Beach Tent Monsoon Packages to Bangaram Island, Lakshadweep; Enjoy the Beauty of Nature

Lakshadweep Monsoon Programme

Bangaram Island, Lakshadweep

Beach Tent Monsoon Packages to Bangaram Island, Lakshadweep; Enjoy the Beauty of Nature
May 24, 2014 MintValley Tourism News, Kochi

A new monsoon package to the exotic archipelago paradise, Bangaram, will commence on 01st June till mid-September, 2014 to entice the enthusiastic travelers who has hitherto been deprived of the pleasure of witnessing the magic of Lakshadweep Monsoon and enjoying the melody of rain.

Bangaram is one of the few, virtually untouched and unspoiled, tropical island systems left on our planet. The Southwest monsoons starting from June to September in the island has all that excitement and romantic serenity. It presents a breathtaking experience when the vegetation looks brilliant colours than ever and the veil of rain adds a different hue to the beauty of lagoons and the blue seas beyond. The sudden bursts of torrential downpours which usually last for a short time, are always succeeded by bright sunshine.

Bioluminescent algae and other luminescent creatures in the Lakshadweep Sea

Bioluminescence Paradise in the Lakshadweep Sea

During the dark, the algal blooms of bioluminescent plankton washed ashore makes the coral beach a magical minefield.

Bioluminescence refers to the process of visible light emission in living organisms such as the glow of a firefly. Bioluminescents are found throughout marine habitats like algal, fish, squid, shrimp and jellyfish. When there’s high levels of bioluminescence on the surface water, the sea appear uniformly glowing snow white. This ‘milky sea’ phenomenon is generated by marine species, mostly by bioluminescent algae and other luminescent creatures particularly common in the NW Indian Ocean at the time of the Southwest Monsoon Season.

Bangaram lies very close to Agatti and share one of the most beautiful lagoons in Lakshadweep. Three small islands of Thinnakara, Parali-I and Parali-II also lie close to Bangaram enclosed by the same atoll. Comfortable and safe beach tents are designed and made available to the tourists. The tents are built on the lagoon side/beachfront as an ideal shelter to enjoy the beauty of nature..

Accommodation
Beach Tents (View Pictures of Beach Tent Properties, Bangaram & Thinnakara)

Dining
Cuisine of Coastal India / Beach Barbecue

How to reach?
Agatti is the virtual gateway to Lakshadweep islands.  Air India operate through out the year from Kochi (Cochin, Kerala).  (Ships operate for local passengers only and are not available for tourist transport during monsoon). The flight from Kochi to Agatti (440 Kms) takes approximately one hour and thirty minutes. Transfer from Agatti to Bangaram by helicopter (8 km/10 minute travel duration) during the monsoon: 01 June to  15 Sept.

Entry permits
The island is open for both, Foreigners and Domestic Tourists. For more information, please contact us at: ‘Place a Query / Order Form  or Email us at: info@mintvalley.com

                                         The accommodation rates are as follows:-

ACCOMMODATION   TARIFF (INR) 2014 – 2015

                                                   Bangaram Beach Tent

Name of   package(Bangaram) Category   of Rooms No. of   Room Double Single Extra   bed
Monsoon Tent 10 10000 8000 4000

Helicopter Transfers:   Agatti/Bangaram/Agatti : Rs.9,800/-) Per head Return.

About Bioluminescence
What is bioluminescence?
Bioluminescence is the capacity of living organisms to emit visible light. Occasionally the sea may appear uniformly glowing snow white. This ‘milky sea’ phenomenon is particularly common in the NW Indian Ocean at the time of the Southwest Monsoon Season.

Read more in the following links:
http://www.isbc.unibo.it/Files/BC_PlanktonNekton.htm

Creatures of Light – Images
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/facts/bioluminescence.html

Fluorescent Plankton – Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kyP0XsF0zM

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The policies and guidelines
The policies and guidelines prepared by the Union Territory of Lakshadweep to promote sustainable tourism can be categorized into four groups. 1. Impacts on
physical environment 2. Impacts on ecological environment 3. Impacts on human use values, and 4. Impacts on quality of life values.
http://www.lakshadweepforum.com/lakshadweep_sustainabletourism.php

Place a query: Place a Query / Order Form

Mobile: +91 9605477000 : (Mr. Sadhik, Executive) ;
Mobile: +91 9605177000 : (Mr. Menon, Documentation)
Phone : +91-484 2397550, 2394640, 4011134
Central Reservations – Email: info@mintvalley.com

