Lanka Briefly for 28/09/19

  • Sri Lanka unveils ‘Ceylon Spice’ master brand (Daily FT)
  • Ban on Niqab, Burqa continues in UVA: Governor (Daily Mirror)
  • Deposit rate caps removed by CB (Daily FT)
  • Govt. offers relief for vehicles imported during 2015-2017 (Daily FT)
  • Cyber Security CEO Forum today at Cinnamon Grand (Daily FT)
  • Presidential Poll Postal voting on Oct.30 and 31 (Daily Mirror)
  • Dilrukshi Dias interdicted (Daily Mirror)
  • Emerging from crisis requires humanity not strategy (Daily FT)
  • Finance

  • Microsoft holds Inspire Sri Lanka Partner Forum and Awards (The Island)
  • Fitch assigns SriLankan Airlines’guaranteed US$ bonds ‘B’ Final rating (The Island)
  • Sri Lanka GDP growth rate 1.6% in Q2 (The Island)
  • Mobitel steps forward as mobile communications partner (The Island)
  • HNB Assurance launches new brand campaign (The Island)
  • Keells Food Products clinches Gold Awards (The Island)
  • Mobitel joins hands with Peradeniya Uni to conduct research on Kandy air pollution (The Island)
  • Rating agency S&P; Global says India’s corporate tax cuts ‘credit negative’ (Daily FT)
  • Opinion

  • What if we ran our country like a company? (Daily FT)
  • Trouble in Sri Lanka (Daily FT)
  • Changes to Singapore’s Religious Harmony Law to be tabled next week (Daily FT)
  • SLPP-SLFP talks hit a snag SLFP demands a common symbol instead of lotus bud (Daily Mirror)
  • The return of the vans (‛white’ and otherwise!) (Daily FT)
  • The room in the elephant: a space, the potential, some strange destiny (Daily FT)
  • Blocking the formation of alliance on August 5 Grave Blunder – Patali Champika Ranawaka (Daily Mirror)
  • Indian Ocean: Strategic, trading and environmental aspects (Daily FT)
  • World

  • US journalist fired over ‘cancel culture’ story (BBC News)
  • Experts warn glacier on Mont Blanc in danger of collapsing (Al Jazeera English)
  • Thousands in Canada join worldwide climate strikes (BBC News)
  • Hundreds freed from Nigeria ‘torture house’ (BBC News)
  • Ukraine ex-minister rejects Trump Biden claims (BBC News)
  • Hundreds of captives, including children in chains, freed from Nigerian school (ABC News)
  • Protests break out across Egypt demanding el-Sisi’s resignation (Al Jazeera English)
  • Giant planet discovery bewilders astronomers (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Muddled mollusc mating could save Sydney’s rock oysters (ABC News)
  • Ariel Elhers protesting for climate action in Chinchilla, September 2019 (ABC News)
  • For this ocean dweller, ability to respond to warming waters is about location (Science Daily)
  • Satellite photo of gas wells near Chinchilla (ABC News)
  • Sports

  • Super League semi-final: St Helens v Wigan (BBC Sport)
  • Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland aim to build on win over Scots as they face hosts (BBC Sport)
  • World Athletics Championships: Lynsey Sharp out in 800m first round (BBC Sport)
  • Benjamin Mendy tweet row: Bernardo Silva an exceptional person, says Pep Guardiola (BBC Sport)
  • Russian GP: Max Verstappen tops close practice (BBC Sport)
  • Heavy unseasonal rains force second ODI to be postponed to September 30 (Cricinfo)
  • Christian Coleman ‘did himself no favours’ over missed tests – Michael Johnson (BBC Sport)
  • Watch: World Athletics Championships day one – men’s 100m heats, women’s 800m heats (BBC Sport)

  • Further reading

  • For Rachel Carson, wonder was a radical state of mind (Aeon)
  • Our ignorance about gravity (Aeon)
  • Asiago Astrophysical Observatory in Asiago, Italy (Atlas Obscura)
  • The Jim Crow Roots of the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relationship (Jstor)
  • The “Downton Effect” on the English Country House Tour (Jstor)
  • Executed Russian POWs’ Memorial Graves in Kristiansand, Norway (Atlas Obscura)
  • Venezuela may be turning to Bitcoin to get around sanctions (MIT Tech Review)
  • YouTube is experimenting with ways to make its algorithm even more addictive (MIT Tech Review)
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