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Saturday, November 08, 2008
      Editorial:Another budget has come and gone

The JVP announced that it will vote against the Budget and take all necessary steps to defeat it. The party’s parliamentary group comprising 24 members would cast their votes against the Budget, its Parliamentary Group Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said at a press conference yesterday.
"We considered two factors before deciding to vote against it. First the content of the Budget and the conduct of the Government.

Fares reduced by 9.93%, no change in minimum fare
Bus operators threaten legal action if govt. arbitrarily reduces fare
Lanka Omnibus Operators Association President Gemunu Wijeratne yesterday vowed that his association would file a violation of fundamental rights case in the Supreme Court or resort to trade union action if the government reduces bus fares arbitrarily more than the agreed 9 percent.

Thousands of Colombo Muslims yesterday staged a protest opposite Zahira College, Maradana after the Jumma prayers against statements alleged to have been made by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka against Muslims, the barring of Muslim girl from school for wearing the traditional Hijab dress and the banning of loudspeakers in Mosques before 6 a.m. to recite prayers.
(Photo-Kamal Bogoda)



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