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The Excise Amendment Bill taken up for debate in Parliament today.

The Excise Amendment Bill, regulations under the Monetary Act and a release issued under the Excise Ordinance, was taken up for debate in Parliament today. Joining in the debate, parliamentarian Ajith Mannapperuma pointed out that illicit breweries at rural level have reduced in number. Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana emphasized on the government's dedication to salvage the country from the alcohol menace.

Parallel to the debate the MPs focussed their attention on the recent security situation affecting certain areas in the Kandy district. Parliamentarian Nalinda Jayathissa emphasized the need for a specific course of action to combat ethnic violence. He pointed out that the disaster brought upon the country throughout history, by 'lunatics of racism', cannot be taken lightly.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara affirmed that the present government is not a racist government at all.