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Well planned Molestation by Juvenile near Science Centre

Hyderabad died yesterday at Havelock after a Cardiac arrest. As per reports, yesPort Blair, Jan 13: A tourist namely Mr T Anantha terday evening the tourist felt Shyanam Reddy, 78 years severe chest pain and uneasifrom Jubilee Hills, (See page 8) Sheekha News Service

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Port Blair, Jan 13: In a shocking incident a lady of Port Blair city, who was out for jogging with family members and colleague, was reportedly molested by one juvenile with the help of another juvenile friend. Sources said that both the 16 yrs old boys were riding a moped on Corbyn’s Cove road, when they noticed the victim of the victim were also ent speed. Getting opportunear science centre. As per re- present in the area but all nity, both the juveniles apport husband and one colleague three were jogging at differ(See page 7)

Huge fine imposed on people indulged in the Business of Banned Tobacco Products Sarthak Kanjilal Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, Jan 13: The Additional District Magistrate has

put heavy fine against the people those who indulged in selling Banned Tobacco Products. As per reports,

Chandrashekhar Mondol, Prasant Mondol who were found transporting huge quantity of Banned Tobacco (See page 7)

GREETINGS On the festive occasions of ‘Pongal’ and ‘Makar Sankranti’, I extend my warm greetings to the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Known as the harvest festival, every year the people of the Islands celebrate ‘Pongal’ and ‘Makar Sankranti’, with great enthusiasm and zeal. The festivals also herald the advent of spring and considered as a period of abundance, prosperity and happiness. These festivals bring happiness and cheer to the people all over the country. On this joyous occasion, I extend my felicitation and best wishes to the people of these Islands. Let us all pray for prosperity and harmony in the lives of Islanders.

Sd/Prof. Jagdish Mukhi Lieutenant Governor Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Tourist dies after Cardiac Arrest at Havelock Sarthak Kanjilal

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Police arrests two for possession of contraband items Port Blair, Jan 13: Ensuring strict action against contraband items, illegal sale of liquor and other illegal activity, today 13/ 01/17, a Police team of PS Aberdeen on reliable source of information, apprehended two persons from School Line namely Mohammed Sultan R/ o Garacharama and Prince

William R/o Prothrapur from whose possession 01 Kg and 100 grams illicit Ganja were recovered. Upon this, a case vide Crime No. 16/17 under Section 20(b) (ii) (B) of NDPS Act 1985 has been registered against them at PS Aberdeen and they are be-

ing produced before the Hon’ble Court at Port Blair. General public are requested to pass on any credible information on any illegal activity on the telephone numbers: 100, 233077, 232405, 250525, and 232400. The informant will be suitably rewarded and his/her identity will be kept secret.

Band of Artist performs at Wandoor, Wimberlygunj Port Blair, Jan13: As part of Islands Tourism Festival 2017 “Band of Artist” from mainland consisting of Mr. Abhishek Sinha Choudhury of SaReGaMaPa 2007 finalist,

Ms. Tista Banerjee-trained classical singer and participants of six realty shows including SaReGaMaPa performed at Wandoor and Wimberlygunj on

10.01.2017 and 11.01.2017. Large number of peoples gathered to witness the show organized by the Department of Tourism, Andaman and Nicobar Administration.

Environment Drive by ANC at Brichgunj Port Blair, Jan13: With an aim to conserve & preserve the environment, the Army Component of Andaman & Nicobar Command organized an Environment Drive to commemorate 69th Army Day. The Environment Drive included Swachhta Abhiyaan and tree plantation at Brichgunj Military Station on 12 January 2017. Over 2000 residents took part in this drive to clean their respective areas and sea beaches. It was followed by plantation of over 500 trees all over the Military Station. Army Component Commander, Brigadier Amir Singh, Vishist Seva Medal, highlighted the need to instill

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Greetings on Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal Port Blair, Jan 13: On the auspicious occasion of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal, the Founder of Sudhangshubala Foundation Mr Bhavesh Majumdar and all his team members have greeted   all  the  people  of

these islands and wished them prosperity, joy, good health and peace. “This being a harvest festival, we all must recognize the contributions of our farmers   to  the  well  being  of  the country,” said Mr Bhavesh

