Long term campaign is the ultimate solution
Itanagar has achieved the dubious distinction of occupying 71st position among 73
cities in the ongoing Swachh Survekshan 2016. Of 73 cities which were surveyed
for sanitation ranking, Mysuru of Karnataka topped the list of clean cities. Chandigarh
got the second position, Tiruchirapalli 3rd, New Delhi Municpal Council 4th and Visakhapatnam
5th. Surat was ranked 6th, Rajkot 7th, Gangtok 8th while Pimpri-Chindwad ranked 9th
and Greater Mumbai got 10th position. The survey was conducted to measure the impact
of efforts under Swachh Bharat Mission for construction of toilets, solid waste management
and service delivery level.
This report is a slap on the face of every Arunachalees, more so to the state government.
Gangtok the capital of Sikkim has achieved high of 8th rank. Even though Gangtok
receives massive number of visitors being a major tourist hotspot, still they have
managed to keep the city clean. Whoever visits Gangtok always heaps praise about
how clean the city is? Arunachal should learn something from Sikkim. Recently from
1st to 13th February whole state observed clean Arunachal campaign. Social service
was organized across the state. Road and drains were cleaned. But such kind of fortnightly
campaign will not succeed in keeping the state clean. A sustain campaign with long
term vision should be run. Unless this is done, the aim of clean Arunachal will not
succeed. Government agencies should seek active participation of the citizen. The
citizens need to be educated about importance of cleanliness. More toilets should
be constructed in the urban area especially in the markets. For now let us all collectively
take the responsibilities for this shame. Hopefully next time Itanagar will make
it to higher ranking in the cleanliness survey.
Certificates carry the same weight
Through the columns of your daily, I would like to bring light on misconception faced
If you went to a college offering regular engineering courses from ICE (institute
of civil engineers) or any other offering undergraduates’ courses in full time and
part time mode, the weight of the certificate offered to you after completing the
prescribed course is the same. There is nothing called regular/part time/ full time
course offered by these institutions. If one completes his graduation from these
institutes, they are not entitled to use B.E / B.Tech after their name unlike regular
university students; they are entitled to use AMICE if they did graduation from ICE
and AMIE from IE and so on. These courses are neither a college nor a university
course. They come under the banner of professional society which the union of India
acknowledges/recognizes its existence and value.
From the above, one very important question arises. Why a student opt for theses
institutes? To this question the very best answer is, it is an alternative for those
who couldn’t continue their engineering studies due to several reasons. These courses
are neither a distance course nor a regular course; it is one of its kinds. The distance
education council (organ of HRD) also acknowledges as it does not comes under the
preview of distance education (letter no DCE/ICE/08/7901 Dated -25/4/2008. For ICE).
Several statutory organs of HRD had recognized these degrees in the past at par
with regular B.E./ B. Tech degree
Recently, ministry of HRD has withdrawn its recognition. In their official notification
they have clearly said that based on the review by the regulator, i.e. AICTE, a decision
on continuation of the certification of equivalence of degree/diploma shall be taken
by statutory regulator. It doesn’t state that they will never recognize these degrees.
The matter is still in Supreme Court, and the final verdict has not been given by
the court and the next hearing is on 11 may 2016. If you have completed the AMIE/AMICE,
GATE ( Graduate aptitude test in engineering), authorities accepts this degree at
par with regular B.E./B.Tech.
Design comprehensive package for a future together
China and India represents two giant economies and global military powers of Asia
and are adjacent neighbours. Both countries have a deep history of close cultural
contacts and represent two distinct ancient civilizations of the world. The two countries
together constitute nearly over one-fourth of the global human population; and as
such represent two giant markets with huge economic opportunities. Although, the
volume of trade and commerce between these giant economies have significantly increased
over the past two decades with emphasis on trade and commerce, education and research,
infrastructure, connectivity, socio-cultural contacts; however, there is even more
opportunity for these two giant economies to grow together if they come closer from
the perspective of cooperation and collaboration rather than media hyped competitions
and unwanted confrontations with one another. Both countries have some traditional
difference of opinion over specific issues such as international border and related
areas; however, these could not be resolved overnight and as a quick fix. Both nations
need to develop an environment of cooperation, collaboration as well as stronger
cultural, political, economic, strategic and diplomatic ties for the benefits of
the vast sections of their populations. If these giant economies could develop four
economic corridors between Tibet and Ladakh, across Nepal and Sikkim and between
NE India and Yunnan; that could result in huge increase of connectivity between the
two potential markets and increase the volume of trade and transportation between
these two nations. Both India and China have been impacted by terrorism and as such
stronger security ties and intelligence sharing between the nations will greatly
help them to overcome impact of insurgency in their fringe border areas and remote
locations. Thus there is more to gain by cooperation between these two giant economies
than confrontation. Through your esteemed newspaper, I urge both governments to come
closer on discussion platform and design comprehensive economic, social, connectivity,
security and strategic package for their bright and prosperous future together.
