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HNB- Span Engineering partner to home loans promotion

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HNB Deputy General Manager- SME and Retail Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne exchanging the MoU with Span Engineering Chairman, Sivasubramaniyam Sanjeevan in the presence from L-R HNB Gayan Abeysnghe – Mortagage Advisor, HNB Head of Personal Financial Services Kanchana Karunagama, Span Engineering Director, Siyamala Sanjeevan, Span Engineering- Manager - Business Analysis and Marketing, Tharmarajah Mayooran and Span Engineering Manager- Marketing and Business Development, Ashani Mahanama

Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, announced an exclusive partnership with renowned property developer Span Engineering (Pvt) Ltd to offer prospective homebuyers special interest rates and exciting benefits for home loans.

The partnership will offer customers the best rates and customized payment plans to provide prospective homeowners with unique home loans for purchase of apartments at all new and existing Span projects including Span Tower 27 – Moratuwa, Span Tower 28 – Negombo, Span Tower 29 – Rajagiriya and Span Tower 30 – Pereira Lane. HNB Deputy General Manager- SME and Retail Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne and Span Engineering Chairman, Sivasubramaniyam Sanjeevan participated in the ceremony held at HNB Towers to sign the MOU.

As the demand for real estate, especially those for apartments have only increased in the past year despite the obstacles faced by the construction industry in the face of the pandemic, we worked towards providing unique investment opportunities in this sector for our customers. As such we are delighted to be working with Span Engineering in creating this unique opportunity for prospective homeowners to invest in a home of their dreams,” HNB Head of Personal Financial Services Kanchana Karunagama said.

HNB will offer customer making use of promotion with flexible repayment options, Step-up facility, Grace period and residual option which ensures a repayment option in line with the customers increasing income. Prospective homeowners can customise repayment plans to suit their income pattern.

Customers can also obtain a maximum repayment period of 25 years for the loan facility for an attractive interest payment, in addition to a seamless loan approval process supported by its state-of-the-art backend systems.

“We have experienced an increase in demand for apartments over the past few years which has resulted in four new projects under our banner Span Towers. The partnership with HNB will offer our customers a unique opportunity to invest in a home of their dreams on their terms. As such we look forward to working with the bank during this promotional period to off prospective home owners access to affordable housing facilities,” Span Engineering Chairman, Sivasubramaniyam Sanjeevan said.

Span Engineering has successfully completed twenty-one quintessential condominium projects making it one of the best housing opportunities within Colombo. The company has now expanded to develop projects in Wellawatte, Negombo, Moratuwa and Nuwara Eliya catering to the high demand from local and foreign homeowners.

Further information regarding the offer can be obtained from HNB customer Centre’s on 011-2462462 and Span Engineering on 0773 686 000.

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. Consolidating its reputation for banking excellence, HNB bagged the Best Retail Bank and Best SME Bank awards in the Banking category at the International Finance Awards 2021. The bank was also ranked among the World 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. HNB has a national rating of AA- (lka) by Fitch Ratings (Lanka) Ltd.



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Sri Lanka’s economic confidence index plummets

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‘No one has rated Sri Lanka’s economic condition as excellent. 1.8 % rated it as good and 1.3 % rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022, a wide ranging Verite Research public opinion survey reveals.

Key findings of the survey:

Government approval rating drops from 10% to 3%

The second round of the Gallup Style “Mood of the Nation” poll was conducted in June by Verité Research. It assessed the approval, satisfaction, and confidence of the nation in relation to the government, the country, and the economy.

The poll was conducted as a part of the syndicated survey instrument by Verité Research. This instrument also provides other organisations the opportunity to survey the sentiments of Sri Lanka.

1. Government approval rating | 3% | To the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the current government is working?” only 3% said they approve. In January 2022 this rating was at 10%.

2. Sri Lanka satisfaction | 2% | To the question, “In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in Sri Lanka?” only 2% said they were satisfied. This rating was at 6% in January 2022.

3. Economic confidence | negative (-) 96 | Multiple choice questions on the condition and trajectory of the economy are used to generate an economic confidence score. The score can range from negative (-) 100 to positive (+) 100. A score above zero means more people see the economic conditions positively rather than negatively. If everyone thinks the economy is in either excellent or good condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting better, the score will be (+) 10. If everyone thinks that the economy is in a poor condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting worse, the score will be a (-) 100. No one rated the economic condition as excellent. 1.8% rated it as good; and 1.3% rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022.

Implementation of “Mood of

the Nation”

The poll is based on an island wide nationally representative sample of responses from 1,052 Sri Lankan adults, conducted in June 2022. The sample and methodology was designed to ensure a maximum error margin of under 3% at a 95% confidence interval. The polling partner was Vanguard Survey (Pvt) Ltd.

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Decline in share market in the wake of rate hike reports

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

CSE trading activities began on a positive note yesterday but during the latter part of the day the market experienced a dip on account of the overall supply chain economy being subjected to a contraction, stemming from the fuel crisis. Consequently, CSE activities were relatively low keyed, market analysts said.

“We are reverting to the negative. There is uncertainty on all fronts, from the political to the economic. Therefore, we are expecting a rate hike on Thursday. This is creating a bit of a cloud and we may see this continuing further, a top market analyst said.

Even if top level decision- making is happening in Sri Lanka the impact is not felt at the grassroots level. This has resulted in unrest in the country, the analyst said.

Amid those developments, both indices moved downwards. The All- Share Price Index went down by 97.9 points and S and P SL20 declined by 34.3 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.3 billion with one crossing. The crossing was reported in JKH, which crossed 600,000 shares to the tune of Rs 73.2 million, its shares traded at Rs 122.

In the retail market, the top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Lanka IOC Rs 611 million (7.3 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 173.9 million (one million shares traded). LOLC Holdings Rs 47.4 million (120,000 sha4es traded), Hayleys PLC Rs 46.5 million (697.000 shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 46.3 million (6.4 million shares traded), JKH Rs 21 million (173,000 shares traded) and Softlogic Holdings Rs 20.5 million (794,000 shares traded). During the day 109 million share volumes changed hands in 15000 transactions.

The International Monetary Fund said last Thursday its talks with crisis-hit Sri Lanka had been “constructive”, thereby raising hopes it would soon grant preliminary approval for a desperately needed financial support package, observers said.

Meanwhile, the Colombo Consumer Price index rose 54.6 per cent year-on-year in June against a 39.1 per cent rise in May, according to the Statistics Department.

Yesterday the US dollar rate was Rs 360.73, which is now being controlled due to the prudent fiscal and monetary policies of the Central Bank.

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Dialog Club vision members receive access to an exclusive screening of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

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In a bold and breath-taking new global adventure, the epic conclusion to the Jurassic film franchise ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ hit theatres across the world on June 10. Just a day after its global premiere, Dialog Club Vision Red members and their loved ones received special access to an exclusive screening of the film at the Kandy City Centre Multiplex on June 11.

The explosive end to the Jurassic era sees two generations of the film’s franchise unite for the first time with Hollywood’s Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard joined by Oscar winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill. Dialog Club Vision members were some of the first to witness the utopian world where Dinosaurs and humans co-exist.

With the best interests of its members and their loved ones at heart, Dialog Club Vision continues to deliver a world of exclusivity and privileges such as personalized care, exclusive discounts and offers, lifestyle and entertainment events and more. To explore more exciting offers available for Dialog Club Vision members, and to learn more about Sri Lanka’s premier loyalty programme, customers can visit the MyDialog App or visit dialog.lk/club-vision

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