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Wasteful expenditure of public money
Work Shed at Guptapara; constructed and forgotten
Staff Correspondent Sheekha News Service
Port Blair, Feb 23: Last week Andaman Sheekha had reported about the Fisheries Market of Neil Island, which was constructed nearly a decade back but not even for once the Market was used by the Fishermen. The Fisheries Market constructed without
any study or thought caused loss of huge amount of public money. In yet another case of wasteful expenditure of public money, a building for work shed was constructed more than a decade back at Guptapara under MPLAD fund. But the building remained totally unutilized for years and years until
recently when the building was re-inaugurated by the Secretary Fisheries Mr. Onit Panyang, as Fisheries Out Post. Before inauguration some repair works were carried out by the Administration but sadly again the building remains unutilized. At present only one (See page 2)
Naresh Chander Lal all set to shoot his next film ‘EK Mousam Chota Sa’ Staff Correspondent Sheekha News Service
Port Blair, Feb 23: Mr. Naresh Chander Lal is again ready with his new project, which will be fourth film under Island Flim’s banner. This time it will be another feature film, which has been named as ‘Ek Mousam Chota sa’. After winning several awards for his past short and feature films, Amrit Jal, Gandhi the Mahatma & Runway on the Sea, Lal has this time chosen a
new subject on the emotions and feelings of ‘Eunuch’. This will be a full length romantic feature film in Hindi with the provision of two songs. Talking to Andaman Sheekha Lal said that the film will be shot in the month of September in various locations of Andamans as rainy season is essential part of film’s script. The 59 scenes film. The title of the film is are well scripted by Mr. Lal, already registered with Indian who is also the writer, Motion Picture Producer’s producer and director of the (See page 2)
Andaman Sheekha Impact
Disrespect to our National Flag: CCS registers FIR
Staff Correspondent Sheekha News Service
Port Blair, Feb 23: The CCS Police Station of Andaman and Nic obar Polic e has registered a case against unknown per son for br inging d isr espec t t o ‘National Flag’. On Feb 04 issue, A ndaman Sheekha had reported that how National Flags, made up of plastic, were thrown on road by unknown people, hurting the sentiments of people.
Based on the report, now a FIR has been lodged. A similar r epor t was published by Andaman Sheekha on 18 June 2013 where it was reported that a full size National Flag of India was found inside the Garbage bin of Bhatu Basti Junction on 09.06.2013. As per rule National Flags must be kept under safe custody and there is a set rule to dispose off, the National flag in case of damage. However, for this earlier report no such FIR has been lodged yet.
LG directs senior officers to meet general public Port Blair, February 23: The Lt Governor has directed the Principal Secretaries/ Commissioner-cumSecretaries/Secretaries and Heads of Department of the Administration to meet the general public for redressal of
their grievances between 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm. They are directed to avoid scheduling meetings, inspection during this time and be available to meet people visiting them for redressal of their grievances.
