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Litro Gas economically empowers Samurdhi beneficiaries

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In a move aimed at empowering the economically challenged communities across Sri Lanka, Litro Gas Lanka Ltd., recently signed an MOU with the Department of Samurdhi Development – Prajamula Bank Division.

The signing took place between Anil Koswatte, Chairman & CEO of Litro Gas Lanka Ltd., and R. P. B.Thilakasiri, Director-General, Department of Samurdhi Development – Prajamula Bank Division. Senior officials of both organizations were also in attendance.

Under the agreement, Samurdhi recipients will now be able to upgrade to a Litro Gas cylinder, a cooker and an accessory pack at a concessionary rate, giving them the opportunity to make use of LPG as a clean and safe cooking energy.

The Litro Gas accessory pack exclusively provided for Samurdhi beneficiaries contains a Litro Gas cylinder, cooker, regulator, hose and two safety clips at a special price.

Commenting on the MOU, Koswatte says that empowering communities towards economic upliftment is a key component of the government’s commitment towards eradicating poverty as envisioned in the National Policy Framework ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ (Saubhagyaye Dakma) of President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

“Elevating economically disadvantaged communities in this manner contributes towards expanding their livelihoods while enabling their economic upliftment.”

Using cleaner, efficient energy for cooking also supports improving their living standards, thereby reduce indoor air pollution considered a globally critical issues among communities.

“This initiative with Litro Gas Lanka is commendable and timely for Samurdhi beneficiaries”, said Thilakasiri. “With this, we are giving them the opportunity to improve their living standards while assisting them to make use of the offer in a practical and an affordable manner.”

Janaka Pathirathna, Director Sales & Marketing/Corporate Affairs at Litro Gas Lanka noted that this joint proposition will extend and enhance Litro Gas Lanka customer promise to the wider community. “Litro Gas Lanka will now be reaching out to new segments of the community, giving them access to clean cooking energy, thereby adding a new dimension of efficiency to their lives.”



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Uber contributed LKR 81 billion to Sri Lanka’s economy in 2021: Report

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Uber’s 2021 Sri Lanka Economic Impact Report, compiled by Public First, a UK based policy research firm, was launched at an event in the national capital. The report highlights how Uber and Uber Eats have helped transform the on-demand economy for consumers, drivers and delivery-partners, and the wider community by generating LKR 81 billion for the Sri Lankan economy in 2021.

Uber’s Senior Director for Public Policy & Government Relations for the Asia Pacific region, Mike Orgill; Uber’s Director of Regional Operations for India and South Asia region, Shiva Shailendran, along with Uber Sri Lanka’s leadership team members, including Ms. Bhavna Dadlani Jayawardana, Country Manager, Uber Eats; and, Ms. Thanushika Sivanathan, Country Manager, Uber Rides graced the occasion.

Commenting on the report, Mike Orgill, Senior Director, Public Policy & Government Relations, APAC at Uber, said: “Uber has been an important engine of economic growth and opportunity in Sri Lanka since 2015, but we never knew the extent of our contribution. This research shows for the first time the impact on drivers and delivery partners, consumers and the economy as a whole. It reaffirms the importance of flexible work opportunities and spotlights how expanded mobility options and choice as part of the on-demand economy have created critical value for the Sri Lankan economy. It makes our resolve stronger than ever before to continue working for the community and deploying our technology and global expertise to contribute to Sri Lanka’s growth.”

The report takes a deeper look into the factors behind this economic contribution and the enhancement of safety and sustainability of the industry. It highlights how both Uber and Uber Eats have continually evolved to meet changing needs, used technology to save time, helped expand mobility options and choice, supported small businesses, and provided flexible earning opportunities for thousands of drivers and delivery-partners in Sri Lanka.

Key findings of the report include:

Uber’s contribution to the Sri Lankan economy

Uber and Uber Eats created an estimated LKR 81 billion in economic value for the Sri Lankan economy

Together, Uber (27 bn) and Uber Eats (25 bn) produced LKR 52 billion in consumer surplus in 2021, which is equivalent to 0.3% of the country’s GDP.

On-demand services boosted small business recovery

Uber Eats encouraged Sri Lankans to support local restaurants and merchants which they would otherwise not have had access to, leading to LKR 2.1 billion in additional revenue and a gross impact of LKR 51 billion for the Sri Lankan economy as a whole.

88% of Uber Eats users agree that food delivery apps made it easier to discover new restaurants.

74% of users have ordered from restaurants they had never tried before.

Drivers and delivery people value flexibility

In 2021, we estimate that drivers made an additional LKR 775 million a year in earnings through Uber, or an average of 27% more than their next best alternative.