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‘Airborne to Chairborne’ fighter pilot passes away

The Chairborne Warrior' MP Anil Kumar

The Chairborne Warrior' MP Anil Kumar

‘Airborne to Chairborne’ fighter pilot passes away
Ananya Dutta,TNN | May 21, 2014

PUNE: Former Indian Air Force pilot M P Anil Kumar, who was paralyzed after a motorcycle accident and became an inspiration to many after his essay on how he overcame his disability was included in the English syllabus in Maharashtra, died of cancer here on Tuesday morning. He was 50.

 ”He always demonstrated a fighting spirit. When we heard that he had been diagnosed with cancer, we were really hopeful he would pull through this ordeal as well,” said Praphul Panikar, a close friend of Kumar’s.

 The cremation will be held on Wednesday morning at Bopodi crematorium.

 MP Anil Kumar had met with an accident while returning to the officer’s mess at Pathankot, when he drove into a road barrier, and broke his cervical spine. Those who rushed him to the local hospital probably didn’t support his head firmly, and so the base of his helmet pushed the fractured vertebrae into the cervical spinal cord, further complicating the situation.

 Panikar had first come into contact with Kumar after his essay ‘Airborne to Chairborne’ was published in a newspaper. In the essay, Kumar described his life after the accident and his struggle to learn how to write again (by holding a pen with his mouth because he could not use his hands). It catapulted him to fame and also launched a writing career.

 A personal account of the accident that occurred in June 1988, followed by his struggle during the course of his recovery, the essay candidly explored the young fighter pilot’s aspirations and the disappointment that followed. At the National Defence Academy (NDA), he had been adjudged the best Air Force cadet and later at the Air Force Academy he was declared the best in aerobatics.

 ”For about 10 years, the essay was included in the state board’s English syllabus. This made him very popular with school students, who would write to him or visit him at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre at Khadki,” Panikar said, adding that Kumar made it a point to reply every letter he received.

 Using his unique writing technique and eventually graduating to a computer with a special keyboard that he operated with a stylus, Kumar wrote several articles, particularly on cricket in the armed forces.

 By choosing to stay at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, he was far away from his family, but over the years he had developed a robust circle of friends in the city.

 ”I came to know him through a friend of mine who was attending to him. From the very beginning, I was always struck by his very positive outlook. In my life, in moments when I have been feeling very low, I took a lot of mental strength from him,” said Varsha D’Souza.

 Echoing D’Souza, Panikar said that Kumar always wanted to do something for others.

 ”I run a school for underprivileged children. Two years ago, when he heard that our school has a scheme to sponsor a child, he immediately signed up to sponsor the education of a girl. He met her regularly and took a keen interest in her progress and later sponsored another student,” Panikar said.

Read Anil’s Inspirational Note | Airborne to Chairborne

‘The Chairborne Warrior’ MP Anil Kumar’s Reflections On Life As We Know It
http://www.monthlyblogs.com/2011/06/the-chairborne-warrior-mp-anil-kumars-reflections-on-life-as-we-know-it/

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Compat rejects DLF plea; upholds Rs.630 cr CCI penalty

Compat upholds Rs 630 cr CCI penalty in ‘DLF Belaire’ row

Compat upholds Rs 630 cr CCI penalty in ‘DLF Belaire’ row

Compat rejects DLF plea; upholds Rs.630 cr CCI penalty
May 19, 2014 New Delhi

In a setback to DLF, the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT), on Monday, upheld a Rs. 630 crore penalty imposed on realty major DLF by the Competition Commission of India and emphasised that abuse of dominant position should be dealt with firmly. DLF said it will move Supreme Court against the Compat ruling that has upheld the CCI order.

In August 2011, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) found DLF violating fair trade norms and imposed the fine on a complaint by Belaire Owners’ Association.

The association alleged DLF imposed highly arbitrary, unfair and unreasonable conditions on allottees of apartments in The Belaire in Gurgaon, which had serious adverse effects and ramifications on the rights of the buyers. It was in May 2010 that the buyer’s association had complained against DLF.

“The order of CCI as well as this judgement is expected to go a long way to ameliorate all the conditions of the customers…If the consumer is exploited by a mighty builder, then such mighty builder cannot claim soft attitude from the State. We, therefore, refuse to bring down the penalty in any manner,” Compat said in a 139-page order .

