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LOLC Development Finance leads market activity, analysts taken by surprise

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by Hiran H. Senewiratne

Share trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) was positive overall yesterday and one of the LOLC subsidiaries LOLC Development Finance Plc shares were trading heavily thus creating an ‘artificial’ effect on the stock market, analysts said.

“Due to the illiquid nature, its share price appreciated by 25 percent or Rs 26.25. Its share price started at Rs 105 and at the end of the day it moved to Rs 131.25, which was an unprecedented appreciation of its share price the previous day as well. Its share price moved up without any reasons, stock market analysts said.  

LOLC Development Finance total shares issued to the public was 238 million out of which 99.9 percent held by LOLC group, while  263.754 shares were available for the public to trade. Thus LOLC Development Finance became  the highest contributor for the All Share Price Index yesterday with 14 points out of 17.81 points.

Amid those developments, both indices moved up. All Share Price Index up by 17.81 points and S&P SL20 up by 11.55 points. Turnover stood at Rs 3.96 billion with a single crossing. The crossing took place in Windforce , which crossed 103.6 million shares to the tune of Rs 1.89 billion and its share price traded at 18.20.

In the retail market top five companies that contributed to the turnover were Expolanka Rs 667.6 million (12.9 million shares traded), LOLC Rs129.7 million (320,000 shares traded), Dipped Products Rs 106.1 million (1.96 million shares traded), Royal Ceramic Rs 99.6 million (2.67 million shares traded), and Hayleys Rs 91.4 million (1.17 million shares traded).

Expolanka is the highest traded company in the stock market with 30 million shares traded during the day. Its share price appreciated by 3.8 percent or Rs 1.90. At the commencement of the market its share price started at Rs 50.40 and at the end of the day it moved upto Rs 52.30. Expolanka contributed seven points to the All Share Price Index.

Windforce’s contribution to the turnover was 49 percent with its crossing and retail market activities (Rs 55 million contributed trading of 2,9 million shares) . Its crossing traded below 80 cents and Rs 2 below the market price at the commencement of its share price of Rs 19.During the day 166 million share volume changed hands in 20649 transactions. 

High net worth and institutional investor participation remained subdued during these days, according to market analysts. Mixed interest was observed in Expolanka Holdings, LOLC Holdings and Royal Ceramics, whilst retail interest was noted in Browns Investments, People’s Leasing and Finance and SMB Leasing. 



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Sri Lanka Tourism introduces e-learning platform for all SLTDA registered tourist guides.

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As an initiative to uplift the reviving tourism industry in the country, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in collaboration with Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM) have introduced the continuous professional development (CPD) e-learning platform to all registered guides to enhance their knowledge and skills.

The launch of the continuous professional development (CPD) e-learning platform took place this week under the patronage of Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga, Secretary of the Ministry S. Hettiarachchi and Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando.

“Tourist guides play an important role in our tourism sector as they spend a lot of time with visitors from arrival to departure. It is important that our guides stay updated on their professional/technical knowledge and I hope this e-learning platform by Sri Lanka Tourism will help them enhance their knowledge and skills” Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando shared while the Minister congratulated all the officials who were involved in bringing this initiative to reality.

Knowledge improvement, obtaining expertise knowledge from veterans, develop active participation with guests, improve the link between Tourism institutions & guides are some key objectives of this e-learning platform.

If you are a registered guide with SLTDA, you can now sign up on https://sltda.gov.lk/e-learning/login and avail of the online courses.

A certificate of completion will be given at the end of the course from SLTDA and SLITHM.

 

 

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Impact of Climate Change on marine and fresh water resources and combating water pollution

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Trilateral virtual dialogue among Pathfinder Foundation, Russian International Affairs Council and Asian Confluence

The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) has initiated a trilateral dialogue involving Sri Lanka, India and the Russian Federation to discuss issues of contemporary relevance. The first trilateral dialogue will be held to day 4:30 PM SLST on the “Impact of Climate Change on Marine and Fresh Water Resources and Combating Water Pollution: Best Practices from Russia, Sri Lanka and India”.

For this dialogue, Pathfinder Foundation will be partnering with Russian International Affairs Council and Asian Confluence.

The distinguished panellists for the webinar are, Ambassador GlebIvashentsov, Vice President, Russian International Affairs Council, Ambassador (Retd.) Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman Pathfinder Foundation, Ambassador. IFS(Retd.) Rajiv Kumar Bhatia, Member Governing Council, The Asian Confluence and Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House,Dr. Anastasia Likhacheva, Director, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, Higher Schoolof Economics, Dr. B. V. R. Punyawardena, Chairman, National Steering Committee on Climate Change Adaptation, Governmentof Sri Lanka, Dr. Fraddry D’Souza, Area ConvenerandFellow, The Coastal Ecology & Marine Resources Centre, TERI Goa,India , Dr. Konstantin Zgurovsky, Senior Advisor, Marine Programme, WWF Russia, Mr. Sarath Premalal, Retired Director General of Meteorology of Sri Lanka and Prof. Vinay Kumar Dadhwal, Director, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Professor Indira Gandhi Chair, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India

Those who are interested in participating may kindly register at the following link; https://bit.ly/3AZbYAN Program details are available at https://bit.ly/3zdUkY3 . The event will also be live streamed on the PF Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pathfinderfoundation/

 

 

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Doc990 and MyDoctor partner SLVA to extend accessible veterinary services islandwide

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Sri Lanka’s premier digital health solutions service providers, Doc990 and MyDoctor are now enabling customers to access online veterinary services island-wide in partnership with the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association.

The national professional body serving and representing the interests of the veterinary profession in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association (SLVA), is dedicated to providing continued excellence within the profession of animal medicine and the provision of outstanding care for all animals while also actively creating public awareness of the contribution of veterinarians island-wide.

This collaborative effort with Doc990 and MyDoctor will bring pet owners, owners of farm animals and good Samaritans the ability to access remote video consultations with leading, specialist veterinarians of their choosing, without the hassle of physically entering hospital waiting rooms, transporting animals etc. This timely, contactless service will not only be convenient but also a relief to pet owners and caretakers in the backdrop of travel restrictions as a result of the ongoing global pandemic.

Customers can engage in video consultations with their chosen vet by downloading the Doc990 mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Through its widening network of hospitals and medical services, Doc990 strives to make health care accessible and convenient for all Sri Lankans.

 

 

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