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Save Bangladesh Bank from becoming a mystery!

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh Bank, the central bank and apex regulatory body for the country’s monetary and financial system, is turning out to be a mysterious organization day by day. In recent years, this esteemed organization of the country has been under severe question due to its relation to several scams. We have even seen removal of its governor based on some allegations of negligence towards his duty. But still its image is under serious threats due to more and more wrong incidents. Being one of the controlling and regulatory authority of the whole banking and financial sectors of Bangladesh, ...

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Gold in BB vault adulterated

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MNA Business Desk: Gold weighing almost 1000 kilograms kept in Bangladesh Bank’s vault has been adulterated, reveals an investigation by the customs intelligence. The 22-carat gold has turned into 18-carat gold as other metals were mixed with it after the central bank received gold discs and rings over a period of time, investigators believe. The customs intelligence and investigation directorate of the National Board of Revenue dug out serious discrepancies in gold management, as the investigators examined 963 kg of gold out of huge quantity kept at the central bank’s vault, on the basis of random sampling. This is another ...

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Fresh notes to hit market June 3

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank (BB) will release new currency notes of Taka 10, 20, 50 and Taka 100 denominations in the market from June 3 ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. The new notes will be distributed from all branches of Bangladesh Bank across the country every day until June 14, said a press release. The notes will also be distributed from Jatrabari Branch of the National Bank, Abdul Ghoni Road Corporate Branch of the Janata Bank, Elephant Road Branch of Agrani Bank, Mirpur Branch of the City Bank, Kawran Bazar Branch of the South East Bank, Bashundhara City (Panthapath) Branch of ...

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FDI from USA drops by 23.5pc in 2017

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MNA Business Desk: Net inflow of Foreign Direct Investment or FDI from the United States of America (USA) to Bangladesh dropped by 23.50 per cent in 2017. Latest statistics, released by Bangladesh Bank, showed that net inflow of FDI from the US declined to $166.66 million in the past year, which was $217.74 million in 2016. Disinvestment, repayments of loans and losses of the current multination entities have been deducted from the gross inflow of FDI to calculate the net FDI. Gross inflow of FDI from the US also declined by around 26 per cent to $181.49 million in the ...

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BB asks to bring down interest to single digit

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MNA Business Desk: The Bangladesh Bank has asked the banks to take effective measures to bring down the interest rate on lending to single digit from the existing level, reported news agency. The advice was made at two separate meetings of senior bankers held at the central bank headquarters in Dhaka on Monday with Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor Fazle Kabir in the chair. The meeting also discussed interest rates, charged by the six state-owned commercial banks (SoCBs), on term deposits to other banks, the sources added. On the other hand, the BB’s high-ups advised the senior representatives of Association of ...

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BB directs to keep Agrabad branches open

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank (BB) directs all scheduled commercial banks to keep open their branches in Chittagong port area for round the clock and seven days a week for facilitating international trade, reported news agency. The central bank in this regard issued a circular on Sunday and sent letters to chief executive officers (CEO) of all the commercial banks’. Earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) directed the BB to issue circular regarding opening all banks’ branches round the clock for seven days a week. The central bank circular said, “As per PMO’s directive all scheduled banks must take necessary ...

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RCBC threatens to sue BB officials over $81m heist

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MNA Business Desk: A day after Bangladesh confirmed that it would sue a Philippines bank in US for damages over the 2016 cyber heist, Manila-based Rizal Commercial Bank Corp or RCBC has threatened counter measures. In a media statement on Thursday, RCBC said it was considering legal actions against Bangladesh Bank officials, reports The Philippine Daily Inquirer. It alleged Dhaka officials of maligning the bank and using it as a “scapegoat” over one of the world’s biggest cyber heists. The Bangladesh Bank said it has decided to start a lawsuit in New York against RCBC over its role in the ...

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BB to sue Manila bank to recover stolen fund

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank has decided to sue a Philippines bank in a US court for damages over the 2016 heist of its central bank’s reserve. Unidentified hackers stole $81 million from Bangladesh Bank’s account at the New York Fed, using fraudulent orders on the SWIFT payments system. The fund was sent to Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp or RCBC and then disappeared into the casino industry in the Philippines. Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday first confirmed Bangladesh’s move to start the lawsuit. The Bangladesh Bank provided details in a media briefing later in the day. The case ...

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Bangladesh Bank clips ADR limit

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MNA Business Desk: The Bangladesh Bank issued a directive to banks to bring down their advance deposit ratio or ADR to highest 83.50 per cent down from over 85 per cent now, by 30 June. This will be applicable for the conventional banks while such limit for the Islamic banks and the Islamic branches of the conventional banks will be highest 89 per cent, down from over 90 per cent now, where it is termed as IDR. As per the circular, until the next directive, the conventional banks will have to maintain their ADR at 83.50 per cent (80.50 per ...

