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ANC resumes MH370 search again
Two aircrafts sent to Kuala Lumpur for search operation; Two ships in west coast Port Blair, Mar 21: The Andaman and Nicobar TriService command today said that India is sending two military aircrafts to Kuala Lumpur for the multi-nation search operation of Malaysian Jet MH 370. “One C 130J of Indian Air Force stationed at Port Blair returned to Mainland India today while replacement C130J left for Kuala Lumpur at 1200 hrs from Port Blair,” a senior Military Officer of Andaman and Nicobar Command today told ‘Andaman Sheekha’, who does not want his name to be quoted. He said that Indian Navy’s Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8I
Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes off Nicobar Islands – USGS Port Blair, Mar 21: A 6.7magnitude earthquake struck off Nicobar Islands on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) about 68 miles (110 km) southeast of Misha, Nicobar Islands, in the Indian Ocean, the agency said. An official
at the provincial disaster management control room said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage but the earthquake had been felt by islanders. The official said there was no tsunami alert. Andaman and Nicobar is made up of more than 500 mostly uninhabited islands.
Andaman Sheekha Mourns Shri. Jagadish Mandal’s Death
is also likely to fly for Kuala Lumpur from Mainland India. “Two Indian Navy ships from Andaman Nicobar Command are searching off west coast of
Andaman Group of Islands from 0800 hrs today in conjunction with ships of Easter Naval Command,” the senior ANC officer added. He said that one P8I aircraft of (See page 7)
Port Blair, Mar 21: Andaman Sheekha team deeply mourns the sad demise of Shri. Jagadish Mandal, father of Andaman Sheekha correspondent Dr. P K Mandal (Trinath), Billyground. He was 82 years old and was not keeping well since a long time. Shri Jagadish Mandal, who came to Andaman and Nicobar Islands under RVD (Rastriya Vikas Dal) Scheme, had settled at Billyground area. He had served the Revenue Department as Chaudhury for more than 35 years at Harinagar area. Shri Mandal was well known for his kind be-
havior and helpful nature among public of North and Middle Andaman. He is survived by his wife Kalidasi Mandal, three sons Dr. P K Mandal, Dr. S K Mandal, Mr. Purnendu Mandal and three daughters. His last right will be performed tomorrow at 11.00 am.
Four injured in road accident at Dollygunj took place at Dollygunj at around 3.00 PM. According to eye witnesses four people in a Maruti Swift Dezire were Sheekha News Service going towards School Line Port Blair, Mar 21: Four people side from Dollygunj area in sustained minor injuries in a full speed. Eye witnesses say road accident today, which (See page 8)
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Malaysia jet search: India declines China’s request to enter waters around Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair, New Delhi, Mar 21: India has declined China’s proposal to allow four of its warships to join the hunt for the MH370 jetliner near the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, even as it is now dispatching two aircraft to Malaysia to join the international search force that is now scanning southern Indian Ocean off Australia for the missing 777-200ER aircraft. Officials on Thursday said China’s request to allow its four warships, including two frigates and a salvage vessel, to enter Indian territorial waters has been “politely turned down” since Indian warships and aircraft are already searching the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea around the 572-island cluster. While the Chinese warships are free to sail in international waters, Indian forces will obviously be unhappy about their presence anywhere near the strategically-located Andaman and Nicobar Islands. “The A&N command is our military out-
post in the region, which overlooks the Malacca Strait and dominates the Six-Degr ee Channel. We don’t want Chinese warships sniffing around in the area on the pretext of hunting for the missing jetliner or anti-piracy patrols,” said an official. An
