Tips to cope the curfew & irresistible #SocialDistancing. ඇඳිරි නීති කාල සීමාව ඵලදායීව ගත කරමු. Road to prevent COVID-19.

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Sri Lanka, is seeing its way through to a never-before-experienced change of pace within its routine activities, as the world in its entirety is being forced into #lockdown. As at the 25th of March, 2020, nearly a quarter of the 7.8 Billion humans (bbcnews.com) are giving in, having to live under restrictions to curb COVID-19. Nonetheless, let us without any hesitation recite the fact that, we do have the better half of hope left within us to cherish the pleasant wonderments that 2020 holds. A heartfelt thank you to the unsung heroes fighting this pandemic, as we dearly in our hearts and minds would not be able to pay our dues to them, anytime sooner.

However, at this viewpoint, we come to think that we are limiting ourselves to our households. But, on the contrary, we are revisiting the outer world powered by what is ‘digital’. Speaking of such, one might glue themselves to #Covid19, #LockDown or #SocialDistancing over Social Media, news sites and whatnot, keeping them together in one piece despite the lost freedom to walk out of their homes. As much as helpful this might be, keeping boredom at bay during the COVID-19 lockdown tends to arrive at its daunting boundaries forcing you towards uneasy turn of events.

Well we’ve got you covered! From revisiting the all-time favorite memory of reading a copy of ‘අඹ යහළුවෝ’, to learning Tamil so that you have an edge over the bilingual, here are a few simple and not so stressed out picks for the easement of your worries…

Read something long-lost in your shelves.

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It’s that moment of ‘walking down the memory lane’. Us Lankans got through our childhood well attached with the unforgettable read, ‘අඹ යහළුවෝ’ (Amba Yahaluwo). It’s no sci-fi, nor action-thriller, but, a pure blend of reality, Ceylonese spirit and nature that ultimately contributes to the making of one fine storyline giving us peace of mind about perspective. Keeping aside the transformation that we have undergone, running by the scented pages of ‘අඹ යහළුවෝ’ wouldn’t certainly cause you any regret. Indeed it would be wise of you to share this very taste of literature with your siblings, and perhaps, your children, as it is no wonder that at the rate we evolve such treasure would go hidden if it is not a done duty of ours to pass it on regardless of it being this particular book or any other book of olden days. Now is the time!

Watch something meaningful.

Keeping up with what was discussed above, there might occur a case of you not having a copy of ‘අඹ යහළුවෝ’ with you, or you being unable to find it in your house. You might as well turn to digital! ‘අඹ යහළුවෝ’ the tele, is available online, and the missing pieces are you, your family and a drink of coffee. If it interests you, there are more choices of good old teles such as ‘ගම්පෙරළිය’ (Gamperaliya) made available online at your convenience, given the growing 7.13 Million internet users in Lanka, a 34% share of the total population as at 2019 (Hootsuite).

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Grow something fruitful.

Curfew, is for the greater good. Authorities have taken responsible decisions for a worthy cause, and it is wrong of ourselves to judge. Since we all dearly hope to feed ourselves, and more importantly, our families, we tend to unknowingly create havoc attempting to do our shopping for groceries once the curfew is lifted. As we do need to steer clear of such cases and do our shopping responsibly, we also need to map out our plan for future scenarios that might be of similarity to this pandemic. In occasions as such, ‘perspective’ matters. Think ‘green’. Think ‘home-grown’. We could do our online research or turn to our parents or grandparents for further expertise on gardening. After all, gardening is no rocket science.

Learn something worthwhile.

Are you farsighted when it comes to your career? Or is it just about a LinkedIn account that says ‘Full professional proficiency’ in English and Sinhala? The United Nations Volunteers of Sri Lanka (UNVSL) is/was on the lookout for translators to aid the procedures pertaining to the prevailing situation of the country, and the globe. You might have taken lessons on languages in school or during any other academic courses, but in any case, if you discontinued to leverage the learning possibilities of such, it might have caused you the loss of an opportunity to help mankind taking up duty as a volunteer to  fight COVID-19. Regardless of your proficiency, there is no better time than now to allocate yourself some time to learn a language you are bad at. If it helps, perspective brings about the fact that, being able to speak and write multiple languages opens up the opportunity of gaining extra income, as companies tend to outsource work processes involving the duty of a translator. Learn Sinhala, learn English. Don’t stop… learn Tamil! Having born and raised in country with vast cultural differences, clinch the extra mile and earn yourself an add-on worthwhile.

