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* Sri Lanka main opposition to launch its manifesto today
Tue, Mar 16, 2010, 08:47 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition, United National party (UNP) is to launch its election manifesto today (16) at the party headquarters, Sirikotha.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has said that the manifesto would focus on the reduction of waste and propose the reduction of perks enjoyed by government ministers.

Attanayake told the media that the party would suspend the Rs 100,000 house rent allowance given to ministers and concentrate on waste reduction. He said the party aims at reducing the budget deficit by cutting down such wasteful expenditure.

According to Attanayake, the party would look at maintaining discipline in state organizations and would not privatize essential services.

The party is also to propose a package for farmers and others in various professions. The UNP would also focus on reducing the prices of essential items by reducing the taxes on them, Attanayake said.

The UNP will also launch a special manifesto for women on Thursday (18).

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