• President GR: 13A cannot be fully implemented against wishes of majority (The Island)
  • No room for political vendettas in state media – Lakshman Yapa (Republic Next)
  • Stimulus should not undermine debt sustainability: CB Chief (Daily FT)
  • New Tourism Minister assures revival with thrust sector move; new incentives (Daily FT)
  • Parliament to be prorogued today (Daily FT)
  • Inclement weather leaves 5 dead, affects 4,000 (The Island)
  • Finance

  • India offers USD 400mn credit line (Republic Next)
  • People’s Bank drives digitalisation with 300th digital branch (The Island)
  • Aitken Spence: The Best Corporate Citizen of 2019 (Daily FT)
  • Singhagiri presents highly-demanded Hisense technology (Daily FT)
  • SLCSMI is hopeful of a better future for MSMEs (Daily FT)
  • Revoking of the suspension of business of NatWealth securities (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • The Role Of Applied Statisticians In A Digitalised World (Colombo Telegraph)
  • The role of applied statisticians in a digitalised world (Daily FT)
  • Test team selection to Pakistan (The Island)
  • Dengue breeding ground in Dehiwela (The Island)
  • SL’s Regional Affairs with India: New Chapter for Gotabaya Rajapaksa (Daily Mirror)
  • Do Sri Lankan leaders have courage to implement $ 5 b deal to kick start our economy? (Daily FT)

  • Today’s Lanka news cloud

    World

  • World AIDS Day: Kenya battles rampant HIV, with 8,000 children infected in 2018 (France 24)
  • Amazon under fire over Auschwitz ‘Christmas ornaments’ (Deutsche Welle)
  • Iraq parliament approves PM Abdul Mahdi’s resignation as thousands mourn fallen protesters (France 24)
  • Protests grip Malta as PM defies calls to quit (BBC News)
  • Mexico gunfight near Texas border leaves over a dozen dead (Deutsche Welle)
  • Second London Bridge victim named as Saskia Jones (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Students become school boiler-room sleuths to assess climate change risks (The Conversation)
  • Scientist’s theory of climate’s Titanic moment the ‘tip of a mathematical iceberg’ (The Guardian)
  • John Kerry launches coalition to fight climate crisis: ‘We are way behind’ (The Guardian)
  • Tories, Labour and Lib Dems ‘have no plan for tackling transport emissions’ (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Pakistan face innings defeat despite Yasir Shah’s century (Cricinfo)
  • Pablo Larrazabal wins Alfred Dunhill despite final day scare (BBC Sport)
  • Stephen Myler grabs last-gasp draw for 14-man London Irish at Bristol (The Guardian)
  • Dombrandt seals Harlequins win as Twelvetrees misses Gloucester penalty (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • The Life and Times of Franz Boas (Jstor)
  • I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here’s Why You Should Too (Wired)
  • Smart Toilets: The Jetpack of the Bathroom (Jstor)
  • If Only 19th-Century America Had Listened to a Woman Scientist – Issue 78: Atmospheres (Nautilus)
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