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Finance minister’s Rs. 229 billion economic relief package buoys stock market

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), which kicked off with a bullish momentum on the previous day continued the same momentum yesterday with both indices sharply rising, recording a turnover of more than Rs. 10 billion.

The All Share Price Index surged by 174.72 points to close at a record all time high of 12,800.53, stock market analysts said.”The two days of trading saw net foreign buying of Rs. 13 million against a net annual outflow of over Rs. 50 billion in 2021 and 2020. The reason for the CSE to be more positive throughout the day was because it would be  the best investment option with the increase of money supply into the economy with the Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa’s economic relief package that was announced on Monday, worth 10 percent of projected 2022 revenues.

The total handout of  Rs 229 billion is about 1.2 percent of gross domestic product. It is 10 percent of the Rs 2,274 billion  revenues for 2022 already described as ‘ambitious’ by analysts and rating agencies.

Amid those developments both indices were positive. All Share Price Index up by 174.7 points and S and P SL20 up by 51.5 points. Although the first one and half hours indicated some profit takings, the market most of the time was positive, driven by LOLC group counters and other blue chip counters, stock market analysts said. Those companies were LOLC Holdings 67 points, LOLC Finance 39 points LOLC Development Finance 19.2 points contributed to the All Share Price Index.

Turnover stood at Rs 10.8 billion with four crossings. Those crossings were reported in NDB, which crossed 7.3 million shares to the tune of Rs 125.6 million and its share price traded at Rs 72, Sampath Bank one million shares crossed for Rs 52 million and its share price traded at Rs 52, Asia Siyaka Commodities ten million shares crossed for Rs 34 million and  its share price traded at Rs 3.40 and Renula Holdings 1.2 million shares crossed for Rs 25.2 million and its share price traded at Rs 21.

In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were LOLC Finance Rs 1.7 billion (60 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 788 million (45 million shares traded), Prime Lands Residencies Rs 621 million (46.2 million shares traded), Sunshine Holdings Rs 449 million (8.3 million shares traded), LOLC Holdings Rs 390 million (314,000 shares traded),  Expolanka Holdings Rs 341 million (893,000 shares traded) and Overseas Realities Rs 250 million (10.5 million shares traded). During the day 806 million share volumes changed hands in 76000 transactions.

Watawala Plantations, which is the market leader in palm oil in Sri Lanka share price appreciated by 16 percent or Rs 21.75. The reason being in the international market the palm oil price has gone up considerably. Therefore, its share price shot upto Rs 160 from Rs 138.25. The parent company of Watawala Plantations Sunshine Holdings share price also appreciated by 18 percent or Rs 8.80. Its share price shot upto Rs 57.80 from Rs 49.   The share price of LOLC General Insurance recorded a gain of Rs. 1.20 (5.85 percent) to close at Rs. 21.70. The share price of Expolanka Holdings appreciated by Rs. 11.50 (3.06 percent ) to close at Rs. 386.75.



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Wing Commander (Retd.) D. Pradeep S. Kannangara elected president, Industrial Security Foundation

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The Industrial Security Foundation (ISF) which acts as the sole organization in Sri Lanka to represent the Private Security industry having incorporated by an Act passed in the Parliament, Act No. 51 of 1999, elected Wing Commander (Retd.) Pradeep Kannangara as its President for the years 2022/2023 at its 30th annual General Meeting which was held at the PIM Auditorium in Borella. Wing Commander Pradeep Kannangara was appointed President while 14 other members were appointed to the Executive Committee, strengthening the ISF in order to drive and uplift the standards of the private security industry in Sri Lanka.

He has served on the ExCo consecutively since 2012 under four different presidents where he held the positions of Senior Vice President during the last three consecutive years. He has also been a committed member of the ISF and was awarded prestigious coveted FISF title due to his many valuable contributions to the organization and the Private Security Industry in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Wing Commander Kannangara’s journey into private security began after a successful career in the Sri Lanka Air Force for over 24 years where he served in many capacities finally being the Officer Commanding of the Special Air Borne Force. A recipient of the Ranasura Padakkama (RSP) Gallantry award for his bravery, sacrifices and service to the nation by the President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in 1990. He holds a Master’s in business management from the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia too and serves as a Board Director in AB Securitas (Private) Limited in Sri Lanka and AB Securitas Bangladesh Limited.

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Kitchen & Bedroom reaffirms its partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka

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(L-R) Pawan Singh- General Manager Sales & Marketing at Hafele Sri Lanka, Jurgen Wolf- Managing Director Hafele South Asia, Dr. Sacquaff- Group CEO Kitchen & Bedroom, and Manish Mahajan, Director Sales Hafele South Asia

Kitchen & Bedroom, a name synonymous in the interior designing and furniture sector in the country recently celebrated its long-standing partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka during the latter’s 12th year anniversary celebratory event, reaffirming its ambitious plans to further strengthen and explore the numerous opportunities available here.

Häfele Sri Lanka, part of Häfele India which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hafele Global network, is a technology partner for various projects and initiatives of Kitchen & Bedroom. Both the companies operate in the interior design space, sharing their cumulative knowledge and expertise to provide extensive and personalized solutions catering to domestic requirements.

‘We take great pride in our association with Häfele Sri Lanka having exchanged and collaborated on many projects both commercial and household. We share similar values such as providing high quality, sustainable, functional and customized solutions to our customers, and most importantly to guide them through every aspect and step of the project and how best we could bring out their desired design,’ said Dr. Sacquaff, Kitchen & Bedroom Group CEO.

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DSI strengthens its islandwide presence with three new showrooms

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Amid the prevailing economic hardships faced by Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s premier footwear brand DSI recently expanded its islandwide presence in the country with the opening of three new showrooms in Kahawatta, Akuressa, and Chavakachcheri, with the aim of offering greater access to its diversified product range to a wider customer base.

Gracing the special occasion, the showrooms were declared open by D. Samson & Sons (Pvt.) Ltd. Managing Director Thusitha Rajapaksa, in the presence of Director Asanka Rajapaksa, General Manager Pradeep Samarathunga, National Sales Manager – Retail Sales Naleen Weerawardana, invitees, and well-wishers.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Thusitha Rajapaksa stated: “We are excited about expanding DSI wings to three new locations. Despite the ongoing economic conditions of the country, we took a call to take a proactive measure to expand our islandwide presence. While it has been a challenge, the commitment and hard work of our team has made it possible to serve our loyal customers better, and we are confident that we will be able to continue these efforts in the future as well.”

DSI is renowned for its well-trained staff who offer exceptional customer service. The three new DSI showrooms prioritize providing a unique service and customer support to make purchasing further convenient for the customer.

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