Indian P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance plane and a C-130J special operations aircraft, with electrooptic and infra-red sensors, meanwhile will fly to Malaysia on Friday morning to join the international search force (See page 7)
AAP expels two leaders for demanding money NEW DELHI: Sending out a strong message to party office bearers, the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday sacked two leaders from Uttar Pradesh for demanding money in exchange of party tickets. Addressing a press conference at his Tilak Lane residence, AAP National convener Arvind Kejriwal announced sacking of Avadh zone convener Aruna Singh and Hardoi’s treasurer Ashok Kumar for demanding money in lieu of giving party tickets for Lok Sabha elections. “T hese two demanded money from prospective candidates in exchange of party tickets. We received complaints, following which we asked for evidence. When the par ty looked into the evidence, we found the allegations to be true. “However, no kind of financial transaction occurred. Based on the evidence, we decided to sack the two,” Kejriwal said. A party leader said one Rajesh Kumar fr om Sitapur had alleged that money was being taken in
exchange of tickets, following which a sting was done by a news channel. “Initially, when the voice record came to us, it was not clear. So, we asked the TV reporter to get fresh evidence and verified it after which an action was taken against the two.” said the leader. Kejriwal asked the media and also the candidates looking for party tickets to conduct a sting operation if they found anyone demanding money. “Whosoever does that, conduct a sting. We will verify it and the person will not be in the party for more than 24 hours after that,” he said. Kejriwal added that whenever such cases come up, the party looks for the voice and raw footage before arriving at any conclusion. “I am sending out a clear message, whosoever paid money for the ticket should assume that their money will be wasted. The candidate will also not get any ticket if he does this, Kejriwal said.
Four more nominations filed; last date for filing of nominations today
Port Blair, Mar 21: Four candidates filed their nomination papers today (March 21) before the Returning Officer, A & N Islands Parliamentary Constituency, Mr. P. Jawahar. Mr. Saravanan as
an Independent candidate filed one nomination paper which was proposed by 10 proposers. Smt. Anita Mondal of All India Trinamool Congress filed four sets of nomi-
nation papers. Her candidature was proposed by 10 proposers. Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray of Bharatiya Janata Par ty filed thr ee sets of nomination papers. His can-
EVM handling training at District Office premises Port Blair, Mar 21: A good number of Presiding Officers and Polling Officers appointed for conduct of General Election-2014 today acquainted themselves with handling of Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs). The Master trainers designated at District Office, South Andaman imparted training to the officials about handling the EVMs on poll day. Apart from the officials, the general public also got an opportunity to operate the EVMs much to their satisfaction. It may be recalled here that two training EVMs along with Master trainers have been designated at Dist r ict O ff ice, S ou th Andaman (at the Transit
Pass issue Room at the Ground Floor of District Office, South Andaman) to impart training to Presiding Officers and Polling Officers who may be requiring additional experience on
handling of EVMs on poll day. 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 can avail this opportunity.
didature was proposed by 3 others. Mr. Prakash Minj as an Independent candidate filed two sets of nomination papers which were proposed by 10 proposers.Tomorrow
(March 22) is the last date for filing of nomination. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on March 24 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is March 26, 2014.
