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HNB supports digital payments adoption drive in Negombo

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HNB Head of Digital Business, Chammika Weerasinghe, HNB Regional Business Head – North Western Region, Rajive Perera, HNB Negombo Metro Customer Centre Manager, Neil Dahanayaka, together with the SOLO team

Extending it’s support to the rapid development of a vibrant cashless payments ecosystem, Sri Lanka’s leading private bank, HNB PLC, participated in the latest edition of the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), held recently in Negombo.

HNB interacted with merchants, including small businesses, educating them on the advantages and strengths of its LANKAQR-integrated HNB SOLO payment app during the day-long event. Given the strong interest displayed by them, HNB representatives also onboarded a significant number of these merchants to the HNB SOLO platform.

The event held at the Kadolkale Grounds in Negombo was attended by CBSL Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal as the Chief Guest, together with CBSL Assistant Governor Dharmasiri Kumaratunga and senior officials from leading commercial banks.

The first to introduce multiple technological developments to the Sri Lankan banking sector, HNB has played a prominent role in increasing public awareness of the benefits of digital payments in the country. The bank has continued to amplify and ramp up these efforts, both through its own programmes and by extending its steadfast support to CBSL’s ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ initiative.

“A vibrant cashless payment ecosystem has the potential to drastically enhance economic activity at the grassroots of the Sri Lankan economy. These systems help accelerate the speed of business, and particularly for small businesses, they can help establish new markets and carry out transactions securely and conveniently,” HNB Head of Digital Business, Chammika Weerasinghe said.

Launched in late 2020, the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign seeks to increase the usage of Sri Lanka’s national common Quick Response (QR) code standard developed by the CBSL. This initiative, which eliminates the need for merchants to have multiple QR codes for different platforms, facilitates fast, secure and affordable digital payments, benefiting customers and merchants. Financial institutions and telecommunication companies are supporting the CBSL in its efforts to transition towards a cashless society.

HNB aims to make mobile phones and digital payments the standard for day-to-day transactions throughout the country and has played a prominent role in driving the country’s cashless QR-code based payments revolution.

HNB SOLO merchant (Good Food & Body Care- Negombo), Mr & Mrs Kapila Paliyakkara at the event.

HNB SOLO, launched in 2019, facilitates enhanced efficiency in payments and transactions, while eliminating the need for physical contact. QR-code based-payments through HNB SOLO are more cost-effective, when compared to alternative payment solutions available in the market. The intuitive, user-friendly and sophisticated app has significantly increased the convenience of making a wide range of QR-based payments. Users can make payments via LANKA QR by scanning the code using SOLO. Upon completion, merchants will receive an instant SMS notification, confirming the receipt of payment.

HNB has been continuously enhancing the app’s features and functionality, by further improving its user interface.

Going even further in its digital payments journey, the bank has also introduced Dynamic QR technology in partnership with both Keells Supermarkets and Singer, in which a unique code is generated for each transaction. This allows customers using an app linked with the LANKAQR to make contactless purchases at stores by simply scanning the Dynamic QR, which appears on the display screen of the Point of Sale (PoS) machine. By eliminating the need to manually enter the payment value, this mechanism increases customer convenience and avoids errors.



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Cavinkare Lanka unveils Meera Facewash – unique combination of natural actives

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FMCG Major’s latest product for the Sri Lankan market, Meera Facewash was unveiled in an official event at Colombo. Celebrating the young contemporary Sri Lankan woman, Meera facewash will be introduced in three different variants providing functional solutions to everyday skincare problems – Red Sandal (for soft skin), Neem & Tea Tree (for pimple clear skin) and Wild Turmeric (for clear skin).

Meera facewash is a range of formulation that is Soap-free, Sulphate free, Paraben free and is milder on the skin. It has a unique combination of Natural actives mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic textbooks. It includes a very special product which is Salicyclic acid- free acne treatment facewash. It helps to remove 99.9% of acne causing bacteria using prebiotic technology.

