December -  20



Parl secy inspects on-going projects

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The Parliamentary Secretary, Planning and Development Nabam Rebia inspected the various ongoing schemes under Yupia administrative headquarters yesterday. The team of officers that accompanied him were, Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare, Pige Ligu,  JT Badal EE PHED, EAC land, LRSO Papum Pare, AE PHED etc.

The team  inspected the newly constructed DC bungalow and expressed satisfaction at the restoration works after it was damaged by some anti-social elements. He encouraged all the Government staff posted at Yupia to shift to the district headquarter instead of commuting daily from Itanagar/Naharlagun for effective functioning of all the government departments. The team, thereafter, inspected the proposed site of the water treatment plant for Yupia township to be constructed under NLCPR. Giving nod to the proposed site, Rebia urged the Public Health Engineering and Water Supply (PHEWS) department to initiate the works in the right earnest.

Rebia instructed the district administration to extend all possible help and guidance to the work departments in implementing various developmental works in the district headquarters.


DA order

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Papum Pare deputy commissioner has banned killing of wild life under section 51 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 in wild life sanctuaries as well as village forests of district.

 Further, the DC has urged all law abiding citizens of the district to cooperate with administration and forest department to nab those culprits who are killing wild animals to sell in various markets of Papum Pare. The DC also informed that any assistance by people leading to detection of the such crime will be suitably rewarded under the provision of section 60(A) of the Wild Life (protection) Act, 1972.  


Govt given 3 days to respond

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union  (ATKSSU) has given the State Government  3 days to respond to the demands of the union which included, compensation of Rs. 25 lakh each to the family members of the two students of JNV, who were found dead after they went missing, arrest of the principal, house masters and culprits. The ultimatum was given to Lohit DC through the office of ADC Namsai sub-division and copies of the same were also forwarded to the governor, chief minister, director general of police, Lohit SP, MLAs of Namsai, Chowkham, Bordumsa, PWD, Planing and Finance Minister, local public leaders and president AAPSU.


Arunachal participates in Kerala Bamboo Festival

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: A 14-member team comprising artisans, craftsmen and officials from Arunachal Pradesh participated in the Bamboo Festival at Kaloor, Kochi, Kerala from December 8 to 11 organized by Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Kerala in association with Kerala State Bamboo Mission. The participants displayed and exhibited various handicrafts items and bamboo products during the festival to exchange cultural diversity linked with bamboo products.

The Arunachal team was supported by State Bamboo Mission, State Forest Research Institute, Department of Environment & Forests and Department of Industry Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.


Transport dept computerized

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Implementing the central government sponsored Sarathi-Vahan computerization programme, the state Transport Department has been computerized. The video conference was inaugurated by Director Transport Tai Kaye in presence of Deputy Director General (NIC) New Delhi Mahesh Chandra here today.

Further the department appealed DDG(NIC) to consider continuation of 12 Data Entry Operators appointed in last year on contractual basis.


Revoke suspension against Lona: ATA

ITANAGAR, Dec 19:  Claiming that vice principal of GHSS Aalo, Jomdo Lona was innocent, Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) today called for early revocation of his suspension. It further condemned the suspension and demanded authority to compensate his lost property. Lona was suspended after the infamous Tamar Yorpen suicide case in Ghss Aalo. ATA also wanted to know the status of the case, which is under investigation.

Meanwhile, ATA reiterated its earlier demands like teacher accommodation, re-designation of assistant teacher to primary teacher and enhancement of TA/DA under 6th Pay Commission.


LS pass bill substituting Galong with Galo

ITANAGAR: The Bill seeking to substitute Galong with Galo - the right name of the tribe - in the list of Arunachal Pradesh has been passed today in Lok Sabha. It was introduced on Dec 7.

Respective state governments have been recommending for long that the name Galo be substituted in place of Galong.

"Galong is a distorted version of the original world Galo. A change is, therefore, required in the list of ST in Arunachal Pradesh," the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2011 said.

The Union cabinet on 29 October 2009 approved the proposal of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to introduce a Bill in Parliament for substitution of “Galo” in place of “Galong” in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Arunachal Pradesh and inclusion of six communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes in the State of Manipur by amending the existing entries.

The assent of the President of India will be obtained for notifying the changes.


