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* Fitch Affirms HSBC Sri Lanka Branch at 'AAA(lka)'; Outlook Stable

Mar 27 (CP) Colombo- Fitch Ratings Lanka has affirmed HSBC Sri Lanka Branch's (HSBCSL) National Long-Term Rating at 'AAA(lka)'. The Outlook is Stable. HSBCSL's rating is at the highest end of the National Rating scale and reflects the credit profile and financial strength of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HKSB; Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR): AA-/Stable).
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* Sri Lankan shares fall for 5th session on margin calls, political woes

Mar 27 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell for a fifth straight session on Friday and closed at their lowest in nearly eight months as investors sold their stocks to settle margin trading ahead of quarter-end, while political worries also weighed on sentiment.
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* Lanka’s brand value to reach US$ 79 b in 2015

Mar 27 (DN) For the first time Sri Lanka’s brand value of US$ 79 billion would surpass the country’s GDP of US$ 79 billion in 2015, said Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Rohantha Atukorale.
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* Sri Lanka's micro-finance sector to access CRIB through a new regulation

Mar 27 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s micro-finance industry is looking at developing a separate credit information database for their clientele with the help of the Credit Information Bureau (CRIB) of Sri Lanka.
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* Softlogic Finance rights oversubscribed ‘with strong investor interest’

Mar 26 (Island) The recent Rights Issue of Softlogic Finance PLC was over-subscribed by over 150% with the new equity infusion of Rs 401 million, boosting the Total Equity position of the Company to Rs 1.9 billion.
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* Sri Lanka to participate in the universal exposition World Expo 2015

Mar 26 (CP) Colombo: Sri Lanka,a globally well-known tourist destination, with the objective of promoting trade and tourism will participate in the "Expo Milano 2015" World Trade Fair this year in Milan, Italy from 1st May to 31 October 2015.
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* Sri Lanka to produce indigenous natural gas and stop importing fossil fuel: Official

Mar 27 (Island) Sri Lanka’s new government targets 100 percent clean indigenous energy to develop the island as a green country while importing fossil fuel, an official from the Ministry of Power and Energy said. "We want to develop the country but it has to be more green and environment friendly development," Suren Batagoda, secretary, Ministry of Power and Energy said
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* Samsung unveils GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge, the world’s most advanced smartphones in Sri Lanka

Mar 27 (DM) Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today unveiled its most-awaited smartphones – GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge – in Sri Lanka. Beautifully crafted from metal and glass and with first-of-its-kind technology, the Samsung GALAXY S6 and GALAXY S6 edge define the future of mobility.
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* Sri Lankan shares fall for 4th session on margin calls, political woes

Mar 26 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares fell for a fourth straight session on Thursday and closed at their lowest in more than seven months as investors sold stakes to settle margin trading ahead of quarter-end, while political uncertainty also weighed on sentiment.
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* Industry first 'mAuction' app for tea brokers

Mar 26 (DN) Mobitel Business Solutions together with John Keells Plc on Tuesday launched 'mAuction',an information technology based platform, designed for tea brokers and buyers at the Colombo Tea auction
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