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Ideal Motors and Ideal First Choice breaks new ground in Sri Lanka offering industry-first free insurance cover

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Ideal Motors Pvt Ltd and its subsidiary Ideal First Choice Pvt Ltd (part of the Ideal Group of Companies) have pioneered an insurance reward scheme free of charge, an industry first for vehicle owners who continue to avail services from both Ideal Motors and Ideal First Choice workshops. The Ideal Motors main workshop located in Ratmalana, exclusively undertakes repairs and services for Mahindra vehicles and the eleven Ideal First Choice Workshops located island wide undertake repairs and services for multi-brand vehicles including Mahindra vehicles.

Founder and Chairman of Ideal Group Mr Nalin Welgama stated: “We are delighted to reward our customers with free personal accident insurance cover, a first time event in Sri Lanka’s automobile market. At Ideal Group, we are constantly providing innovative solutions to our loyal customers. We believe vehicle owners of any brand should be honored with this reward, for choosing to service their vehicles with us. We have partnered with the highly reputed and trusted Allianz insurance Lanka Pvt Ltd for this initiative”.

Labour services of more than Rs. 4000 carried out at any of the Ideal Motors and Ideal First Choice Workshops are eligible to a free personal accident insurance cover valued to a maximum of Rs 400,000. The insurance cover offers a range of benefits including accidental death, total and/or permanent disablement, accidental death due to an accident as a passenger in a car, rider on a bike, funeral benefits, medical expenses and daily hospital cash allowance. Loss of life and/or disability due to an accidental death covers up to a sum of Rs 400,000. The sum of Rs 40,000 will be covered as funeral expenses and medical expenses of up to Rs 40,000 irrespective of hospitalization at a government hospital or a private hospital. The personal accident cover will not cover hospitalization due to natural causes or other unrelated illnesses.

About the Ideal Group

With over three decades of disrupting the local automotive and after-market solutions industry, Ideal Holdings and Ideal Group is a truly Sri Lankan Group of Companies leading the way in Sri Lanka. The Group’s strength consists of over a 1,000 team members and boasts turnover of more than Rs. 20 billion annually. As a pioneer, Ideal Group specializes in assembly, import and distribution of motor vehicles and multi-brand spare parts, automotive after sales services.

In Q2 FY19 Indian giant Mahindra Finance announced the investment of Rs. 2 billion till Q4 2021 increasing its stake in Ideal Finance to 58.2%. Through Ideal Finance, the Group focuses on Finance and Real Estate services, logistics and a plethora of services uplifting economical standards and enabling every citizen in the country.

Ideal Group holds the sole authorized distributor rights of Mahindra motor vehicles and motor cycles in Sri Lanka and the co-ownership of Sri Lanka’s “first automotive assembly and production plant” in Welipenna, which is a bi-product of the joint venture between Ideal Group and India’s automotive giant, Mahindra and Mahindra. In 2019, a Rs. 3 billion investment made way for a state–of–the-art assembly plant in 2019 forming Mahindra Ideal Lanka (Pvt) Ltd in which Ideal Group holds an ownership of 65%. With its capacity to manufacture 5,000 vehicle units per annum, the assembly plant is expected to export vehicles to the South Asian countries and continue to stamp the global footprint. It is also the nucleus of KUV100 NXT, the first ‘Make in Sri Lanka’ SUV car introduced.

Following a service first philosophy, the Group claims a large footprint across Sri Lanka with its island wide network of Ideal sales showrooms, after market, genuine spare part dealers, multi brand workshops, tyres, and premier workshops.

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realme dares to leap into Sri Lankan youth market with cutting edge devices

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realme, the world’s fastest-growing smartphone brand, launched its products in Sri Lanka on the November 23. The virtual launch event took place with the participation of Chanux bro and realme Sri Lanka team where benchmark, trendsetting realme products were introduced to the Sri Lankan market.

