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Dollar selling rate of Rs. 200.06 having investors worried

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

CSE investors were reportedly worried yesterday over inflationary pressure on  manufacturing sector companies  due to   the current buying rate of the US Dollar  standing at Rs. 195.28 and the selling rate of the US dollar standing at Rs. 200.06.

This is the highest selling rate recorded for the US dollar since April 9, 2020. That day the selling rate of the US dollar stood at Rs.200.47. Further, the Central Bank is not in a position  to sell down its dollars   in order to protect current foreign reserves, which are only ample for three months for the country to survive, stock market analysts said.  

According to the daily exchange report of the Central Bank, this  is the third time in history that the selling rate of a US dollar has exceeded the Rs.200 mark. As a result, manufacturing sector companies’ cost of production tends to move up. In turn, those stocks will have a negative impact on the stock market, analysts said.

Amid those developments, the JKH share price slightly appreciated against the backdrop of arrangements relating to the development of the West Container Terminal of the Colombo Port.

JKH shares started trading at Rs. 148 and at the end of the day they moved up to Rs. 148.50, which was a 50 cents or 0.34 percent increase, stock market analysts said.

During the day the market started with marginal gains and began declining to 110 negative points. However, during the latter part of the day, CSE signalled some positive trends and closed at  40.71 negative points (All Share Price Index). S and P SL20 went down by 17,50 points. The top five companies in the retail market that mainly contributed to the turnover were, LOLC Rs. 183.7 million (620,000 shares traded), Expolanka Rs. 163 million (3.6 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs. 159 million (31 million shares traded), Dipped Products Rs. 83.6 million (1.8 million shares traded) and Vallibel One Rs. 66.6 million (1.4 million shares traded). During the day, 83.3 million share volumes changed hands in 14912 transactions.CSE turnover stood at Rs. 1.23 billion.



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Share investors worried over Wealth and Heritage tax

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By Hiran H Senewiratne

CSE trading kicked off on a positive note yesterday but the momentum could not be sustained for long owing to investor worries that the government is planning domestic debt restructuring involving the imposition of a wealth and heritage tax on citizens, market sources said.

Amid those developments both indices moved downwards. The All -Share Price Index went down by 131 points and S and P SL-20 declined by 46.8 points. Turnover stood at Rs 3.4 billion with four crossings. Those crossings were reported in Agalawattte Plantations, which crossed 45.3 million shares to the tune of Rs 1.5 billion, its shares traded at Rs 35, CTC 420,000 shares crossed for Rs 269 million and its shares traded at Rs 640, Cargills 100,000 shares crossed to the tune of Rs 24.5 million; its shares traded at Rs 245 and Hayleys 300,000 shares crossed for Rs 24 million; its shares traded at Rs 80.

In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, SLT Rs 234 million (two million shares traded), Hayleys RS 121 million (1.5 million shares traded), Lanka IOC Rs 106 million (115,000 shares traded), Softlogic Capital Rs 69 million (5.6 million shares traded), CTC Rs 65.3 million (101,000 shares traded), Sampath Bank RS 54.7 million (one million shares traded) and Commercial Bank RS 52.5 million (801,000 shares traded).During the day 164 million share volumes changed hands in 20000 transactions.

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Brandix ‘RightToRead’ initiative gains momentum enriching Sri Lanka students and transforming learning

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Inspired by the challenge to provide Sri Lankan children with better access to learning materials and the transformative power to read and comprehend English, Brandix launched the ‘RightToRead’ project in 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Accordingly, Brandix introduced the ‘ReadToMe’ English learning tool, created by English Helper – India, to improve reading and comprehension skills of Sri Lankan students. Last Monday, Julie Chung, the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, visited Susamayawardhana Vidyalaya in Borella, to observe progress of the project and experience how children and educators in Sri Lanka engage with educational technology.

Brandix Lanka Limited, Director, Ajit Johnpillai, said: “Education is the most powerful tool to enrich communities and futures, and Brandix is committed to build a strong foundation for transformational learning for students across Sri Lanka. The progress we have made with RiteToRead over the past two years is promising, and the potential for change in the education sector harnessing such digital technologies is immeasurable. Brandix will continue its commitment to deliver Inspired Solutions for the people of Sri Lanka.”

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Dialog TV Boosts Resilience and Capacity with Norsat Satellite Earth Station

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Hytera, a leading global provider of professional communications technologies and solutions, is proud to announce the successful deployment of a new backup satellite station for Dialog TV, Sri Lanka’s No.1 satellite Pay TV service provider. The project was fulfilled in 2022 by Hytera and its subsidiary specialized in Satellite Communications (SatCom), Norsat International Inc. The new station enhances the resilience and capacity of Dialog TV’s existing system and ensures continuity of service in the event of damage due to natural disasters.
Dialog TV provides coverage over the entirety of Sri Lanka through the Intelsat 38 Ku-band satellite. As the business expanded, it opted for a backup solution to support its existing satellite station and to strengthen the network’s disaster tolerance.
Hytera and Norsat provided an end-to-end satellite earth station solution that includes the installation, integration, and setup of satellite antennas, a transmission and receiving system, a new network management system (NMS), and a carrier monitoring system (CMS). The NMS makes routine work easier and simpler for on-duty staff, as equipment status, parameter monitoring and configuration, and remote control of the devices can be viewed and accomplished via a single interface. The CMS monitors the carrier spectrum status of satellite signals in real-time and ensures stable signal transmission and receiving.
“We are excited to have been able to work with Dialog TV on this important project,” said Kevin Sun, Sales Director for Hytera South Asia, “Our ability to seamlessly integrate our new equipment and software with Dialog TV’s existing systems has helped to ensure a stable and reliable service for their millions of customers across Sri Lanka.”

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