Port Blair, Dec. 8: An appeal was made by the Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray to all political parties, associations, organisations, NGOs and individuals from the A&N Islands to join together to discuss on Promulgation of A&N Islands Public Employment Regulation, Inner-line Permit and for Constitution of State Service Selection Board. The meeting was held today at 10.00 am the Mini Hall of Andaman Tamizhar Sangam, Port Blair wherein hundreds of people participated.

Suggestions and views were invited in which political leaders, heads of associations and individuals expressed themselves. It was also suggested to Appeal to the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to stop allowing mainlanders from competing for Govt. Jobs in the islands till such time when the burning unemployment issue is tackled.


The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray said that the suggestions would be placed in the Lok Sabha in the ‘0’ Hour to invite the attention of the Govt. of India on the issue which looms large over the islanders. Meanwhile the unemployed teachers of A&N Islands have also called upon the islanders to stop the Administration from coming out with the list of eligible candidates for the post of teachers in A&N Administration. 

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, December 05 2013: Even as Kerala riders continued to dominate the National Track Cycling Championship for the 66th Senior, 43rd Junior and 29th Sub Junior competitions with the addition to three more gold medals to its overall tally, Andaman and Nicobar Island's Deborah put up a sterling performance to break the decades old national record of Manipur's Ch Rameshwori on the second day of the championship at Khuman Lampak Velodrome today.

While Rameshwori set the 500 metres individual time trial at 39.244 seconds in the 2001 Ludhiana National Games, Deborah today took 38.097 seconds to cover the distance ahead of Kerala duo Kezia Varghese (2nd) and Lidiyamol M Sunny in elite women's final.


Deborah also won the junior women's 500 mtr individual time trial with a national record of 37.908 seconds as Manipur riders H Bedana Devi and RK Abe Devi settled for silver and bronze respectively.

Manipur's gold tally remained static at two and had to content with one silver and three bronze medals today.


On the otherhand, title contenders Kerala today added five medals including three gold and two silvers to take its tally to eight gold, four silver and one bronze.

Massive Protest by Fishermen In Port Blair City Hampers Normal Life


Port Blair, Dec. 5: The fishermen community of Port Blair organised a massive protest in front of the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), A&N Administration, Port Blair on 4th Dec. 2013 after the death of a lady from their community at G.B. Pant Hospital. The lady named Padmawati was admitted at GB Pant Hospital and was detected with Apendicitis.

Late Padmawati, 35, W/o Joga Rao, R/o Junglighat was operated on 3rd Dec. 2013 after which she breathed her last while in a semi-conscious state. Alleging, the GB Pant Hospital for negligence, massive gathering of fishermen protested at the DHS and later in front of the Secretariat.

The fishermen demanded Rs. 5 Lakhs as compensation to the family of the deceased; Port Mortem Examination to be conducted by a medical board with doctors apart from those of the DHS; proper videography of the procedure followed during PME and a job to the next of kin of the deceased.

The Protest by the fishers continued till late evening after which it was decided to go for ‘Andaman Band’ on 5th Dec. 2013, supported by various political parties. The day started with not much of commotion inside Port Blair city. While most of the shops in Aberdeen Bazar and Junglighat remained closed till afternoon, normal live was restored in the city by evening.

A huge procession of fishermen today took out a rally which culminated at Secretariat, A&N Administration where the gathering sat on a dharna. Later in the afternoon, a delegation of 10 fishermen was called by the Chief Secretary and a meeting held for long. According to sources, it was decided in the meeting to hold a PME of the deceased by a Medical Board, which would include Doctors from INHS Dhanwantri. It was also decided that the Administration would pay a compensation of Rs. 1.5 Lakhs to the family of the deceased and assurance was given for a job to the child of the deceased.

The protest later ended in the evening today, in which it was decided to allow PME.  

Lt. Governor Condoles Death: The Hon’ble Lt Governor has expressed his sorrow on the death of Smti Puniyawati, W/o Shri Joga Rao, R/o Junglighat, last evening. He has expressed his deep condolences to the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, the Lt Governor has ordered an inquiry into the matter by Shri P. Jawahar, Deputy Commissioner (SA) to ascertain any lapse or lapses on the part of the Authorities, including the doctors and in case, there has been any lapse, appropriate action will be taken for this.


The Deputy Commissioner will be assisted by a medical team and the report shall be submitted to the Lt Governor within 3 days. Ex-gratia payment to the next of the kin of the deceased will also be considered.