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Lack of planning results in traffic chaos

Diglipur Bazaar transformed into makeshift Bus Terminus DJ Venkatesh Sheekha News Service

Diglipur, Feb 16: Lack of sufficient parking places for vehicles inside Diglipur Bazaar area has created a chaos in the region. (See page 8)

Mischief with Fire; One arrested at Billyground Trinath Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, Feb 16: A resi- Chinna was arrested by the dent of Pitchernallah Billyground Police Station namely Narayan Rao Alias (See page 8)

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Speeding Bike hits Truck; rider seriously injured Sarthak Kanjilal Sheekha News Service Port Blair, Feb 15: A bike rider namely Juel Majumdar, 28 years was seriously injured after his speeding bike hit the silencer of a Truck, near the Income Tax Office, Shadipur this evening. As per reports, the Bike rider was going towards Bazaar area in very high speed that too without wearing his Helmet. Eyewitnesses said that due to the

over speed at the slope opposite to the Income Tax Office the rider lost the control and hit the silencer of a Truck, which was coming from opposite direction. The Rider was immediately rushed to the GB Pant Hospital by a Police Van which, on information reached the spot within two minutes. It is learnt that the Bike Rider is out of danger now. Aberdeen Police Station has registered a complaint in this regard, it is learnt.


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CARIEWA organizes workshop on First aid Fire-fighting

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Massive tree collapsed causing Power cut at Rampur Village, MB Trinath Sheekha News Service

Mayabunder, Feb 16: A massive tree fell on an Electrical Post this morning at around 06:30am at Rampur Village near MGGC College causing Port Blair, Feb 16: CARIEWA of ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair organized a day workshop on First aid Fire-fighting, on 13th Feb 2017 at Institute campus, Garacharma with the support of Fire Department of Andaman & Nicobar Administration. Dr. A. Kundu, Incharge Director and Chairman, CIAIREWA inaugurated

the event. Mr. Abhay Kumar Srivastava, Organizing Secretary of the event welcomed Mr. J. Edwin Fernandez, Inspector, Fire Department, A & N Islands and his team. Mr. J. Edwin Fernandez, briefed the gathering about importance of First aid Fire fighting. Mr. Dinesh Singh, Head Constable delivered an interacting lecture on identifi-

cation and operating procedure for different types of fire extinguishers. The team demonstrated usages different type of fire extinguisher to the institute staff members. Around 80 staff members participated in the programme. The session ended with vote of thanks proposed by Dr. M. S. Kundu, Secretary, CIARIEWA.

Swaminathan for creating foodgrain buffer by capitalising on bumper production

NEW DELHI: With India heading for an all-time record foodgrain production this year, the eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan on Thursday appealed the government to build buffer to meet the challenge of an unfavourable monsoon year, if any, in future and suggested the need to have "attractive support price and farmerfriendly public procurement" for this purpose. Reacting to the latest estimate of foodgrain production of 271.98 million tonnes, Swaminathan said, "We should build buffer taking advantage of good production". Noting that the public procurement in the coun-

try is not well organised for foodgrains other than wheat, Swaminathan tweeted, "We should take advantage of the good year to streamline our procurement and Public Distribution System (PDS). I hope we will streamline procurement this year so (that) we can face climate challenges in case monsoon is not as favourable as this year". Swaminathan, popularly known as father of green revolution in India, has long been advocating a twopronged strategy for monsoon behaviour -- maximising output during good years and minimizing adverse monsoon impact.

The government has, meanwhile, decided to increase the procurement target of wheat during the Rabi Mar keting Season (RMS) 2017-18 and asked the states to gear up for this. It decided to procure 33 million tonnes of wheat during RMS 2017-18, which is considerably more in comparison with the last season's actual procurement of 22.96 million tonnes. Besides, it also decided to procure 5 million tonnes of winter (Rabi) rice from different states this year. This target is over and above the estimate of 33 million tonnes set for summer crop of paddy for Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2016-17, for which the procurement operations are going on. The paddy procurement in KMS 2016-17 has already reached to the level of 29.23 million tonnes as on February 15 -- nearly 2.8 million tonnes higher than the procurement of 26.45 million tonnes by the corresponding date in previous KMS 2015-16.