The tribunal was of the opinion that DLF abused its dominant position. It said that as a dominant player, DLF has a special duty to be within the four corners of the law.

The Rs. 630 crore fine is equivalent to 7 per cent of DLF’s turnover, the CCI had said.

“The company shall be challenging the said order passed by the Compat in the Supreme Court for which Compat has given us 60 days time,” said DLF in a statement.

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 Competition Commission slaps Rs 630cr penalty on DLF

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Elections 2014 Results: Congress MP Hamdulla Sayeed defeated in Lakshadweep

Hamdulla Sayeed

Hamdulla Sayeed

Elections 2014 Results: Congress MP Hamdulla Sayeed defeated in Lakshadweep
16 May, 2014 By PTI |

KAVARATTI: Sitting Congress MP Hamdulla Sayeed, who was aiming for a second stint in the Lok Sabha, was humbled by NCP’s P P Mohammed Faisal in a fierce contest in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

Faisal, who had led in all the four rounds of counting, polled 21,665 votes against Hamdulla’s 20,130 votes.

 Son of late Union Minister P M Sayeed, Hamdulla, had defeated Dr P Pookunhikoya of NCP by 2198 votes in 2009 to become the youngest parliamentarian in the 15th Lok Sabha.

The constituency had recorded 87.05 per cent polling in the April 10 polls against 85.98 per cent in 2009 elections. The constituency comprises 27 islands of which only 10 are inhabited.

 The total strength of the electorate is 49,821; 25,342 men and 24,479 women, besides 101 service voters.

 Minicoy, Amini, Androth, Chetelath, Kiltan, Kadmath, Kalpeni, Kavratti (headquarter island), Agatti and Bitra are the inhabited islands in the union territory.

 Six contestants were in fray in the elections in which CPI(M), BJP and Samajwadi Party had also put up candidates.

 A Congress bastion, the constituency was represented in the Lok Sabha by P M Sayeed for 10 terms from 1967 till 2004.

Read more election updates at:
http://www.indiatimes.com/lok-sabha-elections-2014/

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Global warming is causing rising sea levels ‘The IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report and Implications for Policy and Decision Making’

Sea Erosion at Kadmat Beach Resort, Kadmat, Lakshadweep. The island chain of Lakshadweep has got total shore length of 132 Km.

Global warming is causing rising sea levels
‘IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report and Implications for Policy and Decision Making’
April 28, 2014 Lakshadweep Forum News, Kochi

Sea-level rise is expected to be the most severe challenge to our economies and lives. The potential impacts of sea-level rise caused by warmer global temperatures are becoming clearer, according to the latest authoritative assessments from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades and sea-level rise can be expected to reach 28-61cm by 2100.

Concluding four years of intense scientific collaboration by hundreds of authors from around the world, the 5th assessment report responds to the request of the world’s governments for a comprehensive, objective and policy neutral assessment of the current scientific knowledge on mitigating climate change.

Ocean swell events that damage coral reefs, cause coastal erosion and inundate land will occur more frequently, especially during years with a strong El Nino, which will become more extreme. Up to 600 million coastal people around the globe could face devastating consequences from rising seas. Some small island states are at risk of disappearing.

Adaptation to climate change and recovery costs associated with flood damage could reduce global GDP by up to 10 percent by 2100 if adaptation measures are not implemented. This is shown in a recent study, Coastal flood damage and adaptation costs under 21st century sea-level rise, by a group of researchers from Britain’s University of Southampton.

How well coastal communities implement adaptation measures is found to be the most important factor in trying to limit the costs of sea-level rise.

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Lakshadweep to open three uninhabited islands for tourists

Lakshadweep to open three uninhabited islands for tourists

Lakshadweep to open three uninhabited islands for tourists
March 30, 2014 Indo-Asian News Service

Kolkata: Ever imagined holidaying in a spectacular beach resort island where no one lives?

Lakshadweep has now decided to open three uninhabited islands exclusively for tourists after building beach resorts and water sports facilities.

“Thinnakkara, Suheli Par and Cherium are the three new islands in Lakshadweep where we are now planning to build tourism infrastructure at a total cost of Rs. 60 crore,” Lakshadweep tourism department’s assistant director A M Hussain told PTI in Kolkata.

