• IMF downgrades SL 2019 growth to 2.7% (Daily FT)
  • Four arrested with Rs. 400mn worth heroin in Divulapitiya (Daily Mirror)
  • Army Commander distances himself from controversial ad (Daily FT)
  • Slimmer delegation represents Sri Lanka sans political baggage; Big saving on foreign exchange (The Island)
  • Rs 1.82 billion drug busts in two days all originating from same den (The Island)
  • 851 election law violations reported so far – EC (Daily Mirror)
  • Finance

  • Dialog share price hike boosts bourse (The Island)
  • Gotabaya’s VAT reduction will be disastrous – Mangala (Republic Next)
  • K Zone Ja-Ela and Moratuwa announce winners of malls’ most extravagant cash bonanza (Daily FT)
  • COYLE holds workshop on ‘Entrepreneur Development’ in Jaffna (Daily FT)
  • Hans Wijayasuriya urges ‘top of the pyramid’ to help create ‘inclusive capitalism’ (The Island)
  • Jaffna International Airport opens (Republic Next)
  • Opinion

  • UNHRC resolution crucial to genuine reconciliation: Mangala (Daily FT)
  • How We Came To This Pass – V (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Can presidential candidates solve country’s financial mess? (Daily FT)
  • Power, Wealth & Status Without Morality: A Modern Curse (Colombo Telegraph)
  • ‘Gotaphobia’ – Who’s afraid of Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa? (Daily Mirror)
  • The Politics of Tragedy and the Tragedy of Politics (Daily Mirror)
  • World

  • EU sets out plans for budget climate (Deutsche Welle)
  • DW News Africa with Christine Mhundwa 18 October 2019 (Deutsche Welle)
  • Becoming mother has been ‘struggle’, says Meghan (BBC News)
  • No better outcome than my deal, Johnson says (BBC News)
  • Hong Kong protesters defy face mask ban — with humor (Deutsche Welle)
  • Space walking into ‘her-story’ (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Climate: Uncertainty in scientific predictions can help and harm credibility (Science Daily)
  • Analysts see big job cuts on horizon for U.S. coal mining sector as demand continues downward (IEEFA)
  • Spanish solar installations expected to total 12.5GW over next five years (IEEFA)
  • Extinction Rebellion’s right to protest must be respected | Letters (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • England v Australia: Michael Hooper braced for breakdown battle (BBC Sport)
  • No quarter given: World Cup comes to life as the knockout stage begins | Andy Bull (The Guardian)
  • Problem of plenty for Sri Lanka’s selectors as team sets off for Australia (Cricinfo)
  • Rugby World Cup 2019: five things to look out for in the knockout stage (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Neurosymphony (Aeon)
  • Is there anything we can do to tackle space debris? (MIT Tech Review)
  • Living with ADHD: how I learned to make distraction work for me (Aeon)
  • The Offensive Joke Trap (Jstor)
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