Nutrition Kitchen Garden (NKG) for Nicobari tribes of Small Lapathy by CARI
Car Nicobar, Feb 23: Under Tribal Sub-Plan, Central Agricultural Research Institute jointly with Department of Agriculture and KVK, Nicobar has conducted training cum sensitization programme on “Livelihood Options with special emphasis on Nutritious Kitchen Garden on 17th February, at Small Lapathy Village. Mr. Marcus, 2nd Head man was the Chief guest, Smt. Rajshree Prakash, Asstt. Director, Agriculture, Car Nicobar was the guest of honour and Mr. Leslie, Village Secretary presided over the programme. Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest stressed the need of the family in growing vegetables in their backyard to meet the requirement of balanced diet and the benefit derived to keep one self healthy and fit. He appreciated the efforts of Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CARI & Nodal Officer, TSP with his team of scientist for
selecting the village for imparting the training and providing vegetable seeds which will provide nutrition to the family members. Smt. Rajshree Prakash, Asstt. Director, assured for all help from the Department and expressed interest in introducing the vegetable kits in the community garden of all the fifteen villages. At the outset Dr. S.K.Zamir Ahmed, Senior Scientist (Agril. Extension) and Course Coordinator dwelt in length on the importance of Nutritious kitchen garden for the family and stressed on the concept of Health, Happiness and Wealth (HHW) which can be achieved by adopting growing of nutritious vegetables in backyard. Dr. M. Sankaran, Senior Scientist (Horticulture) spoke on the horticulture crops which can rightly fit into the NKG. Dr. Zacharia George, SMS (Animal Science) and Mr. T. Ravi Kumar, SMS (Fisheries) informed about the Animal and Fish Component to be inte-
grated in the system. Dr. Vivekananda Singh, SMS (Horticulture) intervened about the possible vegetable crops to be grown. Mr. Amit Srivastava, STO, CARI and Shri A.K. Pandey, PA, KVK, Nicobar made the pre and post evaluation, preference ranking of the crop and the group task which was facilitated by the Scientists and SMS of CARI and KVK, Nicobar respectively. A total of 34 of which 16 male and 18 female participated. Sensitization on the Nutrition Kitchen Garden was also made on 18th February, 2014 in Kimmai village during the programme on Multistoried Cropping System in coconuts and seeds were distributed to 37 farmers. Field visits alongwith Subject Matter Specialists of KVK, Nicobar were made by the visiting scientists to all the fifteen villages for assessing the need of intervention in agriculture and allied field and getting feed back.
nized at CGISC at Panipath Road, Haddo. All COs, Oi/ Cs of CG Ships and Establishments along with large number of personnel attended the event. Inspector General VSR Murthy, PTM, T M, Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N) also gr aced the occasion. A slideshow of pictures depicting the activities of ship served as a reminder of the glor ious histor y and the legacy of the ship. The ship during her 24 years of illustrious service to A&N group of Islands was at sea for more than 2300 days and has apprehended/rescued 670 poachers in 50 operations and saved 465 lives at sea in 35 SAR operations and the first ever arms and ammunition seizure at A&N Islands
Public hearing at Raj Niwas Por t Blair, Januar y 23; nor at Raj Niwas will not T h e T u es da y’s p u b l ic be held on 25 th February hearing by the Lt Gover- 2014.
the dedicated efforts made by the officers and men over a period of 24 years towards the fulfillment of CG Charter of duties and in ensuring the safety & security of strategically sensitive group of Islands. He also complemented the present ship crew for the whole hearted participation in all the Regional activities from time to time. At the end of the event Regional Commander also thanked the Commanding Officer ICGS Varad for organizing the event in a befitting manner. A communiqué received from Commandant Rajeev Sharma, PRO Coast Guard.
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Naresh Chander... Association (IMPPA Mumbai). The Main casts are from Mumbai film industry. Rajesh Jais will be playing the lead role, other artists are Mukul Nag, Sanjay Swaraj, Sneha Pallavi, Anu Kamal and Manoj Kumar Yadav. Local artists like Krishna Kumar Vishwendra, Ravinder Rao, Shrinath Vasistha, Smti Geetanjali Achariya and
Rajesh Kumar would also perform in the film. It will be declared 2014 film of Lal after Dec 2014 censor. Post production of the film will be carried out at Studio Sankalan Mumbai the studio of Mr. Pawan Sharma. Camera works will be done by Timmanna Hegde, Peter Gundra will be editor and music will be by Arvinder Singh.
