Lanka Briefly for 21/10/2019


  • Northern Tamil political parties in dilemma as no candidate has replied to their demands (The Island)
  • Economy tipped to perform better after polls (Daily FT)
  • Bullying and intimidation tactics outdated: Iran envoy (The Island)
  • VoA seeks Rs. 1.4 t for Govt. expenses (Daily FT)
  • Hakeem admits meeting Zahran in the wake of Hizbullah unleashing violence (The Island)
  • Gnanasara Thera faces fresh contempt of court charge (Sunday Observer)
  • Finance

  • Sri Lanka to sponsor WTM London (Sunday Observer)
  • Sri Lanka FIU to obtain direct access to INTERPOL information system (The Island)
  • Aitken Spence consistently ranked among Top 10 Most Respected Entities in Sri Lanka (Daily FT)
  • Central Bank FIU and Interpol to fight money laundering (Sunday Observer)
  • Chennai-Jaffna air services to commence from November 01 (The Island)
  • Siddhalepa’s International Ayurveda Symposium breaks new ground for medical tourism in Sri Lanka (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Fixing Lending Rates & Waiving Farmer Loans: Two Policies That Do Not Augur Well For Borrowers (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Presidential Election 2019: A cruel dilemma (Sunday Observer)
  • Trek to Presidency Hurdling via ‘Galle Face Pitiya’ and Elpitiya: Why Sajith did not heed to Ranil’s advice? (Daily Mirror)
  • A Spooky Past, Haunts A Hero (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Political polarisation: Diversity of candidates (Daily FT)
  • Election Fever, Puzzles, Expectations and Brass Tacks (Daily Mirror)
  • World

  • In Brazil photographer Sebastiao Salgado finds hope in reforestation (Deutsche Welle)
  • SDF fighters evacuate from besieged Syrian town of Ras al-Ain (Al Jazeera English)
  • Deadly Bangladesh riot over Facebook post about Islam (Deutsche Welle)
  • Russia arrests 3 over gold mine dam collapse (Deutsche Welle)
  • Greens surge in Swiss general election (BBC News)
  • Hong Kong protesters rally in defiance of police ban (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • A monster rally for climate change, but divergent goals hinder the fight (The Conversation)
  • Land management practices to reduce nitrogen load may be affected by climate changes (Science Daily)
  • Semi-naked activists protest against National Portrait Gallery’s links to BP (The Guardian)
  • UK urges World Bank to channel more money into tackling climate crisis (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Wales v France player ratings: Justin Tipuric the pick of quarter-final thriller (The Guardian)
  • The Hundred – full list of squads (BBC Sport)
  • Watch: The Hundred Draft – world’s best cricketers up for grabs (BBC Sport)
  • A super Saturday for England rugby, The Posh and Brexit | Brief letters (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Antibiotics Are Getting into Everything (Jstor)
  • How to Control the Privacy of Your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat Posts (Wired)
  • Rare, Centuries-Old Korean Buddhist Masterpiece Goes on View (Smithsonian)
  • The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks (Wired)
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    Straya Briefly for 21/10/2019


  • Johnson insists Brexit will go ahead despite sending mixed signals to EU (ABC)
  • ‘Right to know’ campaign not just for journalists (SMH)
  • Labor to grill Coalition on delays and underspending on key infrastructure projects (The Guardian)
  • Home affairs officials left scrambling over $7m strategic review that didn’t exist (The Guardian)
  • Queensland police gave serving officer permission to run rightwing gun blog (The Guardian)
  • Gunfight between Indian and Pakistan forces kills nine in Kashmir (ABC)
  • Finance

  • Everlasting flower duo nails the ‘perfect’ native wildflower crop from a simple gift (ABC)
  • Labor to grill Coalition on delays and underspending on key infrastructure projects (The Guardian)
  • Scott Morrison’s surplus obsession is hurting the economy (SMH)
  • Fears mount that defamation laws are being unleashed on booksellers (SMH)
  • World’s longest commercial flight successfully touches down at Sydney Airport (ABC)
  • Nazi-era bunker designed to accommodate 18,000 people during air raids to be converted into luxury hotel (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • The thin line between fake and fact (Pursuit)
  • It’s not hard to see who benefits from Trump’s disasters in Syria and Ukraine (ABC)
  • ‘Canberra needs a change’: Liberals channel Whitlam in bid to overturn two decades of history (ABC)
  • Wallabies’ failed Rugby World Cup campaign signals time for regeneration (ABC)
  • Markets take ‘possible’ fixes as a reason to buy risk, but should they be so confident? (ABC)
  • Lavish TAFE fee cuts expose Mark McGowan’s bigger plan to win the next election (ABC)
  • World

  • In Brazil photographer Sebastiao Salgado finds hope in reforestation (Deutsche Welle)
  • SDF fighters evacuate from besieged Syrian town of Ras al-Ain (Al Jazeera English)
  • Deadly Bangladesh riot over Facebook post about Islam (Deutsche Welle)
  • Russia arrests 3 over gold mine dam collapse (Deutsche Welle)
  • Greens surge in Swiss general election (BBC News)
  • Hong Kong protesters rally in defiance of police ban (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • A monster rally for climate change, but divergent goals hinder the fight (The Conversation)
  • Land management practices to reduce nitrogen load may be affected by climate changes (Science Daily)
  • Semi-naked activists protest against National Portrait Gallery’s links to BP (The Guardian)
  • UK urges World Bank to channel more money into tackling climate crisis (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Wales v France player ratings: Justin Tipuric the pick of quarter-final thriller (The Guardian)
  • The Hundred – full list of squads (BBC Sport)
  • Watch: The Hundred Draft – world’s best cricketers up for grabs (BBC Sport)
  • A super Saturday for England rugby, The Posh and Brexit | Brief letters (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Antibiotics Are Getting into Everything (Jstor)
  • How to Control the Privacy of Your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat Posts (Wired)
  • Rare, Centuries-Old Korean Buddhist Masterpiece Goes on View (Smithsonian)
  • The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks (Wired)
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    Climate Briefly for 20/10/2019


    The latest atmospheric Co2 concentration at the Mauna Loa Observatory is 408.78ppm.

    This is an increase of 54.8ppm since 1990.

  • An Alaska youth climate change lawsuit has reached the state’s top court (Arctic Today)
  • Our Food Systems Are in Crisis (Scientific American)
  • Pope affirms Catholic Church’s duty to indigenous Amazonians hurt by climate change (The Conversation)
  • New Satellite Imagery Shows Rapid Pace of Andean Glacier Melt (Glacier Hub)
  • In fire-prone California, many residents can’t afford wildfire insurance (The Conversation)
  • A Two-Century-Long Advance Reversed by Climate Change (Glacier Hub)
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