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War crimes: Lanka overwhelmed by unsubstantiated allegations
SPECIAL REPORT : Part 163 March 28, 2017, 7:41 pm   By Shamindra Ferdinando Having received two additional years to fulfill the Oct 1, 2015 Geneva Resolution 30/1, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government last Friday (March 24) thanked those who had brought a...

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"Foreign judges’ issue mere exaggeration on Mahinda’s part"
SPECIAL REPORT : Part 162 March 21, 2017, 7:35 pm   By Shamindra Ferdinando Finally, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has acknowledged that, in terms of the Constitution foreign judges couldn’t participate in proposed domestic accountability mechanism i...

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Can foreign judges et al be avoided?
Debate over Geneva Resolution 30/1 SPECIAL REPORT : Part 161 March 14, 2017, 7:38 pm   By Shamindra Ferdinando Amidst mounting pressure, on the political front, with the Joint Opposition (JO) relentlessly undermining his authority, President Maithripala Sir...

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Conflict over Air Force presence at Mullaitivu
SPECIAL REPORT : Part 160 March 7, 2017, 7:38 pm   By Shamindra Ferdinando Various interested parties relentlessly push for further reduction of military presence in the Northern, as well as the Eastern Provinces, comprising eight administrative districts. ...

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A post-war bid to evict Air Force from LTTE built airfield
SPECIAL REPORT : Part 159 February 28, 2017, 7:47 pm   By Shamindra Ferdinando All Ceylon Hindu Congress (ACHC) recently sought an appointment with President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, to make representatio...

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Reconciliation mechanisms: A glaring omission
SPECIAL REPORT : Part 158 February 21, 2017, 7:40 pm   By Shamindra Ferdinando The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM) has accepted the requirement to have additional mechanism/mechanisms to deal with conflict related issues. The Sr...

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A deeply divided community
SPECIAL REPORT : Part 157 February 15, 2017, 9:55 am   By Shamindra Ferdinando Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has claimed that the yahapalana government cooked up an assassination attempt on Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthir...

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A move to assassinate Sumanthiran goes awry
SPECIAL REPORT : Part 156 February 8, 2017, 12:00 pm   The possibility of a foreigner of Sri Lankan origin, coming back without any hindrance to cause mayhem can never be ruled out. Let me remind you of a suicide attack carried out by a Norwegian in Somalia...

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The day Kumar Sangakkara felt humbled
Unpardonable failure to capitalize on ‘Spirit of Cricket’ lecture SPECIAL REPORT : Part 155 January 24, 2017, 7:36 pm   By Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lankan cricketer, Kumar Sangakkara earned the wrath of the war-winning President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s governme...

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A reference to Kadirgamar at Mangala’s Chatham House speech
SPECIAL REPORT : Part 154 January 17, 2017, 7:15 pm   By Shamindra Ferdinando Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, MP, recently referred to several of his predecessors having the opportunity to speak at the Chatham House when he discussed ongoing post-war...
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