CM calls community to work for the state

ITANAGAR, Dec19:  Chief Minister Nabum Tuki on Sunday called upon Nyishi community to work for the betterment of the state as well as other communities.

He was addressing the community interactive programme organized by All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) here.  

All Nyishi Students Union president stated that organization must feel the pulse of common people and address their grievances. Meanwhile, the ANYA president assured that his association will work for the upliftment of the community.

The interactive programme was attended by legislators of the community, the executive members of Nyishi Elite Society and ANSU.


Relief materials for fire victims

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Arunachal Vikas Parishad Committee distributed relief materials to the fire victims of Daporijo Airport colony-II recently.

Altogether, 75 persons received the relief materials.

Meanwhile, the colony committee appreciated the noble gesture shown by the parishad.


Men held for lifting mithun

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Two persons were held by Doimukh Police yesterday in connection with lifting Mithun.

The persons were detained at Khola camp forest check gate after being informed that a pick up van carrying mithuns was proceeding towards Doimukh on December 17.

A case has been registered against the detainees in Doimukh police station under section 379-34 IPC, Doimukh OC said.


Drawing and Disbursing Officers’ training

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: A week-long training cum workshop on power and function of Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) started at Administrative Training Centre (ATI), Naharlagun today.

Altogether, 39 officers from various departments and district administrations are attending the training.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Director Accounts and Treasuries, CM Manmow highlighting the activities of finance department, said that the officers particularly holding the post of FAO and DDOs will have to take utmost care and knowledge on DFRP, various financial and treasury rules.Timely submission of replies to any audit objections and periodical accounts to Accountant General (AG) are some of the important functions of DDOs, he added. He advised the participating officers to give careful attention on their duties particularly on fixation of pay, knowledge on new pension schemes, income tax deduction, and cash book verification.

Earlier, Director Training advised the trainees to be extra vigilant in matter of financial transactions and avoid violation of financial rules and guidelines for their own safety.

FAO JK Bhattacharjee, FAO T Tatung, FPO PK Saikia are attending the programme as resource persons.



ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Upper Subansiri Boogie-Woogie committee has selected  42 contestants, the audition tests for which were held from December 12 to 17 at Dumporijo, Taliha, Daporijo. The selected contestants would perform their first round  on December 23.


Bridge closed

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Police Colony Women Welfare Association along with Economic and Statistical Colony Mahila Samiti, Itanagar in a release informed that hanging bridge connecting two colonies has been closed. Further they called on executing agency PWD to carry out the repair works of bridge as early as possible.


Association highlights problems

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association visited Ziro town to meet officials like DC, SP and DMO to highlight various socio-economic issues and law and order problem affecting Ziro town. During the meeting, SP PN Khrimey assured the team that he has been doing all his best to maintain peace in the district.


Union seeks development

ITANAGAR, Dec19:  All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union today sought infrastructural developments like road connectivity, electricity and drinking water supply at border areas in the state.  

Claiming developments are at lowest stage in several places at border areas, it expressed displeasure over the implementation of border area development fund. It urged government to use the central allocated funds judiciously.


Fire at Otongkhoa

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: A house was completely gutted and  four partially burnt in a fire accident at Otongkhoa village, Kanubari. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ngampang Wangjen and OC Kanubari visited the spot and assured to provide relief materials to the affected families.

Meanwhile, the officials advised the villagers to maintain a gap between two houses while constructing to avert major fire incident.


Coordination meeting held

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: A  coordination meeting  between Arunachal Teachers’ Association, Kurung Kumey district unit and district education officers was held at Koloriang recently.

Attending the meeting, DDSE ST Zara suggested the education officers and teaching community to be sincere and punctual in their duties.

In his speech, the district ATA unit president urged the teaching community to discharge duties with dedication and also advised the education officers to stay at their respective posting places.

In the meeting, the meeting resolved that appointment of district coordinator, BRCC/CRCC would be made from among the regular teachers and duplicate service books issued to each employee from DDSE office.

The meeting also resolved that there must be 50 per cent promotion from AT to JT and to pursue the government to implement the pay rectification of AT (A).


Tea growers appeal

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association (APSTGA) appealed to the state government to take up the small tea projects and follow the schemes and guidelines implemented by Tripura Government. The appeal was made after the executive members of the association led by its general secretary Sompha Wangsa and vice president Nabam Nikia attending the executive meeting of Confederation of Indian Small Tea Association Executive meeting and International Tea Day celebration at Tripura recently.