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a seven hour long power cut in the area. The villagers and the PRI members of the area were very unhappy with the Electricity Department for taking such a long time for restoring Power Supply.

Firing practice Port Blair, Feb16: ICGS Aruna Asaf Ali, C/o CG RHQ (A&N), Port Blair will utilize range firing practice at Chinthe Long Range, Brichgunj tomorrow from 0930 hrs to 1400 hrs.

All concerned are here by warned to keep themselves and their vehicle or livestock away from the firing range during the above mentioned date and time.

India and Russia seek to revive stalled helicopter venture

BENGALURU: India and Russia are nearing a joint venture to make light helicopters in India, reviving a plan announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015. India needs to replace hundreds of ageing utility helicopters deployed along its Himalayan border with China as well as in Jammu and Kashmir region. This means an initial order of 200 Kamov-226 helicopters, of which 140 will be built in India as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's drive to build a domestic defence industrial base and cut imports, is expected to be increased. And final documents relating to the $1 billion Kamov deal involving Russian Helicopters, Rosoboronexport and India's state-run Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has been submitted to Putin, HAL's chief T Suvarna Raju, told reporters on Wednesday. While India has sealed deals with the United States for 22 Apache attack and 15 heavy lift Chinook helicopters at total cost of about $2.5 billion, plans to buy Russian helicopters and fifth generation fighter aircraft have been dogged by problems.

"There are issues between parties, but these are being tackled," Sergey Goreslavsky, deputy director general of Rosoboronexport, said at India's biggest air show in the southern city of Bengaluru. A team will assess the Indian manufacturing facilities over the next few months. "We are keeping our fingers crossed about launching production this year," an executive at Russian Helicopters said. The executive, who did not want to be named, said the joint venture will be modelled along the lines of Brahmos, the India-Russia entity producing supersonic missiles, which which military analysts say are among the deadliest in their class. Russia was long the main supplier of military equipment to India, but Delhi has turned to France, Israel and increasingly the United States for supply of hardware in recent years. US aerospace and defence firms Lockheed Martin and Boeing have both offered to set up production lines in India to make combat planes.


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SA Police ensures strict action in North Bay incident Port Blair, Feb 16: South Andaman Police, ensuring stringent action onto the death of a tourist at the diving site at North Bay on 13/02/2017 has immediately registered a case vide Cr. No. 18/17 dated u/s 304 (A)/34 IPC at PS Bambooflat and arrested seven persons of M/s Dive Mantra namely (1) Geo Mathew (35 yrs) Dive instructor R/o Haddo (2) Ranju Ravindran (31 yrs), Director R/o Haddo (3) Dinesh Biswas (32 yrs), Director R/o Collinpur (4) B. Ganeshwar Rao, Rescue diver R/o Megapode (5) Rahul Roop (27 yrs) R/o Tushnabad (6) Shekar

Mistry (35 yrs) Technician R/ o South Point and (7) Mrityunjay Sisaudia (35 yrs) Dive Instructor R/o Chatham. Further investigation of the case is in progress.

A&N Police once again strictly directs all the scuba/ snorkelling operators and tourist boat operators to ensure all safety precautions for avoiding any untoward incident.

