April  29

Cash reward stands


The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006





One day strike

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Responding to the call of All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), which declared nationwide bandh on May 10, Arunachal Pradesh Chemists & Druggists Association has decided to observe one day strike (Bandh) in all district headquarters of Arunachal Pradesh on same day.

In this proposed agitation programme, all the 7.5 lakh chemists in the country will observe one day bandh and hold morchas in all the state and district headquarters.

In New Delhi, the dharna will held be at Jantar Mantar on the same day and several chemists from neighbouring states and all over India will participate in this dharna.

The agitation has been declared against the unjustified Government policies and its impact on fraternity of medicine dealers engaged in its distribution.


World Malaria Day observed at Siyum

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: The Catholic Mission Siyum, along with the rest of the world, observed “World Malaria Day” with the theme “Invest in the future, defeat Malaria” at Siyum today.

Focusing on the theme, Dr. Sr. Susmitha, of the Divine Mercy Health Centre, explained to the public about aim and objective of World Malaria Day. She informed that world malaria day is celebrated each year to create awareness among masses about this killer disease. A proper awareness of the disease can minimize occurrence of malaria cases.

Later, she highlighted the preventive and curative methods of malaria through PowerPoint presentation.  

Videos and animations on malaria and the spread of the disease were shown to create awareness among the public.

Later, as part of the awareness campaign, Fr. Siju Jose, Parish Priest, Catholic Mission, Siyum, distributed mosquito nets to each family.


Meeting to review law & order situation and poll preparation held

ANINI, Apr 28: Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Tamune Miso has convened a meeting on April 26 last in his official chamber to review law and order situation and other preparation connected to the ensuing Panchayat Election in the district.

On the occasion, Miso urged the officers to conduct regular inspection and patrolling   around the clock in their respective jurisdiction to avoid any unpleasant/untoward incidents and also suggested to be more vigilant in the areas identified as sensitive and hypersensitive.

Miso also discussed in details about the availability and stationing of communications devices at important locations in every circles of the District.

DEO further urged all the HODs to strictly enforce all orders issued to contain law and order. During the meeting, the DEO held elaborate discussion about poll team movement, retrieval plan, magistrate duty plan besides reviewing of the security arrangements and other poll preparation of the district for conduction of free and fair polls.

The meeting was attended by SP, DPDO, Administrative officers and HOOs from the district. DIPRO


Poll preparedness reviewed

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Pige Ligu, who is presently holding the dual charge of Deputy Commissioner of both Capital Complex and Papum Pare, held a meeting to review the Municipality and Panchayat elections preparedness here today.

The DC and Special Observer SS Bedi updated the present scenario and the developments that have taken place till date concerning elections. Ligu asked the officers to work as a team for the successful conduct of the election.

Bokar Basar, MRO informed that all the arrangements are going on according to schedule. The first phase of training for polling and presiding officers has already conducted while magistrates have been deployed sector-wise and patrolling would be carried on alternate nights, he informed.

T Gussar, SDPO Itanagar and K Bagra, Deputy SP Yupia informed shortage of vehicles and requested for requisition of more vehicles for the police and the paramilitary forces so that night patrolling could be intensified.

The DC also asked the ADM T Potom to verify the violation of Model Code of Conduct, if any, defacement of property in particular, to which the ADM said that the notice are being served. The DC also informed that some traffic regulations might be announced soon. DIPRO


2nd Taba Tath Memorial Football Tournament-2013 begins

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: The Second Taba Tath Memorial Football Tournament-2013 began at Don Bosco School playground, Jollang near here today.

The opening match was played between Jollang United Football Club and Shining Boys Football Club in which the former defeated the latter by 2-1 goal.

Jollang United were leading the 1-0 in the first half thanks to an own goal from Shining Boys. However, Shining Boys equalized the it (1-1) in the second half through penalty kick by Subu. Pisa Martin scored the second goal for Jollang United in the last moment to win the match 2-1.

The opening ceremony was attended by EE (P) Joram Lali and ANSU finance secretary Takam Tayam.




The name of the artist of late chief minister Dorjee Khandu in the spark page of this daily on April 28 last should be read as Benjamin Kamsi of Kingcup Public school, Itanagar instead of Michi Nomo, class-II of Gurukulam public school, Naharlagun. The inadvertent error is regretted.