Each of these tiny islands occupy an area of about 40-50 hectares of land and is devoid of any human settlement so far but have glistering silver sand beaches and abundant marine life, coral reefs in particular.

“They are completely virgin and serene islands and that is why they will be so special for tourists who are looking for exclusivity in their trip. The charm of staying here would be unparalleled,” Mr Hussain said.

The sandy beaches have clear and unpolluted water, unlike other beaches of India.

The union territory’s tourism department will built resorts here on a PPP (public-private-partnership) model, the tenders for which will be out in the next few months.

Giving adventure-loving tourists adrenaline rush, water sports facilities planned on these islands include scuba diving, jet ski watercrafts, snorkeling, rafting, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, yatching, etc.

The official said they are hoping that in the next year the new islands would be ready to welcome tourists.

Lakshadweep is located in the Arabian Sea, around 220-440 km away from the coast of Kerala. The archipelago consists of a total number of 36 islands out of which there are only 6 islands which have resorts for tourists.

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MH370 crash: Plane goes down in Indian Ocean, all 239 on board feared dead

Missing-plane-lost-in-Indian-Ocean-Malaysian-PM-announcesMH370 crash: Plane goes down in Indian Ocean, all 239 on board feared dead
March 24, 2014   Reparation Law News

PETALING JAYA: All 239 passengers and crew on board MH370 are feared dead after it was determined that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 went down in the Indian Ocean.

While Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced live over TV that the flight ended in the Indian Ocean based on confirmation from investigators, Malaysia Airlines sent a text message to families expressing deep regret.

The text message read:

“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”

Families in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur were seen wailing when they heard the news that the plane had crashed and there was no hope of any survivor.

Some of the family members in Beijing were seen knocking their head. First teams rushed in to help several of the collapsed family members and sent them on to ambulance to hospital.

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Source: The Star, Malaysia

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India Sends Planes, Warships to Hunt For Missing Jet

India Sends Planes, Warships to Hunt For Missing Jet
Mar 21, 2014


Pictured, P-8I aircraft. —Boeing Co.

India has dispatched a P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance jet and a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Malaysia to join the multinational team searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The South Asian country also said it has deployed four warships and three planes to search in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea in an effort to locate the Malaysian BoeingBA +0.81% 777-200 jet that went missing March 8.

A spokesman for India’s defense ministry declined to comment on whether the aircraft being sent to Malaysia would help hunt in the remote area of the southern Indian Ocean where satellites spotted floating objects this week.

Australia is leading the search in waters about 1,500 kilometers off its west coast. Australian and Malaysian authorities have said the large pieces of possible debris represent an important lead in the effort to find flight 370

India is the only country aside from the U.S. to own the Boeing-made P-8I, which has state-of-the-art sensors and radars. The Lockheed MartinLMT +0.90% C-130J sent to Malaysia is equipped with thermal sensors.

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Chagos islands: UK experts to carry out resettlement study

Chagos islands: UK experts to carry out resettlement study
Foreign Office to ‘neutrally’ examine options and risks involved in re-establishing Chagossian community on archipelago.
13 March 2014 The Guardian, U.K.

Diego Garcia, the largest island in the Chagos archipelago, is the site of a major US military base.

Diego Garcia: Photograph

The UK government is sending an expert team to the Chagos islands to see if it is feasible to resettle the tropical archipelago from which it forcibly evicted hundreds of families nearly 40 years ago to make way for a massive US military base.

Up to 5,000 US servicemen presently live on the largest island, Diego Garcia, and have all their food, drink and essentials flown in. But the remaining 50 islands and reefs which stretch over hundreds of square miles of some of the most pristine seas in the world are now uninhabited and it is the dream of many Chagossian families living in exile mainly in Britain and Mauritius to return.

The independent consultants, which will not include Chagossians, have been instructed by the Foreign Office (FCO) to “neutrally” examine the options and risks involved in establishing several sorts of community on the outer islands as well as on Diego Garcia itself. The suggestions include “a modern lifestyle, an eco-village, a pilot resettlement with some employment on the military base and a scientific research station”, says the terms-of-reference paper.

At their peak in 1953, the islands supported a population of more than 1,000 people and the Foreign Office paper suggests that a decision on whether any of Chagossians are allowed to return to the British overseas territory will hang on the costs to the Treasury of maintaining a community and whether they can be self-sufficient. The costs of setting up police and health facilities, running water, waste management, communications and transport will all have to be considered.