The programme was attended by various small tea grower associations of the country.


School cultural, literary and sports meet held

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: Government Middle School, Lengdung conducted its cultural, literary and sports meet recently.

Attending the inaugural function, Papum  Pare DDSE TT Tara and ASM Techi Anna encouraged the students to take active participation in literary, games and sports activities.

Earlier, Headmaster in-charge Kara Katung highlighted the various problems faced by the students and teachers of the institution before the DDSE.

The valedictory function was attended by ASM Chairperson Panye Matung and PWD JEW Er. Gyamar Taram.


Skill Development Program

Palin, Dec 19: A 42 days skill development program on cane and bamboo for Hinda-I and Middle Hinda village was inaugurated by Palin ZPM Techi Azad on at Nyokum hall, Palin yesterday.

He appreciated the NABARD for sponsoring the programme and the Community Learning and Doing Center (CLDC), Palin for giving job oriented skill and knowledge to the local rural youth. He suggested the participants to take full advantage of the training programme for self employment opportunity especially in cane and bamboo sector.

T. Nyitan, asst. director (industry), Koloriang exhorted the participants to make full use of the opportunity for self sustaining livelihoods. He assured to support the dedicated youths who want to start industrial units.

Byabang Rocket, president, CLDC highlighting the main objective of the organization and the programme, advised the local rural youths to come forward to participate in such training. Two more similar programmes would be conducted at Solo and Radang village, he disclosed.


News Impact

A step forward to border trade with Myanmar

NAMPONG, Dec 19: The border trade with Myanmar could soon be given a final shape.

VK Gupta, Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India cum Additional Director General Foreign Trade visited Nampong here today to take stock of trade with Myanmar and assured that he will explore all possible scope to further improve the existing trade between the two countries through Pangsau Pass beside infrastructure development.

Accompanied by state government officials, Gupta took assessment of Nampong, Pangsupass international Border and Pangsupass town of Myanmar for first hand knowledge and ground realities to promote border trade in between Myanmar and India through Nampong

 The high level team met members of Panngsau Town Peace and Development Committee and discussed matter relating to export-import of various items.

Local Myanmaris official expressed that they are in need of all types of construction material, edible, electronic, sport, stationeries, and petroleum products.

From Myanmar side they offered to export gold dust, jade, timber, mustard seed, ginger, poultry birds.

The team also inspected Mayanmaris shops at Pangsau and found most of their saleable items are Indian products.

The Myanmaris requested the visiting delegation for repair of Stillwell road from Indo-Myanmar border point to Pangsau town of Myanmar which is approx 3 Km, medically critical patients  be allowed to go to Nampong, Jairampur for treatment, allowing important persons from Myanmar to visit Nampong to meet civil administration at any time.

They further said that the two wheelers be allowed to go up to Nampong market to fetch essential commodities since it is very difficult to carry back items by head load to a distance of 12 km.

Gupta also inspected the border trade building constructed under AISDE at Nampong and discussed with local officer, Panchayat functionaries and various traders regarding their problems.

The local traders requested for lifting restriction imposed by Indian administration on Myanmaris for quantum of sale. They also demanded a currency exchange office and construction of trade center at border point instead of Nampong town.  In a memorandum, panchayat and public leaders also urged the Govt. for permission of vehicular movement from Nampong to Pangsau town of Mayanmar for transportation of trading commodities.

They also demanded posting of custom officials and a bus service from Nampong to Myanmar border point.

Director of Trade and Commerce Tokong Pertin, highlighted the difficulties being faced by the traders of Nampong and assured to extend all required assistance to further promote the existing trade between India and Myanmar.

Jairampur ADC M Roy added that through Stillwell Road and border point of Pangsau pass, trade to south China, Yangoon, Bangkok and Singapore would be shorter and cheaper in comparison to the existing sea route. He further said that Look East Policy of the Govt. could be a reality since it takes only 12 hour from Guwahati to reach Pangsau pass through Stillwell road. He also highlighted that beside the requirement projected by the Myanmaris, exotic flora and fauna of Arunachal Pradesh, surplus tea of Assam, cotton yarn, branded food items, automobiles components, fruits could be traded with South East Asian countries.

