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Reward for Brave-hearts:

Boat Damage, Life Jacket loss, floating buoy loss, hospitalization and physical abuse

Mohammed Sajid Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, Jan 30: Meet the brave hearts. Andaman Sheekha team traced out the crew members of MV Jaikar, the boat which was present when the tourist boat MV

Aqua Marine was sinking near North Bay Island. Five crew members of MV Jaikar demonstrated exceptional courage and saved 10 tourists from drowning. But sadly in reward they were attacked by the tourists present in their boat.

The team leader Thamba Master recalls the arrogant and selfish behavior of tourists present in his boat on that day. “They started shouting and abusing us, forcing us to leave the place (See page 7)

Landmark decision for local youths

LG orders self-attestation of certificates Port Blair, January 30: As a relief to thousands of youth seeking Govt jobs wherein they have had to face real problems in getting their c ert ific at es at t est ed by gazetted officer, Lt Gen (Retd), A K Singh, Hon’ble Lt Governor of A&N Islands has ord ered that selfattestation/self-certification of documents/testimonials by the applicants will be ac cepted at the time of applying for Govt Jobs in the Administration. From now onwards, self-attestation/ self-certification will be good enough. For long, the youth of the Islands have been facing great inconvenience in getting the attestation of cert ificat es done by a gazetted officer. Applicants had to run around to find officer to get the photo copies of their certificates attested. This move will prov ide

much needed relief to the youth of the Islands. People, especially in remote places of t he Island s st and t o immensely benefit from it. However, under the self-attestation method, the concerned Department shall have to verify the original document s/t est imonials befor e the final appointment.

Overloading an old tradition in Andamans Special Correspondent Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, Jan 30: It seems that we have learnt nothing from the tourist boat capsize incident, in which 22 tourists are killed. Overloading has become a tradition in these Islands everyone one can see overloaded vehicles, including school bus, school

vans and other cargo vehicles. Andaman Sheekha is publishing t wo such photogr aphs in fir st photograph one can see nearly 20 labourers stuffed in an old cargo jeep and in second photograph one can see nearly 12 school children inside a school ferry van.




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3 people of Indian origin awarded Australia Day Honours CHENNAI: T hr ee Australians of Indian origin wer e awar ded the Aust r a lia D a y H onou r s in recognition of their contr ib ut ion to Aus tr alia n society. Sadanandan Nambiar, Radhey Shyam Gupta a nd Pr a tish Chandra Bandopadhayay made it to the honour s list announced on Australia Day earlier this week. N a mb i a r , wh o works with the Commonwealth Scientific and Ind u s t r ia l R es ea r c h Or ga nisation (CSI RO), h a s b een a w a r d ed t h e Officer of Order of Australia, Australia's second highes t a war d, f or his distinguished service to s ci enc e. N a mb ia r, wh o was born in Azhicode in Kerala, has been living in Australia since 1970. He is a forest scientist internationally recognized as

a lea der in r es ea r ch on sustainable pr oductivity and management of for ests. He promotes the sustainable ma nagement of for ests in Austr alia and tropical countries. R a d h ey S h ya m Gupta, from Templestowe, Vi ct o r ia , r ec eiv ed t h e M ed a l o f t h e O r d er o f Australia for services to the arts through classical I n di a n mu s i c. G u p t a t ea c h es a nd p la y s Hindustani classical music. He is an expert sitar player and has performed in concer ts acr oss India and Australia for over 40 years.Bandopadhayay received the Medal of the O r d er o f A u s t r a li a f o r community service to the Au s t r alia n Bengali a nd Nepali communities. Congratulating the awardees, Australian high c ommi s s i o ner P a t r ic k S u ck l i ng s a id t hei r

a ch i evement s wer e i n recognition of the contribution the Indian community had made to Australian society. With an estimated popula tion of ov er 4,50,000 people, including permanent residents and tempor ar y visa holder s, p eop le of India n b a ckground constitute a large and growing part of contemporary Australia. "People-to-people links between our countries have been expanding rapidly. India has been in the top three source countr ies for tempor ar y and permanent skilled migration for the past several years," he said. "T he a wa r ds r eflect the fact that Australia is a country of migrants and is one of the most ethnically diverse societies in t he w or l d , " S u c k l in g added.