Meera facewash is aimed at modern young women of Sri Lanka who hold a strong belief in traditional practices & natural ingredients. Today young women are well read, understand the importance of healthy skin and have a holistic view of how healthy skin is beautiful skin. It comes out from the confidence of understanding scientific literature that supports these natural ingredients rather than following it naively.

Virtually connecting at the event, Arun Chacko, Business Head of Personal care category (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Nepal) said, “With the Launch of Meera Face Wash today, we add to the hugely successful Meera portfolio of shampoos. With this, we intend to enhance the Richness of Tradition that Meera as a brand has been offering to the Sri Lankan Populace over the years. We are sure that the variants, would endear to the needs of Sri Lanka. We promise to bring more such exciting products to cater to the consumers.”

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All-time record prices for two estates

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Halpewatte Uva Estate located in Bandarawela, which is renowned for producing high quality, light liquoring bright orthodox teas established an all-time record price of Rs.1,000 per kg on a liquoring BOPSP grade in the Uva Medium Category at the tea auction held on 18th January 2022. This invoice of tea was purchased by Shan Teas (Pvt) Ltd.Halpewatte Uva Estate is managed by Halpewatte Estate (Pvt) Ltd, and the teas were marketed and sold by John Keells PLC.

Venture Estate located in Bogawantalawa which is renowned for producing high quality orthodox teas over the past years, established an all-time record price, of Rs 1,060 per kg on a liquoring FBOPF1 grade in the Western High Grown Category at this week’s tea auction held on 18th January 2022. This line of tea was purchased by Inter Tea (Pvt) Ltd. Venture Estate is managed by Madulsima Plantations PLC and the teas were marketed and sold by John Keells PLC.

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HNB-Indra Traders offer exclusive leasing solutions for unregistered vehicles, freezers and pre-owned vehicles

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Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, partnered with local automotive giant Indra Traders to provide customers with exclusive leasing solutions for unregistered and pre-owned vehicles and freezers.

Customers can make use of exciting benefits and discounts during the promotional period from January to December 2022. HNB Executive Director Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo and Indra Traders Managing Director Rushanka Silva participated in the special ceremony to sign the MoU at HNB Towers.

“Given the import restrictions, the market for unregistered and pre-owned vehicles has grown exponentially. Each year we offer our loyal customers the very best deals in the market. As such, we have renewed our partnership with Indra traders, renowned for its incomparable service, to offer those looking for vehicles with access to exceptional after-sales services and great discounts,” HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo said.

HNB will offer the prevailing interest rate for structured leases and lease facilities with a 25% residual value market value under the partnership. Customers also have access to special discounts on automobile products, servicing, spare parts, tyres, and batteries via the Prestige Prime card, with the annual fee waived off the first year.

“We are delighted to partner with HNB once again to offer our mutual customer base exciting leasing solutions and great benefits. Our continued partnership with the Bank has proven to be very beneficial to our customers, and we hope they will make use of this opportunity once again to invest in their own set of wheels,” Indra Traders Managing Director Rushanka Silva said.

Indra Traders will provide customers looking to purchase unregistered cars, vans and freezers with free insurance from SLIC for the first year. HNB customers are also eligible for discounts of up to 10% for spare parts from Indra Motor Spares and labour charges from Indra Service Park for the first year.

Customers investing in a new or unregistered passenger vehicles are eligible to have their vehicles outfitted with a free entertainment system and reverse camera. Indra Traders will also offer customers a two-year warranty for engines and gearboxes and a three-year warranty for hybrid batteries.

Notably, the company will provide free labour for services up to one year and a maximum of six services for pre-owned vehicles. A six-month warranty will also be offered for the engines and gearboxes of these vehicles.

Established in 1975, Indra Traders has diversified to various business segments in the automobile industry. A supplier of high-quality motor vehicles and related vehicles, Indra Traders today stands as not only a supplier of high-quality vehicles but also a transport solutions provider.

With 254 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 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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