By Hiran H.Senewiratne
CSE activities were positive briefly yesterday but turnover proved negative as investors were cautious and tended to think twice before investing in the stock market due to the government’s inconsistent policies, stock market analysts said.
However, JKH share prices started moving up because India’s Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited selected JKH as a local partner along with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to develop the West Container Terminal of the Colombo Port.
Cabinet spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told a press briefing that Sri Lanka will join hands with a giant Indian conglomerate to launch a Build, Operate and Transfer deal to develop the West Container Terminal of the Colombo Port.
Accordingly, JKH share prices began to move up and at the end of the day its shares increased in price by 0.2 percent or 25 cents. JKH shares started trading at Rs. 150.50 and at the end of the day they moved up to Rs. 150.75.
Amid those developments, both indices moved downwards. The All Share Price Index went down by 94.75 points and S and P SL20 went down by 52.18 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 1.99 billion with four crossings. Those crossings were reported in Sampath Bank, which crossed 3.2 million shares to the tune of Rs. 492 million, its shares traded at Rs. 155, HNB 450,000 shares crossed for Rs. 58.5 million, its shares fetching Rs. 130, Lion Brewery 89800 shares crossed for Rs. 48.5 million; its shares traded at Rs. 540 and Royal Ceramic 165,000 shares crossed for Rs. 45.5 million; its shares traded at Rs. 276.
In the retail market, five companies that contributed to the turnover were, Expolanka Rs. 144.4 million (3.1 million shares traded), Sampath Bank Rs. 131.8 million (848,000 share traded), Browns Investments Rs. 119 million (21.2 million shares traded), Dipped Products Rs. 100.4 million (2.1 million shares traded) and LOLC Rs. 87.7 million (251,000 shares traded). During the day 68.7 million share volumes changed hands in 16422 transactions.
It is said that with the corporate results season having now come to an end and in the absence of any significant market catalyst, one expects the market to trade range-bound in the immediate term.
“Nonetheless, given our sanguine long term outlook for the bourse, supported by our expectation of a low interest rate environment, we advise investors to gradually start accumulating a well-diversified portfolio of stocks which are cash generative, have strong earnings and revenue growth attributes, and have the ability to outperform over a complete market cycle, stock market analysts said.
Vidullanka PLC yesterday completed the acquisition of a 51% equity stake in Orik Corporation Ltd., which holds the right and approvals to develop a 1 MW ground mounted solar power plant in Moneragala.The power purchasing agreement signed with the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) allows the company to sell the generated electricity at a tariff of Rs. 15.97 for a 20-year period.According to the share purchase agreement, Vidullanka will further acquire a 10 percent stake in the company upon achieving the financial close for the project. It will continue to invest in the equity of Orik Corporation, which would ultimately increase the ownership of Vidullanka to 87 percent, while the 13 percent equity stake will be held by the promoters.
Sri Lanka’s rupee quoted weaker at 196.20/197.00 levels to the US dollar in the one-week forwards market on Tuesday while bond yields were steady, dealers said. The rupee last closed in the spot market at 195.50/196.00 to the dollar on Monday. The rupee has fallen from 186.40 in December 2020 to 194.40 to the US dollar in January 2021.
Cabraal briefs Chief Incumbents on Port City Project Commission Bill
On the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal on April 19 visited the Asgiriya Chapter, the Malwathu Chapter and the Chief Prelates of the Amarapura and Ramanna Maha Nikayas and briefed them on the relevant draft commission bill on Port City Project.
Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of State Lohan Ratwatte, Minister of State Kanaka Herath, MP Wasantha Yapa Bandara and MP Kokila Gunawardena were also present on the occasion.
Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs
To keep pace with the rapid expansion and increasing complexity of elderly home healthcare, training needs of home healthcare nurses must be identified and subsequent training programs implemented. English Nursing Care conducts training sessions on a weekly basis covering a variety of care needs for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) record that NCDs are estimated to account for 75% of total deaths in Sri Lanka.
Furthermore, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health “although people are living longer, they live more years suffering from disease and disability, mainly from NCDs; life expectancy at birth in Sri Lanka is 74.9 years but healthy life expectancy at birth is only 67.0 years.” This has a significant impact on quality of life.
English Nursing Care Sri Lanka works towards improving the quality of life of the elderly living with NCD’s by training nurses on the most advanced and developed methodologies brought through years of experience internationally and locally. Being responsible for the well-being of your loved ones is pivotal in the service they provide.
SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka
SriLankan Airlines in a bid to recommence Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka under the proposed bio-bubble tourist arrival concept successfully completed a familiarization tour for Indian media and travel trade professionals recently. A delegation of tour operators, agents, and senior editors representing influential media institutions concluded a familiarization tour in Sri Lanka.
The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota. The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.
The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept. Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.
During their stay here, the delegation was hosted for a virtual meet-and-greet with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. The discussion focused on the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements between the two countries, current safety measures, and guidelines pertaining to the bio-bubble concept. They lauded the effort taken by officials to make their trip a memorable one.
The Indian delegation was highly impressed with the opportunities they were given to travel and explore the country and its exclusive holiday prospects for the enthusiastic traveller. This fam tour was a manifestation of the immense potential of Sri Lanka as a post-covid travel destination enticing the Indian traveller.
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