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Sri Lanka stocks up 1.82-pct driven by JKH

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka stocks closed 1.82 percent higher on Thursday driven by bluechip stocks mainly John Keells Holdings, market analysts said.

Colombo’s main, All Share Price Index advanced 87.15 points to 4,887.11 pushed up by mainly by John Keells Holdings and Dialog Axiata.

The index followed an upward trajectory minutes after gaining at market open which continued until the market end.

The S&P SL20 index of more liquid stocks gained 2.46 percent or 49.52 points to 2, 063.88.

Market turnover was 1.2 billion rupees with 109 stocks making gains and 46 stocks falling.

Additionally, crossings in three companies, namely Expo Lanka, Hatton National Bank, and Sanasa Development Bank contributed to the market turnover.

Crossing in Expolanka Holdings totaled to 10 million shares traded at 270 rupees per share while the crossing in Hatton National Bank amounted to 534,000 shares traded at 104 rupees.

And Sanasa Development Bank recording a crossing of 2.4 million shares priced at 51 rupees.

John Keells Holdings shares closed at 115.80 rupees a share, up by 5.70 rupees or 5.18 percent today, contributing heavily to the ASPI’s spike.

Dialog Axiata, shares gained by 50 cents, trading at 10.60 rupees a share while Ceylon Tobacco Company stocks gained by 38.30 rupees to trade at 946.60 rupees a share, among the top three companies which dragged the index up.

Banking stocks continued to make gains throughout the week amid Coronavirus disruptions, CSE data showed.

However, market analysts said that the banking sector stocks received mixed buying and selling market pressure at the start of the day but at the latter part it made gains where most banking sector shares ending in green.


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Sri Lanka opposition leader proposes Grama Rajya system in addition to 13A

Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa (r) – File photo

ECONOMYNEXT — Sri Lanka opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has proposed devolving power to the village level through a Grama Rajya system in addition to implementing the 13th amendment to the constitution.

Speaking at an event in Jaffna on on Wednesday June 12, Premadasa said all provinces will benefit from the 13th amendment.

“Whatever one’s ethnicity, religion, status or region, this country has citizens of equal level. They’re all Sri Lankan citizens.

“There is no division or grouping.  As we give you and every other province what you should be given through the 13th amendment, we must implement a Grama Rajya system,” Premadasa said, addressing a crowd of school children and other attendees.

Premadasa’s assurance of implementing the 13th amendment has already drawn some protest in the south.

A collective of civil society organisations held a protest outside the office of the leader of the opposition in Colombo on Thursday June 12.

Calling itself the ‘Coalition Against Partition of Sri Lanka’, the group carrying national flags marched up to the opposition leader’s office Thursday June 13 morning and demonstrated against the full implementation of the 13th amendment.

“We arrived here today to hand over a missive against devolving police powers, land powers and judicial powers. If Mr Premadasa is inside, come outside,” Jamuni Kamantha Thushara, Chairman of the Citizen’s Movement Against Fraud, Corruption, and Waste, was seen declaring at the site.

“First of all, tell us what we stand to achieve by dividing and giving away the north and east,” said another protestor, warning against bringing the 13th amendment “anywhere here (paththa palaathe)”.

A police officer at the scene the protestors that a secretary to the opposition leader was ready to accept their letter.

“In Kilonochchi, he says the 13th amendment will be implemented. The votes in the north are going to be decisive this election. To win those votes, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith and Anura Kumara Dissanayake all say they will implement the 13th. We will not allow this country to be divided into nine pieces,” said Thushara.

Ven Balangoda Kassapa Thero, who was arrested on June 06 during a protest against the new Electricity Act, was also seen at Thursday’s protest. The Buddhist monk requested for a debate with Premadasa on the matter of the 13th amendment. (Colombo/Jun12/2024)

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Sri Lanka rupee closes flat at 303.85/95 to US dollar

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee closed broadly flat at 303.85/95 to the US dollar on Thursday, from 303.80/304.00 to the dollar the previous day, dealers said. Bond yields were down.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2026 closed at 10.00/30 percent, down from 10.20/40 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.10.2027 closed at 10.60/75 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.07.2028 closed at 11.00/15 percent, down from 11.15/40 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2029 closed at 11.80/85 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed at 11.85/12.05 percent, down from 11.90/12.05 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.10.2032 closed stable at 11.95/12.15 percent. (Colombo/Jun13/2024)

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Sri Lanka sells Rs295bn in 2027 to 2031 bonds

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has sold 295 billion rupees in 2027, 2029 and 2031 bonds, data from the state debt office showed.

The debt office sold an offered 60 billion rupees of 15 October 2027 at an average yield of 10.30 percent.

All offered 125 billion rupees of 15 September 2029 bonds were sold at 11.00 percent.

All 110 billion rupees offered of 01 December 2031 bonds were sold at 12.00 percent. (Colombo/May13/2024)

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