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‘Settle your water bill online with Nations Trust Bank American Express’

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From left to right: Dumidu Kariyawasam , Project ManagerInformation Technology, Nations Trust Bank PLC; Safraz Razeek, Senior Manager - E-Commerce Cards, Nations Trust Bank PLC; Jerome Pereira, Assistant Vice President - Merchant Acquiring and Relationships, Nations Trust Bank PLC; Niluka Gunatilake, Senior Vice President - Cards & Consumer Assets, Nations Trust Bank PLC; Nishantha Ranatunga, Chairman, NWSDB; Thilina Wijetunga, General Manager, NWSDB; S.G.G.Rajkumar, Additional General Manager (Corporate Services), NWSDB; Sarath Weerasena, Additional General Manager (Finance), NWSDB; G.A.Piyal Pathmanatha, Deputy General Manager (Commercial), NWSDB.

Nations Trust Bank American Express is providing yet another layer of safety and convenience for all Cardmembers by facilitating the online settlement of their monthly water bills. Cardmembers can now settle their water bill at a time and place convenient for them, through a seamless hassle-free payment solution by visiting http://ebis.waterboard.lk/smartzone/English/OnlinePayments. Offered at no additional fees or charges, this facility is yet another customer-centric solution by Nations Trust Bank American Express, specially with continued focus on hygiene and avoiding physical contact to contain COVID-19. Nations Trust Bank American Express earlier enabled the Automated Bill Settlement facility at the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), as well as water bill settlement via Point-of-Sale machines and M-POS.

Commenting on this latest service offering, Niluka Gunatilake, Head of Cards at Nations Trust Bank said, “Many facilities that were merely optional in the past are now considered essential, in the post pandemic world. At Nations Trust Bank, our strategy is built around customer needs, and we are aware of how important the convenience of online payments is for our Cardmembers. As an essential utility, water bill payments are both necessary and recurring, and this latest facility is introduced to make that monthly process that much easier for our Cardmembers. Needless to say, in an environment where physical distancing is endorsed, online payment of water bills also adds a layer of safety for our Cardmembers.”

The NWSDB also offers a 1.5% rebate of the bill amount if the bill is settled within 14 days from the bill issue date with the amount reversed in the next month’s bill. Piyal Pathmanatha, Deputy General Manager (Commercial) of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board said, “As the National water supplier, we have customers around the country facing various challenges when it comes to mobility and physical payment of bills. The partnership with Nations Trust Bank American Express Cards is a further step towards the future, ensuring timely yet convenient payment of bills by our customers.”

Cardmembers can also receive important details such as interruption notices, billing details, outstanding reminders via SMS alerts by sending their water bill account number as an SMS to 0719399999 from their mobile phone. In case of a changed phone number, Cardmembers can simply resend the water bill account number using their new mobile number to 0719399999.



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Sri Lanka’s economic confidence index plummets

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‘No one has rated Sri Lanka’s economic condition as excellent. 1.8 % rated it as good and 1.3 % rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022, a wide ranging Verite Research public opinion survey reveals.

Key findings of the survey:

Government approval rating drops from 10% to 3%

The second round of the Gallup Style “Mood of the Nation” poll was conducted in June by Verité Research. It assessed the approval, satisfaction, and confidence of the nation in relation to the government, the country, and the economy.

The poll was conducted as a part of the syndicated survey instrument by Verité Research. This instrument also provides other organisations the opportunity to survey the sentiments of Sri Lanka.

1. Government approval rating | 3% | To the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the current government is working?” only 3% said they approve. In January 2022 this rating was at 10%.

2. Sri Lanka satisfaction | 2% | To the question, “In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in Sri Lanka?” only 2% said they were satisfied. This rating was at 6% in January 2022.

3. Economic confidence | negative (-) 96 | Multiple choice questions on the condition and trajectory of the economy are used to generate an economic confidence score. The score can range from negative (-) 100 to positive (+) 100. A score above zero means more people see the economic conditions positively rather than negatively. If everyone thinks the economy is in either excellent or good condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting better, the score will be (+) 10. If everyone thinks that the economy is in a poor condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting worse, the score will be a (-) 100. No one rated the economic condition as excellent. 1.8% rated it as good; and 1.3% rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022.

Implementation of “Mood of

the Nation”

The poll is based on an island wide nationally representative sample of responses from 1,052 Sri Lankan adults, conducted in June 2022. The sample and methodology was designed to ensure a maximum error margin of under 3% at a 95% confidence interval. The polling partner was Vanguard Survey (Pvt) Ltd.

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Decline in share market in the wake of rate hike reports

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

CSE trading activities began on a positive note yesterday but during the latter part of the day the market experienced a dip on account of the overall supply chain economy being subjected to a contraction, stemming from the fuel crisis. Consequently, CSE activities were relatively low keyed, market analysts said.

“We are reverting to the negative. There is uncertainty on all fronts, from the political to the economic. Therefore, we are expecting a rate hike on Thursday. This is creating a bit of a cloud and we may see this continuing further, a top market analyst said.

Even if top level decision- making is happening in Sri Lanka the impact is not felt at the grassroots level. This has resulted in unrest in the country, the analyst said.

Amid those developments, both indices moved downwards. The All- Share Price Index went down by 97.9 points and S and P SL20 declined by 34.3 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.3 billion with one crossing. The crossing was reported in JKH, which crossed 600,000 shares to the tune of Rs 73.2 million, its shares traded at Rs 122.

In the retail market, the top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Lanka IOC Rs 611 million (7.3 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 173.9 million (one million shares traded). LOLC Holdings Rs 47.4 million (120,000 sha4es traded), Hayleys PLC Rs 46.5 million (697.000 shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 46.3 million (6.4 million shares traded), JKH Rs 21 million (173,000 shares traded) and Softlogic Holdings Rs 20.5 million (794,000 shares traded). During the day 109 million share volumes changed hands in 15000 transactions.

The International Monetary Fund said last Thursday its talks with crisis-hit Sri Lanka had been “constructive”, thereby raising hopes it would soon grant preliminary approval for a desperately needed financial support package, observers said.

Meanwhile, the Colombo Consumer Price index rose 54.6 per cent year-on-year in June against a 39.1 per cent rise in May, according to the Statistics Department.

Yesterday the US dollar rate was Rs 360.73, which is now being controlled due to the prudent fiscal and monetary policies of the Central Bank.

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Dialog Club vision members receive access to an exclusive screening of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

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In a bold and breath-taking new global adventure, the epic conclusion to the Jurassic film franchise ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ hit theatres across the world on June 10. Just a day after its global premiere, Dialog Club Vision Red members and their loved ones received special access to an exclusive screening of the film at the Kandy City Centre Multiplex on June 11.

The explosive end to the Jurassic era sees two generations of the film’s franchise unite for the first time with Hollywood’s Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard joined by Oscar winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill. Dialog Club Vision members were some of the first to witness the utopian world where Dinosaurs and humans co-exist.

With the best interests of its members and their loved ones at heart, Dialog Club Vision continues to deliver a world of exclusivity and privileges such as personalized care, exclusive discounts and offers, lifestyle and entertainment events and more. To explore more exciting offers available for Dialog Club Vision members, and to learn more about Sri Lanka’s premier loyalty programme, customers can visit the MyDialog App or visit dialog.lk/club-vision

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