room of the mass iv e build ing is tempor ar ily us ed by Animal Husban d r y, ot her t han this the building is totally empty. No fishermen go there for any kind of work an d hen c e mo st of t he time the building remain totally empty. The building, along with 05 Foreign Nawhic h was c onst r uc t ed tionals. and repa ir ed w as ting Speaking on the oc- l a k h s o f t a x - p a y e r s ’ casion, IG Murthy lauded money is now in horrible
COAST GUARD REGION (A&N) BID ADIEU TO ICGS AKKA DEVI Port Blair, Feb 23: Indian Coast Guard Ship Akka Devi an integral part of the CG fleet of ships at A&N Region departed to mainland on 23 Feb 14 for decommissioning ceremony after 24 years of glorious service to the nation. ICGS Akka Devi an indigenously built Inshore Built Patrol Vessel and frontline sea going unit of A&N Region was decommissioned on 09 Aug 1989 at GRSE Kolkata. The ship after a brief stint of 01 year at Chennai was rebased at A&N Region in 1990 and has been serving A&N Region since then. To bid adieu to the ship a tea party with Ship’s Company and officer of ICGS Akka Devi was orga-
30 students, accompanied by four teachers from Govt. Secondary school, Shoal Bay-12 visited Raj Niwas on 22.02.2014 to see the gardens and other attractions. The children also interacted with the Secretary to Lt Governor, Shri S.N. Misra. The Secretary-cum-Director (Education), Shri D N Singh was also present on the occasion.
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shape. Beams have fallen weak a nd r oo m ma y collapse anytime. Such wasteful ex pend it ur e of f unds again s how s t ha t how insens it iv e are we towards utilizing public mo ney. O n one ha nd do zens o f sc ho ol a nd h os pi t a ls r un s wi t h ou t proper building and on the other hands buildings like these are left to the elements.
Viper Prison Break N. Francis Xavier
Part XXIV, (Continued from last week) Colonel Cadell sat at his desk writing slowly, with long pauses, draft of a letter addressed to the Governor General in Council. The subject of his letter was “Indefensibility of the Andaman and Nicobar Is-
lands”. He had before him copy of a demi-official letter on the same subject by his predecessor Gen. Barwell. It was dated 30th May 1878. From a soldier ’s point of view he felt that the Islands could be taken in a matter of hours in case of an attack by an enemy power. The little garrison on Ross Island held less than two hundred European troops. They only had an old gun meant mainly for ceremonial purposes. The guard ship had one more gun, a smooth-bored cannon with very limited range. The loyalty of the sepoys and convicts was doubtful. Sitting alone in the
huge Government House on Ross Island Cadell pondered about the ways the islands could be defended against enemy attack. He visualized an attack, mainly by the Russians. There were alarming reports of the Russians moving closer to the borders of India. They too wanted a piece of the cake that was India, along with the British, the French, the Dutch and the Portuguese. They were threatening the North West Frontier Areas, but they have a huge armada also. In case they want they can easily send a fleet from their Black Sea ports, take the Andamans, regroup and then attack Calcutta, the capital of Brit-
ish Indian Empire. Finally Cadell took his official letter pad and started writing a fair copy. After writing “Confidential” at the top he wrote in his flowing hand, “ In view of the apparently not improbable eventuality of war with Russia I deem it my duty to bring the defenceless state of this settlement to the consideration of the Government of India. If no means are taken to protect the settlement, Port Blair might become a very convenient rendezvous for the enemy cruisers sent to prey on the commerce of the Bay of Bengal. Cadell paused to check his notes and continued, “Under the circumstances I trust the Government of India will see fit, in the event of war, to order tortook away the pedoes to be sent to Port COMCG(A&N) GOLF CUP Blair with someone of expecategory title Net Stable Ford rience to place them and winner. In the Chip & Putt categories Capt TV Sunil & Mrs Vandana Sunil won and Air Marshal Roy & Mrs Ranjna Roy were the runner up. The COMCG A&N Golf Cup 2014 Rolling Trophy was Port Blair, February 23: The awar ded to Lt Cdr AK Lt Governor held a meeting Singh. A communiqué re- with senior officers of ceived from Commandant Doordarshan Kendra, Port Rajeev Sharma, PRO Coast Blair, to discuss the issue of Guard. extended telecast of the