Warship INS Vikrant heads for Alang death AHMEDABAD: INS Vikrant, India's first aircraft carrier which played a key role in 1971 India-Pak war, is certain to go under the hammer at Alang.The 213.3metre-long aircraft carrier that was decommissioned in 1997 is on its way to Alang and is expected to berth off Bhavnagar coast soon, sources close to the development confirmed.Sources also said that a Mumbai-based

ship-breaker has purchased INS Vikrant in the e-auction. The Centre had kept its reserve price at Rs 3.1 crore, but it is expected to have fetched much more in the auction. The Centre has spent Rs 22 crore on the repairs of this vessel that is made up of 15,000 tonnes steel. INS Vikrant, the sole World War II-era British-built aircraft carrier to be preserved as a museum, was launched

on September 22, 1945. Last month, Mumbai High Court had dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by an activist to stop the government's proposed plan to auction the ship as a scrap. HC bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha had accepted defence ministry's stand that the aircraft is 'completely unsafe' and unfit for preservation as museum.


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Body of last missing tourists of Andaman’s Boat Tragedy found; toll 22

Port Blair, Jan 30: Body of the last missing tourist of Andaman’s tourist Boat Tragedy, has been found by the search party near Dugnabad Sea Shore of Port Blair city after 72 hours of continuous search, taking total toll to 22. According to final reports there were 50 people onboard the tourist boat “Aqua Marine” out of which 21 bodies were recovered 26 January night while one body was found today. Sources told ‘Andaman Sheekha’ that the body was in highly decomposed state and was identified with the help of ID card found in the pocket of the body. M.V. Rifleman, a police interceptor boat along with divers was carrying out the search operation under the supervision of Shri. Mohd. Aslam, DySP (PMF). The deceased was identified thereafter the post-mortem examination was conducted and the body was handed over to the relatives. The body was later sent to Chennai by today’s flight. 28 people, including 26 tourists have survived the tragedy. According to police sources the accident took place at around 3.00 PM on 26 January, when tourist boat was going toward Chatham Jetty of Port Blair city from Ross Island, as a part of usual

three island trip to Viper, Ross and North Bay. Search teams of Coast Guard, Police and Shipping Services were searching for the body of Mr. Suresh, a tourist from Kanchipuram since last four days. A team, consisting of 32 tourists, from Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu suffered maximum burnt of the accident as 16 members of the team lost their lives According to report Out of 10 tourists from Mumbai three are dead. From Kolkata there were two (one died), Saharanpur, UP there were two (one died) and from New Delhi there were two and both of them survived. Two crew members on the boat from Port Blair and all of them also survived the accident. Meanwhile, the police custody remand of the three accused persons namely (1) T. Chandra Sekharan (2) A. Prabhu and (3) Narottam Gomasta has been extended by 4 days in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate. The owner of the boat, Smti. T. Jaya has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. Detailed investigation of the case is in progress, a communication from the Superintendent of Police (CID) said.

Cold day in some areas, fog in most places in Uttar Pradesh LUCKNOW: Cold day conditions prevailed at some places in Uttar Pradesh where the weather remained mainly dry. Dense to moderate fog occurred at most places in the state, according to the MeT office. Night temperatures fell in the Bareilly and Meerut divisions and changed little in the remaining divisions of the state. In the Bareilly division, the night temperature was below normal, the weather department said. They were

above normal in Faizabad and Allahabad and were normal in the remaining divisions of the state. Lowest minimum temperature of the state was 3.5 degree Celsius recorded at Nazibabad. According to the MeT department forecast, weather would be mainly dry and dense to moderate fog would occur at few places over the state. Cold day conditions would prevail at isolated places.


