Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • GMOA, other unions gone quiet as their political objectives were met – UNP (Republic Next)
  • SL, China commit to strengthen ties (Daily FT)
  • All unemployed graduates to be given jobs before March (The Island)
  • Ranjan faces one-year imprisonment and 7 years without civic rights (Daily FT)
  • Dr Shafi not reinstated-Pubic Service Commission (Republic Next)
  • Govt accused of embarking on process to silence critics (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Why protesting undergrads have clout (Daily Mirror)
  • The JVP & The Sinhala Voter (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Mano & His Manokāya: Psychophysical Actor Left Stage: A Tribute To Dr Jayalath Manorathne (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Public health inspectors/Consumer Affairs Authority should conduct spot raids (Daily FT)
  • LET’S PRACTISE KINDNESS (Daily Mirror)
  • EU continues to list Sri Lanka’s LTTE as a terrorist organisation (Daily FT)
  • Business

  • To accolades for Sri Lanka tourism (Daily FT)
  • Port City Colombo launches Social Responsibility Report (Republic Next)
  • Investors take wait-and-see approach at CSE (The Island)
  • Hamilton Canal to be redeveloped for tourism and commuting (Republic Next)
  • Chinese delegates visit Marina Square-Uptown Colombo eyeing investment opportunities (The Island)
  • Program to reduce soil erosion in 2,500 hectares of land (Daily FT)
  • World

  • Who will foot the security bill for Harry and Meghan? (ABC)
  • HRW says China poses ‘dire’ threat to human rights (Deutsche Welle)
  • Israeli army ‘had no role in Soleimani killing,’ IDF spokesperson tells FRANCE 24 (France 24)
  • Billie Eilish recorded the new James Bond song — she’s the youngest person to do so (ABC)
  • Passenger flight dumps jet fuel on schools near Los Angeles in emergency landing (ABC)
  • Cambodia’s Kem Sokha faces court on controversial treason charge (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Bushfire smoke is everywhere in our cities. Here’s exactly what you are inhaling (The Conversation)
  • BlackRock plans to set stricter standards on climate risk (IEEFA)
  • I’ve won cases against the government before. Here’s why I doubt a climate change class action would succeed (The Conversation)
  • Fitch projects 110GW of new solar capacity in Southeast U.S. by 2029 (IEEFA)
  • Disinformation on Australian bushfires should not be spread by ministers | Letter (The Guardian)
  • From election upsets to climate chaos, rolling the dice helps us appreciate the odds (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • Lakmal returns, Kusal Perera dropped from Sri Lanka’s Test squad (Cricinfo)
  • SLC to terminate coach Hathurusingha’s contract, finally (Cricinfo)
  • Newcastle United 4-1 Rochdale: Magpies book FA Cup fourth-round tie with Oxford United (BBC Sport)
  • Australia fires: Australian Open qualifying matches delayed by two hours because of air quality (BBC Sport)
  • Manchester United scrap Gulf region training camp plans amid rising tensions (BBC Sport)
  • Ryder Cup: I’d be more wary of Tiger Woods now – Padraig Harrington (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Symphonie diagonale (Aeon)
  • Ten Celestial Events You Don’t Want to Miss in 2020 (Smithsonian)
  • The NSA found a dangerous flaw in Windows and told Microsoft to fix it (MIT Tech Review)
  • Death by design (Aeon)
  • Conversational AI Can Propel Social Stereotypes (Wired)
  • Celebrating the Eternal Legacy of Artist Yayoi Kusama (Smithsonian)

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