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Open loot in the name of safety measures

Mockery of system: Government Departments openly purchasing unapproved life jackets Staff Correspondent Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, Mar 20: In 2008 the Director General of Shipping had delegated the powers for inspection of equipments relating to safety equipments to Indian Register of Shipping (IRC). Earlier the powers were with MMD. After 26 January 2014’s boat incident the Lt. Governor had ordered safety audit of all boats in Andaman following which all boat owners and departments, which operate vessels and boat purchased life jackets, sadly many of them have purchased life jackets either from unauthorized life jacket makers or the life jackets, which are approved by MMD. The life jacket

Two arrested at Diglipur for growing Marijuana plants at home DJ Venkatesh & Aditya Lall Patel Sheekha News Service

Diglipur March, 20: Over 100 Marijuana plants (Ganja).have been seized by the Dy.S.P Diglipur alongwith other police staffs of PS Diglipur when they raided a house at Madhupur village. Two persons were arrested from the spot for cultivating large number tomorrow. The identities of Marijuana Plants (Ganja). the persons taken into According to reports nearly 1 custody are being withheld further KG of processed Ganja has pending also been seized from the said investigations and the UNAPPROVED APPROVED detailed information will be house. given tomorrow, police Both the accused will approved by MMD earlier, Considering this, the IRS has sources informed today. be brought to Port Blair were actually banned as introduced new designs of life those life jackets have major jackets, which not only keeps defects of absorbing water, if people floating safely for a Naw-Ruz to be celebrated today kept in water for long time. long long time but also does Port Blair, Mar 20: After 19 New Year on 21st March. In Not only this the design of the not absorb water. life jacket is such that if the Call it total ignorance days of fasting from 2nd to these Islands, various are being person at sea is tired and or a trick to benefit some 20th March, the Baha’i functions Communities throughout the organized by Baha’i unable to keep his neck strait, businessmen, some of the world will be celebrating their (See page 2) the jacket may kill him. (See page 2)


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Lok Sabha polls a battle of thoughts: Rahul Gandhi TANDA (HP): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday termed the Lok Sabha elections as a "battle of thoughts", saying while the Congress stood for empowering the people, the opposition represented only the rich in the country. In a meeting with ex-servicemen, the Congress vice-president said he would make whole-hearted attempts to fulfil the demands of the veterans including representation for the armed forces in the central pay commission. "The election is a battle of thoughts in India. On one hand, there is Congress which feels that power should be in each and every hand and that is how the country can be powerful. "On the other side, the opposition thinks that the country can be run by only powerful and rich and they have no place for the poor in their ideas," Gandhi said, with-

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Arrival & departure of MV Swaraj Dweep Port Blair, Mar 20: MV Swaraj Dweep is expected to arrive here from Chennai via Campbell Bay & Nancowry at 1500 hrs on Mar 22, 2014. On arrival, the ship will be berthed at Haddo Wharf. MV Swaraj Dweep

will sail for Chennai at 1600 hrs on Mar 25, 2014 from Haddo Wharf. Excess baggage, medical examination and embarkation of passengers will commence from 1300 hrs to 1545 hrs on Mar 25.

MV Akbar to sail for Kolkata Port Blair, Mar 20: MV Akbar will sail for Kolkata on Mar 25, 2014 at 1000 hrs from Haddo Wharf. Excess baggage,

medical examination and embarkation of passengers will commence from 0700 hrs to 0945 hrs on Mar 25.

Harshavardhana to sail for Vizag Port Blair, Mar 20: MV Harshavardhana will sail for Vizag at 1000 hrs on Mar 26, 2014 from Haddo Wharf. Excess baggage, out naming the BJP. Addressing the veterans, he said he agreed with the view that there is a divide between the armed forces and the bureaucracy, saying, "I could feel this divide during the one-rank, one-pension issue." He stressed that at times he would be able to

meet the demands of ex-servicemen, but sometimes he would not be able to do so. "I cannot make big promises but my intentions are very clean. I promise you that whatever demands you have, I would always make a whole-hearted effort to meet your demands," Gandhi said.

medical examination and emb ar kat ion of pass engers will commence from 0700 hrs to 0945 hrs on Mar 26.

