Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Vajira wants Ranil to remain as UNP Leader (The Island)
  • Cabinet approves debt relief package to boost economy via SMEs (Daily FT)
  • Putin extends cash payouts for babies to counter population slump (The Island)
  • Crystal Property Group gets Rs. 180 m investment from global firm (Daily FT)
  • IUSF pushing for abolition of attendance rule for Mahapola (The Island)
  • Wang Yi: China-Sri Lanka cooperation never targeted third party (Daily FT)
  • Opinion

  • Why foreign earnings could solve the debt problem (Daily FT)
  • pillow-talk or public concerns? (Daily Mirror)
  • Moral decline and private going public (The Island)
  • The National Anthem – realities and future? (The Island)
  • Are we a zero-sum economy? (Daily FT)
  • Use resources wisely and change the to circular – A call to arms (Daily FT)
  • Business

  • Fitch affirms SriLankan Airlines’ Government Guaranteed Bonds at ‘B’ (The Island)
  • Port City ‘s first project will be a yacht marina (The Island)
  • Sri Lanka needs more education entrepreneurs (The Island)
  • ‘Port of Galle to be made a tourist port’: State Minister of Ports Development Kanaka Herath (Daily FT)
  • SLAITO welcomes Thilak Weerasinghe’s appointments (Daily FT)
  • Prestige Automobile embarks on HV battery recycling project (The Island)
  • World

  • Trump impeachment: House transfers articles to Senate – live (The Guardian)
  • Trump is celebrating his new US-China trade deal. Australia probably isn’t (ABC)
  • ‘I thought I would die’: Girl buried in Pakistan avalanche found alive (ABC)
  • Sisters separated at birth discover they’re not twins, but triplets (ABC)
  • Wikipedia back online in Turkey after judge lifts ban (Deutsche Welle)
  • US House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Water woes to prompt early closing of 1,067MW Tolk coal plant in Texas (IEEFA)
  • Coalition’s axing of funding to climate change adaptation body condemned (The Guardian)
  • BlackRock is the canary in the coalmine. Its decision to dump coal signals what’s next (The Conversation)
  • Spain’s Iberdrola moving forward with hybrid 320MW solar, wind project in South Australia (IEEFA)
  • 5 ways families can help tackle climate change (The Conversation)
  • EIA: Coal’s share of U.S. electricity generation to drop to 21% in 2020 (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Juventus 4-0 Udinese: Paulo Dybala shines in Coppa Italia victory (BBC Sport)
  • Monaco 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain: Kylian Mbappe scores twice to send his side eight points clear (BBC Sport)
  • Marcus Rashford: Manchester United striker a doubt for Liverpool match after back injury (BBC Sport)
  • Manchester United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers, FA Cup third-round replay (BBC Sport)
  • Kim Clijsters on Australian Open air quality, her comeback & doing the splits (BBC Sport)
  • West Indies v Ireland: Tourists secure dramatic four-run win in opening T20I in Grenada (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Yup, 2019 was the second-hottest year on record (MIT Tech Review)
  • All we owe to animals (Aeon)
  • Deepfake Porn Harms Adult Performers, Too (Wired)
  • Can a Digital Avatar Fire You? (Wired)
  • To Craft Cutting Tools, Neanderthals Dove for Clam Shells on the Ocean Floor (Smithsonian)
  • How the Government Came to Decide the Color of Your Food (Smithsonian)

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