Met said. Tremors were also felt in parts of West Bengal. The quake occurred at a depth of 13 km around 10.20 am with its epicentre in Kokrajhar district, the India Meteorological Department said. Tremors were felt in Kolkata, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, North Dinajpur, Malda and Murshidabad. In Siliguri, the biggest city of north Bengal,

and Jalpaiguri, another major town, many rushed out of buildings in panic. An Assam State Disaster Management Authority official said there was no report of any major damage from anywhere in the state so far. A moderate intensity quake of 4.6 magnitude shook Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday morning, officials said. A few minutes later at 5:43 am another quake of magnitude 3.1 jolted the Jhajjar district of Haryana.

(From page 3) tive factor in the Protection of Police image and Human of various Police Stations/ Application invited... Human Rights & Civil Rights, Rights pr otection. Alto- Units participated in this counter. The expenditure pants. The Manager (Tourinnovative steps for improving gether, 19 Police personnel course. towards journey, lodging, ism) 234493 may be conboarding etc will have to tacted for further query if be borne by the partici- any.


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Domicile demand... Appr ehension of large scale immigrants from neighboring countries, threat to safety and security of the strategically important of island territory and to ensure greater vigilance to track such intruders and explore possibility of framing law/ mechanism within the frame work of constitution to enable detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants. Enactment of law for making it mandatory for domicile of A&N islands for the post of Group A, B, C comes under A&N Administration. Grant of ownership right over the land in the UT of A&N Islands and amendment of land Regulation. Acceptance of recommendation of Vivek Rae committee so far concerned to regularization of excess land in Port Blair area without premium. Resolution of issue relating to curtailment of Sugar and rice for APL category. Implementation of recommendation of 4th UT Finance commission to provide entitled fund to PRIs for roads and other infrastructures. Issue of bridge bet ween Cha t ha m an d Bambooflat, S/Andaman. Issue of Andaman Marine Drive from Prem Nagar to North Bay in 2 Phases for a to-

tal project of Rs.650 Cr. for which principal approval accorded by MoRTH. Resol ut i on of boundary disputes of forest and revenue at various locations such as Shoal Bay, Mannarghat, Jirkatang, Tirur, Kamaraj Nagar etc. E ar ly esta bli sh ment/operation of 10 New LPG distribution centers at various locations as per sanction. Providin g Sola r Home Lights and water connection in the forest encr oa chm ent s area where more than 8000 families residing in the said area without basic a meni ti es, for which time will taken for their re-settlement. Extension of jetty at Diglipur for berthing of mainland bound vessels. Issue of Andaman Bhawan at Visakhapatnam with facilities similar to the Guest houses constructed at Chennai, Kolkatta and Delhi for convenient to the Telugu com mun it y peopl es an d others.Fixation of uniform rate of chartered flight tickets fr om Port Bl a ir t o Visakhapatnam at same rate of Rs.3500 fixed for Chennai and Kolkatta sector, instead of Rs.5040/- Engagement of 103 dependent family members of deceased employees of PBMC on DRM/Muster

(From page 1) Roll basis for livelihood. Regularization of service 1207 DRMs working in PBMC since ma ny yea rs, by exempti ng norms after creating supernumerary posts. Restoration of compensatory Pay to the Fire service personnel and also for grant of Ration Money to the Regular Home Guards. Issue of Sewerage treatment plan under JICA loan assistance. Posting of specialist doctors from CHS cadre at District/CHCs hospitals with lucrative packages under NHM. Introduction of transfer policy for NRHM staff with revision of salary. One year tenure posting for Govt. servants in the Southern Group of islands. International air connectivity between Port Blair and South East Asian countries and also Regional connectivity under UDAN scheme. Shi ft in g/r e-set tl em ent of Sri la nka n repa rt ees for m Katchal Island to Non-Tribal area and also others residing in the tribal area. Old tourist boats may be allowed to operate beyond 2019 by exempting the norms keeping in view of safety and security and employment who depended upon it. Extension of IV limit to ply tourist boats from Port Blair to other inter islands.