Circuit Court from Monday Port Blair, Mar 20: Justice Debasish Kar Gupta and Ju st ice Soumen Sen, Judges of the Calcutta High Court shall be sitting/hold-

Open loot...

ing Circuit Court at Port Blair on and from March 24 to April 7, 2014, a communica tion r eceived her e said.   (From page 1)

departments are still advertising for MMD approved life jackets in local newpapers. For example recently CARI, Forest Department and Diglipur Panchayat Samity have recently published tender notice for purchase of MMD approved life jackets. Ignorance of rules by government departments, is not an excuse. Departments, which are operating vessels and small boats must be

aware of law of this land. In name of safety discarded life jackets of Mainland India or life jackets from black market are flooding these Islands, which obviously will kill people than saving them, during disaster. Such negligent attitude also shows that safety measures are taken by various departments just for sake of performing duty and keeping the top officers happy.

Naw-Ruz to...

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Communit ies of Por t Blair, Hut Bay, Campbell B a y , M a y ab u n d e r a n d Diglipur t o ma rk t he oc casion. The day is

celebrated on the day of the as tr onomic al No rt hw ar d eq uino x, which usually occurs on March 21.


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RO cautions government employees 47th Annual General trying to skip election duties Meeting of ACCI Port Blair, Mar 20: Considering the fact that a number of govt. employees who are engaged as Presiding Officer /Polling Officer / election duty are approaching this office for exemption fr om du ty on M edica l/ flimsy gr ounds (with or withou t a ny s upp or ting documents). The Returning Officer of Anda ma n a nd Nicobar P ar lia menta r y Constituency has brought to the notice of all concerned that no exemption from duty shall be granted

by the Returning Officer office until & unless such exemption is clearly certified & recommended by the Head of department concerned with cogent reason (which has to be made clear by the HOD concer ned while r ecommending the case).“It is also brought to notice of all concerned that avoiding of election duties without any cogent reason shall be dealt with severely & all those who are engaged on election duties are expected to co-operate in this regard with this office.

Port Blair, March 20: The Andaman Chamber of Commerce and Industries will be held the 47th Annual General Meeting on 23rd March (Sunday) at 10.00 A.M at the Upper Auditorium of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Pahargaon, Dollygunj, and Shri. Shahid Iqbal, asst. Provident Fund CommisAll individual applications sio ner and r eceived in this r egar d, Smti.L.Prassanna Kumari, therefore, stand rejected,” the RO said in a press release.

Effort to facilitate Presiding Offices and Polling Officers Port Blair, Mar 20: In order to facilitate the Presiding Officers and Polling Officers appointed for conduct of General Election-2014, two training EVMs alongwith Master trainers have been designated at District Office, South Andaman (at the Transit Pass issue Room at the

Ground Floor of District Office, South Andaman) to impart training to those Officers who may be requiring additional experience on handling of EVMs on poll day. Queries etc. with regard to EVMs shall also be attended to. The Cell shall remain open from 0900 hrs to

1700 hrs with a break of one hour from 1300 hrs to 1400 hrs. All concerned have been requested to avail this opportunity, a communication received here from Returning Officer, A&N Islands, Parliamentary Constituency said here today.

Enforcement Officer, Office of the Provident Fund Commissioner, A&N Islands will also attend the meeting at 12.30 P.M to address on the vital aspects of Employees Provident Funds. Mr.Girish Arora, General Secretary (i/c), ACCI has requested all the members of the Chamber to participate in the said meeting.

ECI introduces optional e-filing of affidavits by candidates Port Blair, Mar 20: All the political parties and contesting candidates are hereby informed that the Election Commission of India has introduced the optional e-filing of the affidavits in Form26 by the candidates. This facility for e-filing of affidavits can be availed by the candidates, as per guidelines

framed by the Election Commission of India. The candidates willing to avail efiling facility shall enter the information by logging into the ECI website through internet.        The e-filing facility enables on-line submission of affidavits by the candidates and shall also provide online help in filling up the affidavit correctly and also the facility of getting print of the duly filled affidavit. At present, the e-filing can be done in two languages namely English and Hindi.         The e-filing of affidavit can be done by visiting the website of Election Commission of India www.eci.nic.in and clicking on “ONLINE SUBMISSION OF CANDIDATE AFFIDAVITS”.

Two more nominations filed today Port Blair, Mar 20: Two candidates filed their nomination papers today (March 20) before the Returning Officer, A & N Islands Parliamentary Constituency, Shri P. Jawahar. Shri N K P Nair of CPI (ML) (L) filed one nomination paper which was proposed by 10 proposers.         The  other  person  is Shri V V Khalid who filed nomination paper as an Independent Candidate. The candidature of Shri V V Khalid was proposed by 10 proposers. The last date for filing of nomination is March 22, 2014. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on March 24 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is March 26.


