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Sri Lanka probes 'dog' translation slur on public signs

Published on Feb 14, 2014 7:30 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's government said on Friday it is probing incorrect and insulting translations of signs into the minority Tamil language, including one that says seats "reserved for pregnant dogs" instead of women.

The government said they have received 218 complaints of misleading, wrong or offensive public notices that were correctly written in the Sinhala language of Sri Lanka's majority but wrongly translated into Tamil.

"We have probed 91 out of the 218 complaints and ordered corrections," a ministry of national languages and integration ministry spokesman told AFP.

"Offenders have been given two weeks to correct or face legal action," spokesman Mahendra Harishchandra said.

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