• Gotabaya promises to make a safe country for women (The Island)
  • Monk begins fast against MCC pact (The Island)
  • Sajith’s supporters pledge revolutionary change (Daily FT)
  • Over 50% of South Asian youth not on track to have education and skills necessary for employment (The Island)
  • Cabinet nod to 15% maximum shareholding in banks (Daily FT)
  • Govt now says MCC agreement will not be signed till poll is over (The Island)
  • Finance

  • Stock trading in JKH amounts to 79% of total turnover (The Island)
  • Past Chairman of EFC moots an “aggressively competitive” private sector (Daily FT)
  • ‘Shaping your Promise’ to explore role of channels and supply management (Daily FT)
  • Central Bank publishes ‘Recent Economic Developments’ (The Island)
  • Inadvertent error in Abans Group news story (The Island)
  • National economy to grow 3.5% in 2020: Central Bank (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Reviving the construction industry: A proposal to the future President (Daily FT)
  • Winning Elections In An Ethnically & Religiously Polarised Polity (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Election promises and options A development flavoured with good or bad Which would voters prefer? (Daily Mirror)
  • Premadasa manifesto – Is it better than Gotabaya’s? (Daily FT)
  • The Coming Duumvirate & Economic Challenge (Colombo Telegraph)
  • #PresPollSL social media monitoring It’s a lot of talk, a lot of it, a little action here and there (Daily Mirror)

  • Today’s Lanka news cloud

    World

  • Refugee anger boiling over in South Africa (Deutsche Welle)
  • ‘Goodness and humour’: Generations of viewers to celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th birthday (ABC)
  • South Asia is facing an ’employment crisis’: UNICEF chief (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate emergency ‘clear and unequivocal’ (BBC News)
  • UK lowers terror threat level to ‘substantial’ (Deutsche Welle)
  • Turkey demands Germany take back 20 captured ‘Islamic State’ members (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • A plan to fix Britain’s broken democracy | Letter (The Guardian)
  • Environment minister Ley flags softening rules in another move to protect coal (Renew Economy)
  • The bold and controversial plan to save the mountain pygmy possum from extinction (ABC)
  • Alion Energy solar tracker scores first deal for “difficult” solar farm locations (Renew Economy)
  • Sport

  • Heather O’Reilly reflects on superb career featuring 231 USA caps & three Olympic golds (BBC Sport)
  • ‘We performed desperately’: fans review the Rugby World Cup (The Guardian)
  • Rugby World Cup 2019: Guardian writers’ teams of the tournament (The Guardian)
  • Cleveland Browns release Jermaine Whitehead after Twitter tirade (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • How Native Americans Came to Fight Southwestern Fires (Jstor)
  • One Bitcoin “whale” may have fueled the currency’s price spike in 2017 (MIT Tech Review)
  • Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame (MIT Tech Review)
  • Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble (Wired)
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