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Commendable move by Lt.Gen (Retd.) A K Singh LT GOVERNOR TO OPEN BHARAT orders reduction of NIRMAN PUBLIC INFORMATION CAMPAIGN room LG tariff of Andaman Bhawans IN NANCOWRY ON 2 FEBRUARY Port Blair, January 30: A large

Port Blair, Jan 30: A three day Bharat Nirman Public Information campaign will commence from 2nd February at the remote Island Kamorta, Nancowrie. The Islands Lt Governor, Lt Gen ( Retd) A K Singh will inaugurate the campaign on Sunday at 11 a. m. at Hockey ground in Kamorta. The Lt Governor will also release a set of 12 booklets on different developmental programmes and the Chief Secretary, AnandPrakash will receive the first copies of these illustrated booklets. The Lt Governor will also flag off Bharat Nirman Canoe race by the Tribal Women at Kamorta Jetty in the afternoon. As part of the Campaign, a Bharat Nirman Marathon will be held on 3rd morning. A large number of tribal youths and women will take part in this theme based Marathon to focus on the initiatives taken by the government to take Rural India forward. The Islands Chief Secretary, AnandPrakash will flag off this first ever Marathon in this remote island on Monday morning at 7 a.m. at

number of people from the Islands during their travel to mainland prefer to stay in the Andaman Bhawans in the three metro cities at Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi. Taking into consideration the long demand from various sections of people including political leaders, Lt Gen (Retd), A K Singh, Hon’ble Lt Governor of A&N Islands has approved the reduction of room tariff in all the three Andaman Bhawans located at Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi, thus giving a 50% relief in room tariff to the islanders. People of the Islands will now have Indira Park . youths, Volunteers from to pay only Rs 500/- as room The main attraction Nehru Yuva Kendra and the tariff instead of Rs 1000 /charged presently. The reof the campaign is the Exhi- school students. bition on Bharat Nirman The Press Informashowcasing the achievements tion Bureau in close coordimade under different flagship nation with Andaman and Port Blair, Jan 30: As an inprogrammes of the govern- Nicobar Adminstration and terim measure to avert probment. About 30 departments Central Media Units orga- lems of tourists in visiting including central media units nizes this campaign with the Ross Island, the Directorate participate in the campaign to objective of highlighting dif- of Shipping Services would be enlighten the tribal people on ferent developmental and making arrangements to opvarious initiatives taken by the welfare programmes of the erate a government boat of government to improve the liv- government, besides show- 100 passenger capacity from ing standards of the people in casing the achievements rural areas, besides different made under different welfare schemes. The cam- programmes as well as strides paign will begin with a developments in various Port Blair, Jan 30: It is incolourful rally by the tribal fields. (PIB) formed that there shall be interruption of power supply from Rangat Bay to Mayabunder in Mayabunder and Nimbudera feeders on 1st February 2014 from 0700

Ferry service to Ross Island

rine National Park (MGMNP), Wandoor shall remain closed for the tourism activities with effect from 30th January-2014, since plying of tourist boats/

vessels has been stopped till clearance of boats by safety audit. The opening of the same will be intimated soon after the completion of safety audit.

Kuldeep takes up matter of grade pay of IRBn Jawans with Home Minister Port Blair, Jan 30: PCC President Kuldeep Rai Sharma has also taken up the issue of grant of Grade Pay of Rs.2000/- to the Followers of IRBn employed under the A & N Administration with the Union Home Minister Mr Shushil Kumar Shinde during his meeting on 29 1 2014. Kuldeep has submitted that the Andaman and Nicobar Administration with the approval accorded by the Hon'ble President of India and in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs vide No. II-

Phoenix Bay Jetty to Ross Island. Preparations are on to operate two trips to Ross Island daily. The details on date of commencement of service, ticketing etc. are expected shortly.

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MGMNP to remain closed for tourism activities Port Blair, Jan 30: It is for the information of General Public, Tour Operators, Tourists and others that the Jolly Buoy Island in Mahatma Gandhi Ma-

duction of room tariff from Rs 1000/- to Rs 500/- for the islanders is for the first 7 days. Thereafter, the room tariff will be doubled. Besides, permission is required from the competent authority for stay for more than 7 days in these guest houses.

