|By S. Selvakumar
Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP a former arms procurer
for the LTTE was under rehabilitation and the
government felt that he has now been somewhat fully
rehabilitated, Cabinet spokesman and Information and
Media Minister Kheliya Rambukwella told the weekly
Cabinet press briefing.
He said that he realized this fact from a recent
statement made by KP to the effect that Eelam was
only a dream and it was the duty of the Tamil
diaspora to help the people of the North to lead a
Rambukwella’ commenting on the Channel 4 fiasco said
that 7,000 LTTE suspects who either surrendered or
arrested have been rehabilitated since the end of
the war and under such circumstances he cannot
understand why the Sri Lanka Army should separate
four or five cadres and shoot them to death.
“Legal action is being pursued against Channel 4
telecast and the relevant authorities were already
at it”, the Minister said.
Government has decided to allocate a sum of Rs.
505.2 million to improve the water supply to Madhu
Church in the Mannar district where an estimated
450,000 pilgrims were expected to encamp in the
Church premises. This would be done in two stages
and the first stage to be completed this year was
estimated to cost Rs. 101.4 million, Rambukwella
The second stage expected to cost Rs.
403.8 million would be implemented from 2012 to
Rs. 21 million has also been allocated to improve
the road network of the Rukmalgama Housing Scheme
that consists 501 housing units.
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s
proposal for a large scale integrated tourism city
to be known as ‘Katana City’ on state land of 80
hectares was approved by the Cabinet, the Minister
This project would consist of four Five Star hotels
with a total number of 2,300 rooms an exhibition and
convention centre and two shopping malls.
Phase I of this project envisages foreign direct
investment of US$ 1.5 billion, Minister Rambukwella