Intensive campaign against Alcohol and Drug abuse launched at JNRM Port Blair, Feb 16: Responding to the clarion call of the Lt.Governor, A & N Islands an intensive campaign against alcoholism and drug abuse began today at JNRM. A pledge was administered by the Chief Guest Shri.Jitendra Agarwal, Director, Social Welfare and Prohibition, A & N Administration to the staff and students. Speaking on the occasion Shri.Agarwal appreciated the initiative taken by JNRM and hoped to have many collaborative events in future. Dr.N.Francis Xavier, Principal, JNRM as Chairman of the programme, emphasized on the role and participation of stu-

dent community in the fight against social evils. He also presented a paper “Issues of alcohol and drug abuse - an Island perspective” with the help of a Power Point presentation.Dr.Vyasmani Tripathi, Associate Professor

and HoD Hindi presented the key note address emphasizing the damage done to the family and the youth by alcoholism and drugs. Earlier Dr.Kandimuthu, Assistant Professor in Economics and (See page 5)

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Power break again Port Blair, Feb16: It is brought to the notice of electricity consumer and general public that due to carrying out of breakdown maintenance of 33 KV Potential Transformer at Phoenix Bay Sub Station the power supply in the following area will be affected on 18.02.2017 as per schedule. There will be power cut from 0700 hrs. to 0830 hrs. at Mohanpura, Babu Lane, Aberdeen Bazaar from

Ratnam Market to Taxi Stand, Aberdeen Thana & part of Gurudwara Lane, Dairy Farm Junction, Lamba Line, Ranchi Tekery, School Line complete & part of Minnie Bay. From 0830 hrs. to 1000 hrs at Rajasthan Mandir, ALWH Colony, Hawaghar Jn., Dudh Line, Nayagaon, Bargat Line, GPRA Colony, Carbyn’s Junction Marine Hill, (See page 5)


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HOD,Bengali, JNRM deliveres Extended range lecture in International Conference at SKB BrahMos to be tested University, West Bengali on March 10 Port Blair, Feb 16: Dr. Jyotimony Roy Chowdhury, HoD, Bengali, JNR Mahavidyalaya has delivered a speech entitled “Bengali Society, Language and literature in Andamans” as a part of a special session titled “Porer Ghare Apon Katha (own stories at neighbor(s) abode)” at the International Confer ence on the topic “Bengali Society, language

and literature : Cultural tr ansaction among neighbor(s)” organized by the Department of Bengali of Sidho- Kanho- Birsa University, Purulia, West Bengali in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Reseach, on 10th February, 2017. Distinguished scholars and litter ateur s fr om Bangladesh and different

states of India participated the confer ence. Pr of . Dr. Shafiqunnabi Samadi of Rajshahi University, Mrs. Selina Hossain, renowned novelist of Bangladesh, famous philologist of Indian Sub- Continent Dr. Uday Narayan Singha, Writer Mr. Ramkumar Mukhapadhyay, Mr. Shyamal Bhattacharya, eminent columnist also spoke on this occasion.

IEI Young Engineers Award 2017-18 Port Blair, Feb 16: With a view to promote the pursuit of excellence in the field of engineering, Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI) has instituted “IEI Young Engineers Award”. The purpose of the Award is to recognize outstanding achievements/contributions made by young engineers in engineering research, excellence in engineering

technology development, technology transfer, etc. Any engineer citizen of India not older than 35 years of age as on March 31, 2017 is eligible for the Award. The IEI Young Engineers Award is presented to awardees for all the 15 Engineering Divisions of IEI during the respective National Conventions. The

awardees attending the National Convention will be provided with free accommodation and their traveling expenses (AC-3 Tier train fare by shortest route) will be reimbursed on production of original documents. The Award consists of a plaque and a certificate. The recipient(s) of Award for each (See page 6)

Annual Athletic Meet 2016-17 of GMS Jarwa Creek , Baratang Held Port Blair, Feb 16: The 55th Annual Athletic meet of GMS Jarwa Creek , Baratang for the academic year- 2016-17 was held at the school ground on 16th February 2017. Smti. M.V.Jolly, Vice Principal GSSS Oralkatcha was the chief guest while Smti. Anitha Johnson, Headmistress ,GMS South Creek was the guest of honor for the opening ceremony.Shri J.A.L Kujur, Teacher In-charge, welcomed the gathering .The meet was declared opened by the chief guest. The students presented an impressive March Past which was followed by a number of colorful displays such as Mass PT and various presentation of ground gymnastic. The

