Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • CJ should investigate politically influenced verdicts – Keheliya (Republic Next)
  • Speaker says publicising private phone conversations indicates moral decline (The Island)
  • Stimulus could add to perilous public finances: Dr. Sally (Daily FT)
  • Committee to probe controversial Ranjan-judiciary confabs (Daily Mirror)
  • PM to visit India next month (Daily Mirror)
  • Champika’s driver seeks court permission to make statement in camera (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Higher education crisis (Daily Mirror)
  • Unique Jaffna University librarian (The Island)
  • Central Bank Road Map: Success Depends On Government’s Cooperation (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Human Rights Watch calls on Sri Lanka to repeal abusive counterterrorism Law (Daily FT)
  • Iran’s Islamic regime will be in deep trouble if it doesn’t reform (Daily Mirror)
  • Ranjan’s tapes and looming coup against independent commissions (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • ‘Born in Sri Lanka’: Country-Of-Origin Mark supports SL brands in the global market (Daily FT)
  • Sri Lanka faces power cut risks by end March (Republic Next)
  • President appoints commission to probe ETI sale to Blue Summit (Republic Next)
  • Purchasing any device from Mobitel with a Seylan Credit Card entitles to 0% instalment plans for up to 36 months (The Island)
  • Advocata calls for entrepreneurship stories (Daily FT)
  • ASPI ends lower amid lackluster turnover levels (The Island)
  • World

  • US lifts China’s currency manipulator status as initial trade deal nears (ABC)
  • Man survives over three weeks in Alaska’s frozen wilderness with limited food and shelter (ABC)
  • Will new measures to fight terrorism in the Sahel region be enough? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Queen Elizabeth backs Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s part-time plans (Deutsche Welle)
  • Oldest material on Earth discovered (BBC News)
  • US drops China’s designation as currency manipulator (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Reuters: U.S. coal plant closures topped 15GW in 2019 (IEEFA)
  • Car accidents, drownings, violence: hotter temperatures will mean more deaths from injury (The Conversation)
  • Some say we’ve seen bushfires worse than this before. But they’re ignoring a few key facts (The Conversation)
  • Cumulative small-scale rooftop solar installations top 10GW level in Australia (IEEFA)
  • Vanguard refuses to sign up to climate crisis commitment (The Guardian)
  • Australia bushfires are harbinger of planet’s future, say scientists (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Oksana Masters: Paralympic champion on Chernobyl, Tokyo 2020 and upbringing in Ukraine (BBC Sport)
  • Deloitte Football Money League: Barcelona top as Man Utd ‘at risk’ in Premier League (BBC Sport)
  • Wilder v Fury II: Tyson Fury fears he will not get a points decision in the United States (BBC Sport)
  • Australian Open practice suspended and qualifying delayed over poor air quality (BBC Sport)
  • Barcelona sack Ernesto Valverde and appoint Quique Setien (BBC Sport)
  • Houston Astros: MLB finds team guilty of electronic sign stealing (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • How the Heroes of Africa Triumphed Against All Odds (Smithsonian)
  • The big push (Aeon)
  • La Pelona: The Hispanic-American Flapper (Jstor)
  • Biodiversity Alters Strategies of Bacterial Evolution – Facts So Romantic (Nautilus)
  • Meteorite Grains Are the Oldest Known Solid Material on Earth (Smithsonian)
  • The US AG has asked Apple to unlock the Pensacola shooter’s iPhone (MIT Tech Review)

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