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Bishnu demands immediate promulgation of Draft Regulation for job reservation under Article 240 Mohammed Sajid Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, Jan 23: The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray today demanded from administration to immediately forward the draft regulation to prescribe resident criteria in public employment to the Ministry of Home Affairs for promulgation by the President of India under Article 240 with proper justification, figures of nonlocals employed in the last 10 years, applications received from mainlanders etc. “This is possible because the same Administration got the PAT regulation promulgated under the same article 240

Port Blair, January 23: Consequent to the meeting of the Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd), A K Singh with the Union Finance Minister, Mr. P. Chidambaram, Govt. of India has released Rs 10 crores as payment of

salaries of the employees of Andaman Nicobar Islands Forest & Plantation Development Corporation Ltd; a communication has been received in this regard. The Lt Governor has expressed his satisfaction.

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within 100 days. Not only this, the Cooperative Act and the Port Management Board was also promulgated in no time. Similar efforts are required to secure local jobs for only Islanders,� Ray said. He said that Administration must follow states like

Nagaland, Assam Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Karnataka in this regard. Ray said that the Chief Secretary was informed in a meeting held in the month of September last year that (See page 7)

Island Protection Forum delegation meets LG Port Blair, January 23: A delegation of Island Protection Forum, which has been agitating on the domicile issue, met the Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) A.K. Singh at Raj Niwas here yesterday. The Lt Governor gave them a patient hearing and explained to them the steps being taken to protect the right of the Islanders towards employment in Govt. service. This included both long-term and short term measures that have been identified. The Chief Secretary in the recently held press conference had

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Port Blair, Jan 23: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) A K Singh, tod ay led t he Islanders in paying tributes to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 117t h bir th anniversary. At a simple function held at the statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Marina Park Complex, the Lt Governor paid floral tributes to Netaji. Tributes were also paid by the Member of Parliament, Mr. B.P. Ray, Chief Secretary, Mr . Anand Prakash, Chairperson (PBMC), Zilla Parishad Adhyaksha (SA), Chairperson (SSWB ), members, prominent citizens member s of PBM C, PRI and the general public.

Diglipur to get statue of Subhash Chandra Bose

explained these measures in a detailed manner. The Lt Governor invited members of the forum and also other concerned citizens to give

their suggestions in this DJ Venkatesh regard to strengthen our case. Sheekha News Service Other issues pertaining to the Islands were also discussed Diglipur, Jan 23: On occasion (See page 2) of Birth Anniversary of Great

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Freedom Fighter Subhash Chandra Bose a Foundation stone laying ceremony for the statue of Subhash Chandra (See page 2)


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of Pradhan Subhash Gram Pradhan Mr. P R Singaram and general public. Speaking on this occasion Mr. Singaram requested to

complete the construction work at as early as possible, so that the long pending demands of the people of Subhash gram is fulfill.

Five day Subhash Mela Inaugurated

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Island Protection... on the occasion. The Lt Governor also issued directions to the Chief Secretary to ask various Departments to put up details of vacancies in their respective Department so that these posts can be filled up on priority. Taking into

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consideration the problems faced by the youth for attestation of certificates, the Lt Governor issued directions for self-attestation of certificates. The Administration was asked to issue necessary order in this regard.

Two held for carrying knives into Modi's UP rally venue

Diglipur, Jan 23: The Asst. Commissioner , Diglipur Sub Division Dr. Vivek Kumar inaugurated a five day Subhash Mela at Sita Nagar this evening. Director Agriculture, Mr. M A Salam and

Asst. Director (Agri) Smti. Sree Devi and Pradhan Sita Nagar Mr. Sunil Paramanik also present on this occasion. This mela is being organized in the memory of Great Freedom Fighter Subhash Chandra

Bose. Floral tributes were offered to the Freedom fighter Khudiram Bose. Department of Agriculture put up a stall in this mela and displayed various agriculture produces and latest agriculture equipments.