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Spring-ing tiger The season of hope is an apt time to herald elections On Mo nday, Ho li splashed the colours of Spring, and tomorrow people of Persian origin everywhere will celebrate Nowruz. The Parsis alone enshrine the name of the mythic king in this festival, and call it Jamshed-i-Navroz. One can forgive the 'nons' for referring to it as 'Jamshedji Navroz' in the mistaken belief that, like everything Parsi, this too has something to do with the house of Tatas and its equally iconic founder. The real Jamshed (or Jamshyd) was the fourth and greatest of the Pishdadian rulers. That dynasty may not be epigraphically attested, but, then, history is never a match for mythology. Zoroastrian sacred texts and Firdausi's epic poem, Shah Nameh, both accord near divine status to this hero; he exudes a godly aura, flies through the air and is credited with more down-to-earth contributions such as the introduction of agriculture, weaving of cloth and discovery of wine. Actually, it was one of his banished harem ladies, who, in suicidal despair, had quaffed a cask marked 'Poison' because it contained 'spoilt' grapes; exhilarated she sprang back to life and favour. This led to the legend of the 'jaam-e-Jamshyd', the king's wine-cup which was always magically replenished. This vernal festival resonates well with India's political parties now furiously promising, like Shakespeare's Richard III, to turn the 'winter of our discontent' to 'glorious summer'. May could well be mayhem, but hope springs eternal in that sucker called the human breast, and Spring also happens to be the designated season for leaps of faith. King Jamshyd's dynasty may be historically iffy, but ours is a painful fact. Since Spring is also the time when the 'bard is on the wing', let's continue drawing upon him. The Nehru-Gandhi lineage was born great, achieved a sort-of

greatness, and is now just thrust upon us. However much the Congress may want to be like the 'jaam-e-Jamshyd', its chances of being magically replenished are dim. True in elections, there's many a slip between the cup and the lip, but for too long the party has resembled the harem lady in her suicidal state. The exhilaration is all in the other camp. As with the heroic Persian ruler, so with the Man Who Will Be King. Mythology overpowers history (and hist o ry books). The 'Modi Nameh' continues to sing of his glories, past present and future. The compendium volume is indeed a 'Shah' Nameh. Not unlike BJP and RSS cadres at this campaign time, in Iran, entire parivars fan out into the countryside on Nowruz to celebrate the end of a cold winter. The lotus may not feature, but the bloom that marks this festival is the crocus; it belongs to the saffron family. E lect io n- t ime and Springfests are made for each other like pichkaris and gulalwater. In the battle for the Dilli gaddi, parties of all hues have begun to merge; it remains to be seen if such expedient couplings will wash with the electorate. Holi also holds the threat of a searing summer. Unlike in festive Iran, campaigning in our hot and steamy plains will be no picnic. Glammies such as Moon Moon Sen may have to fret only about crisp tangail saris wilting like a palak-leaf or the deleterious effects on her delicate skin. The seasoned Sonia has to be worried about something as serious as son-stroke. At Pongal, which too spells the end of winter, milk is made to boil over; similarly, elections are a potboiler. East er also marks the st art of warmth, and again electoral metaphors segue into the season. For the losers it will be a crucifixion; for the winners, a resurrection. We, the asli aam admi, can only hope that it all won't end up like t he Arab Spring.

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New drug target for controlling high blood sugar discovered Washington: Researchers have identified a new potential therapeutic target for controlling high blood sugar. Researchers showed that lipid molecules called phosphatidic acids enhance glucose production in the liver. These findings suggest that inhibiting or reducing production of phosphatidic acids may do the opposite.Senior author Dr. Anil Agarwal, Professor of Internal Medicine, said that their study establishes a role for phosphatidic acids in enhancing glucose production by the liver and identifies enzymes involved in the synthesis of phosphatidic acids as

potential drug targets.These observations were made while studying a mouse model of lipodystrophy, a rare metabolic disease in which the body is devoid of fat. Lipodystrophy patients often develop diabetes and accumulate fat in the liver because of an imbalance in the body's ability to properly regulate lipids and glucose.The causal gene, AGPAT2 , which is involved in the synthesis of phosphatidic acid and triglycerides, was removed in the mice, resulting in rodents with generalized lipodystrophy. The research team then examined what impact this ge-

netic manipulation had on phosphatidic acids and glucose production. The buildup of these lipid molecules was due to an increase in the levels of two enzymes in the liver, diacylglycerol kinase and phospholipase D. Researchers also discovered a marked increase in glucose production in the livers of the lipodystrophic mice.The lack of normal insulin signaling in these lipodystrophic mice led to unrestricted production of phosphatidic acid, Dr. Agarwal explained, contributing to development of hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar.

