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Union Assurance disrupts the future of life insurance with Clicklife

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Union Assurance PLC, a John Keells Company, announced the launch of Clicklife, a turnkey product that offers protection plans in a secure, streamlined, and user-friendly digital environment, providing users the unprecedented experience of obtaining protection in just a few clicks.

 “Clicklife reinforces our core philosophy and commitment to Protect the Sri Lankan Dream, thus making insurance simpler and affordable for everyone, considering consumer lifestyles as well as the current reality,” said Jude Gomes, Chief Executive Officer of Union Assurance.

“We are disrupting life insurance as we know it by eliminating legacy systems, paperwork, and physical interventions, to simplify the process of buying protection. Clicklife is a fully digital end-to-end solution offering a seamless user experience from purchase to policy issuance, and servicing, and is available for anyone, anywhere at any time”.

 Considering the realities of the current environment, Clicklife offers a free Covid-19 cover for the first 1,000 customers to purchase the product online. With simplicity and affordability at the core of the product, Clicklife provides seamless and convenient user journeys and attractive pricing for as low as Rs. 23/- per day for a cover of Rs. 2 million.

 Further augmenting the customer’s digital journey, Union Assurance uses cutting-edge digital technology to power a Self-servicing App that eliminates the complex and time-consuming follow up process of staying up to date on policies after purchase. The app provides real-time updates on policy information including dues, balances, and claims status, and goes a step further in enabling digital policy loan submissions. The App also includes a health tracker linked to a rewards scheme for instant redemption of vouchers and discount coupons.

 With the effects of COVID-19 expected to continue to the foreseeable future, innovation, adaptability, and resilience are at the core of the Company’s digital transformation. The ability to buy life insurance with no paperwork, no physical interventions, and no medical reports is a novel concept for Sri Lanka where the process of obtaining insurance online is a relatively new concept.

In introducing Clicklife, and a Self-servicing App, Union Assurance offers consumers the next level of insurance aligning to globally evolving practices that give customers control in managing and staying updated on their protection needs.

 Union Assurance is the oldest private life insurer in Sri Lanka, and is a member of the John Keells Group, Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerate. Union Assurance completes over three decades of success in the industry with a market capitalization of Rs. 18 Bn, a Life Fund of Rs. 40 Bn and a Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of 461% as at October 2020.



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Rootcode wins Startup of the Year and People’s Choice Award at SAARC Startup Awards 2022

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Rootcode, one of Sri Lanka’s leading tech companies, recently took home the “People’s Choice Award” in addition to being bestowed with the “Startup of the Year” title at the SAARC Startup Awards 2022. This regional recognition marks a significant milestone for the Sri Lankan tech space and workforce. Rootcode’s mission to build great tech is well underway, and it is gaining traction faster than ever.

This is the first time a Sri Lankan tech company has made a name for itself in the regional competition, and it is a watershed moment that has focused the global spotlight on Rootcode’s distinct approach to fostering innovation in Sri Lanka. This is also the first time that a Sri Lankan company was able to take home two awards of those presented at the SAARC Startup Awards.

Global Startup Awards SAARC celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurship and promotes bridging boundaries through innovation in its regions, which include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, by recognizing them with its most prestigious awards program, attended by top-notch entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, and ecosystem builders from Nordic, Central Europe, SAARC, and ASEAN regions.

Every year, the SAARC Startup Awards bring together hundreds of South Asian startups, entrepreneurs, investors, co-working spaces, and accelerators to provide a platform to highlight trailblazers in the region’s startup world. Rootcode was chosen ahead of dozens of other regional tech startups in the competition.

Sri Lanka is a relative newcomer to the South Asian startup fraternity, and Rootcode’s ability to represent the country on the global stage not long after its inception is remarkable.

“We are extremely humbled and honored by the support shown to us at the SAARC Startup Awards 2022, and being recognized under two categories is a huge milestone for us,” said the CEO and Founder of Rootcode Labs, Alagan Mahalingam. “We have always been driven forward by excellence, collaboration, and integrity, which I believe is the reason why we have come so far and why Rootcode continues to grow every day.”

Rootcode is driven by its focus on helping businesses build great tech not just locally but globally, and its achievement at the SAARC awards stands as a testament to that. Despite the challenging times, this is a win for Sri Lanka.

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INSEE Cement felicitates Sri Lanka’s youngest Commonwealth medallist

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INSEE Cement awarded aspiring wrestler, Nethmi Ahimsa Fernando, who won a Bronze Medal for Sri Lanka at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, LKR 1 million cash reward, to support her to pursue her passion. Suranga Kumara, her coach, also received LKR 250,000 cash reward, in appreciation of his contribution towards Nethmi’s recent achievements. INSEE Cement has also pledged to support Nethmi’s aspiration to represent Sri Lanka at the 2024 Olympic games, while also providing the entire cement requirement for the completion of her new house, which is presently under construction, in collaboration with the Manusath Derana initiative.

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Textile maker Teejay knits strong start to 2022-23

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Q1 revenue more than doubles to Rs 23.9 billion

Teejay Lanka PLC has made a positive start to 2022-23 posting Group revenue of Rs 23.9 billion for the three months ending 30th June 2022. The Group achieved nearly half its full-year revenue of 2021-22 in just the first quarter of the new financial year as a result of the low base of the previous financial year due to the impacts of COVID, the depreciation of the Rupee and the passing on of yarn price increases during the last quarter.

In a filing with the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), Sri Lanka’s largest textile manufacturer said it had also recorded significant growth in pre-tax and net profit at both Group and Company level in the quarter reviewed.According to interim financial statements, Group profit before tax for the three months grew by more than Rs 1 billion or 291% to Rs 1.5 billion, while Group net profit for the period was up 301% to Rs 1.2 billion.

At Company level, revenue improved by 108% in the quarter under review to Rs 12.9 billion, while profit before tax grew by 323% to Rs 1.5 billion, and net profit increased by 311% to Rs 1.3 billion.

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