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Importance of the Utilitarian Theory in Evaluating Public Policy

Professor Laksiri Fernando - University of Colombo

As Sri Lanka is poised for progressive changes in its political, economic and social landscape, it is relevant to ask the question: on what basis this change should be engineered or evaluated? The answer given in this article is the 'greatest happiness of the greatest number,' however 'cutting across gender, ethnicity, language, caste or religion.' The first part of the answer is directly derived from the utilitarian theory of the famous philosopher Jeremy Bentham; the second part being the application of that theory in Sri Lanka’s plural society.

President Rajapakse asks LTTE to give up arms, hold talks

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune

Speaking to reporters at Tirupati where he offered special prayers to Lord Venkateswara, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse asked the LTTE to come clean on its offer of talks. Terrorism and negotiations cannot go together, he said and told the Tigers to lay down their arms and come to negotiating table. "My government is ready to resume talks", he made it clear. Answering a question, the Sri Lankan President who flew into the temple town on Thursday night on a private visit, said: "There is no room for suspecting my government's intentions. We have been negotiating with the LTTE for the past 20 years expecting some positive outcome every time. We went to Geneva, Oslo and Japan to meet them and talk to them but it is they who had often walked out (of talks)".

From Bajaur to Jinnahpur

By Adnan Gill

As the kingmakers play musicale chairs in Dubai and London, the Emperors of the New World Order iron out plans to reshape and resize Pakistan into manageable pieces. It is not a question of whether United States/NATO will enter into Pakistan to cleanup the alleged sanctuaries of Taliban and Al-Qaeda; it’s a matter of when it will enter? In all likelihood, it’s going to be sooner then latter. As we speak, US is beefing up its military closer to the Pakistani shores. Recently, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was repositioned from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman. Telecommunication services on the border areas with Afghanistan are suspended. US troops have amassed heavy weapons and established camps close to the border around Kurram and North Waziristan tribal regions. US gunship choppers are also seen giving air cover to the troops and routinely violating Pakistani airspace.

Sri Lanka Navy denies the shooting of two fishermen from Nagapattinam

Sri Lanka Navy has denied of any involvement in the killing of two fishermen - Vasakan and Narayanasamy and seriously injuring Murali from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. Reports revealed that those three fishermen from Nagapattinam were out on a boat in the sea on Sunday and was shot. Indian reports alleged that Indian fishermen were killed by Sri Lanka Navy. When "Asian Tribune" contacted Sri Lanka Navy, sources in the Navy said that "Navy was nowhere in the Gulf of Mannar Sea yesterday, as it was a Sunday and was monitoring suspicious boat movements within Sri Lanka waters through radar located in their base in Talaimannar."

Don’t look at color, politics or other differences when taking legal actions against corruptions –Upul

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Upul Jayasooriya , an eminent Lawyer of the National Lawyers’ Association said the government of Sri Lanka should take court action against corruptions cases of present, past and the future Addressing a media briefing on Sunday he said the COPE report, which exposed corruption in many Institutions. The Ports Authority, where shady deals are alleged. These are only a few of the many corrupt deals. In all these cases the Government instead of exposing or taking action against them has only made concerted efforts to suppress the swindles and rackets, he exhorted.

Sri Lanka: Diplomatic Postings

Dr. D. D. Ranasinghe, MD, DLO, FRCS (Edin.), FRCS (Eng.), a highly qualified medical practioner and a member of the Board of Administration of the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, is Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner for Malaysia. He has already taken up his position as High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur. Similarly MMM Jaffeer former Chief of protocol is the new Ambassador in Vienna, Austria. Aruni Wijewardene the former Ambassador for Austria has taken up duties in the Ministry as Director General - United Nations, Human Rights and Multilaterals affaires. In the meantime Sudantha Ganegamarachchi, the former Deputy High Commissioner to United Kingdom has succeeded Jafeer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Chief of Protocol.

Pro-Opposition party members join with the SLFP

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

After the dawning of the provincial election fever, a number of pro-opposition party members are gradually coming forward to support the government and said they would extend their support to Sri Lanka Freedom Party in the forthcoming provincial council elections. Speaking to media they said the UNP has presented candidates for the election who are neither aware about the problems of the people in the province nor themselves. The JVP candidates are also the same. Therefore they pointed out that majority of the people in the province have conveyed their displeasure to them.

Export promotion by Sri Lanka in Palestine

Dr. T. Jayasinghe, Representative of Sri Lanka in Palestine completed an intensive trade promotion campaign in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jenin, Nablus and Hebron. During his campaign he met the heads of Trade Chambers, and a number of Hoteliers, Tour Agents, tea importers and political figures. He was assisted by an export manager of a leading firm in Sri Lanka who explained to the parties concerned about the trade opportunities in Sri Lanka and also the facilities available for the tourists.

A tourist visa to go home?

By Tariq A. Al-Maeena

The Israeli government has been practicing and perfecting the art of ethnic cleansing since 1948 right under the nose of the world and no one has the power or the guts to do anything about it. In 1948 the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 194 on the question of Palestine, which 'resolves that refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return...'

Miss Venezuela the new Miss Universe

Miss Universe - 2008 Dayana Mendoza , Miss Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2008 on Monday. An elated Dayana Mendoza received the crown from her predecessor, Riyo Mori of Japan, and then prepared to meet a gaggle of reporters. Miss Venezuela, 22, was once kidnapped in her homeland and says the experience taught her to remain poised under pressure. The final five contestants included four from Latin America: Miss Mexico, Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Colombia and Miss Venezuela. Rounding out the final five was Miss Russia.