foremost attraction was Pyramid formation by girls and boys, Malkhambh, and Lok Nritya which was a feast to the eyes of the audience. The students displayed excellent flexibility by demonstrating the jump through the rings effortlessly. Declaring the meet open Smti. M.V.Jolly,Vice Principal the chief guest exhorted the students to excel in the field of sports and games , emphasizing the importance of physical culture . She highlighted the role of such meet in promoting the spirit of sportsmanship as well as discipline. She also appreciated Shri. B. Rajesh , PTI to train to the students for the a w e s o m e

per for ma nce. Ka lp a na Chawla House and Sunita Williams House gave unmatched competitions to each other. Shri. Moindeen Kutty , S.H.O. Baratang , Police Department was the chief guest of the closing ceremony and Shri Cyril Xalxo , Lab Assistant (Retd.) was the guest of honour. He honored the winners and championship of the houses. . A large number of villagers thronged on this occasion. The closing ceremony was marked by the scintillating displays of patriotic group dance and fancy dress by the tiny tots of primary classes. The meet culminated with the proposal of vote of thanks by Miss. Jaswant Lakra, PST.

BENGALURU: An upgraded version of BrahMos cruise missile, with an extended range will be tested on March 10 by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). DRDO Chief S Christopher said that the extended range version of the missile, aiming to reach 450 km, will be an improvement over the current range of 290 km. India has ballistic missiles capable of hitting target threat from its neighbours, however, range extension of BrahMos becomes advantageous for armed forces because of its precision. The technology upgrade comes after India's full membership into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which removed caps on range of India's BrahMos missile, which it jointly developed with Russia. Christopher said for testing purposes a missile has

been taken from the Indian Army. He said although DRDO was ready with technology for extending range to 450km, the MTCR restrictions didn't allow testing. Now with the restrictions off, a second variant of the missile, which can go up to distances of 800850 km will be produced in 2.5 years' time. The DRDO chief also said that work has started on a new version of the Akash anti-air missile and talks are on for a possible export order from Vietnam. He also added that there are export opportunities for BrahMos and Helina antitank guided missiles. It was also mentioned that a delegation from Bahrain met DRDO officials about the Light Combat Aircraft during the Aero India.

Intensive campaign... State Programme Coordinator, National Service Scheme(NSS) presented the welcome address. He described the role of NSS in the eradication of all social evils from the society. This programme is a new beginning for the intensive campaign that will bring together the students, institution and community to

Power break... Dugnabad complete, Round Basti & Netaji Club area. From 1000 hrs. to 1130 hrs. at Part of Gurudwara Lane, Bengali Club, Biggi Lane, Anthropological Museum, Middle Point, Link Road, VIP Road, Police Line, part of Junglighat, BSNL

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fight against alcoholism and drug abuse.The programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr.S.K.Jha, Assistant Professor in Plant Science and NSS Programme Officer. The entire programme was moderated by Dr.Anjani Kumar Srivastav, Assistant Professor in Hindi. (From page 3)

Telephone Exchange, Prem Nagar, Goalghar, Carmel School area, KV-I area & Murdakhari area.The above schedule is tentative and the actual time of interruption may vary depending upon the site situation and availability of power generation.


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2005 Delhi serial blasts: One convicted, two let off Nagar, Kalkaji, and Paharganj had killed 67 people. More than 200 people were injured. Dar was arrested in Dh aka by a special poli ce branch and deported in 2007 in connection with the 2005 Delhi bomb blasts and for his alleged links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba NEW DELHI: NEW DELHI: Two (LeT). He was released three of the three accused in the 2005 months later by the Tis Hazari Delhi serial blasts in national Court after the Delhi Police capital's Sarojini Nagar area failed to file a chargesheet have been acquitted of charges against him due to lack of eviby Patiala house Court on dence. Later, on the basis of Thursday. The court while pro- his call details that allegedly nouncing its verdict in the case proved he was in touch with dropped all the charges against LeT operatives, the Delhi PoMohammad Rafiq Shah and lice chargesheeted him. Besides facing the charge in Sarojini Mohammad Hussain Fazili. However, the third ac- Nagar Market blast in which 50 cused Tariq Ahmed Dar has people were killed and over 200 been found guilty and has been injured, Dar is also a prime acawarded 10-years imprisonment cused in Paharganj and Kalkaji by the court.ar has already blast which took place the same served 12 years in jail.Of the day. The court had framed many other charges against him, Dar has been convicted for "ter- charges against Dar, and the ror funding".The serial blasts oth er t wo for wa gin g wa r of October 29, 2005 at in Sarojini against the state, conspiring,