Narendra Modi hired beautician: Panchayati raj minister Bhim Singh PATNA: In an apparent dig at the BJP's PM pick Narendra Modi (NaMo), Bihar panchayati raj minister Bhim Singh on Wednesday alleged that the Guajarat CM had hired a professional 'beautician' for himself. The minister claimed the beautician charges huge amount on daily basis. Singh said NaMo's speeches lacked merit and were full of expressions and gestures. He also flayed NaMo for sketchy approach to issues like poverty, unemployment, social welfare and

reservation. He said the BJP's vision, which includes high end projects for metros, had no connection with the poor and downtrodden. Bhim said NaMo was a toy in the hands of corporate houses. Reacting to a recent political statement made by Baba Ramdev about RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and NaMo joining forces for the upcoming parliamentary elections, Singh alleged that Baba was deliberately trying to foster a political adjustment between them. Mocking at his crusade against black money,

the minister said it was due to NaMo that the tainted former Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa returned to the saffron party. Talking about the birth anniversar y of former Bihar CM Karpoori Thakur being celebrated by the state unit of BJP two days in advance, Bhim said it was not ethical as the BJP never participated in any struggle for the uplift of dalits and backward classes. He said it was the saffron party and RSS, who destabilized and later overthrew Thakur's government in 1979.

LUCKNOW: Two men were detained on Thursday for carrying large knives into the venue of a rally in Uttar Pradesh to be addressed in the afternoon by BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, police said. The men were detained hours before the Shankhnad rally of the Bharatiya Janata Party was to begin in Gorakhpur, ahead of the arrival of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. The men, both in their mid-40s, were whisked away by policemen to the Chilwataal police station nearby for interrogation. Policemen found the knives in bags carried by the men, while frisking them after a metal detector set off an alarm. “They had no explanation for why they were carrying the knives, but claimed that they had only come to hear Narendra Modi, and meant no harm,” an official said. Heavy police presence

was in place to ensure foolproof security at the venue of the rally. Keeping in view the security threat to Modi, the state police had dispatched seven additional companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) to guard the rally venue. This included four officials of superintendent of police (SP) rank, 8 additional SPs, and 13 deputy SPs. Modi has so far addressed four rallies in Uttar Pradesh — at Kanpur, Jhansi, Bahraich and Varanasi — in a bid to galvanise party cadres. The BJP holds 10 of the state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats at present, and hopes to revisit the 57-seat tally of the 1990s in the polls this year. Modi is spending considerable time in these rallies and his close aide and former Gujarat minister Amit Shah has been made the Uttar Pradesh in charge by the party’s national leadership.

Delhi law minister must be sacked: BJP NEW DELHI: Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti must be sacked, BJP said on Thursday as pressure mounted on chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for action against his controversial ministerial colleague. "...Somnath Bharti must be sacked. He has got no moral constitutional right to remain in office even for a moment," BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad said a day after an African woman identified him as allegedly heading a group of assaulters in a mid-night raid in south Delhi. Bharti was involved in a row with the police last week when they refused to raid an alleged drug and prostitution racket. One of the African women, who recorded her statement before a magistrate, had said she identified

Bharti as having led the group that barged into her house and attacked them. Various women rights activists and Delhi Commission for Women have sought action against Bharti for allegedly taking law into his hands. Prasad also alleged match-fixing between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress, which is giving outside support to the Kejriwal government, to stop Narendra Modi's journey to the Prime Minister's post. "I would say there is a fixed match between AAP and the Congress party to somehow stop Narendra Modi. ...But I could never imagine the bubble of aam aadmi would burst soon," said Prasad, who is deputy leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha.