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8 banks’ recruitment test cancelled

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MNA Education Desk: The Bankers’ Selection Committee of Bangladesh Bank has scrapped professional recruitment tests for eight state-owned banks. The tests were held on Friday. The decision on cancellation of the test was made at a top level meeting at the central bank presided over by its Governor Fazle Kabir. Officials said after getting the inquiry report, Bangladesh Bank will take decision on fixing a new date for exam. Earlier, the Bangladesh Bank had decided to retake the recruitment test following the mismanagement at two exam centres at Mirpur where over 6000 applicants missed to sit for their test. But ...

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NRB Commercial Bank fires chairman

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MNA Business Desk: The NRB Commercial Bank has fired Farasath Ali as its chairman in a major shake-up of the board of directors after Bangladesh Bank flagged it for gross irregularities in releasing loans. NRBC Bank Director Tamal SM Parvez has been elected as the replacement of Farasath Ali, following an emergency Board meeting of the bank held in Dhaka’s Gulshan area. The board also issued a three-month leave for the bank’s managing director Dewan Mujibur Rahman, who was removed by Bangladesh Bank under Section 46 of Bank Company Act. The High Court on Thursday stayed a Bangladesh Bank order ...

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BB wants study before issuing digital currency

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank (BB) deputy governor SK Sur Chowdhury on Saturday said the matter of the issuance of crypto-currency by the central bank in the country still needs lots of study as it has both good and bad sides. The deputy governor said central bank’s issuing cryptocurrency is still in the stage of study and observation. He, however, added that, ‘We are seriously thinking on it.’ Cryptocurrency is a digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank. Lots ...

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Govt gets $566m in remittances in 13 days

MNA Business Desk: The country has received $566.57 million in remittances in the first 13 days of the current month of October, reported news agency. Bangladesh Bank statistics show maximum remittance came through private commercial banks as they received $413.29 million while the nine foreign banks $4.68 million. The 6 state-owned commercial banks – Agrani, Janata, Rupali, Sonali, BASIC and BDBL – brought in $143.21 million from Bangladeshi expatriates while two state-owned specialised banks got $5.39 million. Of the private commercial banks, highest $117.34 million entered the country through Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) followed by Dutch-Bangla Bank’s $32.51 million. ...

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BB to keep watchful eye on banks’ exposure

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MNA Business Desk: The central bank has decided to strengthen monitoring of commercial banks’ exposure to share market with a view to avoiding recurrence of an unwanted situation, reported news agency. Under the latest move, the banks will have to submit their reports on fresh investment in the capital market to the Bangladesh Bank (BB) on weekly basis, mentioning daily transactions separately. Currently, the banks are eligible to submit such weekly reports to the Department of Off-site Supervision (DOS) of the central bank on gross transactions basis without mentioning daily transactions separately. The report must be submitted to the central ...

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2,246 cash officers to be recruited

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MNA Education Desk: The government will hire some 2,246 cash officers in four state-run banking institutions in the country. The Bangladesh Bank (BB) floated a circular on Saturday in this regard. The circular is available on the central bank website: <https://erecruitment.bb.org.bd/onlineapp/joblist.php> The state-run banks are Sonali Bank Limited, Janata Bank Limited, Bangladesh Development Bank Limited, and Bangladesh Krishi Bank. Earlier on 29 August, the central bank published another circular to recruit 3,463 officers (general grade) for seven state-run banks. In total, 7,372 officers (general grade and cash) will be recruited and the Bankers Selection Committee has begun the recruitment process. ...

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Bangladesh Bank relaxes rice import rules

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank further relaxed rice import rules by allowing private importers to open LCs on deferred or usance basis or under buyer’s credit for up to 90 days term until December 31 this year. On June 10, the central bank instructed banks to allow private traders to import rice without any deposit against letters of credit or LC margin. Through a new circular issued by Foreign Exchange Policy Department, on July 20, said, “It has now been decided that LCs against deferred or usance basis or under buyer’s credit up to 90 days term for import of ...

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BB asks all banks, NBFIs to help flood victims

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank (BB) on Wednesday asked all banks and non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) to extend their help for rehabilitating flood affected people under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. The central bank issued a circular to all banks and NBFIs in this regard. The BB requested the banks and NBFIs to provide food, clothes, potable water, emergency medicines, portable improved cook stoves, portable solar lanterns, Portable Pico Home Systems (Small solar home systems under 20 watt) for the flood affected people across the country, including northern region, the circular said. However, continuous downpours coupled with swelling in ...

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Govt borrows Tk 65.17 billion through t-bond, bill

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MNA Business Desk: Through the auction of 2-Year Bangladesh Government Treasury Bond (BGTB) on Tuesday, the government has borrowed Tk 10 billion, reported news agency. Bangladesh bank conducted the auction where 69 bids amounting to Tk 24.85 billion were offered against a pre-targeted amount of Tk 10 billion. Of those, 30 bids amounting to Tk 10 billion were accepted. The cut of price of the accepted bids was 99.0599 (Per Tk 100.00, according to a press statement of the central bank.  At another auction of 7-Day Bangladesh Bank Bill, also held on Tuesday, 12 bids amounting to Tk 55.17 billion ...

