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Lokx Security Services Celebrates 30 Years of Excellence in Comprehensive Security Solutions

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 29-11-2023 |
Lokx Security Services (Pvt) Ltd, a leading comprehensive security service provider, proudly marks its 30th anniversary, a milestone achievement in its commitment to safeguarding the nation and its businesses. Established in 1993 as Vice Squad Security Services, the company has evolved over the years to become a trusted name in the security industry.

Lokx Security Services is a privately held limited liability company registered under the Companies Act 07, with its headquarters located at 491, Galle Road, Colombo 03. The company is registered and certified under the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law, and Order, reflecting its dedication to maintaining the highest standards of security.

Originally founded to support Sumathi Holdings, Lokx Security Services expanded its operations in July 2006 to provide security solutions to the general public, including corporate and household security. In 2018, the company underwent a strategic rebranding, changing its name to Lokx Security Services (Pvt) Ltd.

Chairman of Lokx Security Services, Jagath Sumathipala, expressed his pride in the company's accomplishments over the past three decades, saying, "As Lokx Security Services celebrates 30 years of dedicated service, we reflect on our journey with gratitude for the trust our clients have placed in us. Our commitment to excellence, integrity, and continuous improvement has been the driving force behind our success."

Lokx Security Services has consistently provided employment opportunities, currently employing over 500 security personnel. The company's dedication to maintaining a high standard of personnel is evident in its rigorous screening process and ongoing training initiatives. The security officers, mostly ex-forces, bring a wealth of experience and dynamic knowledge to their roles.

Training for Lokx Security officers is conducted at the company's dedicated training academy at the Colombo North regional office, managed by highly qualified and experienced military instructors. The academy emphasizes the importance of using tactics, acting on individual initiative, and adhering to the highest standards of professionalism. Quarterly refresher and continuation training programs ensure that Lokx Security maintains a superior level of service.

Operating from four strategically spread regional offices, Lokx Security Services ensures rapid deployment and backup services through quick reaction teams. The branches located at Kandy and Galle ably increase the efficiency of managing security points effectively which along with the offices located at Colombo 03 and Maradana boast an excellent communication system, enabling constant contact with Lokx security officers at client premises.

As Lokx Security Services looks towards the future, the company remains committed to delivering cutting-edge security solutions, upholding the trust placed in it by clients, and contributing to the safety and security of the communities it serves. The company has furthermore expanded service offerings by moving into providing their loyal customers with reliable janitorial services.

HNB partners Pay&Go to roll out POS systems for SMEs

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 17-09-2023 |
Empowering SMEs: HNB partners Pay&Go to roll out POS systems for SMEs

Empowering SMEs at the grassroots, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, partnered Pay&Go to launch its groundbreaking POS System, offering businesses accessible and affordable payment solutions.

“We believe that technology and digital initiatives play a pivotal role in boosting SME growth and, in turn, our nation’s economic well-being. Representing over 75% of Sri Lanka’s enterprises, SMEs are the engines that drive inclusive economic growth, regional development, job creation, and poverty reduction. Equipping them with tools for sustainable growth in today’s business landscape is a must for our country’s progress, and we are proud to roll out this initiative with Pay&Go to facilitate this crucial journey,” HNB Head of Cards, Gauthami Niranjan said.

Under the first phase of the initiative, HNB together with Pay&Go will roll out the terminals to SMEs in the Western, Southern and Central provinces. Entrepreneurs will gain access to enterprise-grade advance payment acceptance solutions, including bill payments, Peer-to-Peer transactions, and QR code payments. The initiative will also enable low-cost payment acceptance and several value-added services designed to provide businesses unprecedented access to new customer segments by leveraging robust payment acceptance capabilities.

Notably, the bank will offer customers a plethora of additional services, ranging from mobile payments and utilities to internet services, insurance, television subscriptions, and online banking solutions. The comprehensive suite of services radically streamlines each SME’s ability to seamlessly transact with customers and partners, enhancing their daily operational efficiency.

MegaPay (Pvt) Ltd General Director Vardan Aslibekyan, expressing his enthusiasm about the new initiative, said: “Digital advancements are imperative for sustainable growth in today’s business landscape. The bank’s extensive SME portfolio and commitment to supporting businesses through this transformational period ensures they are the ideal partners for this initiative. We look forward to working with HNB in connecting businesses with new market segments while offering convenient payment solutions.”

MegaPay (Pvt) Ltd, operating under the brand name ‘Pay&Go’, is one of Sri Lanka’s leading providers of innovative payment processing and tech solutions for payment collections. They offer customers a quick, easy and reliable system for making financial transactions such as bill payments, P2P transfers, QR Payments and many more through their 1000+ island-wide network of self-service Kiosks, mobile applications and Android smart POS terminals.