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Milan 2014-Friendship Across The Seas Port Blair, Jan 23: MILAN 2014 is being held at Port Blair from 04 to 09 February 2014. With the underlying theme of ‘Friendship Across the Seas’, MILAN 2014 will witness a diverse mix of professional interactions, social events and sporting fixtures. The professional interactions during MILAN encompass sharing of views and ideas on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations at sea. An International Seminar on ‘Maritime Co-operation for HADR Operations’ is on the agenda, in which the Honourable Lieutenant Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands will deliver the Inaugural Address. A professional display of the Rapid Action Medical Team of the Indian Air Force on the sidelines of MILAN 14 would aptly showcase the robust air borne medical capabilities of

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LG, Chairperson PBMC review construction of Param Veer Chakra Memorial at Marina Park Port Blair 23rd January 2014: The Chairperson, PBMC today reviewed the proposed construction of Param Veer Chakra Memorial at Marina Park. The Lt. Governor who was present at the Marina Park has been apprised by the

the Indian Armed Forces. Several events of MILAN 2014 will be open to the public. These include the MILAN display, which will have demonstrationsby a sky diving team, motor cycle dare devils, marital arts and canine demonstration by the local police. An International City Parade will be held along the Marina Park Road with marching contingents from all

Port Blair, Jan 23: This is for the information of the general public and all concerned that the ‘Island Tourism Festival-2014’, which is being held at ITF participating foreign navies, as Ground from 14th January, well as the Indian Armed 2014 is extended for one more Forces, a flypast and aero- day. Now the concluding funcbatic display by military aircraft and demonstrations of various military operations. The visiting foreign ships will also be open for visits by school children and local pub- Por t Blair, Jan 2 3: lic. MILAN 2014 will culmi- Doordarshan Kendra, Portr nate with a PASSEX or Pas- Blair has made elaborate sage Exercise at sea by all ar r a ngement to telecast LIVE the closing ceremony participating naval ships. of Island Tourism Festival

Chairperson about the construction of Param Veer Chakra memorial with model and design. The Lt. Governor while appreciating the efforts of PBMC desired that the project be completed in a scheduled time.

was employed as a software engineer with TCS in Goregaon, went missing on reaching Mumbai on January 5, a day after she left from her hometown of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh to resume work after her Christmas vacation. Her half burnt body was found in Mumbai on January 16.The police suspects that she was abducted by a group of taxi or auto drivers waiting to find customers

it has approved the launch of Portability of LPG connections across oil marketing companies/distributors covering 480 districts in the countr y. T hese districts cover all possible LPG markets which have multiple LPG distributors of various ratings. As a pilot project, the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) together launched LPG connection portability scheme in 24 districts covering 13 states in October 2013. Today, this scheme is being launched on

tion of ITF-2014 will be held on 25th January, 2014 at 7.00 PM at ITF ground (first circle). First Lady, A&N Islands will be the Chief Guest. Hon’ble Lt Governor and Hon’ble Member of Parliament will grace the occasion as Guests of Honour.

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at the station. The techie's family has blamed the Mumbai police for its "sheer apathy" in the case.

LPG connection portability — a relief to consumers PUNE: An LPG consumer can now switch to the distributor of his or her choice within a cluster of LPG distributors in the vicinity under the LPG Connection Portability Scheme. This measure will bring great relief to those LPG consumers who are unhappy with the services of their current distributor or want to move to an LPG distributor closer to their home. In a press statement issued by the ministry of petroleum & natural gas the government has stated that

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No headway in Mumbai techie's murder NEW DELHI: More than a week after 23-year-old Esther Anuhya's decomposed body was found in a swamp near the Eastern Express Highway on the outskirts of Mumbai, the cops are still groping in the dark for clues. No arrests have been made yet as the investigations are yet to yield any concrete leads. The inaction has invited the ire of several women activists and the techie's family.Esther, who

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a full-fledged all-India basis by expanding its coverage to over 480 districts and a population of over 8.2 crore LPG consumers across the country. In order to facilitate LPG consumers to benefit from the portability scheme, the OMCs have made more than 1,400 clusters distributors in over 480 districts with an average of almost 4 distributors per cluster to choose from. The details about these clusters are available on the OMC websites.

