Port Blair, Feb. 22: A 10-day annual Utsav Puja with ‘Kappu Kattu’ ceremony began today atSriSethu Maha Patra Kaliyamman Temple, Ferrargunj, Brindaban, South Andaman. The inaugural puja was attended by a large number of devotees.

The puja was also attended by Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, PCC President along with Shri Anant Rao, General Secretary, Distt. Congress Committee and Shri Mohammed Ali, President, Block Congress.

It was informed by the President of the Temple Committee that the sacred fire walking ceremony will be held on Sunday 3rd March, 2013 at the temple premises.

Port Blair, Feb. 21: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray has sought immediate assistance for the Port Blair bound passengers who are stranded at Vizag Port due to unexpected repair works in MV Nicobar.

The MP in his letter to the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration explained that that the Ship MV Nicobar, which sailed for Port Blair from Vishakhapatnam on 18th Feb 2013 developed major engine defect and got stranded amid sea after sailing for about 7 hours. The Ship left for Port Blair at 3 PM and both the Engines developed major problem at 10 pm on 18th Feb. The ship was reportedly amid sea for about 2 days before sailing back to Vishakhapatnam yesterday at 10 PM after minor repair of an engine. The ship MV Nicobar reached Vizag port at about 10 AM today morning.

Bishnu further explained that there are around 700 passengers on board who hail from economically weak strata and are in crisis. These people had undertaken their onward journey with limited or no money in hand. Now if they are left stranded at Vishakhapatnam they are sure to face acute hardship without water, food and shelter. Some of these passengers are patients and require immediate medical assistance, he said.  

“In this hour of crisis, the A & N Administration must extend all possible assistance to all the passengers. The Administration may request for cooperation and assistance of Vishakhapatnam Port Trust and the Andhra Pradesh Government in extending basic needs to the stranded passengers”, requested the MP.

Assuring the Chief Secretary that the matter will be put forward before the Shipping Ministry, Bishnu requested the CS that the Administration should also take steps to make immediate or alternate ship arrangement to help passengers travel back to Port Blair at the earliest.



 Port Blair, Feb. 21: The PCC President, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has sought the assistance of the Lt. Governor to help the Port Blair bound passengers stranded at Vishakapatan. Sharma apprised the LG that MV Nicobar sailed with 800 passengers for Port Blair from Vizag on 16th February but due to technical problems, it could not take her journey. On 20th February, 2013, after some repairs, it started her voyage. After sailing for 80 to 90 nautical miles, it again developed problems and the Navy ship has to tow it back to Vizag port.

Upon the request made by Sharma it is learnt that the A&N Administration has allowed free food to the passengers on board till such time it does not reach to Port Blair.



Port Blair, Feb. 21: It’s a matter of immense pride and pleasure for the Andaman & Nicobar Cycling Association and the sports lovers of these Islands that two of our Cyclist Miss. Deborah and Miss. Martha have been selected in the Indian Cycling Team.  The two will be representing the country in the forthcoming 33rd Senior & 20th Junior Asian Cycling Championship 2013. Asia’s biggest cycling extravaganza will be held at New Delhi from 5th to 17th March 2013.

The Andaman & Nicobar Cycling Association has congratulated the Cyclists and wished them all success for Asia’s biggest Cycling event.


Port Blair, Feb. 21: The Andaman Nicobar State Water and Sanitation Mission is organizing a workshop Community Involvement in National Rural Drinking Water Programme, a flagship Programme of Govt. Of India. The workshop is being organised for the PRI members of Ferrargunj Panchayat Samity area and will be held on 25th Feb. 2013 at 3:00 PM in the conference Hall of Panchayat Samity, Ferrargunj. The aim of the programme is to create awareness for about the access and usage of safe drinking water on a sustainable basis.

Smti. Punya Salila Srivastava, IAS, Commissioner cum Secretary (PWD) has consented to be the chief guest on the occasion.


