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CSE positive; buying interest notable in manufacturing sector counters

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

Throughout yesterday the CSE recorded a positive performance and witnessed buying interest, especially in manufacturing sector counters. The main reason for the market to be positive was the Department of Census and Statistics recent data that indicated that during the first quarter of the year the government was able to achieve an economic growth of 4.3 percent, while during the corresponding period last year the government recorded a 1.2 percent contraction, stock market analysts said.

Besides, the fact that under the Covid 19 vaccination programme over four million persons have been vaccinated so far also made the stock market to perform in a positive manner, market analysts said. Amid those developments both indices moved upwards. All Share Price Index went up by 41.8 points and S and P SL-20 rose by 14.8 points.

Turnover stood at Rs. 2.28 billion with five crossings. Those crossings reported in People’s Leasing and Finance where 18.2 million shares crossed for Rs. 233 million, its shares traded at Rs. 12.80, HNB (Voting) 795,000 shares crossed for Rs. 104.8 million, its shares traded at Rs. 131.75, Alumex five million shares crossed for Rs. 67.5 million, its shares traded at Rs. 13.50, CT Holdings 343,000 shares crossed for Rs 62.5 million, its shares fetched Rs 182 and Aitken Spence 783,000 shares crossed for Rs. 44.6 million, its shares trading at Rs. 57.

In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, Expo Lanka Rs. 358 million (6.8 million shares traded), Hayleys Fabrics Rs. 170 million (7.9 million shares traded), CTC Rs. 107.3 million (499,000 shares traded), JKH Rs. 67.4 million (499,000 shares traded) and Tokyo Cement (Non Voting) Rs. 57.9 million (one million shares traded).

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has raised the ceiling rate for 12-month treasuries by 02 basis points to 5.25 percent, for this week’s treasuries auction where 56 billion rupees of bills will be offered. The ceiling policy rate has operated as a de facto policy rate through which large volumes of debt are monetized when the Central Bank purchases bills with printed money to defend a pattern of treasuries yields, leading to a failure of the auction, despite there being demand at a higher rate, market sources said. During the day 120.8 million share volumes changed hands in 19461 transactions.



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Assetline Leasing recognised at SLIM People’s Awards

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Assetline Leasing Company Limited (ALCL) was nominated for “SLIM People’s Financial Services Provider of the Year” category at the recently held SLIM People’s Awards 2021 at BMICH, Colombo.

As a specialized leasing company with a network of 53 branches located Islandwide, ALCL has been able to carve a name for itself as a leading financial services providers by continuing to fulfill the financial needs people from all walks of life with an innovative and reliable portfolio of leasing and loan products that are geared to improve the livelihood of individuals and families whilst enriching their lifestyles. Access to financial services, particularly by SMEs and entrepreneurs, has always been a key area of ALCL’s focus.

Commenting on the achievement, Ajantha Premasiri, Chief Marketing Officer, ALCL, said; “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our valuable and loyal customers, business partners and team Assetline for their unwavering support in securing this nomination in the category of “SLIM People’s Financial Services Provider of the year”.

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DIMO forum focuses on youth skills for employment and entrepreneurship

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DIMO celebrated ‘World Youth Skills Day’ by shining the spotlight on the importance of equipping the youth with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, through a webinar titled ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’, held recently.

The keynote speaker at the webinar was a renowned expert in the industry, Mangala P.B. Yapa the Director General / CEO of Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, while the panel consisted of leading Human Resources professionals Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya the Chief Human Resources Officer of DIMO, Chinthaka Premaratne the Group Director Human Resources of Fairway Holdings and Ishan Dantanarayana the Group Chief People Officer of Brandix. The event was moderated by Yohan Thilakaratne the Head of Corporate Communications of DIMO. Vocational Training is a key attribute in DIMO’s sustainability agenda and the forum ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’ was the latest initiative of DIMO to empower the dynamic youth with the correct skills.

During his keynote address, Mangala P.B. Yapa stated, “Knowledge, skills and employment are 3 elements that are inter-connected in a complex manner. Today, knowledge has surpassed skills and therefore, receives prominence. However, I believe that knowledge which does not develop skills, does not do justice to society. Through vocational education, what we attempt to do is to develop both knowledge and skills.”

 

 

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CA Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards makes a comeback this year

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In its continuing determination to crown the most brilliant financial reports produced in the country, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will present the prestigious Annual Reports Awards competition this year, incorporating new concessions on account of COVID-19, whilst also automating the marking system for the first time in the competition’s history.

Applications for the 56th Annual Report Awards competition 2021 will be accepted from 15th August 2021 onwards. Organisations ranging from multinationals to blue-chip companies, conglomerates, small and medium businesses, state corporations, statutory bodies and even NGOs and NPOs which produce annual reports can vie for this year’s top honours.

Known to promote transparency, corporate governance, sustainability and social responsibility, the competition’s grand comeback this year was announced at a press conference on Tuesday.

The Annual Report Awards commands a history of over half a century, but following COVID, the Institute decided not to proceed with the competition last year on grounds that the competition would not yield the required benefits for the participating companies due to the challenges stemming from the pandemic and the related crisis.

Addressing the press conference, Jayesinghe said that as the sole authority to promulgate accounting and auditing standards in Sri Lanka, the Institute has taken every effort necessary to implement a world class accounting framework, which will result in long-term benefits to the country including bringing in vital investments such as FDIs.

He said that an annual report is recognised as the single most important document for readers and potential investors to understand the financial state of a company as well as its positive contribution not only towards the company’s bottom line but also to the country and society.

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