Rice prices will be tamed very soon: Ministers


MNA Business Desk: Four ministers of the present government on Friday assured that the prices of rice will be tamed very soon as the government has taken various steps in this regard. Answering questions from journalists about the hike in the rice prices at the Finance Minister’s post-budget press meet in the capital’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium, AMA Muhith, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu and Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal came up with the assurance. They attributed the hike in the rice prices to the damage of corps in the haor regions by flash-flood. The Industries Minister, ...

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Finance Minister unveils country’s 46th national budget

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MNA Business Desk: Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is unveiling Tk 4 trillion national budget for 2017-18 financial year (FY18) at the National Parliament. He started reading out the annual financial statement at Jatiya Sangsad (national parliament) at 1:40pm. Earlier, the cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, approved the national budget for placing in the parliament. About a total of expenditure, Tk 2.88 trillion is expected to come from the revenue earnings. But the budget, which Muhith claimed to be his best among the 11, will have a deficit of Tk 1.12 trillion, which is 5% of the ...

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Proposed budget for 2017-18 gets cabinet nod

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MNA Business Desk: The cabinet at its special meeting on Thursday approved the proposed budget for the new fiscal year 2017-18. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting held at the cabinet room of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban. The cabinet also endorsed the Appropriation (supplementary) Bill- 2017, and the Appropriation Bill-2017. Finance minister AMA Muhith and other cabinet ministers and state ministers concerned attended the meeting. However, the budget has special significance as it is being placed ahead of the 2019 elections. This is Muhith’s ninth budget in a row and 11th in total. He prepared two budgets when ...

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Rainbow Paints opens new showroom at Banasree


MNA Business Desk: Rainbow Paints, a product of RFL, opened its first outlet in the capital’s Banasree area. The retail chain shop was inaugurated for selling Rainbow Paints and Hardware materials, said a press release. RN Paul, Managing Director of RFL, opened the showroom. Kamrul Hasan, Chief Operating Officer, Sazzadul Alam, National Sales Manager, Mohammad Shajahan, Retail Sales Manager, Mainul Islam and Nazmul Akand Tushar, Brand Manager of Rainbow Paints were present at the program. RN Paul said, Rainbow paint is getting popular to the customers day by day. Rainbow Paints has introduced its own showroom with a view to ...

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VAT to remain 15pc: Finance Minister


MNA Business Desk: Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Saturday expressed his determination to keep the new Value Added Tax (VAT) at the 15 per cent. “I’ll not reduce the VAT from 15 per cent, because it has remained so from the beginning. However, many will be taken out of the VAT net,” said the finance minister while talking to reporters at his secretariat office on the upcoming national budget. He said, “I would reduce the VAT slightly, but it would create many problems if I did so.” Earlier, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has asked the authorities to ...

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‘’ launched bidding offer for customers

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MNA Business Desk: Popular e-commerce site has introduced a bidding offer named “Kar Dame Kato Dom” to its customers. Under this offer, customers will be able to purchase various products of different brands by placing highest price. The offer began on May 21 and will be continued till May 27, said a press release. Nirjhar Kumar Kundu, Assistant Brand Manager of, said “Customers have opportunity to purchase various products of different brands, including Apple branded mobile phone, Vision TV, washing machine and air conditioner, Duranto bi-cycle, Regal furniture, Samsung and Xiaomi branded smart-phone, by placing highest price in ...

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Islami Bank removes Vice-chairman Syed Ahsanul

Syed Ahsanul

MNA Business Desk: Vice-chairman of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) Syed Ahsanul Alam has been removed from his post. The decision was taken at the 34th Annual General Meeting of the bank held at Kurmitola Golf Club in the city on Tuesday with IBBL Chairman Arastoo Khan in the chair. After the meeting, the IBBL chairman briefed reporters on the meeting’s outcome. As per the decision the bank will now have only one vice-chairman and Yousif Abdullah Al-Rajhi, a foreign director of the bank, will continue with his post of vice-chairman. “From now on, there will be one vice-chairman in ...

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Shipping Corporation to get 6 new ships

Shipping Corporation

MNA Business Desk: Six new ships will be added with Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) by 2018, said an official release in Dhaka on Sunday. The ships would be bought from China National Import and Export Machineries Corporation (CMC) at a cost of Taka 1,843 crore (Tk 18.43 billion). “Each ship will have 39,000 tonnes capacity. The six ships – three oil tankers and three bulk carriers – will be added with Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) by 2018,” the release added quoting shipping minister Shajahan Khan as he confirmed this after returning home from China last night. Bangladesh Shipping Corporation has ...

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Shafiul Islam new FBCCI president

Shafiul Islam

MNA Business Desk: M Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin has been elected new president and Sheikh Fazle Fahim as first vice-president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) for the 2017-19 term. Besides, M Muntakim Ashraf has been elected vice-president of the FBCCI as seven other vice-president candidates withdrew their nominations. FBCCI election conducting committee chairman Ali Ashraf announced the names of three winners at the conference room of the federation building in the city on Tuesday. However, the official result will be announced on May 21. The biennial election to the apex trade body was held at ...

