Lanka Briefly for 22/10/2019


  • President renews his vow to hang before leaving office (The Island)
  • Fresh Govt. procurement guidelines to Cabinet shortly (Daily FT)
  • Prez to attend Japanese emperor’s enthronement ceremony (Daily Mirror)
  • Mahinda rejects TNA conditions (The Island)
  • Will usher in ‘unprecedented’ administrative change: Sajith (Daily Mirror)
  • FATF delists SL from Grey List: CB (Daily FT)
  • Finance

  • AKD proposes comprehensive plan to reduce poverty (Republic Next)
  • Institutional investors’ interest in CSE higher (The Island)
  • Future of Business innovation strategy and learning event tomorrow (Daily FT)
  • SL Commissioner General for Expo 2020 Dubai meets UAE Ambassador to review Expo progress (Daily FT)
  • Vote on Account for first four months of 2020 (The Island)
  • Policy-oriented banking for industrial development (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Sri Lanka Economic Acceleration Framework 2020-25 Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s key recommendations on power and energy (Daily FT)
  • More Talk with Poor Actions (The Island)
  • STATESMEN AND POLITICIANS (Daily Mirror)
  • Visakha and Ayodhya (Daily Mirror)
  • An efficient energy sector for economic growth (Daily FT)
  • Genetically modified foods safer and better (The Island)
  • World

  • Israel’s Netanyahu gives up mandate to form government (Deutsche Welle)
  • What’s behind wealthy Chile’s deadly protests? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Israel’s Netanyahu says he can’t form a government (BBC News)
  • African women earn more than male migrants in Europe: UN study (Deutsche Welle)
  • US mulls leaving some troops in northeast Syria to guard oil (Al Jazeera English)
  • Botswana’s 2019 election: A baptism of fire for democracy (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Large-scale afforestation of African savannas will destroy valuable ecosystems (Science Daily)
  • To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II (The Conversation)
  • Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted (Science Daily)
  • IEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Women’s Ballon d’Or: Lucy Bronze and Ellen White shortlisted for award (BBC Sport)
  • Ballon d’Or: Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane on shortlist for award (BBC Sport)
  • Warren Gatland urges Wales to seize their chance of Rugby World Cup glory (The Guardian)
  • Rugby World Cup: Wales add Owen Lane to squad as Josh Navidi ruled out (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Madagascar: a treasured island (Aeon)
  • A New Gene Editing Tool Could Make CRISPR More Precise (Smithsonian)
  • Houses of horror (Aeon)
  • Acting changes the brain: it’s how actors get lost in a role (Aeon)
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    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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    Lanka Briefly for 20/10/2019


  • Special security for four presidential candidates (Republic Next)
  • Do not park vehicles without anyone inside: Police (Daily Mirror)
  • Next president urged to give priority to human rights (The Island)
  • FIU signs agreement with INTERPOL National Central Bureau for Sri Lanka (Daily FT)
  • Over 659,000 postal ballot papers given for distribution (Daily FT)
  • Rumours cause panic in Mattakkuliya, Gampaha (Daily Mirror)
  • Finance

  • SL Retailers’ Association joins Federation of Asia Pacific Retailers Association (Daily FT)
  • German -Sri Lankan Business Council to boost SL exports (The Island)
  • OPPO launches new Reno2 F in Sri Lanka (The Island)
  • SriLankan Airlines builds intensity in its Melbourne Marathon Festival (The Island)
  • Pathfinder Foundation in collaboration with the Iranian embassy celebrates Hafez Day (The Island)
  • AIA Insurance payment, now easier than ever before (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Worldwide corruption cost is US$2.6 trillion or Rs.473 trillion (Daily Mirror)
  • Sri Lanka’s Monster Politician (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Gotabaya would be a nightmare for Tamils and Muslims (Daily FT)
  • Ministry of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET): A nation rich in human capital (Daily FT)
  • Candidates’ religion (The Island)
  • TNA keeps presidential candidates in a spot (Daily Mirror)
  • World

