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‘The country must be opened up, giving priority to health care systems’

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Nimal Lansa – State Minister for Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure

Nimal Lansa, State Minister for Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure, said that the hope of 22 million people is to open up the country under health care systems and to enable them to carry out their activities as usual and strengthen the economy.

State Minister, Nimal Lansa expressed these views while inaugurating road development projects in the Panadura electorate.

Minister further stated,

We never stopped road development when there was corona effect. We have to live with the corona subject to health advice. Accordingly, I and my Cabinet minister decided not to stop work. Four years later, the people will ask whether his excellency the President had fulfilled his promise of 100,000 km.

‘Our goal is to make the country corona-free by 2021. I urge the people of the country to support this by following health advice. Some opposition MPs want to keep the country closed. The 22 million people of the country hope to open up the country and return to normalcy.

‘More than 2 million people who are engaged in the tourism industry have been at home for 9 months unable to carry on the tourism business. People who work every day should be given the opportunity to do their work.

‘My personal opinion is that we need to live safely with covid. We have to go about our daily business. Or the country will fall and we will fall. We must be determined to win the country’s development in 2021 and the country’s economy in the face of covid 19.

‘We hope to open the airport after January 17th. Provide opportunities for those who wish to come to Sri Lanka from abroad. All of this is done by following health guidelines. PCR is done 72 hours before tourists arrive in Sri Lanka. After the tourist comes to Sri Lanka he does a PCR. When the tourist goes out after about 7 days, he does a PCR again. He does three PCRs.

‘2021 is an important year for all of us. As the world faces the Covid epidemic and the world economy goes downhill, we must be determined to open a few schools, open the country to business and make it the country with the best economy while carrying out day to day activities as usual. We must all unite for that.

‘The Rs. 129 million worth road development work in the Panadura electorate commenced today under the national program to develop 100,000 km and the distance to be developed under it is 9 km.’

State Minister of Women and Child Development, Preschools & Primary Education, School Infrastructure & Education Services, Piyal Nishantha , State Minister of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development Jayantha Samaraweera, former members of the Western Provincial Council, Neil Sunethralal and Vikum Gunasekara, chairman of the Panadura Pradeshiya Sabha Hemantha Fernando, , Chief Engineer of the Road Development Authority Ms. Gayani Mullewithana and a group of officials of the Road Development Authority were present on the occasion.

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HNB promotes cashless transactions; joins CBSL’s ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign

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Chief Guest for the event Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal, CBSL Deputy Governor and National Payments Council chairperson Yvette Fernando, and CBSL Payments and Settlements Director D. Kumaratunge with HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo as he completes a transaction via HNB SOLO at a merchant stall

HNB PLC, partnered with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to promote the Colombo-leg of ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign at Diyatha Uyana, to raise awareness and encourage the public towards cashless payments.

Having already linked LANKA QR to its digital payment app HNB SOLO, the bank was among other financial institutions and telecommunication partners in joining efforts to make cashless QR-code based payments the standard for mobile phones and digital payments countrywide, in moving towards a cashless and digitally-savvy Sri Lanka.

“We are entering a new era of financial technology, where almost all of our daily transactions will require no physical banknotes, but just a smartphone and internet connection with our bank account integrated to a digital payment app.

The Central Bank’s national directive for banks and financial institutions to adopt and integrate LANKA QR into their existing digital payment solutions has prompted an aggressive onboarding of merchants to the new payment solution across the country. With our extensive customer base, SOLO is no doubt a significant contributor to this innovative initiative,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

The Colombo-leg of the ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign raised awareness regarding SOLO’s many facilities, including zero human interaction, efficiency, and eliminated risks that influenced many vendors to come on board.

 

(HNB)

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Bank of Ceylon empowering nation with Lanka Q

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The Bank of Ceylon in its mission to assist the government initiative to empower Sri Lanka through digital technology is joining the customer awareness campaign of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s Lanka QR digital platform.

Bank of Ceylon had its most recent major awareness programs in Borella and Maharagama along with the other branches in Colombo District in line with the Central Bank’s main program held in “Diyatha Uyana” with the participation of all Lanka QR certified banks on the same day.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has organized a series of awareness and promotion campaigns for popularizing Lanka QR with the participation of all Lanka QR certified financial institutions throughout the country with the aim of speeding up the customer adaptation process towards digital banking.

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Sri Lanka Insurance posts a staggering revenue of Rs. 55.2 billion during 2020

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Amidst the turbulent and challenging year Sri Lanka Insurance has closed year 2020 on a positive note recording phenomenal revenue growth with exceptional service innovations.

Sri Lanka Insurance the premier insurer to the nation recorded stellar performance in 2020 to record Rs. 55.2 billion revenue for the year, a marked improvement on the Rs.48.6 billion in the year 2019, a press release said.

It adds – In the year of 2020 Sri Lanka Insurance reported 30 % growth in life insurance premium increasing to Rs.19.2 billion whilst general insurance reported 7% growth in premium grew to Rs. 20.1 billion. The company achieved a combined Gross Written Premium (GWP) growth rate of 17 % during the year. General insurance contributed 51% towards the total GWP whilst Life Insurance contributed 49 %.

‘In continuing with its tradition of leadership, Sri Lanka Insurance in 2020 surpassed its own record to declare a sum of Rs.8.2 billion as bonus to policyholders. The cumulative life insurance bonus paid out during the past 10 years tops a massive Rs.54 billion making the SLIC bonus payout unmatchable.

‘As the national insurer we have witnessed yet another challenging year and the consequences brought out by pandemic outbreak urged us to conduct our business operations in a more empathetic manner. SLIC has always taken the lead to protect the nation and during this difficult time Sri Lanka Insurance launched many initiatives to sustain country’s health defenses while ensuring our customers receive uninterrupted insurance service.

‘As the pioneering insurance company in Sri Lanka we are in the forefront to inculcate the importance of insurance to the masses as a national responsibility on our shoulders. We will further strengthen internal capabilities to serve the nation through innovative and affordable insurance solutions which cater to all Sri Lankans under the ‘Insurance for All” concept. Even though the times are defining we will continue protecting our nation turning obstacles into opportunities.’ noted .Jagath Wellawatta, chairman of SLIC.

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