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Turyaa Chennai – first hotel in India to be Bureau Veritas certified for safety & hygiene

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Premier hospitality company Aitken Spence Hotels’ operation in India – Turyaa Chennai – has been certified by Bureau Veritas for safety & hygiene procedures and processes that are in line with globally recognised best practices to mitigate COVID-19 – becoming the first hotel or resort in India to receive the certification.

Bureau Veritas, a well-known global risk assessment company, reviewed the 140-room city hotel located in the heart of Chennai’s IT Corridor. The verification encompassed its extensive health and safety measures and enhanced protocols introduced at the outset of the global outbreak of COVID-19. The process examined all operational aspects of the hotel from guest, staff and supplier touch points to awareness creation and information dissemination.

The certification criteria are based on policies, procedures and resources implemented by the hotel to manage the hygiene and social distancing risks in the current context. The assessment and disclosures were completed in accordance with applicable standards to testing, certification and inspection of businesses.

Turyaa Chennai, along with the portfolio of other Aitken Spence Hotels, is committed to assist national and international objectives and efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Turyaa Chennai together with Aitken Spence Hotels’ other properties in Sri Lanka, Maldives and Oman, devised a risk management procedure for COVID-19 which is in line with the company’s risk management strategy.

Moreover, the blueprint ‘SpenceSafe’ was prepared to face the anticipated effects of the global pandemic during the short to medium, and long term. The blueprint was shared among Turyaa Chennai’s partners and guests, outlining the efforts in place to inspire confidence and travel (www.turyaachennai.com/spencesafe). A safety video can be found on the YouTube channel of Aitken Spence Hotels.

Aitken Spence Hotels, the hospitality arm of Sri Lankan blue-chip conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC operates 23 hotels and resorts across Sri Lanka, Maldives, Oman and India. The company’s owned hotels are reflected under the Heritance, Adaaran and Turyaa brands, popular around the world for exceptional service, undisputed product and curated lifestyle experiences.

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A ‘phygital’ experience at HSBC Premier Centre in Pelawatte

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With the demographic equation changing and the mass affluent customers now also choosing to live in the suburbs, HSBC is gearing its branches of the periphery of the city to service customers in this segment.

Pelawatte has become the latest HSBC branch to be upgraded to be an exclusive Premier Banking Centre to meet the growing demand of the affluent population in the residential hub of the Colombo metro region.

The newly refurbished Premier Centre was declared open by Mark Prothero, CEO for HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives. Also present was Nadeesha Senaratne, Country Head of Wealth & Personal Banking, together with senior management and staff.

Nadeesha Senaratne, said, “HSBC has established a long history of 128 years in Sri Lanka, and in the past few years we have seen the value of strategically expanding to meet the specific needs of our customers.”

HSBC’s Pelawatte branch was opened in 1998 and is conveniently located at no 418B Battaramulla – Pannipitiya Road, Battaramulla which currently serves a diverse portfolio of retail banking customers. With the new improvements undertaken, HSBC hopes to provide customers with an inclusive banking service, and attract potential new customers with its Premier banking proposition and worldwide banking service, within the expanding residential neighborhood.

The Premier Centre in Pelawatte models HSBC’s flagship Premier Centre located in Flower road- Colombo 7, with an expansive ‘open’ space concept for casual open dialog with customers. The space has been optimized to enhance the customer experience by providing a ‘phygital’ banking experience with private meeting rooms specially designed to give customers an exclusive banking service with the assistance of a dedicated Relationship Manager. It also features video conferencing facility, which enables customers to connect with their Premier RM’s internationally, while enjoying the highest standards of privacy. Customers can walk out of the branch with the ‘Bank in their pocket’ by opening an account in less than an hour and begin transacting digitally, almost instantly.

(HSBC)

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SLT & Mobitel successfully conclude digitization of Lankagama Village

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Fulfilling its role as the nation’s pioneer in Telecommunication Services, the SLT Group successfully completed the President’s directive of providing high-speed connectivity solutions to the Lankagama Village recently.

An event was held to mark this proud achievement on 20th September 2020 in the presence of Oshada Senanayake – Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), Lalith Seneviratne – Group CEO of SLT & Mobitel, Kiththi Perera- Chief Executive Officer of SLT, M.B.P. Fernandez – Chief Operations Officer of SLT, Prabath Dahanayake – Chief Marketing Officer of SLT, Sudarshana Geeganage – Chief Financial Officer of Mobitel, Shashika Senerath – Chief Marketing Officer of Mobitel, Rasantha Hettithanthrige – Senior General Manager, Engineering & Operations at Mobitel along with SLT & Mobitel technology partners Huawei, ZTE and the community.

The SLT Group provided high-speed 4G/LTE broadband and enhanced voice services within record-time despite the fact that the Lankagama Village is located at the southern boundary of the Sinharaja Rain Forest, in the Neluwa Divisional Secretariat, Galle District; posing severe logistical challenges. Further, the SLT Group also offered SMART classroom solutions consisting of tabs, laptops and school supplies including stationery thereby opening up a world of possibilities for the students in the remote village. (SLT)

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Low valued companies’ stocks in demand

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

Share price increases of low valued stocks were a highligh of CSE trading yesterday, market analysts said.

It is said that HNB Finance, which featured one of the smallest Initial Public Offerings (IPO) in February this year, witnessed more than a 75 percent share price increase, thus adding 21 index points to the All Share Price Index. According to stock-brokers,  when the HNB Finance shares started trading, it stood at Rs. 8.80 and at the end of the day it  shot up to Rs. 15.50, which was a Rs. 6.60 or 75 percent increase.

At the IPO  in February it is said that the  number of issued shares reported 10 million  at Rs. 5.70 per share. However, during the day  more than 1.9 million  shares or close to 20 percent  traded, which was an unusual occurrence, brokers said. 

Further, there was a significant price  increase in the stocks of several low valued companies, including Pan Asia Power, Mackwoods Energy, Laugfs Power, Vallibal Power Erathna, Vidula Lanka, Lotus Power, National Lanka Finance and many more. These listed companies’ share prices noticeably increased and traded well. Those companies’ share prices are all below Rs. 10, market analysts said.  

Amid those developments profit taking was noted since it is near to the month end and both indices showed mixed reactions. All Share Price Index was up by 18.23 points and  S and P SL20 went down by 16.06 points. The slight drop in the banking sector resulted in indicating a downward trend in S and P SL20, market sources said.

Yesterday, turnover stood at Rs. 2.53 billion with three crossings. Those crossings were reported in JKH, which crossed 540,000 shares to the tune of Rs. 73.44 million; its share price traded at Rs. 136, HNB 250,000 shares crossed for Rs. 32 million, its share price traded at Rs. 128 and Sampath Bank 150,000 shares crossed for Rs. 20.3 million, its share trading at Rs. 135.

In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the day’s turnover were,  Kelani Tyre Rs. 151.5 million (91.9 million shares traded), Royal Ceramic Rs. 130 million (1.15 million shares traded), Hemas Holdings Rs118.3 million (1.68 million shares traded), Expolanka Rs. 112.6 million (11.8 million shares traded) and Richard Pieris Holdings Rs. 93.2 million (6.2 million shares traded). During the day  134.2 million share volumes changed hands in 26024 transactions. Sanasa Development Bank is going for a right issue, which was conveyed to the CSE yesterday

On the previous day, Hayleys PLC dominated turnover  at the CSE with 2 million of its shares trading for Rs. 467.3 million, accounting for 13 percent  of the total.  Finco had bought the shares (amounting to a 2.6 percent stake) done via two crossings at Rs. 230 per share. 

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