Bell tolls for Tiger leader
The writing is on
the wall for Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran as the Security
Forces began tightening the noose around an already sinking LTTE
with troops entering the last remaining Tiger bastion by
capturing the Mulaithivu town on Sunday.
It is only a matter of time before the beleaguered LTTE
cadres now bottled in to a tiny 360 square kilometre area in the
Mulaithivu jungles will be smoked out by the Forces heralding
the liberation of all territory held by the outfit.
It is certainly no mean feat to shrink a 15,000 square
kilometre land mass area hitherto occupied by the LTTE to such a
minuscule patch in a matter of 18 months since the Mavil Aru
campaign and our Forces have achieved what was once deemed
impossible which feat had even received world acclaim.
Military experts are astounded as to how such a victory
against the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world
was possible with the minimal collateral damage.
Our Forces carried out the instructions of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa to the letter by exercising great restraint in sparing
the innocent civilians any harm. Victories would have been
achieved much earlier if the Forces too undertook a Gaza type
operation with the attendant carnage.
That the military went so far while being handicapped by the
civilian factor is a tribute to the discipline and the tenacity
of our valiant soldiers which even prompted the Indian Defence
Adviser to describe Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka as the
best commander of the world.
The role of the Air Force, Navy too should be equally
commended. The precision bombardment of enemy targets by the Air
Force greatly helped the foot soldier to move into enemy
The indictment of floating arms vessels by the Navy coupled
with engagements in mid sea thwarted LTTE sea operations and
weapons smuggling. The STF too played a not inconsiderable role
in paralysing LTTE strength together with the Police who manned
checkpoints and helped in other ways for the success of the
The nation now waits in eager anticipation for the final bell
to toll for the Tiger outfit which had caused untold destruction
to life and property in over three decades of bloodletting.
More than anyone else though it will the people of the North
who will feel the breath of freedom and redemption by the
liberation of their blood soaked landscape from the grip of the
most barbaric terror ever imagined.
It is the duty of all sections of the national polity, to put
aside all parochial considerations and unite to effect a smooth
transition of this war ravaged country to an oasis of peace and
tranquillity where all citizens will be equal joined in a bond
of unity, brotherhood, amity and concord, rising from the long
horrifying nightmare that haunted this country all these years.
Another dengue epidemic
epidemic has raised itís ugly head again with alarm bells
sounded by health authorities following the rapid spread of the
fever in the Western Province.
Chief Medical Officer Public Health Department of the Colombo
Municipal Council Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam said the CMC area
alone had recorded 70 cases of dengue within the first half of
this month with Modera alone accounting for 30 cases. He said
the situation was serious in comparison to last year.
It is unbelievable that with so many local authorities
functioning today - some overlapping each other - no viable
steps have been taken to contain the sudden outbreak of
epidemics such as dengue which is a direct result of polluted
environment including poor sanitation that breed the dengue
Statistics are issued each year on Dengue prevalence by the
CMC like a manthram but regrettably it has been the worst
offender contributing to spread of disease.
The ubiquitous garbage dumps, polluted drains and waterways
snaking through the certain parts of the city, overflowing
sewers, unattended gullies, pot holes etc. that collect water
are a clear example of the general lethargy and negligence by
Perhaps the internal strife in recent months of the countryís
premier local government body had contributed to this sad state
The CMC has already has a deterrent whereby residents and
businesses who fail to clean up their premises of receptacles,
containers and general pollution are legally prosecuted or
fined. How far has this been implemented is anybodyís guess. But
judging by the number of dengue cases reported from the city no
headway has been made.
At least now the health authorities should get their act
together and put in place a comprehensive dengue eradication
The campaign should be started in schools within the Colombo
city and taken to all corners of the country. Civic groups too
should take an active part by prevailing on the community to
maintain a pollution free landscape. What is needed is a
combined effort to fight dengue and other epidemics which may
descend on the population due to their own negligent attitudes.