287 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


News Impact


ABK felicitates Dr. Mibang

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Rajiv Gandhi University, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Tamo Mibang, was felicitated by the Adi Baane Kebang at a function here today.

Speaking on the occasion, ABK president, Kangir Jamoh, said, Dr. Mibang’s appointment as a vice-chancellor was a proud moment for the entire state. Acknowledging his contributions to the society, Jamoh informed that Dr. Mibang is the first from the state and also among the few tribal academicians of North East to be appointed as vice-chancellor of a central university.

Addressing the occasion, Dr. Mibang acknowledged his achievement to the blessings of his teachers. Stating that there was abundant natural resources and human resource in the society and the state, he called for exploiting these resources judiciously and timely so that real development could be attained. While urging the students and younger generation to study devotedly, Dr. Mibang urged all to be dedicated in whatever profession or job they were in.

Felicitating Dr. Mibang, ABK secretary general, Bodong Yirang read out the citation in his honour. Hailing from Jomlo village under Rumgong sub-division of West Siang, Mibang finished his high school in 1972. In 1975, he graduated from Gauhati University with History honours and after completing his masters from GU in 1977, Mibang obtained his PhD in 1988 from Dibrugarh University.  His specialisation was in Regional History and Tribal Cultural Development. He joined at Jawaharlal Nehru College Pasighat in 1978 and was a lecturer till 1998. From 1988 to 1995, Dr. Mibang was a reader at erstwhile Arunachal University and currently is the professor at the Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies. Till date, he has authored 14 books, both academic and non academic, published 41 research papers, 15 poems and 4 short stories. He was appointed to the post of vice-chancellor on Dec 18 2012.

Further, the day marked the first ever singing of the Adi anthem under the aegis of ABK and sung at the start of the function. The lyrics of the song has been penned by Talom Dupak and composed by Nakkeng Perme and Bodong Yirang. Senior citizens, members of Donyi Polo Yelam Kebang, Itanagar and other members from the Adi society within the Capital Complex attended the function.



Panchayat Raj Institution - A boon or bane for Arunachal?

Taba Ajum

Ever since Panchayati Raj system has been introduced in the state, it has become the cause for dividing people of the state. Instead of helping villagers in self governance, the Panchayat elections have deeply divided citizens of the state. Within a family, brothers and sisters have gone on to become the worst enemy owing to the election related incidents. Hatred grows so big that at times they bay for each other’s blood.  

The recent death of one person namely Bengia Tamang at Koloriang because of the Panchayat election related violence is an eye opener and has shocked whole of the state. The incident has confirmed our worst fear. He became the victim of indecisiveness among leaders of ruling Congress party which issued ZPM ticket to two contenders at the same time. The political parties and politicians use Panchayat election to divide family members and villagers so that they continue to rule. The election offers the best chance to them to implement divide and rule policy in order to strengthen their kingdom.

Just few days before issuing of Congress party ticket, everywhere I could hear people talking about ticket, ticket and ticket! Yes all of them wanted Congress party ticket to fight election which made me to wonder what is the use of holding election, when everyone only wants the ticket of one particular party? There are general feelings that if you get Congress ticket your chances of winning increases. This situation raises serious question for all of us to ponder. How can a party ticket decide your faith during election? The leaders should be chosen on the basis of their vision and work done by them for the area.  

The Panchayat system was introduced in Arunachal as early as in 1969, under the NEFA Panchayati Raj Regulation 1967. However system is total failure as member elected has virtually no power and it is the local MLAs who still run the show. The elected Panchayat leaders are totally dependent on local MLA for every little schemes and projects. The claim of local self governance is a myth as the Panchayat leaders has not been empowered. Other than those grass root leaders who share good rapport with MLAs, rest of the Panchayat leaders remain idle for the period of 5 years. Some of them even do not know their role, duties and rights. Only during assembly and parliament election, the Panchayat leaders feel empowered and are also seen to be active.  The most saddening aspect is that Panchayat elections are fought on the basis of clan wise. The local MLAs and other leaders interested in fighting for assembly election extend support to the person who is member of clan which has sizeable population in the area. Many a times it happens that person from same clan who are relatives by blood are pitted against each other. In such situation, the family gets bitterly divided and the wound take long time to heal. The flow of money during Panchayat election is also very high. The involvement of huge amount of money during election destroys the basic fabric of governance. Panchayat Raj institution is considered to be first layer of governance. If there is so much corruption at grass root level, then how can we expect MLAs and MPs to be honest? Lack of power and deep rooted corruption has made Panchayat Raj institution toothless tiger in Arunachal. Observing the whole system, one is compelled to ask whether Panchayat Raj institution is a boon or bane for Arunachal.



