HNB educates SMEs
Hatton National Bank (HNB) has helped the development of over 500
small and medium enterprises (SMEs) islandwide through its training
programs in 2013.
This program has benefited enterprises engaged in tourism,
agriculture, healthcare, construction, fisheries, furniture, apparel and
The plan was initiated by HNB by entering into an agreement with the
Government in 2011 to participate in the Small and Medium Enterprise
Development Facility Project (SMEDeF).
ECB rejects deflation fears
The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) has said deflation is not
a threat to the eurozone economy. The ECB kept its benchmark interest
rate at 0.25% after its latest meeting. The rate was cut to its current
record low in November.
ECB President Mario Draghi said, “We have to dispense with this idea
of deflation. The question is - is there deflation? The answer is no.”
Eurozone inflation slowed to 0.7% in January from 0.8% in December.
The figure fuelled worries about whether the euro bloc could suffer
deflation, potentially de-railing economic growth.
Janashakthi provides medical help for travellers
Janashakthi Worldwide Travel Insurance offers 24-hour worldwide
medical assistance to all overseas travellers no matter where they
travel around the world.
“Janashakthi Worldwide Travel Insurance provides a comprehensive
coverage for the numerous potential risks customers could face.
Apart from medical and accident coverage, the Janashakthi Worldwide
Travel Insurance policy also covers loss of baggage, personal effects,
cash, and even the loss of your passport,” said Janashakthi Insurance,
Assistant General Manager – Technical, Karthigun Siva.
Ceylinco Life 'Life Insurance Week'
Accident prevention will be the focus when the entire sales force of
Ceylinco Life takes to the streets countrywide this month in a public
awareness campaign to mark the company's seventh annual 'Life Insurance
As in previous years, nearly 5,000 insurance sales professionals will
be deployed in all districts of the country from February 11-17 to visit
homes, offices, schools and other public places to promote the
importance of life insurance.
The Sri Lanka Police will support some of the activities planned this
year, including a series of public awareness campaigns in major towns on
The programs will cover safety tips for drivers and pedestrians, road
rules and the importance of life insurance.
Hemas Hospital sets up gastrointestinal facility
Hemas Hospital has set up a full-fledged gastrointestinal diagnostic
and surgical facility and has acquired the Pentax EPK I billion7000
endoscopy system with high definition ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde
Cholangio Pancreatography). It includes advanced diagnostic facilities
for gastrointestinal related issues via high definition endoscopy and
colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy, PH capsule study and small bowel
Tao donates temple complex for Sama Vihara
The reconstructed Sama Vihara Complex fronting Havelock City Project
was opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently. The temple was a
gift from Havelock City, Chairman, S. P. Tao.
Havelock City, which offers luxury condominium living is the largest
mixed development in Sri Lanka being built on an 18-acre block of land
at a cost of US $ 450 million. When the project was conceptualised, Tao
ensured that sufficient land was allocated and he personally funded the
construction of the temple complex surrounding the iconic Buddha statue
of the former Spinning and Weaving Mills.