Seylan Bank launches SeylanPay QR payment solutions
D. Kumaratunga, Director – Payments and Settlements Department – Central Bank witnessing the first transaction through ‘SeylanPay’, together with Chaminda Senewiratne – Head of Digital Banking Channels – Seylan Bank, Gamika de Silva – Assistant General Manager – Marketing and Sales – Seylan Bank, Harsha Wanigatunga – Chief Information Officer – Seylan Bank, Kapila Ariyaratne – Director/Chief Executive Officer – Seylan Bank and Ramesh Jayasekara – Chief Operating Officer – Seylan Bank
Seylan Bank, the bank with a heart, recently announced the launch of ‘SeylanPay’, QR code-based payment solution as the latest addition to the digital product range of the bank. The launch marks a key milestone in the bank’s journey and supports Seylan’s strategic direction towards a cashless, paperless and branchless banking model and an enriched payment ecosystem in Sri Lanka.
Kapila Ariyaratne, Director / Chief Executive Officer, Seylan Bank who commented on the launch of SeylanPay said, “Digital banking is the future of the banking and finance industry, and SeylanPay quick response (QR) with its user friendly outlook and convenience of use in varied situations is an ideal addition to the industry, enabling the use of smartphones to carry out secure transactions. Seylan Bank has always been a leader in digital banking in Sri Lanka, leading from the front in introducing Internet & Mobile Banking, Internet Payment Gateways, and Merchant Portal Services, ensuring utmost convenience to all Seylan customers. The SeylanPay payment solution will add convenience to our customers in their busy lives, and we are excited to offer them this opportunity.
Current and savings account holders of Seylan Bank can now make payments using their smartphone at LANKAQR certified merchants, truly embracing digital banking. In addition, SeylanPay customers can link their Credit or Debit Cards and enjoy the convenience of card-less and cashless payments for their day-to-day with security, convenience, simplicity and speed being key factors in their payment experience.
Seylan Bank’s Head of Digital Banking, Chaminda Senewiratne said: “With the introduction of SeylanPay QR payment solution, Seylan bank customers can truly be part of the digital payment revolution in the country. Not only is the payment system convenient, fast and secure for customers to make payments, it is also an ideal solution for small merchants and daily wage earners to collect funds hygienically during this time, in a cost effective, secure and convenient manner.”
Seylan customers can easily download and self-activate the SeylanPay app and register through a simple process. Once the App is installed, customers can simply Scan and Pay at any EMVCo Standard Visa, MasterCard and LankaQR acquiring merchant to complete a financial transaction. A payment notification will be received by both the customer and merchant once the transaction is completed with funds credited to the merchant’s bank account instantly, and all sales automatically consolidated in a report format. Customers too will have clear idea of all transactions they have performed. SeylanPay merchants can accept payments from both Seylan Bank and other bank customers through the respective bank’s mobile payment application supporting Visa, MasterCard, and/or LANKAQR QR code. SeylanPay will facilitate merchants ranging from small to larger scale business ventures to accept transactions and enhance their sales turnover and business growth.
Seylan Bank, the Bank with a Heart, operates with a vision to offer the ultimate banking experience to its valued customers through cutting-edge technology, innovative products, and best-in-class service. The Bank has a growing clientele of SMEs, Retail and Corporate Customers and has expanded its footprint with 172 branches across the country, 216 ATM units, 70 Cash Deposit Machines (CDM) and 83 Cheque Deposit Kiosks (CDK). Seylan Bank has been endorsed as a financially stable organisation with performance excellence across the board by Fitch Ratings, with the bank’s national long-term rating revised upward, from ‘A-(lka)’ to ‘A (lka)’. The bank was ranked second among public listed companies for transparency in corporate reporting by Transparency Global. Seylan Bank has also been named the Most Popular Banking Service Provider in Sri Lanka in Customer Experience by LMD consecutively in 2019 and 2020. These achievements are a testament to Seylan Bank’s financial stability and unwavering dedication to ensuring excellence across all endeavours.
