MGGC organizes Mega Seminar on 20 years of Panchayati Raj Institution in A & N Islands

Trinath & Muralidharan Pillai

Mayabunder, Oct 31: Mahatma Gandhi Govt. College, Mayabunder organized a mega seminar on the topic “20 years of Panchayati Raj Institutions in A & N Islands – Success and Failures” in the college conference hall on 31st Oct. 2014 at 0900 am.

Mr. Srinivasan, Adhyaksha,  Zilla Parishad, Mayabunder was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the function in presence of Dr.R.N.Rath, Principal, MGGC, Mayabunder Mr. Sony Thomas, Upadhaksha by lighting the lamp.

A few PRI Members and Heads of Departments/Offices were present in the function. The Upadhyaksh addressed the gathering and briefly spoke about the failure of Panchyat Raj Institutions such as shortage of fund, staff and lack of training for PRI members about proper utilization of funds.   It is also reported that the allotted fund is very less comparing to the estimated cost of the works projected for each panchayat resulting non completion of the work in time and finally sufferer are the villagers / public.

Talking to our reporter one of the Samithy Member informed that the concerned authority are not cooperating with the PRI and also not delegating the actual powers really deserved to the PRIs and the administration is also not giving much important to the work and development of rural areas instead of concentrating the development of urban localities.

A Zilla Parishad Member informed that if the 20 years of Panchayati Raj Institutions in A & N Islands is a total failure then the entire responsibility goes to A & N Administration.

Zilla Parishad Member of Baratang Mr. Kurma Rao stated that PRI was successful during the period from 1995 to 2005 and thereafter following some illegal works the PRI system failed.

Other than this Mr. Hiranmoy Roy, Pradhan of Harinagar, ZP Member of Kadamtala, Mr. Bawali also addressed the gathering.

Dr. S. Sreekumar HOD, JNRM Port Blair explained the need of women empowerment in PRI through a power point presentation.


National Unity Day Celebrated at Model School Students’ active participation in competitions sparks new hope

Port Blair, Oct 31: The Birth Anniversary of the Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabh Bhai patel was celebrated as National Unity Day, at Govt. Model Senior Secondary School Port Blair, with enthusiasm and National spirit today. The Principal, staff and students paid floral tribute to one of the greatest leaders of the country, Sardar Patel and took pledge to strengthen the unity of India. On this occasion the Principal Dr. Dheeraj Kumar , in his address said that Sardar Patel, being the home minister of the country soon after independence, showed tremendous courage and determination to bring all the reluctant princely states under unified India and ensured that the National unity could never be compromised at any cost.

In today’s context the concept of unity has greater relevance, and the Unity day gives strength to face the challenges, he said. The Principal called upon the students to follow the ideology and principles of the great leader and spread the message of Unity and Integrity of the Nation, in their localities.

Various Competitions were held for the students of different classes, to make them feel the importance of the term ‘Unity’, in a country like India, which has so much of diversity in every field. Students’ performance in the competitions was very impressive. In the debate, titled ‘Celebrating Diversity but working for unity’, the students of senior classes stressed upon the importance, need and challenges on the path of ensuring unity in the country. In the painting, collage making and poster competitions, students expressed their concern for the need of unity in the country, through beautiful blending of colours. Apart from this, quiz and volley ball match were also held.

Earlier the students took part in the ‘Run for Unity’ in the morning while the NCC cadets participated in the March Past.

Martyrdom Day of Late Indira Gandhi Observed

Port Blair, Oct 31: ANTCC observed former Prime Minister Smti Indira Gandhi’s martyrdom day  today at Gandhi Bhavan. The Vice President Hamid Ali garlanded the portrait of Smti Gandhi. Floral tributes were offered by , Ms Mariyam Bibi ZP Adhyaksha, Arumugam, Chairperson PBMC, Smti Shanta Singh, President Mahila Congress, RV Reddy, President DCC , MS Siddique, General Secretary,other senior leaders and supporters. Hamid Ali, Shanta Singh and Mariyam Bibi  also spoke on the noble deeds of the former Prime Minister. Qaumi Ekta Pledge was also administered by Hamid Ali.

Redundant ACs of MGGC cause losses to government treasury; probe required


Billyground, Oct 30: The Mahatma Gandhi Government College in the headquarter region of the North and Middle Andaman District has become a flagrant example of how precious revenue from the government treasury is squandered in the name of titivation. More than a year has passed after the Andaman Public Works Department installed 13 Air Conditioners in the triple storeyed College building. But, none of the ACs has been put into operation till date and the costly equipments are left to rust, according to sources.

Lakhs of money were spent for purchase of the Air Conditioners. The APWD installed the equipments in the year 2013. Sadly, nothing else was done after that. Not a single APWD official turned up to put the machines into operation. All of them are lying redundant for more than a year now. Many of the equipments are presently lying in a dilapidated state. Even the college authorities did not bother about the drainage of government money resulting out of such installations, said a staff of MGGC, requesting anonymity.

The top brass of the local government should immediately order a probe into the episode. Officials, found responsible for such act that led to revenue loss from the government exchequer, should be taken to task.

ANCOL Celebrates Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Port Blair, Oct 31: ANDAMAN COLLEGE, Haddo, Port Blair observed “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) 2014” on 31st September 2014.   Various programmes were conducted to observe the day in a meaningful manner and to spread the message of unity, safety and security.