Smuggler hiding 1 kg gold in his rectum arrested at Delhi airport A man has been arrested by the Customs department at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here for allegedly trying to smuggle in one kg gold by hiding it in his rectum, an official statement said Wednesday. The 24-year-old passenger was intercepted upon his arrival from Dubai on Monday, it said. On detailed baggage exa mination a nd persona l search, it was discovered that the accused had hidden nine

gold bars, weighing 1.04 kg, inside his rectum, the release said. The gold bars, valued at Rs 32 lakh, were seized and the passenger was arrested, the department said. In another case, a French national and an Indian were arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle gold into the country. Both the accused had arrived at the Delhi airport from different loca-


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Kerala police summons bishop accused of raping nun to appear on Sept 19

Ker ala police has asked Bishop Franco Mullakal of Jalandhar diocese, accused by a nun of raping her, to appear before the investigating team on September 19, Inspector General of police Vijay Sakhare said Wednesday. T he decision to summon the clergyman was taken after a meeting chaired by Sakhare, IG (Ernakulam range), which was also attended by Kottayam District Super intendent of Police Har isankar and Vaikom Deputy Superintendent of Police K Subhash amid mounting pressure on police to initiate action against Mullakal.The nun had recently sought urgent intervention of the Vatican for justice and demanded the bishop’s removal as the head of the Jalandhar diocese,

questioning why the church was “closing its eyes to the truth” when she mustered courage to make public her sufferings. In a scathing letter to the Vatican that was made available to the media Tuesday, the nun also asked will the Church be able to give back what she has lost. She alleged that Bishop Franco Mulakkal was using “political and money power” to bury the case against him. She had accused the clergyman of sexually assaulting her repeatedly between 2014 and 2016. T he bishop had, however, dismissed the allegations as “baseless and concocted”, insisting she levelled those as the catholic order had rejected her demand for favours.

tions. One of them ha d come from Chennai, and the other, who holds a French passport, arrived here from Singapore on Monday, the statement said. “A detailed baggage and personal search of the passengers resulted in the recovery of one gold bar and five gold biscuits weighing 1.5 kgs,” the customs department said, adding that the duo were arrested and the gold was seized.

Schedule for Sept 13 Seema Raja (Tam U) - 11:45 AM , 1:00 PM , 4:15 PM & 7:30 PM Stree (Hin U/A) - 5:15 PM The Nun (Hin A) - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Advance Booking Open For : Seema Raja (Tam) , Manmaziyaam (Hin) , Mitron (Hin) , Predator (Hin)



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Veteran BJP leader LK Advani renominated as chairman of Lok Sabha ethics panel

Veteran BJP leader L K Advani has been renominated as the chairman of the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The Committee examines complaints relating to unethical conduct by mem-

bers of Parliament. It is also free to take up suo motu investigation into the matters relating to ethics and unethical conduct by a member, wherever necessary, and make such recommendations, as it may deem fit, a Lok Sabha bulletin said. P Karunakaran has also been renominated as chairman of the Committee on Absence of Members

from the Sittings of the House. While, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will head the Committee on Government Assurances, it said. Chandrakant B Khaire was renominated as chairman of the Committee on Papers Laid on the Table, and Dilipkumar Mansukhlal Gandhi as the chairman of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation, the bulletin added.


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Holiday Notice On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, the Offset and Editorial Unit of Andaman Sheekha shall remain closed. Hence the next issue of Andaman Sheekha will come out on 15 September 2018.

Editor Indian Navy... Kardeep situated at Kamorta Island of Nicobar District, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The reason behind the incident is yet not known however a case of unnatural death has been registered with police at PS Nancowry.The Public Relations Officer of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC)

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was unreachable for a comment in this regard. Due to unavailability of mobile network in remote Kamorta Island, police could not be contacted for any official quote but unconfirmed report said that he died because of pistol bullet wound.

J-K chief secretary denies reports of deferring civic, panchayat elections Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Wednesday denied reports that the upcoming municipal elections are likely to be deferred. Scotching earlier reports that the governor’s administration is considering deferment of municipal polls, the chief secretary said: “Municipal and Panchayat polls will be held as per schedule.” Subrahmanyam was speaking to the media on the

sidelines of an official function in Srinagar on Wednesday. The regional National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have already announced boycott of these polls. The Congress has also said that currently, the ground situation in the Valley is not conducive for holding these polls.

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