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Feature-rich website for BASL

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The new BASL Website being launched by the President of the Court of Appeal Arjuna Obeyesekere, the President BASL Kalinga Indatissa, PC and Secretary BASL Rajeev Amarasuriya in the presence of Head of Digital Business Operations of SLT Digital Info Services Duminda Chandrasiri and Web Development Team Lead Danushka Gangoda, CEO of BASL Ms. Suranee Samarasekera, Attorney-at-Law Oshan Ubhayarathna and other officials of SLT and BASL.

SLT Digital Info Services (Pvt) Ltd (SLTDS) which is a fully-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) has extended their expertise to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) with the launch of its upgraded feature-rich new Website: www.basl.lk. With a wide range of web development, digital marketing and advertising services, SLTDS helps its clientele create a well-rounded-up story in order to fulfil their business goals.

Revamp of the website came as a result of BASL’s initiative to digitalize many of its functions. The new website aims at providing a greater accessibility for its membership and the general public both locally and globally and it comes with a range of new features such as e-Shop, Payment Gateway Integration, Member Login Area enabling members to renew membership, apply for services such as car labels and register for CPD programmes and conferences and moreover it offers access to over 50 BASL webinars as well. A new online Job Bank has also been introduced.

The site is mobile-optimized to reflect the reality that many Sri Lankans access the website primarily through mobile devices.

The new website was recently launched at the closing ceremony of the National Law Conference 2021, with the participation of the President of the Court of Appeal Hon. Arjuna Obeyesekere, President BASL Mr. Kalinga Indatissa, PC, Secretary BASL Mr. Rajeev Amarasuriya and many other dignitaries.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, BASL Secretary Mr. Rajeev Amarasuriya said “the BASL has in the past 10 months converted all its professional development activities to online platforms through which the BASL has reached out to the entire membership and that the next phase was the launch of this brand-new and state-of-the-art website”. He thanked the President BASL and the other members of the management for all the support and guidance and also SLT Digital Info Services for converting the requirements of BASL into a functional and efficient website.

President BASL Mr. Kalinga Indatissa, PC said “it was an important day for BASL in its digital transformation”. He further said that the members now could benefit from the several services of BASL without having to physically visit BASL. He said that a new fully-fledged interactive website was a long-felt need for BASL and that he was glad that the project could be completed during his tenure of office and thanked the Secretary of BASL Mr. Rajeev Amarasuriya and the other officers and SLT Digital Info Services for the job well done.

Mr. Malraj Balapitiya, CEO of SLT Digital Info Services said that they were extremely happy to see BASL truly following the path of digital transformation. In addition to the newly launched website, keeping up with the trends and technology, BASL has also been able to digitize most of its activities and the recent series of webinars conducted on Zoom stands as proof which really shows their commitment towards the transformation. The fully functional website is needed especially in view of the road map laid down by the management of the BASL to better connect the 85 branch associations spreading across the country.”



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Hemas Hospitals launches ‘Deewara Diri Savi’ to support fishing community

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The donation programme was coordinated with the support of the Rev. Fr. Ajith Kamal, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Palliyawatta, who spearheaded the coordination on behalf of the fishing community in the Palliyawatta, Dikowita and Awarakotuwa areas.

Hemas Hospitals launches the ‘Deewara Diri Savi’ mega donation drive to support and empower the fishing community along the Western Coast of the country, whose livelihoods were gravely impacted by the marine destruction caused by the X-Press Pearl ship disaster.

Under ‘Deewara Diri Savi’, Hemas Hospitals will oversee the donation of complete dry ration packs to 818 families in the Wattala fishing community, who have now lost their sole source of income for survival and is undergoing extreme distress due to the implications caused by COVID-19 pandemic together with the fishing ban imposed due to the X-Press Pearl disaster. Further, Hemas Hospitals Wattala is also offering free OPD consultation services to these families to ensure that their wellbeing and access to healthcare is secure and continued during this period.

“Our mission, values and corporate culture guide our actions as we strive hard to deliver on the promise of making healthful living happen to communities across the nation. ‘Deewara Diri Savi’ was founded upon this ethos as we care for, uplift and empower Sri Lanka’s fishing community struggling to make ends meet due to the mass implications and destruction caused to our marine resources with the X-Press Pearl disaster. As a responsible healthcare leader, we will continue to invest our resources and take swift action in supporting this community who add so much to our economy as they transition through this deeply difficult, critical time,” Hemas Hospitals and Laboratories Managing Director and President, Association of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Dr. Lakith Peiris stated.

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Looming challenges contribute to subdued trading activity at CSE

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

Share trading activity at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) was negative yesterday as investors were in a state of uncertainty due to the glaring economic woes of the country. The recent fuel price hike, the worries over possible deprivation of the European Union’s GSP Plus trade facility as well as declining foreign exchange reserves put the local and foreign investors in an indecisive mood, stock market analysts said.

The fuel price hike is likely to increase inflationary pressure especially in the manufacturing sector. This would adversely reflect on manufacturing sector counters in the stock market. Further the sovereign bond repayment amounting to US $ one billion in July 2021 with existing reserves just above US $ four billion could worsen the economic crisis to a great extent, stock market analysts said.

Reportedly the Central Bank has informed the Ministry of Finance that due to the Rs 600 billion in loans to the Petroleum Corporation there is risk to the entire banking system being destabilized and collapsing, In such a context, the banking sector counters did not perform positively yesterday, stock market analysts said. The CPC itself has about Rs 390 billion in accumulated losses.

Amid those developments both indices moved downwards. All Share Price Index was down by 28.02 points and S&P SL20 down by 11.43 points.Turnover stood at Rs 1.36 billion with a single crossing. The crossing took place in People’s Leasing, which crossed two million shares to the tune of Rs 26 million and its share price traded at Rs 13.

In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were LOLC Rs 156.8 million (406,000 shares traded), Royal Ceramic Rs 105 million Rs 105 million (2.78 million shares traded), Lanka IOC Rs 104.1 million (4.56 million shares traded), Hayleys Rs 76.1 million (one million shares traded) and Hayleys Fabrics Rs 51.6 million (2.85 million shares traded).

With the fuel price hike, Lanka IOC share price positively reflected in the stock market. Its share appreciated by 12 percent or Rs 2.40. Lanka-IOC share price started trading at Rs 20.60 and at the end of the day it moved up to Rs 23. During the 68.98 million share volumes changed hands in 18263 transactions.  

 

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Standard Chartered helps fast-track COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Sri Lanka

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Standard Chartered Sri Lanka has successfully financed the import of 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation by facilitating a trade loan to the Bank of Ceylon and People’s Bank, the Bank announced recently.

In efforts to expedite the nation’s vaccination programme during the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Standard Chartered worked closely with the two leading state-owned banks to facilitate prompt and efficient trade financing solutions to help accelerate the invoice processing and payments to purchase the vaccines.

“Across the globe, Standard Chartered has been in the forefront to help local communities to fight the coronavirus pandemic so that the world can look forward to a better tomorrow. When the first wave hit Sri Lanka last year, Standard Chartered made a much-needed donation of USD500,000 to the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society to support emergency relief activities island-wide. This trade loan is a continuation of the Bank’s efforts to help the citizens of Sri Lanka overcome the pandemic and is a testament of Standard Chartered’s ‘here for good’ promise,” said Bingumal Thewarathanthri, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Sri Lanka.

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