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 Wins Big at CA Annual Report Awards

HNB Assurance Group bagged another Gold Award for its 2017 Integrated Annual Report, themed ‘The Winning Formula’. The HNBA Group seized this top most award in the Insurance Companies Category at the 54th Annual Report Awards Ceremony, organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Sharing his views, Managing Director/CEO of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “the annual report of an entity is the single most important document and is a vital part of a company’s integrative communications process. Every annual report presents an opportunity to communicate the strategic direction, financial position and values of the company to all stakeholders.  Over the years, HNBA Group has won many honors for its integrated annual report and as a business in the financial market, the annual report of the Group ensures transparency, sustainable reporting and good governance” Mr. Lokuarachchi further added, “we are indeed pleased to be recipient of this year’s Gold Award and this is a testament to the Group’s efforts in setting new benchmarks in corporate reporting”.

Chief Financial Officer of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Indika Perera thanked the project team stating, “this is another successful outcome of a dedicated team of passionate individuals working determinedly in completing the Group’s Annual Report. This accolade recognizes the commitment and dedication of the project team and the Group is pleased on the efforts of the project team”.

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HNBA and HNBGI Felicitate Managers of HNB

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) celebrated the outstanding performance of the Branch Managers and key members of the Retail Banking Management team of the Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB) at a glamorous event held recently. This event was graced by the presence of Mrs. Rose Cooray, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI and Director of HNB together with Mr. Kalum Wijesooriya, Chief Employee Experience Officer/Assistant General Manager – Deposits and Remittances of HNB and Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI as Guests of Honor together with the senior management of HNB, HNBA and HNBGI.

Sharing her thoughts, Mrs. Cooray stated “the synergies of cooperation, expertise and assistance of the Group have helped both HNBA and HNBGI extensively in capturing growing markets and stabilizing its position in a competitive industry such as insurance. The interlinkages seen within the Group set a strong base for greater financial responsiveness and to be able to offer a holistic proposition to one’s financial needs as a Group”. Speaking at the event, Mr. Wijesooriya congratulated the winners of the night for their achievements and emphasized on the significant role of banking and insurance in growing financial markets of our economy and how important it is to develop product propositions to cater to the financial and protection needs of individuals as a Group.  Mr. Lokuarachchi thanked the Board of Directors and the senior management of HNB for their continuous support, stating “Banking and Insurance together provides us the opportunity as a Group to help people build and sustain their wealth and it is up to us to advice customers on the optimal levels of returns and protection they ought to have for themselves. So let us continue to work together to enrich lives of them that we serve”.

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HNBA Group Delivers a Solid Performance During Q3

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) posted a Profit After Tax (PAT) of LKR 282 MN for the nine months ended, 30th September 2017, depicting a growth of 166% compared to the PAT of LKR 106 MN recorded during the corresponding period last year.

The Group posted a Gross Written Premium (GWP) of LKR 5.8 BN, signifying a growth of 20% as opposed to the GWP of LKR 4.9 BN recorded during the same period in 2016. In reviewing the performance of each individual company, the Life Insurance Company recorded a GWP of LKR 2.9 BN as opposed to the GWP of LKR 2.6 BN achieved during the first nine months of 2016. The General Insurance Company registered a GWP of LKR 2.9 BN against the GWP of LKR 2.3 BN recorded during the corresponding period of 2016.

For the nine months ended 30th September, 2017 the group earned an Investment Income of LKR 1,197 MN with a growth of 45% against LKR 825 MN achieved during the same period of 2016. The Total Assets of the Group reached a value of LKR 17.6 BN and Investments in Financial Instruments reached a value of LKR 14.4 BN. During the same period the Life Insurance Fund and General Insurance Fund grew by 22% and 30% reaching values of Rs. 10.6 BN and 2.5 BN respectively.

Speaking on the financial performance of the Group, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI Mrs. Rose Cooray stated that “the Board of Directors is extremely pleased on the Group’s financial performance showcased during the first nine months of 2017. The profits of the Group were triggered by several key contributors in both businesses. The growth of individual policies of the Life business and the growth of several categories such as Fire, Motor and Marine of the General business led the Group to yield these significant financial results. These financial results augur well for the sound business strategies deployed by the HNBA Group despite the stressful market conditions in this economic backdrop. The Q3 results of the Group demonstrate its stability where the key focus has always been on maximizing the returns to each stakeholder and delivering sustainable long-term returns and these robust financial results alongside the growth of both HNBA and HNBGI are testaments of the Group’s solid performance”.

Sharing his thoughts on the Q3 financial performance, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “coming off a strong first half, both HNBA and HNBGI teams have delivered steadfast results over Q3 as well, which marks a significant growth driven in particular by seizing new markets and deploying effective business strategies. The Group’s consolidated figures showcase the growth of several General Insurance segments, which have led the Group to yield these thriving results. I’m sure that these results will continue its growth in the final quarter of 2017, despite the on-going challenges. The Group continued to enhance and recalibrate its risk profile despite the volatile macroeconomic conditions within the regions and as a result the Group’s footprint in the country has been able to seize emerging growth opportunities by constantly maintaining its position in the industry. The HNBA Group remains confident of its competitive advantage, solidarity of its financial backing and the dynamic business strategies in acquiring new market segments and growing both Life and General businesses”.

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Things you should do after a flood

Here are some useful tips to take care of yourself, your loves ones and your property after a flood.

  • Make sure you have permission from emergency officers/authorities to get back inside your house.
  • Ensure that the sounding environment has cleared and it is safe to move in back to your property. Lookout for any safety warnings from authorities
  • Keep all power and electrical appliance switched off until the house is cleaned up properly. Make sure the property is well inspected by a qualified electrical personnel and confirms that it is safe to relocate.
  • Make sure you have photographs, or a record of all the damage, as it may be needed for insurance claims.
  • Clean the entire home, together with all the objects in it very well before you use them again. They may be contaminated. Use antibacterial solutions and disinfectants to clean every object in the house.
  • Wear appropriate gear (mask and gloves) before cleaning begins.
  • Keep children away until the property is entirely cleaned.

 

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