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HNB SOLO sponsors Fusion Galle Street Food Festival

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HNB SOLO team at the festival

Continues efforts to target youth to increase cashless payments adoption

Sri Lanka’s most user-friendly payment app, HNB SOLO, sponsored the recently held ‘Fusion Galle Street Food Festival’, continuing its efforts to engage the youth to increase the adoption of cashless payments across Sri Lanka.

The app, introduced by Sri Lanka’s leading private bank, HNB PLC, partnered with sellers who were part of the event, to offer users of SOLO significant discounts and promotions on food and beverage purchases.

The event supported by HNB SOLO for the Third consecutive year was held at the Magistrate Square within the Galle Fort. The event featured food stalls with authentic Sri Lankan, Italian, Indian and Mexican cuisine and a live performance by a musical band.

“The youth can play a key role as ambassadors in driving the adoption of cashless payments across the island. Hence, being a part of events such as this, which attracts a large number of youth, enables HNB SOLO to engage with them and show them first-hand the benefits of the app, especially in making lifestyle purchases,” HNB Head of Digital Business, Chammika Weerasinghe said.

HNB SOLO, launched in 2019, is designed to empower users with complete freedom in digital payments, enabling the flexibility to handle any transaction anywhere, whether purchasing from an established retail franchise or even a small stall or three-wheeler. The intuitive, user-friendly and sophisticated app also eliminates the need for physical contact.

Members of the public at the festival

QR-code based-payments through HNB SOLO are more cost-effective, when compared to alternative payment solutions available in the market. Users can make payments via LANKA QR, Sri Lanka’s national common Quick Response (QR) code standard developed by the Central Bank, by scanning the code using SOLO. Upon completion, merchants will receive an instant SMS notification, confirming the receipt of payment.

Users can download the app from the Google Play Store or the (Apple) App Store for free. Once downloaded, any customer can register for SOLO by entering the mobile number and personal details with no requirement for paperwork at a HNB branch. Customers also can connect the app directly to any bank account or VISA / MASTER credit or debit card.

With 256 customer centres across the country, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically-innovative banks, having won local and global recognition for its efforts to drive forward a new paradigm in digital banking. HNB has a national rating of AA- (lka) by Fitch Ratings (Lanka) Ltd. The bank was also ranked among the World’s Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine for five consecutive years. HNB was also declared Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Sri Lanka at the Global Finance Awards 2020.



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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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