Golden Jubilee celebration of GSSS Neil Neil, Jan 13: Golden Jubilee celebration of Govt Sr. Sec. School Neil Island was flag off by Shri. Bishnu Pada Roy, Member of Parliament at 6:30 am today which was followed by patriotic songs, nukkad natak and cleanliness program at Bharatpur beach. In this connection health camp and blood donation camp were conducted by ex-students of GSSS Neil. Dr. Tapan Biswas, Dr. Narayan Das and Dr. Sreekrishna Das attended hundreds of

patients and gave medical counsel to old age people. Smti. Tanvi Garg, IAS, Secretary Education inaugurated the function at school premises as chief guest. She appreciated the students and alumni of golden jubilee to conduct such type of unique program. Former teachers were felicitated by Smti. Tanvi Garg by mementos. Principal Shri. Jacob Kutty welcomed the gathering and addressed by Alumni President Dr. Swapan Kumar Biswas on the occasion.

GREETINGS On the  auspicious  occasion  of  Pongal,  Makara  Sankranti  and

greater sense of responsibility among all to conserve the environment by collaborative efforts to reverse the dangerous trend of environmental degradation. The ANC remains committed towards preserving ecological balance

towards this, apart from environmental drives conducted by other Components of ANC to commemorate landmark historic events, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan related activities have been conducted on numerous occasions and will continue in future as well.

Awareness campaign on Ill Effect of Drug Abuse through Bus Panel of State Transport Buses Port Blair, Jan 13: As a part of drive against alcoholism, drug (substance) abuse, the newly created Directorate of Prohibition has been organizing various programme like symposium/workshops in schools, Poster/hoardings/ standees at all public places, Nukkad Natak/Skit/Role Play (Public places, Education Institutions, Departments etc), Puppet shows, Counselling. In the series, a new initiative of displaying messages about “Anti-Alcoholism and Drug Abuse” through Public Transport System of Andaman & Nicobar Islands was flagged off by Chief Secretary, A&N Administration from Zilla Parishad campus and followed by a rally by the School stu-


dents. Initially, these messages will be displayed in 100 STS buses and Autorickshaws plying in Port Blair Municipal Area. Smt. Rashmi Singh, Secretary (SW) stated that this will take forward the cam-

paign which was launched by the Hon’ble Lt. Governor, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi on 2nd October 2016 to clean away through such initiatives. The Department makes an appeal to younger generation to desist from falling prey to addictions.

Lohri the PCC President Mr.  Kuldeep Rai Sharma and all leaders of Congress party have extended their sincere greetings to all islanders and wished them peace, prosperity, joy and happiness. Pongal, is a harvest festival, it is an occasion to recognize the contributions that our famers make to the wellbeing of the country, said Mr. Kuldeep.

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Port Blair, Jan13: To curb Benami transaction of land/ property and make the registr ation pr ocess mor e transparent. It has been decided by the District Admin(See page 5)

Awareness rally by Bharat scouts & Guides at Diglipur DJ Venkatesh Sheekha News Service

Diglipur, Jan 13: Bharat scouts & Guides Diglipur in association with N & M Andaman Administration today morning (See page 5)

GREETINGS On the auspicious occasion of PONGAL I, B. Eswar Rao, Chairperson, Municipal Council on behalf of Port Blair Municipal Council sending your way, warm greetings and wishing you life’s best now and in all the days to come. As you joyfully celebrate the festival of Pongal and welcome the harvest season, we are all know that Pongal is one of the most popular thanksgiving or Harvest festival of South India, mainly celebrated at the end of harvest season. Thai Pongal, is timed by an astronomical event - the winter solstice. Pongal is traditionally dedicated to the Sun God Surya and marks the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun from its southernmost-limit, a movement traditionally referred to as uttarayana. Once again “Happy pongal and Happy Makar Sankranthi”


The festival of Pongal mark the start of harvest season, heralding in prosperity, good luck and moments to cherish. Makar Sankranti has an astrological significance, as the sun enters the Capricorn (Sanskrit: Makara) zodiac constellation, heralding the northward journey of the sun. On the auspicious occasions of ‘Makara Sankranti’ and ‘Pongal’, I extend my warm greetings to all Islanders. May these festivals bring peace, happiness, prosperity and harmony in the lives of all the Islanders.