collecting arms, murder and attempt to murder. According to the reports, the court had earlier clubbed the three blasts cases for the recording of evidence but it framed t he ch ar ges sepa r at el y against the accused. Three days before Diwali, on October 29, 2005, a young, bearded man in a blue baseball cap, boarded DTC's Outer Mudrika service and placed his satchel under the seat. Around 5:25 PM in Delhi's Paharganj area, the first bag exploded and killed 18.The second blast took place near a bus in Govindpuri area at 6:00 PM. After 5 minutes the third blast took place in Delhi's busy market Sarojini Nagar. T he Paki st an based Isla mi st t err or ist organisation, the Islamic Revolutionary Front or Isl am ic In qui la b Mah az , claimed responsibility for the Delhi terrorist attacks

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International agri-research centre coming up in Madhya Pradesh

NEW DELHI: Giving a fillip to agriculture research in the country, the government will set up a Food Legumes Research Platform (FLRP) at Amlaha, Sehore in Madhya Pradesh with its satellite hubs in West Bengal and Rajasthan. The hub in West Bengal will research in pulses while the one in Rajasthan will focus on natural resource management for sustainable agriculture. The research institute will be set up with the help of the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) which has a good track record of innovation in climate resilient technologies including suitable food legume varieties for dry-land production systems. The proposal in this regard was approved by the Union Cabinet in its meeting on Wednesday.The Cabinet also gave its 'in principle' approval for conferring on the Food Legume Research Platform of

IEI Young... engineering discipline will be handed over the plaque and certificate during the respective National Convention, the dates of which will be communicated to the recipient(s) appropriately.For Notification, Guidelines and Application Proforma please see the link: ht t p s :/ / www. ieindia . or g/ yngaward.aspx. Soft copy of the filled-in application proforma should be forwarded to award@ieindia.org by March 31, 2017. Further, six copies of the printout of the dully filled application proforma along with all supporting documents should be sent to the Director (Technical), The Institution of Engineers (India), 8 Gokhale Road,

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ICARDA an "international status" as contemplated in Clause 3 of the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947. "Setting up the FLRP in India will enable the country to harness the best of international science in meeting the emerging food security challenges", said an official. Referring to the Cabinet's decision, he said, "A major international R&D institution will make India an even bigger center for agricultural research in the world and this in turn, will attract further research & development investment in the country". After setting up the Centre, the ICARDA will carry out research through a multi-disciplinary team of scientists for enhancing productivity of crops and livestock. "This platform will contribute significantly towards reducing poverty, improving food security, improving nutrition and health, and sustaining the natural resource base. The research output would benefit farmers of all regions, whether big, small or marginal", said the Cabinet note. (From page 5)

Kolkata 700 020 so as to reach by April 10, 2017. The envelope containing the application should be superscribed at the top with “IEI Young Engineers Award 2017-18� and name of the engineering division under which the applicant desires to be considered for the Award. For any further clarifications please contact Er. Johnson Abraham, MIE, Honorary Secretary (9933235606): Room No.111 on Ground Floor of ALHW Office Complex, Mohanpura, Port Blair-744101. Email: ansc@ieindia.org / iei.pblc@gmail.com Website: www.ieindia.org .


