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The Government has decided to close all liquor shops, betting centers, casinos, night clubs and ban sale of liquor at super markets on May 04, 05 and 06 for Vesak. 

Meat shops will also be closed during the three days, the police said.

The Excise Department said that complaints about persons who sell liquor illegally during that period can be made by the following numbers, 0112300660, 0112300170 and 0112300166. (SD)

  Comments - 21

  • TR Monday, 30 April 2012 12:31 PM

    In fact, closure means more sales on previous days, and this will be more than if it had opened on poya day. Anyway, motivation to not to drink on poya days should come from the persons heart, but not by the government enforcement.

    perera Wednesday, 02 May 2012 06:35 AM

    we will stock enough to last the period. no problem mr

    Ahinsaka Tuesday, 01 May 2012 06:50 AM

    Liquor sales will reach the highest point from now onward till 3rd may. Suggest a survey be carried out to prove this point.

    Drunkard Tuesday, 01 May 2012 05:17 AM

    They open,they close.Let them flourish!

    Gurunnasey Monday, 30 April 2012 07:09 PM

    Banning alcohol during extended holiday period has been effective in reducing a large number of accidents and violence. I remember once they banned alcohol for three days during the Sinhalese new year and there wasn't a single bad incident reported in that year. Although the motive is wrong, there is a good side of it as well.

    concerned Monday, 30 April 2012 06:32 PM

    perhaps the price increased over this time!

    Angered Dog 2 Monday, 30 April 2012 01:53 PM

    Lottery and bulath are traditions. Both are mild forms of addiction.

    Game Kolla Monday, 30 April 2012 01:15 PM

    Not only liquor shops but meat stalls are also closed with exception of fish stalls.

    ward Monday, 30 April 2012 12:37 PM

    so crazy... blackmarket gets richer.. ha ha

    Amused Monday, 30 April 2012 12:22 PM

    What about lotteries? Gambling is ok, I guess?

    bullshitbuster Monday, 30 April 2012 12:17 PM

    Drinking itself cannot be controlled practically.
    The ban on selling will definitely reduce consumption. So that is a useful measure.

    Kangaroo 2 Monday, 30 April 2012 10:52 AM

    This will increase liquor sales....

    buffaloa citizen Monday, 30 April 2012 12:08 PM

    From this action, it shows we are not a nation of Buddhists. Buddhism is exemplary practise of life, which means even if meat and alchohol are available, a true practicing buddhist will not venture to consume same. Such laws are not found in buddhist countries such as Burma or China.

    KD Monday, 30 April 2012 11:59 AM

    thanks for the advance notice!

    James Monday, 30 April 2012 11:33 AM

    Miracle of Asia!

    Nodrog Monday, 30 April 2012 11:58 AM

    Abstaining from liquor during this period should be voluntary for it to have any significance. Banning the sale is just a big boru show of our piety.

    Lucky Monday, 30 April 2012 11:18 AM

    We will see long queues in food cities, bars & meat shop, on 2nd & 3rd for sure!!! This is the reality....

    Kondebandapucheena Monday, 30 April 2012 11:00 AM

    Cool who wants to make few bucks quickly they will stock it and sell double.No use of closing Bars,,,,,,,Also Excise dept and Police have good time too,,,,

    Bigfoot Monday, 30 April 2012 10:50 AM

    Why, we need to have self respect and avoid alcohol during this period. This is like a primary or high school. Time for Sri Lanka to grow up.

    sahdi Monday, 30 April 2012 11:00 AM

    no problem before the date we can stock the stuffs.....ha..ha...

    kaputakukula Monday, 30 April 2012 10:39 AM

    Year after year we see the same action. I wonder what the real purpose is? The only reason I could imagine is, that these laws are just a propaganda to flash that we are a buddhist nation. Selling liquor or buying it would not harm buddhist principles BUT DRINKINIG LIQUOR would. Can the government impose a ban on drinking liquor????!!! U may say that "no selling, no drinking" but we all know what is the reality?

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