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. 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. 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. 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.


Port Blair, Jan. 11: The PCC President, Kuldeep Rai Sharma and other senior leaders lead a ‘Padyatra of National Students Union of India’ from Swamy Vivekananda’s statue to Tiranga Park as a mark of respect to this great Indian monk on his 150th birthday, which falls on 12th January. 

In the morning at 8 AM, the leaders of the Party and the students paid floral tribute to the statue of Swamy.   Reaching Tiranga Park, the participants of the rally (Padyatra) prepared themselves for blood donation, duly arranged by the GB Pant Hospital under the supervision of Dr Navin, Dy. Director.

Speaking on the occasion, Sharma told the students that Swamyjii always respect for youth force, which can bring developments and prospects for their country and time has come when the youth force should be united for good and conquer over evils.

He also said that by donating our blood, we help someone to get a new life so we should not hesitate for such donation. We should keep in our mind that by helping selflessly to others, we are not helping the concerned person, but helping ourselves, he added.


Port Blair, Jan. 13: The Coast Guard Region (A&N), inducted additional Dornier aircraft        CG 752 in the inventory of 745 squadron (CG) as part of its force augmentation in the region.    Dornier aircraft are multi-mission aircraft which are used extensively for carrying out Maritime Reconnaissance, Search and Rescue, Pollution Response and Anti Poaching missions.  CG 752 is fitted with hi-tech sensors for carrying out Maritime Reconnaissance.  With induction of CG 752 in the region, the Coast Guard Region (A&N) has 03 Dorniers and      01 Chetak in its inventory for carrying out surveillance of Andaman and Nicobar region.

An impressive reception ceremony was organized for the induction of the aircraft at the Coast Guard Interim Hangar, Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair on 12 Jan 2013.  The Commanding Officers of CG Ships and

Officers-in-Charge of CG establishments attended the event along with family members. In addition, Shri Manoj K Gangal, Airport Director, senior staff of AAI and representatives from print & electronic media were also present. 

The event was graced by the presence of Inspector General VSR Murthy, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (A&N).  The event comprised of traditional welcome ceremony including pooja for the newly received aircraft followed by address by the Regional Commander.  The A&N Police band added colour to the function. 

Inspector General VSR Murthy in his address, highlighted on the achievements of Coast Guard Air Enclave in the region, wherein the CG aircraft have been instrumental in apprehending large number of poachers and saving many precious lives at sea, braving adverse weather conditions. The Chief Guest, while complimenting the squadron personnel for their good work, has advised them to be more vigilant ensure safe and secure seas of the A&N Islands.


Port Blair, Jan. 11: In a well-coordinated Joint Operation, Indian Coast Guard ship ICGS Durgabai Deshmukh and Naval Ship INS Bangaram rescued 75 Myanmarese nationals at Barren Island on 10th  Jan 2013.

During routine surveillance, the Coast Guard Dornier, reported sighting of foreign nationals stranded at Barren Island at 1235 hrs on 9th Jan. On receiving the information, the Coast Guard Regional Headquarters immediately pressed into action and the Coast Guard Ship Durgabai Deshmukh patrolling in Andaman Sea was diverted at around 1400 hrs on the same day for rescue of stranded personnel. HQANC also diverted INS Bangaram in NGI for support.

Both the ships arrived off Barren Island in late night. The Coast Guard Ship Durgabai Deshmukh alongwith INS Bangaram launched the challenging rescue operation in adverse weather condition with the first light on 10th Jan and successfully rescued 75 Myanmarese Nationals and handed them over to the police.