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CSE retail turnover hits remarkable high of Rs. 5.04 billion

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

The CSE enjoyed its highest ever retail turnover and the highest ever  number of transactions despite both indices indicating a downward trend yesterday. The reason for the market decline was selling pressure in banking and large cap counters. However, demand for low valued stocks remained bullish,  stock market analysts said.

The turnover stood at Rs. 5. 04 billion with two crossings. Those crossings were reported from Pan Asia Power, which crossed 40 million shares to the tune of Rs. 180 million; its share price trading at Rs. 4 and Sierra Cables 18 million shares crossed for Rs. 75 million, its shares trading at Rs. 5. However, the All Share Price Index went down by 38.08 points and S and P SL20 declined by 25.75 points. 

In the retail market, top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were,  Expolanka Rs. 864 million (49 million shares traded), RIL Properties Rs. 373 million (36.4 million shares traded), Piramal Glass Rs. 341 million  (52 million shares traded), Tokyo Cement (Non Voting) Rs. 339 million (6.2 million shares traded) and Tokyo Cement (Voting) Rs. 277 million  (4.3 million shares traded). During the day 582 million share volumes changed hands in 40884 transactions.

It is said that close to Rs. 5 billion came from the retail trade minus the two crossings. Due to foreign selling pressure local investors have become more active in the market. RIL Property share price moved  up to Rs. 10 from Rs. 4 and the company has informed the CSE that their share price has increased unusually due to speculative trading. 

Materials sector was the top contributor to the market turnover (due to Tokyo Cement Company voting and non-voting) while the sector index gained 5.30%. The share price of Tokyo Cement Company non-voting gained Rs. 5.00 (10.99%) closing at Rs. 50.50, while foreign holdings decreased by 2,231,075 shares. Further, the share price of Tokyo Cement Company moved up by Rs. 5.00 (9.03%) to close at Rs. 60.40.Transportation sector was the second highest contributor to the market turnover (due to Expolanka Holdings) while the sector index increased by 14.37 percent. The share price of Expolanka Holdings increased by Rs. 2.10 (14.38 percent) to close at Rs. 16.70.RIL Property and Hayleys Fabric were also included among the top turnover contributors. The share price of RIL Property recorded a gain of Rs. 2.10 (29.17 percent) to close at Rs. 9.30, while the share price of Hayleys Fabric declined by Rs. 1.10 (4.47 percent) to close at Rs. 23.50.

 Sri Lanka rupee quoted slightly weak at 184.20/27 to the US dollar on Tuesday while bond eased, dealers said. The rupee closed at 184.15/25 against the greenback on Monday.



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Cabraal briefs Chief Incumbents on Port City Project Commission Bill

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On the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal on April 19 visited the Asgiriya Chapter, the Malwathu Chapter and the Chief Prelates of the Amarapura and Ramanna Maha Nikayas and briefed them on the relevant draft commission bill on Port City Project.

Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of State Lohan Ratwatte, Minister of State Kanaka Herath, MP Wasantha Yapa Bandara and MP Kokila Gunawardena were also present on the occasion.

 

 

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Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs

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To keep pace with the rapid expansion and increasing complexity of elderly home healthcare, training needs of home healthcare nurses must be identified and subsequent training programs implemented. English Nursing Care conducts training sessions on a weekly basis covering a variety of care needs for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) record that NCDs are estimated to account for 75% of total deaths in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health “although people are living longer, they live more years suffering from disease and disability, mainly from NCDs; life expectancy at birth in Sri Lanka is 74.9 years but healthy life expectancy at birth is only 67.0 years.” This has a significant impact on quality of life.

English Nursing Care Sri Lanka works towards improving the quality of life of the elderly living with NCD’s by training nurses on the most advanced and developed methodologies brought through years of experience internationally and locally. Being responsible for the well-being of your loved ones is pivotal in the service they provide.

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SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka

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SriLankan Airlines in a bid to recommence Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka under the proposed bio-bubble tourist arrival concept successfully completed a familiarization tour for Indian media and travel trade professionals recently. A delegation of tour operators, agents, and senior editors representing influential media institutions concluded a familiarization tour in Sri Lanka.

The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota. The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.

The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept. Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.

During their stay here, the delegation was hosted for a virtual meet-and-greet with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. The discussion focused on the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements between the two countries, current safety measures, and guidelines pertaining to the bio-bubble concept. They lauded the effort taken by officials to make their trip a memorable one.

The Indian delegation was highly impressed with the opportunities they were given to travel and explore the country and its exclusive holiday prospects for the enthusiastic traveller. This fam tour was a manifestation of the immense potential of Sri Lanka as a post-covid travel destination enticing the Indian traveller.

 

 

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