(ITF) – 2014 in DD-1 as well as Globally through DD Bhar t i fr om I T F Ground, Port Blair between 6.00 pm to 8.00pm tomorrow on 24.01.2014.


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EDITORIAL..... Tully and Willy Both British, both Trinity men, both 'India hands' right up to their hairy armpits — yet different. Verrry. As i reconfirmed while observing each in action at two litfests in the course of this month. Early in January, Mark Tully was the eminence grise at Apeejay's KLF. William Dalrymple is the JLF, along with co-director Namita Gokhale and producer Sanjoy Roy. But then, Kolkata and Jaipur are also as different from each other as Queen Victoria and Maharani Gayatri Devi. Nostalgia has always been Kolkata's only uninterrupted industry, and it chugged along in full steam three Saturdays ago. Against the fadedblue louvres of the Tolly Club, Tully spoke on the 'Raj Revisited', and looking around you could be forgiven for believing that it had never left. Sir Mark was very much at home here, certainly not because he's as frayed as the chintzy armchairs, but because he was born just a No. 9 iron's swing away, at Tollygunge itself in 1935, the eponymous year of the historic Government of India Act. Dalrymple, born 30 years later in Scotland (also probably within earshot of golf balls plopping into holes), came to India in an equally historic year: 1984, bloodied by an assassination and a mindlessly vengeful massacre. Tully returned to India. Willy stayed on. The Tolly Club is, excuse me, not Kolkata, it is 'Cal', as t he opening chapt er of Jhumpa Lahiri's latest opus rereminds us. The delegates of the Apeejay Kolkata Litfest turned as soggy as the winterdewed grass as Mark Tully spoke with gentle wit about his childhood in these environs. How his playmates were the children of the family's cooks, malis and ayahs, and how the only job of his European nanny seemed to be to ensure that he didn't catch their contagion and become a 'chhokra'. Her efforts paid off, or didn't, depending

on how you look at it. Clearly, there are no full stops in the Indian-ness of Tully, but he's still very much Mark Sah'b. Willy, on t he ot her hand, is nothing short of the White Mughal, a flamboyant Shah Jehan as he builds the India-based monuments to his glory: writer, historian, art expert and co-creator of that juggernaut, the Jaipur Literature Festival whose might i witnessed last week in awe and envy. Participating for the first time, i saw the irrepressible Willy in full swan. Namita Gokhale is the quiet planner, persuading the Indian greats, if persuasion were still needed, to attend. Dalrymple is the 'Foreign Minister', as he told me with exaggerated élan. His net draws in the heavies who have given the JLF its global cachet — and its celebrity. Namita has no use for flash; Sanjoy Roy plays the impresario to the hilt in his signature waistcoats and shades worn like a fascinator on his peppered, shoulder-length hair; but flamboyant Willy still steals the show. Would it be churlish to say that a gora face stands out more prominently at a desi festival that's become so international? Indeed, each of these two litfests was the perfect backdrop for the Brit-Indian lions they showcased: Mark Tully as star speaker, William Dalr ymple as mover and shaker. Despite the determined effort s of a mixed bag of minders, and no thanks to Didi's 'Lon-don lights' now lining its streets, 'Cal' remains our most 'Raj' city, and Tully, for all his Hindustani and kurtas, is much more Sir Mark than Shri Tully. The Sah'b, albeit sensitively so.If one is allowed some dynastic licence, Jaipur is also the appropriate court for our White Mughal. And if i can stretch it some more to an Afghan ruler, JLF 2014 yet again marked the Return of a King. Tully and Willy, each holds sway in his own distinctive way.

