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APRIL 10, 2004 EST, USA
 
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No change in Congress policy vis-a-vis Sri Lanka
deepikaglobal.com, April 10, 2004 17:00 AM EST. New Delhi, Apr 10 (UNI) The Congress today said it did not support a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka and that there was no change in its stand that LTTE Supremo V Prabhakaran should be extradited to face trial in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. More...
Published: Sat Apr 10 17:01:53 EDT 2004

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Sri Lanka 's president names herself defense minister as coalition partner boycotts Cabinet oath-taking ceremony
Associated Press, Sat April 10, 2004 11:30 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president on Saturday named herself minister of defense while her key coalition partner boycotted the swearing-in ceremony for 31 members of the proposed 35-member Cabinet. Sri Lanka - 's presidents often take top Cabinet positions in an effort to consolidate power. Kumaratunga naming herself as defense minister is in line with her criticism that the former government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was too soft on Tamil Tiger rebels.

Lakshman Kadirgamar a hard-liner against the separatist rebels was sworn is as foreign minister.

Kadirgamar, who lost a battle for the seat of prime minister earlier this week to Mahinda Rajapakse, was also handed the transportation ministry on Saturday.

The new government is scheduled to go before Parliament for its first session on April 22.

Kumaratunga's family has a long history of rule on this island nation off the southern tip of India. Her father was once prime minister and her mother became the world's first woman prime minister in 1960, taking the post after her husband was assassinated.
Published: Sat Apr 10 13:14:28 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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UPFA Cabinet swears in
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.15 P.M Saturday 10 April. Thirty one new ministers of the proposed 35 member cabinet took their oaths of office this afternoon before President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse was appointed Minister of Highways in addition to his Prime Ministerial duties. The Ministries of Defense, Constitutional Affaires and Education will come under the purview of the President herself. Lakshman Kadirgamar was made Foreign Minister the same portfolio he held in the Peoples Alliance Government.

The list of Cabinet Ministers:

1. Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, MP - Minister of Highways 2. Hon. Anura Bandaranaike, MP - Minister of Industry, Tourism & Investment Promotion 3. Hon. D. M. Jayaratne, MP - Minister of Post and Telecommunications and Upcountry Development 4. Hon. Amarasiri Dodangoda, MP - Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs 5. Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, MP - Minister of Healthcare and Nutrition 6. Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP - Minister of Ports and Aviation 7. Hon. A L M Fowzie, MP - Minister of Environment and Natural Resources 8. Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar, MP - Minister of Foreign Affairs 9. Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, MP - Minister of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs 10. Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, MP - Minister of River Basin Development and Rajarata Development 11. Hon. John Senaviratne, MP - Minister of Justice and Judicial Reforms 12. Hon. Sumedha Jayasena, MP - Minister of Women's Empowerment and Social Welfare 13. Hon. (Dr) Sarath Amunugama, MP- Minister of Finance 14. Hon. Milroy Surgias Fernando, MP - Minister of Christian and Parliamentary Affairs 15. Hon. Jeewan Kumaranatunga, MP - Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs 16. Hon. Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi, MP - Minister of Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation 17. Hon. Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, MP - Minister of Plantation Industries 18. Hon. Tissa Karaliyadde, MP - Minister of Indigenous Medicine 19. Hon. Dinesh Gunawardene, MP - Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply 20. Hon. Douglas Devananda, MP - Minister of Agricultural Marketing Development, Hindu Affairs & Tamil Language Schools & Vocational Training (North) 21. Hon.(Mrs) Ferial Ashraff, MP - Minister of Housing and Construction Industry, Eastern Province Education and Irrigation Development 22. Hon. Susil Premajayantha, MP - Minister of Power & Energy 23. Hon. Athauda Senaviratne, MP - Minister of Labour Relations and Foreign Employment 24. Hon. R M S B Nawinna, MP - Minister of Regional Infrastructure Development 25. Hon. Piyasena Gamage, MP - Minister of Skills Development, Vocational and Technical Education 26. Hon. Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, MP - Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government 27. Hon. Felix Perera, MP - Minister of Transport 28. Hon. C B Ratnayake, MP - Minister of Estate Community Infrastructure 29. Hon. A L M Athaulla, MP - Minister of Infrastructure Development in the Eastern Province 30. Hon. Reginold Cooray, MP - Minister of Information and Media 31. Hon. Tissa Vitharana, MP - Minister of Science & Technology

Deputy Ministers:

Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP and Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, MP - Deputy Ministers of Education Hon. Salinda Dissanayake, MP and Hon. Premalal Jayasekera, MP - Deputy Ministers of Mahaweli and River Basin Development and Rajarata Development Hon. Maheepala Herath, MP and Hon. Lasantha Alagiyawanna, MP - Deputy Ministers of Transport Hon. Jagath Pushpakumara, MP and Hon. Rohana Dissanayake, MP - Deputy Ministers of Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Chamal Rajapakse, MP - Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries Hon. Dilan Perera, MP and Hon. Dayasritha Tissera, MP - Deputy Minister of Ports and Aviation Hon. D M Dassanayake, MP - Deputy Minister of Livestock Development Hon. T B Ekanayake, MP - Deputy Minister of Highways Hon. Pandu Bandaranayake, MP - Deputy Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs Hon. Mahindananda Althgamage, MP Hon. Kumar Welgama, MP - Deputy Minister of Power & Energy Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, MP - Deputy Minister of Healthcare and Nutrition Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, MP - Deputy Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply Hon. Nihal Galappaththi, MP - Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Hon. Jayaratne Herath, MP - Deputy Minister of Public Security, Law & Order Hon. Cegu Issadeen, MP - Deputy Minister of Information and Media Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, MP - Deputy Minister of Skills Development, Vocational and Technical Education Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, MP - Deputy Minister of Finance Hon. Rohitha Abeygunawardena, MP - Deputy Minister of Post and Telecommunications and Udarata Development Hon. Anwar Ismail, MP - Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Development in the Eastern Province Hon. S M Chandrasena, MP - Deputy Minister of Estate Community Infrastructure Hon. Chandrasiri Gajadeera, MP - Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction Industry, Eastern Province Education and Irrigation Development Hon. Jayatissa Ranaweera, MP - Deputy Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Hon. Bandula Basnayake, MP - Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Hon. Gunaratne Weerakoon, MP - Deputy Minister of Regional Infrastructure Development Hon. Sripathi Suriarachchi, MP - Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Hon. Siripala Gamlath, MP - Deputy Minister of Agricultural Marketing Development
Published: Sat Apr 10 08:32:07 EDT 2004 Back to the top


Civil war fears reignite as rival Tigers factions clash in Sri Lanka
independent.co.uk News, April 10, 2004 17:05 AM EST. Heavy fighting broke out in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday - the first serious violence since the government and the Tamil Tigers agreed a ceasefire two years ago... Back to the top

Battle rages as Lanka cabinet sworn in
gulf-daily-news.com, april 10. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kuma-ratunga yesterday inducted a cabinet for the new minority government but her main ally boycotted the ceremony, officials said... Back to the top

Breakaway Tamil rebels brace for attack by mainstream movement, 20,000 civilians caught in middle
Associated Press, Sat April 10, 2004 17:55 EDT . DILIP GANGULY- Associated Press Writer-KAJUWATTE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Renegade Tamil rebels braced for a showdown with the mainstream Tamil Tiger movement, as the Sri Lankan military went on high alert Saturday, intent on maintaining a truce that has given this island nation its best chance of peace in two decades... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army to restore law, order amid Tiger war
hinduonnet.com, April 10. Colombo, April 10. (PTI): Sri Lankan security forces have been ordered to restore law and order in the island's east amid a fighting between Tamil Tiger factions even as the new Government said it will take up with peace broker Norway, the issue of the internecine war because it was "violation" of an Oslo-arranged truce... Back to the top

11000 flee homes under LTTE offensive
indiatimes.com, april 10. TRINCOMALEE: More than 11,000 Sri Lankans have fled their homes since the Tamil Tigers launched an offensive on a breakaway rebel, officials said on Saturday, as relief workers used a lull in fighting to hand out relief supplies... Back to the top

More than 11000 civilians flee Sri Lanka fighting
khaleejtimes.com, 10 April. TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka - More than 11,000 Sri Lankans have fled their homes since the Tamil Tigers launched an offensive on a breakaway rebel, officials said on Saturday, as relief workers used a lull in fighting to hand out relief supplies... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Rebel Chief Pulls Back Fighters
phillyburbs.com, 10/04/2004. KAJUWATTE, Sri Lanka - A renegade rebel commander has pulled back thousands of fighters to defend his base in eastern Sri Lanka after the main rebel faction attacked him with heavy mortar and gun fire, a military official and witnesses said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka east on edge after clashes
reuters.co.uk, April 10, 2004 09:10 AM EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's east remains volatile with unconfirmed reports of fresh clashes between rival Tamil Tiger factions Back to the top

Tigers Clash in Batticaloa Heavy fighting as Prabhakarans cadres infiltrate Karuna's territory
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.20 P.M Friday 9 April. Heavy fighting erupted between LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakarans and Eastern leader Karuna's faction from early morning on Friday... Back to the top

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