Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Manohara: What is the point in being prez if one cannot sack a thieving minister or errant IGP? (The Island)
  • Externally evolved timeline will hinder reconciliation: Govt. (Daily FT)
  • Ranil to visit India this month (Daily Mirror)
  • Udayanga Weeratunga remanded till Feb.17 (Daily Mirror)
  • 8000 deserters take advantage of amnesty (The Island)
  • Mixed day at CSE (Daily FT)
  • Opinion

  • Who Is Accountable To Signal To Investors Any Emerging Risks Of Securities Trading? (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Charismatic actor-politician may have changed the nation’s destiny (Daily Mirror)
  • N. Vethanayagan – An appreciation and warning to the nation (Daily FT)
  • Mental health therapy for war-affected women in Kilinochchi (Daily FT)
  • The Butcher Of Uva (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Who cares about industrial security in this country? (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Sampath Bank recommends cash dividend of Rs. 11.75 per share (The Island)
  • Singer partners with cake specialist Dushanthi Madanayake to enhance user experience (Daily FT)
  • ‘Largest commercial bank of South Korea keen to engage with Sri Lanka’ (The Island)
  • EDB continues marketing support for boat–building sector (Daily FT)
  • Hayleys Group records 41% profit growth in Q 3 2019/20 (The Island)
  • Convenient and safe online shopping with Buyabans.com (Daily FT)
  • World

  • Donald Trump says he has the ‘legal right’ to interfere in criminal cases (ABC)
  • Poland: Naked couple protests in bed against canal project on Valentine’s Day (Deutsche Welle)
  • Manchester City banned from Champions League for two seasons (ABC)
  • Facebook willing to pay more tax, says Mark Zuckerberg (ABC)
  • Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s wife ‘fears the worst’ (Deutsche Welle)
  • Mexico women protest after gruesome killing of Ingrid Escamilla (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Polish utilities suspend work on 1GW Ostroleka coal plant (IEEFA)
  • Is disunity in politics really death any more? I’m not so sure given the rolling climate conflict (The Guardian)
  • S&P: Plant retirements expected to push U.S. utility coal demand down almost 20% by 2025 (IEEFA)
  • PM must prioritise climate or Cop26 will fail, say leading figures (The Guardian)
  • Royal Bank of Scotland tightens rules for coal lending (IEEFA)
  • Delta announces $1bn plan to be first carbon neutral airline (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Usain Bolt’s heir apparent? Meet Armand ‘Mondo’ Duplantis, the new star of track and field (BBC Sport)
  • Caster Semenya: Double Olympic champion competes in first race in more than six months (BBC Sport)
  • Man City’s European ban Q&A: What could this mean for the club? (BBC Sport)
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Leicester City: VAR denies hosts chance to close on top four (BBC Sport)
  • Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland score (BBC Sport)
  • Women’s Super League: Liverpool 2-3 Arsenal (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Romanticism: poetry and philosophy (Aeon)
  • To Bolster Cybersecurity, the US Should Look to Estonia (Wired)
  • Delta joins the carbon neutral rush, but major challenges await (MIT Tech Review)
  • Fourteen Fun Facts About Love and Sex in the Animal Kingdom (Smithsonian)
  • Caverns Grotto in Peach Springs, Arizona (Atlas Obscura)
  • Darwin in Love (Jstor)

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