‘It Can Wait’, a short film produced by HNB General Insurance gets high praise at Raindance Film Festival 2015

We’ve got some exciting news; HNB General Insurance produced Sri Lanka’s first short film/ public service announcement (PSA), dubbed ‘It Can Wait’. The focus of the film is about something we have highlighted before: texting while driving. We are proud to announce that this film was done in collaboration with debut filmmaker, Shaveen Bandaranayake and received significant praise at the 23rd annual Raindance film festival held in London, recently.

The Poster for It Can Wait.

What’s the plot of the film? 

The genre of the film falls into the Action/Thriller category. In the film, Maya (played by Amaya Fernando) finds herself in a bizarre situation where her only method of communicating with the outside world is via text messaging.

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The cast and Crew of ‘It Can Wait’

The Bigger picture

In the past few months, there has been an alarming rise in the number of motor accidents in Sri Lanka. We have noticed that using mobiles while driving has been a key reason for this. With this in mind, ‘It Can Wait’ attempts to highlight the necessity to keep your eyes on the road while you’re behind the wheel.

Role of HNB GI as a responsible insurance provider

As a responsible insurance provider, HNB General Insurance wanted to give a clear message to the public by portraying the importance of safe driving, specifically the impact texting and driving has on you and those around you.  This is a powerful message to put across via social media- the trailer (see below) was initially uploaded on Facebook and Youtube. We will be uploading it to other platforms and selected cinema halls around Sri Lanka. ‘It Can Wait’ is set to premiere before the end of the month, both online and in theatres. We can safely say that this is one short film you shouldn’t miss, given it’s attention to detail and out-of-the-box approach. 

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The film focused on the bigger picture; texting and driving

Stay safe

As an insurance company which seeks to find innovative solutions to existing problems, we at HNB General Insurance are delighted to be a part of this initiative, which is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. We wish to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Shaveen and his team and wish him the best for his future endeavours.

Wanna know more?  Check out the trailer below, which was first launched on Oct 12th at the Raindance Film festival 2015. The full film will be launched very soon, so watch this space!

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HNB General Insurance Takaful bags Bronze at the SLIBFI Awards

As we have mentioned earlier, our HNB General Insurance Takaful division provides a multitude of services to our Islamic clientele.

On that note, we are pleased to announce that HNB General Insurance Takaful has bagged the bronze award for ‘Emerging Financial Entity 2014-2015’, at the Sri Lanka Islamic Banking and Finance Industry (SLIBFI) awards! As the first ‘Islamic window model’ insurance provider who is authorized by the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka (IBSL), we are absolutely delighted to win this!!

In the past year, our HNB General Insurance Takaful division has worked tirelessly, growing at an impressive rate. The rise in overall business has led to a substantial increase in market share. As always, HNB General Insurance Takaful is committed towards assisting you ‘Take on Tomorrow’ with its wide range of solutions which are made to suit your needs.

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From Left to Right: Dilshan Perera (Head of Marketing), Mr. Hifly Huzair (Manager-Takaful) & Chandana Aluthgama (Chief Business Officer- HNB General Insurance)

The SLIBFI awards are the first of its kind, and recognizes the most significant contributions made by Islamic financial providers. The selection process was closely monitored by the independent audit firm KPMG Sri Lanka, who were knowledge partners for the event.

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Hifly Huzair, Manager- HNB General Takaful and his team for their splendid work! If you’d like to know more about our Takaful services, click here.

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Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.

How to: Avoid Potholes & Bounce back from Pothole Damage


These are probably some of the more annoying aspects of driving. We all get a little annoyed when we hit a pothole since it makes the ride uncomfortable, usually just for a moment. Here. let’s look at the best way to tackle potholes, and how to recognize pothole damage.

 How do I avoid potholes?

1. Beware of Puddles: Given the fact that we’ve have a lot of rain recently, be wary of puddles. Some puddles usually aren’t  very deep, but be careful- the last thing you want to do is to find out the hard way!

Try to avoid potholes when driving!

2. Keep your eyes on the road: As we have mentioned earlier, Sri Lanka is a country which has a number of road accidents every year. A contributing factor is texting while driving. When you’re driving, be aware of your surroundings and keep your eyes peeled for potholes.

3. Take care of your tyres and suspension: Tyres are more likely to get damaged when tyre pressure is low. In a similar way, if your shock absorbers are hit badly as a result of a pothole, your undercarriage becomes more vulnerable to damage.

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With your Car’s suspension, its whats inside that counts

4. Watch your Need for Speed– If the road you are travelling on has obstacles such as parked vehicles, narrow lanes or potholes, don’t speed. The faster you go, the greater the damage onto your car.

5. Hang on: If you can’t stop yourself from hitting a pothole, grip  your steering wheel tightly to ensure that you maintain control of your vehicle. Don’t brake, just let your car absorb the blow.

I tried everything, but I ended up hitting a pothole! Should I be worried?

It depends. If you encounter the following signs of pothole damage you ought to have your vehicle checked.

1. Alignment problems: Instead of going straight, you know you have problems if your vehicle veers too much to the left or the right. Furthermore, if one of your tyres is more worn out than the other, take a look at your vehicle’s alignment.

