DEPARTMENT OF SPORTS NEEDS TOTAL MAKEOVER::::Expectation turns into disappointment after AAC decides not to merge DoS with DoE

Staff Correspondent

Port Blair, Oct 22: The decision of Administrator’s Advisory Council not to merge Department of Sports with Directorate of Education, during the recent AAC meeting, has come as a rude shock to sportspersons.

The decision to bifurcate Sports from Education department was taken way Back in 1986 by the then Lt. Governor with an intent to promote Sports.

In order to establish a separate sports department, some posts from Education were transferred to Department of YAS. But the staffs continued to draw their salary from Education department.

After around 28 years, the situation has gone from bad to worse.

The same old staffs of Education department continue to work in Sports department. Instead of promoting sports, this sports directorate has become a den of corruption. To avoid transfer to outer Islands, a few staffs on diverted capacity are bent upon creating a new Directorate to ensure that the corruption never seizes to happen.

“When the decision to bifurcate was taken by a simple administrative order, why now take consensus of political bosses to merge it?” ask a sports lover of these Islands.

Everyone knows the political link of a few senior staffs working in Department of Sports. They successfully lobbied and ensured that the Sports department does not merge with Education.

The decision of AAC has served the purpose of all those involved in the mismanagement of sports. Ultimate sufferer of this decision will once again be the sportspersons. Now the old nexus of sports department and state level sports associations will work with renewed vigour to dupe the exchequer.

Former  Sports Administrators and sportspersons believe that if a new sports directorate is to be established, then those on diverted capacity should be send back to Directorate of Education.

“After sending Education Department’s staffs back to the Department. The Administration should then prepare Recruitment rule for all posts, advertise it and select suitable candidate with proven track record to all the posts of new Directorate of Sports. Then only the sports in these Islands can resurrect. Else the corruption will multiply in the hands of those who are already charge sheeted in many cases,” said a former sports administrator.


On the auspicious and joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The legendary return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana marks the celebration of Diwali. The festival also emphasizes the significance of the high values and ethos of truth, righteousness and benevolence, for us all to emulate. Heralding the advent of peace and prosperity, the festival also calls upon all of us to work in unison for all-round progress of these Islands.

May the festival of light brighten up all our homes with health, happiness and prosperity.

I wish you all a very joyful and blessed Diwali.


 Lt. Gen A. K. Singh (Retd.)

Lieutenant Governor

Andaman & Nicobar Islands


N & M Andaman public’s Problems discussed during MP’s visit

Muralidharan Pillai

Mayabunder, Oct 22: During the visit of Member of Parliament in Middle and North Andaman, a meeting was conducted in presence of DC M & N Andaman at District Head Quarter Govt. Guest House, Mayabunder at 1000 hours involving all the Head of Offices of Middle and North Andaman. During the meeting various issues and problems being faced by the various departments as well as public of Middle and North Andaman were discussed.

Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, MP appreciated all the officials present in the meeting especially Deputy Commissioner, M&N Andaman for taking best efforts for improvement and development of the District and to redresses the problems being faced by the people of the locality.

In the inaugural address, the M.P. directed all the officials to attend the problems and issues of the departments and public.


Road accident; one girl child injured

Sarthak Kanjilal

Port Blair, Oct 22: A little girl suffered minor injuries, when the bike in which she is travelling with her sister and father hit a four wheeler, after the four wheeler applied dead brakes at the middle of the road.

According to reports the a two wheeler while crossing lambaline  road near Chakraborty Hospital suffered some technical problems and the bike rider had to slow down his bike. A four wheeler of Andaman and Nicobar Command was just behind the bike and watching the bike slowing down all of a sudden the driver applied dead brakes.

According to eye witnesses, another bike rider, who was just behind the four wheeler, with two minor girls, could not control the bike when the four wheeler applied dead brakes, and dashed the four wheeler from back. The minor girl, who fell down sustained minor injuries. She was rushed to nearby hospital.

Delegates of ANIFPDC Sub-Committee Meets MP

Muralidharan Pillai

Mayabunder, Oct 22:  During the visit of the Member of Parliament in Middle and North Andaman, a delegation of Vanvikas Employees Association, Sub-Committee, Mayabunder met and appraised the problems being faced by the staff and workers of corporation since last several years.

Mr. B.P.Ray patiently heard the grievances and assured them that all possible efforts will be taken for revival and better existence of the ANIFPDC.   Talking to the reporter of Sheekha, the delegates expressed their hopes and appreciated the efforts taken by  M.P.

