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Paranthan Chemicals gears for disinfecting environment

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As the nation is fighting against Covid-19 pandemic, state owned chemicals giant Paranthan Chemicals functioning under the purview of Ministry of Industries has taken prudent and timely endeavors by expanding its production capacity of sodium hypochlorite which is a highly sought after chemical for disinfecting purposes.

The World Health Organization highlights the application of chlorine based products such as sodium hypochlorite which displays a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity and is effective against several common pathogens at various concentration, in its recent Interim Guidance on “Cleaning and Disinfection of Environmental Surfaces in the Context of COVID-19”.

In the global context, sodium hyphocholoride is sprayed over several residential, official and commercial buildings, open areas, markets, public road transports, railways which has also raised the local demand as disinfectant.

In order to fulfill such local demand from many public authorities, security forces, private institutions and household, Paranthan Chemicals has expedited production operation and supplies and thereby working hand in hand with them in this crisis situation to ensure a safe and secure Sri Lanka.

Sodium hypochlorite is manufactured from chlorine which is not only the most widely used water disinfectant but also highly effective against waterborne pathogens. In particular, this helps to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid. Interestingly, Paranthan Chemicals fulfills the entire chlorine requirement of the nation which is essential for national water purification and for other manufacturing industries.  

Chairman of Paranthan Chemicals Eng. Upul Ranaweera states that “As a responsible state agency, Paranthan Chemicals is much committed with our chemicals supplies essential for disinfection of our nation, which is a timely commitment. We also expect to introduce “Paranthan Real Bleach”, a multipurpose Chlorine Bleach will be manufactured with sodium hypochlorite and distributed to households through selected supermarket channels in Sri Lanka”, in near future.

These chemicals are manufactured under the supervision of our engineers with the technical knowledge and knowhow would meet quality and technical standards. Organizations in search of sodium hypochlorite for disinfecting may contact Paranthan Chemicals. Let Paranthan Chemicals be the partner to create an infection free, safe and secure nation.



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HNB joins CBSL to promote ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign in Kandy

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HNB PLC once again joined the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to promote the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign to raise awareness and encourage the public in the Kandy district towards a cashless payment ecosystem.

HNB, together with other financial institutions and telecommunication partners, participated in the day-long event held at the Kandy City Center. The bank raised awareness regarding its LANKAQR integrated HNB SOLO payment app while onboarding merchants during the promotional campaign.

“During the early stages of the pandemic we witnessed many of our customers and members of the public seamlessly adopt our cashless and contactless payment app HNB SOLO. With COVID and the subsequent launch of the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign the number of users of these types of systems have increased exponentially.

“Given that the mutual vision of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and HNB is for a financially and technologically empowered Sri Lanka, HNB is proud to serve as an enthusiastic partner to roll out LANKAQR island-wide. The fact that we now have merchants in the cultural capital of Sri Lanka making this shift is another major milestone in this digitalization journey,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

 

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ComBank’s ATM network sets new records for cash dispensed during festive season

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The automated teller machine (ATM) network of Commercial Bank of Ceylon dispensed a record Rs 8.818 billion on 9th and 10th April 2021, shattering the previous records for the highest and second highest cash disbursements for a 24-hour period, as Sri Lanka’s leading private bank facilitated the celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

The disbursements of Rs 4.498 billion on April 9 and Rs 4.320 billion on the following day represented a substantial increase over the single-day values recorded in previous years.

In total, Commercial Bank dispensed Rs 41.748 billion via its ATM network between 1st and 15th April 2021 at an average of Rs 2.783 billion per day, reaffirming the indispensable role it plays in the lives of Sri Lankans, as well as the reliability and robustness of the network. On seven of these 15 days the network dispensed more than Rs 2 billion a day, and on five days disbursements exceeded Rs 3 billion a day, the Bank said.

Comprising of 890 ATMs, the network processed 2.434 million transactions over the 15 days at an average of 168,988 transactions a day, while on 9th April, the number of transactions processed totalled 233,990 at an average of 9,749 transactions per hour or 162 transactions per minute.

The first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 10 years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 268 branches in Sri Lanka. The Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.

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‘Ceylinco VIP Cyber Tharu’ to showcase Sri Lankan talent

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Ceylinco General Insurance has announced an online competition with a novel concept to showcase Sri Lankan talent by providing a platform for them with the opportunity to win handsome cash prizes.

“This time, our effort is to organize an online competition that provides an opportunity for Sri Lankan people to display their talent and also to identify hidden talents whilst rewarding them. There will be five overall winners whose prize money will be over Rs. 1 million and each category winner will get Rs 100,000/-. Ten randomly picked voters too will receive handsome cash awards,” said Patrick Alwis, chairman CEO of Ceylinco General Insurance.

The guidelines and the criteria of the competition were announced recently through a dedicated website and other social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, twitter, You Tube as well as LinkedIn. Contestants can perform under five categories, namely, singing, dancing, instrumental performances, fashion modelling and funny videos / Standup comedy. Individuals over 18 years could perform under the individual category whilst the group category will have no age limit.

Under the group category either families or a group of friends could take part. Each entry will have to be specially recorded for this competition. Prior to recording the performance, they should download the image of the logo and have it displayed prominently in the background. Performances could be recorded using a smart phone or a video cam.

 

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