Social groups can help ease depression Researchers have suggested that building a strong connection to a social group helps clinically depressed patients recover and helps prevent relapse. For the paper, (CIFAR) Senior Fellow Alexander Haslam, lead author Tegan Cruwys and their colleagues at the University of Queensland conducted two studies of patients diagnosed with depression or anxiety. The patients either joined a community group with activities such as sewing, yoga, sports and art, or partook in group therapy at a psychiatric hospital. In both cases, patients responding to survey

questions who did not identify strongly with the social group had about a 50% likelihood of continued depression a month later. But of those who developed a stronger connection to the group and who came to see its members as 'us' rather than 'them,' less than a third still met the criteria for clinical depression after that time. Many patients said the group made them feel supported because everyone was "in it together." While past research has looked at the importance of social connections for preventing and treating depression, Haslam, a member of CIFAR's Social Interactions,

Identity and Well-Being (SIIWB) program, says it has tended to emphasize interpersonal relationships rather than the importance of a sense of group identity. This paper is in press at the Journal of Affective Disorders.

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National shooter held for killing blackbuck BHOPAL: Bhopal Rifle Club imposed a life ban on national shooter Saad Khan and his accomplice Mohammad Owais a day after they were arrested from a village in Sehore district for poaching a peacock and a blackbuck. Rifle club runs the affairs of amateur shooting in Madhya Pradesh.Khan and Owais were accompanied by Nishad Khan. All three accused were remanded to two-day police custody on Wednesday. Confirming the ban, director of Bhopal Rifle Club, Aruneshwar Singhdeo told TOI, "State body cannot entertain such people. Our constitution is very clear as anyone involved in criminal activity cannot continue with the club." He said a decision to lift the ban would be taken by the executive committee of the club as and when the court clears them. A letter in this regard has already been sent to

additional district magistrate, he said. Khan's membership no L-81 and Owais's membership no A-49 have been deleted from members list of the club.They were caught by the people at Kathpon village. Villagers were stopping vehicles for collecting donations for Holi celebrations when they stopped Khan's jeep and a villager spotted a rifle and later

Kalaignar TV through a circuitous route in which her daughter Kanimozhi and MD of the TV group Sharad Kumar are also accused. The DMK supremo's wife has, however, denied any wrongdoing in this case. A chargesheet in this case, under provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), is pending at present. The agency has already questioned Kanimozhi and former Telecom Minister A Raja in this regard. Both the DMK leaders and others have been questioned by ED about the alleged transfer of Rs 200 crore to the TV channel, in which Kanimozhi

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Protests didn't affect Kirron or me: Anupam Kher

MUMBAI: Anupam Kher says neither he and nor his wife Kirron Kher were disturbed when she was greeted with eggs and black flags on her arrival in Chandigarh as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Kirron landed in Chandigarh on Tuesday. She was reportedly greeted with slogans and had eggs thrown at her by protesters who felt she was an "outsider". Anupam, who was with her in Chandigarh by chance, laughed off the importance given to the protestfound the carcass of a ers. blackbuck and a peacock. An"There were just gry villagers dragged the three maybe seven to eight out and beat them up. protesters...a very negligible Imported .22 and 270 caliber rifles, several cartridges number of people. And I say, and a binocular were confis- everyone has the right to procated from their jeep besides test in a democracy. Neither skinned peacock and a Kirron nor I minded the problackbuck. All have been test," he said. booked under provisions of But why the proWildlife Protection Act 1972 tests? "They probably felt and Arms Act. there were others more qualified for the tickets. But they must understand that if the high command thinks a particular candidate is eligible, then we must all respect that and Sharad Kumar each hold 20 per cent stake.ED had earlier also decision and not throw tanscrutinised documents related to trums, like a child who has both the DMK MPs' incomes, been denied a toy," said the properties and personal invest- veteran actor. ments. It had also initiated atAnupam dismissed tachment proceedings under the enormity of the protests. PMLA against other individuals and certain telecom firms involved in the case. Besides the cases of Raja and Kanimozhi, a similar probe is underway under the provisions of the antimoney laundering Act against Asif Balwa, director of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, Rajeev Agarwal and Karim Murani of Cineyug Films (Pvt) Ltd.

