Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • UNP to contest General Election under ‘Elephant’ symbol (The Island)
  • Court orders AG to probe how Ranjan’s tapes were leaked (Republic Next)
  • 22-hour Water cut tomorrow (Sunday Observer)
  • Proposed estate workers’ wage increase will lead to collapse of the industry (The Island)
  • Girl rescued after 18 hours buried in snow (Sunday Observer)
  • Parliament likely to be dissolved on March 2 (Daily Mirror)
  • Opinion

  • Two-Faced Government Waiting For Two-Thirds Majority, Courtesy Ranil & Sirisena (Colombo Telegraph)
  • St. John’s College – New Principal: Unity Only In Diversity (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Mirusuvil Murderer Of Tamil Children Let Loose By President (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Dire warning to the warming world (Daily Mirror)
  • Tea and Empire (Daily FT)
  • Why influence of Buddhism is vital in politics (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Sri Lanka ban on incorporating foreign firms over security concern (Republic Next)
  • ‘Recovery seen in tourism industry’ (The Island)
  • NDB Wealth promotes golden returns (Daily FT)
  • Colourful Thai Pongal celebrations at Seylan Bank (The Island)
  • CBL Samaposha inspires scouts to inculcate healthy breakfast habits (The Island)
  • Jaffna International Trade Fair 2020 opens on 24 January (Daily FT)
  • World

  • Facebook forced to apologise over offensive translation of Xi Jinping’s name (SBS)
  • Harry and Meghan shedding royal highnesses signifies we’ve entered a new era (ABC)
  • UK: Prince Harry and Meghan to lose ‘royal highness’ titles give up public funds (Deutsche Welle)
  • Trump impeachment: lawyers and House Democrats lay out positions (The Guardian)
  • Iran to send downed plane’s black boxes to Ukraine, aviation official says (ABC)
  • Hundreds wounded as Lebanese protesters clash with security forces (France 24)
  • Climate

  • Behind the smokescreen, the Coalition’s stance on climate change hasn’t changed at all (The Guardian)
  • Reporting on the Australian fires: ‘It has been heartbreaking’ (The Guardian)
  • Beetles and fire kill dozens of ‘indestructible’ giant sequoia trees (The Guardian)
  • Sadiq Khan vows to make London carbon-neutral by 2030 if re-elected (The Guardian)
  • Poland looks to add 10GW of offshore wind capacity by 2027 (IEEFA)
  • The devil is in the detail when it comes to responsible investing (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • Angelo Mathews and Sean Williams in focus as Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka resume a strange rivalry (Cricinfo)
  • Liverpool v Manchester United: Liverpool could dominate like United did – Jermaine Jenas (BBC Sport)
  • Saracens relegated from Premiership at end of 2019-20 season for salary cap breaches (BBC Sport)
  • Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea: Isaac Hayden’s injury-time winner stuns Blues (BBC Sport)
  • FC Augsburg 3-5 Borussia Dortmund: Erling Braut Haaland scores hat-trick on debut (BBC Sport)
  • What happened in the Premier League on Saturday? (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • The Linguistic Anatomy of a Political Firestorm (Jstor)
  • Selling Hedonism in Postwar America (Jstor)
  • A Windows 10 Vulnerability Was Used to Rickroll the NSA and Github (Wired)
  • As the World Faces One of the Worst Flu Outbreaks in Decades, Scientists Eye a Universal Vaccine (Smithsonian)
  • Australia’s Secret Rescue of Ancient Trees Offers an Insight Into Evolution – Facts So Romantic (Nautilus)
  • FBI Takes Down Site With 12 Billion Stolen Records (Wired)

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