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Cotton-paper Tk 100, Tk 500 notes from June 11

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank has issued cotton-paper new bank notes of Tk 100 and Tk 500 which will be available in the market from June 11. The new bank notes will be cent percent coated cotton-paper printed instead of existing paper notes, said a BB press release on Tuesday. The central bank said Tk 100 note will be 140mm by 62mm in size with 4mm width and Tk 500 will be 152mm by 65mm in size with same the width having Kinetic StarChrome Thread and containing the signature of Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir. The new bank notes, however, ...

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North Korea spend BB’s heist money to develops nuclear: Kaspersky

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MNA Editorial Desk: North Korea was involved in last year’s $81 million cyber heist of the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab on Monday said as it had obtained digital evidence that bolsters suspicions by some researchers. Russian-based Kaspersky released a 58-page report on Lazarus, a group linked to the heist in Bangladesh and the 2014 attack on Sony’s Hollywood studio, which the US government blamed on North Korea. North Korea’s hacking operations are growing and getting bolder and increasingly targeting financial institutions worldwide. North Korea is now being ...

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Women entrepreneurs to get collateral-free loan: BB

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank has directed banks to provide Tk25 lakh loan to a woman entrepreneur without any collateral. Bangladesh Bank delivered a circular on Sunday to ease the procedure of the SME loans to the women and new entrepreneurs. Bangladesh Bank data showed that the local banks and financial institutions are going to disburse Tk23,500 crore loans to create new entrepreneurs to encourage sustainable development. New women entrepreneurs are going to get Tk1,657 crore as SME loans this year as the women entrepreneurs have to face various unnecessary queries while taking loan from the banks. Besides, there are ...

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Bangladesh Bank heist was state-sponsored: FBI

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MNA National Desk: The heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve last year was ‘state-sponsored,’ an FBI officer in the Philippines, who has been involved in the investigations, said on Wednesday. Lamont Siller, the legal attache at the US embassy, did not elaborate but his comments in a speech in Manila are a strong signal that authorities in the United States are close to naming who carried out one of the world’s biggest cyber heists. Last week, officials in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity, blamed North Korea. “We all know ...

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All branches of Rupali Bank automated

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MNA Business Desk: State-owned Rupali Bank has gone into 100 percent automation, being the first among the public banks, aimed at providing better customer services. “The bank has reached the milestone by bringing the last branch under ‘Core Banking Solution (CBS)’ on March 27,” said a statement issued by Rupali Bank on Tuesday. From now on, real time banking services will be available for the clients in all branches across the country, the statement added. The bank was constituted with the merger of 3 (three) erstwhile commercial banks i.e. Muslim Commercial Bank Ltd., Australasia Bank Ltd. and Standard Bank Ltd. ...

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Probe body to investigate Bangladesh Bank’s fire

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MNA Business Desk: Fire Service and Civil Defence has formed a five-member probe committee to investigate into the fire incident took place at Bangladesh Bank building Thursday night. Bangladesh Bank has also filed a general diary over a fire in its offices without mentioning the extent of the damage. The general diary describes the fire but it does not say how it started on Thursday, said Motijheel Police. The fire, broken out at Bangladesh Bank building has been doused after an hour of frantic efforts of the fire fighters. The probe body has been asked to submit their report within ...

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Salary payments through mobile banking: BB

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MNA Business Desk: Giving a clarification about cash-out and cash-in services through mobile banking, Bangladesh Bank deputy governor Md. Moniruzzaman on Monday said that the restriction that the central bank imposed on January 11 is applicable only in case of the personal transactions. Briefing reporters at the central bank conference room on the transaction limits of the mobile financial services (MFS) like BKash and M-Cash, he said the central bank is trying to reduce the cost of MFS, reports UNB. Currently, MFS charges a customer 2 per cent on the amount of transaction. Moniruzzaman said as per the BB restriction, ...

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NRBs permitted to open foreign currency deposit account

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MNA Business Desk: All non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) are permitted to open non-resident foreign currency deposit (NFCD) accounts with authorised dealers (ADs), according to a Bangladesh Bank circular issued on Monday. Such NRBs include persons of Bangladesh origin including those who have dual nationality or are residing abroad, reported news agency. The circular said account-holders can maintain the accounts as long as they desire and the eligible persons are also allowed to open such accounts at any time after their return to Bangladesh. “This is to clarify that NRBs may, after their return to Bangladesh, open NFCD accounts with ADs to ...

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Bangladesh Bank to publish monetary policy today

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor Fazle Kabir will unveil the monetary policy statement for the second half of the financial year 2016-17 on Sunday, reported news agency. The governor would also brief journalists at the central bank headquarters in the city, about the focus areas of the policy, said a central bank release. A BB senior official earlier told BSS that the monetary policy has been prepared to give special importance to various sectors, including investment, Small and medium enterprise (SME) and idle money in the banking system, to help accelerate growth and investment. On 26 July 2016, ...

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