With 254 customer centres and 800+ Self Service Machines (SSMs) nationwide, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically innovative private banks. Consolidating its legacy in sustainability, good governance and corporate excellence, HNB was crowned the Best Corporate Citizen for 2022 at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Awards. The bank further secured four additional accolades, including being ranked among the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens and taking home the Governance category and Sustainability Champion for the Finance sector titles.

Additionally, HNB was ranked among the World’s Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine for the sixth consecutive year in 2022, in addition to being crowned the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 13th occasion at the prestigious International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2023 hosted by the Asian Banker Magazine.

Photo Caption: HNB Head Of Acquiring & Digital Payment Solutions, Zacky Ahamed (fourth from left) and Pay & Go, General Director, Vardan Aslibekyan (fourth from right) showcasing the payment acceptance device in the presence of (from left) HNB Aggregator Solutions Executive, Kanishka Vishvanath, HNB Product Head - Merchant Services and Digital Pay Products, Gayan Gunawardena, HNB Head Of Cards, Gauthami Niranjan, Pay & Go Head Of Technical - Tigran Hakobyan, Pay & Go Head Of Operations & Customer Support, Gayan Chandrarathne and Pay & Go Team Leader - Sales, Praveen Shanaka

Samsung and Warner Bros. to bring Movie Trailers

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 17-09-2023 |
Samsung and Warner Bros. Pictures Unite To Bring Movie Trailers to Consumers in Stunning 8K Quality. The partnership delivers popular movie trailers to thousands of global retailers, bringing cutting-edge 8K picture quality closer to consumers than ever before

Samsung Electronics, the world's leading TV manufacturer for 17 consecutive years, has unveiled an exciting collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures. This partnership will showcase eagerly anticipated movie trailers on Neo QLED 8K screens, captivating audiences in over 65,000 retail stores globally.
“This partnership is an exciting step forward for 8K content, showcasing Neo QLED 8K’s capabilities and getting consumers excited about seeing films in cinematic quality”, said Cheolgi Kim, Executive Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Collaborating with Warner Bros. allows Samsung to show consumers how ultra-premium TV technology can take their favorite films to a whole new level”.
To better understand the demand for 8K content, Samsung and Warner Bros. trialed their partnership by showcasing the ‘Creed III’ trailer across more than 450 retail stores in the United States and Europe earlier this year. This garnered significant attention and enthusiasm from audiences worldwide, exemplifying the growing demand for 8k content. Since then, Samsung and Warner Bros. have worked together to expand the program. Now, shoppers globally will be able to see Samsung Neo QLED 8K in action with an appealing lineup of high-profile content, including trailers for upcoming films such as “Blue Beetle,” Dune: Part Two,” “Wonka” and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”.
This collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures, a global leader in the creation, production and distribution of entertainment, represents Samsung’s ongoing efforts to bring high quality entertainment to consumers, making Warner Bros. a perfect partner in bringing much-anticipated 8K trailers to consumers worldwide.
Samsung’s Neo QLED 8K screens continue to revolutionize the TV industry, with their impact reaching content production and retail markets around the globe. Powered by Neural Quantum Processor 8K and Quantum Matrix Technology, they bring immaculate picture quality with crisp details, accurate colors and hyper-realistic depth to offer consumers the best viewing experience available in the consumer TV market.
About Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group
Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group is comprised of Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures Animation. Warner Bros. partners with the world’s most inspiring storytellers to create extraordinary entertainment on every screen for the global audience. Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group has been at the forefront of the motion picture industry since its inception and continues to be a leading creative force, producing the broadcast slate of films for worldwide theatrical release.

HNB's Islamic Banking success story continues: Takes home five awards at SLIBFI 2023

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 11-09-2023 |

• HNB Al-Najah wins 3 gold awards including Islamic Finance Entity Unit of the Year
• Hisham Ally recognized with Transformative Leadership Award
• HNB Al Najah-nominated clients win Gold and Merit in ESG Awards Category
• Bottom line of IBU crosses Rs. 1 Bn just a decade from its inception