CGRH Conducts COMCG(A&N) Golf Cup 2014 Port Blair, Feb 23: The COMCG(A&N) Golf Cup 2014 was conducted by Coast Guard Region Headquarters (A&N) on 22 FEB 2014 at ANCOM Links Port Blair. AIR MARSHAL PK ROY, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM, ADC COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF ANDAMAN & NICOBAR COMMAND was the chief guest for the prize distribution ceremony. The event was also attended by senior officers and service personnel and their families from all the components. The Golf Cup 2014 was attended by the Golfers from all Components under HQ ANC. Large number of participants took part in the championship and participated in six categories viz Longest drive, Max pars, Max Birdies, Chip & Putt, Nearest to pin, Gross score and Stable Ford (COMCG(A&N) GOLF CUP Champion). The event concluded with a prize distribution cer-
emony, wherein Chief Guest Air Marshal PK Roy, Commander-in-Chief A&N Command distributed the prizes to the winners. Col Amit Kumar won Longest Drive, Capt AK Chauhan won Maximum Birdies and Cdr Umesh Gupta won Maximum Pars. The Nearest to pin prize was won by Cdr BS Parihar, Gross winner was Capt AK Chauhan and Net Stable Ford runner up was Cdr PK Pandey. Lt Cdr AK Singh
make use of them in time of need. A gentle knock on the door interrupted him. A look of irritation crossed his face but quickly vanished when he saw Birch glide in. Birch came to attention and saluted. “Hello, Bill. Is everything under control? All the convicts accounted for? I don’t want to hear of one more escape. “No sir. I just got semagraph reports from all the divisions. All returned from work and accounted for. Two deaths in hospital; one still birth from the Andamanese Home. “That’s jolly good. I was writing a letter to the Government about the defencelessness of our islands in the event of war. Are (See page 6)
Extended telecast by Doordarshan programmes from the local Doordarshan Kendra, Port Blair.DDK, Port Blair will now on have extended telecast i.e. from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm from 1st May 2014.
EDITORIAL..... No Need To Fear The Last Call death, in Sikhism, marks the day of union with the Divine. Lamentation over death and any kind of boisterous expression of sorrow like wailing is strictly prohibited. In Ramkali Sadd, The Call, the poet in the Guru Granth Sahib records: â€œBy his wish the holy Guru (Guru Amar Das), his entire family to himself called, and said : No one after me should cry, / Such that cry shall no way please me"Death is not an occasion for grief. It is only a separation of soul from body and is basically a journey towards the final merger with the Supreme. Guru Nanak says death is a normal part of the lifecycle so why should we dread it? "Death of which the world is afraid, brings joy to me. Because by dying, I can merge with God", says the Guru. Even the funeral service in the Sikh religion is called 'Bhog' which means 'to conclude' as well as 'delight' and 'pleasure'. Death is the inevitable destiny of everyone. Even holy persons have no immunity from it. God is like an ocean and our soul is like a droplet of water which is separated from the ocean. The droplets come on land in the form of rain and find their way towards the ocean. Similarly upon death the soul merges with the Universal Truth-- atma merges with Paramatma. 'Alahnian', Guru Nanak's composition in the Guru Granth Sahib, gives an entirely new and spiritual meaning to the traditional mourning custom where women used to sing alahni in chorus while wailing and beating their breasts. Instead, implores Guru Nanak, one should learn to accept what has been ordained by
the Almighty. "As man hath come into this world, so must he depart". Death is the ultimate truth and is inevitable but at the same time, death is for the manmukh only--the one who is ruled by his own ego and not oriented towards God. On the other hand, Gurmukh accepts the bhana, will of God. By naam simran, constant remembrance of the holy name and surrendering to His will, one discards fear of death. Instead of lamenting and wailing at the death of a person, all should sit together and recite bani. Death is there because there is life. And to live life fruitfully is what makes it significant. Life lived for a cause carries even death into the realm of divine grace. What purpose did it serve? What was your orientation in life? Which category one belongs to? Manmukh--a self centred person or a Gurmukh who is turned towards the Guru? Guru Granth Sahib says that 'Death is the privilege of men who live life positively'. Sikhism is not for renouncers but for those who fulfill their worldly duties--towards family, society and religion. Guru Nanak's mantra of ' Nam Japo', Vand Chako and Kirt Karo' summarises the philosophy of truthful living. With 'seva' and 'sangat' one attains the state of liberation. Fearless, with a state of detachment, the Sikh is always ready to leave the world without sorrow. The one who lives a pious life lives in peace and never dreads the call of death. Death for such persons is in fact a time to meet the Beloved -- it is death of death itself. 'Men are thus advised to meditate on Him who sends the call: May the day of union for each arrive', says Guru Nanak.
