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LB FINANCE donates over 25M worth of ventilators to support Sri Lanka combat COVID-19

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LB Finance renowned as the undisputed leader in the non-banking financial institution sector has stepped up to support the nation in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. LB finance pledged profoundly with the community for nearly five decades of service while persistently growing as a socially responsible corporate citizen in Sri Lanka.

LB Finance acted upon strengthening the nation by donating high quality US Brand Hamilton C3 model mechanical ventilators and ICU beds manufactured in Switzerland which costs over Rs.25 Million, to the Cardio Therapeutic ICU of the National Hospital of Kandy on the 12th of November 2020. The official handing over of this donation was graced by AGM – Human Resources Mr. Prasanna Kalinga, Chief Manager – Central Region Mr. Gayan Ayuwadana, other senior staff members and staff of LB Finance in the Central region with presence of the Acting Director – National Hospital of Kandy Dr. Erasha Fernando and staff of the hospital.

Through several other initiatives, LB Finance pledged their support to fight against COVID-19 pandemic. The main prominence of the initiative was to support the health authorities tackle the COVID-19 context with ease. This will also enable the expansion of operations conducted by the health authorities to aid the patients of various other ailments and ensure the community is served.

“With this initiative we at LB Finance are honored to offer support to the health sector in order to combat the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the availability of medical facilities that are scarce. We also thank the efforts made by the health sector, tri-forces, police and other front-line activist for their contribution provided to control the spread of the virus”, said Mr. Sumith Adhihetty Managing Director of LB Finance PLC. Mr. Adhihetty further expressed that LB Finance intends to donate more of these ventilators in the near future in order to facilitate the battle against the current pandemic.

“On behalf of the Medical fraternity we highly appreciate the contribution made by LB Finance at this critical juncture and undoubtedly these ventilators donated will not only help combat the COVID-19 pandemic but will also be beneficial in-order to treat patients with other ailments”, said Dr. Erasha Fernando, Acting Director – National Hospital of Kandy. Dr. Fernando further explained that Hamilton C3 model mechanical ventilators are of very high standards which is the most preferred ventilator brand by the health sector and this is the first instance that the National Hospital of Kandy has received Hamilton Brand ventilators. This compact high-end ventilator that consist of unique intelligent ventilation modes such as Adaptive Support Ventilation (ASV) that includes the optional INTELLiVENT-ASV which automatically controls the patient’s ventilation and oxygenation based on targets set by the clinician and on physiologic input from the patient, Protective Ventilation (P/V) Tool for lung assessment and recruitment, Integrated high flow oxygen therapy inclusive of a range other advanced features such as on-screen help for alarm troubleshooting and Integrated high-performance turbine. With these high-tech user-friendly features the Hamilton C3 model mechanical ventilators suitable for all adult, pediatric, and neonatal ventilation provides better safety for the patients receiving treatment while help reduce the duration for recovery.



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Pan Asia Bank posts steady performance during FY 2023 –

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Aravinda Perera- Chairman & Naleen Edirisinghe - Director CEO of Pan Asia Bank

Profit before Tax increases by 258% amidst external challenges

Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC reflected a steady performance amidst multitude of adversities emerging from challenging macro-economic conditions as the Bank reported its financial performance during 2023, which showed judicious portfolio management and prudency exercised in dealing with possible fallout on its asset quality in challenging times.

The Bank reported a Pre-tax Profit of Rs. 2,328 Mn for the year ended 31st December 2023, which is 258% increase compared to corresponding period last year, supported by improved net interest income, increased trading gains from government securities and reduced exchange losses.

The Sri Lankan economy has experienced some positive signs of gradual economic recovery and a measure of stability in macro-economic factors compared to the previous year, with the appreciation of LKR against USD and the IMF bailout followed by the Domestic Debt Optimization (DDO) announcement. The multiple economic scenario models used regarding collective impairment in 2022 were continued in 2023 to ensure that adequate buffers were in place to absorb any potential credit risk that could arise in the future. The allowance for overlays applied in previous year was continued and maintained during 2023 too. Meanwhile, the Bank managed to end the year with healthy credit quality matrices due to improved credit underwriting standards and concerted collection & recovery efforts despite the contraction in the loan book during 2023 which impacted the Bank’s Stage 3 Loan Ratio adversely.