Bishnu Pada Ray Member of Parliament


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First Board meeting of Apiary Producer Co. held

Port Blair, Jan 13: The first board meeting of Apiary Producer Company Ltd was held in the conference hall of NABARD on 12th Jan’2017. Shri. Hemant B Songadkar, GM NABARD presided over the meeting. The company was registered on 26 th Dec’2016 vide CIN U01114AN2016PTC005323. The board unanimously elected Shri. C J Joseph as the first Chairman of the company. Shri. Safuwan has been appointed as CEO of the company after successfully pass-

ing the interview conducted earlier by advertisement in the local newspaper. Further it was decided to open the company’s bank account in A&N State Coop Bank, Port Blair.Shri. Hemant B Songadkar, GM NABARD spoke at length about Farmer Producer Organization. He said a farmer producer organization is a legal entity formed by primary producers and the main aim of this company should be to ensure better income for producers and instructed the

board members to work unitedly for the broad objective of the company. He further stressed on the need of synergy of efforts among various departments of the administration for successful implementation of company’s mandate. Shri. Hemant B Songadkar also instructed the board members to increase the share holders for the company. Earlier Shri. M A Salam, Retd. Director (Agri) / President HORTISAN and honorary member of ARPAN welcomed all the members and read out the agenda of the meeting.The meeting ended with a vote of thanks proposed to the chair by Shri. C J Joseph, Chairman elect. The project is implemented by ARPAN is association with NABARD under the project titled “Promotion of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) supported by HORTISAN.


NEW DELHI: The interim ban by National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the glasscoated thread, manja, used for flying kites will continue, with the Supreme Court today refusing to lift it.A bench of Justices M B Lokur and P C Panth said the petitioners, a group of traders from Gujarat, can move NGT for appropriate relief.The petitioners had moved the apex court for lifting of the interim ban on the thread imposed by the green tribunal on December 14 last year.The counsel appearing for the traders said the prohibitory orders have been made without even considering the legal provisions.He said that 'manja' has been used for the threads for decades and there has never

deaths were caused by it."To increase the chances of being able to cut as many kites as possible, kite strings are made deliberately sharp with churned glass, metals and other materials in order to make them razor sharp to cut through other persons' kite strings," PETA had said.'Manja' also posed a huge threat when it came into contact with live overhead electric wires, leading to grid failure, it had said."Due to 'manja' being coated with glass, metals and other sharp material, these strings act as good conductors of electricity, increasing the probability of detached manja strings stuck in power lines, electrocuting kite flyers and passers-by coming into contact with these strings," it said.PETA had averred that minor children were engaged by the cottage industry for the manufacture of 'manja' which caused respiratory problems as they inhaled harmful substances which were extremely detrimental to their health.


Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav factions at Election Commission over party symbol

NEW DELHI: The two factions of Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party reached the Election Commission office here on Friday staking claim over the party symbol 'cycle'. The Election Commission had summoned both the groups, one led by party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and the other by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Mulayam Singh was accompanied by his brother Shivpal Yadav, Ashu Malik and Sanjay Seth while Ram Gopal Yadav represented the Akhilesh faction along with Naresh Agrawal, Kiranmoy Nanda and Neeraj Shekhar. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal also reached the poll panel in support of the Akhilesh faction. The 'cycle' symbol could be frozen before the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh if the Election Commission is not able to decide which of the two factions commands the majority in the organisation.

Proxy war affecting secular fabric of India: Army chief on Kashmir militancy

SC refuses to lift NGT ban on manja threads been any issue with regard to these posing a threat to humans, animals and birds. The bench said since the thread is glasscoated, it may be bad for animals and birds.NGT, while banning the manja last year, said the string, coated with glass and metal powder, poses a threat to the environment.The green panel had said the ban order would apply to nylon, Chinese and cotton manja coated with glass and directed the Manja Association of India to submit report to Central Pollution Control Board on the harmful effects of kite strings.The tribunal had earlier issued notices to all state governments and sought their response on the plea of animal rights body 'People for Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) on the matter.In its petition, PETA has contended that 'manja' posed a grave threat to humans and animals as every year a number of