“All options should consider the development of a sustainable local economy, social and livelihood development and income generation for any resettled individuals,” the paper says.

The coral islands, which have some of the cleanest waters in the world and half the total area of high quality coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, are rich in fish which would normally form the economic base of any resident community. But since Britain established the archipelago as the world’s largest marine reserve in 2010, it is theoretically illegal for anyone to fish there – except for the US military who have been allowed to catch around 50 tonnes of fish for sport. The setting up of the reserve by the then-foreign secretary David Miliband was widely interpreted as an attempt to prevent any resettlement by the evicted Chagossians.

But the terms of reference for the consultants also suggest Britain may be prepared to compromise on the total ban on fishing. The team has been asked to consider eco-tourism, fishing, game fishing and “industrial development”. If the Chagossians return, they have said they plan to re-establish copra production and fishing, and to develop the islands for tourism.

Britain has previously made it impossible for the islanders to return, citing both costs and sea level rise. A 2003 feasibility study led to the government concluding that resettlement would be “costly and precarious” and that sea-level rise was averaging 5.4mm a year – twice the global average – and accelerating. This was refuted by other scientists.

The study will consider many other environmental factors that could make life impossible for a small community to establish itself, but which appear to have not deterred the US military. The terms of reference specifically ask the consultants to look at how climate change could affect life on the islands in future. “This should include sea-level rise, rogue waves, coastal erosion, tropical cyclone frequency and intensity and changes in wave and wind conditions.”

David Snoxell, co-ordinator of the Chagos islands’ all-party parliamentary group and former British high commissioner to Mauritius, said: “The FCO are to be applauded for initiating a new feasibility study which the all-party group has been arguing for since 2008. The foreign secretary announced in December 2012, following the Strasbourg verdict, that the case was inadmissible, that he would take stock of policies towards resettlement, but it has taken 15 months to get only to the stage of publishing terms of reference. It is imperative that the study is completed by the end of 2014 so that parliament is consulted and decisions taken before the election. We do not want a repeat of what happened over the announcement of the marine protection area in April 2010, five weeks before the last general election, thus ensuring that there was no time to consult parliament.”

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The massive derecognition of 25 approved travel agents of Sports, RTI Appeal to Lakshadweep Tourism

The massive derecognition of 25 approved travel agents of Sports, RTI Appeal to Lakshadweep Tourism
28 January, 2014 Kochi

The massive de-recognition of 25 approved travel agents of ‘Sports’, from its only 39 authorized agents, sounds completely strange and heightened suspicions of foul play lurking in the SPORTS. The PIO of SPORTS is therefore liable to explain the reasons for their withdrawal of 25 approved travel agents in a single year. …

Read full text: ‘Appeal Filed under Section 19 of the Right to Information Act, before the Appellate authority, Managing Director, Lakshadweep Tourism, Kavaratti, Lakshadweep, INDIA’.

BEFORE THE APPELLATE AUTHORITY
(Managing Director (SPORTS), Lakshadweep Tourism, Kavaratti-682555,
Lakshadweep, INDIA).
Appeal No. of 2014 Dated this the 28th day of January, 2014

Appellant
D.B Binu, Advocate,
(General Secretary, Human Rights Defence Forum),
Providence Road, Kochi – 682018, Mobile No: 9895135081.

Appeal Filed under Section 19 of the Right to Information Act
The appellant respectfully submits as follows:

1. The appellant submitted an application U/s 6 (1), 6 (3) of The Right to Information Act, 2005 before the respondent on 8-10-2013 in public interest seeking certain information and documents showing the reason(s) for the withdrawal of authorization of 25 Travel Agents from the list of 39 authorized Travel Agents of SPORTS. The respondent was also requested to furnish the certified copies of the documents pertaining to the matter. (A true copy of the application is attached herewith and marked as Annexure-1)

2. The respondent defaulted in furnishing the information within 30 days of mandatory period.

3. The massive de-recognition of 25 travel agents, from its only 39 authorized agents, sounds completely strange and heightened suspicions of foul play lurking in the SPORTS. The PIO of SPORTS is therefore liable to explain the reasons for their withdrawal of 25 approved travel agents in a single year.

