Port Blair, Jan. 6: In a swift joint operation Indian Coast Guard ship ICGS Durgabai Deshmukh, Dornier aircraft and Chetak helicopter nabbed 96 Myanmarese nationals including 15 Women and 18 children off Interview Island on 5th Jan 2013.

During routine surveillance, the Coast Guard Dornier, under the captainancy of Comdt(JG) AK Singhal reported sighting of wooden boat with large number of personnel near Paget Island at 0900 hrs on 5th Jan. The boat was proceeding towards Austin creek to take safe passage. Immediately, the Coast Guard Regional Headquarters pressed into action and a joint operation involving the Police Marine Force, Coast Guard Ships, CG Dornier and CG Chetak was launched.

Whilst, the Coast Guard Dornier maintained in area and continuously provided position update, the Coast Guard Ship Durgabai Deshmukh patrolling in the Andaman Sea was diverted and Coast Guard Chetak was launched for conducting sea-air coordinated operation.

PMF boats were also deployed from Mayabunder and Kishorinagar for undertaking close coast search. Chetak Helicopter under the command of Comdt (JG) R Ramesh vectored CG ship to the position of the suspected boat. The boarding team of ICGS Durgabai Deshmukh under the command of Comdt Atul Joshi apprehended 96 foreign nationals at 1400 hrs on 5th Jan. All the personnel were taken on board. Apprehended boat has been escorted to Diglipur for handing over to local police.

Students from Various Schools Sensitized about Island Ecology and Environmental Awareness

                 

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Port Blair, Jan. 4: The Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team (ANET) at North Wandoor, organised a Middle School Island Ecology and Environmental Awareness programme at the base in North Wandoor. Fifteen middle school students, from six schools in Port Blair participated in this day long programme.

The programme started with a nature treasure hunt where the students discovered ten sites on the ANET property. The activity involved map reading to orient them with their surroundings and learn about the elements of nature such as termite mounds, plants, animals. The students were divided into teams and they competed with great enthusiasm. The game triggered communication and interaction among the students and facilitators.

The treasure hunt was followed by an interactive session on the island’s ecology, biodiversity and its importance. Students were also introduced to several concepts of co-existence, interdependency – within and between ecosystems, recovery from natural disasters, endemism on the islands, conservation, its need and importance. The presentation ended with a slide show of the wildlife of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.

The post lunch session started with a walk and a wade in the mangroves fringing the bay of the Lohabarack Crocodile Sanctuary. Students were introduced to this dynamic habitat through an individual exercise of observation, documentation and reflection on any organism that interested them.

This raised several questions among the students thereby enabling better understanding. Exploring the mangroves then introduced them to the system and its various inhabitants and their adaptations, behaviour and symbiotic relationships. The walk led the group through old growth mangrove forests as well as regenerating areas, illustrating zonation, habitat succession, structure and key functions.

In spite of the excitement and drama caused by the sticky mud in the mangroves, some of the plants and animals observed were; mudskippers, hermit crabs, fiddler crabs, oysters, clams, Rhizophora, Pandanus, Nypa palms etc were identified. The walk continued onto the North Wandoor beach introducing them to the life of the intertidal zone on sandy beaches.

The day ended with a beach cleanup – an activity to develop a sense of belongingness amongst children and to inculcate the practice of no littering. They learned about the threats that sandy beaches and coastal habitats face due to human interference and how it can be minimized while still enjoying the coastline.

Port Blair, Jan. 3: An 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 -Port Blair in collaboration with A & N Consultancy Centre (ANCON), Port Blair, will be inaugurated at the Parish Hall of St. Thomas Marthoma Church, Goal Ghar on Friday, January 04, 2013 at 03 : 30 PM.

Shri R. K. Tripathi, AGM, SBI-Regional Office, Port Blair has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest at the inaugural function.

Punjab soccer team lifts the prestigious championship trophy

                 

Port Blair, Jan. 3: The prestigious 58th SGFI National Football Championship-2012-13 for U-19 years Boys, organized by the Directorate of Education, A&N Administration from 26th December 2012, at Netaji Stadium concluded today with the Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd.) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM declaring the championship closed. He also gave away trophies and certificates to the winners of the championship and other participants in presence of the First Lady of these Islands, Smt Bhawanee Singh. In an exciting final match played between Punjab and Odisha teams, Punjab U-19 school football team lifted the prestigious Championship trophy by defeating Odisha football team in a tie breaker.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt. Governor extended New Year good wishes to all the participants of the tournament. He stated that football is the most popular sports in our Islands and our football team have won several championships at the National level. The Islands had produced many national level footballers and a good number of footballers have even represented our country in various football championships at International level. He had special words of appreciation for Kumari Deborah and Kumari Martha for winning gold medals in Girls Cycling championship at New Delhi. The Lt Governor appreciated the Islands school team for winning the best marching contingent award, well disciplined team award, fair play award and certificate of ‘Admiration’ for best organization award continuously for the last two years. He called upon the participants to take home sweet memories of their stay in the Islands and encourage their friends and relatives to visit the Islands, which is a pilgrimage place.  An impressive cultural programme presented by the school students enthralls the gathering.

Earlier, welcoming the chief guest and others, the Secretary (Education), Shri D. N. Singh informed that 25 teams of different states of the country participated in the 9 days championship. 35 matches were held and 435 players participated. The function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by the Director of Education, Dr. Dev Das.

Port Blair, Jan. 2: Power supply will remain suspended in some of the areas on 05.01.2013 from 0800 hours to 1400 hours for shifting of 160 KVA distribution transformer at Ward No. 5 of Prothrapur Panchayat.

The areas to be affected by power interruption are part of Prothrapur, CARI area, Bird Line, Calicut, New Bimlitan, Macca Pahar, Kamraj Nagar, Beodnabad, Rangachang, Burmanallah and Chidiyatapu.

Port Blair, Jan. 2: It is informed to all concerned that the repair of the printing machine in the Govt. Press, Port Blair is now expected to be completed by 03.01.2013. Therefore, the printing as well as distribution of ‘The Daily Telegrams’ and the ‘Dweep Samachar’ will remain affected on 03.01.2013.

Inconvenience caused to the readers as well the advertisers is regretted.

The Hon’ble Member of Parliament Shri. Bishnu Pada Ray has condoled the death of Shri. R. Karrupia, AIADMK Leader And State President, A&N Islands, R/o Bhatubasti, who passed away at 11 P.M. on 28.12.2012 in GB Pant Hospital, Port Blair and prayed to the Almighty to give strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace.