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Sri Lanka lifts ban on women selling or buying alcohol

Sri Lanka on Friday lifted the historic ban on women buying or selling alcohol. 

The ban, which was in force since 1979 prohibited women from being employed in places where alcohol was produced and sold. However, many businesses have employed women despite the ban. 

The government also extended the opening hours of liquor outlets, allowing them to be open until 10pm. 

The move was criticised by some members of the Buddhist clergy, who have opposed alcohol consumption.