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* Sri Lankan government to gazette subjects and institutes under the ministries tonight
Sun, May 2, 2010, 09:06 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 02, Colombo: The subject areas and the institutes that come under the Cabinet ministries of Sri Lanka are to be published in government gazette today, Sri Lanka Presidential Secretariat announced.

The relevant notification has been directed to the Government Printer now and the gazette that is being printed is to be released before midnight, President's Secretary Lalith told media.

The present government expects to clearly demarcate the powers of the ministers and hopes to maintain better coordination between the ministries, Weerathunge said.

Thirty seven Cabinet ministers swore in before the President on April 23. However, the allocation and publicizing the subject areas and the institutes under the Ministries were delayed since the President was abroad for four days to participate in the SAARC summit held in Bhutan.

The ministry secretaries can obtain the gazette from the Government Publication Bureau tomorrow morning, the Presidential Secretariat said.

The previous United People's Freedom Alliance government had a jumbo panel of over 100 ministers, non-cabinet ministers, and deputy causing disputes due to several ministers sharing the same subject area thereby impeding progress.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to make several new ministerial and deputy ministerial appointments this week following the investigation into the election law violation incident that led to a re-poll in Nawalapitiya of Kandy District. The President received the report of the investigation yesterday. He held off giving ministerial portfolios to any Kandy District parliamentarian until the investigation is complete.

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