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

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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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Bandula undertakes to take over SLIIT

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Bandula Gunawardane has, in his capacity, as the trade minister, assured the SLPP Parliamentary group that action would be taken to take over the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) divested through fraudulent means.

Political sources said that the assurance had been given at this week’s meeting chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House. Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa, too, was present. Minister Gunawardane said so when lawmakers Premanath C. Dolawatta and Weerasumana Weerasinghe raised the issue.

Chairman of COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) Prof. Charitha Herath, who called for taking over of SLIIT, too, was present at the meeting. Communist Party MP Weerasinghe said that they were really happy to receive such an assurance from Minister Gunawardane. Appreciating the manner in which the COPE under Prof. Herath’s leadership had handled the inquiry into the SLIIT acquisition, Matara District lawmaker Weerasinghe said the onus was on the government to take remedial measures immediately.

MP Weerasinghe said that denial of SLIIT ownership to the government was certainly not an isolated case. The way some officials and governments cooperated in daylight robbery of state property couldn’t have happened without the tacit understanding at the highest levels, lawmaker Weerasinghe said. (SF)

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SJB too demands prosecution of ex-President Sirisena and others over Easter carnage

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By Saman Indrajith

The SJB yesterday demanded that the government allow the Attorney General to prosecute all those against whom the Presidential Commission of inquiry on Easter Sunday carnage wanted criminal proceedings instituted.

Addressing the media at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo, Chief Opposition Whip and Kandy District MP Lakshman Kiriella said that the Attorney General could not be forced by the government to spare certain individuals. “The report of the Presidential Commission recommends that legal action be taken against the former head of State Intelligence Service, senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena and the former President Maithripala Sirisena. But the government does not implement those recommendations.

“The Cardinal says that before the election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised to prosecute all those responsible for the carnage. After release of the PCoI report the Cardinal has been told by the President that he could not implement some recommendations therein because he would lose his popularity. That is wrong. He cannot do so, it is the job of the Attorney General. It is not the President who implements the law of this country but the Attorney General. The President has no powers to that. “Upon the receipt of the PCoI report the government appointed a cabinet subcommittee under Minister Chamal Rajapaksa to study the report. Now, the government implements the recommendations of that sub-committee which has recommended to select whom should be prosecuted and who should be left out from the original list of persons identified by the PCoI as responsible for the terror attacks.

“The PCoI recommendations are not being properly implemented. We demand that the government should implement all recommendations of the PCoI. Victims demand the same. The Church and the Cardinal demand the same. The AG should prosecute all identified by the PCoI and let the judiciary decide who is guilty and who is not. The President cannot interfere in selecting the list to be prosecuted. That amounts to the Executive interfering in the matters of the judiciary.”

MP Kiriella said that consequences of the October 2018 constitutional crisis and 52-day government had paved the way for the Easter Sunday terror attacks. “That crisis started on 26 Oct., 2018. Thereafter, the then President Sirisena sidelined the UNP, which was the main party in the Yahapalana government. The National Security Council met without anyone representing the UNF government. The NSC was even attended by some SLFP MPs. President Sirisena took over the Ministry of Law and Order under him in addition to the Defence Ministry. The first move against the Yahapalana government was the 52-day government; the second was the Easter Sunday attack. Nilantha Jayawardena received all information and intelligence from India with exact dates, places and even the names of the attackers. He says that he did not pass that intelligence on to President Sirisena, who was the Minister of Defence. That was an offence. When the PCoI asked Jayawardena to surrender his mobile phone, he did so after deleting all its records. That too is an offence. Former President Sirisena says that he did not know anything about the matter because he had not been informed of it. Yet, the PCoI determined that he was responsible. The government should let the Attorney General implement the recommendations of the PCoI by prosecuting all who have been identified as persons responsible for the Easter Sunday carnage.”

SJB Kurunegala District MP JC Alawathuwala also addressed the press.

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BIA rapid testing PCR lab back in action

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

The rapid testing PCR lab at the Bandaranaike International Airport, which was non-operational for several weeks, resumed accepting samples yesterday (27.)

Earlier, the Director General of Health Services authorised the PCR lab, SASL Hospinorm, to operate.

The lab can provide a PCR test report within three hours.

Those who test positive for COVID will be sent to quarantine centres.

Since passengers can get PCR report in three hours, they need to arrive at the airport six hours before departure. Passengers are provided with all facilities until the reports are issued.

The first passengers to benefit from the lab were those who arrived in QR 668 of Qatar Airways. The flight landed at 2.15 am yesterday (27).

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