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Ban on alcohol sale to women lifted

Sri Lanka is to allow women over the age of 18 to buy alcohol legally for the first time in more than 60 years, according to BBC.

The government said that it was amending a 1955 law that it agreed was discriminatory against women.

The amendment to the law, announced on January 10, also means that women will be permitted without prior approval to work in places that sell alcohol.

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