In the inaugural function, Principal of the college Dr R Dev Das administered “Rashtriya Ekta  Diwas pledge” to the students, faculty members and staffs of the college . He appealed to the students to introspect and reaffirm their inherent strength to withstand with the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of our country. He further stressed that Youths being the future of this country, should strive hard to maintain the unity and integrity of the country. Students of the music department presented patriotic and National integration based songs during the function.
Earlier in the morning the students and faculties of ANCOL participated in the RUN FOR UNITY at Netaji Stadium Later an Inter department quiz competition on the topic “National Unity: Need of the hour” was conducted in which Pronay Halder & team of BCom (CS) department and Navin & Team of Sociology  department were declared as the winners and runners respectively. A debate on the topic “National Unity: Road towards success” was also conducted. In slogan writing competition the slogan written by R Arthi of BCom department was selected as the best slogan.
Various sport competitions were also organized during the day. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr Pusphavalli, HOD, English department followed by National Anthem.

Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Celebrated at Mayabunder .

K.Muralidharan Pillai

Mayabunder, Oct 31: Mahatma Gandhi Govt. College, Mayabunder has organized a Run for Unity on 31st Oct. 2014 at 0600 hours started from Fire Brigade Station, Neemtala, Danapur and ended at Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Stadium, Mayabunder in connection with celebration of birth Aniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.  Altogether more than 1000 students from various schools / college and staff as well as officers / officials of all Heads of Offices and Department functioning at Mayabunder.  Shri Meena, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Middle and North Andaman inaugurated the function in presence of Dr.R.N. Rath and other dignitaries present.  Thereafter Shri S.K. Meena, IPS and Dr R.N. Rath, Principal, MGGC, Mayabunder addressed the audience at Netaji Stadium.   Rashtriya Eka Diwas pledge was administered before the audience under the supervision of Shri S.K. Meena, IPS


Experts worry as Ban on Gutka to expire on 31st October in Andaman

Staff Correspondent

Port Blair, Oct 30: It was the commitment of the then Lt. Governor on the occasion of the birthday of the father of the Nation on 2nd Oct 2012 that there will be total ban on all chewable tobacco products Gutka, Khainee, Zarda etc, but the Administration imposed a ban on retail sale for only a period of one year on 1st Nov 2012 for a period of one year.

Subsequently on September 2013 the authority issued a ban for all chewable tobacco products in any form including Zarda (retail wholesale and manufacturing) only to be withdrawn in 10 days and a fresh notification was issued on 2nd Nov 2013 that the sale of Gutka is prohibited for one year from 1st Nov 2013 and which would automatically expire its validity on 31st Oct 2014.

The Administration needs to clarify whether consumptions of Gutka Zarda would cause mouth cancers from 1st Nov 2014 onwards or not since there was only a partial ban on retail sale by pan shops where a mixture of Zarda with pan was prohibited.

With the partial ban one could consume Zarda by purchasing the whole Zarda Tin Can and take whenever he wants and the children at home can emulate eating Zarda pan as now it is available as whole Tin Can.

It seems only Gutka causes oral cancer not eating Zarda or Kakaz pan since the Administration last year withdrew Zarda ban within 10 days of its publications.

With the ban on Gutka products now the actual sale of Zarda increased bringing bale bale to Zarda wholesalers.

Just think who cares for the sick, when Zarda Tycoons recording business worth crores in Andaman.

Supreme Court has directed Central government and state government to ban all chewable tobacco products. The central government had filed affidavit in Supreme Court that the diseases caused due to Tobacco outnumber the revenue generated from Tobacco.

In July the health ministry wrote to all state and UT to ban effectively all Chewable tobacco products its manufacturing distribution and sale etc. But in Andaman we have a different law, it seems.

ANDAMAN SHEEKHA INVESTIGATES::::Is there really a Ban on Gutka Sale?

Staff Correspondent

Port Blair, Oct 30: As per Administration till October 31 there is a ban on sale of Gutka in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. But Andaman Sheekha has investigated and found that there are several pan shops, which were openly selling Gutka in Port Blair city. In some cases the shops are unbelievably close to the offices of Law Enforcing Agencies.

It has been found that school and college students are openly getting Gutka. Andaman Sheekha followed one lead and found one shop selling Gutka openly. Surprisingly this time the label of the Gutka packet has been changed and on the level only MGM is written. There is no mention of the name of the manufacturer or expiry date of the Gutka, perhaps this was done to trick law enforcing agencies but selling edible products without the details of manufacturer and expiry date is also a crime.

As there is no Label or Trade Mark it is hard to establish that the product being sold is actually ‘Gutka’ but according to ‘Gutka’ lover, the packet contains pure ‘Gutka’. Every Gutka lover knows which are the shops, selling Gutka but Administration is keeping eyes closed.

The Million Dollar question is when Media can find such shops after just one day of investigation, why Food Safety unit and the Law Enforcing Agency can’t find this.



BJP Clash Case: Six accused get Interim Bail

D J Venkatesh

Diglipur, Oct 30: All the six accused of Diglipur BJP clash case today got Interim bail with a condition to meet the Investigating Officer twice in a week and not to leave the District of N & M Andaman without the prior permission of the Investigating Officer.

In view of the ongoing seize work of the lawyers the accused person themselves moved the bail in court application in the court.  The Police could not produce any medical document and said that the lady BJP leader, who was allegedly attacked, is still under treatment at Port Blair.