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CIPM Chartered Member Admiral Piyal de Silva appointed ambassador to Afghanistan

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President CIPM Sri Lanka-Jayantha Amarasinghe (3rd from left) with Admiral Piyal de Silva and CIPM officials

CIPM Sri Lanka – the nation’s leader in human resource management, recently celebrated the appointment of its Chartered Member – Admiral (Retd) Piyal de Silva, former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy as ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The event was held at the CIPM Head Office “HR House” in Colombo 5 in the presence of the Jayantha Amarasinghe-president, CIPM Sri Lanka and other key officials of CIPM including Priyankara Seneviratne-Hon. Secretary of CIPM, U.A.C. Obeyesekere-Chief Executive Officer CIPM and G. Weeratunga-Director Professional & Academic Affairs.

Speaking at the occasion, CIPM Sri Lanka president-Jayantha Amarasinghe said, “We are honored that former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy – Admiral Piyal de Silva, CIPM Chartered Member and outstanding human resource professional has been appointed to the high post of ambassador of Afghanistan. We are confident that he will keep the Sri Lanka flag and CIPM flying high in Afghanistan”.

“My human resource management capabilities have helped me throughout my career, and I am honored to be a Chartered Member of CIPM. I will carry CIPM wherever I go” said Admiral Piyal de Silva.

A celebrated officer with an illustrious career, Admiral Piyal De Silva was appointed the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy on January 1, 2019. Having joined the Sri Lanka Navy in 1984, Admiral de Silva held a number of key positions including Chief of Staff of the Navy, Director General Operations, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet and Commanding Officer of a number of ships, crafts and establishments during his naval career. Admiral de Silva graduated with a master’s degree in Human Resource Management as well as a master’s degree in Defense & Strategic Studies. An avid sportsman having represented the Sri Lanka Navy in 6 sports disciplines, he was awarded Navy colors for basketball having represented the national basketball team for the SAF Games and Asian Championships.



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CBSL and IFC launch National Financial Inclusion Strategy

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Sri Lanka’s first National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) aunched recently, aims to make financial services more accessible, efficient, and affordable for all households and businesses in the country.

The NFIS is a joint effort led by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka—with technical and financial assistance from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group—under the IFC-DFAT Women in Work program. The development of this strategy was a multi-stakeholder effort supported by the government of Sri Lanka.

“The National Financial Inclusion Strategy symbolizes our country’s commitment towards a better and inclusive Sri Lanka that will benefit all individuals and enterprises. I believe this strategy will complement the Government’s efforts to minimize the provincial income disparities, urban-rural inequalities, and to promote inclusive growth,” said Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

“More importantly, this strategy prioritizes future generations, having identified financial literacy as a key pillar. The proposal to strengthen the national curriculum in this area is a positive step. Investing in the education of our younger generation is the most significant investment we can make as a nation, as this will be a particularly helpful approach to the systematic correction of the financial habits of Sri Lankans,” the Prime Minister said.

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HNB – Havelock City partnership offers exclusive Ezy Pay Home Loans facility

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HNB PLC has partnered with Havelock City mixed-use development project to offer prospective homeowners of state-ofthe-art luxury apartments in Stratford and Melford Towers (Phase 3 – COC certified) and Peterson and Edmonton Towers (Phase 4) with the exclusive Ezy Pay Home Loans facility.

The partnership is set to offer customers the unprecedented opportunity to make a payment of only 20% and immediately occupy the limited units available in Phase 3 of the project or invest in apartments available in Phase 4, scheduled to be completed by May 2021. Further, Havelock City will take on the customer’s interest payment for one year.

“We have witnessed an increase in the demand for apartments and are aware that there is a limited stock of units available in the heart of Colombo. Therefore, we hope that this partnership with Havelock City will offer our customers looking to invest in a home of their own the facility to either move into an apartment immediately or invest in a home of their dreams,” HNB Head of Personal Financial Services, Kanchana Karunagama said.

Prospective homeowners can make use the bank’s flexible repayment options, such as the Step-up facility, which offers a repayment option in line with the customers evolving income. Customers can also obtain a maximum repayment period of 25 years for the loan facility for an attractive interest rate starting from just 7%.

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DPL lends a hand to children in Monaragala Rubber Farming Communities

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As part of its ongoing efforts to empower and uplift the livelihood of its farmer co-operative societies, Dipped Products PLC (DPL) distributed school bags to the children of 1,500 smallholder rubber farmers for the 10th consecutive year, under its flagship Firstlight CSR project.

This year’s distribution recorded the largest donation of school bags, which was nearly a two-fold increase from the previous year, bringing the total value of the distribution up to nearly Rs. 1 million.

Taking place at the Pinwatta Bodimalu Viharaya in Medagama, Monaragala, this latest distribution marks the Company’s continued efforts to support the smallholder rubber farming communities, by ensuring that their essential needs are looked after.

“Especially in this time of economic uncertainty, with the nation facing significant challenges and hardships, it is truly touching to see the positive impact which we continue to have on the underprivileged smallholder rubber farming communities. We believe that programmes like Firstlight hold the key to enhancing the livelihoods of our 1500-strong rubber farmers, providing them with an improved quality of life, whilst paving the way to open up new opportunities and a brighter future. This is why, with the enthusiastic response we have received over the years, we have now also expanded this school bag distribution to include the District of Kegalle,” Dipped Products Deputy Managing Director, Pushpika Janadheera said.

 

 

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