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Germany to provide 7m euro for RMG sector


MNA Business Desk: Germany will provide seven million euro as grant aimed at enabling an effective utilization of credit, promote workers’ safety and improve environmental standards in the country’s Ready Made Garments (RMG) factories, reported news agency. The amount would be given through Germany’s KfW and GIZ under the project “Financing of Environment and Safety Retrofits in the Bangladesh Ready Made Garments (RMG) sector”. Two separate agreements –Financial Cooperation (FC) and Technical Cooperation (TC) –were signed today in this regard, a German embassy statement said here. Additional Secretary (Europe Wing) of the Ministry of Finance Muhammad Alkama Siddique and German ...

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UCB Bank gets new Chairman, Vice-chairman


MNA Business Desk: Young woman entrepreneur and Managing Director of Aramit Group Rukhmila Zaman has been elected Chairman of United Commercial Bank Limited (UCB) in an emergency board meeting. The meeting was held after the 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday at the corporate office of the UCB, said a press release. The meeting elected notable industrialist, one of the sponsor directors of UCB and Chairman of Yunusco Group Yunus Ahmed Vice- Chairman of the UCB. On the other hand, Anisuzzaman Chowdhury has been elected Executive Committee Chairman of the bank. He is also the Director of Ronny Chemical ...

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TCB to start OMS of Ramadan commodities from 15 May


MNA Business Desk: The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) is going to start open market sale (OMS) of essential commodities across the country from 15 May, ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. “We will start the OMS activity across the country from 15 May for the convenience of people centering the holy month of Ramadan,” TCB Spokesperson M Humayun Kabir told news agency. “A total of 185 trucks will be engaged to sell the essential commodities. Of them, 33 trucks will be in Dhaka, 10 trucks in Chittagong, five trucks each in other divisional cities and two trucks each ...

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4 members of a family can be bank directors


MNA Business Desk: The cabinet on Monday approved the draft – Bank Company (Amendment) Bill, 2017 – which will allow four members of a family to be the directors of a bank. The existing law permits only two members of a family to be the directors of a bank. The cabinet gave the approval at its weekly meeting held at the Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. While briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said, “The Bangladesh Bank has also given a positive note in this regard.” The draft law also restricts commercial ...

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ADB to provide $2 billion loan to Bangladesh


MNA Business Desk: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning to almost double its loan size to $1.8-$2 billion for Bangladesh this year, reported news agency. “…Bangladesh is really an ‘emerging economy’ if you see at its Forex reserves this year. We’re negotiating with the government for providing loans ranging from $1.8-$2 billion which is almost twice than the last year,” said director general of ADB’s South Asia Department Hun Kim here on Sunday. Hun Kim was responding to a volley of questions from a group of journalists on the last day of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Board ...

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Bangladesh loses $9bn for capital flight in 2014: GFI

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MNA Business Desk: About $9.11bn drained from Bangladesh in a single year of 2014 for capital flight, Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based research and advisory organization, revealed the report. The report titled “Illicit Financial Flows to and from Developing Countries: 2005-2014” that was conducted on 149 nations was released on Monday. Major share of Bangladesh’s lost money was taken out of the country through embezzlements in bilateral exports and import deals, the report high-caliber analyses said. The GFI report also revealed that illicit capital flight from Bangladesh was on a higher trend from 2007 following political turmoil of the ...

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Muhith leaves to join 50th annual meeting of ADB


MNA Business Desk: Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith will leave Dhaka for Japan tonight to join the 50th Annual General meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Yokohoma. Economic Relations Division (ERD)’s secretary Quazi Shafiqul Azam will accompany the minister. The Finance Minister is expected to return on May 9. ADB Secretary Woochong Um extends an advanced welcome to delegates of the 50th Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors. Held on the theme “Building Together the Prosperity of Asia,” the event will be an opportunity for delegates to reflect on the lessons from the first 50 ...

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Bangladesh to unlock potentials in trade with Canada: FM


MNA Business Desk:  Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali has put importance on unlocking potentials in trade and investment between Bangladesh and Canada and sought more Canadian investment for economic growth. “I urge our Canadian friends for more Canadian investment in Bangladesh and hope that CanCham will also play an enabling role in this regard,” he said in his dinner speech at Hotel Le Meriden. Canada-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CanCham) hosted the dinner to celebrate the 150th years of Canada Confederation. The foreign minister said Canadian entrepreneurs may contribute to the economic growth of both the countries by ...

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Indian BHEL company gets contract of Rampal Power Plant


MNA Business Desk: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has got the contract to build the 1,320 MW Rampal Power Plant. The state-owned Indian company announced that it got the $1.5 billion export order for the thermal power station on Tuesday. BHEL won its biggest order following stiff competition in international bidding for the coal-fired power plant, a joint initiative of India’s state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation and Bangladesh Power Development Board. BHEL’s share price rose by two percent to Rs 180.45 after it announced that it got the order from Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company (BIFPCL). However, experts of both ...

