Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Leadership crisis, phone scandal et al proved why UNP should be discarded at the general election- Prof. Peiris (The Island)
  • New SEC Chairman appointed, but appointment bad in law, claim analysts (Daily FT)
  • Hirunika lodges complaint at CID over leaked phone calls (Republic Next)
  • Speaker approves release of forensic audit reports (Daily FT)
  • Man sentenced to prison in Germany for Minister Kadiragamar murder (The Island)
  • Speaker orders bond scam forensic audit report be tabled in parliament (Republic Next)
  • Opinion

  • Time is ripe to send political professionals to Parliament (Daily FT)
  • When political journeys turn tumultuous A tale of two leaders (Daily Mirror)
  • Project Scope Options If The Government Wishes To Accept The MCC Grant (Colombo Telegraph)
  • When A Rose Is Not A Rose: The Change Of The Normative Framework (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Project scope options if the Government wishes to accept the MCC Grant (Daily FT)
  • Sustaining State Legitimacy Also Requires Ethics (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Business

  • SL’s participation for 1st time at ‘Indusfood – Tech 2020’ witnesses positive responses for SMEs (Daily FT)
  • Cabinet gives approval to amend Tax Acts inclusive of new tax relief measures (The Island)
  • UltraTech Cement cuts prices (Daily FT)
  • ​Shyamalie Wijegunawardena of Spring & Summer ‘No. 1 Female Entrepreneur in Large Business Category’ (Daily FT)
  • CSE positive following PM-CSBA talks (The Island)
  • December inflation rises to 6.2% (Daily FT)
  • World

  • With the Matildas heading to the heart of coronavirus, the FFA is on high alert (ABC)
  • New country, same harassment: Harry and Meghan threaten legal action against British press (ABC)
  • Having impeachment déjà vu? There’s a reason for that (ABC)
  • US deports Iranian student despite court order (Al Jazeera English)
  • Russia: Putin announces new Cabinet after prime minister resigns (Deutsche Welle)
  • Iran lashes out against Albania after Soleimani killing (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Scientists hate to say ‘I told you so’. But Australia, you were warned (The Conversation)
  • Renewable sector handily tops oil and gas index in 2019 U.S. stock market results (IEEFA)
  • S&P: Enel’s shift from coal to renewables a ‘key credit strength’ for Italy-based company (IEEFA)
  • Oceans, biodiversity, deforestation: what’s on the climate agenda for 2020? (The Guardian)
  • India’s Azure Power to invest $3.7 billion building 4GW of renewable capacity by 2024 (IEEFA)
  • Warm winter, low gas prices put squeeze on U.S. coal-fired electric output (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • West Indies to tour Sri Lanka in February for three ODIs, two T20Is (Cricinfo)
  • Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis lead Sri Lanka’s strong reply (Cricinfo)
  • Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal: Hector Bellerin earns Arsenal point in London derby (BBC Sport)
  • Everton 2-2 Newcastle United: Magpies rescue late point at Goodison Park (BBC Sport)
  • Sheffield United 0-1 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero comes off bench to score winner (BBC Sport)
  • Miami Grand Prix: Formula 1 makes further changes to plans for Florida race (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Coyotes Poised to Infiltrate South America (Smithsonian)
  • The drill (Aeon)
  • Got Milk? You Probably Got Fire Retardants, Too (Jstor)
  • Nine Years Later, Furry Friends—and Foes—Are Returning to Fukushima (Atlas Obscura)
  • The Diplomatic Intrigue That Gave Morocco a Cameo Appearance in the U.S. Civil War (Smithsonian)
  • The meaning of Margaret Mead (Aeon)

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