4. The Respondent is a public entity, functioning under the directive of the Lakshadweep Administration, charged with the executive duty of conducting the Lakshadweep tour programmes as envisaged by the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, Government of India. It is respectfully submitted that in public interest, the SPORTS is duty bound under the provisions of the Right to Information Act, to inform the appellant the reason for such a massive de-recognition of its 25 Travel Agents, within thestipulated period.

5. As per the RTI Rules, any application for information has to be disposed of within
30 days. However, the Respondent is unduly delaying supply of the information sought
for. It is a matter of great regret that the applicant was not provided with the information
requested for even after two months. Since the information sought for is only that of a
common nature, the applicant fails to understand the motive of the Respondent in
keeping him still in darkness.

6. In the circumstances, the appellant is aggrieved and accordingly prefer this
appeal.

7. The appellant has not yet received correct and accurate information sought in the application from the respondent till date. The statutory period for furnishing the information is over. The information sought by the appellant is of public interest in nature and it is held, controlled by the respondent. The respondent has easy access to all the information sought by the appellant. The respondent has deliberately denied the information.

8. The appellant is aggrieved by the inaction and also dereliction of duty by the Respondent. The appellant herein is denied the access to valuable information which would cause great harm, severe injury, and irreparable loss to the appellant and the society as a whole. Disclosure of this information will not lead to any genuine loss and hardships to anyone.

9. The inaction and refusal on the part of the respondent in not furnishing the information sought by the appellant is highly arbitrary and illegal.

10. In the above circumstances this appeal is being preferred before this Appellate authority praying to allow the prayers sought by the appellant considering the following;

GROUNDS
1. Denial of information without sufficient reason is a contravention of Sections 8 and 9 of
the RTI Act 2005.

2. As per Section 2 (j) of The Right to Information Act, 2005, “Right to Information means
the right to information accessible under this Act, which is held by or under the control of
any public Authority”. The information sought by the appellant falls within the definition.

3. Section 8 (1) (j) of The Right to Information Act 2005 provides that the information,
which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to
any person. The information sought for by the appellant is one which cannot be denied
to the parliament or the State Legislate if the same question is raised before either
House.

4. Section 8 (2) of The Right to Information Act 2005 provides that notwithstanding
anything in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (19 of 1923) nor any of the exemptions
permissible in accordance with sub – 2 (1), a public authority may allow access to
information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests.
The application submitted by the appellant does not harm the protected interest of the
SPORTS.

PRAYER
Therefore it is humbly prayed that this Hon’ble Appellate Authority may be pleased to pass;

1. An order directing the respondent to furnish relevant and exact information to all questions asked in the annexure 1 application with certified copies of relevant documents.

2. An order of enquiry and also to initiate appropriate and necessary disciplinary action and other proceedings against the officers responsible for NOT providing the information to the appellant.

3. The appellant may kindly be exempted from payment of any fee under the
Right to Information Act.

All the facts stated above are true and correct.

Dated this the 28th day of January, 2014.

Annexure:
1. True copy of the application dated 08-10-2013 submitted by the appellant.
2. A list of 25 travel agents who have been de-recognized in 2003.

Read more on ‘Corrupt business practices in the SPORTS, U.T. of Lakshadweep’:-

The document submitted by the Sports, UT Of Lakshadweep, was contrary to facts – August 26, 2013
Documentwas submitted by the respondents is incomplete and does not contain the information sought by the appellant. Section 2 (j) of The RTI Act 2005 provides that ‘right to information’ means the right to information accessible under this Act which is held by or under the control of any public authority. D B Binu vs UT Of Lakshadweep – Updates:  Full Text: The document submitted by the Sports, UT Of Lakshadweep, was contrary to facts – August 26, 2013

Probe into malpractices in Lakshadweep Administration
Need to probe into the malpractice cases going on in SPORTS (Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism & SPORTS) – a Society responsible for conducting Lakshadweep Tourism.
Full Text: Probe into malpractices in Lakshadweep Administration

Corrupt business practices in the U.T. of Lakshadweep
It is well known to the majority that some of the SPORTS officials, mainly the G.M. and above, have made huge financial gains by manipulations.  The Administrators, the official custodians of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, who is shamelessly protecting  these corrupt practices, remain silent. Corrupt business practices in the U.T. of Lakshadweep