Later, in a discussion with Gupta, Minister for Agri, Horti and Veterinary  Setong Sena said that “If the road is open for trade with South East Asia as part of Look East Policy, huge timber could be imported from Myanmer which can feed wood based industries of Arunachal Pradesh which is closed at the direction of the Apex Court”.


Juvenile justice still a farce in East Siang

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Dec 19: Juvenile Justice Act, 2006 passed by Indian Parliament, which came into existence in the state in 2007, is still a farce in East Siang district as the only ‘Juvenile Home’ set up in the outskirts of Pasighat township still does not have its office infrastructure and other requirements.

The juvenile home complex is in a pathetic condition depicting utter negligence by the government.

The state government, following legal provisions of the Juvenile Act, had constituted Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for the district, but the juveniles have still been debarred from getting proper care and rehabilitation measures.

It is reported that the Board and the welfare committee is not effectively functioning so far.

The juvenile justice was enforced in order to take proper care and rectify the young criminals through proper education and rehabilitation measures.

The juvenile home at Pasighat came up after the visit of Arunachal Pradesh Governor in 2008. As such, two buildings with the boundary wall were constructed but larger portion out of the allotted 7 hectare plot is lying abandoned.

It is clearly noted in the provisions of Juvenile Justice Act, 2006 “Juvenile Justice Board should be constituted for exercising the powers and discharging the duties conferred or impressed on such board in relation to juvenile in conflict with law under this Act.”

Accordingly, JJB has already been constituted with the acting Extra Assistant Commissioner (Judicial), Pasighat as chairman. But nothing has been achieved in the name of Juvenile Justice in the district so far. Extra Assistant Commissioner (Judicial) R Perme, who is presently leading the JJB in the district, informed this correspondent that so far, only one juvenile case was recorded in the district and he was handed over to the parents for rehabilitation!

The Child Development Project Officer of Pasighat, Kaling Moyong pointed out the shortage of manpower and lack infrastructure as the root cause of the present situation.

Moyong, who is the chairman of CWC and officer-in-charge of the juvenile home, informed that he is running the juvenile home with six other contractual staff.

“I have been moving the authority for the last two years to appoint regular staff for running the juvenile home, but yielded no result. There is a building with a capacity of 20 seats (boys). But no inmate (detained) is admitted therein till date,” Moyong said in a telephonic conversation today.

In a recent development, the juvenile home has got a sanction of Rs. 17 lakh for construction of administrative building, staff quarter, girls’ hostel and playground inside the home complex.

But construction of juvenile jail, appointment of regular staff and juvenile police, arrangement of vehicles and other facilities are yet to be addressed.


Lower Siang district soon, awaiting HPC report: Tuki

AALO, Dec 19: Chief Minister, who is on a two day visit to West Siang district, today assured the people, particularly of Likabali and Basar constituencies, that the Government would do its best to expedite the process for formation of the long pending Lower Siang district. He, however, sought time and patience from the people and appealed to all to wait for the report and recommendations of the High Power Committee (HPC) constituted to guide the government in this regard.

Tuki, who addressed two huge gatherings, first at Likabali and then at Basar on way to Aalo, asserted that once committed the Government has to fulfill the aspirations of the people, no matter whoever remains in power.

He called for peace and a consensus on the disputed issue of location of the headquarters of the proposed new district and asserted that once the people reaches a consensus and the HPC submits its recommendations, there shouldn’t be any hurdle left in creation of the new district, which former Chief Minister  Dorjee Khandu had committed.

“I have to give due and equal attention to each district, each constituency, each tribe, each community and even each individual. In this endeavour, people should help me out. Without your support, cooperation and understanding, I will not be able to run a people-friendly government,” he appealed.  Recalling his long association with Likabali and Basar, Tuki informed that he had first visited the region in 1984 as a NSUI leader on a membership drive. He then visited the area as a Youth Congress leader, then as APCC leader, Cabinet Minister and today as the Chief Minister. He said, he was aware of all the problems and issues of the region and assure to look into all in the years to come in a phased manner.

At Likabali, Tuki inaugurated the newly constructed 20-bedded Community Health Center. He also assured to provide financial assistance for expansion and procurement of equipments for the health center. To a demand, he assured to process establishment of a PHED Division at Likabali in the next AOP.

