Towards a developed water resources management plan
THE policy development process in Sri Lanka has a
chequered past. In March 2000, National Water Resources Policy and
Institutional Arrangement was approved by the Cabinet. However,
public may remember how the water policy was made the red herring by
all successive governments, particularly during times of elections.
'We must stand on our own feet'
Up to the Mavil Aru confrontation, our
politicians were told by every Dick, Tom and Harry of the
international community, co-chairs, INGOs and NGOs that the LTTE was
an invincible force and has a well equipped and trained war machine
and that our Armed Forces could never defeat them at war!
Child abuse - an impediment to country's development
In Western countries, where their citizens enjoy
relatively high standards of living, the protection of children's
rights and welfare is given high priority. Unlike in many Third
World countries such as India, Thailand and Sri Lanka where child
abuse in varying forms is very common and the measures taken by the
State institutions to combat this menace is quite inadequate,