D B Binu vs UT Of Lakshadweep – Updates:  Central Information Commission Respondents (SPORTS) are public entity, functioning under the directive of the Lakshadweep Administration, with the executive duty of conducting the Lakshadweep Tour Programmes as envisaged by the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, Government of India.  SPORTS is duty-bound, under the rules prevailing in the country, to maintain proper accounts for the income and expenditure pertaining to the Lakshadweep Tour Programmes conducted by it during every season and subject the same for auditing. These documents, it is respectfully submitted, come under the purview of the Right to Information Act, 2005. D B Binu vs Ut Of Lakshadweep – Central Information Commission

The Emergence of Land-Mafia in Lakshadweep

The small pieces land belonging to the illiterate Scheduled Tribes, one of the most impoverished and marginalized Scheduled Tribes in India, the people of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep are now being widely grabbed by the land mafia at a fast pace, with the help and connivance of corrupt officials of the Administration and SPORTS. The Emergence of Land-Mafia in Lakshadweep

Reliable information that proves cheating!

The information about the cheating by SPORTS (Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism & SPORTS) – a Society responsible for conducting Lakshadweep Tourism. The information about the cheating by SPORTS is startling. There have been consistent complaints about the corruption and incompetence of the SPORTS, the society functioning under the Lakshadweep Administrator for promoting Lakshadweep Tourism. But the ‘SPORTS’ purposefully ignore complaints and fail to answer any queries for redressal of grievances. http://lakshadweepforum.com/blogresources/reliable-information-that-proves-cheating/

Application for Information under Right to Information – Respondents (SPORTS) May 29, 2012
Certified copies of the information and documents in public interest with file notes and correspondence file U/S 6 (1), 6 (3) of the RTI Act on queries regarding the authorized Travel Agents and their respective contribution to SPORTS with regard to the business volume of Lakshadweep Tourism for the years 2009; 2010; & 2011 etc and other related documents. Full Text ‘D B Binu vs Ut Of Lakshadweep’: Application for Information under Right to Information – Respondents (SPORTS) May 29, 2012

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Two senior IAS officers charge-sheeted for graft in Lakshadweep

Two senior IAS officers charge-sheeted for graft in Lakshadweep
20 September, 2013 Kochi

The Kochi unit of the CBI Thursday chargesheeted Delhi Finance Corporation managing director and senior IAS officer B V Selvaraj in a corruption case during his term as administrator of Lakshadweep from 2006 to 2009. Daman and Diu Education Secretary Abraham Varickamackal, former chairman of Lakshadweep Building Development Board (LBDB), was also chargesheeted. Both are UT-cadre IAS officers.

According to the chargesheet filed in the Kochi special court, the officers took bribe and entered into a criminal conspiracy with a private contractor to award contracts for supply of river sand and granite chips from Kerala to Lakshadweep.

While Varickamackal of the 1998 batch has been arraigned as the first accused, Selvaraj of the 1981 batch is the fourth accused. Varickamackal’s wife Kaberi Senapati has been made the seventh accused. Senior LBDB official S Attakoya, contractor H K Mohammed Kassim and three others are the accused.

The CBI said Varickamackal gave contracts to Kassim without authorisation and Selvaraj joined the conspiracy later. Varickamackal was chairman of LBDB and Selvaraj administrator of Lakshadweep when the alleged corruption took place. The CBI found Selvaraj accepted ornaments, sarees and gadgets from Kassim, who took up renovation of his Pondicherry house.

Principal Resources: 2 IAS officers chargesheeted for graft in Lakshadweep http://www.indianexpress.com/news/2-ias-officers-chargesheeted-for-graft-in-lakshadweep/1171595/

Chargesheet filed in graft case http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/chargesheet-filed-in-graft-case/article5148585.ece

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“Lakshadweep Public Forum Seeks Probe into malpractices in Lakshadweep”
Administration Need to probe into the malpractice cases going on in SPORTS (Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism & SPORTS) – a Society responsible for conducting Lakshadweep Tourism. The SPORTS working under the Administration is responsible for conducting the Lakshadweep Tour Packages.  This is a very potential field capable of bringing in huge revenue to the UTL.  Sadly enough, there are many corrupt elements in the SPORTS concentrating only on making personal gains, tarnishing the Nation itself and causing huge loss to the public exchequer. Probe into malpractices in Lakshadweep Administration… http://lakshadweepforum.com/blog/probe-into-malpractices-in-lakshadweep-administration/

“Corrupt business practices in the U.T. of Lakshadweep”
Unfortunately, little after the project got started, corruption grew fast among the officials of SPORTS. The management was keen on making personal gains, at the risk of causing multiple natures of difficulties and financial losses to the exchequer including the land owners and participating tourists. This process went on for quite a long time.