Observing that Likabali can be promoted as a religious tourist destination due to the presence of Malinithan and the Akashi Ganga in its vicinity, Tuki announced Rs 2 crore for care and development of Malinithan into a Heritage Site. He also informed that Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy has assured a sanction of Rs 10 lakh from MPLAD fund for construction of a Dere in Kangu circle in the sub-division.

At Basar, the Chief Minister inaugurated a steel bridge over River Kidi that would connect Basar with Nyodu village. Incidentally, the foundation stone of the said bridge was also laid by Tuki in 2008 as the then PWD Minister. He also inaugurated the newly established Sub-Treasury office at Basar.


NE VKVs Science Exhibition concludes

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The Science Exhibition for the VKVs of North East India concluded yesterday at VKV Chimpu.

Among the 61 models of exhibited the best six of Arunachal Pradesh and best five of Assam VKVs received the proficiency and appreciation certificates and trophies. Nyima Bole, Tadar Nyeder, Lenbom Tali, Biri Siram, Karthika Jayan , Yollum Camdir Tok, Chinmoyee Bhuyan, Prajjwalita Patir and Simanta Lahkar from VKV Itanagar, Rimo Rallen and Nich Dogum of VKV Ziro,   Karto Dirchi and Tariang Takio Tayung of EMRS Bana, Tomo Doye and Abhishek Gupta of VKV Oyan are among the prize winners.

Addressing the function Dr.Ligu Tacho, Chairman, APPSC, said that students should try to make India a developed nation by 2020 through a new scientific outlook and creativity.

We should overcome the problems and do not allow the problems to overcome us, he advised the VKVians of the host state and other from Assam and Nagaland.

Dr.Tacho added that Arunachal Pradesh has scarcity of science Post Graduates and there was not a single Arunachalee candidate for a recent interview for the post of Assistant Professors. He asserted that eighty percent of students’ time should be spent for learning science subjects like mathematics, botany, biology etc. T.Ronya, Director cum Member Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology assured that he would take some of the models related to indigenous houses, water-harvesting devices, etc. to the Central Ministry of Science and Technology for further improvisation.

Pravin Dabolkar, All India joint general secretary of Vivekananda Kendra,Kanyakumari also the secretary of all VKVs of North –Eastern states spoke on the need to develop unity and integrity of the nation particularly in the North East.He said that such inter-state interactive programmes would help bring the bond of unity.

Rinchen Dorjee, former APSC chairman and the coordinator of the 150th   Swami Vivekananda’s Jayanti celebration, Arunachal Pradesh, Radha Devi, and VKVs Arunachal Pradesh Trust also spoke on the occasion.

The programme culminated with a promise that VKVs will take the lead to continue the journey with science taking students from all around North East in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.

This is not the end of the programme instead it is a grand clarion call to the young budding scientists to make a mark in the region, stated a release from VKV.


Army  busts NSCN(IM) training camp

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: The Assam Rifles (ARA) yesterday claimed to have busted training facility/camps of the ultra group in deep jungles near Longbu village, Tirap near Indo-Myanmar border.

Acting on a tip off, the 19 AR along with 36 Bn CRPF personnel launched a joint operation on December 17.

The entire operation took 36 hours and there was a heavy exchange of fire before the militants retreated back to nearby jungles. The army recovered Improvised  Explosive Devices (IEDs) along with  explosives which were destroyed by the bomb disposal squad of the army.


Border area tribal fest

ITANAGAR, Dec 19: A two-day border area tribal festival was held at Walong circle from December 17 organized by the Department of Art and Culture, Arunachal Pradesh and North East Zonal Culture Centre, Dimapur in collaboration with the district administration.

A total 15 teams from four blocks and various schools of the district displayed colourful cultural items.

Attending the festival, Kalikho Pul, MLA and Advisor to CM, emphasized on the need to exchange varied culture of tribal people to know each other better.

Pul cautioned the student community not to be swayed  away by politics or go for shortcut methods to earn money.  Instead, students should focus in their study to make their life brighter, he said.

Anjaw deputy commissioner CS Jeinow, while emphasizing on the importance of preserving one’s own culture and tradition for identity, called upon everyone to respect each others’ culture.

The celebration started with a procession from the Walong market to the 1962 War Memorial where floral tributes were paid by the officers and the Indian Army.