Top myths about Muslims It’s absolutely untrue that benefits of economic development have bypassed India’s largest minority As the 2014 general elections draw close, all major political parties have been vociferously showing their concern for Muslims and competing to woo the Muslim voter. Even BJP is trying to win them, using tokenism and stereotyped gestures. In the current milieu, some myths about Muslims are in circulation. One myth concerns their voting behaviour. It assumes that Muslims are a homogenous community. They vote en bloc in favour of a party. A section of Muslims believes the community vote brings Congress to power. A section of the majority community too harbours this delusion. The fact is that the Indian Muslim community is as diverse as Indian society. Religion unites as much as caste, sect, region and trade divide them. These divisions make them fit into the plural, diverse patterns of Indian life. A majority of Muslims live in states such as UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Kerala that have a strong presence of regional parties. Congress figures only in the third or fourth position in these states. In these states, a majority of Muslims vote for regional parties. In states such as Assam and Andhra Pradesh, Muslim voting for Congress has come down. According to the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, more than 70% of Muslim votes go to Congress in states such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi where the contest is bipolar, between Congress and BJP. In states where the contest is multipolar and Congress is in number two or three position, or the junior partner, Muslim votes for Congress come down to 30%. A majority of Muslim votes are fragmented and go to different political parties, reflecting their local and class interests. It is evident from this that no party can take the Muslim vote for granted. In the 2014 parliamentary elections, they are likely to vote for the bestplaced candidate to defeat BJP nationally. In 2009, Muslim votes started to come back to Congress in UP. They voted for Samajwadi Party and BSP also in almost equal proportions. There is a ray of hope for Congress in UP in the post-Muzaffarnagar situation, where Muslims may largely vote for Congress and BSP. AAP is a new phenomenon and Muslims are still sceptical. The AAP agenda does not fully reflect their hopes and fears. For Muslims, communalism is a much bigger issue than corruption. There is another myth, largely among Muslims, that they have not benefited from economic development. It is nobody’s argument that a lot has been done for Muslims by succeeding governments. However, it is not the case that nothing has been done for them. Since Independence, the state’s approach to the rights of religious mi-
norities has proved inadequate in promoting inclusion. Despite constitutional safeguards and stark backwardness of the Muslim community, it has been kept out of the purview of affirmative action policies, except for a small number of Muslims in the OBC category. Their issues were limited to protection of religious identity and security. But over the last decade a noticeable shift has occurred in political thinking regarding minorities, and many policy initiatives have been taken to empower them. The Sachar Committee report was one such landmark step. In pre-Sachar days, talking about Muslims meant ‘appeasement’. Sachar gave an atmosphere in which pluralism and diversity could be acceptable socially and legally. In the wake of Sachar’s recommendations, many welfare programmes were started for Muslims, yielding substantial improvement in some areas. As per latest data by HRD ministry, enrolment of Muslim children at elementary level has risen to 13% from 8% in 2006-07. The refrain about no benefit having reached Muslims is obviously untrue. As per government data, the flow of priority sector credit to minorities during 2012-13 reached Rs 1,71,960 crore, which was more than 15% of total priority sector lending. Many studies found problems in the delivery mechanism of minority welfare schemes during the 11th plan. In the 12th plan a focused strategy has been adopted, making blocks instead of districts the basic unit for planning and implementing these schemes. Now that an area-specific approach has been adopted, benefits should go directly to minority-concentrated villages where a substantial number of Muslims live. Bottlenecks are now being identified and the delivery system is being streamlined. Amid all this, nobody can honestly claim that benefits of economic development have bypassed Muslims. Finally, there is a misunderstanding among some people, mainly Muslims, that preservation of secularism is the exclusive responsibility of Muslims. This certainly is not the case. India is secular not because Muslims want it to be so, but because this country has evolved over millennia in a way that religion and its practice have been left out of the domain of the state. This is reflected in India’s Constitution. It is relevant to note that Europe did not become secular to accommodate Jews, Muslims or Buddhists, but to protect people from sectarian strife within Christianity. US secularism has similar origins. India too is secular because of Hindus, not Muslims, Sikhs, Christians or Parsis. Nehru’s idea of nationalism was based on a shared historical past and a future project of common development. This idea still holds good. It is a broad reflection of Congress thinking and a tradition of accommodation and synthesis that stretches back to a hoary past.
Doctors abort medicoâ€™s planned suicidal bid, incident finds space in medical journal The 32-year-old post graduate doctor, tried to commit suicide by taking two cardiac drugs to ensure definite cardiac arrest and a drug for brain damage, a method that only a doctor could have thought of. However, he was saved by doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. The medical student used a unique and deadly concoction as a method of suicide. The digoxin drug that he consumed to kill himself is
used to control irregular heartbeats in patients but if taken in large doses, it can cause a complete standstill leading to cardiac arrest. According to doctors at the hospital, the challenge for them was to find an antidote for the cardiac drug he consumed which was specific to the antibody fragments, A team of cardiologists, nephrologists and critical care specialists then attempted a charcoal-based
hemoperfusion used for removing drug related toxins but rarely attempted for digoxin. The new treatment surprisingly reduced the level of toxins in his body and saved the life of the medical professional.The report about the suicide attempt by the 32year-old postgraduate doctor and his subsequent treatment has been published in the latest issue of the Indian Journal of Critical Care and Management.
