Port Blair, March 8: Under the National Programme for Control of Blindness, ‘World Glaucoma Day’ will be observed on 12th March 2013 to create awareness amongst the public about the prevention and control of Glaucoma and to emphasise the need for more initiatives with regard to Glaucoma. This year globally globally ‘World Glaucoma Week’ will be observed from 10th to 16th March 2013.

In order to celebrate the day/ week in a befitting manner and to observe ‘Glaucoma detection and control/prevention week from 10th to 16th March, NPCB, A&N Islands will organise various IEC activities throughout the islands to create awareness about the disease.

A Glaucoma screening cum awareness programme will be held on 12th March 2013 from 9.00 am at Panchayat Hall, Guptapara in association with Gram Panchayat, Guptapara. A team of Ophthalmic Assistants headed by Dr. Mrs. Anita Shah, Ophthalmologist, Eye Department, G.B. Pant Hospital will be screening the general public above the age of 40 years.

All the needy eye patients have been advised to avail the opportunity by attending the screening cum awareness programme to be held at Panchayat Hall, Guptapara on 12th March 2013.


Port Blair, March 8: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM has sanctioned Rs 10,000/- each as ex-gratia relief from LG’s Relief Fund to  Shri Jacob (Shelter No. 4A) and Shri P. Josep & Smt Edna (Shelter No. 4B) of Chingam Village, Campbell Bay.

These people suffered loss of household property due to falling of tree on two permanent shelters. The incident happened on 12th February 2013, when officials of the Forest Department were felling a tree close to their shelters.

The ex-gratia relief is based on the assessment report of the Assistant Commissioner, Campbell Bay.

Port Blair, March 7: The Member of Parliament, Shri Bishnu Pada Ray in a letter to the Minister of Home Affairs, GOI wherein he took up the case of the villagers of Narayan Tikry, Diglipur, North Andaman. 

The MP explained that during his tour to Narayan Tikry on 23rd Jan. 2013 he found that the village is on a Forest Encroachment, near Kalighat Nallah, Diglipur.

There are 33 families in Narayan Tikry, out of which, 28 families are of pre- 78 Forest encroachers. Some of them obtained license either at Parschim Sagar or Gandhi Nagar, Genesh Nagar, Shanti Nagar. But in the land as shown in the license, were occupied by old encroachers and some of the lands are having big commercial trees.

They are living in Narayan Tikry since pre – 78 and the Administration has opened Primary School, Pre-Primary and Anganwadi etc. there.

There is no drinking water facilities and electricity provided by the Administration. The villagers have been demanding that electricity connection from Nischandapur could be reached to them, which is hardly at a distance of two and half kilometres. As an alternative, they are also demanding Solar Home Light System on the BPL rate or it may be provided by the Administration, facilitating better education to their children.

The villagers have also made a demand that all the encroachers may be allotted land in the present Narayan Tikrey on cancelling the license already issued against some other place.

Shri Bishnu Pada Ray therefore requested the Minister to intervene in the matter and to direct the concerned in for an earliest action against the long standing public demand.