The festival was also attended by J. Siram, Dy. Director, Art and Culture, S. Mam, DACO, Anjaw, T.R. Tapu, Circle Officer and a host of dignitaries.


Lokpal Bill to be tabled in Parl in couple of days

New Delhi, Dec 19: Bringing Prime Minister in the ambit of Lokpal with adequate safeguards and change in mode of appointment of CBI director could be among the provisions the government is looking to incorporate in the Lokpal Bill to be introduced in Parliament, possibly in the next couple of days. These are among the 60 official amendments the government was tonight said to be giving final touches to in the bill that is expected to be brought to the Cabinet on Tuesday.

The government was also considering extending the current winter session, which concludes on December 22, from December 27 to 29, after a five-day break for Christmas.

A meeting of the Cabinet, which was to take place tonight, was put off till at least on Tuesday as the draft was not ready, sources said.

A senior minister said that decisions on all issues have been taken and "some faults" were being removed.

The sources said the government is unlikely to meet Team Anna's demand for bringing CBI entirely under Lokpal but is ready to carve out from it an independent prosecution wing.

There is also a proposal for changing the selection procedure for the CBI chief by including leaders of Opposition in both the Houses in the selection committee, they said.

A senior minister said the government felt that an institution cannot be killed to set up another institution.

A group of senior ministers completed the exercise of "cleaning up" the draft of the bill amid Anna Hazare's looming threat of going on hunger strike from December 27 if the anti-graft legislation was not passed by then.

The sources said that in view of over 60 official amendments mooted, there was a plan to withdraw the Bill introduced in August and table a revised one, either on Wednesday or Thursday.

Home minister P Chidambaram is leading a team of ministers which met today to fine tune the proposed legislation, particularly on the most contentious issue of the jurisdiction of the Lokpal over CBI.

The sources said an appropriate language was being worked out, particularly on the aspect of CBI, and Chidambaram was focusing on that as he was not happy with the draft prepared earlier for consideration of the Cabinet.

Law minister Salman Khurshid said the officials have to work on the draft.

"I hope it will be the last night they will have to stay awake (to work on the draft)," he said.

Khurshid, who is involved in the drafting process along with personnel minister V Narayansamy, said, "We have finished the cleaning up of the draft. We had instructions to clean up the draft and we have cleaned up the draft".

The changes would go to the Cabinet for approval before which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee would have a look at it, he said.

After the Prime Minister gives the signal, the bill will go to Cabinet which is expected on Tuesday, Khurshid said.

He said the final architecture of the changed bill would be known only after the Cabinet approves it and sends it to Parliament for consideration.

The law minister said the government would bring the Lokpal Bill in the current session. There may not be any need to extend it, he felt.

Apart from Chidambaram and Khurshid, telecom minister Kapil Sibal and minister of state for personnel V Narayansamy were also present in the meeting to finalise the changes.

Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said the Lokpal Bill may not be fully acceptable to all but all sections of the House would find it "acceptable" except those "who are opposed to the very concept of Lokpal".

Bansal said a three-line whip has been issued to Congress MPs asking them to be present and vote in Parliament in favour of the government on crucial bills that would come up from on Tuesday till Thursday.

The Congress allies are also expected to issue similar whips.

Bansal said that the Judicial Accountability Bill and the Whistleblowers Bill are not likely to come up in this session.

At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi steered clear of questions on the stand of the party on certain aspects of the bill which have been contentious.

"There is no position of a political party when a bill is about to come to Parliament within 24 to 48 hours. It is absolutely futile," said Singhvi, who is also the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee that went into the Lokpal Bill.


The unaccounted finances


The list of top 20 institutions that have financed coal-mining and coal-fired energy generation reads like a roll-call of the world's biggest banks, with three American banks; JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America topping the list. Between them, these three banks have provided at least €42bn to the coal sector since 2005.

The researchers examined the annual reports of coal companies making up 44% of global coal production, and 51% of global coal-fired energy generation, between 2005 and September 2011.

The research was compiled by a group of international network of NGOs. It took experts more than seven months to uncover the data, because banks do not declare it publicly – many banks do not know how much they lend or raise finance to the coal sector, or how many shares or other assets they own in coal. The figures were found by examining the public reports of the biggest coal mining and coal-fired power generation companies, and the true finance figures are likely to be much higher.