  • Mysterious crates washing up on Brazil’s oil-stained beaches (Deutsche Welle)
  • Egypt boasts biggest ancient mummy find in over a century (Deutsche Welle)
  • Morocco: Journalist’s pardon for ‘abortion’ reflects societal split (Deutsche Welle)
  • British MPs approve delay to Brexit deal decision (Deutsche Welle)
  • Lebanon reforms ‘must start from politicians’ bank accounts’ (Al Jazeera English)
  • Spain dismisses call for Catalan talks amid violent protests (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Guardian climate pledge 2019: ‘With air travel, it’s best to take a flexitarian approach’ (The Guardian)
  • ‘Older generations can’t understand’: XR Youth on being heard (The Guardian)
  • India planning 1GW floating solar project in Madhya Pradesh (IEEFA)
  • At the ballot box, cast a vote for climate change innovation and investment (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • European Open: Andy Murray beats Ugo Humbert to set up Stan Wawrinka final (BBC Sport)
  • Haringey Borough v Yeovil Town: FA Cup tie abandoned after reports of racial abuse (BBC Sport)
  • ‘Some big men are in tears’: Rory Best rues Ireland’s World Cup failings (The Guardian)
  • Almighty All Blacks lay waste to the side that inspired their rebuild | Liam Napier (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Following Haajar’s Footsteps to a Feminist Reading of Islam (Jstor)
  • Zuckerberg’s Warped History Lesson and the Age of Incoherence (Wired)
  • The Tragic Story of America’s First Black Music Star (Smithsonian)
  • National Zoo Says Bye Bye to Bei Bei (Smithsonian)
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    Lanka Briefly for 19/10/2019


  • IMF downgrades SL 2019 growth to 2.7% (Daily FT)
  • Four arrested with Rs. 400mn worth heroin in Divulapitiya (Daily Mirror)
  • Army Commander distances himself from controversial ad (Daily FT)
  • Slimmer delegation represents Sri Lanka sans political baggage; Big saving on foreign exchange (The Island)
  • Rs 1.82 billion drug busts in two days all originating from same den (The Island)
  • 851 election law violations reported so far – EC (Daily Mirror)
  • Finance

  • Dialog share price hike boosts bourse (The Island)
  • Gotabaya’s VAT reduction will be disastrous – Mangala (Republic Next)
  • K Zone Ja-Ela and Moratuwa announce winners of malls’ most extravagant cash bonanza (Daily FT)
  • COYLE holds workshop on ‘Entrepreneur Development’ in Jaffna (Daily FT)
  • Hans Wijayasuriya urges ‘top of the pyramid’ to help create ‘inclusive capitalism’ (The Island)
  • Jaffna International Airport opens (Republic Next)
  • Opinion

  • UNHRC resolution crucial to genuine reconciliation: Mangala (Daily FT)
  • How We Came To This Pass – V (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Can presidential candidates solve country’s financial mess? (Daily FT)
  • Power, Wealth & Status Without Morality: A Modern Curse (Colombo Telegraph)
  • ‘Gotaphobia’ – Who’s afraid of Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa? (Daily Mirror)
  • The Politics of Tragedy and the Tragedy of Politics (Daily Mirror)
  • World

  • EU sets out plans for budget climate (Deutsche Welle)
  • DW News Africa with Christine Mhundwa 18 October 2019 (Deutsche Welle)
  • Becoming mother has been ‘struggle’, says Meghan (BBC News)
  • No better outcome than my deal, Johnson says (BBC News)
  • Hong Kong protesters defy face mask ban — with humor (Deutsche Welle)
  • Space walking into ‘her-story’ (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Climate: Uncertainty in scientific predictions can help and harm credibility (Science Daily)
  • Analysts see big job cuts on horizon for U.S. coal mining sector as demand continues downward (IEEFA)
  • Spanish solar installations expected to total 12.5GW over next five years (IEEFA)
  • Extinction Rebellion’s right to protest must be respected | Letters (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • England v Australia: Michael Hooper braced for breakdown battle (BBC Sport)
  • No quarter given: World Cup comes to life as the knockout stage begins | Andy Bull (The Guardian)
  • Problem of plenty for Sri Lanka’s selectors as team sets off for Australia (Cricinfo)
  • Rugby World Cup 2019: five things to look out for in the knockout stage (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Neurosymphony (Aeon)
  • Is there anything we can do to tackle space debris? (MIT Tech Review)
  • Living with ADHD: how I learned to make distraction work for me (Aeon)
  • The Offensive Joke Trap (Jstor)
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