Tooth loss associated with depression and anxiety Researchers have associated tooth loss with depression and anxiety. In the study, researchers examined a potential association of tooth loss with depression and anxiety. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Survey is a complex, telephone survey of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. In this study, the researchers used the BRFSS 2010 data (451,075 respondents). Analysis involved frequency, Chi square analysis, and complex survey logistic regression. Participants eligibility included being 19 years or older, and having complete data on depression,
anxiety and tooth loss. There were 76,292 eligible participants; and 13.4 per cent of participants reported anxiety, 16.7 per cent reported depression, and 5.7 per cent reported total tooth loss. The sample was evenly distributed between males and females; there were 68.7 per cent non-Hispanic whites, 12.7 per cent non-Hispanic blacks, 12.5 per cent Hispanics, and 6.8 per cent other. In Chi-square analysis by tooth loss: depression, anxiety, and a combined category of depression or anxiety were significantly different in tooth loss (p less than 0.0001) v. participants without the conditions. The unadjusted odds ratio for tooth loss and anxiety was 1.58 (95 per
cent CI: 1.46, 1.71; p less than 0001); for depression: 1.64 (95 per cent CI: 1.52, 1.77; p less than 0001); and for anxiety or depression as a combined category: 1.55 (95 per cent CI: 1.44, 1.66; p less than 0001). The adjusted odds ratio (AOR) for anxiety was 1.13 (95 per cent CI: 0.99, 1.30; p=0.0773); for depression: 1.16 (95 per cent CI: 1.02, 1.32; p=0.0275); and in a separate analysis of the combined anxiety or depression category, the AOR was 1.23 (95 per cent CI: 1.11, 1.36). At the conclusion of this national study, the researchers found that depression and anxiety are associated with tooth loss.
The Earth’s zebraprint jacket: Nasa discovers new giant striped structure in the planet’s radiation belt Scientists discovered the new, persistent structure in one of two radiation belts surrounding Earth. NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes spacecraft spotted the pattern, which that resembles slanted zebra stripes. The structure is produced by the slow rotation of Earth, previously considered incapable of affecting the motion of radiation belt particles, which have velocities
approaching the speed of light. Scientists had previously believed that increased solar wind activity was the primary force behind any structures in our planet’s radiation belts.However, these zebra stripes were shown to be visible even during low solar wind activity, which prompted a new search for how they were generated.
water. S a t ur n' s s econd largest moon, Titan has a dense, planet-like atmos p her e a nd la r ge s ea s ma de of met ha ne a nd ethane. Measuring roughly 260 miles (420 km) by 217 miles ( 350 km), Ligeia Mare is larger than Lake Superior on Earth. "Titan is the best analog that we have in the solar system to a body like the Earth because it is the only other body that we know of that has a complex cycle of solid, liquid, a nd ga s cons t it u ent s , " Zebker said. T he r a da r mea surements suggest the surf ace of L igeia M a r e is
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sive air searches are also being conducted with three aircraft (P-8I, C-130J and Dornier-228) in the area,” said an officer. “In addition to all this, the P-8I and C-130J will be joining the international force in Malaysia by Friday afternoon. We are in continuous touch with the Royal Malaysian Navy and Air Force from our maritime operations centre at New Delhi to render all possible help,” he added.