Major disaster averted

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: A major accident was averted on Saturday night when fire brigade put out a fire that broke out in the Petrol pumping/vending machine at the only petrol pump of Khonsa at 9.15 pm.

The fire fighters reached the spot, which is about 2 km from fire station, within a minute after petrol pump staff alerted them about the fire, which was suspected to have been caused by electrical short circuit in the old pumping machine, Tirap SP Vikramjit Singh informed in a release. The pump machine was engulfed by hot flames which started to grow in intensity and size with every passing moment despite efforts of the onlookers and the petrol pump staff to douse the flames with mud and sand.

However, the fire was brought under control only after the fire fighting team swung into action and used CO2 and Foam based extinguishers.

Had there been any delay in the response of the fire department, there could have been a major explosion in the pump leading to extensive loss of life and property.



APIC warns of action against erring PIO

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Apr 28: Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC), in pursuance of the Gauhati High Court (of Itanagar Permanent Bench) order passed on March 3, 2013 conducted hearing of APIC Case No- 392/2012 on  March 20.

It may be recalled that the HC, in the judgment order of the writ petition (C) No-238 (AP) of 2012 Lenzing Pertin-Vs- state of Arunachal Pradesh passed on March 3, 2013, ordered the APIC to dispose the appeal case on merit.

The appeal case was against violation of Right to Information Act, 2005 by the Executive Engineer (EE) of PWD, Pasighat division. One Lenzing Pertin of Pasighat (Petitioner/appellant) last year sought PWD-information under RTI Act, 2005, which was denied by the EE cum Public Information Officer (PIO) Oni Jamoh.

The APIC, in compliance of the HC order returned the hearing next hearing on April 12 last, wherein the PIO (respondent) was found absent. The Commission fixed the next date of hearing on May 7 next and ordered both parties to attend therein. As such, the State Chief Information Commissioner of APIC, Y D Thongchi by Memo No-APIC-392/2012/301 dated April 16, 2013 served notice under section 19(3) of RTI Act, 2005. He sternly ordered both parties to attend the next hearing fixed on May 7 next.

The APIC, in its interim order noted that the PIO cum EE (PWD) of Pasighat Oni Jamoh was absent in last hearing. But he deputed Shanam Yomso, an Assistant Engineer to represent him during the hearing. Er Yomso brought a circular to explain the reason of the EE cum PIO’s absence, which was accepted by the commission on consideration. However, the APIC cautioned him of mandatory presence before the commission on May 7 next.

The State Chief Information Commissioner in his interim order noted “…during the next hearing, PIO cum EE Oni Jamoh himself should be present before the Commission and no any plea will be heard, failing of which a warrant of arrest under order XVI, Rule-10(3) CPC-1908 R/W section-19(3) of RTI Act, 2005 will be issued to compel him to appear before the commission”.



Gumjum at IFDP’s Istanbul Summit

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: Former NESO Secretary General Gumjum Haider is currently attending the ‘Istanbul Summit 2013’—a conference of International Forum for Democracy and Peace (IFDP) in Istanbul, Turkey.

Most of the speakers attending the conference have advocated for raising awareness on human rights, strengthening democracy across the globe and enhancing justice for all human.

The first two days of the conference, which got underway on April 26, witnessed world leaders, including academics, mayors, ministers and Member of Parliaments from 22 different countries speaking to raise awareness and fight against poverty and corruption. They also stressed on gender equality and women’s empowerment, promoting coexistence, supporting responsible free market economy and other international legal issue, informed Gumjum in a communiqué. At least 70 member participants from 22 different countries are attending the conference. These countries are -- Pakistan, Nigeria, Russia, Lithuania, Syria, Macedonia, Sweden, Congo, Venezuela, Malaysia, Honduras, Georgia, Mongolia, Jordan, Libya, India, Niger, Lebanon, Egypt, Kazakstan, Turkey and Kosovo.

Tariq Al-Hashimi, the Vice President, Republic of Iraq and Jakup Krasniqi, President, Kosovo National Assembly and many other world leaders attended the opening ceremony.



