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Middle East in turmoil
The decision of Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations to severe diplomatic ties
and cut off transport links with Qatar has opened up new diplomatic frontier in Middle
East. The decision to isolate Qatar comes just days after US President Donald Trump
visited region and interacted with Arab leaders. Saudi and its allies have alleged
Qatar of fueling extremism and terrorism in the region, which Qatar has denied. The
unprecedented move against Doha by Riyadh, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain
escalates a dispute over Qatar's support for political Islamist groups and perceptions
that it is open to closer ties with Iran, Saudi Arabia's rival.
Saudi sees Shiite Iran as bitter enemy and therefore it looks like they took the
decision to punish Qatar for developing soft corner towards Iran. The diplomatic
row is expected to have huge ramifications in the region. It may cost billions of
dollars to gulf countries as move will slow down trade and investment and make it
more expensive for the region to borrow money as it grapples with low oil prices.
With an estimated US$335 billion of assets in its sovereign wealth fund, Qatar looks
able to avoid an economic crisis for now. Fast-growing Qatar Airways, at the center
of the tiny state's effort to become a tourism hub, is likely to face huge losses
as it is being barred from operating in some of the Middle East's biggest hubs. The
turmoil in Middle East will have its impact on India too and government should be
ready for any eventually. Large number of Indians lives and work in the region. Qatar
has one of the highest expat Indian populations. Govt of India should keep a close
watch on the situation emerging in Middle East.
---- Readers Forum ----
Dirang without BSNL network
Digital India is a great failure in Arunachal Pradesh especially in Dirang Circle
where the BSNL exchange was washed away by the flood on 15th May 2017 which was duly
published in Arunachal Times. But, no action has been initiated till date to restore
Without any service, the BSNL is producing postpaid and landline bills. The costs
of validity for the prepaid consumers also expired without any use of service.
Besides having all sources, manpower and equipments, the BSNL has failed to initiate
the restoration work till date which is waste of public money. It is now essential
to privatize the employees of BSNL at the earliest. Government is advising the citizens
to use POS machine and other digital payment sources. But without network, all in
Where is the stipend?
Through your esteemed daily, I want to ask some a simple question to the Arunachal
government, AAPSU, Tribal affairs Ministry and Directorate of Higher and Technical
education. Where is our scholarship money? Are we going to get the scholarship? Is
the Arunachal government with us? AAPSU is willing to help the students? Or corruption
is the true colour of Arunachal government? This is a threat to the future of the
state. The poor students are in need of help and no one is stepping forward. We students
are expecting helping hands from each and every student union of the state. We have
It is the time to act rather than talking. Hopefully, the questions above will reach
every corrupt officials and politicians of the state and students will get a fruitful
Confusion in filling forms
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to point out some errors of APCS. It is
well known in our state that APPSC is the highest body that conducts Civil
Service examination. Unfortunately, aspirants of APPSCCE 2017 are facing lots of
problems while filling the form.
In advertisement, Commission urged candidates to put their age as on 22/6/2017,
but in form they ask for age as on 01/01/2017. It seems Commission staffs and officers
are in dilemma.
One more thing - why APCS is not able to start online process? CM of Arunachal Pradesh
is concern about cashless, GST, Digital India but why he can’t put pressure on APPSC
to go digital? APCS needs reforms too.
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