27011/102/2000-PF.II (i) dated 26.07.2001 has raised an India Reserve Battalion(IRBn) on the pattern of CPMFs having a sanctioned strength of 1007 Personnel which includes 69 posts of Followers of different categories viz. Follower Cook 24 Nos, Water Carrier 15 Nos, Sweeper 15 Nos, Dhobi 08 Nos. and Barber 07 Nos. On the basis of the recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission, Pay Band-I with Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/ - has been extended to the Followers effective from 1st January, 2006 and their pay

is being drawn in the same structure in pursuance of Ministry of Home Affairs Order No. II 27011/26-PF.II dated 29th October, 2009. In this context, Kuldeep has stated that " it is imperative to mention that, where the Followers working under CPMFs/Assam Rifles after successful completion of training imparted by the concerned organization have been made eligible for being absorbed in the grade of Combatant Constables against regular vacancies in the Pay Band-I with Grade pay Rs. (See page 5)

hours to 1400 hours for carrying out damaged pole replacement at Morishdera and other urgent maintenance of HT/LT Line. This work shall not be done in case of inclement weather.




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Yearning bright T he fo r est o fficials o f Ranthambore crouch in the undergrowth, whiskers twitching for the slightest hint of their ‘prey’ as i sit down to this column. The missing Machli gets her name from the pattern of stripes on her face. So it is an apt if unhappy coincidence to be writing this in my fish-loving home state presided over by another Bengal tigress. The death of every tiger diminishes us, but fear has been more tremulous than all the forests of the night in the weeks that Machli hasn’t been spotted. She is already legend. And, please, not because Russell Brand ‘gave’ her as a wedding present to Kate Perry saying she t o o was t he ‘epitome of beauty’. Unlike their short-lived celebrity marriage, ‘solemnised’ noisily in this very forest, Machli has spawned more than half of the st r iped po p ulat io n o f Rajasthan’s national parks. The frantic search in Ranthambore sends me scurrying for Valmik Thapar’s Tiger Fire. The leonine-looking authority launched it at our last TOI Literary Carnival, and it is a tome befitting the magnificent beast whose 500-year Indian sojourn Valmik has captured. Alas, i am also reminded of two earlier Decembers of karmic disappointment.The tiger dwells in the realm of mysticism, and there are two types of seekers. Those who are granted a darshan and those who aren’t. Perversely, the former don’t catch merely a glimpse; they get a full frontal command performance. They also consider it their pious duty to rub their anointed status into the darshan-denied. Trust me, for us poor unblessed, it is no tiger balm. In 2005, anticipation embraced us as soon as we got o ff t he t r a in a t S a wai Madhopur, and then roared out from every humble lodge or luxe tent in Ranthambore. At Vanyavilas, we got a preparatory talk from the claw-scarred

Fateh Singh Rathore, the ultimate Tiger Man who had given Machli her moniker; her official name is simply T16. Jungle lore may be littered by the record number of cubs she produced and their progeny but in those three days in the wilderness, all we ‘saw’ was the illusion of the twitch of a st riped tail in the dappled grass. As we sat in our jeep, dr y-t o ngued and clammypalmed, Satish, our guide, spoke of the certainty of a tiger’s arrival as if it were the 9. 1 7 t o Chu r chg at e. He po int e d t o t he sk ysca pe painted by a flock of exotic birds, to the rare sight of a bear in the distance. We were not beguiled. We wanted only one boon. And we were turned away – denied bliss, or at least a story to dine off for years. The darshan-getters return to be twice blessed. The darshan-denied come back for one more chance. Either way it is mo ne y- s pinner fo r Rajasthan. In 2012, Machli received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the global Travel Operators For Tigers; in the past 10 years, she had raked in an estimated $10 million per annum for the local economy. But, if in Ranthambore the tiger is opportunity, in the Sunderban it is threat. Visiting those surreal mangroves two Decembers later, there was no escape from the ubiquitous wayside temples to Bon Bibi, slayer of t he t iger demon Dokkhin Rai, the clusters of ‘tiger widow’ villages, the painted masks worn on the back of the head by the gatherers of forest produce so as to fool the tiger into thinking that they were facing it, and so deter it from surprising them from behind. Death here is an integral part of livelihood. Having sailed into this fluid shoreline in the hope of breaking my tiger jinx, i came away almost feeling that NOT sighting one was a boon.


