Port Blair, Feb. 21: Some confusion has been created about the use of tinted glasses in motor vehicles as reported in a local daily. In this regard the Director General of Police (I/c) has reiterated that the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 265 of 2011 has prohibited (27th April, 2012) the use of black films or any other material of any Visual Light Transmission (VLT) percentage upon the safety glasses, windscreens (front and rear) and side glasses of all vehicles.

All owners/drivers of motor vehicles are hereby advised to conform with these directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the DGP said.


Port Blair, Feb. 20: The 43rd General Body meeting of Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti (AAJVS) was held under the Chairmanship of the Lt. Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM at the conference hall of Raj Niwas here today. The meeting reviewed the action taken report on all the agenda points of the previous meeting and took decisions on the new agenda points.

The general body meeting approved the agenda already circulated to the members. On the point of setting up of Tribal Research Institute, the Lt Governor directed for setting up the proposed Tribal Research Institute within a time-frame so that research oriented projects can be taken up for policy formulation and framing and proper implementation of tribal welfare schemes. He directed APWD for timely completion of all the construction and repair works at Strait Island including the retaining wall and Onge homes.

“All the projects meant for creating facilities for the tribal people must be done on top priority”, he said. He further laid emphasis on proper coordination between Forest, AAJVS, Health and Police department in order to ensure proper protection and security of the tribal population of the Islands. The general body agreed on the agenda point for establishment of a separate eco-friendly ward for Jarawa patients at PHC Ferrargunj, which is close to Jarawa settlement. The meeting also approved for supply of free ration and clothing to Shompen residing at Chingen village, Campbell Bay.

A number of suggestions for the welfare and betterment of the tribal population of the Islands were given by participants of the general body meeting including the experts.

The Chief Secretary, Shri Anand Prakash, Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman, Chairperson, SWB, experts Prof. Vishwajit Pandya, Professor, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gujarat, Shri Manish Chandi, ANET, Wandoor and Prof. Anvita Abbi, Centre for Linguistics & English, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNRM, New Delhi,  Senior Officers of the Administration and Police Department, officers and representatives of AAJVS and related departments were present in the meeting.


Port Blair, Feb. 20: Two passengers travelling in ‘Go Air’ were detained at the Police Station, Aberdeen after the crew of the airlines suspected that the passengers were carrying explosives with them.

The incident took place on 19th Feb. 2013, when a group of 9 Jamat people from Jharkhand, who had come to the Islands were heading back to New Delhi via Kolkata. Soon after the security check, as the passengers were boarding the flight, the crew saw a small box being carried by a passenger. On enquiry, the two passengers of the Jamat group playfully uttered that they are carrying bomb.

The two were immediately held and handed over to the Police Station, where they have been detained. Upon enquiry it was revealed that the box in possession had in it beetle nuts and chewing tobacco (Paan).  


Port Blair, Feb. 20: During his tour to North & Middle Andaman, the Member of Parliament visited Gandhi Nagar on 27th Jan. 2013. Gandhi Nagar is a revenue village where the villagers have been issued licences for land in 2002 but Khatooni slip/ Sketch map has not been issued to them, as a result Land Masool is not being collected and the villagers are left out with basic facilities.

Explaining the situation at Gandhi Nagar, the MP in his letter to the Hon’ble President of India said that the village is not properly electrified and pipelines to reach water to the houses are yet to be put in place.

The MP requested the Hon’ble President of India to instruct the concerned authorities to provide Solar Home Lights to these Post 1978 encroachers at Gandhi Nagar, stating that electric lines have not been extended in ward no. 2 & 3 in the village. In many houses although electric connections are provided but they have been left out on the plea that there is shortage of electric post, service line etc.

He also said that no pipelines have been provided in the village although sources of water have been identified by the concerned departments.

The MP also demanded that an Agriculture Sub Depot and a Veterinary Sub Centre be provided at the village. He lastly mentioned that ferry services between Ariel Bay and Gandhi Nagar be improved with a 100 passenger capacity boat for the convenience of the commuters. Presently the villagers depend on a 50 seater fibre boat, which does not have safety rails and guards, risking the lives of the passengers.


Port Blair, Feb. 19: TheBye elections to fill up the vacancies in Panchayati Raj Institutions were held on 17-02-2013. Elections were held for the Gram Panchayat Member Constituency of Lucknow-1 of Rampur Gram Panchayat under Mayabunder Tehsil and Gram Panchayat Member Constituency of Long Island-7 of Long Island Gram Panchayat under Rangat Tehsil.

As per the results declared today, both the seats have been won by the members of Congress Party. Saw Lashee won the Lucknow 1 constituency with 80% votes by securing 145 votes out of 181 votes while Shri Atwa Kerketta has won the seat of Long Island Gram Panchayat with 55% votes by securing 57 votes out of 103 votes.

The PCC President Kuldeep Rai Sharma has thanked the voters for keeping confidence on the party and also has congratulated the winners.


Port Blair, Feb. 19: Smti Salomy David, mother of Late Sister Papa David passed away today at G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair after a prolonged illness. She was 89. The sad demise is being mourned by Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President PCC and other senior leaders of the party.

Port Blair, Feb. 19: All business operators manufacturing/processing, sorting, grading food articles, milk collection/chilling units, slaughter house, packaging, re-labeling, importer, storage/warehouse/cold storage operators, whole sale traders, retail traders, distributors/ supplier, Transporter of food, Food catering, dhaba, club/canteen, hotel/restaurant operators, hawkers, home based canteens, petty retailer of snacks/tea shops, temporary food stalls, milk producers/milk vendors, fish/meat/poultry shop/seller, Central Govt. and State Govt. institutions like Railways, Defence, Sea Ports, Airports, Guest Houses/Circuit Houses, State Departmental Canteens/Office canteen operators, Food arrangements in religious gathering/fairs etc shall not commence any food business without a valid License/Registration issued under Food Safety and Standard (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations,2011.

The Govt. of India has further extended the last date of issue of license/registration from 4th February, 2013 to 4th February, 2014. Therefore all Food Business Operators are requested to obtain license/registration from the Competent Authorities before the deadline of 4th Feb., 2014. The Heads of Departments/Offices are responsible for obtaining License/Registration for their departmental canteens/food stalls.