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I-T scanner on suspicious deposits: 9 lakh accounts put under 'doubtful' category

NEW DELHI: Nearly half of the 18 lakh people under the I-T scanner for suspicious bank deposits post demonetisation have been put in the 'doubtful' category, but action against them will follow only after the new tax amnesty scheme ends on March 31. Under 'Operation Clean Money', the IT department had sent SMS and e-mails to 18 lakh people, who according to its data analysis had made suspicious deposits of over Rs 5 lakh during the 50-day window provided to get rid of old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes following the demonetisation decision announced on November 8. They were asked to clarify on the deposits and their source by February 15. Sources in the government said those who did not reply must have "good

legal explanation" for their cash deposits and may have chosen to show them in tax returns. But a mere showing the same in income tax returns is not sufficient as any abnormal rise in income for 2016-17 over previous years will be considered as unaccounted wealth or black money and treated as per law. "However, since the SMS and e-mail correspondence do not have any legal backing, the department will have to send formal notices and then wait till March 31 for the end of (tax amnesty scheme) PMGKY and then take action against doubtful cases," a source said. Since Pr adhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) runs till March 31, action against any depositor can be taken only after the scheme closes as the depositor may choose to disclose the wealth and pay taxes. Under PMGKY, those with unaccounted cash have been offered a chance to come clean by paying 50 per cent of it as

tax, penalty and surcharge while parking an additional 25 per cent in a non-interest bear ing deposit for four years. Sour ces said as many as 9 lakh accounts of the 18 lakh people who have got SMS ar e consider ed "doubtful". As many as 5.27 lakh assessees, out of 18 lakh who were sent SMS and emails, had submitted their response till February 12. As many as 99.5 per cent of the 5.27 lakh assessees have confirmed the amount which they have deposited as cash during the 50-day demonetisation ended December 30. These deposits were made in 7.41 lakh bank accounts. The source further said strict enforcement action can only be taken if an assessee does not reply to notices or deliberately try to concoct disclosures in ITR. The tax department has also identified around 4.84 lakh taxpayers not yet registered with the e-filing portal and has sent SMS to them to register.

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Sasikala surrenders, miscreants attack her convoy in Bengaluru

BENGALURU | NEW DELHI: AIADMK chief VK Sasikala on Wednesday surrendered before a trial court in Bengaluru and was sent to the city’s Parappana Agrahara jail, where she was likely to share cell with two other inmates. As soon as the Tamil Naduregistered vehicles which accompanied Sasikala’s car to Bengaluru arrived in the city, unidentified persons vandalised the con-

voy. The miscreants shouted: “You killed Amma.” The police had to resort to baton charging to disperse the unruly crowd. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court rejected Sasikala’s plea requesting more time to surrender, forcing her to start her four-year jail term in Bengaluru later in the day. “We have already spoken through our judgement. We don’t want to change one word of it,” Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose told Sasikala’s lawyer KTS Tulsi, dismissing the plea outright.“We said surrender immediately,” he said, berating her for seeking more time to surrender.

Cops seize near-original Rs 2,000 notes, left baffled

Vikas Swarup to be India's new High Commissioner to Canada NEW DEHI: Senior Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and noted novelist Vikas Swarup of Slumdog Millionaire-fame will be the India's High Commissioner to Canada, government

said on Thursday.Swarup, currently working as Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, will replace Arun Kumar Sahu who is currently working as acting Indian

High Commissioner to Canada. Interestingly, the Hollywood movie Slumdog Millionaire which won eight Oscar's was based on Swarup's successful debut novel "Q&A".

