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Sri Lanka to expand first post-war cabinet
AFP, April 24, 2010. COLOMBO Sri Lanka's president will expand his new cabinet by five ministers but the government will still have far fewer members than the previous one, an official source said Saturday.

President Mahinda Rajapakse, whose ruling United People's Freedom Alliance took victory in this month's parliamentary election, will bring in five more cabinet ministers and one deputy minister soon, the official said.

His cabinet, sworn in Friday, currently numbers 37 excluding the president himself, who holds the defence, finance, ports and highways portfolios.

Rajapakse was re-elected for a second term in presidential polls in January and cemented his grip on power when his ruling coalition won 144 seats in the 225-member parliament two weeks ago.

"There will be three more ministers from the (central) Kandy More...
Published: Sat Apr 24 09:01:55 EDT 2010


Sri Lanka leader keeps key posts, budget seen delayed
Reuters, April 23, 2010 - 12:40PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday appointed his brother to oversee the island nation's post-war economic development in a slightly smaller cabinet but kept other key ministries himself.

Rajapaksa retained the defence, finance, ports, aviation and highways portfolios in a cabinet cut to 37 from 51. The total number of ministers in Rajapaksa's new government fell to 76 from 109 in his previous administration.

He won an April 8 legislative poll with a 144-seat majority -- Sri Lanka's strongest government in more than a decade. He rode More...
Published: Fri Apr 23 12:38:52 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lanka's new cabinet takes oath
Xinhua, April 23. COLOMBO, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's newly appointed 37- member cabinet took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat early Friday afternoon in the capital Colombo, government officials said.

Officials from the Department of Government Information said President Rajapaksa's younger brother Basil Rajapaksa has been sworn in as the Economic Minister.

The foreign affairs portfolio went to G. L. Peiris, who is the former Export Development and International Trade Minister. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 23 09:02:13 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Cabinet Ministers
Dept of Info, April 23, 2010. President Mahinda Rajapaksa - Defence Ministry, Finance and Planing Ministry, Ports and Aviation Ministry, Highways Ministry... Back to the top

LTTE Leaders Among Several Foreigners Arrested In Malaysia
Bernama, April 23. PUTRAJAYA, April 22 (Bernama) -- A number of key leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were among several foreigners arrested by Malaysian police between August 2009 and March this year... Back to the top

SEEMAN TO PROTEST AGAINST AMITABH
behindwoods, April 24, 2010. With the Bollywood IIFA awards proposed to be held in Sri Lanka this year, Amitabh visited Colombo recently and took part in an event sharing stage with Sri Lankan President Rajapakshe... Back to the top

NZ and Sri Lanka take Twenty20 to Florida
Reuters, April 23. The three-match series will take place from May 20-23 near Miami in Lauderhill, Florida, NZC said on its website (www... Back to the top

USA to host Sri Lanka-New Zealand T20Is
Minelle Fernandez in London, April 23, 2010. USA will host three T20Is between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the month of May... Back to the top

Sri Lanka presidents retains finance, cuts size of new cabinet
LBO, 23 Apr, 2010 18:07:58 . Apr 23, 2010 (LBO) - Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa retained the finance and defence portfolios in a new cabinet appointed after parliamentary polls and added the ministries of ports, aviation and highways seen as critical in a post-war revival... Back to the top

Nalini made calls to England, Sri Lanka
ET, April 23. CHENNAI: Sriharan Nalini, serving life sentence over former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, made several telephone calls within and outside India from a mobile seized from her, the Tamil Nadu government said Friday... Back to the top

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