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17 Trinamool supporters injured in road accident HOOGHLY: Seventeen Trinamool Congress supporters, on their way in a bus to attend a party rally in Kolkata, were injured in a road accident due to poor visibility at Guptipara in Hooghly district on Friday. They were injured when the bus, carrying 35 Trinamool support-

ers from Nabadwip in Nadia district, dashed against a tree due to dense fog this morning, superintendent of police Sunil Chowdhury said. While the critically injured bus driver was rushed to Kolkata, 16 others were admitted to the Chinsura Imambara hospital, he said.


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NASA to make water on Moon, oxygen on Mars NASA is planning to launch robotic missions to make water on the Moon in 2018 and oxygen on Mars in 2020. The Moon mission will be the US space agency's first attempt to demonstrate in-situ resource utilisation (ISRU) beyond Earth. T he purpose of ISRU, or "living off the land" is to harness and utilise space resources to create products and services which enable and significantly reduce the mass, cost, and risk of near-term and long-term space exploration. "Every pound that you don't have to launch fr om the Earth of dumb mass - things like water and air and propellant - means that you can add a pound of intelligent mass - an experiment, a computer, something designed to accomplish some job or give us some capability," said lunar geolo-

gist Paul Spudis, with the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. "Doing ISRU gives you incredible leverage because you're changing the fraction of intelligent-todumb mass on your spacecraft in favour of the intelligent part," he said. The first in-space ISRU test is targeted for 2018, 'Discovery News' reported. NASA plans to launch a mission called Resource Prospector that includes a rover with instruments to scout for telltale hydrogen, drill out samples, heat them and scan for water vap our and other volatiles on the moon. Vapour also could be recondensed to form a drop of water."A lot of the technologies have broader use than just's just a convenient location to be

testing the ISRU technology," said Jason Crusan, director of Advanced Exploration Systems at NASA headquarters in Washington DC. A second ISRU experiment is due to be aboard NASA's next Mars rover, which is slated for launch in 2020. The device, which is yet to be selected, would pull carbon dioxide f r om t he planet's atmosphere, filter out dust and other particles and pr epare the gas for chemical processing into oxygen.The demonstration also could include actual oxygen production, the report said.


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Kuldeep takes up.... 2000/-, the Follower s of IRBn under the UT Adminis t r a tion of t he Andaman & Nicobar Administration continues to draw the pay in the Pay Band-I with Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/-." Kuldeep has then advocated that, as the I R Bn in t he UT of Andaman & Nicobar Administration has also been raised in pattern similar to CPMFs and the Followers working under the IRBn of this Administration are subjected to nature of duties and service conditions as that of CPMFs there exists full justification of granting t hem P a y Ba nd- I wit h Grade Pay of Rs.2000/- instead of Rs.1800/- which t hey a r e get t ing a t present.Conceding to the a b ove s t a t ed f a ct , t he Andaman & Nicobar Administration initially took up the case of the Follower s of IRBn and recommended t o M inis t r y of Home Affairs, Govt. of India to extend them the Pay


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Band-I with Grade Pay of Rs.2000/- vide the Administration letter No. 54-70/ 2006-Home date the 11th July, 2011 but the decision is still resting with the ministr y. Then Kuldeep has submitted the copy of the latest communication done between the A & N Administration and the Ministry of Home Affairs vide A & N Administration Letter No. 45-70/2011H ome( R R )/ P F dat ed 23.07.2013 for kind perusal of the Union Home Minist er a nd r equ es t ed t ha t since the matter to get resolved has consumed considerable time, the Home Minister may kindly look into the matter sympathetically and resolve the issue in favour of the Followers of the IRBn of the A&N Administration at an early date.The Home Minister has given a patient hearing of the whole case and has assured to take care of the issue r aised by Kuldeep Rai Sharma.