Saikat Kumar Basu
Lethbridge AB Canada
Look for technological alternative
This refers to the editorial, "Don't turn glacier into death field" (Arunachal Times,
February 9, 2016). The agonising death of our 'never say die' brother Lance Naik
Hanamanthappa Koppad and our other soldier brothers brings back in mind Bob Dylan
song "Blowin' in the wind" and its lines, "How many times must the cannon balls fly/
Before they are forever banned?/ The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind/ The
answer is blowin' in the wind”.
How long the high and cold glacier will remain a death field of our brothers? It
is time to find a technological alternative like stationing robots instead of soldiers
at Siachen and monitoring the area with satellites.
Sujit De, Kolkata
Itanagar is now a municipality for which we all are happy but I want to tell a small
story which has happened to me recently.
My father was admitted in RK Mission hospital for some treatment as per advised by
the doctor. He prescribed some medicines which should be bought from outside medical
store, so I took my bike and went towards Ganga to buy medicines. I parked my bike
at a place, where it was written "Parking for Two Wheeler's" order by IMC and rushed
to the pharmacy to buy those medicines. It took around 5 minutes for me to buy
those medicines and come back.
Meanwhile, a guy came to me for parking fee. I hardly took 5 minutes but the guy
refused to listen and asked me to pay Rs ten, which was the parking fee for the whole
I took the receipt and saw “parking fee per hour” written on it. It was also written
"received with thanks a sum of Rs 10 only for parking four wheelers under parking
zone of Itanagar municipal council. At that time, I was just wondering where are
the other two wheels located on my bike! Was it hidden somewhere and I did not see
Actually I am not able to understand where the problem lies.
So it’s my humble request towards the concerned authority to clarify the problem.
Seeking suitable answers from APPSC
Clarification given by the APPSC regarding selection of only 132 candidates for the
total post of 51 that was published in Arunachal Times on 13th Feb 2016 has fired
many questions in the mind of aspirants and the common people. As per commission
only 132 candidates could secure the magical figure of 33 % and 45 % for attaining
viva- voice, whereas 153 candidates should have been selected for interview as per
1:3 ratios. So according to 1:3 ratio policy set by commission , these 132 candidate
will be competing for 44 posts, rest 7 post be added in next advertisement. If it
is not so then question arise will APPSC relax or modify its own norms of 1:3 ratio
for these 132 candidates?
APPSC again said in its clarification that only 132 candidates out of 477 have qualified
as per criteria. As per criteria of APPSC, seeing this year’s result prepared by
APPSC , in some such exam it is very possible that numbers of candidate selected
for viva-voice is less then number of total post or not a single candidate have qualified
for interview. In such situation what the commission will do , will the commission
allot double post to the candidates or re-conduct the whole exam for no-availability
of candidate for viva-voice.?
Then it is difficult to digest that this year APPSC is facing shortage of eligible
candidates for APPSCCE viva-voice. This never happened in our state in such exam,
so far. But there are many candidates who are confident they can make up to interview,
at least. Well, any way, candidates can check their marks of written exam, even their
answer script through RTI, after final result. So we are hoping that commission is
right in issue of shortage of candidates for viva-voice.
Again, so far we never heard that any public service commission of any states of
India, even UPSC having problem of lack of required number of candidates for the
interview in combined civil service exam. If really there is lack of candidates for
interview, it is due to faulty and defective recruitment mechanism of APPSC i.e 33%
In 2014 Manipur public service commission combined competitive exam many candidates
got selected who marks were even below 33% in some papers. Then in 2013 UPSC civil
service exam aggregate % in mains exam of last selected candidate was 32.22 %. What
we want to say that generally all recruiting agency i.e UPSC, State public service
commission, SSC set cut off marks on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates
so that required number of candidates may be called for interview.
Though certain minimum marks may be fixed in each paper as for example UPSC has fixed
10% in each paper for qualifying for viv-voice but qualifying aggregate marks are
never fixed prior for mains exam.
We are hoping that our commission has suitable answer all these questions as rest
345 candidates will not remain silent on this gross violation of norms.