Consolidating its position as the nation’s leader in Islamic Banking solutions, Sri Lanka’s most innovative private sector bank HNB PLC’s Al Najaah unit continued its winning streak at the Sri Lanka Islamic Banking and Finance Industry Awards (SLIBFI) 2023.
“Since inception, HNB has served as a partner in progress to customers from all walks of life. Throughout, we have sought to continuously evolve our product and service portfolio to offer increasingly personalized solutions tailor-made to their specific needs.
"The launch of HNB Al Najah just a decade ago was a key extension of this broader mission to promote greater financial inclusivity, especially at the grassroots of the Sri Lankan economy. This award stands as a testament to their inspirational work, and our shared mission of expanding access to finance and opportunity for every Sri Lankan," HNB MD/CEO, Jonathan Alles said.
The bank took home three awards, including Gold Awards for the prestigious Islamic Finance Entity of the Year and the Islamic Finance Window/Unit of the Year. Established in 2012, HNB's Islamic Banking Unit (IBU) has consistently stood at the forefront of the Islamic Banking space, amassing numerous awards since 2014.
"Success within the complex operating model of Islamic Finance is a remarkable feat, given the unique procedural controls, risk management principles, and strict prohibitions on interest generation that are required of any Sharia-compliant financial product.
"Through hard work, dedication and an unwavering commitment to these principles, HNB Al-Najah has grown exponentially, and today generates profits in excess of Rs. 1 billion. This is an outstanding achievement, and we warmly congratulate the entire HNB Al Najah team for continuing to set the standard for excellence in Islamic Banking in Sri Lanka," HNB Wholesale Banking Group Deputy General Manager, Damith Pallewatte said.
In addition to these awards, HNB's DGM - Islamic Banking, Hisham Ally, received the Transformative Leadership Award of the Year, presented to notable personalities that have driven progress and innovation in the Islamic Banking space in Sri Lanka.
"Internationally, the market for Islamic Finance has reached US$ 4.2 trillion, and is expected to maintain a 10% CAGR up to 2028. This growth parallels our own journey over the past decade, and speaks to the immense untapped potential of HNB Al-Najah to support the aspirations of customers seeking Sharia-compliant products. In addition to bringing more previously unbanked individuals, SMEs into the formal banking system, the scaling up of Islamic Finance may also create new opportunities for attracting international capital, trade and investment into Sri Lanka, lending further momentum to HNB's overarching mission of rapidly rejuvenating the Sri Lankan economy," Ally said.
Ally is a stalwart in Sri Lanka’s Islamic Banking sector, from being a part of the core unit that introduced Islamic Banking to Sri Lanka to pioneering one of the largest Islamic Banking divisions in the country.
Notably, HNB-nominated clients were honored with the prestigious Gold and Merit Awards in the ESG category, which recognize their exceptional accomplishments in the realm of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices.
Organized by UTO EduConsult (UTO), the SLIBFI awards are one of the most prestigious awards in the Sri Lankan Islamic banking and finance industry, recognizing the outstanding performance of key players in the local industry. Prior to receiving the awards, applicants undergo a rigorous review and are assessed based on their audited financial data pertaining to the year under consideration by a reputed panel of judges.
With 254 customer centres and 800+ Self Service Devices (SSMs) nationwide, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically innovative private banks. Consolidating its legacy in sustainability, good governance and corporate excellence, HNB was crowned the Best Corporate Citizen for 2022 at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Awards.
Additionally, HNB was ranked among the World’s Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine for the sixth consecutive year in 2022, in addition to being crowned the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 13th occasion at the prestigious International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2023 hosted by the Asian Banker Magazine.

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HNB DGM – Islamic Banking, Hisham Ally
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HNB DGM – Islamic Banking, Hisham Ally (sixth from right), HNB DGM - Wholesale Banking, Damith Pallewatte (fifth from left), HNB AGM - Corporate Banking, Majella Rodrigo (second from right), HNB AGM - Emerging Corporates & Project Finance, Vijaya Vidyasagara (first from right) and the HNB Islamic Banking Team receiving the Awards

HNB offers exclusive benefits on home loans for Capitol Twin Peaks Apartments

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 11-09-2023 |
Catering to the increasing demand for luxury urban living, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC, renewed its partnership with premium real estate developer, Capitol Towers Ltd of the renowned Sanken Group, to offer housing loans and special promotions to HNB Club and Priority Circle members.

Housing a range of high-end, stylish apartment units, the promotion is exclusively available for prospective homeowners of Capitol TwinPeaks, and is only valid until 31.03.2024. Capitol Towers Ltd. Chief Operating Officer Dhammike Wasanthakumara, Capitol Towers Ltd. Senior Sales Manager Chandrasekeram Thuwaregan, HNB Deputy General Manager - Retail Banking Group, Sanjay Wijemanne and HNB Head of Personal Financial Services, Kanchana Karunagama were present at a ceremony held to renew the partnership.

“We are excited to offer the next generation of affordable luxury to our highly select Club and Priority circle customers, with a wide range of custom financial services and special promotions. Market trends indicate that many residents are shifting towards urban living, as they offer comfort, convenience and additional facilities in addition to being an investment opportunity. As banking partner to the nation, we will always work towards ensuring our customers have the most competitive rates and facilities available in the country,” said HNB Head of Personal Financial Services, Kanchana Karunagama.

During the promotion period, HNB will offer their priority customers convenient and flexible home loans at some of the most competitive rates in the market. Committed to delivering maximum value to its customers, the bank also provides convenient and flexible repayment options tailor-made to their budget.

