The present portfolios of two of them will be entrusted to young members, who are already cabinet ministers.
The president is strongly critical of the conduct of the one of these ministers, according to the newspaper.
Meanwhile, prime minister Ranil Wickremesingeh has objected to a suggestion by president Maithripala Sirisena to handover the highways ministry to Mahinda Amaraweera.
The president is insisting that there should be a complete overhaul of the ministers.
Meanwhile, a website run by an official of the president’s office says the PM has not agreed to any of the changes in the subjects as proposed by the president.
The president has rejected the PM’s recommendations sent to him yesterday (21), including that the law and order, finance and investment ministries should be retained, it adds.