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SB warns private bus owners

2013 Jul 03

Minister of Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake, yesterday said action will be taken against owners of private buses, if they provide transport for undergraduates who are due to protest in Colombo today.



The minister said he has requested the police and Private Transport Minister, C.B. Ratnayake, to advise bus owners against transporting students, who plan to agitate in Colombo. The police will take immediate action against the bus owners, if they have not taken route permits to transport the students, he told the media during a press briefing at the Higher Education Ministry.



Speaking further, Minister Dissanayake urged the undergraduates to refrain from participating in protests organized by politically backed and politically motivated unions. Engaging in such agitations would only result in harsher disciplinary action, he added.



"Students' participation in protests will only lead to more punishment for those who are already being punished, and may even result in expulsion. The decision as to what to do about the agitating students is of course up to the university administration, and not my decision," he claimed.



The ministry is working towards developing the standards of State universities, and is constructing 60 hostels to provide accommodation for students. Furthermore, the Deyata Kirula exhibition is due to be held at the Wayamba University this year, and instead of building temporary structures for the exhibition, the government is constructing buildings, which can be utilized for the university once the exhibition is over, Minister Dissanayake added.

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