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Thiruvananthapuram: State Finance Minister K.M. Mani is all set to present his 11th budget as the eighth budget session of the assembly will begin Friday.

Mani’s presentation is a record of sorts for him as it will be the veteran’s 11th budget for the state.

The session will begin on Friday and end on April 10. Presentation of the budget for the financial year 2013-14 and Vote on Account are slated for 9 a.m. on Friday.

General discussion on the budget will be held from March 18 to 20. On March 21, Vote on Account and discussion will be held. Government business and private members’ business will be taken up on the next day.

For government business, March 25 and 26 have been earmarked. The Kerala Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2013 will be taken up on March 26, during 12.30 - 1.30 p.m.

From March 27 to March 31, the House will go on a temporary recess and there will be no sitting. Government business will be carried out on April 1 to 3 and on April 9 and 10. On April 4 and 5, government business and private members’ businesses are scheduled.

Speaker G. Karthikeyan called a meeting of all party leaders Thursday to put forward his request that the business of the house be conducted in a befitting manner.

"The assembly need not discuss all issues that happen outside of the house. All members have their right to protest, but then it should also be in a restrained manner," said Karthikeyan.

Incidentally, the first session of the assembly that concluded last month saw heated exchanges between the treasury and opposition benches, with skirmishes between the two sides occurring on an almost daily basis.

For the first time in the recent history of the assembly, a few women opposition legislators went up to the speaker's podium, to register their protest.

The news that the Italian marines will not return to the country to stand trial is sure to rock the house; the serious difference between the government chief whip P.C. George and State Forest Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar, in which George has alleged that Kumar was beaten up by his lover's husband, is also likely to find expression in the house

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