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All liquor shops in the country will be closed tomorrow in lieu of Christmas, the Government Information department said.

The Commissioner of the Excise Department said that all bars, restaurants, hotels and other liquor selling outlets have been ordered to close their respective outlets on December 25.

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  • HEWA Monday, 24 December 2012 04:25 PM

    mewata thamai kiyanna ona "BABA UKKUNG " katha kiyala!

    CEEDEEBEE Wednesday, 26 December 2012 01:59 AM

    Sorry Mate, I must correct you, not all shops are closed on Christmas Day, and those that are open and have a liquor licence can sell their drinks. Also the shops that are open are normally owned by Non-Christians, as most people in the Western world respect peoples right of cjoice. Besides why bring the Western World into this debate

    Damma Deepa Tuesday, 25 December 2012 11:22 PM

    " President you and your Brothers even can make the Christmas day on a Full Moon Poya day? Go ahead like you tapped the Supreme Court Door ?

    lankalion Tuesday, 25 December 2012 08:22 PM

    to prohibit the sale of alcohol on christmas day is an insult to christians! Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine - and not just a bottle of wine but barrels of it! Had he lived in Sri Lanka today, he would have been thrown straight into jail! Wine is served in church during mass as the blood of Christ! This is a ridiculous new thing by this psycho maniac government run by a carnival of clowns (in the words of late Anura Bandarainake)!

    Alcoholic Tuesday, 25 December 2012 08:23 PM

    I bought a dozen bottles of boose on 24th.

    Bobo Tuesday, 25 December 2012 11:34 AM

    In the 1920s the United States attempted to prohibit, by amendment to the constitution, all sale, manufacture and transport of alcoholic drinks. You know what happened? Criminals came in, organized in large competing gangs that then led to murder upon murder--in short, Prohibition created more problems than it solved, and the constitution eventually was changed again.

    Thambapanni Kuveni Tuesday, 25 December 2012 07:33 AM

    To all the religious bigots who ban certain commodities before major festivities! Please note that Christians (and other fun loving people) don't have the time to do shopping on the Christmas day as they have already done their shopping by the 24th. Even in the western world all shops are closed on the Christmas day. The moral of the story is, in the democratic world alcohol is not available because, people are at home enjoying the drink. In Sri Lanka on the other hand, a significant portion of the society are sick people and their views are bigoted. They never enjoy any of the days due to this sickness and therefore take certain decisions with sick motives; but most Sri Lankans are cool. Merry Christmas!

    Anura Tuesday, 25 December 2012 12:00 AM

    Ayyosalli.... the stocks are ready a week ago.. via DM Android App

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 24 December 2012 05:50 PM

    No problem, those who want to celebrate have already stocked their requirements. In case one runs out, there is always Kasippu. Whatever it is, most will be in "high spirits".

    Angel Monday, 24 December 2012 04:59 PM

    Why close on Poya and x'mas days only? If it is not good, shouldn't they be closed permenantly or if not kept open every day. What a joke!

    PRASANNAJIT Monday, 24 December 2012 11:35 AM

    Hey, this is not Wesak.

    N. Bandara Monday, 24 December 2012 03:21 PM

    What! X'mas without wine! Whose stupid idea???

    prassu Monday, 24 December 2012 02:07 PM

    One of the days for joy and happiness in Christianity and shackles are imposed . No where in Chrisitianity has it been said alcohol is prohibited on Christmas day except in Sri Lanka. Nowhere in the world has religion been over elaborated than in this nation of ours. What our leaders should understand is it is just going to make things worse than better. People who cant afford a cigarette our moving on to beedi and narcotics which is cheaper and harmful. People who cant afford alcohol are moving on to kassipu,toddy and cough medicine. With a higher crackdown on prostitution there is an increase of child abuse,rapes and murders. We are all going backward in history than forward. Good Luck Sri Lanka

    Bobo Monday, 24 December 2012 01:43 PM

    I would like to repeat: "in lieu of" is totally wrong.

    Percy Sangli Ranwaka Monday, 24 December 2012 12:39 PM

    Christmas without booze?
    MR is a joker like Andare, rules like Kekille, and lucky as Yasalalaka Tissa.

    Kiwi Monday, 24 December 2012 12:24 PM

    What is the rational behind the move? Prevent and/or discourage people boozing on Christmas day? Well, the boozers stock up before and booze as they wish on THE day. So what' is gained by the ban?????

    Ranil Monday, 24 December 2012 12:07 PM

    So our party supporters can sell thier illicit stuff

    ANTON Monday, 24 December 2012 11:56 AM

    NO PROBLEM, WE CAN CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH KASIPPU.

    dave Monday, 24 December 2012 11:39 AM

    No need
    Fully stocked.
    One of the day in the year highest alcohol consume
    Let the unlucky people to enjoy their life.


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