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NEW DELHI: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday expressed concerns over proxy war being waged by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and said that it "is affecting the secular fabric of our country". "While we have challenges along our borders, we've to be concerned about the proxy war, terror that are affecting secular fabric of our nation," the Army chief said during an interaction with media in Delhi today.However, "with synergised efforts of security forces, we have been able to bring the situation under control in Jammu and

Kashmir," Bipin Rawat said.On the issue of jawans raising concerns about food and service conditions in social media, General Rawat said that the Army is setting up suggestion-cum-grievances boxes at Army headquarters and at other commands."Suggestioncum-grievance boxes are being installed at the Army headquarters and at other commands. Anybody having any complaint can use those boxes to voice dissatisfaction. We will address it," Gen Rawat said."Still if the grievance is not addressed, whoever has any problem can come to me directly," he said.The Army chief also assured that the identity of any jawan lodging a complaint through suggestioncum-grievance boxes would be kept secret.

Aadhaar and... istr ation to make the AADHAAR Card and PAN card mandatory for the registration of any type of instrument under Registration Act, 1971. “Henceforth, all concerned are requested to appear only with AADHAAR

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CARD and PAN CARD for any type of land registration. This is issued with the approval of the Registr ar (Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman),” a release issued by District Administration said here today.

Awareness rally... organized an awareness rally at Diglpur bazaar for Anti- Alcohol and Anti -Tobacco awareness. The  rally  which was started from Vivekananda stadium was flagged off by Asst

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Commissioner Shri Awanish Kumar, IAS. Scouts & Guides, PRI members, all heads of Government departments participated in this rally.



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Khadi calendar controversy uncalled for: Govt

The controversy over PM Modi's picture appearing in the calendar of Khadi Village Industries Commission is unca lled for, gover nment sources told TOI. KVIC calendars for the years 1996, 2002, 2005, 2011 , 2012, 2013 and 2016 did not carry any image of Mahatma Gandhi. So, the notion that PM Narendra Modi has 'replaced' Gandhi on this year's calendar is invalid, the source claimed."It is not that Modi has replaced Gandhi. The pages of the calendar

are month wise and in just one page Modi's photo is there," said Union micro, small and medium enterpr is es minis ter Ka lr aj Mishra, while admitting that he is yet to see the calendar. "Gandhiji has his own place, nobody can take it," he told reporters. Khadi sales have seen a 34% growth over the past few years, after the government stepped up efforts to popularise the fabric.

Ken-Betwa river link project gets green panel's nod NEW DELHI: The NDA government's ambitious Rs 9,393 crore Ken-Betwa river interlinking project that will irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares and mitigate drinking water woes of Bundelkhand region has received clearance from the green panel and Tribal Affairs ministry. Announcing this, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said her ministry was working with NITI Aayog to finalise funding pattern for the project. However, the final clearance for the project is yet to be given by Union Minister of Environment and Forest, which normally takes into account the green panel EAC's recommendation. "I am quite happy that the first river inter-linking project has received green panel's nod as well as the tribal clearances formally. The project has already received wildlife clearance," said Bharti. "We are now working with NITI Aayog to see funding pattern for the project is finalised. The project will be launched once the funding pattern is clear," she said at third edition of Jal Manthan conference here.The environmental appraisal committee (EAC) had "duly considered" and "agreed" for the phase I of the project in its meeting held on

December 30, 2016. The project envisages construction of a dam across river Ken in Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh to irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares of land, serve drinking water purposes in Bundelkhand region and generation of 78 MW hydropower. Of this, 3.69 lakh hectares will be covered in Madhya Pradesh's Chattarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts. The remaining 2.65 lakh hectares of area falls in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba, Banda and Jhansi districts. According to the Water Resources Ministry, a total of 10 villages consisting of 1,585 families are likely to be affected by this project. The project comprises two powerhouses of 2x30 MW and 3x6 MW each, two tunnels of 1.9 km long upper level, 1.1 km long tunnel lower level and a 221 km long Ken-Betwa link canal, proposed on the left bank of the river.The project was first mooted in the early 1980s but was actively taken up by the NDA government under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It was then challenged in the Supreme Court, which finally gave the nod in 2013.