 Port Blair, Feb. 21: The State Organiser DMK, Shri A.R. Marudhavanan has requested the Lt. Governor to relive Tehsildar, Port Blair from his additional duties, which has been causing endless trouble to the residents of the Tehsil.

In his letter to the LG, Marudhavanan said that for every needs right from OBC, Local certificate, Islander card, Senior citizen certificate, Old age pension to land related issues, the office of the Tehsildar is of utmost importance. Every working day one could find hundreds of people flocking to the Tehsildar’s office for one job or the other.

It has been noticed that for the last one month people of Port Blair Tehsil are made to wait for hours to have a glimpse of the Tehsildar. On Enquiry it was found out that the Tehsildar, Port Blair has been given additional duties of Tehsildar (Special duty), Tehsildar (Elections), Tehsildar (Land Records), Tehsildar (Ferrargunj Tehsil) and Tehsildar (Disaster Management).

It’s well known that the Tehsildar (Port Blair) is an important Post as Port Blair Tahsil involves large sections of the people including Neil and Havelock Islands, said Marudhavanan. Even if a person is given the sole duty of Tehsildar (Port Blair) one has to get involved full time to do justice to the job. Under such a condition the Tehsildar (Port Blair) being given five additional duties is like making a mockery of the needs of the people of Port Blair Tehsil, said the State Organiser.

Marudhavanan has therefore requested the LG to relieve Tehsildar, Port Blair of all his additional duties to the satisfaction of all the residents living within the jurisdiction of Port Blair Tehsil.

Port Blair, Feb. 21: The Out Reach Centre (ORC) of CARI supported by NABARD conducted training on "Enterprise Development" from 19th - 21st Feb. 2013 at Diglipur in association with West Bengal Voluntary Health Association (WBVHA) for a batch of 23 (19 Male and 4 Female) trainees belonging to Baratang, Rangat and Diglipur.

The training programme was inaugurated by Shri. Ramesh Kumar, Deputy Director (ATMA), the Chief Guest on 19th Feb.2013, wherein he appreciated the joint efforts of the Institute and the NGO's in conducting such beneficial programme for the youth and other stakeholders. He also spoke about the various schemes offered by the Agricultural department for Enterprise Development in agriculture, cash loan cum subsidy and cash subsidy, wherein farm equipments can be purchased at subsidized rates.  He also dwelt at length on cultivation of spices, floriculture, Mushroom production, marketing of the produce, high yielding varieties and functioning of kisan call centre for the benefit of the farmers.

In the afternoon field visit was conducted to show the technological demonstration undertaken under the guidance of ORC. The trainees interacted with the adopted farmers to learn and share the experiences in taking up the livelihood enterprise.

On the second day forenoon the trainees were given field level orientation by conducting field visit to Shri. Alok Biswas progressive farmer of Madhupur village, wherein the trainee turned trainer explained about the Broad Bed and Furrow System - for effective utilization of low lying land, Bee keeping, Induced breeding in fresh water fishes and  operation of drip irrigation system followed by visit to Mini Dal mill operated by the Sagar Self Help Group for livelihood support set up with support of ORC and CARI.

The trainees were also exposed to oyster Mushroom cultivation technique at Durgapur village conducted by Dept. of Agriculture, followed by exposure visit to agriculture farm at Keralapuram. There were briefed on the use of weed mat, cultivation of Pepper - using crossed bamboo technique and vermicompost making.

On the third day forenoon, Shri Prafulla Kumar Roy, Branch Manager, Cooperative Bank of Aerial Bay explained about the various loans facilitated for taking enterprises in Agriculture. He also informed about the formation JLG, SHG for availing loan facilities for enterprise development.

Dr. Naveen SVO, of Dept. of AH & VS at Diglipur gave hands on session on goat, pig, poultry, duck and quail farming for taking up as enterprise by the trainees. 

On the concluding day the trainees expressed their happiness to Dr. S. Dam Roy, Director CARI for conduct of such field oriented training programme, which was executed by ORC under the guidance of Dr. S.K. Zamir Ahmed, Sr. Scientist & Coordinator.