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‘More than 500,000 jobs in local vehicle industry at stake’

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

The vehicle industry in Sri Lanka is now going through a major crisis due to import restrictions. As a result, more than 500,000 direct and indirect local jobs are at risk, Director,  Sterling Automobiles Lanka  Renuka Wijesiriwardane said.

“Our company’s main business being vehicle after sales services, all stakeholders  have been  noticed that our business has dropped by more than 50 percent up to now, Wijesiriwardane said at the recent launch of the  SterlingCars.lk website  by Sterling Automobiles Lanka Pvt Ltd – one of Sri Lanka’s prominent automobile service providers. 

SterlingCars.lk is a web platform which aims to provide a marketplace for buying and selling automobiles. The website offers a comprehensive range of vehicles, covering numerous makes and models. The event was held at Taj Samudra  Hotel.

Wijesiriwardene said that all vehicle importers must completely convince the decision makers of the country and avail of some relief because people in this sector cannot switch for  any other job. 

The design of SterlingCars.lk aims to provide a free of charge, simple, fast and reliable buying and selling experience to consumers. Through this website Sterling Automobiles aims to drive online sales for cars of all makes and models and hopes that it will be an ideal platform for potential vehicle buyers and sellers to get the right value for a product.

Moreover, vehicle sellers who opt to sell through SterlingCars.lk have the option of obtaining a Multipoint Inspection Certificate from the Sterling Aftercare Centre. The site will distinguish those vehicles that have received the Multipoint Inspection Certificate – meaning that the vehicle on sale has been inspected and its condition is certified by the expert technicians at Sterling Aftercare. Not only will this concept add value to the vehicles on sale, it will also provide an assurance to buyers about the quality of the vehicle. Furthermore, automobiles that are sold via the website will be entitled to a labour free full services from Sterling Aftercare Centre for one year from the date of sale.

In addition, upon receiving automobile services and repairs from Sterling Aftercare Centre, customers who have purchased their vehicles via SterlingCars.lk will also be entitled to join Sterling Aftercare Centre’s Sterling Steorra Loyalty Programme. The Steorra Loyalty programme will enable customers to opt for a Sterling-HNB co-branded Visa debit card and turn the loyalty points they earn into cash; and use it anywhere in the world.

The website allows users to seamlessly upload ads onto the site and have them displayed within 2-3 hours of posting. All ads will be subjected to a verification and approval process to ensure that they follow the site’s terms of use and the information published is correct and is as genuine as possible.

Sterling Automobiles is the sole authorized franchisee service provider for reconditioned Japanese and European vehicles that are exported to Sri Lanka by Sterling Japan under the Sterling Aftercare Guarantee. The company operates six state-of-the-art facilities known as Sterling Aftercare Centres to provide after sales services to vehicles with the Sterling Aftercare Guarantee. Located in Mahara, Udahamulla, Ratmalana, Dunagaha, Narahenpita and Galle, Sterling Aftercare Centres are fully fledged facilities that are geared to provide any automobile related service to discerning vehicle owners.



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Galadari Colombo awarded ‘SLIM People’s Hotel Brand of the Year 2021’

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The Galadari Colombo was given a thumbs up from the people as the People’s Hotel Brand of the Year for the second time running at the recently concluded SLIM (Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing) People’s Awards 2021.

The uniqueness of the SLIM People’s Awards is the fact that it is awarded by the public which shows the popular choice of the Sri Lankan people.

This is the 15th successful running of the much-anticipated event conducted by SLIM in association with Nielsen which is globally renowned for its measurement and consumer insights.

Having stood the test time of time in the hospitality industry for more than 3 decades the Galadari Colombo is hopeful to remain in the hearts of its people as a brand that is trustworthy and dedicated to service.

 

 

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Expatriates’ organization painting competition for Sri Lankan children from care homes highlights close India-Sri Lanka ties

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Celebrating 75 years of India’s independence in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan children from care homes converged in Colombo from all across Sri Lanka over 10-11 April 2021 for the final round of the nationwide painting competition organized by Colombo Expatriates Cultural Association (CECA) – a voluntary organization of expatriates consisting of mainly Indians – with support of the High Commission of India, Ministry of Education of government of Sri Lanka and several other partners.

