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Opening hours of bars in hotels and liquor shops should be extended in order to create a night economy in Sri Lanka, MP Diana Gamage proposed in Parliament today.

“Bars in hotels are usually closed at 11 p.m. but I propose that they should be allowed to remain open till 1 a.m. every day while liquor shops which are closed at 9 p.m. should be allowed to remain open till 10 p.m every day. Such moves will help Sri Lanka to embrace a night economy,” the MP said.

“A night economy is essential for a country such as Sri Lanka which is a paradise island. Many developed nations have become what they are today by introducing a night economy. A night economy helps a nation to earn more foreign currency,” she added.

The MP also suggested the growing of cannabis as a medicinal plant should be undertaken. “It was the British Government which banned the growing of cannabis in the 19th century. It is high time to change those ancient laws,” she said.

"It will be possible to earn an export revenue around $ 70 billion in few years time," she said.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

 

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  • being human Tuesday, 20 April 2021 07:15 PM

    I believe to get killed by covid..! Where as our neighboring countries have switched on to curfew mode from 10pm to 6am..!

    Lolo Tuesday, 20 April 2021 07:16 PM

    Giving more hard work for forces and police force. Creating more accidents and killing.

    Empowered Woman Tuesday, 20 April 2021 07:40 PM

    Why have we not elected her as the president? She probably wants a quick drink early morning and late at night!!!

    mahin Tuesday, 20 April 2021 07:42 PM

    This Lady betrayed party and people who voted. Now trying to destroy the Country

    Mohanan Tuesday, 20 April 2021 07:43 PM

    Earning money by promoting bars and night clubs is against the values of our society.

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 20 April 2021 07:47 PM

    This person has no clue about the economy or the well being of the people. What a incompetent people we have to govern the country

    Rama Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:19 PM

    What a mind. Does she know the harm that's done to our productivity and the families by the alcohol addiction? Night economy is good for senseless people to spend their time with like-minded women. Oh! Brutus noooo Antonio!

    Bernard Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:21 PM

    You should be appointed the Hon'ble Minister of Liquor to achieve the Vistas of Prosperity in a few years time.

    Charles Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:29 PM

    Everything followed in other countries Will not be applicable in Sri Lanka. One man's meat is another man's position.

    GGT Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:33 AM

    Good!!! then NIGHT ECONOMY will knock-up your door more often.

    Ranaweera Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:43 AM

    She appears to be night hawker.

    Ranaweera Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:50 AM

    Money money money, oh my god , lady born again or what?

    Moiez Mohamed Wednesday, 21 April 2021 01:52 AM

    Bloody bitch what night economy, why not open brothel place in the night to dawn then the government will get more economy, do you know what's the reaction when bars and night clubs remain open late night, people will still drink and sleep on the roads without going to their homes, bring some other useful subjects. Better You go and dance in night clubs and earn night economy.

    Saranga Wednesday, 21 April 2021 02:21 AM

    This is normal elsewhere in the world

    Malli Wednesday, 21 April 2021 02:32 AM

    Australia

    Bar None Wednesday, 21 April 2021 03:16 AM

    A fly by night idea.

    Hemantha Vithanage Wednesday, 21 April 2021 03:48 AM

    Who wants care about a stupid statement made by a stupid person.

    Andrew Silva Wednesday, 21 April 2021 05:03 AM

    Looks like Diana likes a drink or was she intoxicated already when speaking in parliament.

    Chamika Wednesday, 21 April 2021 05:17 AM

    Did someone call her a Lady?

    lion Wednesday, 21 April 2021 05:35 AM

    Good, with the proposal to cultivate Marijuna,and opening bars till late hours you have missed an important point of making a voice to legalize the prostitution too.

    Shanmugalingam Shrikharan Wednesday, 21 April 2021 05:37 AM

    What about brothels to increase the night economy. She too can take part as a service provider.

    Lady in Red Wednesday, 21 April 2021 06:22 AM

    Cheers, hik!

    Kadiya Wednesday, 21 April 2021 06:23 AM

    'Heres to you, Baby'

    Silva Wednesday, 21 April 2021 06:24 AM

    Encouraging night life while destroying family life. Pathatic!!!

    CA Wednesday, 21 April 2021 06:35 AM

    Nice idea! I like the cannabis plantation idea! Seriously, it is a very profitable export! Look at other countries that's already doing it!

    Spartacus Wednesday, 21 April 2021 06:42 AM

    Proving that she is a true Sinhalese Buddhist.

    Colin Wednesday, 21 April 2021 07:15 AM

    She should have added licensed brothels,strip joints on top of alcohol to complete the list as they go hand in glove.Today how many ladies suffer in license facing abuse from husbands who come home late in the night after several shots in the bars. This MP being a woman should call for the shutting down of bars in support of those poor ladies who undergo misery in this respect, but instead she calls for longer hours of binge drinking. It's sad to see how as a nation we are going down a slippery slope with drunken driving being attributed as a major cause for road accidents sniffing out many innocent lives. When a bus driver is under the influence of liquor as many cases have shown they risk the lives of dozens of passengers

    Priyanee Wijesekera Wednesday, 21 April 2021 07:17 AM

    This brainless female will next propose that bribery and corruption should be legalised so that people can earn more money.

    Charles Jansz Wednesday, 21 April 2021 07:39 AM

    Maybe another misquote from Shakespeare would have added value of laughter at least !!

    Somapala Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:28 AM

    Looks like Diana wish to get drunk and have an orgy every night with swingers.

    mp Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:37 AM

    Do you know the main reason for road accidents is alcohol consumption?

    Sokrates Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:44 AM

    After the pandemic will come to an end there must be changes. In Berlin - the German capital - bars and pubs can be open 24 hours 365 days/year in normal times.

    H E Perera Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:53 AM

    Just come out of the well you idiot frogs. What she says is right.

    samson Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:54 AM

    What she proposes happens elsewhere in the world. I am not sure whether it is a way the govt should earn. She may come up with a proposal to ban corruption, how?

    Ravi Wednesday, 21 April 2021 09:29 AM

    Thank god that she joined the elite grope of 6.9 million and representing the government.

    mp Wednesday, 21 April 2021 09:33 AM

    She has also proposed for cultivation of cannabis too. Why not propose to promote the world's oldest profession, to make easy money.?

    mahin Wednesday, 21 April 2021 09:49 AM

    This Lady next will promote prostitution to earn foreign money.

    German Wednesday, 21 April 2021 09:57 AM

    mp: when you legalise prostitution, the prostituees will be more proctected. You can not ban prostitution by sleeping it illegal

    fart brutus gamage Wednesday, 21 April 2021 10:16 AM

    true!!! even Shakespear scripted his materpieces after midnight !! .. are you his re-born Anne Hathaway??? night economy...huh..පට්ට වේසි...change the country's religion first you bitch.

    Booser Derick Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:26 AM

    Madam we know that you booze till 1.00 a.m. daily.

    Dimuth Ratnayake Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:28 AM

    No problem, but please save all Politicians and their children and prevent them from accidents specially.

    Prof. K.R. Herath Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:30 AM

    May be you will be elected as the next President, provided you live, please reduce your consumption of liquor and try to save your life to live for some more years.

    Liberal Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:38 AM

    The uneducated fools don't like the change. Her proposals needed if Sri Lanka wants to attract young tourists. Everything is viewed in Sri Lanka through conservative religious minds. It's time we embrace modern world and move on with the changes.

    Quinton Suraweera Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:42 AM

    May be while talking you are party intoxicated. Correct?

    ahaliyagoda Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:55 PM

    no surprice. she is a prostitute. a hooker


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