Nishantha goes to court to stop Thilanga from contesting

Former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board General Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga today filed a petition in court seeking an injunction to prevent Thilanga Sumathipala from contesting the Sri Lanka Cricket board elections.Ranatunga, who is also contesting for the post of President at the elections scheduled to be held this week, says Sumathipala is not qualified to hold the post of President. Ranatunga, the younger brother of World Cup winning former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna, was SLC secretary from 2009 to 2015.  (Colombo Gazette)

UN relief official deplores murder of humanitarian worker in Somalia

One unnamed worker was killed and two others were injured after gunmen ambushed staff from the German Agency for Technical Assistance (GTZ) near the town of Berabera in the Somaliland region.In a statement issued in New York, Mr. Egeland offered his condolences to the victim’s family and those injured, saying such attacks cannot be tolerated.”The killing of one of our colleagues is a tragic reminder of the risks humanitarian workers face every day,” he said.The Somalia Aid Coordination Body (SACB) – which comprises UN agencies, donors and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – also expressed its shock and sorrow in a statement after the killing.The SACB said the killing highlights the deteriorating security situation for international aid workers operating in Somalia. On 29 January a UN field security officer was kidnapped in Somalia’s south by armed militiamen before being released more than a week later. read more