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Coastal clean-up program at Pasikkuda, Batticaloa

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Pasikuda is known as ‘Green- Algae Bay’ which is located approximately 35 kilometers away from the town of Batticaloa. The natural beauty of this beach with its horseshoe shaped bay, endless stretch of sandy shores and sparkling blue waters attracts visitors from all over.

There are a string of hotels, restaurants and guesthouses located along the shores of this beach. After the civil war in Sri Lanka and the tsunami in 2004, tourism activities in this area experience a downfall. However, at present Pasikuda is making a comeback as a tourist destination. The government has taken necessary action to redevelop this area through a government- driven Special Economic Zone. This beach has been identified as one of the most secure spots for swimming in Sri Lanka and visitors have the ability to wade further into the sea because of the shallowness of the sea. Visitors can takepart in surfing, snorkeling, diving, wind surfing, water-skiing and kite surfing while at Pasikuda.

The best time to visit Pasikuda between May to September in order to enjoy this heavenly beach.

Due to the monsoon pattern of eastern province, most of the solid wastes were aggregated in the coastal belt of Pasikkuda. Therefore, as it is a tourist destination. In order to keep clean the Passikudah beach Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) organized a cleanup program on December 24 at Pasikkuda, to remove the solid wastes with the help of various organizations/ institutions such as Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Police, Koralai Predesyasaba and tourism association with all necessary precautions instructed by health ministry due to the covid-19 outbreak.

During the Clean up the officials from MEPA Dr. Terney Pradeep Kumara, General Manager, Nilantha Piyadasha Assistant Manager -Province, T.Shripathy Assistant Manager North and East Madura and Thayrooban, District Marine Environment officers were participated.

Ms. Shoba Ranjith, chairman of Pradeshiya Sabha Koralaipattu also pasticipated in the clean up programme.

The collected wastes were sent to dumpingsite, pasikkuda by Predesya Saba and the non-degradable materials such as plastics were sent to the recycling points. All dead Eichornia crassipes sp. were sent to dumping sites.

The cleanup program was successfully completed with the help of officers and Pasikkuda turned back to its healthy state.

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HNB promotes cashless transactions; joins CBSL’s ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign

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Chief Guest for the event Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal, CBSL Deputy Governor and National Payments Council chairperson Yvette Fernando, and CBSL Payments and Settlements Director D. Kumaratunge with HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo as he completes a transaction via HNB SOLO at a merchant stall

HNB PLC, partnered with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to promote the Colombo-leg of ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign at Diyatha Uyana, to raise awareness and encourage the public towards cashless payments.

Having already linked LANKA QR to its digital payment app HNB SOLO, the bank was among other financial institutions and telecommunication partners in joining efforts to make cashless QR-code based payments the standard for mobile phones and digital payments countrywide, in moving towards a cashless and digitally-savvy Sri Lanka.

“We are entering a new era of financial technology, where almost all of our daily transactions will require no physical banknotes, but just a smartphone and internet connection with our bank account integrated to a digital payment app.

The Central Bank’s national directive for banks and financial institutions to adopt and integrate LANKA QR into their existing digital payment solutions has prompted an aggressive onboarding of merchants to the new payment solution across the country. With our extensive customer base, SOLO is no doubt a significant contributor to this innovative initiative,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

The Colombo-leg of the ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign raised awareness regarding SOLO’s many facilities, including zero human interaction, efficiency, and eliminated risks that influenced many vendors to come on board.

 

(HNB)

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Sri Lanka Insurance posts a staggering revenue of Rs. 55.2 billion during 2020

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Amidst the turbulent and challenging year Sri Lanka Insurance has closed year 2020 on a positive note recording phenomenal revenue growth with exceptional service innovations.

Sri Lanka Insurance the premier insurer to the nation recorded stellar performance in 2020 to record Rs. 55.2 billion revenue for the year, a marked improvement on the Rs.48.6 billion in the year 2019, a press release said.

It adds – In the year of 2020 Sri Lanka Insurance reported 30 % growth in life insurance premium increasing to Rs.19.2 billion whilst general insurance reported 7% growth in premium grew to Rs. 20.1 billion. The company achieved a combined Gross Written Premium (GWP) growth rate of 17 % during the year. General insurance contributed 51% towards the total GWP whilst Life Insurance contributed 49 %.

‘In continuing with its tradition of leadership, Sri Lanka Insurance in 2020 surpassed its own record to declare a sum of Rs.8.2 billion as bonus to policyholders. The cumulative life insurance bonus paid out during the past 10 years tops a massive Rs.54 billion making the SLIC bonus payout unmatchable.

‘As the national insurer we have witnessed yet another challenging year and the consequences brought out by pandemic outbreak urged us to conduct our business operations in a more empathetic manner. SLIC has always taken the lead to protect the nation and during this difficult time Sri Lanka Insurance launched many initiatives to sustain country’s health defenses while ensuring our customers receive uninterrupted insurance service.

‘As the pioneering insurance company in Sri Lanka we are in the forefront to inculcate the importance of insurance to the masses as a national responsibility on our shoulders. We will further strengthen internal capabilities to serve the nation through innovative and affordable insurance solutions which cater to all Sri Lankans under the ‘Insurance for All” concept. Even though the times are defining we will continue protecting our nation turning obstacles into opportunities.’ noted .Jagath Wellawatta, chairman of SLIC.

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Bank of Ceylon empowering nation with Lanka Q

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The Bank of Ceylon in its mission to assist the government initiative to empower Sri Lanka through digital technology is joining the customer awareness campaign of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s Lanka QR digital platform.

Bank of Ceylon had its most recent major awareness programs in Borella and Maharagama along with the other branches in Colombo District in line with the Central Bank’s main program held in “Diyatha Uyana” with the participation of all Lanka QR certified banks on the same day.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has organized a series of awareness and promotion campaigns for popularizing Lanka QR with the participation of all Lanka QR certified financial institutions throughout the country with the aim of speeding up the customer adaptation process towards digital banking.

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