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Bad breakfast habits in youth up risk of metabolic syndrome Teens who eat poor breakfasts are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome — a group of health problems that can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes — in adulthood, a new study has warned. Researchers from Umea University in Sweden found that adolescents who ate poor breakfasts displayed a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome 27 years later, compared with those who ate more substantial breakfasts.Metabolic syn-

drome is a collective term for factors that are linked to an increased risk of suffering from cardiovascular disorders, researchers said.Metabolic syndrome encompasses abdominal obesity, high levels of harmful triglycerides, low levels of protective HDL (High Density Lipoprotein), high blood pressure and high fasting blood glucose levels.The new study asked all students completing year 9 of their schooling in Lulea in 1981 (Northern Swedish Cohort) to answer

questions about what they ate for breakfast.After 27 years, the respondents underwent a health check where the presence of metabolic syndrome and its various subcomponents was investigated, researchers said.The study showed that the young people who neglected to eat breakfast or ate a poor breakfast had a 68 per cent higher incidence of metabolic syndrome as adults, compared with those who had eaten more substantial breakfasts in their youth.This conclusion was drawn after taking into account

socioeconomic factors and other lifestyle habits of the adolescents in question, researchers said. Abdominal obesity and high levels of fasting blood glucose levels were the subcomponents which, at adult age, could be most clearly linked with poor breakfast in youth, they added.“Further studies are

required for us to be able to understand the mechanisms involved in the connection between poor breakfast and metabolic syndrome, but our results and those of several previous studies suggest that a poor breakfast can have a negative effect on blood sugar regulation,” said Maria Wennberg, the study’s lead author.

Palm Grove Eco Resort & A G Motors mourns death of 22 tourists The management and staff of Palm Grove Eco Resort and A.G.Motors deeply mourn the loss of lives of tourist in the tragic boat accident which occurred on 26.01.2014 claiming twenty two lives. Our deep heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and pray to almighty to give them enough strength and courage to overcome this irreparable loss. May the departed souls rest in peace.


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81st immediate support vessels squadron commissioned MUMBAI: In an effort to strengthen maritime security, the 81st Immediate Support Vessels Squadron comprising seven Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) were commissioned into the Indian Navy on Thursday. The ships were commissioned at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai by Sudhir Vasudeva, chair man and managing director ONGC, in the presence of senior naval officers and dignitaries from ONGC. A total of twenty three ISVs are planned to be commissioned in the Indian Navy. India's economic de-

velopment is dependent on the seas and thus safeguarding the nation's maritime interests is extremely important. Our vital oil and gas installations located in the offshore provide almost 70% of India's indigenous hydrocarbon production and are valuable assets for energy security. T he secur ity of these national off shore assets of vital economic importance demands constant surveillance and credible response capability and swift reactions to emergent situ-


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ations. T he ISVs ar e equipped with advanced navigational and communication equipment and armed with heavy and light machine guns. These vessels are designed to achieve speeds in excess of 40 knots (75 Km/hr ) and can sustain themselves at sea for a considerable duration. Built inIslanders of Rangat today organized a Candle Light rally genuously by M/S SHM and observed two minute mourn to pay tribute to 22 tourShipcar e these vessels ists, who died in a boat accident on 26.01.2014. (Pic: D J would be operated by the Venkatesh) Indian Navy and would patrol the Offshore Oil Development Areas thus strength- Thiruvalluvar Youth Club reconstituted ening offshore security. Por t Blair, Jan 30: T he President, Mr. Anbalagan Thiruvalluvar Youth Club at as Vice Pr es ident, M r. Subhash gram Diglipur re- V. Ar umu gam M r. constituted its managing U.Mohan as Joint Secrecommittee on 22 Jan its tary Mr. Rajasekaran as of the rolling cup tournament. meet ing at Tamizhar Treasurer and eleven memEntries are invited Sangam. T he Executive bers as Executive memfrom Youth Clubs, Govern- committee comprising Mr. bers, a communication said ment Departments & other T.Balasubbir amanian as here. institutions to register for this Swimming competitions postponed year’s tournament. The last date of en- Port Blair, Jan 30: The RSC poned due to the boat tragtry is 6th Feb’2014 latest by Swimming comp et ition edy occurred on Jan 26. 5pm. Further details could be scheduled from Feb 5 to 7, The next date and time for obtained over phone nos. 2014 and the RSC Open the competition will be an9933210768, 9434260427, Sea Water Swimming com- nounced later, a communi9933262924, 9434273660 & petition from Ross Island to cation from the Chairman, 224544". Aberdeen Jetty scheduled RSC, Shr i K. Ganeshan on Feb 8 have been post- said here today.