2. Tyre damage: If you hit a pothole hard, immediately slow down and pullover. Your tyres don’t necessarily have to blowout at the point of impact. Take a look at possible damage on the sidewalls and rims of the tyres. Severe damage could indicate that a blowout is imminent.

Check for damage to your tyres and rims

3. Bumpy  Ride: If you hit a pothole and your car’s suspension system gets adversely affected, expect a bumpy ride. The suspension system is made to make your journey smoother. Hitting potholes harder often means that the shock absorption mechanism gets damaged, so please be careful.

4. Difficulty steering: If you can’t control you car when making turns or even simply going straight ahead, could mean that you have issues with your steering wheel.

If you can’t control your car, you’ve got a problem

5. Problems down under: If there is a scratch on the bottom of your vehicle, it may not be a big deal for some people. However, you ought to take a look underneath to ensure that the undercarriage is OK.

6. Call your motor insurance company: If you have a motor insurance policy with HNB General Insurance, you may be eligible for a payment to cover repair costs. To find out more, call our HNB General Insurance hotline on 0114-883-883.

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HNB General Insurance: Official Insurance Partner for Colombo MotorShow 2015

HNBGI Motor Show Official Insurance Partner

Big News

The Colombo Motor Show is happening this week at BMICH from 27th Feb-1 March, starting from 8am-9pm. We at HNB General Insurance (HNBGI) are thrilled to announce that we are the Official Insurance Partner for the event. In addition, we will be having a stall at BMICH and would love to see as many of our fans (ie: YOU )at the event!

What should I expect at the Motor Show?

Tickets are priced at Rs. 100 and are available at the gate. For that price you have access to the following:

  • Vintage cars & motor bikes
  • Car care products
  • Exciting bike stunts
  • Game Zone
  • Car navigation products
  • Car audio products
  • Car finance and insurance companies
  • Body Kits & Accessories
  • 4X4 Show and a whole lot more

What should I expect from HNB General Insurance?

• Car Insurance: Our friendly insurance motor insurance advisors will be happy to answer your queries, including car insurance quotes and other questions about motor insurance in Sri Lanka

• Engagement: We will be having a special ‘selfie’ competition for the best smile of the day, so take this opportunity to get your smile on and you could walk away with some great prizes!

Raffle draws: An oldie but a goodie, our team is always around to give you a chance to win, so stay close!

We are very excited to be sponsoring this event and hope to see you at the BMICH!

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HNB General Takaful: In a Nutshell

 1. About Us

Here at HNB General, we pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions to satisfy the various needs of our customers. With that in mind, we decided to promote HNB General Takaful.

 2. What is Takaful?

Takaful is an alternative to conventional insurance. This is based on the principles of Sharia, where a group of people pool their financial resources to guarantee each other against  loss/damage which they may encounter.

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Takaful Is about Believing in Togetherness and being there for one another during times of need

3. Products Offered

Broadly speaking, HNB General Takaful (Non Life Insurance) offers both Motor Takaful and non motor Takaful solutions. The non-motor Takaful solutions cover Fire, Construction, Medical and Marine Takaful.

4. Benefits Offered

  • Surplus is paid at the end of the financial year on the surplus left in the risk fund, it shall be distributed to Participants on agreed ratio based on the type of Takaful plan, provided that the Participant has not incurred any claim and/or the Certificate Holder has not received any benefits payable under each type of cover under this certificate whilst it is in force.
  • Protection/Coverage (guarantee and agreement to look after each other in the event of loss or damage that may be inflicted upon them)
  • Investment Profit (any profits from investment is shared by participant and the operator)
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Our Official HNB General Takaful Logo

5. How does Takaful work in practice?

Its as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Takaful works on the basis of an agreement made by the parties involved in the Takaful insurance scheme.

2. Each party agrees that he/she is both a participant and an operator.

3. Each party pays a premium to the scheme which is then invested in an Islamically acceptable way.

Do you have more queries about Takaful? Tell us in the comments, in the meantime, check out the Mortage Reducing Takaful Brochure or give our dedicated Takaful line a call on 0114-677-000.

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Say Hello to Our New General Insurance Blog!

A little while ago we teased that we would be unveiling a new blog for our new company, HNB General Insurance. Now that it’s up, we wish to give you a warm welcome!

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We’ve gone the extra mile in answering two questions you may have:

1. What kind of posts should I expect?

Posts will focus primarily about motor vehicles and travel. For best results, check out our Home page, we have a number of useful articles ranging from vehicle maintenance, analysis of road safety in Sri Lanka, driving safely in wet weather, motor trends, packing tips for your next vacation and a whole lot more.

2. I’d love to know more about HNB General Insurance, how do I stay in touch?

For the most up to date information, LIKE our Facebook page (to the right). While you’re at it, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog as well to get the latest posts delivered straight to your inbox! We’ve also supplied links for our General Insurance and Life Insurance websites as well, so give a click and check us out.

Any more questions? If so, please leave them in the comments and we will get back to you. If you don’t, have a look at our Youtube Video (see below). Appropriately titled: ‘A New Beginning with Total Coverage’

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