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.

Amba Yahaluwo

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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PrivilegedLife from HNBA for a Truly Privileged Life

A promising lifestyle encompasses of key essentials such as protection, health, retirement and savings and once these four essentials in life are met, the life’s journey becomes a truly privileged one. With this in mind, HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) announced the launch of PrivilegedLife, a lifestyle product for every step, in life’s journey.
Sharing his thoughts, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “PrivilegedLife is another unique product from HNBA which addresses the needs of protection, health, savings and retirement. As a business built on the pillars of protection and focused on taking care of our people, it is our belief that PrivilegedLife would strengthen the core pillars of a thriving life. PrivilegedLife has been developed by carefully analyzing and diving deep into customer insights and the evolving consumer needs to provide the ultimate insurance solution”.
Expressing his views, Chief Operating Officer of HNBA, Prasantha Fernando stated, “PrivilegedLife is not only a product with multiple benefits, it also becomes your go to at times of need as it offers the options of partial fund withdrawals. One of the most significant features of this insurance plan is the Top-Up premium option which protects the Fund’s value over time with attractive annual dividends and we firmly believe that this innovative plan is one plan that could improve the quality of lifestyle as it offers a range of incomparable benefits”.
Lasitha Wimalaratne, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of HNBA stated, “this comprehensive insurance plan is another revolutionary product of HNBA’s product portfolio with bouquet of special benefits including number of Protection Benefits, attractive Annual Dividends, Loyalty Dividends and many more. The journey with PrivilegedLife continues
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 eve 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. PrivilegedLife could be tailored to suit every need in life’s journey and has been designed to ensure that you and your loved ones are well taken care to face the challenges of tomorrow whether or not you’re here for them”.

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Lasitha Wimalaratne Appointed as Deputy Chief Operating Officer of HNB Assurance PLC

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) announced the appointment of Lasitha Wimalaratne as its Deputy Chief Operating Officer recently. With professional experience of over 21 years, of which over 18 years in Life Insurance Operations, Lasitha has held many key positions in both local and internal organizations including 07 years at AIA Insurance Sri Lanka and 03 years in Sales & Marketing exposure in London. Prior to his current appointment, Lasitha served Softlogic Life Insurance PLC in the capacity of General Manager and Specified Officer overlooking Life Operations.

Having graduated from the University of Sunderland, UK with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Studies, Lasitha obtained his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Wales, UK. A Chartered Insurer and a Fellow Member of the Charter Insurance Institute, UK (FCII), Lasitha is also a Fellow Member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (AZIIF-Fellow) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK (ACIM).

Lasitha has served several Honorary titles, including the Honorary Vice President of the Sri Lanka Insurance Institute (SLII). He is also a Council Member of the Association of Chartered Insurance Professionals (ACIP) of Sri Lanka and was the Founder Secretary General of ACIP Sri Lanka.

Lasitha has been a part of several local and international Insurance Seminars and has been a Guest Speaker and a Panelist at several Conferences including the Insurance Claims & Underwriting Management Asia Summit 2017 which was held in Singapore and he was the first to publish a book on insurance in a local context, titled “Jeewitha Rakshanaye Asisriya” which highlights the importance and benefits of Life Insurance.

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Dinuka Pattikiriarachchi Appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer of HNB Assurance PLC & HNB General Insurance Limited

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) announced the appointment of Dinuka Pattikiriarachchi as HNBA Group’s Chief Human Resources Officer.

Dinuka holds a Master of Business Administration (HR Special) Degree from the University of Colombo. He holds an Asian Personnel Manager Certification from NICC, Japan and also holds a National Diploma in Human Resources Management from Institute of Personnel Management, Sri Lanka.

Dinuka counts over 25 years of experience of which 19 years in the field of Human Resources Management working at many organizations. He started his professional career at Habib Bank AG Zurich and then continued at MAS Linea Aqua Private Limited and Ceylon Pencils Private Limited. Prior to join HNBA he was functioning as the Senior Manager Human Resources at Nestlé Lanka PLC for more than 07 years.

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