The police say there is no ban on staging peaceful protests or demonstrations in Jaffna.Jaffna Superintendent of Police (SP) Sri Kuganesan said that protests can be staged in Jaffna like in any other part of the country. Meanwhile the newspaper said that the police was informed about a growing trend in Jaffna where black paint or road tar is splashed on houses of individuals. However he said that based on the protest and the extent it goes some restrictions may be imposed by the police to ensure it is violence free, the Uthayan newspaper reported. Recently road tar was splashed on the house of a person who staged a protest in Jaffna while similarly tar was also splashed on the house of a doctor.However Sri Kuganesan has said that the police is unaware of such incidents and if the perpetrators are identified then appropriate action will be taken against them.
A Picasso artwork has sold for nearly £50 million – the highest auction price for any painting ever sold in Europe in pounds.The artist’s portrait of Marie-Therese Walter, known as his “golden muse”, sold for £49.8 million at Sotheby’s London on Wednesday evening.The 1937 painting has never been sold on the market before, having previously been part of a private collection.Femme au beret et a la robe quadrillee was painted in the same year as the artist’s famous Guernica.Thomas Bompard, head of Sotheby’s London impressionist and modern art evening sales, called the oil on canvas work “one of the greatest portraits by Picasso to appear on the market in recent years.” He said: “Of all of the artist’s styles and decades, this is the one that most epitomises the legacy of Picasso as a portraitist of women – with this particular painting encompassing all of the key elements for which he is recognised and celebrated.”The painting sold for the second highest price in pounds in Europe is Rubens’ The Massacre of the Innocents, which sold for £49.5 million in 2002. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.