Sri Lanka's road map for poverty eradication
While we mark the International Day for the
Eradication of Poverty today, it is worthwhile dwelling on the
measures taken to address the question of poverty in Sri Lanka and
the means adopted to extricate the poor from the poverty trap.
Programmes focused on the eradication of poverty have been in the
agenda of all the successive Governments since independence. But
they have not been able to bring about a substantial reduction in
poverty among the poor.
Sounds pleasing, sounds threatening
The issue of sound pollution, hitherto unnoticed
or ignored by most Sri Lankans, has carved a niche in public debate
of late, with the Central Environmental Authority drawing up
regulations to control community noise pollution. With the final
version of the draft law scheduled to be submitted to the Supreme
Court in November, diverging views are expressed regarding what has
been declared as the main objective of the regulations: controlling
public address through loudspeakers.