Prof. G.L Peiris, Minister of Education was the Chief Guest and Gopal Baglay, High Commissioner of India was the Guest of Honour at the final round. Several other dignitaries including State Minister Piyal Nishantha were also present. The dignitaries lauded the effort as a shining example of strong people-to-people ties between India and Sri Lanka and stressed the enormous significance of the enriching experience for the children.

The competition was held in three categories – Sub Junior, Junior and Senior. The first round of the competition had seen enthusiastic participation of 4,375 students from child care homes across Sri Lanka. Contestants from all provinces who had produced sixty best paintings were invited along with one care-giver for the final round held in Colombo on April 10 at Hotel Taj Samudra. While top three winners in all the three categories were awarded SLR 100,000, SLR 75,000 and SLR 50,000 respectively in addition to various other gifts, certificates and medals, all the 60 finalists received cash awards, desktop computers, and other gifts contributed by various sponsors.

The event also formed part of ‘India @ 75’ celebrations in Sri Lanka which comprise events and activities in the run up to completion of 75 years of India’s Independence in August 2022. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi had launched these celebrations in India on March 12 2021, 75 weeks before the 75th Anniversary of Independence. In Sri Lanka, formal launch of these celebrations had taken place on April 9 2021 with the inauguration of ‘India Corner’ at the Nagananda Institute for Buddhist Studies.

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Chrissworld to raise Rs. 56.25 million through IPO

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

Chrissworld Ltd. (CWL), an SME company  engaged in the provision of third-party logistics (3PL) services, is gearing to raise up to Rs. 56.25 million via an initial public offering (IPO) on the Colombo Stock Exchange, sources said.

The company plans to offer 7,500,000 Ordinary Voting Shares for subscription at Rs. 7.50 per share. The subscription will open on April 27, with Atara Capital Partners representing the company as managers to the issue.

Meanwhile, the CSE noted in a statement that it has approved an application submitted by Chrissworld Ltd. for the listing of its Ordinary Voting Shares by way of an offer for subscription on the Empower Board of the CSE.

The company,  starting off with Rs. 6 million capital in 2019, expanded its capital to Rs. 22.5 million and projects to obtain Rs. 79 million after the IPO.

Chrissworld will be earmarking milestones with the IPO as the first to be listed on the Empower Board, CSE’s newest listing platform, dedicated to SMEs. Further, Central Depository Systems (Pvt.) Ltd., a subsidiary company of CSE, will step in for the first time as the registrar to the issue.

Amid those developments the CSE  started  on a bullish note yesterday and during the latter part of the day with heavy retail investor participation the CSE witnessed a bullish trend. It is said that manufacturing sector counters became the most popular stocks during the day. Notable price appreciation was reported in Hayleys Group, Royal Ceramic Group and  Distilleries.    

Both indices moved upwards. The All Share Price Index went up by 100.10 points and S and P SL20 rose by 49.18 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 3.51 billion with a crossing. The crossing was reported in JKH, which crossed 1.32 million shares to the tune of Rs. 199.3 million and its share price was Rs. 151.

In the retail market, companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Royal Ceramic Rs. 511.2 million (1.46 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs. 359.9 million (4.5 million shares traded),  Hayleys Group Rs. 359.9 million (4.5 million shares traded), Dipped Products Rs. 321 million (5.5 million shares traded), JKH Rs. 290 million (1.9 million shares traded), and Haycarb Rs. 177 million (1.5 million shares traded). During the day 87.8 million share volumes changed hands in 23900 transactions.

Hayleys shares appreciated by Rs. 6 or eight percent. Its shares started trading at Rs. 75.90 and at the end of the day they moved to Rs. 82. Royal Ceramic shares appreciated by Rs. 13.5 or nine percent. Its shares started trading at Rs. 328.25 and at the end of the day they moved to Rs. 358.75. Expolanka shares appreciated by Rs. 2.70 or five percent. Its shares  started trading at Rs. 49.70 and at the end of the day they shot up to Rs. 52.40 and Distilleries shares appreciated by 70 cent or 3 percent from Rs. 20.20 to Rs. 20.90  

Sri Lanka’s rupee quoted steady at 202.00/203 to the one month US dollar Monday, while gilt yields remained unchanged, dealers said.

The rupee last closed in the one-week forward market at 202/203 to the US dollar on Friday. Sri Lanka markets were dull as seasonal bliss kicks in.

 

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