‘It is because of the unprecedented resolution of our energetic particle experiment, RBSPICE, that we now understand that the inner belt electrons are, in fact, always organized in zebr a patter ns,’ said Aleksandr Ukhorskiy, lead (From page 1) author of the paper at The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Labor ator y, or Indian Nav y, w hic h is ar e alr ead y hunt ing for already located at Port Blair Malaysia Airlines Flight APL, in Laurel. is searching seas south of M H370 in the sout her n
Titan's second largest sea has mirror-like smooth surface Radar measurements made in 2 0 1 3 b y N ASA' s Cassini spacecraft, reveal that the surface of Ligeia Mare, Titan's second largest sea, possesses a mirror-like smoothness, possibly due to a lack of winds. "If you could look out on this sea, it would be really still. It would just be a totally glassy surface," Howard Zebker, professor of geophysics and of elect r ica l engineer ing a t Stanford who is the lead author of a new study detailing the research, said. The findings also indicate that the solid terrain surrounding the sea is likely made of solid organic materials and not frozen
there. The new region off Australia is now on everyone’s radar screens after two objects, which could be debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines 777200ER aircraft, were spotted floating there by a satellite on Thursday. “Indian Navy already has four warships (INS Satpura, Sahyadari, Saryu and Batti Malv) deployed in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea in continuation of the search for the jetliner. Exten-
eerily still. "C a ss ini' s r a da r sensitivity in this experiment is one millimeter, so that mea ns if t her e a r e wa ves on Ligeia M ar e, they're smaller than one millimeter. That's really, really smooth," Zebker said. One possible exp lana t ion f or t he s ea ' s calmness is that no winds happened to be blowing across that region of the moon when Cassini made its flyby. Another possibility is that a thin layer of some ma ter ial is s uppr essing wave action. T he f indings a r e published online in Geophysical Research Letters.
Great Nicobar Island and wes t of Sumat r a. Meanwhile many countries
Indian Ocean, which has not yielded any result so far.
Bail denied to two accused in UP riot cases MUZAFFARNAGAR: The bail pleas of two accused in separate cases involving the riots last year in the area has been rejected by courts here. Chief judicial magistrate Narender Kumar rejected the bail plea of Subodh, an accused in the Bahawdi killings, upon the prosecution’s contention that he was facing charges in several cases. Three persons, including two women, were killed by rioters at Bahawdi village in the district’s Phugana
police station area during the riots on September 8 last year. Meanwhile, a sessions court rejected the bail plea of one Muzammil in connection with the Kawal killings case. Additional district sessions Judge Jitender Kumar rejected the bail plea of the accused who has been named in the case along with four others. Two youths were beaten to death at Kawal village on August 27, 2013, following which communal tensions spread in the area.
Andaman Sai Seva Samiti conducts free heart camp at Diglipur Diglipur, Mar 21: A free heart camp was conducted today at Diglipur Island from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm at Subhash Gram Panchayat Hall at Diglipur. Prof. Dr. G. Elangovan, M.D, DM (Cardiology). Dr. Sudip Chakraborty, MBBS, MD (Medicine) attended the patients. About 400 patients (including children) suffering from High Blood Pressure, chest pain, heart related problems took the benefit of the free Heath camp. Free medi-
NIOS students advised
Port Blair, Mar 21: The stu- amination intimation letters dents of NIOS (Sec & Sr. fr om the NIOS website Sec level) AI no.230001 (www.nios.ac.in). It is also (Govt. Model Sr. Sec. displayed on the notice board School, Aber deen) have of the school. For further been informed that their enquiries, they can contact theory examination will be the Incharge of the Study held from March 24 to May Centre between 2 & 4 pm on 5, 2014 at 2.30 pm onwards. all school working day. CenCandidates who have remit- tre for theory exam for class ted their examination fee for X will be held at RBV and March/April 2014 have been class XII will be held at cines were also given on this availed the benefits from free advised to downloaded re- Nirmala School, a communioccasion. Earlier on 20 th heart camp. Andaman Sai vised date of hall tickets/ex- cation said. March it was conducted at Seva Samiti Organized this Rangat and about 130 patients free camp. Time table for exam displayed