State Open ARPAN Rolling Cup Volley Ball Championship - 2014 Port Blair, Jan 30: “Association of Rural People of Andaman & Nicobar Islands (ARPAN) in association with Youth Club Ograbraj & MAK Youth Club, Tushnabad is organizing “State Open ARPAN Rolling Cup Volley Ball Championship 2014” at Forest Ground, Tushnabad Junction. All matches will be played under floodlights and exciting prizes

including cash prizes are offered. Altogether an amount of Rs. 25, 000/- shall be awarded to the winner and runner of the tournament. The tournament is being organized in order to inculcate sportsmanship among the youths. This is the second tournament in this series, the first one being during the year Feb’2013 wherein A&N Police is the standing champion

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and take them to safety. They started throwing equipments and things present in my boat into water to force us to leave the place. They even slapped one crew member and attacked me,” he recalls. They had thrown nearly 26 life jackets to the passengers of MV Aqua Marina but got only five life jackets back that too they had to take a small dinghy and

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Cabinet approves raising ceiling on subsidized cooking gas cylinders to 12 from 9

search all along the coastal belt. Even out of three floating buoys they got only one buoy back. Two of the crew members who were in water for maximum duration have fallen ill since that day and are on leave for treatment. But talking to Andaman Sheekha they say that they don’t regret the losses as they

NEW DELHI: With Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi pitching strongly for a higher LPG cap, the Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a proposal to raise the quota of subsidized LPG cylinders from 9 to 12 per household in a year. "From February 1, every month one subsidized cylinder will be available to each household," oil minister M Veerappa Moily said on Thursday. Rahul Gandhi had stated at the All India Congress Committee session that there was a need to increase the quota to 12 cylinders of 14.2kg each. If the quota is raised were able to save 10 people. to 12, about 97 per cent of the “The only regret is that we LPG consumers would be covcould have saved others if the tourists in our boat would have cooperated with us,” Thamba Master added. Hope that the Administration will acknowledge the contribution of these five brave men and honour them with LG’s Commendation Certificate.


ered by subsidized LPG, oil minister M Veerappa Moily said.Increasing the limit to 12 would result in an additional fuel subsidy burden of Rs 3,300 crore-4,000 crore. The government already incurs about Rs 46,000 crore per annum as LPG subsidy. The government had initially capped the supply of subsidized domestic LPG cylinders to six per household annually in September 2012 in a bid to cut its subsidy bill. The quota was raised to nine in January 2013. Consumers who have exhausted their quota have to buy LPG at the market price of Rs 1,258 per cylinder. Subsidized LPG costs Rs 414 per cylinder in Delhi.



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MILAN 2014 – FRIENDSHIP ACROSS THE SEAS Port Blair, Jan 30: As reported earlier, Andaman and Nicobar Command is to host the international naval event, MILAN 2014 in Port Blair from 03 to 09 February 2014. MILAN 2014 is the ninth edition in the MILAN series of multilateral naval engagements that was started by the Indian Navy in 1995, in consonance with the country’s ‘Look East Policy’ of strengthening friendly ties with the nations in the Bay of Bengal region and South East Asia. Seas are the common bond between these nations and have been used since times immemorial. As a natural outcome of theseinteraction the cultural ties and friendly relations also blossomed. There is abundant evidence of the strong bonds that have flourished since ancient times between India and these nations through the sea routes. In the 1990s, when India embarked on the ‘Look East Policy’ to revive our ties with neighbouring nations in the East, the Indian Navy became one of the natural contenders to promote this initiative. As a consequence, the Indian Navy conceptualized the MILAN event, with the underlying theme of ‘Friendship Across the Seas’. The central location of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands made them the obvious choice for the Indian Navy to host this event. MILAN is the Hindi word for ‘Tryst’ or ‘Meeting’, and was chosen as the title for this biennial gathering of naval and maritime forces from littoral countries of the region and beyond. The initial editions of MILAN were conducted by the erstwhile Fortress Commander Andaman and Nicobar or FORTAN, being the senior most naval authority in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The first edition of MILAN saw participation of four neighbouring countries, i.e. Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand, besides India. The next two editions in 1997 and 1999 saw the participation increase to seven countries, with Bangladesh and Malaysia joining in. MILAN was not held in 2001 as the same year saw the Indian Navy hosting the first-ever International Fleet review in Mumbai. Post

