Lanka Briefly for 12/10/19

  • CB keeps policy rates unchanged (Daily FT)
  • Stocks hit 5-week high; foreigners exit (Daily FT)
  • Cabinet approves issue of new lottery to benefit children (Daily FT)
  • JVP says people should vote for their real McCoy and not old wines in new bottles (The Island)
  • Elpitiya polling underway results expected around 10 pm (Republic Next)
  • Elections Chief assures security for Sivajilingam following death threats (The Island)
  • Sajith offers a populist agenda at inaugural rally (Republic Next)
  • U.S. Government Dairy Project to help Lanka (The Island)
  • Finance

  • Sirio recognised at Presidential Export Awards 2018/19 (Daily FT)
  • Canadian dream comes to Sri Lanka (Daily FT)
  • EU support for good governance and reconciliation (Daily FT)
  • Vigilant Security partners Safeway System China to introduce superior baggage scanning solutions (Daily FT)
  • 447 Luna Tower celebrates topping up of tower on schedule (The Island)
  • CSE turnover hits four week high with Rs. 1.13 bn (The Island)
  • PBSS clinches CNCI Gold Award (Daily FT)
  • Ceylinco Life wins 2 Gold & 2 Bronze at IASL’s Life Insurance Industry Awards (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • How Karu and Malik Helped Ranil and Sajith Make Peace (Daily Mirror)
  • Condottieri Contesting For Presidency? (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Peace and reconciliation depend on the truth not lies (Daily Mirror)
  • Continuing Political Deception & ‘Stupidity’ Of The Sri Lankan Electorate! (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Girl Force: Unscripted and Unstoppable (Daily Mirror)
  • Sajith’s Inaugural At Galle Face Raises A Few Bitter Questions (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Puzzles of Sri Lanka (Daily FT)
  • Elections not meant to replace one ‘failure’ with another (Daily Mirror)
  • World

  • Opinion: Nobel Peace Prize for Abiy Ahmed a misguided decision (Deutsche Welle)
  • Exclusive: ‘I want my innocence,’ Brazil’s Lula tells FRANCE 24 (France 24)
  • ‘A lesson in humility’: Macron lambasted at home after European Commission fiasco (France 24)
  • I was ousted over ‘false claims’ – ex-diplomat (BBC News)
  • US to deploy thousands of troops to Saudi Arabia (BBC News)
  • Germany charges Iraqi man with genocide for killing Yazidi child (Deutsche Welle)
  • Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize (France 24)
  • Trump lawyer ‘pressed Oval Office to free client’ (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • The last mammoths died on a remote island (Science Daily)
  • BBC’s Seven Worlds, One Planet shines spotlight on climate crisis (The Guardian)
  • Big tobacco is still sponsoring the arts (The Guardian)
  • ‘Uncooperative crusties’: Boris Johnson attacks Extinction Rebellion activists (The Guardian)
  • Sports

  • Euro 2020 qualifying: Czech Republic v England – Mount handed full debut (BBC Sport)
  • Coco Gauff makes first WTA semi-final in Austria (BBC Sport)
  • England cancellation has cost me a weekend in Japan and the World Cup its surprise factor (The Guardian)
  • Australia 27-8 Georgia: Wallabies labour to Rugby World Cup victory (BBC Sport)
  • Harvey Elliott: Liverpool winger suspended for 14 days over Harry Kane video (BBC Sport)
  • It’s time to get some perspective over the typhoon when lives are at stake (The Guardian)
  • England’s fallow weekend is not the ideal preparation it may seem (The Guardian)
  • Rugby World Cup: Scotland consider legal action over Japan match threat (BBC Sport)

  • Further reading

  • To make laziness work for you, put some effort into it (Aeon)
  • A woman like me (Aeon)
  • Are These Markings in South Africa the World’s Earliest Sand Sculptures? (Atlas Obscura)
  • What Astronomers Can Learn From Hot Jupiters, the Scorching Giant Planets of the Galaxy (Smithsonian)
  • Who Decides Which Books Are “Great?” (Jstor)
  • Twitter and Facebook won’t remove false Trump campaign ads about Biden (MIT Tech Review)
  • Powerful computer vision algorithms are now small enough to run on your phone (MIT Tech Review)
  • Silicon Valley Cynicism in the Age of Trump and Zuckerberg (Wired)
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