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Practicing self-isolation, social distancing and adhering to all other guidelines to help prevent COVID-19 might be a bitter price of life’s hardships. But we’re in this together. And we will get through this. Know the circumstances. Do you duty. #TogetherWeCan.

HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance is Committed to Honor all Claims Related to COVID-19

HNB Assurance PLC and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited will honor all claims both life and medical related to COVID-19.

The spokesman for both companies stated that Insurance Companies are not liable to honor claims when a disease is classified as a pandemic. However, as a responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty to stand by our customers and our nation at this time of dire need. Therefore, HNB Assurance, the Life Insurance Company will honor the life and medical claims made by its customers related to COVID-19. What’s more, for those policies with the Hospitalization Per Day Cover, payment will be made for the number of days a person is confined to a structured quarantine process (excluding self-quarantine). Further, the General Insurance Company, HNB General Insurance will honor all hospitalization claims pertaining to COVID-19 if any.

The Company requests all persons to limit their movements in public, and encourages people to access its services through the call centers and the companies web sites as well as other digital channels. Premium payments could also be made online.

The Company urges all citizens to act responsibly at this time, and do each one’s part in containing the spread of this disease in our country by practicing simple measures such as social distancing, hand and face hygiene and above all, if exposed to an infected person, to follow the procedures as directed by the Government of Sri Lanka.

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HNB Assurance Opens a New Branch in Madawachchiya.

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HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) declared opened doors for its 63rd Branch located in Madawachchiya. In adherence to the Company’s bold commitment towards expanding its footprint, this new facility is purpose-designed to fulfill the all-important need of insurance for people, offering peace of mind about life insurance solutions available within the Company’s portfolio. The Chief Guest of this occasion was the Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), Deepthi Lokuarachchi. The newly opened branch is located at 1st Floor, No. 102, Jaffna Road, Madawachchiya.

Speaking at the event, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI, Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated, “It is delighting to see how this new Branch reflects tangible evidence of our progression towards being the ‘Best in Class’. As this sets out a strong foundation for achieving service excellence, it further enriches the Company’s value proposition making it stand out in a highly competitive industry such as insurance. Working towards the Company’s prime objective of providing continuous returns to its valuable customers, employees and of course all key stakeholders, this branch will keep them at the center of attention, devoted to fulfilling their needs”.

Sharing his views, Chief Operating Officer of HNBA, Prasantha Fernando stated, “This facility is of major strategic importance as it is the 12th Branch located bridging the North and East areas of the country, being able to serve a wider customer base. Looking back at the long and successful journey the Company has made it through under many challenging factors within the industry, and in the market as a whole, it is heartening to see how well these efforts have produced favorable outcomes. It is our view that products such as insurance would require well thought-out measures within a customer’s buying process, and therefore, it is our duty to provide them the convenience of state of the art walk-in outlets as the essence of true customer service”.

Deputy Chief Operating Officer of HNBA, Lasitha Wimalaratne expressed his views stating, “Our operations around business expansion wields a great deal of competitiveness, and it has been a tremendous start for 2020, taking into account the growing stability of the brand that has been instilled across the country. This newly formed Branch further assures the Company’s stand, as it will foster long-lasting relationships with our customers, given the effort and contribution of its highly competent team of professionals”.

HNBA & HNBGI Commences ‘Liya Harasara’ in commemoration of International Women’s Day.

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HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) joined hands together celebrating the spirit of womanhood in Sri Lanka on this year’s International Women’s Day. Set for the months of February and March for the 8th consecutive year, the annually organized ‘Liya Harasara’ campaign is not just a contemporary salutation for women, but also a strong message of trust, safety and opportunity for women to embrace their role in society, carried across the nation. ‘Liya Harasara’ will offer tailor made insurance plans consisting of numerous benefits for ladies.

