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Roads, rails, rebel area in Sri Lanka tsunami plan

Sri Lanka plans to use 40 percent of its $3.5 billion tsunami recovery fund in new infrastructure projects and looks set to give Tamil Tiger rebels a piece of the pie, documents showed on Friday. A copy of the draft recovery plan obtained by Reuters makes no mention of the rebels, who accuse the government of denying them aid. But it outlines projects in at least one district that is almost entirely in rebel hands. Any funds flowing into rebel territory could stir controversy among the Sinhalese majority, while the prospect of gleaming new towns and transport links eating up over 40 percent of the mostly donor funded recovery budget was already under fire. Full Story

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