Rodent Eradication Campaign at Diglipur Diglipur, Mar 21: Seeing the damage caused by field rat Bandicota bengalensis, “Rodent Eradication Campaign” was organized successfully by the Department of Agriculture, Diglipur field in association with ATMA in Subashgram, Khudirampur, Diglipur, R.K.Gram, Madhupur, D.B. Gram, Rabindrapally, Laxmipur, Sitanagar and Keralapuram villages of Diglipur zone by involving farmers, farmer friends and staff of the department. The campaign started from 5th March and continued till 15th March 2014. The campaign included pre-baiting from 11th March to 13th March, 2014 and baiting with zinc phosphide on 14th March 2014. Before going for poison baiting, Smti Sreedevi Assistant Director (Agri), Diglipur sensitized the farmers of all the target villages about the ro-
dent menace and its extent of damage caused to the farmers and their role in the campaign. Mr. U.K.Nayak, Plant Protection Officer and Mr. S.C. Bairagi, Technical Assistant, Central Integrated Pest Management Centre, Port Blair also discussed about various methods of rat management, like bund trimming, weed free cultivation, traps and the method of application of rodenticides and precautions to be followed. The baits were prepared by involving the farmers under the supervision of the Agriculture Department and Central Integrated Pest Management Centre, Port Blair. The poison baits (15 gm-20 gm.) were placed in the identified locations in the evening and the following morning the dead rodents and left over baits were collected and disposed safely by the farmers under the supervision of staff of Agriculture Depart-
ment. Rodent control measure adopted was successful in the affected fields. Technical guidance and materials required for poison bailing was provided by the Agriculture Department. For publicity the department has given handouts of the schedule of the programme and precautions to be followed by the farmers while going for poison baiting in the local language. The farmers are advised to be more vigilant and if rodent menace is noticed, timely action should be taken to control this problem in their fields/homesteads as the farmers have been trained with the techniques of rodent eradication through this campaign. Necessary technical guidance and rodenticide will be provided by the Agriculture Department. For further details farmers can contact their nearest sub-depots inchages.
Port Blair, Mar 21: The students registered for the Intermediate Course of Cost and Management Accounting Course under the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of India (ICMAI) Extension Counter/Study Centre in JNRM have been informed that the time table for the June 2014 examinations has been displayed in the Study Centre, JNRM. The
examinations are scheduled from June 11, 2014 onwards. The last date to apply for the examination is March 31, 2014 without late fee and April 10 with late fee of Rs.300. All are advised to contact the CMA Course Coordinator (9434281546), Study Centre/Extension Counter in JNRM campus immediately, a communication received here said.
CARI renamed as CIARI Port Blair, Mar 21: The Central Agricultural Research Institute has been renamed as Central Island Agricultural Research Institute. Henceforth, the official correspondence if any, may be
address to The Director, Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Bathu Basti P.O., Garacharma, Port Blair-744 105, a communication received here said.
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World of TB Day on 24th March 2014 Port Blair, Mar 21: Like previous year, this year also the State TB Control Society, A&N Islands will be celebrating World TB Day along with the rest of the country under Revised National TB Control Programme on the theme “Reach the three million”, find, treat and cure TB” by arranging various IEC activities to create awareness on prevention and control of tu-
berculosis among the community. On the observance of World TB Day, a rally of school students has been arranged from the premises of Cellular Jail to Aberdeen Bus Stand and back on 24th March 2014 at 9.00 AM to create awareness on TB and New Treatment Strategy DOTS among the general public, which will be off by the
Director of Health Services / Mission Director (UTHM). Thereafter, a function will be held at 11.30 am in the auditorium of G.B. Pant Hospital. Port Blair, where the Chief Guest will handover the cash prizes to the winners of essay competition conducted on the occasion of World TB Day and the undersigned will sensitize the gathering.
that while over taking another vehicle, the car driver lost his balance after hitting the road divider and hit a private bus from front. The bus was on the other side of the road. All
four people inside the car reportedly sustained minor injuries and were taken to G B Pant Hospital. A case has been registered in this regard.
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