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Melani Manel Perera
Forum on citizen-government relations in Trincomalee
With branches in 16 districts, the Active Citizenship for Development Network organises a conference on the topic. One of its goals is to provide proposals and ideas to the authorities for the 2013 budget.
23/11/2011 SRI LANKA
Rajapaksa presents ‘army-friendly’ 2012 budget
Defence spending still takes the lion share (LKR 230 billion or US$ 2.1 billion). The president expects growth to reach 8 per cent next year, with per capita incomes of US$ 4,000 by 2016. Economic opening to outside forces follows years of a self-centred path. Opposition parties, public sector workers and Catholics are critical. The 2012 budget does not focus on people-oriented development.
09/06/2010 SRI LANKA
Colombo, more money allocated to army than economy, despite war being over
Population’s disbelief over 201 billion rupees (1.5 billion) allocated to the Ministry of Defence despite the war ending last year. Education, health and economic development are in crisis.
12/11/2007 SRI LANKA
Opposition against budget, a heavy burden on people
The United National Party will not vote in favour of the 2008 budget because planned expenditures include record defence spending and higher direct and indirect taxes, which are likely to push inflation up to 22 per cent. Dissatisfaction among ordinary Sri Lankans grows whilst government allies are also unhappy.
27/01/2012 SRI LANKA
Catholic Bishops of Sri Lanka against pro-abortion law
The government proposes abortion "only" for unwanted pregnancies. The Bishops' Conference "categorically" and "firmly" opposes any attempt to "legalize murder, in all its forms."
Thai Church seeking greater ties among tribal groups in Thailand’s hill country
A recent conference organised by the Thai Bishops’ Conference focused on strengthening ties, networking and increasing awareness of legal rights by tribal groups. But wider society can also learn from them how to better protect natural resources.
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