The launch expands the reach of the fastest smartphone brand to reach 50 million product sales worldwide, to a brand new market with young users looking for the very best in technology and smart devices. Ranked among the Top 5 brands in over 13 markets globally in just two years of operation, realme is ranked seventh globally. Proclaiming it will ‘dare to leap’, realme identifies with young people who are willing to take a risk, and has launched four cutting edge products to the Sri Lanka market, set to exceed expectations.

realme 7 – sharper captures and cooler gaming with faster charges

realme 7 grabs the imagination of the youth with a 64MP Quad Camera with Sony IMX682 sensor for sharper captures, the World’s First MediaTek Helio G95 Gaming Processor for cool gaming and a 30W Dart Charge, taking just 26 mins to get 5000mAh battery 50% Charged. The sleek smartphone comes with a 6.5-inch 90Hz Ultra Smooth Display with a 16MP In-display Selfie Camera and Starry Mode.

The first smartphone to have passed TÜV Rheinland Smartphone Reliability, realme 7 is the first in segment smartphone with the Sony 64MP Quad Camera.

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President to inaugurate CCC Sri Lanka Economic Summit

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Sri Lanka’s foremost economic summit will be inaugurated by Chief Guest Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on December 1. The summit is themed “Roadmap for Take-off: Driving a People Centric Economic Revival”. The President will also deliver the inaugural address.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, will launch the second phase of the summit on December 2 and participate in the VVIP session focused on “Empowering Take-off: Efficient Government and Progressive State Enterprises.”

The Inaugural session on December 1, commencing at 8.30am will feature addresses by keynote speaker Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of the Republic of India and Guest of Honour Ajith Nivard Cabraal, State Minister of Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms. Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya – chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will deliver the welcome address.

The flagship summit will be held on a virtual format in compliance with health guidelines and will bring together key policymakers, business leaders as well as the input of top international thought leaders will come together to identify the steps in developing the pathway towards the accelerated and people centric revival of the country’s economy.

Participants may register for the entire two-day virtual summit, or pick the sessions of their choice, an opportunity offered for the first time. Registrations for the event are now open. For further information, please contact Niroshini on niroshini@chamber.lk or 0115588852; or Alikie on alikie@chamber.lk or 0115588805. (CCC)

 

 

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Central Bank’s policy rates decision to be driven by two options

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by Sanath Nanayakkare

The Central Bank will be reviewing its monetary policy stance on November 26. In this context, First Capital Research has put forward strong arguments both for and against an interest rate cut, in its Pre-Policy Analysis.

Making their argument against further relaxation in monetary policy First Capital said, “As a response to the measures taken by the government, private sector credit has improved to Rs. 87.4Bn in September while market liquidity reached Rs. 140 bn by 13th Nov indicating that there is surplus liquidity in the system. Moreover, the unemployment rate, which was at 5.7% in the 1Q2020 has declined to 5.4% in the second quarter. These indicators suggest that economic activity has remained steady without much deterioration in the 2Q. Except the GDP growth numbers, where the 2Q2020 figures are yet to be seen, other indicators are signifying a recovery, inquiring the need of further policy easing at the upcoming review”.

“In response to previous monetary easing measures implemented by CBSL, to bring down costs of borrowing of businesses and households, both market deposit and lending rates adjusted notably so far during the year. AWPR declined to historic lows in recent weeks, while banks’ lending rates also witnessed a downward adjustment in line with CBSL’s expectations. We believe that considering the recovery in the private credit and historic low levels in AWPR, there is no vital requirement for CBSL to provide a rate cut and to further bring down the market lending rates drastically”.

Their arguments for further relaxation in monetary policy was: “A thrust for development is the need of the current government. We estimate that Sri Lanka’s GDP would see its steepest contraction in history of -5.8% in 2020 following the unexpected contraction in 1Q GDP growth of -1.6% while 2Q GDP figures are yet to be seen. However, the government’s key drive is the development oriented economic growth which was spelt out through the budget 2021 as well. Accordingly, the government plans to reach 6% and above GDP growth during the next 5 years commencing from 2021. As we believe, a development-oriented budget coupled with further low interest rate environment can support the government’s medium-term goals. Therefore, the need to accelerate the GDP growth can be considered as a major factor favouring further policy easing at the upcoming review.”

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