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Sri Lanka lifts ban on women buying, selling alcohol

AP  |  Colombo 

has revoked a 38-year ban on selling alcohol to women and employing them in places where the brews are produced and sold.

The ministry says signed the notification revoking the ban to restore gender equality and promote tourism.

The ban had been in force since 1979, the early years of embracing an open market economy. But many businesses had employed women to sell and serve alcohol and sold alcohol to them in spite of the ban.

The also allowed outlets to stay open an hour later, until 10 p.m.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 14:40 IST