Pradhan VK Pur GP joins Congress

Port Blair, Oct 22: Mr. Atul Biswas, Pradhan, Gram Panchayat Vivekananda Pur, belonging to Independent party  L/Andaman along with his followers and  three PRI members Biswajeet Biswas, Smt Barnali Biswas, Smti Minoti Mondal of the same Gram Panchayat,  recording their faith on the leadership of Smti Sonia Gandhi, President UPA and Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President,PCC have joined INC on 6th October, 2014.

One year Computer training course at Wimberlygunj by ANSCU

Port Blair, Oct 22: The Andaman Nicobar State Cooperative Union in collaboration with Bapuji Primary Agriculture Service Society, for the benefit of the rural unemployed youths had started one year Computer training course at Wimberlygunj and on the occasion of successful completion of the course by the participants, it has distributed certificates in a function held at the office of the Society on 21 10 2014.

In  his inaugural address, the Chairman, ANSCU Kuldeep Rai Sharma has congratulated all the pass outs who have undergone  computer training organized by the Union  and told that in today’s advanced world, everyone is using computers in some way shape or form. Computer literacy has become vitally very important in this era of information technology. Computers are used to easily file and record documents.

Without a computer one would have to process everything manually. With computers, one’s weeks of work can be processed or finalized in hours or minutes. Nowadays, with the use of email, people can send mail and receive letters in a matter of seconds. Learning basic computer skills benefits every body in so many more ways than we often think of.  This knowledge makes everyone’s  life a lot more convenient and organized.

He has also inspired those present in the function and who doesn’t have computer training by informing that, “It’s never too late, so go ahead and start learning some computer basics which is also a job oriented course especially in tourism sector and provides scope to start ones own job typing center by forming Self help Group  and the team of ANSCU is always there to help the aspirants by imparting training on the subject”.

The certificates to the pass-outs were distributed by Kuldeep Mariyam Bibi and Shafique. Ms Mariam Bibi, ZP Adhyaksha,Shafique, Pramukh Ferrargunj Samity have also spoke on the occasion and lauded the efforts of the Chairman,ANSCU and its team. Shri Anant Rao, General Secretary, ANSCU has proposed vote of thanks.


Rotary Club of Port Blair conducted drawing competition

Port Blair, Oct 22: On the occasion of World Polio Day on 24th October, 2014. Rotary Club of Port Blair conducted drawing competition for the students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Port Blair. Dr. S.K Paul, Director of Health Services, spoke on the occasion and said neighbourhood children should be encouraged to approach the polio booth when ever  a pulse polio programme is conducted by Directorate of Health Services and gave away certificate and prizes(on behalf of Rotary Club).

Miss. Puja Das of Class X C got the first prize and Miss. Sujata of class IX A got the second prize and Miss T. Parmeshwari of class XII D got the third prize and  Miss R. Prabhawati of class X C got consolation prize. A small skit was presented by the students on pulse polio theme, “Doo Bhoond Jindagi ki”. Dr.Dinesh, President, Rotary Club of Port Blair said in his speech that End polio campaign of Rotary international’s project had eradicated polio in India with the help of WHO, UNICEF. Now polio virus will only be found in history books and not in children.

There was a great applause when we presented the book “Malala Yousafzai the girl who stood up for girls education and changed the world” by Patricia Maccormick to the winner of drawing competition.

Dr.Dinesh said in A & N Islands 66O polio centres including 10 in defense area and 58 mobile booth were set up and 30,796 children were given oral polio vaccine last year.

Rotary club actively participated in the project by providing banners and posters, and said on 11th feb, 2013 Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee got the rotary’s highest award for his leadership for
countries victory over polio. Smti. .Sangeeta Chand, Principal, Govt Girls Sr.Sec School proposed vote of thanks and appreciated Rotary Club for this programme.


Theatre Festival & Folk Song Competition

Port Blair, Oct 22: The Department of Art & Culture, A&N Administration is going to organize Theatre Festival & Folk Song Competition from 24th-26th October 2014 at ASI Auditorium, opposite Bengali Club from 0530 pm onwards. On 24th October 2014, three plays will be presented. Aditya Natya Academy will present Bangla play ‘Kokil’ written by Mumtazuddin Ahmed and directed by Anadiranjan Bhattacherjee. Mukta Dhara will stage play ‘Dharama Niropeksha’ written & directed by Birendra Kishore Talukdar. Baaulmon Culture Association will stage play Rajayatak written by Ramen Leahari and directed by Arup Roy. Two plays will be staged on 25th October 2014 wherein Bangla Sanskrithik Parishad will present Dharma Amar Shathi, written by Shri P. R. Sarkar and directed by Gautam Kumar Dhali whereas play “Beema ka laaj” will be presented by SSS Nirmala. The play is written by Uday Shankar Bhatt and directed by J. P.Shukla and Smt. Subhashni. Folk Song Competition will be held on 26th October 2014 in which nine cultural associations will participate in various categories.