• Northern Tamil political parties in dilemma as no candidate has replied to their demands (The Island)
  • Economy tipped to perform better after polls (Daily FT)
  • Bullying and intimidation tactics outdated: Iran envoy (The Island)
  • VoA seeks Rs. 1.4 t for Govt. expenses (Daily FT)
  • Hakeem admits meeting Zahran in the wake of Hizbullah unleashing violence (The Island)
  • Gnanasara Thera faces fresh contempt of court charge (Sunday Observer)
  • Finance

  • Sri Lanka to sponsor WTM London (Sunday Observer)
  • Sri Lanka FIU to obtain direct access to INTERPOL information system (The Island)
  • Aitken Spence consistently ranked among Top 10 Most Respected Entities in Sri Lanka (Daily FT)
  • Central Bank FIU and Interpol to fight money laundering (Sunday Observer)
  • Chennai-Jaffna air services to commence from November 01 (The Island)
  • Siddhalepa’s International Ayurveda Symposium breaks new ground for medical tourism in Sri Lanka (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Fixing Lending Rates & Waiving Farmer Loans: Two Policies That Do Not Augur Well For Borrowers (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Presidential Election 2019: A cruel dilemma (Sunday Observer)
  • Trek to Presidency Hurdling via ‘Galle Face Pitiya’ and Elpitiya: Why Sajith did not heed to Ranil’s advice? (Daily Mirror)
  • A Spooky Past, Haunts A Hero (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Political polarisation: Diversity of candidates (Daily FT)
  • Election Fever, Puzzles, Expectations and Brass Tacks (Daily Mirror)
  • World

  • In Brazil photographer Sebastiao Salgado finds hope in reforestation (Deutsche Welle)
  • SDF fighters evacuate from besieged Syrian town of Ras al-Ain (Al Jazeera English)
  • Deadly Bangladesh riot over Facebook post about Islam (Deutsche Welle)
  • Russia arrests 3 over gold mine dam collapse (Deutsche Welle)
  • Greens surge in Swiss general election (BBC News)
  • Hong Kong protesters rally in defiance of police ban (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • A monster rally for climate change, but divergent goals hinder the fight (The Conversation)
  • Land management practices to reduce nitrogen load may be affected by climate changes (Science Daily)
  • Semi-naked activists protest against National Portrait Gallery’s links to BP (The Guardian)
  • UK urges World Bank to channel more money into tackling climate crisis (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Wales v France player ratings: Justin Tipuric the pick of quarter-final thriller (The Guardian)
  • The Hundred – full list of squads (BBC Sport)
  • Watch: The Hundred Draft – world’s best cricketers up for grabs (BBC Sport)
  • A super Saturday for England rugby, The Posh and Brexit | Brief letters (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Antibiotics Are Getting into Everything (Jstor)
  • How to Control the Privacy of Your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat Posts (Wired)
  • Rare, Centuries-Old Korean Buddhist Masterpiece Goes on View (Smithsonian)
  • The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks (Wired)
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