NEW DELHI: BSF has seized fake Rs 2,000 notes that display a degree of sophistication that could pass initial scrutiny, leading security agencies to suspect that Pakistan was attempting to replicate the new currency. The first such major consignment of 100 fake Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination was seized in West Bengal on Wednesday. Top officials in Intelligence Bureau, NIA and BSF said Pakistan had activated its fake currency smugglers in Bangladesh and Nepal and consignments of fake notes, mostly in Rs 2,000 and Rs 100 denomination, were being moved in. BSF and NIA stumbled on the conspiracy on Tuesday when they arrested a Malda-based FICN smuggler Umar Faruk with three fake Rs 2,000 notes. An officer said the notes had some replicated features like colour, texture, electrotype

watermark, see-through feature, year of manufacturing, Swachh Bharat and Mangal Yaan logo. But the notes have not been able to match features like Gandhi watermark, security thread, 100% cotton paper and embossing by insertion of Intaglio images. "If you touch the fake note, you notice the quality is not like original notes," said the officer. On the seizure, sources said a suspected smuggler on the Indian side was set to receive the bundle from the Bangladeshi side but he "managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness and thick growth in the orchard". "The packet, flung from across the border, landed in the orchard and it was recovered by the BSF team. This is the biggest seizure of fake currency postdemonetisation," an official said.


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Diglipur Bazaar... Due to lack of proper parking planning, giant buses are parked right at the middle of the Diglipur Bazaar, which is become a major source of disappointment for the people of the area. STS Diglipur has second largest fleet of Buses after Port Blair but even after 40 year of service the STS Diglipur Division do not have a Bus Terminus. Earlier in the late 70’s there was a wooden bus stand at the centre of the Diglipur bazaar. Presently there is no bus stand there, except two rooms STS office, which is still waiting for expansion. The land belonging to STS has been reportedly encroached by a restaurant owner and a Pan shop owner. As far as Diglipur is concerned, the administration has totally failed to provide basic facility for transport till now. Surprisingly even PRI members of the area were never seen r aising voice for having a Bus Terminus at Diglipur. Both State transport

service and private bus oper ator s ar e now par king buses on main road, which creates traffic congestion particularly in evening hours. Although police unit of Diglipur has imposed challans on Buses for parking at the main road in many occasions in past, but still the open road, right at the heart of Diglipur Bazaar is used as Open Bus Terminus by both STS and Private Buses. Such illegal parking by Buses not only causes inconvenience to road users but also bus passengers, who have to wait at the middle of the Bazaar where there is no shelter to protect them from scorching sun or heavy rain. Although pr iva te shop owners accommodate a few passengers but during heavy rain giving shelter to all passengers becomes impossible. The administration has got a noble idea to convert the main road as bus stop at the centre of the Diglipur bazaar. The buses which are coming from Port Blair- Mayabunder, Rangat-

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Ba r a ta ng, R a mna ga r Kalighat with halt, will park on the left side of the road near KR Medicals while the b uses coming fr om Shibpur, Aerial bay will halt on the r ight side of the road, towards police booth side. For this the existing car parking has been removed fr om the bazaar which was the prime place for car parking. After this presently parking is available for only 8 cars in entire Diglipur bazaar as no further parking place has been planned for the cars.In the year 2015 during Diglipur Vikas Mela the APWD showed a replica of proposed Bus terminus for Diglipur similar to Ra nga t Bus Ter minu s, which was rejected by the then Lt Governor. After that no progress has been seen in this regard. Poor management of parking place inside Diglipur Bazaar has left local residents fuming, who are now demanding proper town plan for the Diglipur Bazaar area.

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Mischief with... yesterday night for committing mischief by setting his own Cattle Shelter in fire, following an argument with his family members. As per reports, the accused is a habitual drinker and under heavy influence of liquor he reached his house last night at around 08:30pm and started an argument with his family members. Sources said that to threaten his family members he poured Kerosene Oil in his house and Cattle Shelter and asked all the family members to leave the house oth-

(From page 1) erwise he will burn down his whole property. But negligence of the family members anguished him following which he set his own cattle shelter in fire. It is learnt that nearly 2-3 Goats died in the fire. Sources said that the immediate step taken by the Billyground Fire Brigade unit and Police saved the property. A case has been registered against Mr. Narayan Rao under relevant section of IPC 429/435. Later he was arrested and also given bail.

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