New Delhi: The Andhra Pradesh assembly was Thursday given seven more days, till Jan 30, by President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss and debate the draft Telangana bill before returning it to the central government. The president had sent the draft bill to the state legislature on Dec 12 and given time until Jan 23 to discuss and return it. According to official sources, the state government had conveyed that the bill has been debated by the assembly only for a few days and many of the legislators were yet to speak on it and hence

extension of the deadline was required.The United Progressive Alliance government is expected to introduce the bill in parliament in the coming session beginning Feb 5. The union cabinet had on Dec 5 given the goahead for the creation of a 10-district Telangana and outlined the blueprint for carving out the country's 29th state. Telangana will comprise 10 districts and the rest of Andhra Pradesh will consist of 13 districts. Hyderabad will remain the common capital for both the states for a period not exceeding 10 years.


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Snow leopards in forbidden Spiti valley to be radio collared Shimla: Satellite-linked collars will be soon fitted on snow leopards in the tribal Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh to get a deeper understanding of the behaviour of the endangered cat. Half a dozen snow leopards would be fitted with radio-collars around their neck and their movements would be monitored through global positioning system (GPS). Almost every step of the cat in the forbidden, high altitude mountain ranges would be under watch. The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest has also sanctioned Rs 25 lakh for the study of the snow leopard. The study would be the world's second on the endangered big cat. The firstever radio-collar study on this rare species was conducted in Mongolia's Gobi Alt ai Mount ains, said Devender Chauhan, a forest officer and researcher associated with project on snow leopard conservation in the Spiti valley.Snow leopards have been categorised as Endangered Species on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the species is listed as endangered by almost all range countries.Despite being listed

as endangered species, the population of snow leopards is dwindling in all 12 countries where the animal is found About half of the global population of snow leopards is found in three countries -China, Nepal and India- and authorities in these countries are discussing the possibility of trans-boundary research projects. The number of snow leopards in Himachal is believed to be around 20. Himachal forest department is already using cameras to monitor their movement in Spiti Valley, the state's northernmost part, running parallel to the Tibetan border. The state's wildlife department, in coordination with Mysore-based NGO Nature Conservation Foundation, has installed 20 camera traps (automatic cam-

eras) in Spiti Valley under the Project Snow Leopard. As their movement is in an area of thousands of square kilometres in high altitude ranges, it is difficult to gather exact information about them. The animal resides in one of the harshest and most inaccessible mountainous areas due to which it is almost impossible for wildlife biologist to explore them. Snow leopards are facing many threats which include p o a ching , esp ecia lly for their skin, but also for t radit ional me d ic in a l t rade and retaliat ory killing by shepher ds and villagers.

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Mars mission will mark beginning of glorious chapter: Manmohan Singh Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday wished success to the forthcomin g Mars O r b it er p r ogr a mme, s aying t he mission will mark the beginning of a new glorious chapter for India in space explorations. The Prime Minister in his interaction with IS RO C ha i r ma n K Radhakrishnan and other p r oject d ir ect o r s complimented the entir e ISRO fraternity for their a chievements including the successful launch of the GSLV programme. "Those involved in spa ce science r esear ch, the engineers, the scientists, they all make us feel very proud of the role that space scientists, space engineers are playing in ensuring that space technology becomes truly an instrument of national development and also our security concern to the extent that they require the sup-

p or t of t he s p a ce p r ogram," he said. "You a r e doi ng wonder f u lly well and I would like to compliment and congratulate each one of you and all those who are engaged in these nation building activities," Singh said. The Prime Minister sta ted t hat t he s uccessful launch of GSLVD5 flight in January 2014 ha s b een a " la n dma r k achievement towards self r eliance in the complex cryogenic technology that is paramount to launching heavier satellites from India, apart from establishin g co nf i den ce i n o u r GSLV programme". S i ngh cr edit ed ISRO technicians and scien t is t s f or ma ki ng t he country pr oud and said, "Space has become an instrument of national development in a manner which was never envisaged some 2-3 decades ago."


