Will it be defence or NSB?
Notwithstanding his onerous duties as Defence Secretary, one time Police Chief, Cyril Herath has taken on an added responsibility - Chairman of the National Savings Bank.

He assumed office at an official ceremony at the Bank's Headquarters on July 22. The move has fuelled speculation that Mr. Herath has chosen to give up the top defence job and work only as the NSB chief. But that will take weeks or more.

Mr. Herath leaves today on a visit to China, which has remained one of Sri Lanka's largest weapons suppliers. The visit assumes greater significance in view of uncertainties over the ongoing peace process.

Old faces, new duties
Hardly a month after assuming office, Army Chief Lt. Gen. Shantha Kottegoda, has effected a series of changes. Major General Sunil Tennekoon will assume duties from August 15 as Security Forces Commander, Jaffna. He is currently General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Army's 22 Division in Trincomalee, a position that will be taken over by Maj. Gen. Sharman Kulatunga. Until now he has been attached to the Presidential Security detachment.

Major General Sisira Wijesuriya will assume duties as Director General - General Staff at Army Headquarters. He is now Security Forces Commander Wanni. Major General Parami Kulatunga presently the Director General - General Staff will assume duties as the new Wanni Commander.

Major General Susil Chandrapala presently Security Forces Commander, Jaffna will take over as Commandant of the Volunteer Force. Major General Sarath Fonseka the Commandant of the Volunteer Force will revert to his substantive post as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army.

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