Car Nicobar, Feb. 19: A 3-day training on Disaster Management organised by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi in association with the District Disaster Management Authority, Nicobar began on 18th Feb. 2013. The Deputy Commissioner and the Chairman of District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Shri P Jawahar inaugurated the programme in the EOC Conference hall at Car Nicobar.

All the local heads of department, Tribal Council representatives and members of NGOs were enrolled for the training programme. In his inaugural address, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman of DDMA, Nicobar lauded the efforts taken by NIDM in response to his request to come over to Nicobar for imparting the training as well as for sponsoring the training programme under their own funds.

Speaking on the occasion, the Superintendent of Police, Nicobar district highlighted the vulnerability of the district, which demands for an immense focus on disaster preparedness and stressed the need to set up early warning system and emergency communication network in all the inhabited Island of Nicobar District.

The training started off with sharing of expectation by the officials, followed by modules on Disaster Management concepts, system in India, Disaster Risk profile of Nicobar Islands, vulnerabilities and capacities. It concluded with an experience sharing session.

This training programme will be the run-up to the forth coming mock drill exercise on 20th February 2013 during which the incident command system and the functioning of the Emergency support function system will be tested on ground.

This training programme is a milestone event for Nicobar district as it is for the first time the NIDM has come to the District for imparting training to district level officials. It will also set the foundation for the massive capacity building exercise planned by the DDMA, Nicobar under the yet to be launched District Mission on Disaster Preparedness.


Port Blair, Feb. 18: On 27/04/12, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India passed an order prohibiting pasting of any material including films of any VLT, on the safety glasses of any vehicle. In this connection, the A & N Police had issued press releases on several occasions requesting the vehicle owners /drivers to remove the tinted glasses from their respective vehicle. Thereafter, the traffic police/ local has started a drive against such tinted glasses and violators have been prosecuted.

All the owners/ drivers of motor vehicles are once again requested to remove their tinted glasses if any and also not to paste any material including films of any VLT on the safety glasses of their vehicles. The Traffic Police Would Implement this rule strictly with immediate effect.


Port Blair, Feb. 18: Shri R.S. Mehra, Assistant Commissioner, Campbell Bay, distributed cheques amounting to Rs. 4,75,20,631/- (Rupees four crores seventyfive lakhs twenty thousand six hundred thirtyone only) to 44 Tsunami affected farmers of Great Nicobar Island, in lieu of submerged land at a function for the purpose held today at Recreation Hall, Campbell Bay. Further the cheques distribution to the infirm and elderly was also done by visiting the remote villages of Vijay Nagar, Gandhi Nagar & Shastri Nagar located upto 35 Km from Campbell Bay headquarters.

Port Blair, Feb. 18: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM has sanctioned seventy five thousand rupees from LG’s Relief Fund for the treatment of Shri Ajit Mondal in mainland. Shri Ajit Mondal, R/o Harinagar Village, Mayabunder is suffering from Malignant Tumor Right Shoulder and has been referred to Chennai for further treatment. Shri Ajit Mondal belongs to weaker section of the society.


Port Blair, Feb. 18: The Secretary for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, S N Mishra stressed the need for preserving the right environment for the well being of the animals in their natural habitat. 

Addressing the Valedictory function of the Animal Welfare fortnight at JNRM college, Port Blair on Monday,  he said Animal welfare is not only restricted to caring the animals and keeping the pet animals at our homes, but also ensuring the preservation of apt environment for the animals. He called upon everyone to prevent all sorts of deforestation activities like cutting of trees. He also emphasized that stray animals and deserted animals should also be taken care of properly.

The Animal welfare officer, Aparna Singh said India is the pioneer in establishing the Animal welfare Board as a legal entity for the protection of animals, besides enacting the Prevention of Cruelties to Animals Act way back in 1960.  Inflicting cruelty to the animals in any form is treated as violation of the said act and the offenders will be punished under the act as well as the relevant sections of IPC, she added. She also appealed to the participants to report to the concerned authority if they come across any incident of cruelty to the animals.

The Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Dr Balakrishnan also spoke on the occasion.  A large number of students from different schools and social workers attended the programme.

During the fortnight, various competitions on animal welfare including Essay, and Painting contests on the topics Compassion to the animals and the Animal – Man’s best friend were conducted for the students.  The Chief Guest , S N Mishra distributed the prizes to the winners.

The Animal welfare fortnight has begun in the islands on February, 1 last with an awareness rally and various programmes including Veterinary health camps, backyard poultry distribution, stray dogs and wild birds feeding, pet animals show etc. were organised by the department to create awareness on animal welfare during the fortnight.


Port Blair, Feb. 18: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM has regularized the services of 17 DRMs of Port Management Board (PMB) against the vacant posts of Mazdoor in Andaman Labour Force. These 17 DRMs, who are the next of the kin of deceased employees, were engaged by PMB on compassionate ground for mooring and unmooring purpose continuously since 1999.


Port Blair, Feb. 18: The State Convenor of Cultural Cell, BJP Shri Hament Kr. Dhingra has requested the Director of State Trnsport, A&N Administration to provide public transport buses in Phoenix Bay (Ward No. 6) route. He mentioned that no private and STS busses are plying in Phoenix Bay, which is causing hardship to the residents and suggested some routes for the convenience of the commuters.