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Regulator notices JKH and Central Finance to reduce their NTB stakes

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The Monetary Board has noticed both John Keells Holdings and Central Finance that they should reduce their group holdings in the Nations Trust Bank to a maximum of 20% by the end of next year and 15% a year after.

This requirement is to conform with the law that individual and aggregate related party holdings in commercial banks be restricted to a maximum of 15% although time-bound extensions, some granted as long as 10 years ago, have been allowed.

At Hatton National Bank for example, Harry Jayawardena related parties including Stassen, Milford and Distilleries, have been restrained from exercising voting rights in excess of the 15% cap by the non-registration of shares they continue to own. This is regularly reported in the HNB Annual Report.

In Stock Exchange filings last week, both JKH and Central Finance said that the Director of Bank Supervision of the Central Bank had conveyed to them that in terms of a Monetary Board decision both the JKH and Central Finance Groups “have been granted further time to reduce their shareholdings in NTB to 15% each.”

JKH has been granted further time till Dec. 31, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2022 to reduce its shareholdings in NTB to 20% and 15% respectively. The previous requirement was to meet the 20% cap by the end of this year.

Central Finance too has been granted further time till Dec. 31, 2021, to come down to 15%, JKH’s Stock Exchange filing said.

JKH currently holds 29.52% of the voting shares of NTB and 51.76% of its non-voting shares. Factoring non-voting shares, it currently holds an economic interest of 32.5% of the bank, it disclosed.

Central Finance’s group holding of NTB voting shares is 19.74% and together with its non-voting shares it has an economic interest of 21.38% in the bank, the company disclosed.

Analysts said that the options before shareholders holding more than the permitted cap would be to sell down or seek further extensions of the time limits granted to acheive permissible levels.

There was no clear indication whether they will be permitted to continue holding their present stakes enjoying dividends and other shareholder rights except voting rights.



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Cabraal briefs Chief Incumbents on Port City Project Commission Bill

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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.

 

 

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Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs

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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.

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SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka

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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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