HNB’s dedicated agents will also provide doorstep mortgage advisory services by assisting customers with all legal documentation needed for the facility.

"The renewal of our partnership with HNB is a testament to their continued excellence and services for the industry, and is indicative of our commitment towards offering the best financing possible for prospective homeowners," stated Capitol Towers Ltd. Chief Operating Officer Dhammike Wasanthakumara.

Capitol TwinPeaks is a 50-storey twin skyscraper with 475 luxury Apartments located at No. 24, Staple Street, Colombo 02. The complex is set to offer a range of world-class amenities and services, including star-class restaurants and bars located at the 50th level where the twin towers are connected by a Sky Bridge; South Asia’s highest. Capitol Towers Ltd, a subsidiary of Capitol Developers Ltd and a member of the Sanken Group, developed Capitol TwinPeaks in collaboration with Sanken Construction Pvt Ltd and P&T Group Architects of Singapore. With nearly 80% its inventory sold and over 250 Apartments handed over to the owners, Capitol TwinPeaks is entering into the final leg of its sales drive.

With 254 customer centres across the country, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically innovative banks, having won local and global recognition for its efforts to drive forward a new paradigm in digital banking. Over the recent past, the bank was ranked among the World Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine. HNB has a national rating of A (lka) by Fitch Ratings (Lanka) Ltd.

HNB was also declared Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Sri Lanka at the Global Finance Awards 2020. The bank further won the Award for the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 11th time at the Asian Banker Awards 2020, in recognition of its sustainable growth and continuous improvements in processes, products and services amidst a challenging macroeconomic environment.

Photo Caption: HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking Group, Sanjay Wijemanne and Capitol Towers Limited Chief Operating Officer, Dhammike Wasanthakumara exchanging the agreement in the presence of (from left) HNB Mortgage Advisor, Chamila Jayawickrama, HNB Manager – Home and Personal Loans Sampath Dodanwela, HNB Assistant General Manager - Personal Financial Services, Kanchana Karunagama, Capitol Towers Limited Senior Sales Manager, Chandrasekaram Thuwaregan

Government signs MOU to Advance Sustainable and Tech-Driven Smart Agriculture

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 11-09-2023 |
PRESS RELEASE: Historic Milestone - Department of Agrarian Development, Sri Lanka Agripreneurs' Forum, and AgroWorld (Pvt) Ltd. Sign MOU to Advance Sustainable and Tech-Driven Smart Agriculture

In a momentous occasion, the Department of Agrarian Development, the Sri Lanka Agripreneurs' Forum (SLAF), and AgroWorld (Pvt) Ltd. joined hands to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at revolutionizing the agricultural sector in the country. The signing ceremony took place at the Department of Agrarian Development office located at 42 Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 07, on 25-Jul from 8.30 am to 9.00 am.

The MOU represents a significant step forward in the pursuit of sustainable and technology-driven agricultural practices that will lead to enhanced productivity and efficiency in the industry. The three entities, united in their vision, have committed to fostering collaboration, promoting innovative technologies, and facilitating knowledge exchange to empower agripreneurs across the nation.

As a highlight of their collaboration, the Department of Agrarian Development, SLAF, and AgroWorld (Pvt) Ltd. are thrilled to announce the launch of the "Smart Village" initiative. This innovative program aims to uplift talented agripreneurs by providing them with the necessary resources, mentorship, and access to advanced technologies provided via the Agro World platforms. The Smart Village initiative will serve as a model for inclusive and progressive agricultural development across the country.

Mr. A.H.M.L Aberathne, Commissioner General of the Department of Agrarian Development, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, "This MOU marks a historic milestone in Sri Lanka's agricultural journey. By combining the expertise and resources of the Department, SLAF, and AgroWorld, we are confident in our ability to drive sustainable growth and prosperity in the agriculture sector."

Mr. Rizvi Zaheed, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Agripreneurs' Forum, stated, "We are delighted to join hands with the Department of Agrarian Development and AgroWorld to champion innovation in agriculture. This partnership will empower agripreneurs and create a supportive ecosystem for their success."

Dr. Selvanathan Anojan, Founder and CEO of AgroWorld (Pvt) Ltd., said, "As a private enterprise dedicated to agricultural progress, we are thrilled to collaborate with the government and SLAF. We hope to address the issues of access to finance, access to scientific growing methods, and access to markets for ground-level farmers. Together, we can leverage technology and innovation to maximize agricultural productivity while preserving the environment."

The signing of the MOU marks the beginning of a transformative journey for Sri Lanka's agricultural sector, as it witnesses the synergy of three pivotal entities committed to driving positive change. By promoting sustainable practices and empowering agripreneurs, the collaboration aims to pave the way for a prosperous and resilient agricultural future.


Lankapuvath | Colombo | 11-09-2023 |