A success story of a fish farmer

By Taro Chatung

With mega Krishi Expo-2012 that was held in December last at I G Park, Itanagar, I had a chance to know in depth about fish farming because state fishery department too had participated in it through a demonstration of integrated fish farming system as well as trout fish rearing.

During the same occasion, I came to know about a very progressive farmer of this state, who is none other than Tana Hari of Doimukh area. He is just about 40 plus, who is well experienced with politics as well as modern business but has chosen fish farming as his profession.

When the entire population of this state is busy with the ensuing panchayat election, some days back I made it a point to make a surprise visit at his fish farm which is located at Emchi under Doimukh area of Papum Pare district, where I came to know practically about his farm which amazed me because it is the first fish farm I have ever come across in the state that is being developed professionally with huge money investment of his own. He told me that he could understand well about the importance of fish farm and its outcome, therefore he decided to devote his time and money in the year 2009, and today he has opted it as his profession.

There are fish ponds at Emchi which is being managed and owned by the fishery department which is located nearby fish farm of Tana Hari but fish ponds owned and managed by Tana Hari are much bigger than the government fish farm and is also well managed. He has five fish or seed ponds whose areas are 50m X 20m size each where he rears small fishes or fingerlings for some months, thereafter he shifts small fishes to bigger size ponds, where it will grow bigger (almost 1kg weight) within six months. He has five big size ponds where around one lakh fishes are in growing stage.

Now, one can imagine what amount of money he will earn if these one lakh fishes are being brought to market with existing rate.  Now, Hari is in the beginning stage to receive his earning from his golden ponds. However, he told me that he invested a lot of money to develop ponds from the paddy lands. Equally, he was visibly very happy because he is now in the stage of reaping benefit from his hard work and the personal endeavor that he has put in. He expressed his gratefulness to the department of fishery for the necessary guidance extended to him, also for some financial assistance that he received from the said department.

Besides the fish farm, he has carried out allied activities on the same location like goat rearing, sheep rearing, cattle rearing and poultry which is going to give him additional earning. And a farm house has already come up where few employees are already engaged by him who look after his ponds and his allied activities.

The most important factor is that his farm is located nearby Dikrong river. Stretch of land around 100 to 50 metres length is lying between his fish farm and Dikrong river where he is going to raise a holiday resort with traditional outlook with modern and angling facility to attract tourists. It will also serve as a picnic spot for local people who reside in Capital Complex. Moreover this road has motorable road connection, therefore one day it will become a hot spot for local picnic party as well as the tourist from abroad because it is a rare spot with the required infrastructure located on the river bank surrounded by fish ponds.

It is being developed by Tana Hari who is an exemplary in the state, and tomorrow there should be more Tana Hari in various districts of this state so that fish farmers will capture fish market of this state which in turn will help growth of rural economy through self-employment like Tana Hari of Doimukh area under Papum Pare district. The state government too should give more incentive to local prospective fish farmers who are now in a state to wake up in this field. (The writer is a senior journalist of state)



Better understanding holds key to happy married life’

ITANAGAR, Apr 28: ‘What God has united, let no man separate’, quoted Rev. Fr. Jomon SVD and Family Psychologist as he concluded the four days Charistmatic and Healing Family Retreat at Cathedral, Nyokum Lapang here today.

Addressing a mammoth gathering of couples, he said that the success of marriage depends on understanding between the husband and wife.

“...Men should also give time to their counterpart by sharing every little detail so as to grow together without feeling neglected by either of them. It is, therefore, very important that both male and female recognize each other and perform their duty as husband and wife and father and mother in society,” he said.

Talking on the Bible passage about curing of a Blind man, Fr. Jomon said that there are four types of blindness other than physical blindness.  These are psychological, social and spiritual blindness. The forth type of blindness is the ‘Moral Blindness’. In this category, people try to blame each other and do not have the courage to shoulder responsibility of their wrong doing. There is a tendency that each husband and wife also tries to blame each other. This kind is due to pride and stubborn nature of human beings. By blaming others such person wants to prove righteous and more superior. In the long run of time such people will develop a hard negative character. He /she becomes blind to his/her own fault. He/she will be alone and life will become miserable for him/her.

More than fifty couples renewed their wedding vows amidst tears of joy and happiness. They once again promised to love one another in times of joy and sorrow throughout their life. Some of them said that it was wonderful experience and they all felt light and happy.

Rev. Fr. Tomy PP thanked the team of four members who had conducted the four days of family counselling and charismatic retreat. Sir Sebastian and Sir Sibi along with Sr Ancelin were other resource persons for the program.