Week Long Programme for National Science Day by CARI
Port Blair, Feb 23: Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair will be celebrating National Science Day from 24th to 28th February, 2014 under the theme “Fostering Scientific Temper” in honour of Nobel laureate and great Indian
Physicist Sir C.V.Raman for his discovery of Raman Effect. V a r i o u s pr ogr ammes have been chalked out which include, Open day on 24th February, 2014 for farmers and public, followed by
ANA celebrates International Mother Tongue Day
Port Blair, Feb 23: To commemorate the 15th International Mother Tongue Day, a cultural get-together was organized by the Aditya Natya Academy, in. its premises at 31, M.G.Road, Middle Point, Port Blair -744101 on 21st February, 2014 at 1930 Hrs. Mr. Chittaranjan Roy, the Incharge, Chouldari Govt. Middle School was the Chief Guest on the occasion .The Chief Guest, Mr. Chittaranjan and Sri. S.K. programmes for students, Roy Chatterjee, the Ex- General family staff and other stake- Secretary of the Academy holders from 25 th to 28 th February, 2014 with a view to encourage scientific temperament and to give them an oppor tunity to meet, share and interact with the Scientists of the Institute.
spoke at length on the significance of observance of the day. A couple of songs, poetry recital presented by Mr. B.K. Talukder, famous Folk Singer as well as the members and local artistes. Lastly a musical future titled ‘AAMORI BANGLA BHAASHA’ complied by Mr. Nanda Lai Debsharma presented by Mr. N.L. Debsharma and Mrs. Kaveri Debsharma. The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by the General Secretary Sunil Kumar Nath.
A & N Police lifts SOARCVBC
Blood Donation Camp organized by BSP Port Blair, Feb 23: A Blood Donation Camp was organized by the Port Blair City Committee of the Bahujan Samaj Party on 22-10-2014 at 10.30 am AT Tiranga Park. Around 65 people registered their names’ among which 20 people donated their blood. The camp was under the supervision by a team of G.B. Pant Hospital lead by Dr Shahina Mustaqueem. Among Donors Party’s Working President Mr.Abdul Majeed, State General Secretary, A.N.kumar, State Secretary Mr. Simson, South Andaman District President Shri V.R Murthy, South Andaman Dis-
trict Vice-President, Mr. V.S. Kamal Raj, Mahila Morcha General Secretary Mrs. Ancy Mary, Mahila Secretaries
Port Blair, Feb 23: The championship trophy of “State Open ARPAN Rolling Cup Volley Ball Championship 2014” was lifted by A&N Police team beating 22 Punjab Regiment 3-1. In an exciting thriller played on 22nd Feb’14, A&N Police won the championship for the second time in a row. Shri. Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President ANTCC graced the occasion as chief Sonam Devi and Mithu Ghosh guest while Shri. Lucas Robdonated their blood. A large ert, Director, Sports, Shri. number of general public wit- Sajan T Oomen, EE, ZP and nessed the camp. Shri. Hamid Ali, Vice President ANTCC and Shri. Andand Amrit Raj, UpAdhyaksh were the guest of honours. Shri. Mohd Ali, Shri. KP Aboobacker and Subedar Major Amrik Singh of 22 Punjab Regiment also graced
the occasion. Cash prize of Rs. 25,000/- for winners and runners were sponsored by Shri. Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President ANTCC. Shri. Shashi Kumar of YFC Haddo was adjudged man of the series while the man of the match for final went to Shri. Yashwant of A&N Police. Man of the series was sponsored by M/s TMR Construction, Mathura while the media and publicity was sponsored by M/s Lakshmi Jewellery, Tushnabad. The trophies were sponsored by Shri. Mohd Safiq, Pramukh, PSFG.The rolling cup championship was hosted by ARPAN, Ngo in association with Youth Club, Ograbraj and MAK Azad youth club, Tushnabad.
