Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Govt. goes full throttle on Strategic Development Projects Act (Daily FT)
  • PM expresses surprise at UNP about-turn on MCC (The Island)
  • Monk killed by misfire during brawl (The Island)
  • EU reassures continuity of GSP+ to SL till 2023 (Daily FT)
  • President’s unannounced visit to BIA triggers industry recommendations (Daily FT)
  • Foreign correspondent caught on Ranjan’s tape advising UNP (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Gulf carriers fly over Iraq, Iran after military action deters others (Daily FT)
  • Pre-Election Words Of Wisdom: ‘Dictatorship By Any Name Is Disastrous’! (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Ranja, Wad of Bubble Gum Spit Away by Leadership? Or a ‘Cow Boy’ who Herded Cattle? (Daily Mirror)
  • Sri Lankan leader’s first visit to Gulf country (The Island)
  • 2020 – What will the decade ahead hold for aviation? (Daily FT)
  • Political Triumph and Economic Morass (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Jagath Perera appointed Chairman of Lanka Transformers (Daily FT)
  • Sri Lanka’s services sector offers the biggest support to economic activity (The Island)
  • Trade deficit contraction continues (Daily FT)
  • New ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa assumes office (The Island)
  • CIPM panel discussion on ‘Promising Prospects for HR in the Public Sector’ (The Island)
  • Key regulations on fisheries industry to be debated in P’ment tomorrow (Daily FT)
  • World

  • World powers agree to strengthen arms embargo in Libya’s war (France 24)
  • SpaceX blows up own rocket in final test before astronauts can again launch from US (ABC)
  • First goal of many? Sam Kerr off and running in a Chelsea shirt (ABC)
  • What’s Ukraine got to do with Trump’s impeachment? (BBC News)
  • Cruise company blames ‘reckless’ grandfather over toddler’s fatal fall (ABC)
  • ‘Pirate state’: Cyprus slams illegal Turkish drilling (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Put the needs of the planet before Flybe | Letters (The Guardian)
  • Oil firms risk public backlash if profits put before climate, says IEA (The Guardian)
  • Solar Energy Corporation of India moving forward with plans for 1.2GW of wind, solar hybrid projects (IEEFA)
  • Worst marine heatwave on record killed one million seabirds in North Pacific Ocean (The Conversation)
  • Microsoft pledges to be ‘carbon negative’ by 2030 (The Guardian)
  • Dutch insurer Aegon tightens restrictions on coal power plants, thermal coal mining (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Craig Ervine, Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza grind Sri Lanka attack (Cricinfo)
  • Super Bowl 2020: Kansas City Chiefs beat Tennessee Titans 35-24 in AFC Championship game (BBC Sport)
  • Barcelona 1-0 Granada: Lionel Messi’s second-half strike strike gives Quique Setien win on debut (BBC Sport)
  • Garth Crooks’ team of the week: Van Dijk, Aguero, Salah, Traore, Pope (BBC Sport)
  • ‘Liverpool celebrations after beating Man Utd symbolic & moment of release’ (BBC Sport)
  • NFL play-offs – AFC & NFC Championship games (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Asimov’s Empire, Asimov’s Wall (Jstor)
  • SpaceX’s Crew Dragon abort system works—now it’s ready to send astronauts into space (MIT Tech Review)
  • Don’t Ignore Chrome’s New Password Checkup Feature (Wired)
  • Rare Chance in 2020 to See This Classic Danish Masterwork (Smithsonian)
  • Do We Share DNA with ET? – Issue 80: Aliens (Nautilus)
  • In the absence (Aeon)

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