A clarification

Dear Editor,

I would like to clarify false rumours about my action. Few days before some people have published in your esteemed daily that I had tried to kill EE PWD, Tali Division at Ziro, which was totally false. If I really want anything like that why should in a public place? I very much pay respect to our law and regulation and public servants/officers who work for public.

Hence, I would like to share my story before the public. On 21st Nov. 2009,  construction of Chetam Pip-Sorang via Rekung Road of O-Point to 25 Km under BADP scheme phase-I was sanctioned to me which I had completed during  Feb. 2010 at the expenditure of approximately Rs. 10.38 lakhs which I borrowed from the other person @10% per month. The concerned site JE, AE have verified my work and declared as well-finished culvert, during the verification of my work in- charge Tadik Marging was present at the place. But in account of financial mismanagement of concerned executing agency my bill is still pending.

After many years of pending of my bill, I visited the EE, PWD office at Ziro and met him on 2nd March 2013 and requested him to clear my pending bill and handedover the details of my MBs and other work order etc. But EE, did not even looked on the records and directly nullified the plea and told me that no bill will be paid to the liabilities of phase-I and phase-II, already the chapter has been closed. After knowing the negative response from EE, PWD Tali Division Ziro on 15th March 2013, I approached the Tali MLA for passing suitable direction to concerned department, he assured me that my name would be in the final list of pending contractors. So, I left for Ziro on 20th March 2013 and visited the EE office for collecting cheque but he was not present in the office. Then I met an AE for enquiry, he stated me that he has no role, only EE and local committee can give clear information. Then on 30th March 2013, I, along with 4 friends (witnesses) visited the EE office Chamber and requested him to clear my pending bills but his reaction was very rude and told me that payment were made only based on list recommended by the local committee in which the name of 65 contractors were listed and my name left out, for the reason known to the EE himself. “Is this the proper way of paying bill or right duty of an officer to pay bill to the public without study of the work done but only through the recommendation of any committee?”

Then I requested him to give me my MBs and work order document etc. but he was not ready to give me, so in that situation I became so depressed and started reminding that I had sold my allotted residential land at Itanagar to pay the money which I had borrowed from others, but still more to pay. And I also worried about that how I will feed my family. Better to kill myself, so I poured petrol on own body and try to kill myself, not him.

So, I request the  person, who told that there was no any culvert found, for re-measurement or re-verification of my work site.


Kogam Bagang





Capital not safe for women

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I want to draw the attention of government of Arunachal Pradesh towards the increasing insecure atmosphere prevailing within Capital Complex. It so happened that 2 days ago I sent my sister to make some purchase of vegetable stuff at Ganga daily market around 5.30 pm. She came back to her destination Ganga Village around 6.30pm by Tempo. As usually we used to do so. But the moment she tried to get down, Tempo driver wearing mask attempted to molest her and hold her hand in absence of rest of the passengers. She was the only one passenger left to go to Ganga Village. But somehow she escaped from his clutches. It’s very obvious that by wearing mask he managed to unrevealed his identity and this episode has shaken all of us. The intention of driver was to deliberately attempt to molest and rape the girl. In fact this incident had shaken us very intensely. This is classic example of how women are being molested and harassed. Despite all assurance for safety of the women, the atmosphere of capital is not safe at all for women. The episode has not light up the plight of single women rather it has encourage us to fights against the such injustice. Perhaps many girls are being molested but they don't have guts to disclose it. I appeal to all the concerned police department and authority to beef up the sense of secureness among the citizens especially girl children since they are more fragile and becomes object of predation.


Yado Riamuk

AAPSU Women Wing Vice President, Itanagar




What kind of scrutiny was that?

Dear Editor,

Being a common public of Sangdupota Circle, under Papum Pare District, I would like to express my view regarding scrutiny process which was conducted on 25th April 2013 at Circle Office (Sangdupota) for the upcoming Panchayat Raj Election- 2013.

Here, I observed the whole episode conducted by the concern officer as I entered the office being supporter of a candidate. The interesting thing was that contesting candidates who are even serving as govt, employee, bank defaulter’s and likewise went through scrutiny and was simply made qualified, stating that the higher authority has pass ordered not to disqualify them.

As per the norms of disqualification of candidate, I claimed for several times with valid reason showing valid proof and documents near the officer. The response was just excuses and they denied doing it.