The NGOs have labeled the banks climate killers because their financing efforts have helped to expand coal in the past decade. Many of the banks on the list subscribe to environmental principles, such as cutting their own greenhouse gas emissions and conducting environmental impact assessments on projects they finance.

Financing coal is controversial, because it is the dirtiest fossil fuel and responsible for billions of tonnes of emissions of carbon dioxide globally, as well as other pollutants such as soot particles and mercury.

Shareholders in the listed banks should be concerned, because financing dirty fuels was increasingly risky in the face of the growing threat of climate change, and increasing moves to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Let justice be delivered to those who truly deserve

Dear Editor,

We the Written Qualified candidates of AE (civil) 2011 Recruitment Examination conducted by APPSC, unanimously appeal the masses of Arunachal Pradesh and the APPSC to listen to our  grievances. So much have already been written in the newspaper regarding this issue. Of all where does the question of re- conduct of exam  arise ?

Never heard of UPSC, RRB, or PSC of any state in India, repeating the recruitment examination after declaration of result because of error in evaluation process. Even University or college or any institution do not re-conduct its examination process because of error in evaluation. Re-evaluation is done without re conducting semester or annual exam. Therefore demand of re-advertisement of the examination whose result have already been declared, do not arise at all.

We vehemently oppose the demand for re- advertisement of the exam which we qualified. After lots of hard work and perspiration, we have come up to this level. Would that be justice to us? we must not be victimized for no fault of us.

We appeal our fellow un -qualified candidates who are not satisfied with their marks to go for re evaluation process for which commission has given ample time of 15 days. This is a constitutional way to redress the problem. We support your cause. But when you demand for re-advertisement it really hurts us.

Demand for re-advertisement just because of evaluation error would lead to a ugly habit in future too as it would set a trend where candidates may demand it if they are not satisfied with marks or faced with error in evaluation which otherwise can be corrected through revaluation process . This means no exam would be complete in one instant which will take several re- advertisement process.

For example if same problem occurs in upcoming combined main exam, would APPSC repeat the entire enormous task of re-conducting the exam right from preliminary stage? This would be totally absurd. Therefore call of re-advertisement would lead to an unending problem.

We appeal UAEA to do justice for one and all. Demand of re-advertisement by UAEA is great injustice to qualified candidates. We are also members and deserve the support of UAEA.

We appeal the APPSC to conduct the interview on time scheduled without further reschedule. Let us respect the decision of APPSC for greater interest and let justice be delivered to those who truly deserve. We have also apprised the matter to the AAPSU for support and redressal for a logical conclusion.


All written qualified candidates APPSC AE (Civil) Exam. 2011



Let’s not stereotype APPSC

Dear Editor,

It is quite disheartening to see that the constitutional body like APPSC is being stereotyped and looked into with suspicion by the unemployed youth. Many baselessly allege that the commission is run by corrupt people and they have no faith in the examinations conducted by the commission. The section of my unemployed civil engineering graduate friends is relentlessly demanding the reconduction of the examination for Assistant Engineer held in the month of june this year. The demand for reconduction, I feel, is untenable because the commission is giving 15 days time to correct the papers of those who feel their answers in some papers have been left unchecked/unmarked. It is a good gesture by the commission. In the Union Public Service Commission and commissions of other states the answer scripts are accessible through RTI only in exceptional circumstances. But here we can access our answer scripts of unsuccessful candidates even before the interview is conducted. Such gesture in the name of transparency by the commission should be appreciated by all of us.

The bench mark set by APPSC is well known to everyone. I have already failed twice in Assistant Engineer (civil) examination conducted by the commission, but accepted gracefully my poor knowledge and weakness in preparation. But the toppers of examinations conducted by the commission be it combined civil services, combined engineering services etc. are of unquestionable standard. We have seen that many toppers recruited through APPSC in recent times also cleared the UPSC civil services and engineering services examination. Hence, viewing the commission stereotypically and demanding for reconduction of the examination will set a bad precedent and damage the sanctity of the commission. Such demand will be seen in every examination and the commission will be dictated by disgruntled candidates. Hence, let’s not stereotype APPSC and let them do the necessary corrections wherever required. This is not only the examination in our life. We still have to face many more examinations may be of tougher than this one in future.