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US company Chevron to sell Bangladesh gas fields to Chinese firm


MNA Business Desk: U.S. oil and gas company Chevron Corp said on Monday it has agreed to sell its three gas producing fields in Bangladesh to Chinese firm Himalaya Energy, reported news agency. “The agreement is for the sale of Chevron`s Bangladesh companies, which hold our interests in Bangladesh,” a company spokesman told media, declining to share the deal value or any timeline. The spokesman said Himalaya Energy is owned by a consortium of China ZhenHua Oil and CNIC Corp Ltd. ZhenHua is a state-owned oil company while CNIC is an investment corporation established in Hong Kong. Chevron explores for, ...

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PRAN confectionery launches Cricket Gum

PRAN Confectionery

MNA Business Desk: Cricket Gum, a new product of PRAN Confectionery Limited, was launched at a program at PRAN-RFL center on Sunday. Bangladesh off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz and opener Imrul Kayes unveiled the new product as brand ambassadors. Before the launching program, the young two tigers -Miraz and Kayes- signed agreements as brand ambassadors of Cricket Gum. Under the agreements, they will perform in different promotional activities of Cricket Gum for next two years. Saiful Islam, Chief Operating Officer of PRAN Confectionery Limited said “We launched the product by considering consumers interest and taste. Cricket gum, made by mixed fruit ...

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DCCI proposed 7 percent flat VAT from next FY

Abul Kasem

MNA Business Desk: Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has proposed a 7% flat VAT rate from the next fiscal year though the government indicates not to bring any change in its plan. “If the government reduces tax and VAT (value added tax) rates, investment will automatically increase,” said DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan. “The IMF officials wished to know how we’ve planned to implement the new VAT. We told them that it’ll come into effect in July and be set at 15 percent for two years,” Finance Minister AMA Muhith said earlier. While addressing a workshop on VAT ...

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Some 46 products of All Time now in market


MNA Business Desk: Some 46 products of popular bakery brand All Time are now available in market. Bread, cream bun, honeycomb, toast and cookies of the brand have got popularity among the people of all classes for maintaining hygiene during production and attractive packaging. All Time, on an average, produces 1.5 lakh pieces bread, cream bun and honeycomb and two tonnes of toast and cookies every day, said Kamruzzaman Kamal, Director (Marketing) at PRAN-RFL Group, said in a press release. He also said four new products of the bakery brand- danish, premium cake, multi-grain bread and roti- will be available ...

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Bangladesh, Bhutan signed 3 MoUs, 2 deals


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh and Bhutan on Tuesday signed five instruments, including three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and two agreements in sectors like agriculture, avoidance of double taxation, cultural cooperation and inland waterway use to further boost the bilateral ties between the two countries. The MoUs and agreements were signed at the Royal Banquet Hall of Gyalyong Tshogkhang after a meeting between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bhutanese Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay. Both the prime ministers witnessed the signing of the instruments. Sheikh Hasina is on a three-day visit to Bhutan to attend the International Conference on Autism ...

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China’s economy grows 6.9% in first quarter of 2017

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MNA Business Desk: China’s economy grew 6.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2017, government data showed Monday, beating expectations in the latest sign of stabilization in the world’s second-largest economy. “The national economy in the first quarter has maintained the momentum of steady and sound development,” the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement. The government has trimmed its 2017 GDP growth target to ‘around 6.5 per cent’ as the world’s second-largest economy, already expanding at the slowest pace in a quarter-century, faces an array of challenges. The economy grew 6.7 per cent in 2016, its slowest ...

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12 entrepreneurs honoured Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards


MNA Business Desk: Twelve micro-entrepreneurs and two microfinance institutions have been honoured in this year’s Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards for their contribution to the economy. The awardees were picked up from rural areas across the country to recognize their contribution to the GDP, said Wahiduddin Mahmud, chairperson of the awards’ advisory council. The best microentrepreneur of the year was Md Zillur Rahman Chowdhury from Naogaon, with Md Saiduzzaman Sarkar from Bogra as the first runner-up and Md Azijul Hoque Sikder from Barguna as the second runner-up. Ruma Akter from Munshiganj was awarded as the best woman microentrepreneur of the year. Fazilatunnesa ...

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NBR to celebrate Halkhata on Pahela Baishakh


MNA Business Desk: For the first time in line with Bangla tradition, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to celebrate Halkhata on Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year. It will observe the day with a slogan ‘Receiving arrear tax, not collection” to motivate the taxpayers in paying due taxes. In business terms, it coincides with the opening of Halkhata, the new book of accounts drawing a balance sheet of the year gone by. “On the day of Chaitra Sankranti, we will offer our tax payers sweets at our offices countrywide so that people can pay ...

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Bangladesh, India private sectors sign 13 agreements worth $10bn

13 agreements

MNA Business Desk: Private sectors of Bangladesh and India singed about 13 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) worth nearly US$ 10 billion in the power, energy, logistics, education and medical sectors during a business event. A 237-member business delegation from Bangladesh, led by President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce Industry (FBCCI) Abdul Matlub Ahmad, interacted with nearly 150 members from the Indian business community at the forum. As part of the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India from 7-10 April, the Indian External Affairs Ministry in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), ...

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