It is well known to the majority that some of the SPORTS officials, mainly the G.M. and above, have made huge financial gains by manipulations.  The Administrators, the official custodians of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, who is shamelessly protecting  these corrupt practices, remain silent.

Corrupt business practices in the U.T. of Lakshadweep http://lakshadweepforum.com/blog/corrupt-business-practices-in-the-u-t-of-lakshadweep-8/

Bangaram Island Beach Resort:
The Legal Battle for Bangaram Resort, U.T. of Lakshadweep
The revenue derived by M/s. Casino Hotels from the Bangaram Resort ran to crores.  Only a fraction of the total income was reached to the land owners, who belongs to the most impoverished and marginalized Scheduled Tribe people of the India, the U.T. of Lakshadweep. Allegations were made by the Islanders who claimed that “by periodic inducements to the corrupt officials of SPORTS, M/s. Casino could go on extending the lease for nearly 22 years. … The Legal Battle for Bangaram Resort, U.T. of Lakshadweep

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New Speed Vessels to Ferry Tourists – Lakshadweep Islands

New Speed Vessels to Ferry Tourists – Lakshadweep Islands
07 Sep, 2013 Kochi

The Administration has announced launching of modern vessels with air-conditioned cabins, to carry the people from Agatti to Kadmat and other inner islands.

Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism and Sports (SPORTS), is an institution functioning under the Lakshadweep Administration.  SPORTS coordinates and conducts the Lakshadweep Tourism from October to May every year.  However, in their operation, there have been many deficiencies and a high level of insecurity to human lives.

The latest move of the Lakshadweep Administration to replace the Pablo Fishing Boats with safer speed vessels is quite welcome.  While this is a welcome move, it is essential that the authority should also maintain a proper schedule of safer modern vessels to ferry the tourists.

The charge for public ferry is INR.2000.00 per person one-way. As against this, a  higher rate of INR.4,000.00 is fixed for speed vessels. An economic rate will attract more passengers on the vessel from Agatti to Kadmat. Similar vessels could be deployed to other islands also, to expand tourism.

Revised Resort Rates 2013-2014:

The rates for accommodation charges for staying packages operated by SPORTS have been revised by the Managing Director (SPORTS), Lakshadweep Tourism, vide his order F.N.115/01/2013-SPORTS dated 17th August 2013.

Apart from the revision in the rates, it is ordered that an additional charge of 10% will be levied for the month of December while there will be a deduction of 10% during the months of February and March.

Read Full Text at: Accommodation Charges at Kadmat, Minicoy, Kavaratti, Thinnakara and Bangaram Islands.

 Forum Responses:

“Considering certain accidents of the Pablo Boats in the past when few people were drowned, we would recommend the larger type Speed Boats be run by the Governmental Agency. The Pablo Boat is nothing but a small fishing vessel used by fishermen.  The boat does not have roof, enough seats or life-saving appliances. Human life is precious, irrespective whether one is rich or poor”!

“No wonder about the incident.  The authorities concerned took it so simple, to ferry people, including tourists, from one island to another in the Lakshadweep, in the most un-safe Pablo Boats.  Five persons on board a crowded fishing trawler drowned after the vessel capsized near Kadamat island in Lakshadweep on Saturday morning. Two of them were children – this was the shocking news to the people of Lakshadweep.  The accident was reported on May 19, 2013″.

Let us know whether the enhancements in the rates of accommodation and ferrying charges are acceptableVisit Forum http://lakshadweepforum.com/forum/

Resource:
MintValley Tourism Division http://mintvalley.com/holidays/

Press Report:
Couple on trip to Lakshadweep islands recounts their horrifying experience

Kadmat
The 50 km away from Agatti, 8 km long and up to 500 meters wide island thrilled with gleaming white beaches and world class diving and snorkeling reasons. The 5,000 residents live in the northern part of the island. The “Kadmat Beach Resort” is located in the south of the island. Check-in: Either Agatti by speedboat (2 hours) or directly by boat from the mainland. The Leading German Travel-Magazine REISE & PREISE http://www.kadmat.com/tinnakara_escapes.htm

Bangaram & Thinnakara – Beach Tent Camping Adventures! http://www.indianislands.com/thinnakara.htm

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