HNB Assurance Successfully Concludes its First Virtually Facilitated AGM 2020.

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The first virtually facilitated Annual General Meeting of HNB Assurance PLC was held recently. The Company effectively addressed all Shareholders during the 18th Annual General Meeting supported by well equipped live streaming facilities. The initiative was coordinated keeping in line with all safety precautions imposed in the country due to the active pandemic situation.

Sharing her views on the Annual General Meeting, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI Mrs. Rose Cooray stated, “The Company led the discussion through digitally driven platforms as part of the well-thought measures initiated towards business continuation, and also in adherence to all compulsory safety guidelines. The uninterrupted streaming service facilities were efficient in addressing our valued Shareholders and related stakeholders effectively on business matters, all thanks to the planning and dedication of the management and IT staff of the Company”.

Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI, Deepthi Lokuarachchi expressed his thoughts stating, “Careful management of our resources to achieve our business margins in such restricting times is for each of our stakeholders’ betterment, and the 18th ‘Virtual’ Annual General Meeting of HNBA has demonstrated comprehensive outcomes in this regard. I am thankful for the support of all staff involved, and also to our Shareholders for taking their valued time to adopt the relevant technology in making this event a success”.

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) is one of the fastest growing Insurance Companies in Sri Lanka with a network of 63 branches. HNBA is a Life Insurance company with a rating of A (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka for ‘National Insurer Financial Strength Rating’. Following the introduction of the segregation rules by the Insurance Regulator, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) was created and commenced its operations in January 2015; HNBGI continues to specialize in motor, non-motor and Takaful insurance solutions and is a fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC. HNBA is rated within the Top 100 brands and Top 100 companies in Sri Lanka by LMD and HNB Assurance has won international awards for Brand Excellence, Digital Marketing and HR Excellence and won many awards for its Annual Reports at award ceremonies organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and SAFA (South Asian Federation Accountants).

HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance Earn Great Place to Work® Certification

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) obtained the Great Place to Work® certification upon meeting the global assessment standards and cultural audit requirements. Global people analytics and consulting firm Great Place to Work® is the global authority on assessing and benchmarking employee perception and organizational culture.

Sharing his views on this global recognition, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “At HNBA and HNBGI, we continue to evolve and grow and this recognition is a testament to the continuous growth HNBA Group has demonstrated. This designation further validates our ethos, processes and practices and it solidifies our vision of sustained growth and creating a workplace of shared values, empowering culture and streamlined practices. As an organization spearheaded by values, people and processes, we firmly believe that we should continue to evolve and grow by understanding our people and their needs. Keeping this in mind, I firmly trust in achieving a brighter and stronger future for the two companies together, operating with each other in the ups and downs as one true family”.

Chief Human Resources Officer of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Dinuka Pattikiriarachchi shared his views stating “Our values are deeply engraved in our people practices and processors. Our laid down behaviour framework works as a moderator for all our decisions from hiring talent to performance management, from compensation management to talent management etc. As a team, we understand the importance of consistency and continues improvement needed in fostering a happy work place. To do that we invest time and resources in understanding our people, their needs and changes in the business environment and I feel we are reaping the benefits of such investment now. This recognition is a significant milestone in our journey but surely not an end destination. Achievements of this nature will certainly provide more thrust to our efforts in creating a benchmark in Employee Satisfaction”.

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HNBA Branch Operations Return to Normalcy.

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HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) announced that it will be normalizing its branch operations, adhering to government and health regulations.  As such, branches in curfew lifted districts will function as per normal office hours and branches in Colombo and Gampaha districts will function from 10 AM to 3 PM during weekdays.

Sharing his thoughts Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “HNBA Group has taken every initiative to serve its customers during this uncertain turbulence. Whilst safety of our employees and customers remain a top priority at this point, HNBA Group has taken a number of measures to ensure that every branch carries out its operations adhering to safety guidelines stated by the Government. Mr. Lokuarachchi further added, “if this situation has taught us anything that is uncertainty could strike when we least expect it and it could affect us all in an unexpected manner. It is during these uncertain times that we feel the need for a solid back-up plan and insurance has surely proved its purpose by ensuring that you and your loved ones are well taken care of during times of uncertainty”.

Mr. Prasantha Fernando, Chief Operating Officer of HNBA thanked the staff of HNBA stating “the staff members of HNBA has done a tremendous job during the lockdown by fulfilling customer needs, settling claims including those claims related to COVID-19. It is noteworthy to mention the timely initiatives taken by HNBA teams including improving digital selling platforms as well as digital claim submission and settlements and the Management is thankful for the efforts of the staff members”.

Deputy Chief Operating Officer of HNBA, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne shared his thoughts stating, “we mostly feel the need for a solid protection plan during times of uncertainly and with this thought in mind HNBA has developed a revolutionary insurance plan. PrivilegedLife as we call it is the newest addition to HNBA’s product bouquet and offer solutions for needs such as education, investment, protection, retirement and health. This plan could be customized to suit every individual need. What makes it even more special is that benefits of PrivilegedLife continue even after the policy reaches its Maturity stage as it allows the Maturity Fund to be obtained as a Lump Sum or to be converted to Health Fund which could be used for medical needs through cashless bill settlement or the Policy’s Maturity Fund could be obtained as a lifelong pension to spend the golden years of life with peace of mind. In addition to the main benefits, additional Protection Benefits such as Additional Life Benefit, Accidental Death Benefit, Critical Illness Benefit (covering 29 illnesses), Hospitalization Benefit, Surgical Benefit and Medical Reimbursement Benefit (SupremeHealth Benefit) with an annual worldwide coverage of up to LKR 50 Million could be obtained”.

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) is one of the fastest growing Insurance Companies in Sri Lanka with a network of 63 branches. HNBA is a Life Insurance company with a rating of A (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka for ‘National Insurer Financial Strength Rating’. Following the introduction of the segregation rules by the Insurance Regulator, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) was created and commenced its operations in January 2015; HNBGI continues to specialize in motor, non-motor and Takaful insurance solutions and is a fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC. HNBA is rated within the Top 100 brands and Top 100 companies in Sri Lanka by LMD and HNB Assurance has won international awards for Brand Excellence, Digital Marketing and HR Excellence and won many awards for its Annual Reports at award ceremonies organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and SAFA (South Asian Federation Accountants).

HNBA and HNBGI Geared to Assist Customers

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) announced a number of measures the Group has taken to assist its customers during this uncertain turbulence.

Spokesperson for HNBA Group stated that as curfew has been relaxed in many districts other than Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam, branches of HNBA and HNBGI has commenced operations to serve its customers and the remaining branches would commence operations once the imposed curfew in the aforementioned districts is lifted. The Group has taken many measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its customer and employees. In addition to these measures, HNBA and HNBGI has taken several other steps to assist its customers and other stakeholders digitally. As such, queries could be directed through Facebook and the dedicated company websites any time of the day. Both HNBA and HNBGI has introduced dedicated WhatsApp and Viber portals to submit COVID-19 and other claims related documents. Further, the dedicated call centers would function as usual to provide assistance to customers. Whilst reassuring a continuous service delivery, the Management of HNBA and HNBGI urges all citizens to follow all procedures as directed by the Government of Sri Lanka to combat COVID-19.

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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.