Share investors worried over Wealth and Heritage tax
By Hiran H Senewiratne
CSE trading kicked off on a positive note yesterday but the momentum could not be sustained for long owing to investor worries that the government is planning domestic debt restructuring involving the imposition of a wealth and heritage tax on citizens, market sources said.
Amid those developments both indices moved downwards. The All -Share Price Index went down by 131 points and S and P SL-20 declined by 46.8 points. Turnover stood at Rs 3.4 billion with four crossings. Those crossings were reported in Agalawattte Plantations, which crossed 45.3 million shares to the tune of Rs 1.5 billion, its shares traded at Rs 35, CTC 420,000 shares crossed for Rs 269 million and its shares traded at Rs 640, Cargills 100,000 shares crossed to the tune of Rs 24.5 million; its shares traded at Rs 245 and Hayleys 300,000 shares crossed for Rs 24 million; its shares traded at Rs 80.
In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, SLT Rs 234 million (two million shares traded), Hayleys RS 121 million (1.5 million shares traded), Lanka IOC Rs 106 million (115,000 shares traded), Softlogic Capital Rs 69 million (5.6 million shares traded), CTC Rs 65.3 million (101,000 shares traded), Sampath Bank RS 54.7 million (one million shares traded) and Commercial Bank RS 52.5 million (801,000 shares traded).During the day 164 million share volumes changed hands in 20000 transactions.
Brandix ‘RightToRead’ initiative gains momentum enriching Sri Lanka students and transforming learning
Inspired by the challenge to provide Sri Lankan children with better access to learning materials and the transformative power to read and comprehend English, Brandix launched the ‘RightToRead’ project in 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Accordingly, Brandix introduced the ‘ReadToMe’ English learning tool, created by English Helper – India, to improve reading and comprehension skills of Sri Lankan students. Last Monday, Julie Chung, the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, visited Susamayawardhana Vidyalaya in Borella, to observe progress of the project and experience how children and educators in Sri Lanka engage with educational technology.
Brandix Lanka Limited, Director, Ajit Johnpillai, said: “Education is the most powerful tool to enrich communities and futures, and Brandix is committed to build a strong foundation for transformational learning for students across Sri Lanka. The progress we have made with RiteToRead over the past two years is promising, and the potential for change in the education sector harnessing such digital technologies is immeasurable. Brandix will continue its commitment to deliver Inspired Solutions for the people of Sri Lanka.”
Dialog TV Boosts Resilience and Capacity with Norsat Satellite Earth Station
Hytera, a leading global provider of professional communications technologies and solutions, is proud to announce the successful deployment of a new backup satellite station for Dialog TV, Sri Lanka’s No.1 satellite Pay TV service provider. The project was fulfilled in 2022 by Hytera and its subsidiary specialized in Satellite Communications (SatCom), Norsat International Inc. The new station enhances the resilience and capacity of Dialog TV’s existing system and ensures continuity of service in the event of damage due to natural disasters.
Dialog TV provides coverage over the entirety of Sri Lanka through the Intelsat 38 Ku-band satellite. As the business expanded, it opted for a backup solution to support its existing satellite station and to strengthen the network’s disaster tolerance.
Hytera and Norsat provided an end-to-end satellite earth station solution that includes the installation, integration, and setup of satellite antennas, a transmission and receiving system, a new network management system (NMS), and a carrier monitoring system (CMS). The NMS makes routine work easier and simpler for on-duty staff, as equipment status, parameter monitoring and configuration, and remote control of the devices can be viewed and accomplished via a single interface. The CMS monitors the carrier spectrum status of satellite signals in real-time and ensures stable signal transmission and receiving.
“We are excited to have been able to work with Dialog TV on this important project,” said Kevin Sun, Sales Director for Hytera South Asia, “Our ability to seamlessly integrate our new equipment and software with Dialog TV’s existing systems has helped to ensure a stable and reliable service for their millions of customers across Sri Lanka.”
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