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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.