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Indian scientists have to solve social problems: CNR Rao Chennai: Eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao on Wednesday lamented that Indian scientists do 'routine' research and II­Ts don’t spend time to sol­ve people’s problem. Delivering the first institute lecture “Celebration of Science” at IIT-Madras on Wednesday, Prof Rao said, Indian scientists get upset when they don’t get recognised. “Why do you want to do routine research as sci­en­ce keeps changing so th­ere is no point doing routi­ne research,” he said. Professor Rao urged Ind­ian scientists to pick up a good societal problem and solve it. “Indian scientists are very good but they are not interested in solving pr­o­blems. You (IITians) sh­ould think of a right pr­ob­lem. You should take the path less traversed by others, if you do it you will be­come successful,” the 80­ ye­ar­old Bharat Ratna­desig­ nate said.Pointing out that he

had undertaken research on hy­drogen, fuel cells, solar, bat­ teries for the past one and a half years, Prof Rao said that top institutes in the country like the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras should take problems in society and address them. Quoting Jules Verne from The Mysterious Island, Rao said water would be the coal of the future. Listing out the reasons why scientists in India don’t get a Nobel prize, Prof Rao said that the country does not have large computers to do complex computational pr­oblems which ham­ pered their research. “You have to understand the developments in your field. Don’t expect prizes all the time. Because res­earc is exciting and doing it is exciting,” he added. Prof Rao opined that scientist Michael Faraday, who contributed to electromagnetism and electrochemistry, was the greatest of all scientists.


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Sachin Tendulkar donates Rs 10 lakh for raising cancer awareness The living legend, as he is referred to, Sachin Tendulkar along with his wife Anjali donated Rs 10 lakh to the Bai Jerbai Wadia hospital for supporting the awareness of cardiac diseases amongst children. The legend launched the Little Hearts Marathon which supports cardiac disease awareness. The marathon which is scheduled for Feb 9th, will start from SIddhivinayak temple and end at the Bai jerbai Wadia hospital.Sachin Tendulkar said that it was an honour for him to support the noble initiative by Dr.Yeshwant Ambedkar who is the medical director at the hospital. Sachin commented

about the connect between his pediatrician wife Dr Anjali and Dr Ambedkar, "What Achrekar sir is to me, Dr. Ambedkar sir is to her. He has a huge role in guiding her to

become a doctor." He donated Rs 10 lakh for a ventilator to be installed in the hospital. Sachin Tendulkar proved to be truly a living legend with this act.

HIV+women in Mumbai to undergo new multi-drug therapy in order to prevent babies Mumbai: The National Aids Control Organisation will roll out the multi-drug regimen in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra for HIV+ pregnant women from February 1, with an aim to achieve zero transmission rate in newborns. According to reports in Mumbai alone, as many as 400 HIV-positive women deliver babies annually. Experts say that in cases where infected women were not administer ed Nevirapine, about 40 per cent newborns tested positive for the infection. This multidrug therapy has been introduced because HIV tr ansmission fr om mother to her newborn is known to occur during all

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Night shift work dangerous for human health: research

Associated with School of Biosciences and Medicine, University of Surrey, UK, Derk-Jan Dijk and Simon Archer said that the severe effects of disrupting a person´s natural body clock take hold "surprisingly quickly", and over 97% of rhythmic genes in human bodies become out of sync with mistimed sleep, especially when we have to work irregular shifts.During the research, blood samples of different night shift workers were taken to assess the impact on genes which are normally fine-tuned to a daily pattern. The results showed that the change threw the subjects´ DNA into "chaos". As per the lead researcher Dijk: "It´s chrono-chaos. It´s like

living in a house. There´s a clock in every room in the house and in all of those rooms those clocks are now disrupted, which of course leads to chaos." He, also, added that shift work and jet lag is associated with negative side effects and health consequences. “They show up after several years of shift work. We believe that these changes in rhythmic patterns of gene expression are likely to be related to some of those long-term health consequences", Dijk concluded. This research has been recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, United Kingdom.

