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Govt. debt increased by Rs. 2.3 trillion within 11 months

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LKR depreciates against US dollar by 25.2 percent

Outstanding central government debt increased to Rs. 17,413.7 bn by end November 2021 from Rs. 15,117.2 bn as at end 2020, according to data given by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

During the year up to 18th March 2022, the Sri Lankan rupee depreciated against the US dollar by 25.2 per cent, the Central Bank said.

“Given the cross currency exchange rate movements, the Sri Lankan rupee depreciated against the Indian Rupee by 23.6 per cent, the

Euro by 23.6 per cent, the pound sterling by 23.2 per cent and the Japanese yen by 22.8 per cent during this period,” the Weekly Economic Indicators report issued by the Bank said.

It further said: “The reserve money increased compared to the previous week mainly due to currency in circulation. The total outstanding market liquidity was a deficit of Rs. 613.226 bn by the end of last week, compared to a deficit of Rs.703.572 bn by the end of last week.”

“By 18th March 2022, the All Share Price Index (ASPI) decreased by 3.03 per cent to 10,353.83 points and the S&P SL 20 Index decreased by 1.91 per cent to 3,585.47 points, compared to the index values of the previous week.”

“During the period under review (12.03.2022 to 18.03.2022), crude oil prices showed mixed performance. At the beginning of last week, oil prices fell on optimism that there would be a diplomatic end to tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Demand concerns on lockdowns in China also weighed negatively on prices. However, prices increased toward the end of the period under review on heightened investor uncertainties about the stalled progress in Russia-Ukraine peace negotiations. Overall, Brent and WTI prices decreased by US dollars 0.69 per barrel and US dollars 0.97 per barrel respectively, during the period.”

“Weekly AWPR for the week ending 18th March 2022 increased by 33 bps to 9.46 per cent compared to the previous week. Sustaining the expansion on a M-o-M basis, the Purchasing Managers’ Indices for both Manufacturing and Services activities increased in February 2022, recording 52.5 and 51.8 index values, respectively.

IIP in January 2022 decreased by 7.1 per cent to 100.5 compared to January 2021. Among the major sub divisions of the manufacturing industries, “coke and refined petroleum products” (92.9 per cent) has mainly contributed to this overall decrease,” Central Banks Weekly Economic Indicators showed.



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Mahindra Ideal Finance One of Sri Lanka’s Great Places to Work

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MIFL team at the Great Place to work® Awards ceremony for Best 10 companies in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance industry held at the Hilton Hotel, Colombo.

Mahindra Ideal Finance is not only one of Sri Lanka’s leading finance companies, but also one of Sri Lanka’s top employers of choice, attested to by the Company being certified as a Great Place to Work for 3 consecutive years, most recently in 2021.The Company has also been recognized amongst the Best 10 companies in the banking, financial services and insurance sector in 2021 by the Great Place to Work® Sri Lanka. As a result, Mahindra Ideal Finance has attracted a diverse group of individuals at the top of their game to be a part of the Company’s various teams. Having embarked on a landmark islandwide network expansion strategy, Mahindra Ideal Finance is also creating new opportunities for aspiring Sri Lankan professionals looking to build solid careers in financial services.

Duminda Weerasekara – Chief Executive Officer said, “As we are growing our presence around the country through the expansion of our branch network, we are looking for driven and passionate people to reinforce our teams. As we have been a dedicated, caring and trustworthy employer since our inception, Mahindra Ideal Finance is the ideal platform for dynamic young professionals looking to launch or grow their careers.”Great Place to Work®, headquartered in the USA, is the global authority on high-trust, high performance workplace cultures. Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures.

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Daraz Cares introduces ‘Buy one Give One’ initiative – To support families in vulnerable communities

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The unfolding economic crisis in the country has presented Sri Lankans with unprecedented challenges, including scarcity of essentials, escalating living expenses and deteriorating living standards. The impacts of the crisis are graver and more ominous for those in vulnerable communities, where families struggle to make ends meet amidst mounting financial difficulties.As part of its commitment to give back to the community, Daraz Cares has come forward with a social initiative that pledges support for families in vulnerable communities. The initiative themed ‘Buy One, Give One’ will support Sri Lankan families faced with financial challenges with a pack of selected daily essentials. The selected items for the ‘Buy One, Give One’ initiative are, a 1kg pack of CIC Sudu Suduru Rice,a 500g of Orient Mysoore Dhal, a 300g pack of Maggi Coconut Milk Powder, 500g of Orient White Sugar, and 500 g packs of Sunlight Lemon and Rose Detergent Powder, which are all available for purchase via Daraz Mart.

The initiative will be implemented in a manner that, each time an individual purchase any desired quantity of one of the nominated items on the Daraz app, Daraz will donate an equal quantity of the same product to a family in vulnerable communities.Daraz invites everyone to purchase a preferred quantity of the selected items via www.daraz.lk/dmart/ and become a part of the ‘Buy One, Give One’ social initiative.

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DIMO partners with Allianz to provide innovative insurance scheme to its TATA customers

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DIMO together with Allianz recently introduced a state-of-the-art motor insurance & claim settlement scheme designed exclusively for DIMO’s TATA customers.The partnership is focused on assisting the customers to reduce costs incurred during conducting accident repairs through exemption of the owner’s payable portion for TATA vehicles within 5 years of date of manufacture. This innovative facility also offers all TATA customers of DIMO special insurance premium rates at the time of renewal of insurance. DIMO’s TATA customers will enjoy the utmost convenience and zero hassle as both DIMO and Allianz will coordinate all tasks from towing the vehicle to the nearest DIMO-TATA workshop, quick and efficient estimation & approval process, repairing of the vehicle according to exact manufacturer’s specifications, settlement of repair bills to handing over of the vehicle to the customer in original condition.

Ranjith Pandithage, Chairman & Managing Director of DIMO, said, “This partnership will further assist us in offering an enhanced service for our valued customers. As a company, DIMO has always stood for fuelling the dreams and aspirations of the communities we serve in, and it is a pleasure to be able to offer an innovative insurance scheme at a time like this, in collaboration with Allianz.

Gany Subramaniam, CEO of Allianz Insurance Lanka Ltd, said “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with DIMO to offer a customer-centric product, ensuring a vehicle is repaired and restored with minimum hassle.”

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