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KP rehabilitated, says Keheliya
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 normal life.
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 revealed

The second stage expected to cost Rs. 403.8 million would be implemented from 2012 to 2014.
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 said.
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 further said.