Sunday, February 21, 2010
      Editorial:Let’s do it better this time   Politics:UNP picks up the pieces 

"If I allowed that they would have said I was frightened"
Army wanted to arrest Fonseka before election, MR stopped it

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told one of India’s most influential journalists that the army had wanted to take General (Rtd.) Sarath Fonseka into custody for an inquiry into serious allegations against him but the president had stopped that.
"If at that time I had allowed that, they would have said that I was frightened of this man contesting," the president had told N. Ram, the editor-in-chief of The Hindu, a director of its owning company and a member of the family owning the influential South Indian newspaper.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is all smiles as he watches a performance by school children with former Speaker and UNP parliamentarian, W. J. M. Lokubandara who crossed over to the SLFP yesterday, at the Bandarawela Town Hall. The President addressed a special meeting of party organizers of the Badulla district on the occasion. Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and Dilan Perera and Lokubandara’s son Uditha, who was appointed SLFP chief organizer for Haputale earlier this month, were also present. (Pic by Sudath Silva)

UNP still looking for Opposition unity
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake yesterday issued an open invitation to all parties, especially the JVP, to run under the United National Front (UNF) banner and the Elephant symbol at the forthcoming parliamentary election.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa makes a quiet visit to India
Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid an unpublicized five-day semi-official visit to India last week and met top officials here, The Sunday Island can now reveal.


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