Sharing his views on ‘Liya Harasara’, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI, Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated, “the 8th edition of ‘Liya Harasara’ is dedicated to all the females in our society, from being leaders, entrepreneurs, great homemakers and indeed anything and everything they dare to be under the challenging circumstances of the modern day. As such, this is our very own way of paying tribute and gratifying the spirit of womanhood, and through ‘Liya Harasara’ we dearly wish to convey peace of mind about safety for women, and investment for a brighter future”.

Commenting on the 8th edition of ‘Liya Harasara’, Chief Operating Officer of HNBA, Prasantha Fernando stated, “this year’s ‘Liya Harasara’ has gained a prominent focus as an initiative executed by the Group, and has made it a prime goal of inculcating protection and stability for women in our society. On this note, HNBA and HNBGI have partnered with leading brands, namely, Durdans Hospital, Singer Plus, Vision Care and Fashion Bug for ‘Liya Harasara’ in the month of March, to offer a host of benefits, extending the Company’s tribute to Womanhood on this International Women’s day”.

Deputy Chief Operating Officer of HNBA, Lasitha Wimalaratne expressed his views on ‘Liya Harasara’ stating, “I would like to thank Durdans Hospital, Singer Plus, Vision Care and Fashion Bug for partnering with us, as their contribution would thoroughly benefit and add value to the lives of women in our society. Through ‘Liya Harasara’, it is our wish to convey a profound message of true upliftment as the world celebrates International Women’s Day”.

‘Liya Harasara’ will offer an additional free life cover of up to Rs. 1 Million for one year from HNB Assurance for regular Premium Life Insurance policies. Moreover, a Daily Benefit for child birth and pregnancy related hospitalization subject to maximum of 3 days per year would be offered to the Policyholder. In addition, ‘Liya Harasara’ offers a free Personal Accident Cover up to Rs. 500,000 for every Motor Insurance Policy obtained by females from HNBGI. ‘Liya Harasara’ policy holders will also benefit from a range of special discounts from Durdans Hospitals for selected medical treatments such as a 15% discount for Mammogram, a 10% discount for both Ultrasound Breast Scan and Pap Smear, a discount of 5% from Singer Plus on mobile phone purchases and a discount of 10% for other appliances, a discount of 10% for purchases that involve spectacles & sunglasses through Vision Care as well as a discount of 15% from Fashion Bug. These benefits are subject to terms and conditions.

HNB Assurance Produces 75 MDRT Qualifiers for 2020

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HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) announced its qualifiers for the upcoming prestigious Million Dollar Round Table Conference (MDRT) in the United States of America. The Company has produced its highest number of MDRT qualifiers of 75, including 3 Court of the Table (COT) qualifiers and 1 Top of the Table qualifier (TOT). This is the highest number of MDRT and COT achievers the Company has produced.

MDRT, which was formed in 1927, is an independent association with a global count of over 45,000 professionals affiliated to insurance and financial services market in over 500 companies, where membership is exclusively to those that surpass the given threshold.

Sharing his views, Managing Director/CEO Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated, “in the profession of insurance, becoming an MDRT qualifier is considered to be one of the greatest achievements and a career-shaping opportunity to broaden professional development.  This year, HNBA has produced 75 MDRT qualifiers, the highest number of qualifiers, which indicates the strength of our Sales Force. We are indeed pleased with the performance of our go-getters and I wholeheartedly congratulate the MDRT qualifiers of HNBA”.

The Chief Operating Officer of HNBA, Mr. Prasantha Fernando stated “Over the years HNBA has produced many MDRT qualifiers and this lifelong achievement is a significant milestone in an Insurance Professional’s career journey. To be recognized as an MDRT qualifier, it takes exceptional professional skills, product knowledge and ethical conduct and our champs have achieved the MDRT recognition by setting an example to the entire industry”.

The Deputy Chief Operating Officer of HNBA, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne expressed his gratitude to the team states, “becoming an MDRT qualifier takes dedication, commitment and a continuous support mechanism. I’m indeed thankful for the support of the Distribution Management team and the Training Team and especially the Bancassurance team for their continuous support rendered to MDRT, COT and TOT qualifiers and for cementing their confidence to achieve greater heights in their journey”.