Kargil, the growing strategic significance of the Islands led to the creation of India’s first Unified Theatre Command, the Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair in October 2001. The Command has components of the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and the Indian Cost Guard placed under a single Commander-inChief, instead of the respective service heads. With its motto of ‘Victory Through Jointness’, the integrated character of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, enables it to orchestrate unified responses to challenges from any dimension. After its raising in October 2001, the Andaman and Nicobar Command assumed the onus of conducting MILAN. The first edition of MILAN under the newly constituted Command was held in 2003, and saw the participation increase to eight countries. Australia and Myanmar were the new inclusions, while Bangladesh was unable to participate in MILAN 2003. MILAN 2005 was initially scheduled in February 2005. However, following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region in December 2004, MILAN 2005 was postponed to 2007. Andaman and Nicobar Command embarked on a massive relief and rehabilitation programme in aid of the Islanders. Seeing the rapid progress and the brisk pace of rehabilitation, a bold decision was taken to advance MILAN to January 2006. Considering the massive scale of planning and coordination involved in preparation for the mega event, and the several constraints and limited resources within which the arrangements were to be undertaken, the task was an onerous challenge. However, with relent-

less efforts the event was successfully conducted in January 2006, thus underscoring the swift return to normalcy in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The participation in MILAN 2006 had also increased to eight foreign countries with Bangladesh rejoining the event after her brief absence in 2003. MILAN continued to bloom into a successful forum during the subsequent years. Thirteen countries participated in MILAN 2010 and the participation increased to fourteen countries in 2012. Over the years, MILAN has burgeoned into an effective forum to address common concerns in the maritime domain as also to help forge cooperative initiatives. The biennial event has now become an eagerly awaited gathering of littoral nations to build friendship, strengthen cultural ties and foster mutual understanding between the participating nations. MILAN 2014 will be the largest ever gathering with the participation of sixteen countries. Air Marshal PK Roy, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM, ADC Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command, along with senior officials of the Command carried out a comprehensive onsite review of the various preparatory arrangements at the Naval Jetty on 29 January 2014. The Naval Jetty will form the centerpiece for several activities of MILAN 2014, and will also berth many of the participating foreign ships. The jetty has been spruced up and presents a festive look in preparation for the international event. Detailed programme for the event will he published in all local newspapers and will be broadcast on Doordarshan, Port Blair. Our fellow Islanders are requested to attend and make the event a mega success.

The Committee on Private Members Resolution of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly meets the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Anand Prakash at Secretariat on 30.01.2014.

Islander invited in Kolkata Book Fair begins Port Blair, Jan 30: ‘Baakprotima’, a Bengali Little Magazine published from A&N Islands is participating in the 38th International Kolkata Book Fair 2014 which commenced yesterday. The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Bandyopadhyay, was the chief guest on the occasion. Shri Anadiranjan Biswas, the Publisher/Editor, Baakprotima has been invited for the formal in-

augural session of the fair. On this occasion, a copy of of Baakprotima’s Puja Issue2013 was handed over to Shri Subroto Mukhopadhyay, Minster (Panchayats & Rural Development), Government of West Bengal. ‘Baakprotima’ has been allotted with a table (Table No.182) in the Little Magazine Pavilion of Kolkata Book Fair 2014, a communication received here from Mr. Biswas said here today.

RSC Open Volleyball tourney Port Blair, Jan 30: Those who have registered to participate in RSC Open Volleyball tournament (for Men & Women) have been requested to contact the Organizing S e c r e t a r y , Shri.Y.Venkatraman over cell number 9434282295/

9434264762. Draw will be held on Feb 4, 2014. The tournament is being organized by RSC Port Blair in association with Directorate of Sports &YA and Education Department, a communication received here said.

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