I earnestly request all my unemployed engineering graduate friends to join hands and fight for advertisement of back lock vacant post meant for direct recruitment in all engineering departments like power, PHED, PWD, UD, WRD, RWD etc. so that failures like me can try once again with new vigour. Recently, the friend of mine through RTI has come to know that UD department has filled the direct recruitment quota with junior engineers from other departments through deputation. Let’s fight for such blatant misuse of power by the government and the department concerned rather than stereotyping the APPSC as corrupt and inefficient.


An Engineering Graduate (on email)



Preserve the historical landmarks

Dear Editor,

Apropos' the letter " Let the Convention Centre come up" voiced by a concerned citizen, ALSU while welcoming proactive suggestions from all, would clarify the misconception stated by him. The ALSU has and always will cooperate and support any progressive developmental works undertaken by our state government. However, the issue voiced by the ALSU was an appeal to the District Administration to check the menace of illegal encroachments and also to cease all construction work of the up-coming Convention centre at Indira Gandhi Park, as the area is already shrinking due to illegal encroachment. As IG park is the only green zone nestled within Itanagar, additional infrastructure development works co-related to the "Convention Centre" like food-courts, restaurant, amphitheatre and not to forget parking facilities for 500 vehicles will only require more land.

It is for you to judge and decide, if the UD department is to construct a 500 vehicle parking facility adjoining to the Convention Centre, where will the additional land required to accommodate the facility come from? Isnt it evident enough for all of us, from the festivities celebrated every year that, the entire IG park is jammed with just a few 100 -300 vehicles. What about the other recreational facilities? Where will the land come from?

Here's a suggestion, why doesn't the concerned department establish the centre elsewhere on the suburbs of Itanagar township, where suitable land is available. That way, the suburban areas of Itanagar will see appropriate and planned growth of capital complex, and commerce will also grow in the selected location.

Just because, IG Park is the only open space available in Itanagar and as mentioned by a concerned citizen 'already under illegal encroachment , random construction works in the periphery of the Park in the name of infrastructural development isn't justified. If that is the case then, every other department will try and avail land allotment within IG Park, because of it being located in the heart of Itanagar.

The ALSU has neither issued a five day ultimatum to the District Administration nor resolved to stage any dharna at the CM office. The ALSU has only submitted a memorandum to the DA requesting immediate action against illegal encroachers of Govt. land and quarters including IG park area and also requested the concerned authorities to resolve this issue at the earliest by the end of Febuary 2012. The ALSU after a month of survey work to highlight and unearth the menace of Illegal encroachment, has taken up the issue with the authorities concerned.

So, the ALSU respectfully appeals to all people of Capital complex to be proactive and partake in erasing this menace . As responsible citizens of the state, its is the collective duty of the common public and Govt. employees to put an end to this predicament, and preserve the historical landmarks and encourage the planned expansion of Capital Complex for the next generation.


Romik Jogu

General Secretary,  ALSU



We can’t expect miracle

Dear Editor,

Since the last one and half decade I have been keenly observing the same examination which is witnessing another controversy. In the beginning all the papers were accounted for, to make it to the viva-voice, as is now. Afterwards suddenly the pattern was changed abruptly. Only the civil engineering subject mark was taken into consideration to select candidates for viva test.

The change in pattern of the examination was not widely circulated. Moreover the commission is not known for effecting change in syllabus or pattern of the examinations so easily. A fairly good example is the non-compliance of the state public service commission to the change in the pattern of preliminary civil services examination as done by UPSC.

In all these period the mark of viva-voce test was kept at 100 whereas for the Assistant Engineer (Electrical) examination it was 50. Viva voce mark of 100 account for 25 percent of other paper marks and 20 percent of total marks which must be very high as per norms. This status quo must have been changed in 2008 as is known from the clarification tendered from APPSC on 16th December 2011.

The APPSC seem composed of personality of impeccable credibility. They should stop heeding to political executives. As it is stated to be an independent body then why it waited for the Govt. formation to release the result of written examination in this controversial examination?

The commission is only a part of our larger society. We can’t expect miracle but at least they should live up to their avowed claim of maintaining impartiality in choosing the best talent from the society to serve the state. Thanks to Arunachal Times for living up to the expectation of masses and giving voice to hapless victim of injustice.


A citizen




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