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John Keells Properties & DFCC Bank Partner on ‘Freedom Mortgages’

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As part of its commitment to bringing ease and flexibility to potential homeowners in Sri Lanka, John Keells Properties has inked a partnership with DFCC Bank, to supplement the property developer’s ground-breaking Freedom Mortgages home finance scheme.

Being the first-of-its-kind in the country, this mortgage plan is offered to potential homeowners looking at investing in John Keells Properties’ upcoming TRI-ZEN residential development, with DFCC Bank now playing a significant role in alleviating customers’ home loan burdens.

The Freedom Mortgage plan promises customers the financial relief of a two-year interest free period on their mortgage, with the customer only having to pay 20% up front. The bank will fund up to 80% of the purchase price and the loan will be offered at exceptional interest rates, a news release on the scheme said.

“We have been innovating in the mortgage space for quite some time now and DFCC Bank was one of our earliest partners in trying to really expand the reach of housing in the centre of the city to more people. With this package we want to put TRI-ZEN and inner city living within the reach of a much broader swathe of the population,” commented Nayana Mawilmada, Sector Head, John Keells Properties.

“John Keells Properties’ Freedom Mortgage home finance scheme is truly unprecedented in the value it offers its TRI-ZEN customers,” added Gillian Edwards, Senior Vice President – Consumer Banking of DFCC Bank on the collaboration. “Through this partnership, we are able to expand the breadth of our service offering so as to provide an even greater opportunity for Sri Lanka’s homeowners to stake claim to an apartment at Colombo’s most anticipated residential community.”

DFCC Bank offers the Freedom Mortgage Loan to any individual securing an apartment at TRI-ZEN. A fixed income earner, professional or a self-employed individual with an income sufficient to meet the monthly loan commitment is eligible to apply for a DFCC Home Loan, the release said.

Applicants could opt for a pre-approved home loan for which credit approval will be provided within three working days. The teams of professionals at every DFCC Bank Branch offer unmatched customer service and the assurance of extended support throughout the transaction.

TRI-ZEN is a joint venture between Indra Traders (Pvt) Ltd and John Keells Holdings PLC. When complete in 2023, the 53-storey development will have a total of 891 one, two, and three-bedroomed ‘smart home’ units, each tastefully designed and equipped with a suite of key amenities. With its enviable address, competitive price tag -starting at Rs 26 million-, and the range of conveniences and facilities afforded exclusively to its resident community, TRI-ZEN is slated to be the most anticipated property and living experience for urbanites looking to set up their dream home.

 

 



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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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