So, in this regard, I would like to ask what kind of scrutiny was that.


Teli Tadap Camdir,




Hats off to ABK Women wing

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express my highest praise and encouragement to the Women wing of ABK (Adi Bane Kebang) Pasighat East Siang District unit headed by Smt. Aini Taloh, Smt. Nanom Jamoh and Smt. Opak Takuk Ering and their team for their selfless crusade against social evils prevailing in and around Pasighat.

Prior to their movement against alcohol, Ganja, tobacco and other life threatening addictives consumed and sold in the Pasighat township area, sometime we had to experience sleepless night due to disturbances caused by those street lovers and drunkards shouting and singing recklessly using dirty languages in every nook and corner of Pasighat. In some occasion, I was compelled to call the police for their immediate intervention but unfortunately my call turned unattended.

I must appreciate the courage of the women wing of ABK East Siang District Unit, that they took up the case and launched a massive search operation and stopped the selling of all these items, I salute you from the true core of my heart being a father of three young boys. For this great achievement appreciation is only not enough for you all. You really deserve a big recognition for your outstanding contribution for the welfare of people from the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. Let us support them whole-heartedly physically and morally for the betterment of Pasighat and for the betterment of all of us.

Everyone say that alcohol, Ganja, tobacco, Gutka all these things are bad and life threatening consumptions. But no one can take the lead to fight against it. Hats off to East Siang Women Wing of ABK, you really made us realized that you are the pioneers of social reform who is showing us the way to brighter future of our children. I wonder, how much you are concerned for your children, which has been manifested through your movement, I appeal to all individuals of Pasighat to render their helping hand as they are fighting for a common cause of every household rather than criticizing them. Put the culprit behind the bar and remove them from society so that coming generation is not going to be affected by these evil elements that force the young generation to do harmful addictions.

Social reform is a two way process in which there will always be law breakers as a class and reformers to check that evil as a reformist class. We should therefore stand up unitedly to fight against this evil as a part of social reform process in Pasighat.

Somebody has rightly said “"God is not present everywhere and therefore he made Mothers,” Only mothers can do this… Once again, HATS OFF to you all.


Mibo Jamoh





Let the election time pass peacefully

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to appraise the attention of my fellow youth of Arunachal Pradesh that the election time is sensitive time for youths as often youths become victim of physical violence. They are provoked by some wicked senior citizen to do physical violence for their own benefits. On the other hand the senior people who provoke the youths to do physical violence remain in the chair for all time. What the youths of state think about election? I don’t know, but according to me election is like a cricket match. Sometime one team becomes winner and other time the another team wins. Why should we the youth become “BALIKA BAKRA” during election time. I felt shock after getting the news of Koloriang incident where a person namely Bengia Tamang died owing to the conflict between two political groups. So, I would like to appeal my fellow youths of the state that let the election time pass peacefully.


Taw Nalo


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From agrarian to industrialized economies

The Asia-Pacific region, which has overtaken the rest of the world in consumption of raw materials as affluence and manufacturing increase, must boost its resource efficiency or risk losing ground in lifestyle, economic growth and environmental sustainability, according to a UN report.

From 1970-2008, consumption of construction minerals increased 13.4 times, metal ores and industrial minerals consumption 8.6, fossil fuels 5.4, and biomass 2.7 times, according to the report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), entitled, 'Recent Trends in Material Flows and Resource Productivity in Asia and the Pacific.'

The report highlights the region's inefficient use of resources as measured by material intensity - consumption of materials per dollar of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - as an area of serious concern. Currently, material intensity for Asia-Pacific is three that of times the rest of the world.

The report found that the region is moving from biomass to a minerals-based economy, indicating that the most-populous countries like China and India are transitioning from agrarian to industrialized economies, UNEP reported.

According to figures cited, China is responsible for over 60 per cent of the region's total domestic material consumption, and India for 14 per cent.

The rise in use of metal ores and industrial minerals use in India indicates that the country is entering a rapid acceleration phase in its transition to an industrialized economy, the UN agency notes.

Growing affluence and material intensity were the primary drivers of raw material consumption, and any attempts to regulate the industry would have to address both, the report stresses.

The report recommends the establishment a global harmonized database that shares material use data for all countries as an important step in helping policymakers and businesses anticipate resource issues, and to provide academia with reliable data to support decision makers with the policy relevant science.