2G case: ED issues fresh summons to Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to DMK chief K Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal in connection with its money laundering probe in the 2G spectrum allocation case. Ammal, 84, has been given an option to present her case through an authorised legal representative, in case she cannot come herself and answer questions of agency sleuths on March 28 here, sources said. The agency, they said, wants to investigate the role of Ammal with regard to alleged channelling of Rs 200 crore to the DMK family-run

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"It was nothing. So much hue and cry is being made about a handful of protesters. What about the 500 supporters came to support and cheer Kirron at the airport? As for reports that eggs were thrown at her, please show me those eggs. I'd like to make omelettes of them," he said. Anupam says his wife is not the least shaken by the protests. "She is a strong woman, She is getting ready for a long innings in politics," said the actor, who has "no plans of ever getting into active politics". "One politician in the family is enough," he quipped. Anupam was in Chandigarh to promote his film "Gang Of Ghosts", which releases on Friday. "What a beautiful coincidence. I am glad I could be here to see my wife take her initial steps in this new phase in her life," he said.


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Income Tax case: Jayalalithaa, Sasikala directed to appear before Chennai court on April 3 CHENNAI: The court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate, economic offences, in Chennai on Thursday dismissed the adjournment petition of chief minister J Jayalalitha asked her and her confidante, Sasikala Natarajan, to appear before it on April 3. Judge R Dakshinamurthy said, "This court feels that reasons stated for the adjournment is not accepted in law." The income tax department had filed a criminal case against erstwhile Sasi Enterprises and its partners -- Jayalalithaa and Sasikala -- for their failure to file returns for two consecutive years (1991-92 and 1992-93). The IT department alleged

that they had committed offences punishable under provision of the Income Tax Act,1961. In January 2014, the Supreme Court dismissed the

appeals against the order of the Madras high court which had dismissed their discharge petitions. It had also asked the lower court to complete the trial in four months.

Karunanidhi doubts Sri Lanka's intention to solve fishermen issue CHENNAI: Raising doubt over Sri Lanka's intention to solve fishermen issue, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Thursday slammed the latest incident of arrest of Indian fishermen by the island navy, saying if it wants a solution for the matter it should not indulge in such acts. Referring to Wednesday's arrest of 75 Indian fishermen by the Lankan navy, Karunanidhi said it was shocking and would not have happened without the Sri Lankan government's knowl-

edge. "If Sri Lanka really wants a solution to this issue, there is no point in it continuing to resort to such activities. There is a doubt if Sri Lankan government is trying to mislead Government of India and that of Tamil Nadu and the fishermen (here)," he said in a statement. While talks were scheduled between fishermen associations of both countries, Sri Lanka's action and India "not showing any opposition is condemnable," he said. First round of talks

between fishermen representatives of both countries over fishing rights in Palk Strait were held here in January, while the two sides are slated to meet in Colombo on March 25 to take forward the discussions.

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Bajaj Allianz General Insurance launches Health Insurance plans in Andamans

Port Blair, Mar 20: Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, one of the leading private general insurance companies in India has launched its Health insurance plans - a comprehensive and bouquet of health insurance policy in the Emerald Islands of India. The highlight of the launch is now customers of Andaman Islands can get the benefit of cashless claim settlement from more than 3600 network hospitals Pan India including tieup hospitals/diagnostic centres and wellness centres in Andamans & Nicobar Islands, Chennai and Kolkata . Launching the product, Hiren Vora, Chief Distribution Officer, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, said, “We are happy to launch health insurance here and also proud to be the first private insurer to do it in the Emerald Islands of India. Currently health insurance is absolutely necessary with the rise in medical costs. The other reason is since most of the illnesses can now be treated and the presence of good network of hospitals here, and an adequate health insurance plan can ef-

fectively protect you from the huge medical bills. “ The first health policy will be received by Mr. Jadwet, MD of Jadwet trading company. The policy was handed over by Mr.Hiren Vora, CDO, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance. Health insurance is the most essential form of insurance to effectively face the rising medical inflation. The product bouquet of health insurance plans include Health guard - hospital reimbursement schemes which is also the most popular form of health insurance; Silver Health - (senior citizen plan); Hospital Cash - (benefit plan) and Critical illness - (benefit plan covering 10 critical illnesses). In addition to the health insurance plans the customers of Andaman Islands can also benefit from the value added services that are available in rest of India. Value added services are available to all Bajaj Allianz Health Insurance customers whereby the discounts in OPD(outpatient treatment), diagnostic services and other healthcare services.

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