• Lending rate caps will give economic tailwind in March: CB (Daily FT)
  • 32 new shops, costing Rs. 20 mn handed over to victims (The Island)
  • Sampanthan takes up Mullaitivu dispute, calls for action (The Island)
  • SLFP to support GR (Daily FT)
  • FNO alleges all leading contestants silent on real challenges (The Island)
  • Altair infuses $ 25 m via syndicated loan (Daily FT)
  • The SLFP is in deep crisis (Republic Next)
  • Policy rates likely to be held steady: First Capital (Daily FT)
  • Finance

  • Managing Director of BMW Group Asia visits Sri Lanka (The Island)
  • Dankotuwa Porcelain receives Gold at NCE Export Awards 2019 (Daily FT)
  • Royal Fernwood Porcelain seals Silver at NCE Export Awards 2019 (Daily FT)
  • Sri Lanka says intellectual property vital for socio-economic advancement (Daily FT)
  • John Keells Holdings ranked as Sri Lanka’s Most Respected Entity for record 14th year (Daily FT)
  • Emirates A380 touches down in Cairo (The Island)
  • CSE and SEC ring the bell for financial literacy (The Island)
  • MTD Walkers PLC receives enjoining order from Commercial High Courts (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Sajith has an unfinished job to finish (Daily Mirror)
  • Sajit Premadasa Has An Unfinished Job To Finish (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Social media: A big concern in runup to #PresPollSL (Daily Mirror)
  • The State To Come! (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Presidential Elections: Tamils’ Choice – A Deadly Dilemma! (Colombo Telegraph)
  • QUESTIONS AWAITING ANSWERS… (Daily Mirror)
  • All presidential candidates must commit to declaring 2020 a Year of Tolerance (Daily FT)
  • UK Garbage (Daily Mirror)
  • World

  • EU’s Tusk tells Johnson to stop playing ‘stupid blame game’ on Brexit (France 24)
  • US Supreme Court hears major LGBT rights cases (BBC News)
  • WH blocks ambassador’s impeachment testimony; Dems vow subpoena (Al Jazeera English)
  • Can sex education defuse Pakistan’s population crisis? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Macron pays tribute to officers killed in knife attack at Paris police headquarters (France 24)
  • South Park creators offer mocking ‘apology’ after episode ban (ABC News)
  • Opinion: The Kurds lose out again (Deutsche Welle)
  • Bougainville’s 20-year journey to likely independence could lead to ‘crisis’ in Pacific (ABC News)
  • Climate

  • New study finds potential $71 billion stranded asset problem for coal in Japan (IEEFA)
  • Climate Change Protests: With Fake Blood, Extinction Rebellion Hits N.Y. (The New York Times)
  • Extinction Rebellion protesters might be annoying. But they have a point (The Conversation)
  • U.S. gas group predicts record production, demand for the coming winter (IEEFA)
  • Sports

  • Matt To’omua handed World Cup chance as Wallabies ring changes again (The Guardian)
  • Celtic: Uefa charges over fireworks allegedly set off at Europa League tie (BBC Sport)
  • Can top-ranked Pakistan avoid whitewash against second-string Sri Lanka? (Cricinfo)
  • Simone Biles wins record 21st World Gymnastics Championships medal (BBC Sport)
  • Rugby World Cup: England wing Joe Cokanasiga – from dancer to main event (BBC Sport)
  • Watch Belarus v Wales followed by Portugal v England (BBC Sport)
  • Taller players more exposed to high shot penalties at World Cup, says David Pocock (The Guardian)
  • Shanghai Masters: Andy Murray pushes Fabio Fognini before losing tetchy battle (BBC Sport)

  • Further reading

  • Are you really addicted to your phone? (Aeon)
  • Orphans and their quests (Aeon)
  • Xenophobic one minute, tolerant the next: humans are strange primates (Aeon)
  • The Nobel Prize in physics has gone to the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a star (MIT Tech Review)
  • An African Queen, Alien Signals, and Poison Eating (Jstor)
  • The 19th-Century Charts That Put the World’s Waterfalls on One Impossible Landscape (Atlas Obscura)
  • Home of Thomas Hobbes in Malmesbury, England (Atlas Obscura)
  • The US just blacklisted 8 Chinese AI firms. It could be what China’s AI industry needs. (MIT Tech Review)
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