Viper Prison........... there any more letters to be sent to the Government? “Here are two petitions sir, for release of Quadir Khan and Narayan Singh. You told me to remind you sir. “Oh, yes. I want to help them. But we don’t know how the government would react to our proposal. It all depends on the reports from the collectors of their home district, whether their return would revive any old blood feuds, cause disorder and increase crime rate. Cadell’s mind went back to the files he read of both the convicts. Both men were lifers;both were convicted for murder; both used poison to kill; both were from Peshawar; both have completed their prison terms and living as ticket-of-leave men at Port Blair; both have applied for absolute release. “How would these men be received in their home town, Peshawar, the ‘murder capital’ of the world at that time?”, he thought. A majority of the convict population of Port Blair, for obvious reasons, hailed from Peshawar. However, Cadell wanted to help the duo. In spite of the horrific crimes they had committed before transportation both have behaved well in the settlement and helped the administration. Quadirshowed gallantry during the anti-Jarawa operations. Narayan was mild mannered and helped in the convict school, having been a teacher before he was sent to the islands. He must prepare their case histories, give his recommendation and send
them for acceptance by the government. Quadir’s crime was horrific. He lived in Peshawar with his two wives, Khan Begum and Farida. Farida was the younger and more beautiful of the two. She wanted to do away with Khan Begum so that she could have Quadir all for herself. Consulting a professional poisoner she procured a potent poison which she mixed in the food of Khan Begum. But Khan Begum, suspecting foul play refused to eat the food. Desperate to kill her Farida made Quadir hold her while she forced the poisoned food down her throat. However, Khan Begum did not die immediately. She died only after making a full statement before a magistrate. When the DC enquired from the family members of Khan Begum their reply was typical of the Pashtun tribes. “She was his wife and chattel; he was entitled to do with her whatever he liked,” they said. Both Quadir and Farida were convicted. But Farida died before being transported. During the early days of imprisonment Quadir was convicted for theft and sent to the chain gang for two year. But he changed afterwards and did excellent work in the operations against the Jarawas. Cadell wanted to reward him for his services. Narayan’s case was different. He was a respectable teacher in Peshawar. In September 1851 he had a dispute with the mother of one of his students, an 11 year old boy. During the altercation Narayan shouted at the
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woman and told her that he would “eat her son’s head” to punish her. The same evening, when the child came for his tuition he poisoned him and killed him, to take revenge on the mother. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. When the penal colony came up in 1858 he was sent to the Andamans. He has already spent more than 25 years in the islands. Cadell knew their release depended on their being “professional poisoners” or not. It was believed that, after the suppression of ‘Thuggee’ in India the Thugs who escaped turned to ‘“Poisoners”. Like the Thugs they too would approach a victim and win his confidence. Then they would offer them food or drink laced with a variety of poisons which were readily available to them in the form of seeds, herbs or minerals. Once the victim became unconscious they would rob him. Unlike the Thugs, who killed their victims by strangling them with a silk scarf, the poisoners only made them unconscious. Their favourite poison was an extract from the seeds of ‘datura’ mixed with ‘bhang’. Gangs of poisoners ravaged the travelers on the Indian roads and railways those days. Cadell knew that the two men were not professional poisoners. They only committed the crimes in a moment of passion. He started dictating his letter to Birch asking for clemency and absolute release for the two. Two more men would return from the ‘hell on earth’. (To be continued…. )
National Integration Peace Youth Camp Port Blair, Feb 23: The week long National Integration Peace Youth Camp organized by the National Youth Project (NYP), Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi under the direction of noted Gandhian Dr SN Subba Rao, and in association with Deptt of Sports and Youth Affairs, A&N Administration was formally inaugurated yesterday by the Chairman Organizing Committee of NYP, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Kuldeep Rai Sharma. In his inaugural address Kuldeep has stated that through the Gandhian ideology only we can bring the people of India to one platform, the platform of Universal Brotherhood. We must create selfless love in ourselves for the downtrodden and devote ourselves for their upliftment. The youths of India are the future of this great country and so for the sake of the overall development of the country they should not tolerate or allow the forces that intentionally and unintentionally are causing the disintegration of the country. The youth, Kuldeep
appealed, must not allow corruption in private and public life, gender discrimination, drug addiction and environmental problems in their respective areas. He has also given the example of these islands, widely known as Mini India, where people of various religion, language and culture are staying together with a motto of brotherhood, love and peace for which every member of the Islands feel pride and appealed all to spread message of Gandhian Ideology of love, peace, truth and non-violence to their respective areas to change the society to be a pride for them. Dr SN Subba Rao, Noted Gandhian, Director of sports and youth affairs Rober Lucas and many other dignitaries have spoke on the occasion and appealed the youths to follow Ideology of Mahatma Gandhi and devote themselves for selfless services for the people of India irrespective of caste, culture, religion and creed. Total 450 youths from all over India including the youths of Andaman are participating in the camp.