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three phases: pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding. Under this new pr ogramme the HIV-infected pregnant women will now be administer ed a multidrug therapy though at

Bishnu demands... nearly 5241 posts are lying v acant in v ar ious d epar t ment s of t he administration. “A large number of daily rated workers have been serv ing v ar ious d epar t ment s for year s t oget her and the Chief Sec r et ary was ur ged t o consider regularization of the set of workers as part firm DOPT orders issued in the year 2006. While, the services of some daily rated worker s hav e been regularized, a majority in

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t he c lass st ill await administrative action since the last five months,” the M P alleged . He also attacked Administration for encouraging Mainlanders in Tourists Facilities like the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex. He alleged that Crores of equipments and mac hinery like Jet Skis, Glassbottom boats, Banana boats, Para Sail boats etc have been handed over to a Mumbai-based company, Ocean Blue. Similarly the Cafeteria in the complex has

present, an HIV-infected pregnant women is given Nevirapine tablet two hours before delivery and the newborn is given Nevirapine syrup within 72 hours of birth. (From page 1) also been leased out to the same firm. Attacking Congress on encouraging influx, Mr. Ray said that the ruling part y even ignor ed t he concept of former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi for introducing Inner Line Permit in these islands. The administration informed the Home Ministry that there is no evidence of population influx and the MHA did not consider t he Inner Line Permit proposal, Mr Ray alleged.

London, Jan 23 (IANS): Damage limitation therapies that control the symptoms caused by a bug or virus in the body rather than killing it at the first place, may not be effective in the long term, scientists have found. Damage limitation t her a p ies f ocu s on enabling the patient to tolerate disease and buy the immune system valuable time to get rid of the infection naturally. Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Liverpool in Britain cr ea ted a mat hemat ical model to look at how damage limitation drugs could a f f ect ho w i nf ec t io ns spread and evolve. People given damage limitation ther apies may appear healthy, but carry high levels of infection and so may be more likely to pass on disease, said the study published in

the journal PLoS Biology. "In treating infect i ons wi t h d r u g s , we change their environment, but bacteria and other infectious agents are incredibly good at adapting to their environment,” said Pedro Vale of University of Edinburgh's school of biological sciences. T h e r es ea r cher s found that for certain infections, where the symptoms are not linked to the spread of disease, these dr u gs may p r event disea se f r om evolving t oo quickly.However, people wi t h les s er s ymp t o ms could remain undiagnosed and add to the spread of disease, the study said. "D ama ge limit a tion ther apies may be a useful alternative to antibiotics, but we should be cautious, and investigate their potential long-term co ns eq u enc es , ” Va le added.


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Salman Khurshid, John Kerry meet, commit to take ties forward MONTREUX (Switzerland): External affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday met his US counterpart John Kerry here for the first time after a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat as they committed to move forward bilateral ties and return to close partnerships on strategic issues. Kerry met Khurshid, in Montreux, Switzerland, on sidelines of international Geneva-II conference on Syria. This was the highest level meeting between the two countries after the recent Devyani Khobragade issue, that created tensions between the two countries. "Kerry met briefly with Khurshid on the margins of the Geneva II conference," a senior state department official said. "They discussed their shared commitment to moving the relationship forward and returning to close partnerships on strategic, security and economic issues," the official said. "They agreed to work with their teams back at home to schedule the energy dialogue soon and to stay in

close touch in the coming months," the official said. The energy dialogue — initially scheduled for earlier this month — was cancelled amidst tension between the two nations in the aftermath of the arrest of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York last month on the charges of visa fraud and misrepresentation of facts. Khobragade, 39, has refuted the charges. Her arrest and alleged mistreatment resulted in a major diplomatic row.

India initiated a slew of initiatives in retaliation to the arrest and strip-search of Khobragade. India took several retaliatory measures like reducing the diplomatic privileges of American diplomats in India and bringing it at par with what Indian diplomats get in the US. India has been demanding withdrawal of charges against Khobragade, who was indicted by a jury in New York hours before she left that country after getting full diplomatic immunity.

