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From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

DFCC Bank said Wednesday its net profits grew by 14 percent to Rs. 305 mn during the first quarter of this year.
The bank said benefited from low cost deposits and cheaper long-term credit lines, which in turn helped narrow the gap with lower lending rates.rn

rnIncome during the period rose marginally to Rs. 975 mn, while interest income grew to Rs. 827 mn.rn

rnBut other income picked up by 24 percent to Rs. 107 mn, due to gains from dividend income, profit on sale of shares, gains on sale of debt securities and guarantee fees.rn

rnldblquote The increase in interest income from customer lending activities did not increase in tandem with the increase in the loan portfolio during the period,
dblquote says Nihal Fonseka, CEO DFCC Bank.rn

rnDFCCs loan book picked up and grew by 9 percent to Rs. 19.57 bn during the first quarter.rn

rnFonseka said the gross financial lease portfolio rose by 46 percent to Rs. 2.78 bn, while total of loans and leases approved but not disbursed for the first quarter