Consumer behavior helped to drive innovation

Consumers are prioritizing convenience and reliability, with Uber estimated to save riders in Sri Lanka over 3.7 million hours a year leaving more time for family and friends.

On average, Uber riders saved 9 minutes per trip compared to the next best alternative, leaving more time for family and friends.

Uber and Uber Eats produced LKR 52 billion in consumer surplus* for Sri Lankans in 2021.

Uber’s trackable point-to-point transport solutions are helping to fill the inevitable gaps in public transport, with 1 in 7 trips taken with the Uber app connecting with public transport.

Safety is a top reason for choosing the platform with 96% of female riders saying that safety is an important factor in their choice to use the Uber app.

Having access to sustainable ride-sharing platforms encouraged users to not own a vehicle.

According to Sri Lankan riders, ridesharing is the most significant transport innovation they have experienced in the last decade.

* One of the most important measures of economic welfare – the amount you would pay someone to voluntarily give up a good or service. If a good has a zero-consumer surplus, that implies we can take or leave it – whereas goods with a high consumer surplus are playing an important role in our lives.

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Selling in Expolanka Holdings drags down market; S and P SL20 drops over 5 per cent

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

The CSE fell over 2 per cent in mid-day trade yesterday dragged down by market heavy weight, Expolanka Holdings, on falling freight rates globally and the revision of fuel prices in the domestic market. Accordingly, most stocks declined by more than five percent at the end of the day’s trading, stock market analysts said.

Market participants said indices were dragged down on selling in Expolanka, as global freight prices fell, while foreign buying in shares slowed down. However, business sentiments were not impaired because macroeconomic fundamentals of the country are getting better under President Ranil Wickremesinghe, market analysts claimed.

The market began on a negative note and in the middle of the session, the circuit- breaker was triggered and trading halted for 30 minutes. The S and P SL20 index dropped over five per cent. When trading resumed around 10: 41 am, the market showed some recovery but was unable to sustain its momentum until the end of the day’s trading, market analysts added.

Amid those developments the main All- Share Price Index plunged 412 points and the S and P SL20 declined by 153 points. Turnover stood at Rs 4.54 billion with three crossings. Those crossings were reported in Dankotuwa Porcelain, which crossed 8.1 million shares to the tune of Rs 203 million, its shares traded at Rs 25, LOLC Finance 23.8 million shares crossed for Rs 200 million, its shares traded at Rs 8.40 and CIC Holdings 700,000 shares crossed for Rs.56.7 million, its shares fetched Rs 81.

In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, Lanka IOC Rs 1.2 billion (5.7 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 448 million (2.5 million shares traded), ACL Cables Rs 273 million (2.7 million shares traded), JKH Rs 139 million (one million shares traded), CIC Holdings Rs 93.8 million (1.2 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 92.3 million (13.2 million shares traded) and Lankem Development Rs 81 million (2.5 million shares traded). During the day 188 million share volumes changed hands in 42000 share transactions.

Yesterday, net foreign purchasing stood at was Rs 62 million and net foreign selling was reportedly Rs 41 million. Therefore, net foreign inflows amounted to Rs 21.5 million in the stock market. Further, according to external media reports, foreigners are now interested in buying into Sri Lankan rupee bonds, in conjunction with the market’s recovery, stock analysts said.

During the day, US and European stock markets appreciated despite there being an economic recession and inflationary worries.

Yesterday, the Central Bank- announced US dollar buying rate was Rs 359.16 and its selling rate Rs. 369.91.

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SLT-MOBITEL triumphs as Joint Champions at 3rd Maliban – MCA Annual Masters Cricket ‘Sixes’ 2022

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Left to right (SLT Cricket Team): Suranga Wijayarathne, Sadun Wijayarathne, Sudam Jayawardena, W.A. Samantha, H.P. Chaminda, Nadeepa Niroshan, Dinush Wijewickrama (Team Manager), Chandika Sirimanne (Captain), Jagath Siriwardhana, Harsha Weerasinghe (Coach), Namal Dissanayake

The SLT fielded team triumphed as Joint Champions with the HNB ‘A’ team at the 3rd Maliban – MCA Annual Masters Cricket ‘Sixes’ 2022, held at the MCA Grounds recently.

In the League stage, SLT beat Colombo Dockyard and Singer Sri Lanka PLC. Overcoming stiff opposition from Sampath Bank, the 2020 Winners, SLT reached the semi-finals.

However, due to bad light at the Final match, organizers decided to declare SLT and 2020 Runner-up HNB ‘A’ team, the Joint Winners of the 3rd Maliban – MCA Annual Masters Cricket ‘Sixes’ 2022.

For this year’s tournament, 15 teams pooled into 05 groups. Matches were played at Royal College and MCA Grounds.

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