Furthermore, the Bank increased impairment provision buffers held regarding investments in International Sovereign Bonds of Government of Sri Lanka (SLISBs) further during 2023 with the expectation of possible adverse outcomes of the on-going government External Debt Restructuring (EDR) programme. The Bank recognised an impairment charge of nearly Rs. 2 Bn regarding International Sovereign Bonds during 2023.

The interest income for the year 2023 rose by 39% due to the high interest rates that prevailed during the period under review compared to corresponding period of the last year and the re-pricing effect of facilities in response to the market conditions. Further, the growth in interest income was supported by the increased interest income from Rupee denominated securities of the Government of Sri Lanka (T-Bills & Bonds) due to increased investments and high interest rates offered on such new investments compared to the previous year. Consequently, the net interest income increased by 9% in 2023 compared to the last year. (Pan Asia Bank)

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SLT-MOBITEL celebrates the season of love with exciting giveaways

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SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT Solutions Provider, celebrated Valentine’s Day with a series of heartwarming promotions and networking activities, spreading love and joy for customers across the country.

Connecting hearts from all around the world on social media, SLT-MOBITEL invited participants to share their loving memories for a chance to win movie tickets. Customers were also given the opportunity to dedicate romantic ringing tones to their loved ones by dialling special codes.

As part of the Valentine’s Day celebrations, SLT-MOBITEL also offered a special promotion, providing a special screening for the glamorous movie ‘Sihinayeki Adarey’, powered by SLT-MOBITEL. Furthermore, customers were treated to a surprise bonus of 10GB of free data upon recharging their SLT-MOBITEL mobile numbers with Rs. 500 or more through any banking app.

Taking love to the hill country, in a special engagement event at the Kandy City Centre, fans were able to participate in activities and interact with the ‘Sihinayeki Adarey’ cast including Hemal Ranasinghe, Sheshadri Priyasad, and many others.

Through these exciting promotions, SLT-MOBITEL helped spread love and joy this season while enhancing the customer experience with exclusive activities.

To discover more of SLT-MOBITEL’s Valentine’s Day promotions, visit https://www.facebook.com/SLTMobitel.

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Call for Proposals: Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2024

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The Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) is inviting proposals for the Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2024. The grant is an annual, merit-based grant awarded to an outstanding undergraduate studying in a Sri Lankan university. It aims to promote policy entrepreneurs among undergraduates by encouraging policy-relevant, rigorous and innovative socio-economic research.

The grant was established in 2018 to honour Dr. Saman Kelegama’s legacy of independent research and public policy engagement in socio-economic development in Sri Lanka and the wider South Asian region. Dr. Kelegama was the Executive Director of the IPS from 1995 to 2017.

Fourth-year undergraduates studying economics or a related subject in a University Grants Commission approved university or higher education institution in Sri Lanka are eligible to apply. Proposals must be written according to the guidelines provided and emailed to tharakam@ips.lk on or before the submission deadline of 30 April 2024.

HOW WILL THE WINNER BE CHOSEN? The quality of the proposals will be judged for its policy relevance, feasibility, originality and creativity. Three finalists will be chosen and invited to present their proposals at the IPS, where the award recipient will be selected.

OUTCOMES OF THE GRANTS – The recipient will be expected to produce a Policy Discussion Brief within six months of receiving the grant. The research report can be written individually or jointly with an IPS senior researcher.

BENEFITS OF THE GRANT – The beneficiary will be awarded a one-time research grant of LKR 200,000 to carry out the proposed research and a three-month internship at the IPS. The recipient will be able to seek guidance from senior researchers and benefit from IPS resources to complete the proposed study during the internship. To enable students from all over Sri Lanka to benefit from this opportunity, the terms of the internship will be flexible. The internship can either be a fully in-house internship at IPS, or it can be an in-house plus online internship. In the case of the second option, the in-house component of the internship should be at least six weeks. To encourage research dissemination, an additional subsidy will be provided for presenting the research findings at local conferences and workshops.

Important Dates

30 April 2024 – Deadline for Submission of Proposals

01 June 2024 – Announcement of Finalists

23 June 2024 – Announcement of the Winner

Further information is available at: https://www.ips.lk/saman-kelegama-memorial-research-grant/

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