3rd Day meeting of DPC held Port Blair, Jan 23: The third day of meeting of the District Planning Committee for South Andaman District chaired by Miss. V.K. Mariyam, Bibi, Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman resumed on 23rd January, 2014 at 9.30 am to discuss and deliberate the draft District Annual Plan (2014 at 9.30 am to discuss

and deliberate the draft District Annual Plan (2014-15) of South Andaman District. During the meeting the sectional plan proposals/schemes of South Andaman District (including Campbell Bay) and various major issues on developmental activities under various departments viz. Statistics, RCS, Transport, Ship-

ping, Port Management, Revenue, Civil Aviation, Police, PBMC and RD, PRIs & ULBs were discussed and recommended by the committee for consideration by incorporating the same in their respective Annual Plan (201415). The meeting ended successfully with a vote of thanks to the chair.

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NGOs’ Association Supports Agitation of Baratang Forest Workers Port Blair, Jan 23: The NonGazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has demanded immediate settlement of the demand of the Baratang Forest Workers Union which is conducting an indefinite hunger strike at Baratang. In a letter sent to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr. D. Ayyappan, General Secretary of the Association said that the hunger strike has entered the 4th day today (23.01.2014). Three office bearers of the said Union are on continuous fast from 20th January, 2014 demanding regularization of the services of daily rated mazdoors working in the said Division. Mr. Ayyappan told the PCCF that about 60 daily-rated mazdoors in the Baratang Forest Division are working for the last two decades with the hope that their services will be regularized by the department and further stated that these workers have been performing regular nature of work in the absence of sufficient regular mazdoors in the Baratang Division. He said that the workers have complained that they have been discriminated by the department, as daily rated mazdoors even with 10 years or so service have been regularized in a number of depart-

ments like Port Management Board, IP&T, Secretariat, Electricity and Port Blair Municipal Council. Even in the Forest Department, dailyrated mazdoors have been regularized recently in the Mill Division, Chatham. Mr. Ayyappan told the PCCF that it may not be possible for these mazdoors, who have dedicated their entire life for the Forest Department and lost all hopes of getting a government job in any other department, to pull on the days with the meager income they are getting now during this era of high inflation when even the regular employees find it difficult to meet both ends with their salary. Expressing his concern over the worsening condition of the fasting workers, the General Secretary informed the PCCF that there has been huge support from other sections government employees and general public of Baratang Island to the said hunger strike. The Association requested the PCCF to intervene in the matter and take immediate steps to settle the matter through negotiation with the representatives of the Union so that the situation can be brought to normalcy besides keeping the cordial relation between the employer and the employees intact.

Gratitude Expressed Port Blair, Jan 23: The Dy Inspector General of Forests, Ministry of Env and Forests vide its letter No:121/2005 SU (pt) dt 22 01 2013 has conveyed the sanction of President of India to the release and grant of a loan amounting to Rs. 10.00 crores to ANIFPDCL as non plan loan assistance to meet its urgent liability of salaries/ wages only to the employees of the Corporation during the current financial year

2013-14. Accordingly the Secretary Shoukat Ali of ANIFCV Employees Union vide his letter No: FDC/ 2012-13/34 dt 23 1 2014 has conveyed the gratitude of the Vanvikas Parivar to the Lt Governor Shri AK Singh, the Chairman of FPDCL Dr Shashi Kumar and the President PCC and INT UC Kuldeep Rai Sharma for getting the fund released for the payment of

salary and wages. He has also stated that with out their efforts this fund was not expected so early. Kuldeep is very happy of this news as the staff of the Corporation was not getting their salary for last four months and has conveyed his gratitude to the pro poor Lt Governor and has assured the employees of the Corporation for his everlasting cooperation for the welfare of the staff of the corporation.

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