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

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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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SLT-MOBITEL donates fourth PCR machine to Matara District Hospital

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Group Chairman of SLT-MOBITEL Rohan Fernando handing over the donation to Deputy Director of Matara District Hospital Upali Ratnayake accompanied by Dr.Thushara Vidanapathirana, Dr.Deepika Priyanthi and Group CEO of SLT-MOBITEL Lalith Seneviratne.

Recognising the importance to enhance Sri Lanka’s PCR testing capacity to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and to protect citizens, SLT-MOBITEL continues its support by donating yet another vital PCR machine to the District General Hospital in Matara recently.

The donation of the PCR machine valued at over Rs. 5.7 million is part of SLT-MOBITEL’s ‘Sabandiyawe Sathakaraya’ CSR initiative in further strengthening the nation’s healthcare systems and assisting communities in need.

The equipment was handed over to the Deputy Director of the Matara Hospital Doctor Upali Rathnayaka in the presence of Rohan Fernando, Group Chairman, SLT-MOBITEL; Lalith Seneviratne, Group Chief Executive Officer, SLT-MOBITEL; Kiththi Perera, CEO, SLT; Shashika Senarath, CMO, Mobitel along with Regional GM, SLT; Regional Head – Mobitel and Hospital Staff.

Previously, PCR machines were donated to the Base Hospital, Karawanella, District General Hospital, Matale and the University Hospital of the Kotelawala Defense University. SLT-MOBITEL appreciates the support received from all Sri Lankans towards ‘Daana Paaramitha’ which was conceptualized as a platform to further increase community involvement in carrying out relief efforts to support families affected by the pandemic.

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Extension of lockdown negatively impacts CSE

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By Hiran H. Senewiratne

CSE trading activities commenced yesterday in a lacklustre manner with little share-buying interest and later on became negative following the government’s announcement on the lockdown extension until October 1, stock market analysts said.

The Colombo International Financial Centre (CIFC) at the Port City was set to commence this month and has been delayed until December owing to the current Covid 19 situation. This also affected CSE trading activities yesterday, analysts said.

Consequently, the stock market lost steam yesterday, closing on a negative note as investor sentiment remained erratic due to internal and external environmental factors. Both indices moved downwards or to negative territory despite healthy turnover in the market. The All Share Price Index went down by 46.09 points and S and P SL20 declined by 17.93 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 3.8 billion with two crossings. Those crossings were reported in Expolanka, where 600,000 shares crossed for Rs. 101.1 million, its shares trading at Rs. 158.50 and Sampath Bank one million shares crossed for Rs. 49.5 million, its shares traded at Rs. 49.50.

In the retail market, some companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Expolanka Holdings Rs. 1.2 billion (7.4 million shares traded), JKH Rs. 604 million (4.6 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs. 540 million (58.3 million shares traded) and Hayleys Rs. 204 million (2 million shares traded).

It is said that following two sessions of gains, the indices closed in the red due to price declines in large-cap stocks as investors opted to book modest returns after the recent sharp rally. Stocks such as Expo, LOLC, and JKH, which saw sharp gains in the past two sessions witnessed profit-taking at higher levels and weighed on the momentum throughout the session.

Further, high net worth and institutional investor participation was noted in Sampath Bank. Mixed interest was observed in Expolanka Holdings, Tokyo Cement Company and LOLC Holdings, while retail interest was noted in Browns Investments, Lanka Orix Finance and Industrial Asphalts. During the day 153 million share volumes changed hands in 24000 transactions.

As of yesterday, the current exchange rate of 1 US dollar was equal to 199.607 Sri Lankan rupees. This is an increase of 7.856656 percent (or +14.5401 LKR) compared with the same time last year (17 September 2020), when 1 US dollar equaled 185.067 Sri Lankan rupees.

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Lockdown takes toll on Sri Lanka’s manufacturing sector activities

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The resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2021 has slowed down the manufacturing activities in the country. Accordingly, the manufacturing PMI recorded an index value of 45.1 in August 2021 with a fall of 12.7 index points from the previous month, mainly driven by the decrease in New Orders, Production, Employment, and Stock of Purchases sub-indices. The decline in New Orders and Production, especially in the manufacture of food & beverages, furniture, and textiles & wearing apparel sectors, have mainly contributed to the overall decrease of the manufacturing PMI. Many respondents in those sectors highlighted that their local orders and distribution channels were affected due to the lockdown imposed as a measure of containing the pandemic. Further, many of them also emphasised that factory operations were disrupted due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus among employees. Employment sub-index also declined in line with these developments.

The decrease of Stock of Purchases was in line with the decline in New Orders and Production. Further, the difficulties encountered in placing purchase orders and in settling foreign payments also adversely affected the supply chain of raw materials and production schedules. Many respondents stressed that the continuous increase in the cost of imported raw materials adversely affected their profit margins. Meanwhile, Suppliers’ Delivery Time lengthened at a slower rate in August 2021. The manufacturers cautioned that the uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic would continuously hinder the prospects of the manufacturing sector, yet, overall expectations for manufacturing activities for the next three months remained above the neutral threshold.

Services PMI dropped to an index value of 46.2 in August 2021 with the restrictions imposed to contain the further spread of the COVID-19. New Businesses, Business Activity, Employment and Expectations for Activity sub-indices recorded declines. New Businesses decreased in August compared to the previous month mainly with the declines observed in wholesale and retail trade, insurance, real estate, and education sub-sectors. Business Activities across most of the sub-sectors such as, wholesale and retail trade, real estate, insurance and other personal activities reported considerable declines indicating the adverse effects of travel restrictions on their business operations. Nevertheless, transportation sub-sector recorded some improvements solely due to the growth in freight volumes. Moreover, financial services sub-sector also indicated improvements despite the disturbances from travel restrictions. Employment continued to fall at a higher pace as retirements and voluntary resignations exceeded the number of recruitments carried out during the month. Backlogs of Work increased at a higher pace in August along with the reduction in staff availability amid travel restrictions and growing COVID-19 infections of staff. (CBSL)

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