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Ceylinco Insurance ranked 9th among Sri Lanka’s Most Respected Corporates



Ajith Gunawardena, Executive Chairman / CEO, Ceylinco Insurance PLC, Rajkumar Renganathan, Executive Chairman, Ceylinco Life Insurance, Patrick Alwis, Chairman / CEO, Ceylinco General Insurance

Ceylinco Insurance was placed in the 9th position amongst the nation’s Most Respected and Admired Corporates for the year 2021 and thus becomes the Most Respected Insurer in Sri Lanka for yet another year.

This was announced by the LMD magazine in its 17th annual edition of the nation’s Most Respected and Admired Entities. Ceylinco Insurance PLC comprises of the two dominant insurers in the country, Ceylinco General Insurance Ltd and Ceylinco Life Insurance Ltd. Both, Ceylinco General Insurance and Ceylinco Life Insurance maintain their supremacy as market leaders in General and Life insurance respectively. Moving up three overall positions from the previous year, Ceylinco Insurance is placed in the 4th position in HR and People Management and in the 5th position in Quality Consciousness, Management Profile, Corporate Culture and Vision in the attributes rankings. Ceylinco Insurance is also placed amongst the top ten in 10 of the 12 attribute rankings. Based on a survey conducted by LMD together with Nielsen – it covers a well-informed sample of 800 senior managers of listed companies.

Ajith Gunawardena, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ceylinco Insurance PLC said, “We are proud and also humbled to be amongst the nation’s top corporates and express our gratitude to each and every one for nominating us. As a corporate entity that believes in offering innovative and customer-friendly solutions, our continuous search for excellence in customer service and commitment has enabled us to become a powerhouse of innovation and creativity, where pioneering ideas are born and given expression to become fully-fledged products and services that enhance people’s lives. Your recognition encourages us and now we are even more committed to offer innovative and customer -centric products and services to the people of the nation. Some of our innovative products have reached the grassroots level and their benefits have been reaped by people who would have never thought of getting insurance if it were not offered through channels close to the masses of this country.”

Rajkumar Renganathan, Chairman of Ceylinco Life said: “A core precept at Ceylinco Life is that respect, like trust must be earned, nurtured and built on through our actions. Seventeen consecutive years of market leadership in an industry that is heavily dependent on trust attests to the fact that Ceylinco Life has lived by this credo. As the largest life insurance company is Sri Lanka, Ceylinco Life is de-risking the future of millions of people – our policyholders and their families – and has never compromised on its mission or its core values. We not only honour every legitimate claim, we do so quickly and unobtrusively. Our generous and longstanding commitments to the community in the areas of education and health have also endeared us to, and earned the respect of Sri Lankans from all walks of life. Additionally, our persistent efforts to promote professionalism in the industry has helped change the perception of the life insurance salesperson and also contributed to the respect we have earned.”

Patrick Alwis, Chairman /Chief Executive Officer of Ceylinco General commented, “The Ceylinco VIP brand is synonymous with customer-centricity and this accolade reflects the value we infuse for customers. Our Company is founded on these principles and we remain committed to delivering industry-best insurance solutions to cater to every need of customers from all walks of life.”

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Self-Employed Traders petition SC over govt. favouring liquor dealers



By A.J.A Abeynayake

The Supreme Court has decided take up, on 04 Oct. for hearing a petition filed by the Association of Self-Employed Traders against the opening of liquor stores during the current lockdown.

 The traders have requested the apex court to order the government to allow members of their union to engage in business activities since the liquor stores had been allowed to reopen during the lockdown.

The petition was taken up before a three-judge bench comprising justices L. T. B. Dehideniya, Shiran Gooneratne and Janak de Silva, yesterday.

 The State Counsel appearing for the respondents said he had received the relevant documents pertaining to the case only last Friday evening. Therefore, the State Counsel requested the court to give him time to seek advice from the respondents who were many.

Attorney-at-Law Eraj de Silva, appearing for the petitioner at the time, said about 7,000 members of his client union had lost their livelihoods due to the decision by the respondents.

Therefore, Attorney-at-Law Eraj de Silva requested the court to give an early date for considering the petition.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court decided to take up the petition for consideration on 04 Oct and directed the lawyers of the petitioners to take steps to send notice to the respondents before that date.

The petition was filed by the President of the United National Self-Employed Trade Association G.I. Charles, its Vice President P.G.B. Nissanka, and Secretary Krishan Marambage.

The petition names 47 respondents, including the Director General of Health Services, the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of Excise.

The petitioners allege that under the quarantine law, the Director General of Health Services, who is the competent authority, issued a notice on Aug 20 prohibiting the opening of liquor stores.

The petitioners point out that steps were taken to open liquor stores countrywide contrary to the regulations of the Health Authority.

The Director General of Health Services, the Commissioner General of Excise and the Inspector General of Police have stated that they have not allowed the reopening of liquor stores.

The petitioners have also requested the Supreme Court to issue an order to the respondents to allow the members of their association to engage in business activities as the liquor stores are allowed to remain open.

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Lankan born newly elected Norwegian MP Gunaratnam calls for investments here



Newly elected Norwegian Labour Party MP, Lankan born Kamzy Gunaratnam says she will ask the new Norwegian government to continue engagement with the country of her birth.

 Speaking at a virtual media conference on Sunday night, Gunaratnam said that she does not believe that boycotting Sri Lanka is the way forward.

“I don’t believe in boycott. There needs to be investments. Only that will ensure employment,” she said.

Gunaratnam said that she is also prepared to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, if invited, for talks.

She said that Norway must continue to assist Sri Lanka through trade, education and in other ways.

Gunaratnam said that she will also discuss with her party and the new Norwegian Foreign Minister, as well as the Norwegian Ambassador in Sri Lanka and see how best Norway can assist the country.

Gunaratnam said that Sri Lankans must also decide the best solution for Sri Lanka and not any foreign country. She said that Sri Lanka must not wait for foreign pressure to work on a solution.

The newly elected Norwegian MP also said that minority rights in Sri Lanka must be protected.

As a Norwegian MP she said that her main focus in the Norwegian Parliament will be to push for equality in Norway.

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Going to IMF best solution, says Ranil



UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe insists that a programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is necessary to mitigate impact of the growing debt repayment crisis; homegrown solutions are not effective.

“Unlike in the past, Sri Lanka’s debt problem has increased at a time when there is a global debt problem. This makes the situation more challenging and complex. Sri Lanka is a highly import-dependent economy,” Wickremesinghe said during a panel discussion, organised by the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka on Saturday.

The UNP leader said that the government shouldn’t sell state assets to ease off the shortage of foreign exchange to have breakfast but reinvest those proceeds back in the economy. “Going to the IMF is the best solution,” Wickremesinghe said.

With reference to homegrown solutions, he referred to the mess caused by the government in promoting Dhammika peniya as one of the failed measures earlier on to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The former Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka should use the current situation to forge ahead with structural and public sector reforms which were postponed due to political considerations in the past.

The former PM suggested that the re-opening of the country be delayed till mid-October.

In responding to the issue of debt management in Sri Lanka, the UNP leader said that the most pressing concern is addressing the dwindling foreign exchange reserves of the country.

He explained that the regional foreign exchange reserves were projected to increase over the course of the year, however, Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange reserves were on a downward trend.

He also said that economic recovery based on a resurgence of the tourism industry would be uncertain, and until airline ticket prices were reduced it was unlikely that tourist arrivals would increase significantly.

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