Death Mourned Port Blair, Feb 23:The PCC President, Kuldeep Rai Sharma and all leaders have deeply mourned the death of Smti Chandrawati, 65, M/ o P r a deep N ar a ya n, Up P r a dhan, D ollygu nj
w ho l ef t f o r hea v en l y abode on 20th Feb. 2014 and have pr ayed to Almi gh t y f o r t h e et er n a l p ea c e o f t h e dep a r t ed soul and strength to her family members.
Financial Literacy Programme for Women Students in JNRM Port Blair, Feb 23: The Valedictory function for the twoday workshop on “Financial Literacy for Women Students” from 21st to 22nd February 2014 organised by the Department of Home Science, JNRM in collaboration with NABARD, Port Blair was held on 22nd February 2014 in the Auditorium of JNRM. Ms. Mariam Bibi, Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman, was the Chief Guest for the workshop. She appreciated the efforts taken by the Home Science Department for
organising such a programme. She also suggested that JNRM should organise such event for the rural masses and informed the audience that real empowerment will come once the women are literate in all aspects. The Chief Guest distributed the Certificates to the participants. Speaking on the occasion Dr Iqbal Ahmad, Principal, JNRM asked to students to take the knowledge gained through the workshop to the people who don’t get an opportunity to know the basic fundamentals of savings and finance.
Dr Pooja Kapoor, Lecturer, Home Science welcomed the gathering. Shri K Venkatesan, Assistant Professor & HOD, Dept. of Home Science gave a brief note on the two days programme. Dr Francis Xavier, HOD, Dept. of English congratulated the students for participating programme and advised them to make use of the benefits. Ms Kusum Kumari, Assistant Professor, Department of Home Science presented the workshop report. Five girl students drawn from various departments gave feedback on the two-day workshop. Dr Lakshmi, Assistant Professor, Dept of Hindi, compeered the entire
Nicobari tribes trained on Multistoried Cropping systems under Coconut Plantations Port Blair, Feb 23: The Central Agricultural Research Institute has organized a training cum sensitization programme on”Multistoried Cropping systems under Coconut Plantations”for Nicobari Tribal farmers of Car Nicobar on 18th February, 2014.This training programme was organized exclusively under the Tribal Sub Plan fund granted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. About 38 farmers including 13 female farmers attended the training. During the training, they were exposed to cultivation of vegetables, fruits, tuber crops, spices, flowers and medicinal plants under coconut plantations. The programme was inaugurated by Mr. Ruben Chetan, 3rd Captain and Mr. Edvin Peter, 4th Captain presided over as the guest of honour. Both of them have expressed their sincere thanks to CARI for organizing the training programme. Dr.S.K.Zamir Ahmed, Senior Scientist (Agri.Extension) gave his lecture on status and importance of Horticulture in Car Nicobar, Dr.M.Sankaran, Course Coordinator, has delivered a lecture
programme. The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Smt Nidhi Katiyar, Assistant Professor in Home Science.
