• Biased media to face legal action for violating election law (Daily Mirror)
  • 200,000 temporary IDs handed over to EC (The Island)
  • MTV sues ITN for Rs. 300 m (Daily FT)
  • Gota will win by 10 per cent margin – Basil (Republic Next)
  • BOI aims for $ 1.5 b FDI for 2019 (Daily FT)
  • SC appeal rekindles challenge to Gota’s SL citizenship (Daily Mirror)
  • Finance

  • Chinese entrepreneur delegation visits SL to explore investment opportunities (Daily FT)
  • ‘Investor sentiment dampened by drop in HNB quarterly results’ (The Island)
  • People’s Bank obtains Enjoining Order against MTD Walkers and parent company (Daily FT)
  • Mobitel unveils the latest range of Apple iPhone 11 Smartphones (The Island)
  • Intex South Asia kicks off in Colombo with powerhouse of opportunities (Daily FT)
  • LET THERE BE JOY – IT’S XMAS TIME AT ODEL (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • The Maithripala Sirisena PrEsidency (Daily Mirror)
  • Why Nations Fail? (The Island)
  • Why Gotabaya will win (Daily FT)
  • The Presidential Election and Dark Public Relations (DPR) (The Island)
  • Will we end up in a pit of snakes? (Daily FT)
  • The Task Of Malaiyaha & Ceylon Tamils & Muslims At The Presidential Election (Colombo Telegraph)

  • Today’s Lanka news cloud

    World

  • MEPs approve Thierry Breton as France’s European Commissioner (France 24)
  • MH17 investigators say phone call intercepts reveal Russian political ties to rebels (ABC)
  • Brexit: EU initiates action against UK over commissioner (Deutsche Welle)
  • Exclusive: Inside Libya’s notorious Gernada prison, home to radical Islamists (France 24)
  • Refugee Behrouz Boochani has left PNG and doesn’t plan on returning (ABC)
  • Corbyn rules out ‘arbitrary’ immigration target (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • A battle for the jet stream is raging above our heads (The Conversation)
  • Victoria’s renewable energy auction to deliver net benefit of $285 million (Renew Economy)
  • To win a climate election, parties need ambition, not compromise with the fossil fuel industry (The Conversation)
  • Bring back the speed limits of the 1970s | Letter (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton to negotiate new F1 contract (BBC Sport)
  • Lockie Ferguson in line for New Zealand Test debut after maiden call-up (Cricinfo)
  • How Rugby Australia risks ending up with a Wallabies coach they don’t want | Bret Harris (The Guardian)
  • VAR is alive and kicking says David Gold after Premier League meeting (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • On serendipity (Aeon)
  • The landing site for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover might be home to fossilized life (MIT Tech Review)
  • Newly Discovered Fossil Bird Fills in Gap Between Dinosaurs and Modern Fliers (Smithsonian)
  • Everything You Wanted to Know about Hazelnuts but Were Afraid to Ask (Jstor)
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