Campbell Bay, March 10: A four day multispeciality medical camp with medical specialists from INHS Dhanvantari was organised with local support from civil health authorities at Car Nicobar and Campbell bay. The camp was conducted for ex-servicemen on 28 Feb 13 at Car Nicobar and on 2nd March 2013 at MI Room INS Baaz respectively.  The camp was open to general public on 1st March at BJR hospital Car Nicobar and 3rd March 2013 at PHC Campbell Bay respectively.  

A total of 624 patients were examined that included children, pregnant ladies, patients with chronic problems like diabetes and hypertension and others. ENT check-up and expert advice of child specialist was also made readily available to the local public on the spot. Ultrasound scanning was done at the location by the radiologist and along with antenatal scans, few serious and treatable conditions were also diagnosed. Cases were also referred to GB Pant hospital and INHS Dhanvantari, Port Blair for follow up.

INHS Dhanvantari in conjunction with Director Health Services has been carrying out such medical and multispeciality health camps frequently as a part of its Community Outreach Programme. Conduct of such camps greatly benefits the veteran population residing in these islands.  Portable ultrasound machine was used in the camp with as many as total 284 ultrasounds were carried out at the doorstep. The medical, ENT and child OPD benefited almost 340 patients with varying lifestyle diseases, especially diabetes and hypertension.


Port Blair, March 10:  The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, today paid rich tributes to all those freedom fighters, who were brought to these Islands during the country’s freedom struggle. At a solemn function held at Chatham Memorial here today, the Lt Governor laid wreath at the memorial followed by paying of floral tributes by others present on occasion. A two minutes silence was also observed on the occasion.   

It was on this day in 1858, that the first batch of 200 freedom fighters arrived at Chatham Island aboard the steam frigate SS Semiramis, marking the beginning of the penal settlement in the Islands. A memorial stands today at Chatham Island in memory of these pioneer freedom fighters of the First War of Independence.

Port Blair, March 8: The meeting of the Office bearers and the members of the Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh was held yesterday at the Model School Auditorium.

Delivering the key address the National Organising Secretary of the Association Shri Mahender Kapoor said that the Right to Education Act should be implemented systematically, taking the steps on priority basis. He said that there are many schools in the Islands which do not have the basic Infrastructure to ensure the quality Education for the Students. The department should ensure these facilities at each school at earliest. Elaborating  the philosophy of association he said that “Education for the Country, Teacher for the Education and Society for the teacher is our motto”.

The association is not only meant to take up the grievances of the teaching community at the appropriate level for redressal, but emphasizes for the better and qualitative Education to  the students, he said. He called upon the teaching community to work hard in discharging their duties.

Earlier welcoming the guest the President of the Islands Unit of Mahasangh Mrs. Manju Nair said that the association will continue to conduct camps for the issues like Women Empowerment etc. The State Secretary Shri Lokesh Kumar explained about the various activities being conducted by the association.  He said the association will take up the issues related to the School Education at the appropriate authority.  During the conference various issues were discussed in detail. Apart from RTE the participants expressed their views on the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation System also.

It was felt by the speakers that the Department has not taken any initiative to evaluate and review the system so far.

Another point of attraction was  the need of filling up of the vacant posts of different categories. There are posts which are kept vacant for the last many years. It’s been more than 2 years since the North and Middle Andaman District has come up, but still no District Education Officer has been posted.  Among the other points which were  discussed were Exemption of Children Education Allowance, ISDA, Complete SCA and Transfer Allowance from the income Tax, Granting ISDA during Summer Vacation, Indiscriminate implementation of transfer policy for teachers, Headmasters, Vice Principals, Principals,  DEO, EO and Assistant Directors, Choice posting on promotion for all the teaching staff due for retirement, Posting to Key posts should be strictly according to Seniority.

Seniors must not be posted under juniors and restoration of all the 11 posts of Assistant Education officer (AEO) for effective and efficient School Administration in Islands.