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Makar Sankranti celebration

LG lauds Andhra Association for philanthropic activities

Port Blair, Jan 13: The Andhra Association celebrated ‘Makar Sankranti’ at its auditorium here this evening. The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, graced the occasion as the chief guest while the Chairperson, PBMC, Shri B. Eshwar Rao was the guest of honour. The First Lady of A&N Islands, Smt. Prem Mukhi was also present on the occasion. The President of Andhra Association, Shri P. Surya Rao presided over the

function. Addressing the gathering soon after lighting the ceremonial lamp, the Lt. Governor said, ‘Makar Sankranti’ is a very happy and auspicious occasion. In our country, we have the privilege to celebrate various festivals of different regions & religions throughout the year and this not only binds us together, but also gives us the opportunity to share and spread happiness around, said the Lt. Governor adding that such opportunities are

very rare in other countries. He said, ‘M akar Sankranti’ is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm across the country and it is known by different names in different states and the celebration varies from region to region too. Today the citizens of this country, right from Himalayas in the North to Kanyakumari in the South are united by religious festivals, despite the diversity in language and culture, said the Lt. Governor. T he L t . Gov er nor also lauded the Members of Andhra Association for organizing various programmes besides for conducting other welfare activities in different parts of the Islands and urged them to continue the same. A beautiful B harat natyam dance by Manikuttan & group, dance by Divya and Lalita, K uc hipud i dance by

Prashanti and other cultural programmes drew loud applause from the gathering. Prizes were distributed to the winners of various competitions conducted by Andhra Association for school students recently. The students of Class X & XII toppers, 1st & 2nd year MBBS students of Telegu origin were also felicitated on the occasion. The programme was at-

tended by office bearers, members of Andhra Association, PBMC Ward Councilors, parents and students. Earlier, the General Secretary, Andhra Association, Shri Keshav Murthy welcomed the gathering while the programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Treasurer, Shri P. Vemana.

MESSAGE I am happy to learn that Animal Welfare Fortnight is being observed in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 14th to 30th January, 2017 along-with rest of the Country. Animals suffer as much as we do and true humanity does not allow us to impose such suffering on them. Compassion and kindness towards all living creatures have been preached and practiced by great thinkers like Buddha, Mahavira and Mahatma Gandhi. Let’s spread their message of compassion and ahimsa during the fortnight. My best wishes for the Animal Welfare Fortnight celebrations. Sd/(Prof. Jagdish Mukhi) Lieutenant Governor Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Well planned.... proached the lady twice and in their second attempt they molested the lady. When the lady raised the alarm other people noticed both the juveniles who any how managed to escape from the scene. However, family members were able to note down the bike number. When the matter was reported to PS Aberdeen, the police team of PS Aberdeen showing exemplary professionalism traced out both the juveniles and took action as per law.This incident has however has raised a serious question over safety of women from people who do not hesitate to attack women even in a place like Corbyn’s Cove road which is preferred by many IAS and IPS officers for evening and morning walks.

Huge fine... Products from Car Nicobar to Little Andaman on 11th January have been fined with an amount of Rs 35,000 each. Similarly, Mohammed Fahim

(From page 1) Considering the safety of women there is a need to install CCTV cameras and police patrolling in lonely road stretches. Andaman & Nicobar Islands are known for peaceful environment and such incidents not only send alert signals for other women and girls but also indicate degrading moral value among our younger generation. The Juveniles had put newspaper over the rear-number plate of the moped they were riding, which indicate that the act was well planned. In this case the lady was strong enough to register the case, which at last resulted in apprehension of the juveniles, which is an example for others to follow. (From page 1) from whom the Food Safety Officers seized Zarda of amount of Rs 2,50,000 was fined an amount of Rs 50,000. Further details are awaited.



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Tourist dies... ness following which he was immediately evacuated from the Hotel and rushed to the nearby Havelock Hospital. However, the tourist was later died due to Cardiac Arrest, it is learnt. The dead body of the tourist has been brought to Port Blair via MV Kamorta and the dead body is presently at the Mortuary of GB Pant Hospital. Sources said that the dead body will be transported to the Hyderabad tomorrow

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via Indigo Airlines. Meanwhile there is another report of death of a tourist at GB Pant Hospital Port Blair due to Heart Attack, details of which are still awaited. The dead body of the said tourist was sent to mainland this afternoon. In the said case, the President, AATO, Mr M Vinod had put tremendous effort in sending the dead body to the native of the deceased.

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