Port Blair, Jan. 28: The GEF Open Chess Tournament was inaugurated by Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Patron of Government Employees Federation on 25th Jan. 2013 at 2.30 pm by lightning the traditional lamp. The inaugural function was held at Hotel  TSG  Emerald,  Phoenix Bay in the presence of Shri G. Bhasker, President, ANCA, Shri P. Kannan, President, Government Employees Federation, Shri K. Ganeshan, Advisor of GEF, office bearers of GEF and all Affiliated Associations Member.

A large number of participants are participating in the tournament. Addressing the gathering Shri S. K. Majumdar, General Secretary, Government Employees Federation said that it is our first ‘Open Chess Championship Rolling Trophy’ and we shall continue this tournament every year for motivating the young generation.

Shri G.Bhasker, Vice President All India Chess Federation in his address said that GEF has introduced the tournament for the first time in the Chess history of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and expressed his good wishes to the participants.

The Chief Guest Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma congratulated the Office bearer of Government Employees Federation for conducting the tournament and encouraged the participants to take part enthusiastically. He also requested the Federation to organize more such Competitions and serial activities for the benefit of general public.


Port Blair, Jan. 24: The Special Leave Petition bearing No. 12125 of 2010, relating to the matter of Buffer Zone had come up for hearing before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on 21st January, 2013.

The Hon’ble Court has directed that till the next date of hearing, no tourists should use the Andaman Trunk Road till Feb. 26, 2013 when the matter will be posted for further hearing. As such the formal order of Hon’ble Court is awaited, said an official release from the A&N Administration.

The official release also said that the revised Buffer Zone Notification issued by the A&N Administration dated 17.01.2013, excluding the settlement villages from 5 km. radius of Buffer Zone was taken on record by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

However after hearing the submissions made on behalf of the A&N Administration by Shri Paras Kuhad, Addl. Solicitor General of India and other Senior Lawyers, the Hon’ble Court has directed that the Andaman Trunk Road could be used by the people residing in the settlement villages, Govt. Officials and other bonafide road users including those who transport goods and services to the settlement villages in the North and Middle Andaman District. 

The above direction of Hon’ble Supreme Court should be implemented both in letter and in spirit and guidelines are being issued to the Govt. Departments concerned separately, said the official release.

The A&N Administration has advised all tourists to abide by the court directions. Tour Operators and others have also been advised not to take any tourist through Andaman Trunk Road, failing which legal action will be taken as per Law.

Port Blair, Jan. 22: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray has taken up the need for the extension of Air Services on the Sector Madurai-Kochi-Chennai-Port Blair, Madurai-Port Blair, Vizag-Port Blair with Shri Ajit Singh, Minister of Civil Aviation, GOI.

Replying to the request made by the Member of Parliament, the Minister of Civil Aviation has informed that the Govt. has laid down route dispersal guidelines to achieve better regulation of Air-Transport Services on the basis of the need for Air-Transport Service of different regions of the country and therefore the airlines are free to operate anywhere in the country.

Accordingly the airlines is to provide Air-Services to specific places depending upon traffic demand and commercial viability subject to compliance of route dispersal guidelines issued by the Govt.

Port Blair, Jan. 20: The valedictory of Advance Training Programme on Jute Shopping Bags of two weeks duration organised by Jute Service Centre-Port Blair (JSC-PB) in collaboration with A & N Consultancy Centre (ANCON), Port Blair was held at the Parish Hall of St. Thomas Marthoma Church, Goal Ghar on Friday, January 18, 2013.

Er. Mohd. Pervaiz, GM, ANIIDCO, Port Blair, the Chief Guest of the occasion appreciated the efforts of JSC-PB for taking up the initiative of organizing the programme. He informed the trainees that A & N Islands and especially Port Blair is attracting hordes of tourists from main land India and also from abroad. In order to cater to the demand from tourists for Souvenir from the islands, ANIIDCO has off late developed a Souvenir Marketing Centre. The Souvenir Marketing Centre sells items like T-shirts, Coffee Mugs, local handicrafts, jute bags etc. which bears a symbol of the islands. The tourist are interested to carry back with them some memories of the place they have visited and they usually select articles which relate to the place they have just visited. The trainees may also develop jute bags and related items containing local touch, symbol, painting etc. which can be displayed in the Souvenir Marketing Centre for sell to tourists. For development in any field skill development is a must and since the trainees have already learned the skill they can take up the work by availing of the loan from ANIIDCO or PMEGP loan from DIC or KVIB or simple direct bank loan. All types of support required to set up a self employment venture can be provided by the agencies like Directorate of Industries, DIC, KVIB, ANIIDCO, ANCON etc., the GM ANIIDCO said.

Er. Johnson Abraham, JSC-PB in charge informed the gathering that this batch of trainees had initially undergone a three week basic training programme in which they were taught how to make simple Jute Shopping Bags and in this two week advance training programme, they have learned about manufacture of Advanced Jute Shopping Bags following the conclusion of this programme they will be given one week training inputs on Jute Designer Bags. Post training ANCON will assist the trainees in formation of SHGs, preparation of Project Report, assistance in availing loan, help in procurement of machineries and raw materials and guidance in marketing the products.

Among the others who spoke on the occasion were Smt. Rosie Dass, Manager, DIC and Shri A. K. Bhattacharjee, Advisor, ANCON. The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Shri Saikat Chakraborty, Associate Consultant, ANCON.

Port Blair, Jan. 16: The Advance Training Programme on Jute Shopping Bags, sponsored by National Jute Board (NJB), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, Kolkata & organised by Jute Service Centre (JSC)-Port Blair in collaboration with A & N Consultancy Centre (ANCON), Port Blair will conclude with its valedictory programme to be held at the Parish Hall of St. Thomas Marthoma Church, Goal Ghar on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 03:30 PM.

Er. Mohd. Pervaiz, GM, ANIIDCO, Port Blair will be the Chief Guest at the valedictory function.

Port Blair, Jan. 20: The 1st round of Pulse Polio Immunization Programme in the entire A&N Islands today 20th Jan. 2013. A total of 698 fixed booths were functioned. Arrangements were made to cover children at Bus Terminus, Harbours and in religious places. Besides above, arrangements were also made to cover the children travelling by Inter Island Vessels as well as at Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.

In the Islands more than 30828 children in the age group of 0-5 years were administered Polio vaccine on the first day itself, which includes Port Blair area: 6502 children and 923 children in Defence area. A total of 99.70% children have been covered, which will be followed by two days house to house visit on 21st and 22nd Jan 2013. Private practitioners in the islands were also actively involved in making the Pulse Polio Immunization a grand success.

Port Blair, Jan. 15: On 23rd Dec. 2012, a case vide crime no. 368/12U/s 302 IPC has been lodged at P.S. Aberdeen against one Sonatan Mondal, S/o Late Mahananda Mondal aged 30 years R/o Havelock for killing his wife namely Smti Mithu Dey aged 28 years R/o Havelock. The dead body of the above victim lady Smti Mithu Day has been kept in the cold mortuary at GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair since 23rd Dec. 2012. But no relatives have come forward to claim the body for disposal till date.

General public have been requested to pass on information, if any, about the relatives of the said victim lady or for claims over the dead body to Aberdeen Police Station or Police Control Room over phone numbers 03192-232400 & 100 respectively.