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Index-heavy companies’ share prices down

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

CSE market activities were negative yesterday with the index heavy LOLC share prices plummeting by 18 percent. The reason  being that investors were slightly taken aback at LOLC quarterly results which did not prove exceptionally good. As a result, 87 negative points were contributed to the All Share Price Index yesterday, stock market analysts said.

Apart from LOLC, several index heavy companies’ share prices went down, including Vallibal One, whose shares dropped by 10 percent and it contributed 20 negative points. Browns Investments reported a 9 percent drop and it contributed 20 negative points, Expolanka witnessed a five percent drop, contributing 17 negative points.

Amid those developments, both indices moved downwards. The All Share Price Index went down by 326.36 points and S and P SL20 declined by 126.05 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 4.28 billion with three crossings. Those crossings were reported in Sampath Bank, where 500,000 shares crossed for Rs. 82.5 million; its shares traded at Rs. 165, Sanasa Development Bank 850,000 shares crossed for Rs. 51 million, its shares traded at Rs. 60 and Hemas Holdings 350,000 shares crossed for Rs. 30.8 million, its shares trading at Rs. 58.

In the retail market top five companies that contributed to the turnover were; LOLC Rs. 730 million (1.97 million shares traded), Dipped Products Rs. 383 million (6.1 million shares traded), Expolanka Rs. 304 million (6.5 million shares traded, JKH Rs. 280 million (1.78 million shares traded) and Vallibel One Rs. 273 million (4.3 million shares traded). During the day 117.4 million share volumes changed hands in 34809 transactions.

Samapth Bank announced a dividend, which was Rs. 8.25 per share. Due to uncertain market conditions Sampath Bank shares  depreciated yesterday.     In contrasting actions, state fund EPF sold down in Hayleys PLC, while Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Life Fund has upped its stake in the quarter ended December 31, 2020. Hayleys also saw 605 new shareholders in the quarter.

As per latest shareholding at Hayleys, EPF has moved down to fourth from third after selling 2.3 million shares. Its shareholding with 2.34 million shares amounted to 3.12 percent down from 5.04 percent  previously. SLIC Life Fund has increased its stake to 0.79 million shares or 1.06 percent  from 0.39 million shares or 0.5 percent.High net worth individual investor and former Director Nimal Perera figures in the Top 20 shareholders list with 0.5 million shares or 0.67 percent shares while J.B. Cocoshell Ltd. is also a new entrant with 0.37 million shares or 0.5 percent.  Hayleys’ public shareholding is 37 percent  held by 6,974 shareholders, up from 6,369 shareholders as at September 30, 2020.       

Sri Lanka rupee quoted wider around 195.00/197.50 levels to the US dollar in the spot market on Tuesday, while bond yields edged up on selling pressure, dealers said. The rupee last closed in on the one-week forward market at 196.50/197.00 levels on Monday. In the secondary market, bond yields gained on selling pressure but the market remained dull, dealers said.



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Cabraal briefs Chief Incumbents on Port City Project Commission Bill

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On the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal on April 19 visited the Asgiriya Chapter, the Malwathu Chapter and the Chief Prelates of the Amarapura and Ramanna Maha Nikayas and briefed them on the relevant draft commission bill on Port City Project.

Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of State Lohan Ratwatte, Minister of State Kanaka Herath, MP Wasantha Yapa Bandara and MP Kokila Gunawardena were also present on the occasion.

 

 

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Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs

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To keep pace with the rapid expansion and increasing complexity of elderly home healthcare, training needs of home healthcare nurses must be identified and subsequent training programs implemented. English Nursing Care conducts training sessions on a weekly basis covering a variety of care needs for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) record that NCDs are estimated to account for 75% of total deaths in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health “although people are living longer, they live more years suffering from disease and disability, mainly from NCDs; life expectancy at birth in Sri Lanka is 74.9 years but healthy life expectancy at birth is only 67.0 years.” This has a significant impact on quality of life.

English Nursing Care Sri Lanka works towards improving the quality of life of the elderly living with NCD’s by training nurses on the most advanced and developed methodologies brought through years of experience internationally and locally. Being responsible for the well-being of your loved ones is pivotal in the service they provide.

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SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka

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SriLankan Airlines in a bid to recommence Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka under the proposed bio-bubble tourist arrival concept successfully completed a familiarization tour for Indian media and travel trade professionals recently. A delegation of tour operators, agents, and senior editors representing influential media institutions concluded a familiarization tour in Sri Lanka.

The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota. The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.

The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept. Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.

During their stay here, the delegation was hosted for a virtual meet-and-greet with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. The discussion focused on the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements between the two countries, current safety measures, and guidelines pertaining to the bio-bubble concept. They lauded the effort taken by officials to make their trip a memorable one.

The Indian delegation was highly impressed with the opportunities they were given to travel and explore the country and its exclusive holiday prospects for the enthusiastic traveller. This fam tour was a manifestation of the immense potential of Sri Lanka as a post-covid travel destination enticing the Indian traveller.

 

 

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