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on management of Coconut plantations and production of spices and tuber crops under coconut plantations; Dr. Vivekanand Singh, SMS, KVK, Car Nicobar, has delivered a lecture on production management system of vegetables, flowers and medicinal plants under coconut plantations, Dr.Zackaria George, SMS, KVK, has explained the Biomass utilization and organic production crops under coconut plantations and Dr.T.Ravikumar, SMS, KVK, has delivered a lecture on livelihood options in Nicobar Islands. After the training programme, the village 3rd Captain has re-
leased a training manual on “Package of practices for Major Horticultural Crops”. The vegetable seed kits of IIHR procured under the institute TSP for popularising Nutrition kitchen garden under backyard were distributed to all those participants and Shri. Amit Srivastava, Senior Technical Officer, CARI collected the pre and post training feedback from the farmers. This programme was organized by Dr.M.Sankaran, Senior Scientist (Horticulture) in association with KVK, Car Nicobar under the guidance of Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director, CARI.
HRO demands permanent absorption of Ex- contract Junior Engineers in APWD Port Blair, Feb 23: The Human Rights Organization has demanded permanent absorption of ex-contract Junior Engineers against the vacant posts of Junior Engineers in APWD. In a letter addressed to Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde, the Home Minister of India Mr. C.Saravanan, General Secretary of HRO’s A & N Unit mentioned that during 26th Dec 2004 a tsunami hit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands caused a massive destruction of life and properties. The A&N Administration was in great responsibility to restore the essential requirements like water supply, electric connections, road connectivity repairing of administrative building and to provide temporary shelters for the affected people by the Tsunami. So the local Administration assigned the responsibility of restoration of livelihood of Tsunami affected general public to APWD. In order to comply the direction of the Administration and to complete the Tsunami work in time APWD made appointment of contract technical staffs for one year against the vacant post of Junior Engineers in the department. As the Tsunami rehabilitation work continued for years, consequently the service of contract junior engineers was extended from time to time. Meanwhile the APWD took initiation to fill up the vacant posts of junior engineers on regular basis and in the process of selection the ex-contractual junior engineers were allowed for the selection test as a result few of the ex-contractual junior engineers got appointment on
regular basis. While the department was in the process of filling up the vacant post on regular basis, the contractual staff made an appeal before the Hon’ble CAT, High court and the supreme court, seeking preference in posting and to fill the vacant posts among the ex-contract junior engineers. Finally the case was disposed from the Hon’ble Supreme court of India with the verdict that ‘in case any selection takes place, then due credit to the past service of the petitioner may be given. The Govt may also consider the relaxation of age’. Against the verdict of Hon’ble Supreme court of India the Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration proposed for giving relaxation to those junior engineers who served for A&N Islands after the Tsunami by reserving 50% of the total vacancies for them. Even the Chief Secretary suggested for filling up those reserved posts on seniority basis without taking any examination or interview as they already been found to be capable to deliver the service of junior engineers in the department. “On taking the ultimate decision in this regard the concerned authority of the Administration viz Commissioner cum secretary took decision without considering the note of chief secretary i.e reserving 50% of the total vacancies to the contract junior engineers and given preference of 20% during first stage
(written test) and another Preference of 20% for second stage (interview) with given age relaxation. The above decision of Administration by giving relaxation in test, interview and age relaxation ignoring the suggestion of Chief Secretary is totally an unfair decision,” Mr. Saravanan said in his letter. He said that on the other hand the ex-contract junior engineers those engaged in Electricity Department of the local Administration were regularized after obtaining Administrative approval from the Chief Secretary whereas in case of ex-contract junior engineers worked in APWD, the Administration adopted dual policy and modification in selection process in the posting of junior engineers in APWD results the ex-contractual juniors unemployed. “Most of the ex-contract junior engineers are likely to be over aged, few were married and due to financial constrain they discharged their duties with devotion and sincerely with the expectation that their service will be regularized in future. And it is appreciable that the Electricity Department considered the past service of ex-contract junior engineers and are regularized but in APWD the issue of permanent absorption of ex-contract junior engineers is still incomplete. It is therefore, requested your kindness to take an appropriate action for permanent absorption ex-contract junior engineers in the post of junior engineers in Andaman & Nicobar Public Works Department (APWD) at the earliest please,” Mr. Saravanan added.
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